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HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of September 15th-21st, 2014

HOTtopics1. Should Congress authorize war on ISIS?
2. Is the decriminalization of marijuana a public health hazard?
3. What is the best way to promote the use of alternative fuel sources in the United States?
4. Should American schools crack down on grade inflation?
5. Is Georgia moving outside of the Republican orbit?
6. Why is the minority unemployment rate so high?
7. How should the NFL address domestic violence incidents?
8. Is Mary Landrieu headed for defeat this fall?
9. Does President Obama have the right policy to defeat ISIS?
10. Can larger natural gas reserves help the United States repair its relationship with Latin American nations?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of September 8th-14th, 2014

HOTtopics1. Is President Obama wise to delay immigration action until after the midterms?
2. Are America’s leaders out of ideas?
3. Does Bob McDonnell’s conviction significant damage the Republican Party’s image?
4. Have Michelle Obama’s school lunch regulations failed?
5. Can the U.S. defeat ISIS without putting boots on the ground?
6. Is the sun setting on the American empire?
7. Should the GOP worry about third party candidates in this year’s midterms?
8. How can the nation’s police forces become more diverse?
9. Would increasing the wages for fast food workers to $15 an hour benefit the economy?
10. Is “corporate desertion” a winning issue for Democrats?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of September 1st-7th, 2014

HOTtopics1. Is another government shutdown on the horizon?
2. How can coastal states generate more affordable housing?
3. Is America’s immigration system broken?
4. How can America have a serious conversation about race?
5. Will 2014 be a “wave election”?
6. Is California prepared for “the big one”?
7. Why is Sam Brownback struggling to win re-election?
8. Should the U.S. lower its corporate tax rate?
9. Will “affirmative consent” laws significantly curb sexual assault on U.S. campuses?
10. Should the U.S. back Bashar al-Assad?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of August 25th-31st, 2014

HOTtopics1. Should the Federal Reserve raise interest rates?
2. What does Ferguson reveal about the state of American race relations?
3. Sarah Palin: Does she still matter?
4. Should Alaska enact oil tax reform?
5. How should America’s schools handle new demographic changes?
6. Why do so many Americans suffer from food insecurity?
7. Should Chelsea Manning be offered gender treatment?
8. How can McDonald’s improve sales in the United States?
9. Should the U.S. government pay ransoms to terrorist groups?
10. How will the indictment of Rick Perry impact the Texas gubernatorial race?

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?