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HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of November 24th-30th, 2014

HOTtopics1. What steps do schools need to take to ensure that students are college and career ready?
2. How should Congressional Republicans respond to President Obama’s executive action on immigration?
3. Are campus sexual assault investigations going too far or not far enough?
4. How should NASA respond to the ESA’s comet mission?
5. Does Detroit’s bankruptcy deal put the city back on the road to recovery?
6. Should the U.S. continue to embrace free trade policies?
7. What is the most significant foreign policy problem facing the United States?
8. Has the media been irresponsible in its coverage of Ferguson?
9. Would comprehensive immigration reform negatively affect the U.S. economy?
10. Who is the most electable candidate that Republicans could nominate for the presidency in 2016?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of November 17th-23rd, 2014

HOTtopics1. Can Elizabeth Warren’s presence in the Democratic Senate leadership help the party’s fortunes in 2016?
2. Will the U.S. meet the carbon targets required by its recent climate accord with China?
3. Do Democrats have a weak presidential bench?
4. Can approval of the Keystone XL pipeline save Mary Landrieu’s Senate seat?
5. Should Democrats ditch Nancy Pelosi?
6. Does King v. Burwell have the potential to destroy the Affordable Care Act?
7. Can a new Iraqi surge defeat ISIS?
8. Should the U.S. give lethal weapons to the Nigerian military to combat Boko Haram?
9. Can “sin taxes” solve state budgetary woes?
10. Should Joe Manchin switch parties?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of November 10th-16th, 2014

HOTtopics1. Is bipartisan cooperation possible between President Obama and a Republican Congress?
2. Will Loretta Lynch face a difficult Senate confirmation fight?
3. Should Republicans give Rick Snyder a look for 2016?
4. How candid should Navy SEALs be about their combat operations?
5. Should Congress extend unemployment benefits?
6. Is law enforcement winning the fight against meth?
7. How can Mary Landrieu win the Louisiana Senate runoff?
8. Should the Oakland Raiders move to San Antonio?
9. Who ran the best campaign of the 2014 midterms?
10. Should President Obama shelve executive action on immigration?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of November 3rd-9th, 2014

HOTtopics1. What lessons should the Democratic Party take away from the 2014 midterms?
2. What lessons should the Republican Party take away from the 2014 midterms?
3. Is Obamacare working?
4. How much should the Federal Reserve care about income inequality?
5. Should Congressional ethics rules be relaxed?
6. Is reality TV coming to an end?
7. Should women be eligible for the military draft?
8. What impact will Virgin Galactic testing accidents have on the commercial space industry?
9. If Michelle Obama seeks a Senate seat in 2016, where might she run from?
10. Who ran the worst campaign of the 2014 midterms?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of October 27th-November 2nd, 2014

HOTtopics1. Do New York and New Jersey’s new quarantine rules violate the U.S. Constitution?
2. How can future school shootings be avoided?
3. Are the 2014 midterm elections a referendum on President Obama’s leadership?
4. Should the USDA tighten its regulations of biotech crops?
5. How can Jeff Bezos convince investors that Amazon is still a great buy?
6. Should the U.S. Postal Service deliver groceries?
7. Will gay rights be President Obama’s biggest legacy?
8. Does the GOP need a heavy dose of “conservative realism”?
9. Will the outsourcing issue sink David Perdue’s Senate hopes?
10. Should U.S. cities pass restrictions on feeding the homeless?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of October 20th-26th, 2014

HOTtopics1. What is the most important gubernatorial race in this year’s midterms?
2. How should Detroit handle unpaid water bills?
3. Does the U.S. really need an Ebola czar?
4. How will the Ebola scare affect the American airline industry?
5. Does the Democratic Party have a male problem?
6. Was¬†Houston’s subpoena of pastors sermons a violation of the First Amendment?
7. Does the U.S. have an Islamophobia problem?
8. Will the era of “a la carte television” be good for consumers?
9. Did Democratic midterm candidates make a poor strategic choice in running away from President Obama?
10. Will Texas’s voter ID law become a template for other states?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of October 13th-19th, 2014

HOTtopics1. Should President Obama close Gitmo via executive order?
2. Is Amazon’s decision to open a physical retail location a mistake?
3. How should the U.S. handle China’s human rights record?
4. Are companies doing enough to prevent data breaches?
5. Is Sam Brownback making a comeback in Kansas?
6. Are U.S. efforts against ISIS failing?
7. Who should the progressive left back for the presidency in 2016?
8. Are Leon Panetta’s criticisms about President Obama’s foreign policy correct?
9. Has the CDC done a poor job educating the public about Ebola?
10. Are the Republicans in danger of losing the South Dakota Senate election?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of October 6th-12th, 2014

HOTtopics1. Would a widespread Ebola outbreak overwhelm America’s healthcare¬†system?
2. In light of recent security breaches, what changes should be made to the Secret Service?
3. Is it wise for eBay to spin off PayPal?
4. Will Democrats lose the Massachusetts gubernatorial election?
5. How can Bobby Jindal increase his chances of winning the Republican presidential nomination?
6. Has President Obama done enough to help Democrats in the midterm elections?
7. How should schools handle transgender athletes?
8. Is the U.S. job market recovering?
9. Are standardized tests harming the ability of American students to develop critical thinking skills?
10. How long should American troops remain in Afghanistan?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of September 29th-October 5th, 2014

HOTtopics1. How can the Republican Party reverse its fortunes in California?
2. Should Debbie Wasserman Schultz step down as DNC chair?
3. Will the GOP add more than ten seats to their majority in the House?
4. Should illegal immigrants be allowed to enlist in the U.S. military?
5. Who should replace Eric Holder?
6. Should Yahoo merge with AOL?
7. Why are fewer Americans getting married?
8. Should the U.S. reconsider its policy on not negotiating with terrorist groups?
9. Do President Obama’s executive actions on climate change go far enough?
10. Could Jim Webb become a formidable presidential candidate?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of September 22nd-28th, 2014

HOTtopics1. Should more states expand Medicaid?
2. What is the state of state economies?
3. Will federal college ratings rein in tuition?
4. How can Pat Roberts save his Senate seat?
5. Should Washington D.C. be given statehood?
6. How might a Republican takeover of the Senate in 2014 affect President Obama’s judicial appointments?
7. Should Iowa continue to be the first state on the presidential primary calendar?
8. Is Joe Biden a detriment to the Democratic Party?
9. Are Republican chances of winning the Senate decreasing?
10. Is it wise for the U.S. to send troops to West Africa to combat Ebola?