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HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of June 29-July 5, 2015

HOTtopics1. How will the Obergefell case impact the Republican presidential primaries?
2. Is Bernie Sanders becoming a significant threat to Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations?
3. With no rate increase in June, is the Federal Reserve poised to raise rates in September?
4. Do recent decisions indicate that the Supreme Court now leans to the left?
5. Will the revised U.S. hostage policy put more Americans at risk?
6. Should the U.S. care about the Greek debt crisis?
7. Are transgender rights the next civil rights battleground?
8. Will Space X’s failures deter private investment in the space industry?
9. Should orthodox Christians in America follow the “Benedict option”?
10. How will the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage affect future First Amendment cases where religious and civil rights clash?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of June 22-28, 2015

HOTtopics1. Should the Charleston church shooting be considered an act of terrorism?
2. Is Donald Trump a serious presidential candidate?
3. Will a crackdown on dissident Republicans strengthen John Boehner’s power in the House?
4. Should South Carolina remove the Confederate flag from its state grounds?
5. What should Republicans do if the Supreme Court rules against the ACA in King v. Burwell?
6. Was the Iowa Republican Party misguided in ending the Iowa Straw Poll?
7. Does President Obama risk becoming a lame duck if he continues to push for more free trade deals?
8. Should Uber drivers be considered employees instead of independent contractors?
9. What kind of gun control does America need?
10. How should American schools handle truancy?

2015 NSDA Nationals: USX Final Round Analysis

Dallas 15The 2015 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 6:00 p.m. CST this evening and they will be streamed at this link.

Note #1: Some notable judges for this round include Todd Hering of Eastview High School, coach of the 2004 and 2005 U.S. Extemp national champion; Mario Herrera of Henry W. Grady High School in Georgia, coach of the National Points Race runner-up in 2012; and Montgomery Bell Academy Extemp Round Robin tournament director Adam Johnson.

Note #2: The official number of contestants this year in U.S. Extemp was 244.
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2015 NSDA Nationals: USX Final Round Preview

Dallas 15The first of two extemp categories on Friday’s main event schedule, United States Extemp will take place at 9:30 a.m. CST. As usual, Extemp Central will provide a short recap of the round after it concludes.

The following preview is designed to let readers know a little about each of the participants in this year’s field. This year’s final features two returning finalists, one of whom is in the final round for the third consecutive year. ¬†Four of the competitors have a state championship to their credit (with two competitors winning their state’s extemp title three times) and the final round extempers have three TOC qualifying titles and twelve TOC qualifying tournament final round appearances to their credit.
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HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of June 8-14, 2015

HOTtopics1. What are the economic implications of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie and Fitch Stores?
2. How can the U.S. rein in rising drug costs?
3. Is the EPA’s latest report on fracking a victory for the oil and gas industry?
4. Have open-carry laws gone too far?
5. How should the Federal Reserve react to the latest jobs report?
6. Should Americans be automatically registered to vote?
7. Does New York City need stronger rent regulations?
8. Is America’s national security apparatus a threat to American liberty?
9. How can the U.S. best assure Asian allies that it will deal with the China threat?
10. Is President Obama losing the TPP debate?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of June 1-7, 2015

HOTtopics1. Is America facing a new nationwide crime wave?
2. Does the hemp industry have significant economic potential?
3. Should the Lifeline program be extended to cover broadband Internet?
4. Does the federal government need to pass a stronger law to stop scrap metal theft?
5. Are the Republicans heading for a deadlocked presidential convention next year?
6. How should Illinois close its budget shortfall?
7. Should Democratic presidential candidates worry about the anemic first quarter growth number?
8. Do the USA Freedom Act privacy protections go far enough?
9. When it comes to gay marriage, should the U.S. follow the Irish model?
10. What are George Pataki’s chances of capturing the GOP presidential nomination?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of May 25-31, 2015

HOTtopics1. Should Congress eliminate the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program?
2. How can the mass incarceration problem be ended?
3. Should individual employees face criminal charges in the GM ignition case?
4. How can fast food worker protests gain more traction?
5. Did Rand Paul’s recent filibuster against the Patriot Act bolster his presidential chances?
6. Is the Department of Agriculture effectively dealing with the domestic bird flu outbreak?
7. Are sustained low interest rates harming American economic growth?
8. How can the liberal arts secure more funding in a “STEM era”?
9. Will Republicans pay a significant political price for backing trade promotion authority?
10. Does the U.S. need to do more to fight ISIS in Syria?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of May 18-24, 2015

HOTtopics1. Should Southern states create an “SEC Primary”?
2. Will corruption investigations in New York bring down Andrew Cuomo?
3. Should Jeb Bush embrace his brother’s presidential decisions as he crafts his 2016 campaign strategy?
4. What impact will the bird flu outbreak have on the U.S. economy?
5. Should the U.S. put more money into Amtrak?
6. Would universal preschool substantially improve the educational performance of low-income students?
7. Should ABC News fire George Stephanopoulous?
8. How should the U.S. respond to Chinese island-building efforts in the South China Sea?
9. Should abortions be illegal after twenty weeks?
10. Will Russ Feingold recapture his Senate seat in 2016?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of May 11-17, 2015

HOTtopics1. Should the GOP punt the White House and focus its attention on retaining the Senate in 2016?
2. Is the Internet producing a crisis of American masculinity?
3. Will the push for a ceasefire in Yemen harm America’s relationship with Saudi Arabia?
4. Does the NYPD need more police officers?
5. Why has the U.S. economic recovery been uneven?
6. Are schools doing enough to counter bullying?
7. Should Congress renew the Patriot Act?
8. Is Elizabeth Warren wrong about the TPP?
9. Has ISIS become America’s leading domestic terror threat?
10. Will mega-donors and Super PACs decide the GOP presidential nomination?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of May 4-10, 2015

HOTtopics1. Will Bernie Sanders candidacy pull Hillary Clinton farther to the left?
2. Should Congress grant President Obama trade promotion authority?
3. Is John Kasich a formidable presidential candidate?
4. Should the federal government nationalize policing?
5. Did Stephanie Rawlings-Blake make the Baltimore riots worse?
6. Should churches lose their tax exempt status if they refuse to hold gay weddings?
7. Does the use of midazolam for lethal injections violate the Eighth Amendment?
8. Was slow economic growth in the first quarter an abberation?
9. Is it time for the U.S. to forge a closer relationship with Vietnam?
10. Should a special prosecutor handle the Freddie Gray case?