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HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of April 21st-27th, 2014

HOTtopics1. Can the “grand bargain” save Detroit?
2. What steps should be taken to reduce the size of healthcare spending in the United States?
3. Should e-cigarettes be regulated the same way as tobacco products?
4. Do proposed reforms to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac do enough to protect taxpayers?
5. Should Western states take control of federally owned lands?
6. What impact is the sequester having on American foreign policy?
7. Will President Obama’s foreign policy decisions imperil Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential aspirations?
8. Should the U.S. increase its foreign aid budget?
9. How should New York deal with gun owners who refused to register their assault weapons?
10. Is Sarah Palin still relevant?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of April 14th-20th, 2014

HOTtopics1. Is Bobby Jindal’s healthcare proposal a feasible alternative to the Affordable Care Act?
2. Did CBS make the wrong call in deciding to replace David Letterman with Stephen Colbert?
3. If Russia occupies Eastern Ukraine, how should the U.S. react?
4. Should Vance McAllister resign?
5. What is the best way for the federal government to oversee grazing on public lands in the West?
6. How will the U.S. government’s decision to deny a visa to Hamid Abutalebi impact its nuclear talks with Iran?
7. Does Kathleen Sebelius’s resignation improve the public relations dimension of the Affordable Care Act?
8. Is the “war on women” narrative still politically effective?
9. Should state be required to disclose the drugs used for lethal injection?
10. The Heartbleed virus: a significant security threat or a nuisance for businesses?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of April 7th-13th, 2014

HOTtopics1. The new jobs report: cause for celebration or source of anxiety about the status of America’s economic recovery?
2. Is Paul Ryan making a mistake by not including defense cuts in his budget proposal?
3. What steps can be taken to make higher education more affordable?
4. Does McCutcheon v. FEC devastate what remains of campaign finance law?
5. What is the best way to measure unemployment?
6. Should soldiers at military posts be armed?
7. Are state increases in the minimum wage helping or hindering Democratic prospects this November?
8. Should the U.S. permanently abandon efforts to broker a Middle East peace agreement?
9. Is Mark Warner’s Senate seat vulnerable?
10. Should General Motors compensate victims of “Switchgate”?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of March 31st-April 6th, 2014

HOTtopics1. Will the Ukrainian crisis cause America to change its foreign policy toward Taiwan?
2. Has Chris Christie overcome “Bridgegate”?
3. Will Taco Bell’s decsion to serve breakfast help it gain market share?
4. Does the United States need a good relationship with the Vatican?
5. If it stands, how will the Chicago NLRB’s ruling that Northwestern’s football players can unionize impact collegiate athletics?
6. Is another “Dust Bowl” looming?
7. Will the arrest of Raymond Chow set back the American gun control movement for decades?
8. If you were a Republican moderate, how would you take back control of the party?
9. How should states handle tenure for teachers?
10. Is Texas’s 2013 abortion law constitutional?

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

HOTtopics1. Would a Hillary Clinton presidency disappoint Democratic liberals?
2. Will 2014 be the year that the U.S. housing market makes a complete recovery?
3. Is the liberalism of Millennial voters overstated?
4. How can Republicans win the Illinois gubernatorial election?
5. What steps can local school districts take to reduce a racial gap in discipline policies?
6. Is the U.S. prepared for another Cold War?
7. What impact will recent recalls have on General Motors recovery?
8. PACs: democratic benefit or impediment?
9. Can President Obama’s plan for an Energy Security Trust Fund successfully reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil?
10. Will affirmative action policies continue to pass judicial muster over the next decade?

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

HOTtopics1. Should states ban the use of Google Glass while driving?
2. Is President Obama weighing down Democratic candidates in 2014?
3. What is America’s foreign policy?
4. Is the U.S. government making a mistake in giving away authority over the Internet?
5. Should the Justice Department prosecute the CIA for allegedly spying on Congress?
6. What role should the federal government play in medical marijuana research?
7. Should President Obama issue an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity?
8. Why is the U.S. experiencing a heroin crisis?
9. Can Democrats win Georgia’s Senate seat in 2014?
10. Is natural gas the engine of America’s energy future?

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

HOTtopics1. Should the U.S. recognize the annexation of Crimea?
2. Why is Sam Brownback in danger of losing the Kansas governor’s race this year?
3. Should marijuana distributors be allowed to advertise their products on television?
4. Will a cross-industry group formed by Visa and Mastercard significantly improve the security of credit transactions?
5. Should commercial drones be allowed over U.S. airspace?
6. What reforms should be made to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration?
7. How will Millennials change American politics?
8. The new SAT: enacting much-needed changes or reducing standards?
9. Who is the conservative frontrunner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination?
10. Does the Affordable Care Act harm unionized workers?

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

HOTtopics1. What is the smartest way to cut America’s defense budget?
2. Will President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” program reduce dropout rates among minority youth?
3. Has the U.S. given up on Syria?
4. Should concealed weapons be allowed on college campuses?
5. How can the U.S. rebuild its manufacturing sector?
6. Can junk food taxes resolve America’s obesity rate?
7. How much free speech should students enjoy in American schools?
8. Is net neutrality the consumer issue of the 21st century?
9. If Russia invades Ukraine, how should the U.S. react?
10. Should the Federal Reserve be given powers to regulate Bitcoin?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of February 24th-March 2nd, 2014

HOTtopics1. Is Bill de Blasio misguided in limiting the growth of New York City charter schools?
2. Who is the most vulnerable Senate Democrat in 2014?
3. What role should states play in making American education policy?
4. Will an e-mail probe in Wisconsin dampen Scott Walker’s 2016 presidential prospects?
5. Is it better for states to raise the minimum wage or have the federal government set a uniform national standard?
6. Can an expansion of online gambling help state economies?
7. Will Jan Brewer veto the Arizona anti-gay service bill?
8. Should California be split into six states?
9. Has President Obama’s environmental policy handicapped America’s economic growth?
10. What impact will food stamp cuts in the recent farm bill have on America’s poor?

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

HOTtopics1. How can the UAW unionize more auto plants in the South?
2. Does the Ninth Circuit’s recent ruling on concealed firearms signal the beginning of the end of the American gun control movement?
3. Would the unionization of college football players harm athletes that compete in less publicized intercollegiate sports?
4. How can the United States federal government improve math and science education?
5. Should Internet freedom occupy a more prominent place in American foreign policy?
6. Will John Kasich win re-election this November?
7. Was the passage of a clean debt ceiling bill a significant political victory for President Obama?
8. Has the “war on tobacco” succeeded?
9. Are Rand Paul’s attacks on Bill Clinton working?
10. Will the legalization of gay marriage in more states help or hinder conservative candidates in the 2014 midterms?