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HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of November 24th-30th, 2014

HOTtopics1. What steps do schools need to take to ensure that students are college and career ready?
2. How should Congressional Republicans respond to President Obama’s executive action on immigration?
3. Are campus sexual assault investigations going too far or not far enough?
4. How should NASA respond to the ESA’s comet mission?
5. Does Detroit’s bankruptcy deal put the city back on the road to recovery?
6. Should the U.S. continue to embrace free trade policies?
7. What is the most significant foreign policy problem facing the United States?
8. Has the media been irresponsible in its coverage of Ferguson?
9. Would comprehensive immigration reform negatively affect the U.S. economy?
10. Who is the most electable candidate that Republicans could nominate for the presidency in 2016?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of November 24th-30th, 2014

HOTtopics1. Should Internet users have a “right to be forgotten”?
2. How should Ewa Kopacz direct Poland’s foreign policy toward Russia?
3. Will the UKIP be the kingmaker of the next British parliamentary election?
4. What should Kenya do to improve its fight against al-Shabab?
5. Are Colombia’s negotiations with the FARC breaking down?
6. Should the ICC indict Kim Jong-un?
7. Will Tony Abbott reverse his position on climate change?
8. If you were the Iranian government, what would your ideal nuclear deal with the P5+1 look like?
9. How can the Israeli government reduce violence in East Jerusalem?
10. Is Abenomics to blame for Japan’s recent recession?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of November 17th-23rd, 2014

HOTtopics1. Is the balance of power in the Pacific shifting?
2. Why have efforts to eradicate Afghanistan’s opium crop failed?
3. Will an investigation into Petrobras overshadow Dilma Rousseff’s second term?
4. Should the Labour Party oust Ed Miliband?
5. Is Russia undermining the Iranian nuclear talks?
6. Was China the biggest winner of APEC’s recent summit?
7. Can Afghanistan and Pakistan jointly fight terrorism?
8. Is the G20 an effective international institution?
9. Should the Ugandan government cease backing anti-gay legislation?
10. Will the China-U.S. climate accord force other developing nations to set emissions targets?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of November 17th-23rd, 2014

HOTtopics1. Can Elizabeth Warren’s presence in the Democratic Senate leadership help the party’s fortunes in 2016?
2. Will the U.S. meet the carbon targets required by its recent climate accord with China?
3. Do Democrats have a weak presidential bench?
4. Can approval of the Keystone XL pipeline save Mary Landrieu’s Senate seat?
5. Should Democrats ditch Nancy Pelosi?
6. Does King v. Burwell have the potential to destroy the Affordable Care Act?
7. Can a new Iraqi surge defeat ISIS?
8. Should the U.S. give lethal weapons to the Nigerian military to combat Boko Haram?
9. Can “sin taxes” solve state budgetary woes?
10. Should Joe Manchin switch parties?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of November 10th-16th, 2014

HOTtopics1. Is bipartisan cooperation possible between President Obama and a Republican Congress?
2. Will Loretta Lynch face a difficult Senate confirmation fight?
3. Should Republicans give Rick Snyder a look for 2016?
4. How candid should Navy SEALs be about their combat operations?
5. Should Congress extend unemployment benefits?
6. Is law enforcement winning the fight against meth?
7. How can Mary Landrieu win the Louisiana Senate runoff?
8. Should the Oakland Raiders move to San Antonio?
9. Who ran the best campaign of the 2014 midterms?
10. Should President Obama shelve executive action on immigration?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of November 10th-16th, 2014

HOTtopics1. Is the world on the brink of a new Cold War?
2. Should Saudi Arabia relax its ban on women drivers?
3. What role should Iran play in the campaign against ISIS?
4. Can the threat of sanctions end the violence in South Sudan?
5. Is the EU out of touch?
6. Does South Korea need constitutional reform?
7. Are the Ayotzinapa disappearances doing significant damage to Enrique Nieto’s political standing?
8. Is Jordan a ticking time bomb?
9. Why is Nawaz Sharif failing to improve Pakistan’s relations with India?
10. Is Russia winning the struggle for Ukraine?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of November 3rd-9th, 2014

HOTtopics1. What is the significance of Romania’s presidential election?
2. Is David Cameron imperiling Britain’s place in Europe?
3. Are Bangladeshi war crime trials motivated by justice or politics?
4. Is Hungary moving into Russia’s orbit?
5. Why did Nahda lose the Tunisian parliamentary elections?
6. How should the status of Jerusalem be handled in a future Israeli-Palestinian peace deal?
7. Is Myanmar backsliding on reform?
8. How should Burkina Faso’s democratic transition be handled?
9. What impact is China’s economic slowdown having on the world economy?
10. Does Brazil need political reform?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of November 3rd-9th, 2014

HOTtopics1. What lessons should the Democratic Party take away from the 2014 midterms?
2. What lessons should the Republican Party take away from the 2014 midterms?
3. Is Obamacare working?
4. How much should the Federal Reserve care about income inequality?
5. Should Congressional ethics rules be relaxed?
6. Is reality TV coming to an end?
7. Should women be eligible for the military draft?
8. What impact will Virgin Galactic testing accidents have on the commercial space industry?
9. If Michelle Obama seeks a Senate seat in 2016, where might she run from?
10. Who ran the worst campaign of the 2014 midterms?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of October 27th-November 2nd, 2014

HOTtopics1. Do New York and New Jersey’s new quarantine rules violate the U.S. Constitution?
2. How can future school shootings be avoided?
3. Are the 2014 midterm elections a referendum on President Obama’s leadership?
4. Should the USDA tighten its regulations of biotech crops?
5. How can Jeff Bezos convince investors that Amazon is still a great buy?
6. Should the U.S. Postal Service deliver groceries?
7. Will gay rights be President Obama’s biggest legacy?
8. Does the GOP need a heavy dose of “conservative realism”?
9. Will the outsourcing issue sink David Perdue’s Senate hopes?
10. Should U.S. cities pass restrictions on feeding the homeless?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of October 27th-November 2nd, 2014

HOTtopics1. How can Egypt secure the Sinai from jihadist attacks?
2. If you were Kim Jong-un, how would you go about re-engaging the international community?
3. How should Western nations handle citizens who fight in jihadist causes abroad?
4. Do Matteo Renzi’s economic reforms go far enough?
5. Was Jose Mujica’s presidency a success?
6. How can Tunisia grow its economy?
7. Will the Ottawa shootings significantly change Canada’s open culture?
8. Is Mali prepared for an Ebola outbreak?
9. What do the results of the Brazilian presidential runoff mean for the country’s economic future?
10. Is artificial intelligence a threat to the human race?