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HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of June 27-July 3, 2016

HOTtopics1. Is it time to privatize elements of Social Security?
2. Should those on the federal “no fly” list be allowed to purchase firearms?
3. If you were advising U.S. Senator Mark Kirk, what advice would you give him to retain his Senate seat in 2016?
4. Should prisoners be eligible for Pell Grants?
5. Can the Libertarian Party win more than 5% of the popular vote in the 2016 presidential election?
6. Will Marco Rubio win re-election to the Senate?
7. Has President Obama weakened America’s border protections?
8. Will the Brexit cause the Federal Reserve to keep interest rates the same for the rest of 2016?
9. How can states encourage more people to go into the teaching profession?
10. Should Hillary Clinton make Elizabeth Warren her vice presidential nominee?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of June 27-July 3, 2016

HOTtopics1. Will the Brexit lead to the end of the United Kingdom?
2. How can the Somali government better combat al-Shabab?
3. Should Raghuram Rajan receive another term as governor of the Reserve Bank of India?
4. What terms should the European Union offer to Great Britain in exit negotiations?
5. How can the Democratic Alliance break the ANC’s hold on power in South Africa?
6. Who will become Great Britain’s next prime minister?
7. Are Mexico’s judicial reforms working?
8. How can Europe find strategic relevance in Asia?
9. What impact will the expansion of the Panama Canal have on global trade?
10. Is the OAS a failed organization?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of June 6-12, 2016

HOTtopics1. Should the Rio Olympics be postponed?
2. Can a dose of populism fix Mexico’s ills?
3. Should Canada change its national anthem?
4. Will the French transport strikes succeed?
5. Does China need to improve its monetary policy communication?
6. Will Rodrigo Duterte’s presidency create more instability in the Filipino economy?
7. If ISIS loses Fallujah will that do significant damage to its position in the Middle East?
8. Did Swiss voters make the correct choice in rejecting a guaranteed income plan for the nation’s residents?
9. Will the next major global conflict concern the South China Sea?
10. Should the international community encourage more population control methods?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of June 6-12, 2016

HOTtopics1. Is expanding Social Security benefits a bad idea?
2. Should telephone companies be required to offer robocall-blocking technology to their customers?
3. If Republican moderates wanted to run an anti-Trump presidential candidate, who would be their best choice?
4. Why has the economic payoff from additional technology been so elusive?
5. Will the Trump University lawsuit do lasting damage to the Trump campaign?
6. Why has violent crime risen in major American cities this year?
7. Has the Obama administration been too lax in its approach to designating national monuments?
8. Would significant participation by President Obama in the 2016 presidential election help or hurt Hillary Clinton’s chances of victory?
9. Is corporate money the cause of corruption in American politics?
10. What was the biggest mistake of Bernie Sanders presidential campaign?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of May 30-June 5, 2016

HOTtopics1. Is it time for the federal government to strict access to U.S. national parks?
2. Should life-without-parole sentences for juvenile offenders be abolished?
3. Is Donald Trump’s willingness to debate Bernie Sanders a political stroke of genius or an act he will later regret?
4. Should more municipalities mandate that large vendors and hotels separate organic waste for recycling?
5. Why are a large number of “Millennials” still living with their parents?
6. What steps can be taken to enhance the ability of Americans to purchase affordable housing?
7. Is Chicago poised to have a “bloody summer”?
8. Will the Libertarian Party win a record number of votes in this year’s presidential election?
9. Should Bernie Sanders have attacked Hillary Clinton on the e-mail issue earlier?
10. Will the Zika virus hurt the summer tourism season?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of May 30-June 5, 2016

HOTtopics1. Who should be the next Secretary General of the United Nations?
2. Will South Africa’s expropriation bill produce significant economic damage?
3. What impact will the return of Avigdor Lieberman to Israel’s government mean for the future of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
4. Is Mercosur floundering?
5. How should Tsai Ing-wen handle Sino-Taiwanese relations?
6. Is the targeting of the leaders of terrorist groups counterproductive?
7. How can moderate European politicians regain ground lost to extreme left and right-wing factions?
8. Will allowing the naira to float against the dollar bolster Nigeria’s economy?
9. How can the international community defeat ISIS on social media platforms?
10. What impact will Cuba’s decision to allow “micro” private businesses have on the nation’s economy?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of May 23-29, 2016

HOTtopics1. How can El Salvador more effectively combat its gang problem?
2. Will the G7 meeting provide a political boost for Shinzo Abe?
3. Should Portugal and Spain be fined for missing their fiscal targets?
4. Does Burundi need to have good relations with Rwanda?
5. Will Mexico legalize gay marriage?
6. What steps do global health authorities need to take to combat antibiotic resistance?
7. Should Vietnam become a formal ally of the United States?
8. Can Brazil’s new governing party fix the nation’s economic recession?
9. Would the British economy benefit by existing outside of the European Union?
10. Will the EgyptAir Flight 804 crash destroy the Egyptian tourism industry?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of May 23-29, 2016

HOTtopics1. What lessons should California learn from its water crisis?
2. Is President Obama’s new overtime rule bad for workers?
3. Who is the most vulnerable senator of the 2016 election cycle?
4. Is college debt weighing down the U.S. economy?
5. Do American urban areas need more green spaces?
6. Is voter apathy the cause for America’s current political polarization?
7. What will the Obama administration’s legacy be when it comes to issues that affect the African-American community?
8. Do “excessive profits” exist?
9. Would the end of lethal injection mean the end of the death penalty in America?
10. What should Bernie Sanders demand at the Democratic convention?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of May 16-22, 2016

HOTtopics1. What should American conservatism look like?
2. Will President Obama’s argument for trasgender bathroom rights lead to an expansion of private school enrollment?
3. Should federal regulators pay more attention to the activities of Google and Amazon?
4. Will John McCain lose his Senate seat?
5. How will Pfizer’s decision to stop selling drugs for lethal injections impact death penalty practices in the United States?
6. Will personality or policy determine the otucome of the 2016 presidential election?
7. Are long airport screening wait times a national crisis?
8. Can Hillary Clinton afford to lose a significant percentage of blue collar workers in the general election?
9. Has “political correctness” dulled American culture?
10. Should illegal immigrants have access to benefits under the ACA?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of May 16-22, 2016

HOTtopics1. Can the world successfully eliminate extreme poverty in the next two decades?
2. Should Australian states sign treaties with indigenous peoples?
3. Is the Rousseff impeachment saga sexist?
4. Should Russia welcome a Donald Trump presidency?
5. Can the Afghan government’s accord with Hez-i-Islami provide a template for further peace deals?
6. Should Pope Francis allow women to be deacons?
7. Would Latin America benefit from a dose of libertarian economic thinking?
8. Should the Nepali government make further constitutional changes to appease ethnic minorities?
9. Will Venezuela’s economic crisis create a refugee crisis in South America?
10. Is Israeli rhetoric about Iran’s nuclear program overblown?