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HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of October 17-23, 2016

HOTtopics1. How involved should the U.S. be in Yemen’s ongoing war?
2. Is a Senate upset brewing in Wisconsin?
3. How should the next U.S. presidential administration approach Cuba?
4. Will California voters end the state’s death penalty this November?
5. What does artificial intelligence mean for the future of the American labor market?
6. How can the American media restore its credibility?
7. Has the 2016 presidential election morphed into a referendum on “male privilege”?
8. Are Americans taxed too much or taxed too little?
9. What do declining NFL ratings mean for traditional television?
10. Would a Clinton restoration be more hawkish in its foreign policy towards Russia?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of October 10-16, 2016

HOTtopics1. Are school districts doing enough to reduce achievement gaps?
2. How can hyper-partisanship be reduced in American politics?
3. Why did the Obama administration’s “reset” with Russia fail?
4. Will the next U.S. president have to make substantial changes to the Affordable Care Act?
5. Can “stop-and-frisk” halt America’s rising murder rate?
6. Is the recent unemployment report worrying?
7. How should the next presidential administration deal with North Korea?
8. What changes should be made to future presidential debates?
9. Was the threat of Hurricane Matthew overstated?
10. Have Donald Trump’s 2005 comments about women permanently sunk his campaign?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of October 3-9, 2016

HOTtopics1. Should the national anthem no longer be played at sporting events?
2. Will Puerto Rico’s poor economic situation pave the way for statehood?
3. How should police handle “clown terrorism”?
4. Should the federal government be forced to cooperate with states concerning the resettlement of refugees?
5. How would a liberal-leaning Supreme Court affect American life?
6. Is the Department of Homeland Security’s push to aid states electoral processes unconstitutional?
7. How can the FBI better combat America’s rising murder rate?
8. Did Congress err in overriding President Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act?
9. How should the U.S. handle Russian actions in Syria?
10. Is the release of some of Donald Trump’s tax returns a major turning point in the 2016 presidential campaign?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of September 26-October 2, 2016

HOTtopics1. Have race relations grown worse during the Obama presidency?
2. Is the U.S. headed for another government shutdown before the end of the year?
3. Should native Hawaiians enjoy the same status as Native Americans?
4. Will self-driving cars become the norm by 2020?
5. Is another credit bubble growing in the U.S. economy?
6. Does the U.S. need to significantly change its foreign policy toward North Korea?
7. How would the next president’s Supreme Court picks be impacted if the Republican Party manages to keep control of the Senate?
8. Is the Charlotte violence a boon to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign?
9. Should the Republican National Committee do more to support Kelly Ayotte?
10. Will the first presidential debate decide the 2016 election?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of September 19-25, 2016

HOTtopics1. Should the Dakota Access oil pipeline project be stopped?
2. Can the “birther” issue rejuvenate Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign?
3. Should the next presidential administration investigate Wall Street bankers?
4. How many seats will the Democrats win in this year’s House elections?
5. Should people who are freed from mental institutions be allowed to own firearms?
6. How is social media reshaping American politics?
7. Should the President of the United States be paid more?
8. How can the U.S. increase the chances of an Israeli-Palestinian peace?
9. What will be President Obama’s foreign policy legacy?
10. Was the recent New York City bombing an act of terrorism?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of September 12-18, 2016

HOTtopics1. Did the U.S. Department of Education violate ITT Tech’s due process rights?
2. Will the expansion of biometric collections at America’s borders make the country safer from terrorism?
3. Should the U.S. embrace offshore wind energy?
4. What is the most important Senate race of the 2016 elections?
5. Is America resegregating?
6. What would a Trump presidency mean for public education?
7. Have U.S.-Iranian relations improved or deteriorated during the Obama presidency?
8. Do Gary Johnson’s comments on Aleppo disqualify him for the presidency?
9. Will athlete protests harm the NFL’s public image?
10. How can Hillary Clinton regain momentum?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of September 5-11, 2016

HOTtopics1. Was Donald Trump’s trip to Mexico a success?
2. How can more economic prosperity be brought to America’s black community?
3. Will Tropical Storm Hermine affect the U.S. presidential campaign?
4. Does the U.S. need to expand Social Security benefits?
5. Should the Department of Homeland Security oversee the 2016 elections?
6. Will the Federal Reserve raise interest rates by the end of 2016?
7. How will the FAA’s new drone rules affect the U.S. economy?
8. Will the Libertarian Party peel off enough votes to prevent Donald Trump from becoming president?
9. How can U.S. states reduce gun suicides?
10. Are U.S. union struggles tied to their stance on immigration?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of August 29-September 4, 2016

HOTtopics1. Should U.S. states pass legislation allowing women to be topless in public?
2. Will a new Pentagon report create new momentum for closing Gitmo?
3. Should trucks and buses have separate speed limits?
4. Will Gary Johnson qualify for the presidential debates?
5. Should for-profit colleges be banned?
6. What modifications should Donald Trump make to his immigration plan?
7. How can U.S. states better combat the heroin epidemic?
8. Is the media showing too much bias to Hillary Clinton in this election cycle?
9. Have U.S.-EU free trade talks failed?
10. How much political power does the “Alt-Right” have?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of August 22-28, 2016

HOTtopics1. Will Donald Trump’s campaign team shakeup work?
2. Is the American middle class experiencing a comeback?
3. What is behind the growing numbers of women in prison?
4. Will the U.S. economy grow more in 2017 than it has this year?
5. Has President Obama mishandled his response to the Louisiana flooding?
6. How can urban areas recruit more teachers?
7. Are fixed bail amounts unconstitutional?
8. Will the Iran ransom payment but more Americans at risk?
9. Does the U.S. need another constitutional convention?
10. Is it too late for Donald Trump to make an appeal to African-American voters?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of August 15-21, 2016

HOTtopics1. Would Hillary Clinton’s infrastructure plan improve the U.S. economy?
2. Does the U.S. need to break up the country’s four major airlines?
3. Can ticket splitting help Republicans save their Senate majority?
4. Was the U.S. foreign policy establishment responsible for the rise of ISIS?
5. Do American universities need more ideological diversity?
6. Would it be in Donald Trump’s best interest to release his tax returns?
7. Should more U.S. states pass “right to die” legislation?
8. Did Bill Bratton significantly improve the NYPD?
9. How could states enact a voter ID requirement that would pass constitutional muster?
10. Could the Libertarians win electoral votes in 2016?