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HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of July 18-24, 2016

HOTtopics1. Is North Carolina’s voter ID law unconstitutional?
2. How can Christian conservatives regain their political voice?
3. Should Democrats eliminte superdelegates from the 2020 election cycle?
4. How can the U.S. end the heroin epidemic?
5. Should federal anti-trust officials pay special attention to Google?
6. How can local police forces recruit more African-American applicants?
7. Should the next U.S. president re-evaluate America’s relationship with Saudi Arabia?
8. In the next ten years will the U.S. have fewer troops in Afghanistan?
9. Should the U.S. extradite Fethullah Gulen?
10. Will the Pence pick enhance Donald Trump’s relationship with socially conservative voters?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of July 11-17, 2016

HOTtopics1. Will the U.S. economy experience a recession by the end of 2016?
2. What is to blame for the recent police shootings of African-American suspects?
3. Does Hillary Clinton need a progressive or moderate vice-president?
4. Can the U.S. afford to give free college education to all Americans?
5. What regulations should be imposed on stem cell clinics?
6. Are federal, state, and local authorities doing enough to prevent forest fires?
7. What changes does the State Department need to make with regards to the handling of classified information?
8. Will the Dallas shootings do significant damage to Black Lives Matter?
9. What implications would a Paul Ryan primary loss have on the 2016 midterm elections?
10. Would Newt Gingrich be a good vice-presidential pick for Donald Trump?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of July 4-10, 2016

HOTtopics1. How valuable is the South China Sea to American national interests?
2. Should the U.S. work more closely with Russia in resolving the Syrian Civil War?
3. How much money should Congress spend on combating Zika?
4. Will California’s gun control package become a model for other states?
5. What should the U.S. do for the “victims” of free trade?
6. How significant was the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on abortion rights?
7. Are drone strikes becoming a problem for America’s image abroad?
8. Can Democrats count on significant numbers of Hispanic votes in 2016?
9. Has Bill Clinton compromised the integrity of the government’s investigation into Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation?
10. How can Donald Trump broaden the appeal of his populist message to the African-American community?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of June 27-July 3, 2016

HOTtopics1. Is it time to privatize elements of Social Security?
2. Should those on the federal “no fly” list be allowed to purchase firearms?
3. If you were advising U.S. Senator Mark Kirk, what advice would you give him to retain his Senate seat in 2016?
4. Should prisoners be eligible for Pell Grants?
5. Can the Libertarian Party win more than 5% of the popular vote in the 2016 presidential election?
6. Will Marco Rubio win re-election to the Senate?
7. Has President Obama weakened America’s border protections?
8. Will the Brexit cause the Federal Reserve to keep interest rates the same for the rest of 2016?
9. How can states encourage more people to go into the teaching profession?
10. Should Hillary Clinton make Elizabeth Warren her vice presidential nominee?

2016 NSDA Nationals: USX Final Round Analysis

SLC NationsThe 2016 National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) United States Extemp final round has concluded. Here is Extemp Central’s brief summary and analysis of this year’s final round. Awards are scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. EST this evening and they will be streamed at this link.

Note:  252 extempers competed in U.S. Extemp at this year’s national tournament.
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HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of June 6-12, 2016

HOTtopics1. Is expanding Social Security benefits a bad idea?
2. Should telephone companies be required to offer robocall-blocking technology to their customers?
3. If Republican moderates wanted to run an anti-Trump presidential candidate, who would be their best choice?
4. Why has the economic payoff from additional technology been so elusive?
5. Will the Trump University lawsuit do lasting damage to the Trump campaign?
6. Why has violent crime risen in major American cities this year?
7. Has the Obama administration been too lax in its approach to designating national monuments?
8. Would significant participation by President Obama in the 2016 presidential election help or hurt Hillary Clinton’s chances of victory?
9. Is corporate money the cause of corruption in American politics?
10. What was the biggest mistake of Bernie Sanders presidential campaign?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of May 30-June 5, 2016

HOTtopics1. Is it time for the federal government to strict access to U.S. national parks?
2. Should life-without-parole sentences for juvenile offenders be abolished?
3. Is Donald Trump’s willingness to debate Bernie Sanders a political stroke of genius or an act he will later regret?
4. Should more municipalities mandate that large vendors and hotels separate organic waste for recycling?
5. Why are a large number of “Millennials” still living with their parents?
6. What steps can be taken to enhance the ability of Americans to purchase affordable housing?
7. Is Chicago poised to have a “bloody summer”?
8. Will the Libertarian Party win a record number of votes in this year’s presidential election?
9. Should Bernie Sanders have attacked Hillary Clinton on the e-mail issue earlier?
10. Will the Zika virus hurt the summer tourism season?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of May 23-29, 2016

HOTtopics1. What lessons should California learn from its water crisis?
2. Is President Obama’s new overtime rule bad for workers?
3. Who is the most vulnerable senator of the 2016 election cycle?
4. Is college debt weighing down the U.S. economy?
5. Do American urban areas need more green spaces?
6. Is voter apathy the cause for America’s current political polarization?
7. What will the Obama administration’s legacy be when it comes to issues that affect the African-American community?
8. Do “excessive profits” exist?
9. Would the end of lethal injection mean the end of the death penalty in America?
10. What should Bernie Sanders demand at the Democratic convention?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of May 16-22, 2016

HOTtopics1. What should American conservatism look like?
2. Will President Obama’s argument for trasgender bathroom rights lead to an expansion of private school enrollment?
3. Should federal regulators pay more attention to the activities of Google and Amazon?
4. Will John McCain lose his Senate seat?
5. How will Pfizer’s decision to stop selling drugs for lethal injections impact death penalty practices in the United States?
6. Will personality or policy determine the otucome of the 2016 presidential election?
7. Are long airport screening wait times a national crisis?
8. Can Hillary Clinton afford to lose a significant percentage of blue collar workers in the general election?
9. Has “political correctness” dulled American culture?
10. Should illegal immigrants have access to benefits under the ACA?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of May 9-15, 2016

HOTtopics1. Should the U.S. consider abandoning its allies in Western Europe for a closer relationship with Russia?
2. What supports should states provide to single mothers?
3. Who should Donald Trump choose as his running mate?
4. When, if ever, should juveniles ever be tried as adults in the criminal justice system?
5. Would a “soda tax” reduce America’s growing obesity rate?
6. What role should President Obama play in the 2016 presidential election?
7. How high should the minimum wage be?
8. Should more universities follow Harvard’s policy on single-gender social clubs?
9. Will the FBI recommend an indictment of Hillary Clinton?
10. How would a Trump presidency alter American foreign policy?