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HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of October 20th-26th, 2014

HOTtopics1. What is the most important gubernatorial race in this year’s midterms?
2. How should Detroit handle unpaid water bills?
3. Does the U.S. really need an Ebola czar?
4. How will the Ebola scare affect the American airline industry?
5. Does the Democratic Party have a male problem?
6. Was¬†Houston’s subpoena of pastors sermons a violation of the First Amendment?
7. Does the U.S. have an Islamophobia problem?
8. Will the era of “a la carte television” be good for consumers?
9. Did Democratic midterm candidates make a poor strategic choice in running away from President Obama?
10. Will Texas’s voter ID law become a template for other states?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of October 13th-19th, 2014

HOTtopics1. Should President Obama close Gitmo via executive order?
2. Is Amazon’s decision to open a physical retail location a mistake?
3. How should the U.S. handle China’s human rights record?
4. Are companies doing enough to prevent data breaches?
5. Is Sam Brownback making a comeback in Kansas?
6. Are U.S. efforts against ISIS failing?
7. Who should the progressive left back for the presidency in 2016?
8. Are Leon Panetta’s criticisms about President Obama’s foreign policy correct?
9. Has the CDC done a poor job educating the public about Ebola?
10. Are the Republicans in danger of losing the South Dakota Senate election?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of October 6th-12th, 2014

HOTtopics1. Would a widespread Ebola outbreak overwhelm America’s healthcare¬†system?
2. In light of recent security breaches, what changes should be made to the Secret Service?
3. Is it wise for eBay to spin off PayPal?
4. Will Democrats lose the Massachusetts gubernatorial election?
5. How can Bobby Jindal increase his chances of winning the Republican presidential nomination?
6. Has President Obama done enough to help Democrats in the midterm elections?
7. How should schools handle transgender athletes?
8. Is the U.S. job market recovering?
9. Are standardized tests harming the ability of American students to develop critical thinking skills?
10. How long should American troops remain in Afghanistan?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of September 29th-October 5th, 2014

HOTtopics1. How can the Republican Party reverse its fortunes in California?
2. Should Debbie Wasserman Schultz step down as DNC chair?
3. Will the GOP add more than ten seats to their majority in the House?
4. Should illegal immigrants be allowed to enlist in the U.S. military?
5. Who should replace Eric Holder?
6. Should Yahoo merge with AOL?
7. Why are fewer Americans getting married?
8. Should the U.S. reconsider its policy on not negotiating with terrorist groups?
9. Do President Obama’s executive actions on climate change go far enough?
10. Could Jim Webb become a formidable presidential candidate?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of September 22nd-28th, 2014

HOTtopics1. Should more states expand Medicaid?
2. What is the state of state economies?
3. Will federal college ratings rein in tuition?
4. How can Pat Roberts save his Senate seat?
5. Should Washington D.C. be given statehood?
6. How might a Republican takeover of the Senate in 2014 affect President Obama’s judicial appointments?
7. Should Iowa continue to be the first state on the presidential primary calendar?
8. Is Joe Biden a detriment to the Democratic Party?
9. Are Republican chances of winning the Senate decreasing?
10. Is it wise for the U.S. to send troops to West Africa to combat Ebola?

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?