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HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of February 8-14, 2016

HOTtopics1. Who was the biggest winner of the Iowa caucus?
2. Does the Black Lives Matter movement need a prominent leader?
3. Will the TPP’s fate hinge on the outcome of the U.S. presidential election?
4. Are the stocks of social media companies overvalued?
5. Why is Hillary Clinton having a hard time winning over younger voters?
6. Should Congress pass President Obama’s oil tax?
7. Will the latest jobs report cause the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates at its next meeting?
8. How can Marco Rubio overcome questions about his lack of executive experience?
9. Can the U.S. build a Sunni-led coalition to defeat ISIS?
10. Does the U.S. need to reduce its corporate tax rate?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of February 1-7, 2016

HOTtopics1. How can the U.S. get more minority students into computer science programs?
2. Do the Democrats have any chance of taking the House in 2016?
3. Should American police be mandated to take an anti-racism pledge?
4. How will the results of the Iowa caucus affect the 2016 presidential election?
5. Should the United States encourage Taiwanese independence?
6. When should the Federal Reserve next raise interest rates?
7. How can the U.S. persuade China to take more aggressive action toward North Korea?
8. Is Apple poised for a significant decline?
9. Could Michael Bloomberg win the presidency as an independent candidate?
10. Has Steve Easterbrook placed McDonald’s back on the road to success?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of January 25-31, 2016

HOTtopics1. Does the U.S. need to fix the way it deals with Haiti?
2. What is the significance of Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Donald Trump?
3. Will the Supreme Court void President Obama’s executive action on suspending the deportation of illegal immigrants?
4. How will China’s woes affect the U.S. economy in 2016?
5. Is the “white Oscars” controversy overblown?
6. Does the American airline industry need more competition?
7. Is a “golden age” of profits for American firms coming to an end?
8. Should Congress pass President Obama’s unemployment insurance proposal?
9. How can Bernie Sanders pierce Hillary Clinton’s Southern firewall?
10. What should Rick Snyder do about the Flint water crisis?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of January 18-24, 2016

HOTtopics1. How much credit does President Obama deserve for low gas prices?
2. Would the nomination of Bernie Sanders as the Democratic presidential nominee hurt Democrats in congressional races?
3. Should the RNC eliminate future “undercard” presidential debates?
4. Is the Obama administration too deferential to Iranian interests?
5. Which Republican presidential candidate has the best tax proposal?
6. How can the U.S. federal government best encourage energy independence?
7. What is the state of American banking?
8. Is the United States still the world’s strongest nation?
9. Should Michigan do more to fix the problems in the Detroit Public Schools?
10. Will the U.S. economy have a recession in 2016?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of January 11-17, 2016

HOTtopics1. Would Donald Trump or Ted Cruz be a better general election candidate for the GOP?
2. Why are more young adults not signing up for the ACA?
3. What issue should President Obama focus on during his last year of office?
4. Do U.S. states need to impose more regulations on fracking?
5. What is the best way to produce better education outcomes for minority students?
6. How should the Supreme Court rule in Friedrichs v. California Teacher Association?
7. Would a Jim Webb third party candidacy have any impact on the 2016 presidential election?
8. How many interest rate hikes will the Federal Reserve pursue in 2016?
9. Should President Obama make an endorsement in the Democratic presidential primary?
10. How should federal authorities respond to the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of January 4-10, 2016

HOTtopics1. If Hillary Clinton were to lose Iowa and New Hampshire would she stand a significant chance of losing the Democratic presidential nomination?
2. What steps can the federal government take to better fight cyber crime?
3. Are fears of a Trump third party candidacy unfounded?
4. Is more executive action on guns necessary?
5. Will the Iraqi Army’s recapture of Ramadi bolster defendants of President Obama’s policy toward ISIS?
6. Should grand juries be abolished for cases of police misconduct?
7. Is the American housing market improving?
8. Will the number of “unicorn” companies significantly decline in 2016?
9. Should the CDC recommend caution on cellphone usage?
10. Caucuses: Democratic or undemocratic?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of December 28, 2015-January 3, 2016

HOTtopics1. How cautious should schools be when deciding to close over a terror threat?
2. Should more states restore voting rights to convicted felons?
3. How many more GOP presidential candidates will drop out before the Iowa caucuses?
4. Will humanities departments suffer from ongoing campus protests?
5. Can SpaceX replace Boeing and Lockheed Martin’s roles in the space business?
6. Will food poisoning problems send Chipotle the way of Chi-Chi’s?
7. Are the FAA’s drone rules too cumbersome?
8. Will more U.S. states abolish the death penalty in 2016?
9. Would Donald Trump’s nomination destroy American conservatism?
10. Was 2015 worse than 2014?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of December 21-27, 2015

HOTtopics1. Are the Democrats poorly positioned on national security issues in 2016?
2. What policies should be implemented to make the tech sector better comply with terror investigations?
3. How should the Supreme Court rule in V.L. vs. E.L.?
4. Are cities poorly prepared to prosecute law enforcement officials?
5. Who was the biggest winner of the recent spending bill?
6. Would raising the minimum wage help reduce the number of Americans on welfare?
7. Does America’s fight against ISIS need a more defined direction?
8. How high will American interest rates be by the end of 2016?
9. Would more direct targeting of Donald Trump resuscitate Jeb Bush’s presidential hopes?
10. Should Debbie Wasserman Schultz step down as head of the DNC?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of December 14-20, 2015

HOTtopics1. Should the Supreme Court declare affirmative action programs unconstitutional?
2. How many Republican presidential candidates will make it to Super Tuesday?
3. What is the real unemployment rate in the United States?
4. Is Ted Cruz peaking too early?
5. Will the Every Student Succeeds Act succeed where No Child Left Behind failed?
6. Should e-cigarettes be taxed like conventional cigarettes?
7. What steps, if any, should the federal government take to control the rising prices of prescription drugs?
8. Should the U.S. encourage closer relations between India and Japan?
9. Is the FTC’s concern about a merger between Staples and Office Depot justified?
10. Why is America’s military struggling to win its recent wars?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of December 7-13, 2015

HOTtopics1. Will national security outweight the economy on voter’s minds in 2016?
2. If Donald Trump were to win the GOP presidential nomination, who should he choose as his running mate?
3. Was the San Bernardino shooting an act of terrorism?
4. Do declining oil prices give the U.S. more leverage with regards to foreign relations with Saudi Arabia?
5. Can the federal government fix the Chicago Police Department?
6. What is the most important state in the Republican presidential primaries?
7. Should women be required to register for the draft?
8. Will Janet Yellen decide the 2016 presidential election?
9. Can the FCC’s net neutrality regulations survive a judicial challenge?
10. Should Puerto Rico’s municipalities have the power to declare bankruptcy?