Month: October 2018

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of October 29-November 4, 2018

HOTtopics1. Who will win the Florida gubernatorial election?
2. Should police be able to use social media posts to make “preventative” arrests before crimes are committed?
3. Who is most likely to exit the Trump cabinet after the midterm elections?
4. Is there a coming “dementia crisis” in American healthcare?
5. Will the U.S. be at war with China in the next fifteen years?
6. Why would Silicon Valley prefer Democrats to control the U.S. Congress?
7. Should states allow gender self-identification on government issued documents?
8. Did Megyn Kelly deserve to be fired by NBC?
9. Is Trump capable of providing America with moral leadership?
10. Does the Democratic Party need a coherent vision for immigration reform?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of October 29-November 4, 2018

HOTtopics1. Can the “boycott Israel” movement actually create change in the Middle East?
2. Why is Australia’s economy booming?
3. How should Latin American nations deal with the region’s refugee crisis?
4. Has Sisi fixed Egypt or made it worse?
5. Would the rise of political authoritarians in Latin America bolster the region’s economies?
6. Will Shinzo Abe’s recent trip to Beijing bear fruit for the Sino-Japanese relationship?
7. Is hyperinflation returning to Zimbabwe?
8. Should Europe scrap the Schenegen Area?
9. Could the European Commission’s rejection of Italy’s budget trigger an Italexit?
10. Should the UN Human Rights Council be abolished?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of October 22-28, 2018

HOTtopics1. What might Turkey gain from the Khashoggi case?
2. Will the rise of artificial intelligence in weapons technology create more global stability or greater instability?
3. Would higher global oil prices rescue Venezuela?
4. Is an Arab Spring 2.0 looming?
5. Does the EU need a common defense strategy?
6. Is global nuclear hysteria more dangerous than a world where many nations possess nuclear weapons?
7. What steps can Iraq take to better tackle corruption?
8. Has Angela Merkel destroyed German conservatism?
9. Should NATO make North Macedonia a NATO member?
10. How can the international community best prevent a famine in Yemen?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of October 22-28, 2018

HOTtopics1. How might the departure of James Mathis affect President Trump’s defense strategy?
2. Is progressivism the answer for what ails America’s urban communities?
3. Should the U.S. become a “sanctuary nation”?
4. If you were Hillary Clinton, would you engage in another presidential campaign in 2020?
5. Can America continue its robust economic growth for another two years?
6. Has Elizabeth Warren torpedoed her 2020 presidential hopes?
7. Should race-based college admissions be eliminated?
8. If the recent migrant caravan reaches America’s border, should the U.S. discontinue foreign aid to Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras?
9. Will recent gaffes cost Sinema the Arizona Senate race?
10. If Republicans win the midterms, will Trump fire Mueller?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of October 15-21, 2018

HOTtopics1. Should states eliminate cash bail?
2. How will the departure of Nikki Haley affect the future direction of President Trump’s foreign policy?
3. Should the U.S. Senate abandon the filibuster?
4. What impact, if any, will Washington’s Supreme Court ruling on the death penalty have on future death penalty litigation?
5. Should more states raise the smoking age to twenty-one?
6. How might Hurricane Michael affect the Florida Senate race?
7. If affirmative action comes before the Supreme Court again, could its use be severely curtailed?
8. Have Portland police been too lax in controlling political violence?
9. What action should President Trump take over Saudi Arabia’s alleged involvement in the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi?
10. Will the GOP pick up Senate seats in the midterms?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of October 15-21, 2018

HOTtopics1. How can European governments encourage more technological innovation?
2. Is Turkey attempting to repair its relations with the United States?
3. Can Obiageli Ezekwesili win the Nigerian presidency?
4. Will growing income inequality eventually spell the end for Iran’s Islamic Republic?
5. Has the Quebec separatist movement died?
6. Is the dollar’s tenure as the world’s global currency reaching its end?
7. Should Western governments pass legislation to limit the cooperation of tech companies with oppressive governments abroad?
8. Will Israel soon be forced to retake control of the Gaza Strip?
9. Who will win the Brazilian presidential runoff?
10. Would the imposition of economic sanctions on Saudi Arabia spark global economic disaster?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of October 8-14, 2018

HOTtopics1. How can the European Union create a sustainable migration policy?
2. Does a nuclear North Korea actually make East Asia more stable?
3. How has social media altered the dynamics of war?
4. Are Afghans better off than they were prior to Operation Enduring Freedom seventeen years ago?
5. Can Abdel Abdul-Mahdi bring stability to Iraq?
6. Does the Palestinian Authority have legal governance over all of the Palestinian territories?
7. What is the biggest obstacle to needed social and economic reforms in Bosnia?
8. Should India form a closer relationship with Russia?
9. Will China suffer any significant international fallout for the detainment of Meng Hongwei?
10. Has Mali done enough to heal from the Tuareg rebellion?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of October 8-14, 2018

HOTtopics1. If Democrats win the House, should they try to impeach Brett Kavanaugh?
2. Does Nancy Pelosi have enough support in the Democratic caucus to become the next Speaker of the House?
3. Is the NAFTA deal a significant achievement for President Trump?
4. How can the U.S. best prevent tax avoidance?
5. Should the U.S. remove its troops from Okinawa?
6. Has the Trump administration “reset” American relations with China?
7. Did President Trump deserve the Nobel Peace Prize?
8. Should the U.S. be willing to part with its nuclear weapons arsenal in order to encourage nuclear non-proliferation?
9. Do foreign wars increase income inequality?
10. Will Senator Joe Manchin switch parties after the midterm elections?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of October 1-8, 2018

HOTtopics1. Is Nikki Haley a future presidential candidate?
2. Should the U.S. launch a military invasion of Venezuela?
3. Are American partisan politics compromising the independence of the judicial branch?
4. How can CNN become more competitive in the cable news races?
5. Should airports adopt facial recognition technology as part of their security protocol?
6. How should Elon Musk fight the SEC’s lawsuit?
7. Do age restrictions to purchase firearms, if the purchaser is of adult age, violate the Second Amendment?
8. Will #MeToo produce a wider gender gap in midterm races?
9. Would America be better off if it limited its participation in international institutions?
10. Is the stock market headed for a crash by the end of October?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of October 1-7, 2018

HOTtopics1. Should Boris Johnson challenge Theresa May for the leadership of the British Conservative Party?
2. What steps should Lopez Obrador take to make Mexico a safer place?
3. Can Nigeria solve its energy crisis?
4. Should Shinzo Abe prioritize constitutional or economic reforms?
5. Will Italy’s latest budget wrecks its economy?
6. Should Peru enact President Vizcarra’s anti-corruption measures?
7. What positions should Southeast Asian nations taken regarding the U.S.-Chinese trade war?
8. Does stronger Russian-Syrian defense cooperation produce significant problems for Israel’s defense strategy near the Golan Heights?
9. Should smaller nations sell citizenship?
10. Are bilateral trade deals preferrable to multilateral ones?

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