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HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of August 18th-24th, 2014

HOTtopics1. Does the U.S. need a manned space program?
2. Is ISIS an immediate threat to the United States?
3. Should online communications enjoy a higher form of privacy protection?
4. Is legal pot a public health menace?
5. Should the U.S. place an arms embargo on Israel?
6. Does President Obama need a more defined foreign policy doctrine?
7. Will Scott Walker be re-elected?
8. Does the militarization of police forces pose a constitutional threat?
9. Should redistricting powers be taken away from state legislatures?
10. Is it in Hillary Clinton’s best interest to distance herself from President Obama?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of August 11th-17th, 2014

HOTtopics1. Could Mitt Romney become 2016′s “comeback kid”?
2. Are U.S. hospitals prepared for an Ebola outbreak?
3. Will the 2014 midterms be a referendum on President Obama?
4. Does the GOP have an “image problem”?
5. Should there be a ban on school bake sales?
6. Have Democrats done enough to protect Mark Udall’s Senate seat?
7. How should the U.S. government change the way it gives foreign aid?
8. Should food stamp eligibility include a mandatory work requirement?
9. After John Walsh’s withdrawal, have Democrats lost any chance of hanging on to Montana’s Senate seat?
10. What actions, if any, should the U.S. take against the Islamic State?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of August 4th-10th, 2014

HOTtopics1. Should John Brennan resign?
2. Are open carry advocates harming the pro-gun movement?
3. Is the latest jobs report good news for the U.S. economy?
4. Could Ben Carson win the 2016 Republican presidential nomination?
5. Why is the public souring on President Obama’s foreign policy?
6. Is Eric Cantor’s departure from Congress beneficial for the Republican Party?
7. Are American media conglomerates becoming too large?
8. How responsible is the U.S. for Libya’s instability?
9. What accounts for Hollywood’s awful summer?
10. How should the U.S. respond to the African Ebola outbreak?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of July 28th-August 3rd, 2014

HOTtopics1. Do questions about the legality of federal health insurance exchange subsidies imperil the future of the Affordable Care Act?
2. Will Georgia’s Senate race decide control of the Senate?
3. Should investors be alarmed at Amazon’s recent losses?
4. Assuming it could be implemented, would Paul Ryan’s anti-poverty plan work?
5. Should Hondurans be granted refugee status?
6. Is an overhaul of the corporate tax code the best way to prevent inversions?
7. Should obesity be considered a disability?
8. Is desalinization the answer to future droughts?
9. Will Montana’s Senate seat turn red in November?
10. Is President Obama’s foreign policy to blame for the violence in the Middle East?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of July 21st-27th, 2014

HOTtopics1. What impact would Rupert Murdoch’s purchase Time Warner have on the American media industry?
2. How can the Republican Party enhance its appeal to blue collar workers?
3. Would dividing California into six states produce a terrible economic outcome?
4. If there is a stock market bubble, how much of it is the result of the Federal Reserve’s monetary policies?
5. Will Cormac Carney’s ruling against California’s death penalty survive appeal?
6. Should the federal government have a reduced role in the terrorism insurance market?
7. Does the House’s IRS probe still have legs?
8. Should vaccinations become compulsory for all American citizens?
9. Does President Obama have the right recipe for fixing America’s infrastructure woes?
10. Is John Kasich a viable presidential candidate?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of July 14th-20th, 2014

HOTtopics1. Has the American public lost confidence in President Obama?
2. Does the border crisis help or hinder Rick Perry’s 2016 presidential prospects?
3. What steps should Rahm Emanuel take to reduce Chicago’s high crime rate?
4. Has the vilification of the Koch brothers gone too far?
5. Is Carl Icahn right about the need for investors to be cautious about U.S. stocks?
6. Should the federal government break up America’s largest banks?
7. Is GOP obstructionism the message that Democrats should double down on to win the 2014 midterms?
8. Should the FCC grant Amazon permission to test drones?
9. How important is Louisiana’s Senate race?
10. Does Kanerva v. Weems bode ill for Chicago’s economic future?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of July 7th-13th, 2014

HOTtopics1. Is the United States still the world’s economic leader?
2. Will environmental concerns decide 2014 Senate races in the Western states?
3. Is soccer becoming a more prominent sport in America?
4. Should public sector unions exist?
5. Is Main Street benefiting from the current economic recovery?
6. What does sensible gun control look like?
7. Will the reemergence of Monica Lewinsky in the public eye help or hinder Hillary Clinton’s presidential prospects?
8. Why is Scott Brown not gaining traction in his attempt to become New Hampshire’s next senator?
9. Why are U.S.-German relations so poor?
10. Is access to contraceptives a human right?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of June 30th-July 6th, 2014

HOTtopics1. Is Hillary Clinton making the same mistakes that led to her defeat in 2008?
2. Should some businesses be forced to repay part of the compensation awards they received from BP for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill?
3. Does the Golden Gate Bridge really need a suicide net?
4. Should the U.S. sign the Ottawa Convention?
5. Did the Supreme Court issue the correct ruling in the Aereo case?
6. Should a negative revision of first quarter GDP figures be a cause for alarm?
7. How should the U.S. tackle violence in Central American nations?
8. What lessons should the Tea Party learn from its failure to bring down Thad Cochran?
9. In regards to the protection of privacy, What grade does the Roberts court deserve?
10. Will Ed O’Bannon win his case against the NCAA?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of June 23rd-29th, 2014

HOTtopics1. What should be the priorities of the new House Majority Leader?
2. Is Andrew Cuomo doing enough to address New York’s heroin problem?
3. Should the federal government raise the gas tax?
4. What reforms should be made to the IRS?
5. Does the U.S. need a new constitutional convention?
6. Is the GOP heading for a split?
7. How will the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on software patents affect the IT industry?
8. Are local minimum wage laws preferrable to state and federal action?
9. Should the U.S. send ground troops back to Iraq?
10. Is immigration replacing the economy as the biggest issue of the 2014 midterms?

2014 NSDA Nationals: USX Final Round Analysis

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The United States Extemp final round has concluded. Here is Extemp Central’s analysis of this year’s final round. Awards will take place at 6:00 p.m. CST tonight. They will be streamed at this link.

Note: Notables judges for the final round include Lisa Miller of Nova High School, coach of the 2011 NFL USX national champion; 1988 and 1989 NFL USX national champion David Kensinger; MBA tournament director Adam Johnson; and Sharon Volpe of North Allegheny Senior High School, coach of the 2009 NFL IX national champion.

Note #2: 247 competitors squared off in USX at this year’s national tournament.
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