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

HOTtopics1. How should the Department of Education rate colleges and universities?
2. What should be the Democrats economic message in 2016?
3. Is Illinois America’s Greece?
4. Will state lawsuits against Colorado end its marijuana legalization experiment?
5. Is “high value targeting” an ineffective way to fight terrorist groups?
6. Should the U.S. continue to provide defense equipment to Taiwan?
7. In light of falling oil prices, is the Keystone pipeline still needed?
8. Should a history of mental illness bar citizens from owning a firearm?
9. Did Sony Pictures make the right decision to pull “The Interview”?
10. Will normalizing relations with Cuba improve the United States’ standing with other Latin American nations?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of December 22nd-28th, 2014

HOTtopics1. Does Kenya’ new anti-terror bill go too far?
2. Will the Peshawar school massacre lead to a more robust Pakistani response to Taliban militancy?
3. Is Pope Francis an early frontrunner for the next Nobel Peace Prize?
4. Will Ukraine’s economic blockade of Donetsk and Luhansk produce an end to the Ukrainian civil war?
5. How can China prevent Hong Kong-style protests in its other semiautonomous areas?
6. Is Modi doing enough to rein in Hindu radicals?
7. Would a UN vote on the West Bank strengthen Israeli hardliners?
8. Was North Korea responsible for the hacking of Sony Pictures?
9. Are weak commodities markets eroding the power of the BRICS?
10. Would the elimination of the U.S. embargo strengthen the Castro regime?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of December 15th-21st, 2014

HOTtopics1. Will U.S. sanctions force the Maduro to change course?
2. After 13 years, did NATO accomplish its mission in Afghanistan?
3. Should Venezuela expand its oil diplomacy initiative?
4. What role should the UN play in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian dispute?
5. Should Michel Martelly resign?
6. What does a feminist foreign policy look like?
7. Was the Lima climate summit a failure?
8. Should the British government open a torture probe?
9. How should the Japanese snap election result be interpreted?
10. Will low oil prices constrain Russia’s foreign policy?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of December 15th-21st, 2014

HOTtopics1. How will low gas prices affect the U.S. economy?
2. Will Jeb Bush seek the presidency?
3. Should the U.S. provide lethal military aid to Ukraine?
4. Does the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on interrogation techniques strengthen American foreign policy?
5. Should New York City eliminate its horse-carriage industry?
6. Are marijuana laws racially discriminatory?
7. Should President Obama take executive action to lift the embargo on Cuba?
8. Is the new budget bill a defeat for conservatives?
9. Are protests against police brutality making an impact?
10. Should the U.S. government investigate high airline ticket prices?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of December 8th-14th, 2014

HOTtopics1. Does Rahm Emanuel deserve a second term?
2. Did the Democrats throw Mary Landrieu under the bus?
3. Should the TSA be exempt from federal racial profiling rules?
4. Is it constitutional to execute mentally ill convicts?
5. Should New York City abandon “broken windows” policing?
6. Is America’s middle class crumbling?
7. Should the University of Virginia take legal action against Rolling Stone?
8. Has the Fed’s quantitative easing policy been successful?
9. Will Ashton Carter be an effective defense secretary?
10. Does it matter that the Democrats no longer have a Southern senator?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of December 8th-14th, 2014

HOTtopics1. Should Israelis give Benjamin Netanyahu a fourth term?
2. How can Joaquim Levy rejuvenate the Brazilian economy?
3. Are KMT losses in local Taiwanese elections a significant blow to its engagement policy with China?
4. Is a nuclear Iran inevitable?
5. Can international sanctions end the South Sudanese civil war?
6. Should Joseph Kabila exit in 2016?
7. How should Spain deal with Catalonia?
8. Has Germany’s Left Party atoned for its past?
9. Should Moldova cast its lot with the EU or Russia?
10. Is Greece headed for early elections?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of December 1st-7th, 2014

HOTtopics1. What reforms should be made to local Mexican police forces?
2. Are Western sanctions making it more difficult to find a solution to the Ukrainian crisis?
3. Who will win the Tunisian presidential runoff?
4. If Grace Mugabe takes over for her husband after his death, will Zimbabwe continue to stagnate?
5. Have the Hong Kong student protests failed?
6. Who should be TIME’s Person of the Year?
7. Is Sarkozy the best candidate the UMP can field in the next French presidential election?
8. Has OPEC lost control of the world’s oil markets?
9. Are the euro zone’s economic problems exacerbating immigration concerns?
10. Will Shinzo Abe get the mandate he wants from Japanese voters?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of December 1st-7th, 2014

HOTtopics1. Are the benefits of American GDP growth affecting Main Street as well as they are affecting Wall Street?
2. How will the FDA’s calorie count mandate affect the restaurant industry?
3. Why is America’s crime rate falling?
4. How can the U.S. repair its relationship with Brazil?
5. Did President Obama err in his decision to prioritize healthcare reform during his first term?
6. Is Harvard’s affirmative action policy unconstitutional?
7. Who should be America’s next defense secretary?
8. Should the college football playoff be expanded to eight teams?
9. Are U.S. airstrikes against ISIS working?
10. How will the events in Ferguson shape President Obama’s legacy?

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?