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HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of May 2-8, 2016

HOTtopics1. Will large scale protests provide a boon to Donald Trump’s presidential hopes?
2. Should U.S. students take a year off before attending college?
3. Is the U.S. military prepared to fight the wars of the future?
4. Did Ted Cruz pick his vice-presidential nominee too early?
5. How will United Healthcare’s decision to drop out of health insurance exchanges affect the future of the Affordable Care Act?
6. Will the Democratic Party have a “contested convention” this summer?
7. How should the U.S. handle Puerto Rico’s debt crisis?
8. Should the Federal Reserve be concerned about sluggish first quarter GDP growth?
9. What is the biggest challenge facing the U.S. public education system?
10. Should women’s rights constitute a key part of American foreign policy?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of May 2-8, 2016

HOTtopics1. Is Russia really a wounded bear?
2. Will the concept of “global citizenship” become a popular notion over the next century?
3. Would a turn toward the political right do significant damage to the European economy?
4. How can the Iraqi government fight corruption more effectively?
5. Are environmental demands on developing nations a form of neo-imperialism?
6. Is Bangladesh becoming the next battleground in the war on terrorism?
7. Was Germany justified in banning Airbnb?
8. Will communist rule in Cuba continue long after the Castros are gone?
9. Is the West making it harder for Libya to form a unity government?
10. Will China’s new NGO law have significant negative side effects for poorer Chinese communities?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of April 25-May 1, 2016

HOTtopics1. Is Macedonia bound to become the next flare-up in the Western-Russian relationship?
2. Are there any economic benefits to climate change?
3. What are the strategic implications of Japan building a stealth jet?
4. How can Saudi Arabia liberate its economy from dependence on foreign oil exports?
5. Is ISIS a more dangerous terror group than al-Qaeda?
6. Will President Obama’s entrance into the Brexit debate help or hinder pro-EU forces?
7. How will a recent earthquake affect Ecuador’s economy?
8. Will the Freedom Party win the second round of the Austrian presidential election?
9. Should the international community create “safe zones” inside of Syria?
10. Will new UN sanctions against North Korea restrict the communist nation’s nuclear program?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of April 25-May 1, 2016

HOTtopics1. What is one policy position that Donald Trump needs to become more specific about if he wants to win the presidency?
2. How important is a constitutional right to privacy?
3. Should the FBI disclose the security holes in the San Bernardino iPhone to Apple?
4. What fixes should be made to Social Security?
5. Can North Carolina afford to keep its “bathroom bill” on the books?
6. Has Paul Ryan been an ineffective Speaker?
7. Would placing American ground troops in Syria be a mistake?
8. If you were John Kasich, how would you attempt to secure the Republican presidential nomination at the Cleveland convention?
9. Would agreeing to and ratifying the TTIP help the U.S. economy?
10. Does Harriet Tubman deserve to be on the $20 bill?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of April 18-24, 2016

HOTtopics1. Are African American leaders serving the interests of their constituents in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary?
2. Should technology companies be barred from using unbreakable encryption in their products?
3. How will more racially diverse public schools affect American education policy?
4. Does the U.S. need to use “hard power” to defend human rights?
5. Is it constitutional for a state to make a religious tax its official book?
6. If the GOP loses the presidential election will they confirm Merrick Garland?
7. Will the Supreme Court deadlock when ruling on the constitutionality of President Obama’s executive order on immigration?
8. Who should buy Yahoo!?
9. Should the U.S. reduce its participation in NATO?
10. Can the GOP afford not to make Donald Trump the nominee if he wins a plurality of delegates by the time of the Cleveland convention?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of April 18-24, 2016

HOTtopics1. What steps does Pakistan need to take to better protect its Christian minority?
2. Can the EU solve the migrant crisis without Turkey’s help?
3. Are developing nations doing enough to bolster their disaster response networks?
4. Can a unity government bring peace to South Sudan?
5. Will global oil prices top $100 by the end of the year?
6. What impact will the Panama Papers have on Panamanian politics?
7. Will the decision to move forward with the prosecution of Jan Boehermann weaken Angela Merkel’s political standing?
8. Can Israel afford to give up the Golan Heights?
9. Was Saudi Arabia responsible for the September 11 terror attacks?
10. Will Dilma Rousseff be impeached?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of April 11-17, 2016

HOTtopics1. Why have the ICC prosecutions into 2007 electoral violence in Kenya failed?
2. How can more “unity” come to Libya’s unity government?
3. Should Greece receive another IMF bailout?
4. Can the Minsk Group successfully resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute?
5. Will Iran’s ballistic missile program scuttle the gains it made in its nuclear deal with the West?
6. Are term limits needed for Africa to experience stronger economic growth?
7. How will a close economic relationship between Saudi Arabia and Egypt affect the geopolitics of the Middle East?
8. Is Somalia winnig its battle against Islamist rebels?
9. Will David Cameron’s involvement in the Panama Papers controversy affect the Brexit vote?
10. Should the West lament the resignation of Arseniy Yatsenyuk?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of April 11-17, 2016

HOTtopics1. Will Bill Clinton’s clash with Black Lives Matter activists hurt Hillary Clinton?
2. Does the Supreme Court need to become more diverse?
3. Is Mississippi’s religious liberty bill constitutional?
4. Should the GOP establishment cast its lot with Ted Cruz?
5. How can the U.S. tax code become more simplified?
6. Should the Baker Hughes-Halliburton merger be allowed?
7. Does the U.S. need more regulations to combat corporate inversions?
8. Was the Boston Globe’s fake front page about Donald Trump appropriate?
9. Does Bernie Sanders have a mathematical chance of winning the Democratic presidential nomination?
10. Should the U.S. back the new UN resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of April 4-10, 2016

HOTtopics1. Should the use of torture be a vital component in the war against terrorism?
2. How should Chicago combat its rising violent crime rate?
3. What would a “rebuilt” Republican Party look like?
4. Does America need to be “great” again?
5. Would a $15 minimum wage hike devastate the Californian economy?
6. Should the U.S. encourage or discourage a “Brexit”?
7. Is the U.S. bearing too much of the cost of European defense?
8. Should Democrats scrap “superdelegates” in future election cycles?
9. What should be America’s foreign policy with Turkey?
10. Will Donald Trump’s abortion comments cost him the GOP presidential nomination?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of April 4-10, 2016

HOTtopics1. Is the goal of a nuclear weapons-free world obtainable?
2. How should Russian opposition groups challenge the Putin regime?
3. Has Nawaz Sharif made Pakistan more vulnerable to terror attacks?
4. Is Belgium a failed state?
5. What reforms does Egypt need to make with regards to airline security?
6. Is Ukraine serious about fighting corruption?
7. What is responsible for Al Jazeera’s recent difficulties?
8. Will 2016 be the year of the “Latin American Spring”?
9. Is Mexico making significant progress in its war on drugs?
10. Should the international community halt food aid for North Korea?