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HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of March 23-29, 2015

HOTtopics1. Who is 2016’s most vulnerable senator?
2. Should TSA agents carry guns?
3. How can New York City better tackle its homeless problem?
4. Is President Obama right about the GOP budget proposal?
5. How can the American gun control movement reverse its sagging fortunes?
6. Will the outcome of the Israeli parliamentary elections worsen U.S.-Israeli relations?
7. What reforms need to be made to Medicare?
8. Should the U.S. end ethanol subsidies?
9. Will the GOP win the Loretta Lynch nomination battle?
10. Should the U.S. make voting mandatory?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of March 16-22, 2015

HOTtopics1. Is the federal government asserting itself too much or too little in local policing?
2. If Hillary Clinton does not run for president, what should be Democrats plan B?
3. Will Utah’s LGBT antidiscrimination law become a template for other states?
4. Should traffic fines be based on income level?
5. Does the Democratic coalition’s domination of America’s major urban areas a hindrance to taking back the Senate in 2016?
6. Should the U.S. be concerned about cuts to the British defense budget?
7. What should California do about its water problem?
8. Would the election of “Chuy” Garcia have negative affects on Chicago’s economic outlook?
9. Can bilaterial U.S.-Syrian negotiations end the Syrian civil war?
10. What is the appropriate role of Congress in foreign policy?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of March 9-15, 2015

HOTtopics1. Would a prolonged campaign against ISIS provide more political benefits for Republican hawks or Democratic doves?
2. Are gay rights battles in Alabama and Kansas doing irreparable damage to the Republican brand?
3. Does the U.S. need a “death with dignity” law?
4. Is climate change a bigger threat to U.S. national security than terrorism?
5. Should local school districts be able to design their own testing measures?
6. How can local police forces generate more trust from minority communities?
7. Should Robert Menendez resign?
8. How can Martin O’Malley mount a successful presidential bid?
9. What steps should states take to lower the cost of college tuition?
10. Does Hillary Clinton have an e-mail problem?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of March 2-8, 2015

HOTtopics1. Should the U.S. withdraw all of its embassy personnel from Venezuela?
2. Has Wisconsin lost its progressive edge?
3. How will the Supreme Court rule in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch?
4. Has the Supreme Court become the most efficient part of the U.S. government?
5. Will Rahm Emanuel win re-election?
6. Should the U.S. dismantle pieces of its anti-terror bureaucracy?
7. How will the 2016 presidential primaries affect the ability of Republicans to retain control of the Senate?
8. What role, if any, should President Obama take in the upcoming Israeli elections?
9. Does the CPAC straw poll matter?
10. Will the FCC’s net neutrality ruling survive a legal challenge?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of February 23-March 1, 2015

HOTtopics1. Is the GOP presidential field stronger than 2012?
2. Will the Fifth Circuit undo President Obama’s executive actions on immigration?
3. Has President Obama properly defined America’s fight against terrorism?
4. Will 2015 be a year of better wage growth in the U.S. economy?
5. Does the Chicago mayoral election show growing fault lines within the Democratic Party?
6. Would the sale of U.S. Foods to Sysco hurt consumers?
7. Why is President Obama enjoying improved approval ratings?
8. Is net neutrality a solution in search of a problem?
9. Can school voucher programs significantly improve the American education system?
10. Will Bruce Rauner’s win his fight against public unions?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of February 16-22, 2015

HOTtopics1. Should Hillary Clinton immediately declare that she is officially running for president?
2. Were the Chapel Hill shootings a hate crime?
3. Was Brian Williams’ punishment appropriate?
4. Should those with concealed firearms be required to purchase a permit?
5. What is the appropriate role of the federal government in cybersecurity matters?
6. Who should the U.S. support in Yemen’s political conflict?
7. Will John Kitzhaber’s resignation help Republicans in Oregon?
8. What impact did John Stewart have on American politics?
9. Is President Obama’s proposed AUMF too vague?
10. What changes should be made to No Child Left Behind?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of February 9-15, 2015

HOTtopics1. Can the ABLE Act serve as a model for bipartisan cooperation on Capitol Hill?
2. Should colleges ban fraternities and sororities?
3. Can Kevin Orr save Atlantic City?
4. Does the U.S. need to increase the number of H-1B visas?
5. Would raising taxing on capital-gains harm economic growth?
6. What sent RadioShack into bankruptcy?
7. Has the U.S. lost Yemen?
8. How can moderation be restored within the Republican Party?
9. Should states eliminate their non-medical vaccine exemptions for children attending public school?
10. Is President Obama’s outreach toward Iran complicating the fight against ISIS?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of February 2-8, 2015

HOTtopics1. Is the GOP headed for a brokered convention in 2016?
2. Will tax season cause more Americans to turn against the Affordable Care Act?
3. Is political correctness harming liberalism’s appeal?
4. What new position on climate change should the GOP adopt?
5. How can McDonald’s reverse sliding sales?
6. Should the federal gas tax be raised?
7. Is the anti-vaccine movement a threat to public health?
8. Did Jeb Bush force Mitt Romney out of the 2016 presidential race?
9. Will Loretta Lynch be Eric Holder 2.0?
10. Are the U.S. and India natural allies?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of January 26-February 1, 2015

HOTtopics1. Is Rubio the Republican Obama?
2. How should the U.S. deal with citizens who go and fight for the Islamic State?
3. Should more U.S. cities prohibit alcohol advertising on city property?
4. Which parts of the State of the Union should the GOP support?
5. Will the ECB’s bond buying program force the Federal Reserve to delay its plans to raise interest rates?
6. Should the U.S. remove Cuba from the state sponsors of terrorism list?
7. What changes should be made to the federal disability insurance program?
8. Should welfare recipients be drug tested?
9. Is Oklahoma’s lethal injection system unconstitutional?
10. Would Sarah Palin’s entry into the 2016 presidential race reduce the chances of a Republican winning the White House?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of January 12th-18th, 2015

HOTtopics1. Why did the attempted putsch against John Boehner fail?
2. Should David Petraeus be prosecuted?
3. What impact would Mitt Romney have on the Republican presidential primary if he decides to run for a third time?
4. Is the U.S. economy approaching full employment?
5. Do the 2015 gubernatorial elections matter?
6. Should President Obama veto Keystone?
7. Are the Washington Redskins entitled to trademark protection?
8. Should Congress approve President Obama’s community college plan?
9. What military role should the U.S. have in Afghanistan after 2016?
10. Will Barbara Boxer’s Senate seat be a tossup in the 2016 election cycle?