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HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of February 8-14, 2016

HOTtopics1. Who was the biggest winner of the Iowa caucus?
2. Does the Black Lives Matter movement need a prominent leader?
3. Will the TPP’s fate hinge on the outcome of the U.S. presidential election?
4. Are the stocks of social media companies overvalued?
5. Why is Hillary Clinton having a hard time winning over younger voters?
6. Should Congress pass President Obama’s oil tax?
7. Will the latest jobs report cause the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates at its next meeting?
8. How can Marco Rubio overcome questions about his lack of executive experience?
9. Can the U.S. build a Sunni-led coalition to defeat ISIS?
10. Does the U.S. need to reduce its corporate tax rate?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of February 8-14, 2016

HOTtopics1. What is the state of the global steel industry?
2. Should the IOC move the Summer Olympics?
3. Who should be Myanmar’s next president?
4. What should Turkey do if Russia continues to violate its airspace?
5. Should the AU send a peacekeeping force to Burundi?
6. What steps does Nigeria need to take to eliminate corruption?
7. Would a higher oil price rescue the Maduro regime?
8. Should the international community impose sanctions on China for continuing to aid North Korea?
9. Would a large-scale Sunni intervention in Syria produce a large-scale regional war in the Middle East?
10. Should Saudi Arabia push for an OPEC production cut?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of February 1-7, 2016

HOTtopics1. Does the Japanese economy need more quantitative easing?
2. Should more European nations copy Denmark’s push to confiscate the possessions of asylum-seekers?
3. What steps can the Afghan government take to prevent “insider” terrorist attacks?
4. Was Hassan Rouani’s tour of Europe a success?
5. Which regional actor is best positioned to solve Nepal’s ongoing political problems?
6. What is the significance of Portugal’s recent presidential election?
7. Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi: Hosni Mubarak 2.0?
8. What should be the “non-negotiables” in the Syrian peace talks?
9. Does Angela Merkel or David Cameron have the most riding on the EU’s summit later this month?
10. Is the WHO prepared to deal with the Zika outbreak?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of February 1-7, 2016

HOTtopics1. How can the U.S. get more minority students into computer science programs?
2. Do the Democrats have any chance of taking the House in 2016?
3. Should American police be mandated to take an anti-racism pledge?
4. How will the results of the Iowa caucus affect the 2016 presidential election?
5. Should the United States encourage Taiwanese independence?
6. When should the Federal Reserve next raise interest rates?
7. How can the U.S. persuade China to take more aggressive action toward North Korea?
8. Is Apple poised for a significant decline?
9. Could Michael Bloomberg win the presidency as an independent candidate?
10. Has Steve Easterbrook placed McDonald’s back on the road to success?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of January 25-31, 2016

HOTtopics1. Does the U.S. need to fix the way it deals with Haiti?
2. What is the significance of Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Donald Trump?
3. Will the Supreme Court void President Obama’s executive action on suspending the deportation of illegal immigrants?
4. How will China’s woes affect the U.S. economy in 2016?
5. Is the “white Oscars” controversy overblown?
6. Does the American airline industry need more competition?
7. Is a “golden age” of profits for American firms coming to an end?
8. Should Congress pass President Obama’s unemployment insurance proposal?
9. How can Bernie Sanders pierce Hillary Clinton’s Southern firewall?
10. What should Rick Snyder do about the Flint water crisis?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of January 25-31, 2016

HOTtopics1. Are fiscal or monetary problems a bigger threat to the Brazilian economy?
2. Is the ECB hampering Italy’s plans for economic reform?
3. Are economic problems aggravating racial tensions in South Africa?
4. Have Western sanctions against Russia failed?
5. Should Google allow authoritarian government to request the blocking of offending material?
6. Will Francois Hollande’s jobs plan successfully reduce France’s unemployment rate?
7. Should the World Bank feel threatened by the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank?
8. Will the ICC’s prosecution of William Ruto disrupt Western-Kenyan cooperation against al-Shabab?
9. How should Xi Jinping react to the DPP’s landslide victory in Taiwan’s presidential election?
10. Will Iranian conservatives triumph in February’s parliamentary elections?

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

HOTtopics1. Can Mexico win its drug war if it cooperates more closely with the United States?
2. What does Israel’s clampdown on Jewish terrorism mean for Israel-Arab relations?
3. Should Great Britain renew the Tirdent submarine program?
4. How can the German government sustain existing levels of economic growth?
5. Is the Islamic State a significant threat to Indonesian security?
6. Should Russia offer asylum to Bashar al-Assad?
7. How will economic problems in China affect the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong?
8. Is Turkey’s focus on the PKK distracting it from a much needed fight against the Islamic State?
9. Will Greece convince other European nations to reduce its debt burden?
10. How can India improve air quality in major cities?

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

HOTtopics1. How much credit does President Obama deserve for low gas prices?
2. Would the nomination of Bernie Sanders as the Democratic presidential nominee hurt Democrats in congressional races?
3. Should the RNC eliminate future “undercard” presidential debates?
4. Is the Obama administration too deferential to Iranian interests?
5. Which Republican presidential candidate has the best tax proposal?
6. How can the U.S. federal government best encourage energy independence?
7. What is the state of American banking?
8. Is the United States still the world’s strongest nation?
9. Should Michigan do more to fix the problems in the Detroit Public Schools?
10. Will the U.S. economy have a recession in 2016?

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

HOTtopics1. Would Donald Trump or Ted Cruz be a better general election candidate for the GOP?
2. Why are more young adults not signing up for the ACA?
3. What issue should President Obama focus on during his last year of office?
4. Do U.S. states need to impose more regulations on fracking?
5. What is the best way to produce better education outcomes for minority students?
6. How should the Supreme Court rule in Friedrichs v. California Teacher Association?
7. Would a Jim Webb third party candidacy have any impact on the 2016 presidential election?
8. How many interest rate hikes will the Federal Reserve pursue in 2016?
9. Should President Obama make an endorsement in the Democratic presidential primary?
10. How should federal authorities respond to the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge?

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

HOTtopics1. What would be the biggest global consequence of a Brexit?
2. How will the Cologne attacks affect Angela Merkel’s position on migrants?
3. Should Saudi Arabia list part of Saudi Aramco?
4. Will Spain end up holding new elections in May?
5. Should the EU impose sanctions on Poland?
6. Will Chinese economic difficulties produce a global currency war?
7. What steps should the international community take against North Korea for conducting its fourth nuclear test?
8. How can the EU prevent the collapse of the Schengen travel zone?
9. Is Nicolas Maduro driving Venezuela toward civil war?
10. How will growing tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia affect the Syrian peace process?