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HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of June 29-July 5, 2015

HOTtopics1. How will the Obergefell case impact the Republican presidential primaries?
2. Is Bernie Sanders becoming a significant threat to Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations?
3. With no rate increase in June, is the Federal Reserve poised to raise rates in September?
4. Do recent decisions indicate that the Supreme Court now leans to the left?
5. Will the revised U.S. hostage policy put more Americans at risk?
6. Should the U.S. care about the Greek debt crisis?
7. Are transgender rights the next civil rights battleground?
8. Will Space X’s failures deter private investment in the space industry?
9. Should orthodox Christians in America follow the “Benedict option”?
10. How will the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage affect future First Amendment cases where religious and civil rights clash?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of June 29-July 5, 2015

HOTtopics1. Will the Danish People’s Party benefit by being left out of Denmark’s new government?
2. Is South Africa’s ANC becoming autocratic?
3. What reforms are needed to fix the European Union’s economic malaise?
4. Does mass deforestation constitute a threat to Indonesia’s economy?
5. Is the international financial system defenseless against the next global economic crisis?
6. Why is piracy becoming a significant concern in Southeast Asia?
7. Is a UN resolution that honors Srebrenica victims counterproductive to resolving ethnic tensions in Bosnia?
8. Is a better nuclear deal with Iran possible?
9. How should the British government respond to the Tunisia hotel massacre?
10. Should Greece hold a referedum on the Troika’s bailout terms?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of June 22-28, 2015

HOTtopics1. Should the Nieto back off of reform efforts following the results of the Mexican midterm elections?
2. IsĀ Pope Francis strengthening global efforts to do more about climate change?
3. What steps does Cristina Fernandez need to take to fix Argentina’s economic problems?
4. Is the UN losing credibility?
5. Should global investors be bullish about Iraq’s oil market?
6. Is the targeting of the leadership of terrorist groups counterproductive?
7. How can China diffuse political tensions in Hong Kong?
8. Is David Cameron’s austerity program necessary?
9. Can Amama Mbabazi defeat Yoweri Museveni?
10. Is migrant policy or the possibility of a “Grexit” a bigger threat to the future of the European Union?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of June 22-28, 2015

HOTtopics1. Should the Charleston church shooting be considered an act of terrorism?
2. Is Donald Trump a serious presidential candidate?
3. Will a crackdown on dissident Republicans strengthen John Boehner’s power in the House?
4. Should South Carolina remove the Confederate flag from its state grounds?
5. What should Republicans do if the Supreme Court rules against the ACA in King v. Burwell?
6. Was the Iowa Republican Party misguided in ending the Iowa Straw Poll?
7. Does President Obama risk becoming a lame duck if he continues to push for more free trade deals?
8. Should Uber drivers be considered employees instead of independent contractors?
9. What kind of gun control does America need?
10. How should American schools handle truancy?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of June 8-14, 2015

HOTtopics1. What are the economic implications of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie and Fitch Stores?
2. How can the U.S. rein in rising drug costs?
3. Is the EPA’s latest report on fracking a victory for the oil and gas industry?
4. Have open-carry laws gone too far?
5. How should the Federal Reserve react to the latest jobs report?
6. Should Americans be automatically registered to vote?
7. Does New York City need stronger rent regulations?
8. Is America’s national security apparatus a threat to American liberty?
9. How can the U.S. best assure Asian allies that it will deal with the China threat?
10. Is President Obama losing the TPP debate?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of June 8-14, 2015

HOTtopics1. Was Mikheil Saakashvili a good choice for leading Odessa?
2. Are fears of a “Brexit” exaggerated?
3. How can Tanzania better protect its elephant population?
4. Is a “one-state solution” better than a “two-state solution” to the Israel-Palestinian problem?
5. Could a Greek debt default trigger another globalĀ financial crisis?
6. Does Mexico need significant education reforms?
7. Will India’s recent boundary agreement with Bangladesh bolster its economy?
8. Would proposed constitutional reforms turn Turkey into an autocracy?
9. How can Bosnia achieve greater religious reconciliation?
10. Is international corruption impeding the global development agenda?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of June 1-7, 2015

HOTtopics1. Will the U.S. prosecution of FIFA officials clean up worldwide soccer?
2. What steps should the Indian government take to help the poor survive the country’s deadly summer heatwave?
3. Is the Saudi government doing enough to protect its Shi’ite minority from sectarian violence?
4. Do the recent Italian local elections constitute a victory for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s reform agenda?
5. Should Burundi postpone its presidential election?
6. What effect is ISIS having on OPEC?
7. Is it counterproductive to shut Russia out of the G-7?
8. What role should Turkey play in stabilizing the Middle East?
9. Should Great Britain seek a stronger security relationship with Japan?
10. Are women’s rights universal?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of June 1-7, 2015

HOTtopics1. Is America facing a new nationwide crime wave?
2. Does the hemp industry have significant economic potential?
3. Should the Lifeline program be extended to cover broadband Internet?
4. Does the federal government need to pass a stronger law to stop scrap metal theft?
5. Are the Republicans heading for a deadlocked presidential convention next year?
6. How should Illinois close its budget shortfall?
7. Should Democratic presidential candidates worry about the anemic first quarter growth number?
8. Do the USA Freedom Act privacy protections go far enough?
9. When it comes to gay marriage, should the U.S. follow the Irish model?
10. What are George Pataki’s chances of capturing the GOP presidential nomination?

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?