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HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of May 25-31, 2015

HOTtopics1. Should Congress eliminate the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program?
2. How can the mass incarceration problem be ended?
3. Should individual employees face criminal charges in the GM ignition case?
4. How can fast food worker protests can more traction?
5. Did Rand Paul’s recent filibuster against the Patriot Act bolster his presidential chances?
6. Is the Department of Agriculture effectively dealing with the domestic bird flu outbreak?
7. Are sustained low interest rates harming American economic growth?
8. How can the liberal arts secure more funding in a “STEM era”?
9. Will Republicans pay a significant political price for backing trade promotion authority?
10. Does the U.S. need to do more to fight ISIS in Syria?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of May 18-24, 2015

HOTtopics1. Should Southern states create an “SEC Primary”?
2. Will corruption investigations in New York bring down Andrew Cuomo?
3. Should Jeb Bush embrace his brother’s presidential decisions as he crafts his 2016 campaign strategy?
4. What impact will the bird flu outbreak have on the U.S. economy?
5. Should the U.S. put more money into Amtrak?
6. Would universal preschool substantially improve the educational performance of low-income students?
7. Should ABC News fire George Stephanopoulous?
8. How should the U.S. respond to Chinese island-building efforts in the South China Sea?
9. Should abortions be illegal after twenty weeks?
10. Will Russ Feingold recapture his Senate seat in 2016?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of May 11-17, 2015

HOTtopics1. Should the GOP punt the White House and focus its attention on retaining the Senate in 2016?
2. Is the Internet producing a crisis of American masculinity?
3. Will the push for a ceasefire in Yemen harm America’s relationship with Saudi Arabia?
4. Does the NYPD need more police officers?
5. Why has the U.S. economic recovery been uneven?
6. Are schools doing enough to counter bullying?
7. Should Congress renew the Patriot Act?
8. Is Elizabeth Warren wrong about the TPP?
9. Has ISIS become America’s leading domestic terror threat?
10. Will mega-donors and Super PACs decide the GOP presidential nomination?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of May 4-10, 2015

HOTtopics1. Will Bernie Sanders candidacy pull Hillary Clinton farther to the left?
2. Should Congress grant President Obama trade promotion authority?
3. Is John Kasich a formidable presidential candidate?
4. Should the federal government nationalize policing?
5. Did Stephanie Rawlings-Blake make the Baltimore riots worse?
6. Should churches lose their tax exempt status if they refuse to hold gay weddings?
7. Does the use of midazolam for lethal injections violate the Eighth Amendment?
8. Was slow economic growth in the first quarter an abberation?
9. Is it time for the U.S. to forge a closer relationship with Vietnam?
10. Should a special prosecutor handle the Freddie Gray case?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of April 27-May 3, 2015

HOTtopics1. Will inquiries into the Clinton Foundation impair Hillary’s ability to win the Democratic presidential nomination?
2. Should states raise the smoking age to 21?
3. What is the best way to evaluate teacher performance?
4. Should Bill de Blasio run for president?
5. Why did the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger unravel?
6. What will be the political impact of growing protests against police brutality?
7. Has the use of drones helped or hindered U.S. counter-terrorism efforts?
8. Will the U.S. still have the death penalty in ten years?
9. What steps should House Republicans take to overhaul the tax code?
10. How will Ben Carson affect the 2016 Republican presidential primaries?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of April 20-26, 2015

HOTtopics1. What is the future of the American environmental movement?
2. How can Democrats win back white, working-class male voters?
3. Has Carly Fiorina become the new Sarah Palin?
4. Is it time for the Senate to hold a vote on Loretta Lynch?
5. How can Marco Rubio win the GOP presidential nomination?
6. Is Apple worth $1 trillion?
7. Should the Federal Reserve raise interest rates in June?
8. What should the U.S. do about continued unrest in Libya?
9. Are too many Republicans running for president?
10. What role should the U.S. play in helping the Iraqi government fight ISIS?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of April 13-19, 2015

HOTtopics1. Are Millennials unfairly criticized?
2. How can America fix the nation’s child care problem?
3. What did North Charleston do right that Ferguson did wrong?
4. Should the U.S. begin using paramilitaries and other proxy forces against the nation’s enemies?
5. Are there too many guns in America?
6. How can Chicago avert bankruptcy?
7. Would U.S. interests be better served by Saudi or Iranian hegemony over the Middle East?
8. Should “gay conversion” therapy be banned?
9. Is Rand Paul the next Goldwater?
10. What lessons can Hillary Clinton draw from Rahm Emanuel’s mayoral campaign?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of April 6-12, 2015

HOTtopics1. Should Republicans attack or embrace the Iranian nuclear deal?
2. Is Jerry Brown doing enough to combat California’s drought?
3. How can the U.S. military retain more recruits?
4. What steps should colleges take to combat racism?
5. Can tech entrepreneurs rescue Detroit?
6. How can President Obama sell the Iranian nuclear deal to the American public?
7. Should the U.S. adopt a vehicles miles traveled (VMT) tax?
8. Is Nevada’s Senate seat a GOP pickup opportunity in 2016?
9. Should the U.S. adopt a law making it illegal to hire models that are “too thin”?
10. Does John Kerry deserve the Nobel Peace Prize?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of March 30-April 5, 2015

HOTtopics1. What reforms should the U.S. make to its juvenile justice system?
2. Should the U.S. adopt a position of neutrality in the Syrian civil war?
3. What is the source of American income inequality?
4. Would it be electorally wise for the Democrats to move in a more progressive policy direction?
5. Should the U.S. increase funding for nuclear energy?
6. Do reforms need to be made to the U.S. food stamp program?
7. Should Democrats make Elizabeth Warren the new Senate Minority Leader?
8. Does Indiana’s “religious freedom” significantly threaten gay rights?
9. How are Senate retirements affecting the 2016 congressional elections?
10. Can Ted Cruz win?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of March 23-29, 2015

HOTtopics1. Who is 2016’s most vulnerable senator?
2. Should TSA agents carry guns?
3. How can New York City better tackle its homeless problem?
4. Is President Obama right about the GOP budget proposal?
5. How can the American gun control movement reverse its sagging fortunes?
6. Will the outcome of the Israeli parliamentary elections worsen U.S.-Israeli relations?
7. What reforms need to be made to Medicare?
8. Should the U.S. end ethanol subsidies?
9. Will the GOP win the Loretta Lynch nomination battle?
10. Should the U.S. make voting mandatory?