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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 gain 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: International Extemp Questions for the Week of May 25-31, 2015

HOTtopics1. What economic problems demand immediate attention from the Egyptian government?
2. Why has the Quebec separatist movement faltered?
3. How can development aid be improved to better assist poor nations?
4. Should other nations emulate France’s food waste law?
5. Does the EU need Great Britain more than Great Britain needs the EU?
6. Should the world press for more democratic reform in Ethiopia?
7. Will Greece default on its debts next month?
8. How can the international community bolster the capabilities of Iraq’s military forces?
9. What action should the UN take concerning human trafficking?
10. How significant was the Irish referendum on same-sex marriage?

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

HOTtopics1. What is the best way that the world can prevent deforestation?
2. How will the NDP’s victory in Alberta affect the Canadian energy industry?
3. Should Saudi Arabia go nuclear?
4. Is the BEE harming the South African economy?
5. Should the international community create a global emissions trading system?
6. Has Narendra Modi’s had a successful first year in office?
7. Will the Vatican’s recognition of a Palestinian state galvanize other nations to do the same?
8. How can the Labour Party rebuild its fortunes in Scotland?
9. Should Southeast Asian nations turn away migrant boats?
10. Would the execution of Mohamed Morsi strengthen the position of Islamists in Egypt?

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: International Extemp Questions for the Week of May 11-17, 2015

HOTtopics1. How will the British parliamentary elections affect British relations with the European Union?
2. Can greater international assistance to conflict zones inhibit the growth of refugee flows?
3. How should the Indonesian government respond to the West Papuan separatist movement?
4. Should Colombia cease aerial fumigation of coca crops?
5. Can international efforts to contain Iran’s nuclear program be used to limit North Korea’s nuclear activities?
6. What role should African states play in resolving the Burundi political crisis?
7. Is the international war on drugs falling apart?
8. Will Matteo Renzi’s electoral reforms make Italian politics less dysfunctional?
9. How can the Macedonian government thwart ethnic conflict?
10. Who was the biggest loser of the recent British parliamentary elections?

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

HOTtopics1. Is the Brazilian government getting inflation under control?
2. Has the order that Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi brought to Egypt been worth the cost?
3. Is Jokowi’s foreign policy undermining Indonesia’s standing in Southeast Asia?
4. Will the election of Mustafa Akinci produce a reunification of Cyprus?
5. Who will win the British parliamentary elections?
6. Should free trade agreements also include the free movement of people?
7. Has the international community’s response to Nepal’s earthquake been effective?
8. Should the Afghan government seek a peace deal with the Taliban?
9. Is Nigeria making progress against Boko Haram?
10. What impact would the Trans-Pacific Partnership have on the Chinese economy?

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: International Extemp Questions for the Week of April 27-May 3, 2015

HOTtopics1. How should the EU handle migrants?
2. Is Sri Lanka’s current government a disappointment?
3. Will recent violence between the FARC and the Colombian military wreck the chances for a lasting peace agreement?
4. How can Russia enhance its influence in the Middle East?
5. Why is the reconstruction of Gaza proceeding so slowly?
6. What impact would the TPP have on the Japanese economy?
7. Should the Western world embrace Sudan?
8. How can India improve its literacy rate?
9. What labour reforms does the European economy need?
10. How will the Nepali earthquake affect the country’s political situation?