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HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of January 22-28, 2018

HOTtopics1. Has the American media been too harsh on the Trump presidency?
2. Is the Wisconsin special election result the “canary in a coal mine” for the Republicans as the 2018 midterms approach?
3. How much credit does President Trump deserve for America’s current economic performance?
4. Will New California become the fifty-first state?
5. How is President Trump reorienting American foreign policy in the Middle East?
6. Will the recent government shutdown backfire on Democrats?
7. Should the U.S. support the establishment of a Kurdish state?
8. How much responsibility does the U.S. bear for the current political and economic situation in Haiti?
9. If the Democrats win the 2018 midterms, would it be politically wise for them to impeach Trump?
10. Does the resignation of ten members of the National Party System Advisory Board reflect poorly on the leadership skills of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of January 15-21, 2018



1. Is Oprah Winfrey a credible presidential candidate?
2. What parameters should Donald Trump’s attorneys insist on if he is to be interviewed by Robert Mueller?
3. Are U.S. efforts to encourage anti-government groups in Iran counterproductive?
4. Should the Trump administration take back its decision to eliminate TPS status for Salvadoran migrants?
5. Does the naming of winter storms make Americans care more about them?
6. Should America best fight illegal immigration by fining employers?
7. Will the economy allow Republicans to gain seats in the midterm elections?
8. Should Florida be exempted from offshore oil drilling?
9. How should the Supreme Court rule in Jon Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute?
10. Has Jerry Brown saved California?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of December 5-11, 2016

HOTtopics1. How will a Trump presidency affect Sino-U.S. relations?
2. What will be the first priority of the new Congress?
3. Who will win Louisiana’s Senate runoff?
4. Would financial sanctions for outsourcing hurt the American economy?
5. How safe is the U.S. financial system from another 2008-style meltdown?
6. Is General James Mattis a poor pick for Secretary of Defense?
7. Will President Obama pardon Bowe Bergdahl?
8. Should all U.S. public housing be smoke free?
9. How much constitutional protection should teacher speech enjoy?
10. Should flag burning be constitutional?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of November 28-December 4, 2016

HOTtopics1. Do Americans need a tax cut or a tax increase?
2. Will Trump’s presidency be a major setback for global climate change efforts?
3. Do poor Black Friday sales signal weakness in the U.S. economy?
4. Should Democrats block Jeff Sessions confirmation as attorney general?
5. What role should President Obama play in national politics after he leaves the White House?
6. Should House Democrats ditch Nancy Pelosi?
7. Will the death of Fidel Castro make it easier for the U.S. to form closer relations with Cuba?
8. Would Mitt Romney be an effective Secretary of State?
9. Should President Obama pardon Hillary Clinton?
10. Will Jill Stein’s recount efforts delegitimize Donald Trump’s presidency?

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

HOTtopics1. Why did Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election?
2. Will the Electoral College be abolished before 2020?
3. Who is the Democratic frontrunner for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination?
4. Will U.S.-Russian relations improve during a Trump presidency?
5. Who should Donald Trump name to the U.S. Supreme Court?
6. What does Trump’s victory mean for President Obama’s legacy?
7. Are protests against the outcome of the 2016 presidential election counterproductive?
8. How might a Trump presidency affect the future of the Federal Reserve?
9. Will Trump build his wall?
10. Was Mike Pence instrumental in Trump’s electoral success?

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

HOTtopics1. What was the most shocking outcome of the 2016 elections?
2. What lessons should the Republican Party learn from the 2016 elections?
3. What lessons should the Democratic Party learn from the 2016 elections?
4. Are the ongoing Clinton investigations doing significant damage to the FBI’s reputation?
5. How can the NFL fix declining ratings?
6. Should “citizens observers” be allowed near polling precincts?
7. What should the U.S. do about Venezuela’s growing political and economic problems?
8. Should the U.S. abolish daylight savings time?
9. Are U.S. schools doing enough to stop teen suicide?
10. How many tax incentives should exist for charitable giving?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of October 31-November 6, 2016

HOTtopics1. Who will win the 2016 presidential election?
2. What is the most important Senate campaign of 2016?
3. Are low interest rates doing significant damage to the standard of living of elderly Americans?
4. Why did the government fail to secure a conviction of the occupiers of the Oregon Wildlife Refuge?
5. How will the Supreme Court rule in G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board?
6. Should Hillary Clinton make Joe Biden her Secretary of State?
7. How much influence will Bernie Sanders have in the next Congress?
8. Should all U.S. states use early voting?
9. Are U.S. schools doing enough to prevent cyberbullying?
10. Is President Obama’s “pivot to Asia” failing?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of October 24-30, 2016

HOTtopics1. If Donald Trump loses, who is the GOP frontrunner for 2020?
2. Are more laws needed to prevent discrimination against deaf Americans?
3. Should federal regulators allow AT&T to merge with Time Warner?
4. What will be the biggest foreign policy problem facing the next U.S. president?
5. Should presidential term limits be abolished?
6. What consequences would growing disputes within the Federal Reserve over monetary policy have on the U.S. economy?
7. Will Evan McMullin win Utah?
8. How many Senate seats will the GOP end up with when the 2016 elections end?
9. Is the U.S. presidential election “rigged”?
10. What should the U.S. do about the Philippines apparent reorientation toward China?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of October 17-23, 2016

HOTtopics1. How involved should the U.S. be in Yemen’s ongoing war?
2. Is a Senate upset brewing in Wisconsin?
3. How should the next U.S. presidential administration approach Cuba?
4. Will California voters end the state’s death penalty this November?
5. What does artificial intelligence mean for the future of the American labor market?
6. How can the American media restore its credibility?
7. Has the 2016 presidential election morphed into a referendum on “male privilege”?
8. Are Americans taxed too much or taxed too little?
9. What do declining NFL ratings mean for traditional television?
10. Would a Clinton restoration be more hawkish in its foreign policy towards Russia?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of October 10-16, 2016

HOTtopics1. Are school districts doing enough to reduce achievement gaps?
2. How can hyper-partisanship be reduced in American politics?
3. Why did the Obama administration’s “reset” with Russia fail?
4. Will the next U.S. president have to make substantial changes to the Affordable Care Act?
5. Can “stop-and-frisk” halt America’s rising murder rate?
6. Is the recent unemployment report worrying?
7. How should the next presidential administration deal with North Korea?
8. What changes should be made to future presidential debates?
9. Was the threat of Hurricane Matthew overstated?
10. Have Donald Trump’s 2005 comments about women permanently sunk his campaign?