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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?

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

HOTtopics1. Should Hillary Clinton immediately declare that she is officially running for president?
2. Were the Chapel Hill shootings a hate crime?
3. Was Brian Williams’ punishment appropriate?
4. Should those with concealed firearms be required to purchase a permit?
5. What is the appropriate role of the federal government in cybersecurity matters?
6. Who should the U.S. support in Yemen’s political conflict?
7. Will John Kitzhaber’s resignation help Republicans in Oregon?
8. What impact did John Stewart have on American politics?
9. Is President Obama’s proposed AUMF too vague?
10. What changes should be made to No Child Left Behind?

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

HOTtopics1. Can the ABLE Act serve as a model for bipartisan cooperation on Capitol Hill?
2. Should colleges ban fraternities and sororities?
3. Can Kevin Orr save Atlantic City?
4. Does the U.S. need to increase the number of H-1B visas?
5. Would raising taxing on capital-gains harm economic growth?
6. What sent RadioShack into bankruptcy?
7. Has the U.S. lost Yemen?
8. How can moderation be restored within the Republican Party?
9. Should states eliminate their non-medical vaccine exemptions for children attending public school?
10. Is President Obama’s outreach toward Iran complicating the fight against ISIS?

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

HOTtopics1. Is the GOP headed for a brokered convention in 2016?
2. Will tax season cause more Americans to turn against the Affordable Care Act?
3. Is political correctness harming liberalism’s appeal?
4. What new position on climate change should the GOP adopt?
5. How can McDonald’s reverse sliding sales?
6. Should the federal gas tax be raised?
7. Is the anti-vaccine movement a threat to public health?
8. Did Jeb Bush force Mitt Romney out of the 2016 presidential race?
9. Will Loretta Lynch be Eric Holder 2.0?
10. Are the U.S. and India natural allies?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of January 26-February 1, 2015

HOTtopics1. Is Rubio the Republican Obama?
2. How should the U.S. deal with citizens who go and fight for the Islamic State?
3. Should more U.S. cities prohibit alcohol advertising on city property?
4. Which parts of the State of the Union should the GOP support?
5. Will the ECB’s bond buying program force the Federal Reserve to delay its plans to raise interest rates?
6. Should the U.S. remove Cuba from the state sponsors of terrorism list?
7. What changes should be made to the federal disability insurance program?
8. Should welfare recipients be drug tested?
9. Is Oklahoma’s lethal injection system unconstitutional?
10. Would Sarah Palin’s entry into the 2016 presidential race reduce the chances of a Republican winning the White House?

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

HOTtopics1. Why did the attempted putsch against John Boehner fail?
2. Should David Petraeus be prosecuted?
3. What impact would Mitt Romney have on the Republican presidential primary if he decides to run for a third time?
4. Is the U.S. economy approaching full employment?
5. Do the 2015 gubernatorial elections matter?
6. Should President Obama veto Keystone?
7. Are the Washington Redskins entitled to trademark protection?
8. Should Congress approve President Obama’s community college plan?
9. What military role should the U.S. have in Afghanistan after 2016?
10. Will Barbara Boxer’s Senate seat be a tossup in the 2016 election cycle?

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

HOTtopics1. Are young Americans facing a retirement crisis?
2. How should LGBT individuals be treated under affirmative action laws?
3. What will be President Obama’s first veto of 2015?
4. One year later: Has marijuana legislation lived up to the hype in Colorado?
5. What rights should pets have?
6. Should the U.S. extend the commitment of its remaining armed forces in Afghanistan?
7. What should be Jerry Brown’s top priorities as he enters his fourth term as governor of California?
8. How can the New York Times reverse its financial fortunes?
9. Was 2014 an awful year for President Obama?
10. Should Mike Huckabee run for president?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of December 29th, 2014-January 4th, 2015

HOTtopics1. Should House Republicans move to expel Michael Grimm?
2. Are racial tensions rising in the United States?
3. What should be the top three priorities of the incoming Republican Congress?
4. Did the Supreme Court rule appropriately in Heien v. North Carolina?
5. Why does President Obama have a poor approval rating among military personnel?
6. Should the Federal Reserve raise interest rates before April?
7. How can the U.S. increase the number of start up firms?
8. Should the U.S. give Guantanamo Bay back to Cuba?
9. How can Bill de Blasio repair his relationship with the NYPD?
10. Can the Republicans win the presidency if there is a strong economy by 2016?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of December 22nd-28th, 2014

HOTtopics1. How should the Department of Education rate colleges and universities?
2. What should be the Democrats economic message in 2016?
3. Is Illinois America’s Greece?
4. Will state lawsuits against Colorado end its marijuana legalization experiment?
5. Is “high value targeting” an ineffective way to fight terrorist groups?
6. Should the U.S. continue to provide defense equipment to Taiwan?
7. In light of falling oil prices, is the Keystone pipeline still needed?
8. Should a history of mental illness bar citizens from owning a firearm?
9. Did Sony Pictures make the right decision to pull “The Interview”?
10. Will normalizing relations with Cuba improve the United States’ standing with other Latin American nations?