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HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of November 30-December 6, 2015

HOTtopics1. What changes will Congress make to No Child Left Behind?
2. Why is there so much tension in America over abortion rights?
3. Should states raise the smoking age to twenty-one?
4. Will the Supreme Court find President Obama’s executive orders on immigration constitutional?
5. Which nation in the Middle East should receive the most backing from the United States?
6. Should the Republican Party embrace protectionism?
7. Has the Obama presidency been bad for race relations?
8. Should Hawaii’s native people enjoy self-governance?
9. Would Chicago be better off if it had a vibrant two party system?
10. How can the GOP establishment stop Donald Trump?

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

HOTtopics1. What should be the U.S. position at the Paris climate talks?
2. Why did Bobby Jindal’s presidential campaign fail?
3. Is leftist activism becoming a significant problem for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign?
4. Should more status reject Common Core testing?
5. Why did the Democrats win Louisiana’s gubernatorial election?
6. Should the Obama administration do more to free Jason Rezaian?
7. Is President Obama pursuing the right policy toward the Islamic State?
8. What improvements need to be made in airline security?
9. How can Democrats win over white working class voters?
10. Is George W. Bush responsible for the Islamic State?

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

HOTtopics1. Is a simplified tax code in America’s best interest?
2. How might the Paris terror attacks affect the U.S. presidential campaign?
3. What steps should Baltimore take to curb its rising homicide rate?
4. How should the Supreme Court rule in Woman’s Health v. Cole?
5. Should America’s churches adopt a more liberal outlook?
6. Are America’s schools giving students too much homework?
7. How many candidates should be included in the next GOP presidential debate?
8. Is the U.S. at war with “radical Islam”?
9. Will President Obama be able to close terror detention facilities at Gitmo before the end of his presidency?
10. Is the GOP establishment out of touch with most Republican voters?

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

HOTtopics1. What is the appropriate place of technology in America’s schools?
2. Was President Obama justified in rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline?
3. Who should be the next Secretary of Education?
4. Are colleges doing enough to combat racism?
5. Should Democrats worry about the outcome of the 2015 elections?
6. Does the U.S. still have a major drug problem?
7. What reforms should be made to the American prison system?
8. Why is Ben Carson leading the GOP’s primary polls?
9. Does Bernie Sanders have a path to victory in the Democratic primaries?
10. What assistance should the U.S. provide to aid Europe in the current refugee crisis?

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

HOTtopics1. Does the media have a liberal bias?
2. Should the U.S. mandate compulsory military service?
3. Are civil commitments for sex offenders unconstitutional?
4. Has California done enough to conserve water during its long-term drought?
5. What role, if any, should police play in student discipline matters?
6. Will rising insurance premiums cause fewer Americans to seek health insurance in 2016?
7. What should be Paul Ryan’s priorities as the new Speaker of the House?
8. Should the Department of Justice launch a probe of ExxonMobile for promoting climate-change skepticism?
9. How much longer should U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan?
10. Buy or sell: Ted Cruz’s presidential chances.

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of October 26-November 1, 2015

HOTtopics1. Can Paul Ryan become a more effective Speaker than John Boehner?
2. Would a Jim Webb independent bid for the presidency make the GOP’s presidential path to victory more complicated?
3. Is California ready for El Nino?
4. How can the U.S. implement climate change mitigation efforts in an economically effective way?
5. Can “The Primary School” serve as a model for school reform in the U.S.?
6. Should more states pursue the legalization of marijuana?
7. Can Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign be saved?
8. Is there too much testing in America’s schools?
9. What should be America’s foreign policy in the Middle East?
10. Will next week’s gubernatorial elections have any impact on the 2016 presidential election?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of October 19-25, 2015

HOTtopics1. Did President Obama make the right decision regarding American troops in Afghanistan?
2. Should the U.S. rethink birthright citizenship?
3. Is a genuine marketplace for health insurance possible?
4. Will 2016 be a “rage election”?
5. Would a mandatory buyback program of firearms in the U.S. violate the Second Amendment?
6. How should the U.S. react to unrest in Israel and the Palestinian territories?
7. Will Rand Paul be the next Republican to drop out of the 2016 presidential contest?
8. Should the federal government withhold funding from sanctuary cities?
9. How should Hawaii handle its homelessness problem?
10. Is there a place for Joe Biden in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary?

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

HOTtopics1. Will the U.S. Senate ratify the TPP?
2. Should daily fantasy sports games for money be prohibited?
3. Is Los Angeles prepared for the next big earthquake?
4. Should illegal immigrant students be allowed to pay in-state tuition rates?
5. Is the American debate on gun control shifting?
6. Will the Pentagon’s new plan to fight ISIS succeed?
7. Should the Federal Reserve look into a negative interest rate policy?
8. Is American influence in the Middle East waning?
9. Should “gun free zones” be abolished?
10. Is the Republican Party too dysfunctional to win the White House?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of October 5-11, 2015

HOTtopics1. Will President Obama veto the National Defense Authorization Act?
2. How can more physicians be encouraged to adopt e-health records?
3. Should the U.S. make a manned Mars mission a priority?
4. How many Supreme Court justices will the next President appoint?
5. Should the Affordable Care Act be extended to cover illegal immigrants?
6. Has the Benghazi special committee been useful?
7. Is Jason Chaffetz the Speaker of the House that Republicans need?
8. Would holding gun manufacturers liable for shootings violate the Second Amendment?
9. How should the U.S. respond to increased Russian intervention in Syria?
10. Should the U.S. adopt a nationalist economic policy?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of September 28-October 4, 2015

HOTtopics1. Is containment the best way for the U.S. to defeat ISIS?
2. Should colleges stop accepting the ACT and SAT for admission?
3. Can states constitutionally provide lethal injection drugs to other states?
4. Who is the “values” candidate in this year’s Republican field?
5. Should schools ban tag?
6. Who should be the next Speaker of the House?
7. Is the “Carly boom” sustainable?
8. Have Ben Carson’s comments about Muslims disqualified him from the presidency?
9. Was Pope Francis’s visit to the U.S. a success?
10. Is John Boehner’s resignation a bad sign for those favoring moderation within the Republican Party?