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R&D: Democrats Threaten to Buck Obama on the Debt Ceiling, What Happens if the Debt Ceiling is Not Raised, and Aljazeera’s Contradictory Messages

Here is your R&D for April 29th:

Debt ceiling: More Democrats threaten to vote against raising borrowing limit from the Washington Post
More Senate Democrats are threatening to go against the White House and join Republicans to vote against raising the debt ceiling.  The Democrats who might cross the aisle are those like Joe Manchin of West Virginia who face re-election battles next year.

What happens if Congress blows the debt ceiling? from CNN
And speaking of the debt ceiling, what will happen if Congress doesn’t raise it by July 8th?  This article lays it out for you.

Aljazeera: One Organization, Two Messages from the Washington Institute on Near East Policy
Is Aljazeera a beacon for reform in the Middle East?  Not according to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy because while it appears moderate to its English-speaking audience, there are different standards when coverage is providing in Arabic.

Extemp Central News Quiz Answers for the Week of April 25th-April 29th, 2011

Here are the answers for this week’s Extemp Central news quiz.  We apologize for not posting these on Wednesday, when they usually go up. 

2011 NFL National Qualifier Boards Are Updated

The USX and IX qualifier lists for the 2011 NFL National Tournament in Dallas, Texas have been updated to reflect results from the following districts:

  • Central Minnesota District
  • UIL District (Texas)

If you have NFL district results/qualifiers, send them to us at [email protected].

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R&D: Possible Shakeup in America’s National Security Apparatus, South Africa Seventeen Years After Apartheid, and Ron Paul Opens an Exploratory Committee for 2012

Here is your R&D for April 27th:

AP sources: Panetta to Pentagon, Petraeus to CIA from the Associated Press
According to sources within the Obama administration, current CIA Director Leon Panetta will replace Defense Secretary Robert Gates and General David Petraeus will take over at the CIA in a reshuffling of America’s national security apparatus.

Seventeen years after freedom came to South Africa, a status check from the Christian Science Monitor
Yesterday marked the seventeenth anniversary of black South Africans earning the right to vote for the country’s political leadership.  This article examines the challenges that South Africa still faces and how far the country has come since the end of the apartheid era in 1994.

Paul makes move toward 2012 run from the Des Moines Register
Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee yesterday.  The move will allow Paul to fundraise and participate in the first GOP presidential primary debate on May 5th.

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of April 26th-May 2nd, 2011

1.  Can the Democratic Alliance capitalize on voter frustration with the ANC in South Africa’s municipal elections next month?
2.  How will Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s latest spat with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei impact his political standing?
3.  Can Singapore’s opposition win a parliamentary majority?
4.  Why have Thai-Cambodian cease-fire talks collapsed?
5.  How will Lobsang Sangay’s election as the third kalon tripa impact China’s policies toward Tibet?
6.  Are worries about Ukranian national cohesion justified?
7.  Is Syria the next Libya?
8.  Which country is the world’s worst human rights abuser?
9.  What modifications should the EU make to the Schengen Agreement?
10.  Would Nigeria be better off if it were split into two different states?

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State Results: 2011 Missouri State High School Activities Association State Tournament

Here are the results of the 2011 Missouri State High School Activities Association State Tournament, held on April 15th-16th.  All of these finalists have earned automatic qualifications to next year’s Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC) at Northwestern University.

Champion:  Forrest Richardson (Savannah R3 High School)
2nd:  Emma McIntyre (Central Springfield High School)
3rd:  Taylor Johnson (Marshfield  High School)
4th:  Stewart Pence (Joplin High School)
5th:  Foster Honeck (Pembroke Hill School)
6th:  Gabrielle Lachtrup (Clayton High School)
7th:  Jessica Gehrig (Liberty High School)
8th:  Joseph Gruenbaum (Lee’s Summit North High School)

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R&D: Haley Barbour Decides Not to Run for President, the Arab Spring Puts Washington on the Defensive, and a Look at President Obama’s Re-Election Strategy

Here is your R&D for April 26th:

How Haley Barbour’s move shakes up 2012 from Politico
Yesterday, Misssissippi Governor Haley Barbour announced that he would not be running for president.  Barbour was considered as one of the favorites to win the nomination if he had pursued it.

Washington on the rocks from Le Monde Diplomatique
Is the Arab Spring a sign that America’s reign over global affairs it at an end?  The answer is yes according to this article from Le Monde.

Messina Provides a ‘Sneak Peek’ at Obama’s Strategy for 2012 Re-Election from Bloomberg
Jim Messina, who is in charge of Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, has shared some tidbits with the media concerning what strategies the President may adopt to return to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of April 26th-May 1st, 2011

1.  Should the U.S. sanction Syria?
2.  How can state governments close their public pension fund deficits?
3.  Would a Donald Trump presidential candidacy force both parties to adopt a more aggressive stance towards China?
4.  Can school vouchers improve state budget outlooks?
5.  Does the decision by King & Spalding to withdraw from defending the Defense of Marriage Act complicate efforts by conservatives to defend its constitutionality?
6.  Should the U.S. slash oil company subsidies?
7.  Why did Haley Barbour decide to not run for president in 2012?
8.  How can the U.S. persuade Russia and China to sign off on a new UN resolution that authorizes NATO ground forces in Libya?
9.  Will recent tornado outbreaks be a boon for supporters of climate change legislation?
10.  What are Ron Paul’s chances of winning the GOP presidential nomination in 2012?

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State Results: 2011 California High School Speech Association State Tournament

Here are the results of the 2011 California High School Speech Association State Tournament, held on April 15th-17th.  All of these finalists have earned automatic qualifications to next year’s Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC) at Northwestern University.

United States Extemp

Champion:  Kelly Wu (Leland High School)
2nd:  Kevin Ye (Gabrielino High School)
3rd:  Madhu Vijay (Bellarine College Prep)
4th:  Amode Tembhekar (Leland High School)
5th:  Vivian Huang (James Logan High School)
6th:  Bijan Poustinchian (Monte Vista High School)
7th:  Nancy Xiao (Arcadia High School)

State Results: 2011 Mississippi High School Activities Association State Tournament

Here are the results of the 2011 Mississippi High School Activities Association State Tournament, held on April 15-16th.  All of these finalists have earned automatic qualifications to next year’s Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC) at Northwestern University.

Champion:  Steven Wild (Oak Grove High School)
2nd:  William Ross (Oak Grove High School)
3rd:  Abby Grace (Tupelo High School)
4th:  John Michael Angle (Tupelo High School)
5th:  Aritra Biswas (St. Andrew’s Episcopal School)
6th:  Jessica Glenn (Ridgeland High School)
7th:  Neha Patel (Ridgeland High School)

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State Results: The 2011 Tarheel Forensic League State Championship

Here are the results of the 2011 Tarheel Forensic League State Championship, held on April 8th-9th.  All of these finalists have earned automatic qualifications to the 2011 Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC) at Northwestern University.  Results were acquired from Joy of Tournaments.

Champion:  Nathaniel Donahue (Durham Academy)
2nd:  Ben Denton (Pinecrest High School)
3rd:  Patrick Withrow (Myers Park High School)
4th:  Nivedita Sankar (Durham Academy)
5th:  Orlin Velev (Cary Academy)
6th:  Erich Kessel (Marvin Ridge High School)

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State Results: 2011 Minnesota High School League State Tournament

Here are the results for the Minnesota High School League State Tournament, held on April 15th & 16th, 2011.  All of the finalists earned automatic qualifications to next year’s Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC) at Northwestern University.

Class A

Champion:  Caroline Miller (Mounds Park Academy)
2nd:  Ameay Naravane (Mounds Park Academy)
3rd:  Eric Voss (Dawson-Boyd High School)
4th:  Dan Obermiller (St. Peter High School)
5th:  Jeremy Clark (Worthington High School)
6th:  Thomas Huling (Annandale High School)
7th:  Eric Noll (Fairmont High School)
8th:  Molly Monk (Rochester Lourdes High School)

R&D: An Argument is Made for Why America Needs Israel, An Excellent Report on Indonesian Terrorism, and America Considers Sanctions Against Syria’s Leadership

Here is your R&D for April 25th:

The Ultimate Ally from Foreign Policy
According to his piece in the May/June 2011 edition of Foreign Policy magazine, America needs Israel more than ever because of its strategic location and its ability to help America’s intelligence and defensive capabilities.

Indonesian Jihadism: Small Groups, Big Plans from the International Crisis Group
Jihadists in Indonesia might be small when compared to their Middle East counterparts, but they have big plans to wreck havoc across Southeast Asia and beyond.  This summary and accompaying report from the International Crisis Group provide excellent information for your files on Islamic radicalism in this region of the world.

In shift, US considers sanctions against Syria’s Assad regime from the Christian Science Monitor
After Syrian President Bashar al-Assad launched more violence against protesters over the weekend, President Obama’s staff began drafting sanctions against Syrian government officials.  More than 100 protesters were killed last Friday in Assad’s crackdown.

Extemp Central News Quiz for the Week of April 25th-29th, 2011 (Short Answer Version)

Here is your short answer Extemp Central news quiz for this week.  Good luck!

Extemp Central News Quiz for the Week of April 25th-29th, 2011 (Multiple Choice Version)

Here is your multiple choice Extemp Central news quiz for this week.  Pick well and good luck!

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