Month: May 2018

2018 NSDA Qualification Board Update (5/30)


Ft LauderdaleOur newly updated qualification board for the week of May 30 includes qualifiers from the East Oklahoma, Florida Panther, and West Iowa districts.  Thank you to all readers who provided qualifiers.

Also, we are updating our list of state champions for the 2017-2018 season.  If you have that information, please feel free to send it to us as well!

To check out the qual boards, click on “Quals 18” at the top of this page.  If you hover your cursor about the “Quals 18” category you will see a drop down menu to select the IX and USX qualification boards.  You can also click “IX” and “USX” in this message to access the qualification boards.

We hope to receive more contributions and results in the weeks ahead.  If you know the qualifiers from your NSDA District, please e-mail the following information to [email protected]:

  • The name of the NSDA District and the state that is located in
  • The names of those who will be ATTENDING nationals in IX and USX. Please do not send us the names of those who technically qualified, but opted to go in another event. We only want the names of those who will be going in the categories to avoid confusion.
  • The schools those competitors attend.
  • IF your district has an automatic qualifier from last year’s NSDA Tournament (a competitor that reached finals or semi-finals in IX and USX) and that person will be going back to NSDA in that event, please let us know. If you are an automatic qualifier and want to give this information to us yourself, fantastic!

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of May 28-June 3, 2018


HOTtopics1. Would an Italexit pose a bigger threat to the EU’s future than Brexit?
2. What is the significance of Colombia becoming NATO’s first “global partner” from Latin America?
3. Is free trade the key to unlocking Africa’s economic potential?
4. Has the Mercosur trading bloc failed to live up to its potential?
5. How can the international community better combat slavery in modern times?
6. Are Indonesia and the EU headed for a trade war?
7. How can Martin Vinzcarra restore trust in Peru’s public institutions?
8. Is the trial of Diane Rwigara a sign that Rwanda’s political system is growing more intolerant of dissenting views?
9. Are Argentinian criticisms of the IMF valid?
10. Is Spain headed for a snap election?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of May 28-June 3, 2018


HOTtopics1. Was Donald Trump wise to cancel his summit with Kim Jong-un?
2. Should the U.S. enter into new arms control accords with Russia?
3. Did the U.S. win its recent trade spat with China?
4. What regulations should be imposed on e-cigarettes?
5. Is the U.S. economy operating at full employment?
6. Are Trump’s recent moves against Planned Parenthood counterproductive to Republican aims to keep control of Congress in 2018?
7. Will the NFL’s recent anthem policy create more problems for the league?
8. Is MS-13 a significant threat to U.S. national security?
9. Should the “data economy” be regulated at the federal level?
10. Will Stacey Abrams become Georgia’s first black female governor?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of May 21-27, 2018


HOTtopics1. Is support for Israel becoming a wedge issue within the Democratic Party?
2. Should American foreign policy reorient its way away from Europe and more toward an embrace of Asian nations?
3. Is Arne Duncan’s call for a school boycott unwise?
4. Will the “war on terrorism” ever end?
5. In terms of constitutional procedure can Mueller indict Trump?
6. What demands should the U.S. be making in its trade talks with China?
7. Are high gas prices a sign of a robust American economy?
8. What is the best way to prevent the mentally ill from acquiring firearms?
9. Are Republican chances to retain the House in 2018 increasing?
10. Should “regime change” still occupy a prominent place in U.S. foreign policy?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of May 21-27, 2018


HOTtopics1. How should the WHO respond to the latest Ebola outbreak?
2. What effect might the end of the Iranian nucler deal have on Iraq?
3. How can Venezuela’s anti-Maduro opposition become more effective?
4. What steps can the European Union take to be more democratic?
5. How can Zimbabwe’s new leaders create a robust economic recovery?
6. Is Kim Jong-un “playing” Donald Trump?
7. To what degree should China’s political leadership embrace the ideas of Karl Marx?
8. Have global liberals failed to respond to the growth of populist movements around the world over the past decade?
9. Should Turkey sever its diplomatic relations with Israel?
10. Will Brexit cause Northern Ireland to leave the United Kingdom?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of May 14-20, 2018


HOTtopics1. Should English be the European Union’s lingua franca?
2. Is Singapore the ideal location for a U.S.-North Korean summit?
3. Will the recent Nicaraguan protests lead to Daniel Ortega’s ouster?
4. Why was turnout low in the recent Iraqi elections?
5. Will the U.S. exit of the Iranian nuclear deal lead to greater tensions between European nations and Israel?
6. How might Mexican voters living abroad affect the country’s upcoming presidential election?
7. Is India doing enough to combat water scarcity?
8. Will Irish voters repeal the Eighth Amendment?
9. Should Europe keep the Iranian nuclear deal going?
10. Was the result of Malaysia’s election a boon for democratic politics in Southeast Asia?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of May 14-20, 2018


HOTtopics1. Is the current U.S. military too reliant on computer technology?
2. Should the Trump administration seek a new Iranian nuclear deal after scrapping the old one?
3. What will be John McCain’s political legacy?
4. Will California’s solar panel rules on new homes make housing costs worse?
5. How can the immigration court backlog be alleviated?
6. What role should American universities play in encouraging entrepreneurship?
7. Is a jobs guarantee a flawed idea?
8. How should Trump end his legal standoff with Mueller?
9. Is going farther to the political left a recipe for Democratic success in 2020?
10. Were the results of the West Virginia Republican primary a major setback for Democratic efforts to retake the Senate?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of May 7-13, 2018


HOTtopics1. Are the 2018 midterms Nancy Pelosi’s last stand?
2. Have America’s courts become too politicized?
3. Does Donald Trump deserve the Nobel Peace Prize?
4. Is the Mueller investigation hindering the ability of Democrats to express a coherent policy agenda to voters?
5. Should Republican moderates rally around Nikki Haley?
6. Are high housing costs imperiling California’s future?
7. Based on new Israeli revelations, should the U.S. leave the Iran nuclear deal?
8. Are the new unemployment figures a cause for celebration?
9. If Anthony Kennedy retires, who should Trump choose to replace him?
10. Will Nevada’s voters opt to eliminate brothels in 2018?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of May 7-13, 2018


HOTtopics1. Should there be an international ban on human cloning?
2. Could European countries take lessons from Italy’s security services in combating terrorism?
3. Were the recent British council elections a victory for Theresa May’s government?
4. Does Israel ignore Gaza at its peril?
5. Will the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace become the framework for eventual Korean reunification?
6. Are democratic politics dying in Eastern Europe?
7. How can Mexico best reduce its homicide rate?
8. Is the Argentinian government doing enough to combat inflation?
9. Will the death of Afonso Dhlakama reduce the prospects of peace in Mozambique?
10. Is female empowerment the key to more economic growth in Asian nations?

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