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HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of April 27-May 3, 2015

HOTtopics1. Will inquiries into the Clinton Foundation impair Hillary’s ability to win the Democratic presidential nomination?
2. Should states raise the smoking age to 21?
3. What is the best way to evaluate teacher performance?
4. Should Bill de Blasio run for president?
5. Why did the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger unravel?
6. What will be the political impact of growing protests against police brutality?
7. Has the use of drones helped or hindered U.S. counter-terrorism efforts?
8. Will the U.S. still have the death penalty in ten years?
9. What steps should House Republicans take to overhaul the tax code?
10. How will Ben Carson affect the 2016 Republican presidential primaries?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of April 20-26, 2015

HOTtopics1. What is the future of the American environmental movement?
2. How can Democrats win back white, working-class male voters?
3. Has Carly Fiorina become the new Sarah Palin?
4. Is it time for the Senate to hold a vote on Loretta Lynch?
5. How can Marco Rubio win the GOP presidential nomination?
6. Is Apple worth $1 trillion?
7. Should the Federal Reserve raise interest rates in June?
8. What should the U.S. do about continued unrest in Libya?
9. Are too many Republicans running for president?
10. What role should the U.S. play in helping the Iraqi government fight ISIS?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of April 13-19, 2015

HOTtopics1. Are Millennials unfairly criticized?
2. How can America fix the nation’s child care problem?
3. What did North Charleston do right that Ferguson did wrong?
4. Should the U.S. begin using paramilitaries and other proxy forces against the nation’s enemies?
5. Are there too many guns in America?
6. How can Chicago avert bankruptcy?
7. Would U.S. interests be better served by Saudi or Iranian hegemony over the Middle East?
8. Should “gay conversion” therapy be banned?
9. Is Rand Paul the next Goldwater?
10. What lessons can Hillary Clinton draw from Rahm Emanuel’s mayoral campaign?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of April 6-12, 2015

HOTtopics1. Should Republicans attack or embrace the Iranian nuclear deal?
2. Is Jerry Brown doing enough to combat California’s drought?
3. How can the U.S. military retain more recruits?
4. What steps should colleges take to combat racism?
5. Can tech entrepreneurs rescue Detroit?
6. How can President Obama sell the Iranian nuclear deal to the American public?
7. Should the U.S. adopt a vehicles miles traveled (VMT) tax?
8. Is Nevada’s Senate seat a GOP pickup opportunity in 2016?
9. Should the U.S. adopt a law making it illegal to hire models that are “too thin”?
10. Does John Kerry deserve the Nobel Peace Prize?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of March 30-April 5, 2015

HOTtopics1. What reforms should the U.S. make to its juvenile justice system?
2. Should the U.S. adopt a position of neutrality in the Syrian civil war?
3. What is the source of American income inequality?
4. Would it be electorally wise for the Democrats to move in a more progressive policy direction?
5. Should the U.S. increase funding for nuclear energy?
6. Do reforms need to be made to the U.S. food stamp program?
7. Should Democrats make Elizabeth Warren the new Senate Minority Leader?
8. Does Indiana’s “religious freedom” significantly threaten gay rights?
9. How are Senate retirements affecting the 2016 congressional elections?
10. Can Ted Cruz win?

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

HOTtopics1. Who is 2016’s most vulnerable senator?
2. Should TSA agents carry guns?
3. How can New York City better tackle its homeless problem?
4. Is President Obama right about the GOP budget proposal?
5. How can the American gun control movement reverse its sagging fortunes?
6. Will the outcome of the Israeli parliamentary elections worsen U.S.-Israeli relations?
7. What reforms need to be made to Medicare?
8. Should the U.S. end ethanol subsidies?
9. Will the GOP win the Loretta Lynch nomination battle?
10. Should the U.S. make voting mandatory?

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

HOTtopics1. Is the federal government asserting itself too much or too little in local policing?
2. If Hillary Clinton does not run for president, what should be Democrats plan B?
3. Will Utah’s LGBT antidiscrimination law become a template for other states?
4. Should traffic fines be based on income level?
5. Does the Democratic coalition’s domination of America’s major urban areas a hindrance to taking back the Senate in 2016?
6. Should the U.S. be concerned about cuts to the British defense budget?
7. What should California do about its water problem?
8. Would the election of “Chuy” Garcia have negative affects on Chicago’s economic outlook?
9. Can bilaterial U.S.-Syrian negotiations end the Syrian civil war?
10. What is the appropriate role of Congress in foreign policy?

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

HOTtopics1. Would a prolonged campaign against ISIS provide more political benefits for Republican hawks or Democratic doves?
2. Are gay rights battles in Alabama and Kansas doing irreparable damage to the Republican brand?
3. Does the U.S. need a “death with dignity” law?
4. Is climate change a bigger threat to U.S. national security than terrorism?
5. Should local school districts be able to design their own testing measures?
6. How can local police forces generate more trust from minority communities?
7. Should Robert Menendez resign?
8. How can Martin O’Malley mount a successful presidential bid?
9. What steps should states take to lower the cost of college tuition?
10. Does Hillary Clinton have an e-mail problem?

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

HOTtopics1. Should the U.S. withdraw all of its embassy personnel from Venezuela?
2. Has Wisconsin lost its progressive edge?
3. How will the Supreme Court rule in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch?
4. Has the Supreme Court become the most efficient part of the U.S. government?
5. Will Rahm Emanuel win re-election?
6. Should the U.S. dismantle pieces of its anti-terror bureaucracy?
7. How will the 2016 presidential primaries affect the ability of Republicans to retain control of the Senate?
8. What role, if any, should President Obama take in the upcoming Israeli elections?
9. Does the CPAC straw poll matter?
10. Will the FCC’s net neutrality ruling survive a legal challenge?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of February 23-March 1, 2015

HOTtopics1. Is the GOP presidential field stronger than 2012?
2. Will the Fifth Circuit undo President Obama’s executive actions on immigration?
3. Has President Obama properly defined America’s fight against terrorism?
4. Will 2015 be a year of better wage growth in the U.S. economy?
5. Does the Chicago mayoral election show growing fault lines within the Democratic Party?
6. Would the sale of U.S. Foods to Sysco hurt consumers?
7. Why is President Obama enjoying improved approval ratings?
8. Is net neutrality a solution in search of a problem?
9. Can school voucher programs significantly improve the American education system?
10. Will Bruce Rauner’s win his fight against public unions?