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Top Five GOP Presidential Contenders to Watch

Once the midterm elections end, the next big political campaign will be the 2012 presidential election.  While President Obama will likely be nominated by the Democrats for a second term, the Republican opposition has no clear frontrunner.  Based on the midterm election cycle, the GOP presidential primary might be one of the most thrilling and competitive in years and might see a bloody civil war between social and fiscal conservatives.  Such a battle has the potential to either strengthen the party and the candidates involved or devastate the GOP’s 2012 chances.

This brief list will discuss some of the top contenders for the 2012 nomination, with some facts that extempers should consider when weighing in on 2012 topics.  Polling agencies like Gallup, the Pew Research Center, and Rasmussen provide regular polls on the 2012 field and extempers would be wise to cut them.  One useful Gallup poll that was released today can be found here.  I would highly recommend that extempers cut it and place it in their files.

R&D: Pakistan Closes Afghanistan Border Crossing, McDonald’s Threatens to Drop Health Coverage, and the EU Launches Legal Action Against France

Here is your R&D for September 30th:

Pakistan Halts NATO Supplies to Afghanistan After Attack from the New York Times
After a NATO cross-border attack on a Pakistani security post, Pakistan has closed the most important border crossing that supplies NATO troops in Afghanistan.  The move signals a worsening military relationship between Pakistan and the UNited States.

McDonald’s May Drop Health Plan from the Wall Street Journal
As a consequence of President Obama’s healthcare reform bill, McDonald’s Corporation announced yesterday that it may drop its health insurance plan unless federal regulators allow it to waive requirements of the new law.  The move could impact 30,000 workers nationwide.

EU to Launch Legal Action Against France from Der Spiegel
The European Commission has launched legal action against France over its expulsion of Roma migrants.  The EU alleges that France is violating EU rules on freedom of movement.

Local Results: The 2010 Warrior Invitational (Mississippi)

Here are the results of the 2010 Warrior Invitational held at Oak Grove High School on September 24th.

Champion:  Maria Vasser (Ridgeland High School)
2nd:  Alex Wilkinson (Pascagoula High School)
3rd:  Paul Green (Hattiesburg High School)
4th:  Joshua Von Herrmann
5th:  Neha Patel (Ridgeland High School)
6th:  Alex Hendry

Local Results: The Sandra Day O’Connor Tournament (Texas)

Here are the results of the Sandra Day O’Connor High School Tournament, held at Sandra Day O’Connor High School on September 24th and 25th.

United States Extemp

Champion:  Hannah Beck (MacArthur High School)
2nd:  Sydney Scott (Claudia Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson High School)
3rd:  Andrew Markham (Reagan High School)
4th:  Christine Wiener (Reagan High School)
5th:  Olivia Deffner (Reagan High School)
6th:  Rodrigo Paramo (Reagan High School)

Local Results: The Rex Fleming Memorial Tournament (Texas)

Here are the results of the Rex Fleming Memorial Tournament, held at Memorial Senior High School on September 24th-25th

United States Extemp

Champion:  Lauren Tolat (Westfield High School)
2nd:  Tirhakah Love (Alief Hastings High School)
3rd:  Sheela Varadhan (Plano East Senior High School)
4th:  Nikhil Garg (Taylor High School)
5th:  LeAnn Truong (Clements High School)
6th:  Kelley Kim (Spring Woods High School)

Local Results: The Creek Classic (Texas)

Here are the results of the Creek Classic, held at Clear Creek High School on September 24th and 25th.

U.S. Extemp

Champion:  Steven Palasi (Hightower High School)
2nd:  Thomas Ray Trevino (J. Frank Dobie High School)
3rd:  Tyler Thompson (Cy-springs High School)
4th:  Summer Stanforth (Channelview High School)
5th:  Renee Gomez (Bay City High School)
6th:  Skye McDonald (Bay City High School)

Local Results: The Bel Air High School Tournament (Texas)

Here are the results of the Bel Air High School Tournament, held at Bel Air High School on September 24th and 25th.

U.S. Extemp

Champion:  William White (Eastwood High School)
2nd:  Brian Gutierrez (Coronado High School)
3rd:  Julian De La Paz (Cathedral High School)
4th:  Alejandra Muniz (Franklin High School)
5th:  Karissa Natera (Loretto Academy)
6th:  Chris Ramos (Americas High School)

Local Results: Spontaneity 31 Tournament (Texas)

Here are the results of the Spontaneity 31 Tournament, held at Newman Smith High School on Sept. 24th and 25th.

U.S. Extemp

Champion:  Joshua Yun (Flower Mound High School)
2nd:  Sandra Silea (Frisco High School)
3rd:  Alessandro Pauri (Flower Mound High School)
4th:  Kevin Alcantar (Flower Mound High School)
5th:  Matthew Gmitro (Flower Mound High School)
6th:  Derrick Rice (Garland High School)

Local Results: The Texans at Mountain View Invitational (Texas)

Here are the results from the first annual Texans at Mountain View Invitational, held at Mountain View College on September 24th and 25th.

U.S. Extemp

Champion:  Megan Schippmann (Southlake Carroll High School)
2nd:  Darrian Carroll (Mansfield Summit High School)
3rd:  Hunter Beck (Granbury High School)
4th:  Brendan Gillette (Byron Nelson High School)
5th:  Barrett Rowston (Keller High School)
6th:  Michael Evans (Mansfield Summit High School)

Local Results: Mary Carroll High School Tournament (Texas)

Here are the results of the 2010 Mary Carroll High School Tournament, held at Mary Carroll High School on September 25th.

U.S. Extemp

Champion:  Hailey Bearden (Dripping Springs High School)
2nd:  Taylor Cavazos (Harlingen South High School)
3rd:  Lindsey Weber (Three Rivers High School)
4th:  Cabott Hanes (Victoria West High School)
5th:  Ryan Smith (Gregory-Portland High School)
6th:  Jacob Lozano (Harlingen South High School)

R&D: Moscow’s Mayor Sacked, Different View of the FARC, and Anti-Outsourcing Bill Fails in the Senate

Here is your R&D for September 29th:

Friend says sacked Moscow mayor to file lawsuit from Reuters
Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov was sacked from his position by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.  Russian experts see this as part of a political game behind the scenes between Medvedev and former President Vladimir Putin to see who will be the leading candidate for the 2012 presidential elections.

Colombia: The Significance of the Killing of FARC Leader “Mono Jojoy” from the Colombia Journal (Courtesy of Upside Down World)
Left-leaning think tank Upside Down World presents a different perspective on Jorge Briceno, a FARC commander who was killed by Colombian forces on September 23rd.

Anti-outsourcing bill fails in Senate from the Washington Post
Yesterday, the U.S. Senate took up a new jobs bill that sought to punish companies that outsourced jobs overseas.  The bill was blocked when Republicans and four Democrats voted to block the bill from coming to the floor.

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of September 28th-October 4, 2010

1.  How should public school teachers be paid?
2.  Why is Feingold losing?
3.  Is Somalia next?
4.  Who should replace Rahm Emanuel as Chief of Staff?
5.  Has President Obama dropped the ball on the Middle East peace process?
6.  What is the most important governor’s race of the 2010 midterm elections?
7.  Who’s more to blame for America’s current economic mess:  Clinton, Bush, or Obama?
8.  Would the national mortgage market “seize up” without Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?
9.  Does the federal government need to regulate the operations of gold selling companies?
10.  Should conservatives worry about Congress’s lame duck session?

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Yale Invitational Results: Mehra Triumphs Over Donahue to Give Scarsdale Its Third Yale Win in Five Years

The final results from the Yale Invitational are in.  In the final round, Curan Mehra of Scarsdale High School in New York defeated Nathaniel Donahue of Durham Academy in North Carolina to become the 2010 champion.  Mehra’s victory marks the third time since 2006 that an extemper from Scarsdale High School has won the tournament.  Donahue, last year’s third place finisher, has now finished second at the first two major national circuit events of the season.

Peter Vogel of Ridge High School in New Jersey, who was 32nd in last year’s National Points Race, placed third.  Matt DeBari of Lake Highland Prep in Florida, who finished sixth at Wake Forest, made semi-finals and will add to his National Points Race total.  Audrey Denis of the Berkeley Carroll School in New York, who was unranked last year, but finished tied for 22nd in the 2008-2009 National Points Race, earned points for making semi-finals.  Other National Points Race notables such as Jared Odessky of Nova High School in Florida, Ben Constine of Yorktown High School in Virginia, and Emily Martin of Boone County High School in Kentucky failed to make elimination rounds.

R&D: Top 5 Senate Races, Anger at Europe’s Austerity Measures, and Can Miliband Be a New Thatcher?

Here is your R&D for September 28th:

Five most competitive Senate races from Politico
Need some help identifying major Senate races this election cycle?  This Politico article can help you out.

Austerity whips up anger, protests mount in Europe from the Agence France Presse
Spending cuts by EU nations are causing trade unions across Europe to revolt.  Over 100,000 people from 30 countries are set to converge on Brussels in a sign of protest against EU austerity measures.

He’s been compared to Kinnock, to Duncan Smith. But what about Thatcher? from the UK Independent
Ed Miliband, the new leader of Britain’s Labour Party, has said that he wants Britain be a fairer country.  Can he succeed and does his vision make him too radical to make it to Downing Street?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of September 28th-October 4, 2010

1.  How will the resignation of Fatmir Sejdiu impact talks between Kosovo and Serbia?
2.  Will David Miliband make the Labor Party unelectable?
3.  Based on recent National Assembly election results, should Hugo Chavez be scared about 2012?
4.  Is Rene Peval exercising too much power over Haiti’s upcoming presidential election?
5.  Should Thailand extend its current state of emergency beyond October 4th?
6.  Would a monetary union be a boon for East African states?
7.  How can African states enhance their levels of food security?
8.  Will Greece’s austerity measures endure?
9.  Is Russia’s grain export ban justified?
10.  Will the stalemate produced by Australia’s parliamentary election wreck plans to reform the nation’s pension system?

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