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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: International Extemp Questions for the Week of March 30-April 5, 2015

HOTtopics1. Does Canada’s anti-terrorism bill go too far?
2. Should Dilma Rousseff be impeached?
3. Will troubles with Middle Eastern nations force Sweden to adjust its feminist foreign policy?
4. Should other countries replicate the American model of higher education?
5. Were the recent Nigerian elections a victory for militant groups?
6. Does Israel need the U.S. more than the U.S. needs Israel?
7. Is David Cameron’s idea for a 24/7 NHS feasible?
8. Who is responsible for Yemen’s unrest?
9. Can an Arab League peacekeeping force curtail the growth of Islamic militants in the Middle East?
10. What should Lufthansa do in response to the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525?

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

HOTtopics1. Is the international community doing enough to combat human trafficking?
2. Does the far right or the far left pose the biggest threat to European stability?
3. Is Somalia’s security situation improving?
4. What rights should asylum seekers in Europe possess?
5. Is a sharing economy sustainable?
6. Does Goodluck Jonathan deserve to be re-elected?
7. Is the Islamic State becoming a legitimate state actor?
8. How can Japan, China, and South Korea work together to reduce regional tensions?
9. Is a bad deal better than no deal when it comes to Iran’s nuclear program?
10. Who was the biggest loser of the Israeli parliamentary elections?

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?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of March 16-22, 2015

HOTtopics1. Is the federal government asserting itself too much or too little in local policing?
2. If Hillary Clinton does not run for president, what should be Democrats plan B?
3. Will Utah’s LGBT antidiscrimination law become a template for other states?
4. Should traffic fines be based on income level?
5. Does the Democratic coalition’s domination of America’s major urban areas a hindrance to taking back the Senate in 2016?
6. Should the U.S. be concerned about cuts to the British defense budget?
7. What should California do about its water problem?
8. Would the election of “Chuy” Garcia have negative affects on Chicago’s economic outlook?
9. Can bilaterial U.S.-Syrian negotiations end the Syrian civil war?
10. What is the appropriate role of Congress in foreign policy?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of March 16-22, 2015

HOTtopics1. How should Egypt engage the African continent?
2. Can democracy fix Latin America’s corruption woes?
3. Will 2015 be the year that nationalism reasserts itself in European elections?
4. Is China undermining Myanmar’s territorial integrity?
5. How can the Pakistani government better protect religious minorities?
6. Should the EU construct its own army?
7. Has Ebola undermined the political stability of West African states?
8. Is Venezuela a threat to U.S. national security?
9. Has the Worker’s Party been responsible for Brazil’s anemic economic growth?
10. Will Colombia secure a peace deal with the FARC by the end of 2015?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of March 9-15, 2015

HOTtopics1. Is Thailand’s military junta failing to foster an atmosphere of political reconciliation?
2. Why did the “Arab Spring” succeed in Tunisia and fail elsewhere?
3. Is it in Cuba’s best interest to pivot its foreign policy orientation away from Venezuela?
4. Has Germany created an anti-EU backlash due to its emphasis on austerity policies for financially ailing governments?
5. Are predictions of a Chinese economic slowdown greatly exaggerated?
6. Is Mexico winning its drug war?
7. Are African nations doing enough to reduce poaching?
8. How can Ukraine stabilize its economy?
9. Will Greece’s crackdown on tax evasion work?
10. How should the West respond to the Islamic State-Boko Haram alliance?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of March 9-15, 2015

HOTtopics1. Would a prolonged campaign against ISIS provide more political benefits for Republican hawks or Democratic doves?
2. Are gay rights battles in Alabama and Kansas doing irreparable damage to the Republican brand?
3. Does the U.S. need a “death with dignity” law?
4. Is climate change a bigger threat to U.S. national security than terrorism?
5. Should local school districts be able to design their own testing measures?
6. How can local police forces generate more trust from minority communities?
7. Should Robert Menendez resign?
8. How can Martin O’Malley mount a successful presidential bid?
9. What steps should states take to lower the cost of college tuition?
10. Does Hillary Clinton have an e-mail problem?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of March 2-8, 2015

HOTtopics1. Should the U.S. withdraw all of its embassy personnel from Venezuela?
2. Has Wisconsin lost its progressive edge?
3. How will the Supreme Court rule in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch?
4. Has the Supreme Court become the most efficient part of the U.S. government?
5. Will Rahm Emanuel win re-election?
6. Should the U.S. dismantle pieces of its anti-terror bureaucracy?
7. How will the 2016 presidential primaries affect the ability of Republicans to retain control of the Senate?
8. What role, if any, should President Obama take in the upcoming Israeli elections?
9. Does the CPAC straw poll matter?
10. Will the FCC’s net neutrality ruling survive a legal challenge?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of March 2-8, 2015

HOTtopics1. Is a coup looming in Venezuela?
2. Should developed nations pay for the climate action efforts of developing nations?
3. Will India’s recent budget lead to improved economic growth this year?
4. How activist should German foreign policy be?
5. Is democracy falling apart in the Maldives?
6. How can the international community continue to help female education efforts in the developing world?
7. Should Yemen be partitioned into two countries?
8. What does Boris Nemtsov’s assassination mean for the future of Russian politics?
9. Is economic opportunity the best way to fight extremism?
10. Will Netanyahu’s speech to the U.S. Congress further erode ties between Israel and the United States?