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HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of May 2-8, 2016

HOTtopics1. Will large scale protests provide a boon to Donald Trump’s presidential hopes?
2. Should U.S. students take a year off before attending college?
3. Is the U.S. military prepared to fight the wars of the future?
4. Did Ted Cruz pick his vice-presidential nominee too early?
5. How will United Healthcare’s decision to drop out of health insurance exchanges affect the future of the Affordable Care Act?
6. Will the Democratic Party have a “contested convention” this summer?
7. How should the U.S. handle Puerto Rico’s debt crisis?
8. Should the Federal Reserve be concerned about sluggish first quarter GDP growth?
9. What is the biggest challenge facing the U.S. public education system?
10. Should women’s rights constitute a key part of American foreign policy?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of April 25-May 1, 2016

HOTtopics1. What is one policy position that Donald Trump needs to become more specific about if he wants to win the presidency?
2. How important is a constitutional right to privacy?
3. Should the FBI disclose the security holes in the San Bernardino iPhone to Apple?
4. What fixes should be made to Social Security?
5. Can North Carolina afford to keep its “bathroom bill” on the books?
6. Has Paul Ryan been an ineffective Speaker?
7. Would placing American ground troops in Syria be a mistake?
8. If you were John Kasich, how would you attempt to secure the Republican presidential nomination at the Cleveland convention?
9. Would agreeing to and ratifying the TTIP help the U.S. economy?
10. Does Harriet Tubman deserve to be on the $20 bill?

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

HOTtopics1. Are African American leaders serving the interests of their constituents in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary?
2. Should technology companies be barred from using unbreakable encryption in their products?
3. How will more racially diverse public schools affect American education policy?
4. Does the U.S. need to use “hard power” to defend human rights?
5. Is it constitutional for a state to make a religious tax its official book?
6. If the GOP loses the presidential election will they confirm Merrick Garland?
7. Will the Supreme Court deadlock when ruling on the constitutionality of President Obama’s executive order on immigration?
8. Who should buy Yahoo!?
9. Should the U.S. reduce its participation in NATO?
10. Can the GOP afford not to make Donald Trump the nominee if he wins a plurality of delegates by the time of the Cleveland convention?

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

HOTtopics1. Will Bill Clinton’s clash with Black Lives Matter activists hurt Hillary Clinton?
2. Does the Supreme Court need to become more diverse?
3. Is Mississippi’s religious liberty bill constitutional?
4. Should the GOP establishment cast its lot with Ted Cruz?
5. How can the U.S. tax code become more simplified?
6. Should the Baker Hughes-Halliburton merger be allowed?
7. Does the U.S. need more regulations to combat corporate inversions?
8. Was the Boston Globe’s fake front page about Donald Trump appropriate?
9. Does Bernie Sanders have a mathematical chance of winning the Democratic presidential nomination?
10. Should the U.S. back the new UN resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

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

HOTtopics1. Should the use of torture be a vital component in the war against terrorism?
2. How should Chicago combat its rising violent crime rate?
3. What would a “rebuilt” Republican Party look like?
4. Does America need to be “great” again?
5. Would a $15 minimum wage hike devastate the Californian economy?
6. Should the U.S. encourage or discourage a “Brexit”?
7. Is the U.S. bearing too much of the cost of European defense?
8. Should Democrats scrap “superdelegates” in future election cycles?
9. What should be America’s foreign policy with Turkey?
10. Will Donald Trump’s abortion comments cost him the GOP presidential nomination?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of March 28-April 3, 2016

HOTtopics1. Should Microsoft buy Yahoo!?
2. How can Donald Trump successfully court female voters in a general election?
3. Should voters be able to directly vote on minimum wage increases?
4. How will the Supreme Court rule in Zubik v. Burwell?
5. Can the Fed wait until September to raise interest rates again?
6. When it comes to foreign policy, does President Obama have a strong human rights record?
7. Could the Obama administration defuse Donald Trump’s popularity by taking stronger action on immigration policy?
8. Is the U.S. military prepared for a war with North Korea?
9. Should “texting while walking” be banned?
10. Is Bernie Sanders refusal to drop out of the Democratic primary hurting Hillary Clinton?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of March 21-27, 2016

HOTtopics1. Should nonprofit hospital be taxed?
2. Can John Kasich win a brokered convention?
3. Is deflation still a threat to the U.S. economy?
4. Should the U.S. lament the ailing state of its coal industry?
5. Is Merrick Garland the best appointment that President Obama could have made to the Supreme Court?
6. Should the U.S. take offensive action to protect Christians from the Islamic State?
7. Is the government unfairly targeting Valeant?
8. Should the U.S. consider adopting European-style “hate speech” laws?
9. What was the biggest mistake of the Rubio campaign?
10. Should the tech industry side with Apple?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of March 14-20, 2016

HOTtopics1. What role should students play in decisions about education policy?
2. Should public schools turn to alternative funding models?
3. How can U.S. states help infants that are born addicted to narcotics?
4. Should denying man-made climate change be considered a federal crime?
5. If Bernie Sanders focuses his attention on anti-free trade positions could be defeat Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination?
6. Does the TSA need more funding?
7. Would a protectionist trade policy do significant damage to the U.S. economy?
8. Will difficulties in the American shale industry cause the economy to enter a recession?
9. Should the U.S. build more nuclear power plants?
10. Will leftist protests increase Donald Trump’s support?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of March 7-13, 2016

HOTtopics1. Should law schools be held civilly liable for graduate employment rates?
2. Would the closure of Gitmo threaten national security?
3. Are political parties becoming obsolete in U.S. politics?
4. Should U.S. states lower the drinking age to eighteen?
5. Do foreign criticisms of Donald Trump help his campaign?
6. Could state pension crises have significant national economic ramifications?
7. Does Bryan Pagliano’s immunity deal increase the chances of a federal indictment against Hillary Clinton?
8. Should children receive government-appointed attorneys in immigration hearings?
9. Does the U.S. need a president that can get along with Vladimir Putin?
10. Would Ted Cruz do better in a general election than Donald Trump?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of February 29-March 7, 2016

HOTtopics1. Should the next U.S. president realign America’s ties with Israel?
2. Does the U.S. need to upgrade its arsenal of nuclear weapons?
3. Should minimum wage laws be set at the federal, state, or local level?
4. Will the U.S. have a constitutional amendment limiting campaign donations by 2021?
5. Should President Obama nominate a Republican to the Supreme Court?
6. How can Donald Trump get Mexican officials to pay for a border wall?
7. Are major American cities doing enough to combat homelessness?
8. John Kasich or Marco Rubio: Which candidate should drop out of the Republican presidential primary?
9. How should universities deal with state imposed funding cuts?
10. Is fiscal rather than monetary policy the answer for what ails the American economy?