Month: September 2019

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of September 30-October 6, 2019

HOTtopics1. Did Nancy Pelosi put moderate members of her caucus at serious political risk with her decision to pursue an impeachment inquiry against President Trump?
2. Have foreign policy issues dropped off the American political radar screen?
3. Will the Trump impeachment inquiry do significant damage to Joe Biden’s presidential hopes?
4. Should more colleges abolish their ACT and SAT requirements?
5. If the House impeaches President Trump, would Mitch McConnell be constitutionally bound to hold a trial in the Senate?
6. Should skills rather than knowledge become the core focus of the American education system?
7. Is a credit bubble building in the American economy?
8. Should Hillary Clinton consider a third run at the presidency?
9. Will California’s moves to allow college athletes to profit from their likeness force the NCAA to overhaul its rules and regulations?
10. Should Supreme Court oral arguments be televised?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of September 30-October 6, 2019

HOTtopics1. Does Greta Thunberg deserve the Nobel Peace Prize?
2. Is Latin America losing its battle against corruption?
3. Will a consumption tax increase create problems for the Japanese economy?
4. Is Afghan democracy failing?
5. Will China’s growing economic clout create greater political unrest in Asia?
6. Can Sebastian Kurz form a coalition government?
7. Could Iranian aggression against Saudi oil facilities turn the EU against it?
8. Will corruption allegations force Boris Johnson to resign?
9. Is it in Cuba’s best interest to keep supporting Maduro?
10. Was the UN climate summit successful?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of September 23-29, 2019

HOTtopics1. Can the free market solve the climate crisis?
2. Will Trudeau’s recent blackface scandal cost him a second term?
3. Does the Chinese economy need more privatization?
4. Will Israel hold a third election in the near future?
5. Should the EU reconsider its Brexit deadline?
6. Do Asian nations need to rethink their flood defenses?
7. Will South Sudan form a unity government by November?
8. Is Viktor Orban harming Hungary’s education system?
9. Will Spain’s November election break its political deadlock?
10. Is it time to create a new world trade organization?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of September 23-29, 2019

HOTtopics1. Will Bernie Sanders campaign prevent Elizabeth Warren from winning the Democratic presidential primary?
2. Has the new whistle-blower complaint against President Trump created major issues for his re-election campaign?
3. Should Democrats make the impeachment of Justice Brett Kavanaugh a centerpiece of their 2020 Senate races?
4. Is the U.S. being too tolerant about Iranian aggression in the Middle East?
5. Should states be able to set separate emissions requirements for vehicles?
6. Why did Bill de Blasio’s presidential campaign fail?
7. Should schools allow students to walkout for political purposes?
8. How will Robert O’Brien’s tenure as national security advisor be different from John Bolton?
9. Will Joe Kennedy’s primary effort against Ed Markey succeed?
10. Should the Department of Agriculture eliminate the broad-based categorical eligibility policy for food stamp benefits?

2019 Yale Invitational: Gao Triumphs By One Rank Over Marks

Report submitted by Daniel Kind

yaleLast weekend, the Yale Invitational officially kicked off the 2019-2020 Extemp Season! The tournament had 138 entries, making it one of the largest in the history of the tournament. Diverging from previous years, the tournament was cumulative this year rather than having clean breaks.

James Gao of Ridge High School (NJ) edged out a victory against Mo Marks of Theodore Roosevelt High School (IA) by one rank in the final round. Alex Massa of Hoover High School (OH), Juliette Reyes of American Heritage School (FL), and Daniel Kind of Lake Highland Preparatory (FL) were neck and neck for third, fourth, and fifth place respectively. One rank separated each of the three competitors. Dylan Cawley of the Delbarton School (NJ) rounded out the top six in sixth place.

Because Yale is a fourth tier tournament in the National Points Race, Gao earned seventy points for winning the event. Marks earned 60, Massa earned 49, Reyes earned 35, Kind earned 28, and Cawley earned 20. Additionally, all semi-finalists earned 18 points.

Here are the results of the 2019 Yale Invitational (Click
here for tab sheet):

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of September 16-22, 2019

HOTtopics1. Will Beto O’Rourke’s gun control message give his presidential candidacy a boost?
2. Who should President Trump select as his next national security adviser?
3. If the U.S. economy goes into recession, will the markets or government bear most of the blame?
4. Should flavored e-cigarettes be banned?
5. Are Democratic efforts to take down Senator Mitch McConnell in 2020 faltering?
6. Do the results of North Carolina’s Ninth Congressional District special election foreshadow difficulties for President Trump’s re-election campaign?
7. Will state antitrust probes into Google lead to significant actions against the company?
8. Should the U.S. invest in space elevator technology?
9. More than twenty years later: Has welfare reform worked?
10. Will California’s new “gig” economy regulations hurt low wage workers?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of September 16-22, 2019

HOTtopics1. Is the Yemeni Civil War becoming a major problem for global energy markets?
2. Does England have a future in Europe?
3. Where can the UN make the greatest difference in 2020?
4. Was Tunisia’s presidential election a victory for democracy?
5. Is the world ready for “climate refugees”?
6. What is China’s plan for a new world order?
7. Is Germany’s economy heading into recession?
8. Who will win Israel’s repeat election?
9. Is Great Britain’s Liberal Democratic Party rising from the ashes?
10. How can Justin Trudeau win a second term?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of September 9-15, 2019

HOTtopics1. Should there be global restrictions on the use of robot soldiers in combat situations?
2. What is needed to bring Russia and Ukraine to the negotiating table?
3. Can Prince Abdulaziz succeed where Khlaid al-Falih failed?
4. How would life change for Afghan women if U.S. troops were to leave the country?
5. What will be Robert Mugabe’s legacy?
6. Are Hong Kong’s protesters winning?
7. What is causing xenophobic attacks in South Africa?
8. What steps must the Democratic Republic of the Congo take to avoid future Ebola outbreaks?
9. Will Brexit destroy the Tory Party?
10. Do there need to be more international regulations on space issues?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of September 9-15, 2019

HOTtopics1. Should there be a national ban on plastic straws?
2. If Israel goes to war with Iran, how should the U.S. react?
3. Will Democratic presidential candidate positions on climate change cost them votes in the Rust Belt?
4. Does nation building have a future role in American military planning?
5. Should gun ammunition be taxed like cigarettes?
6. How can states recruit more highly trained teachers in STEM fields?
7. If Joe Biden wins the Democratic presidential nomination, who should he pick for vice-president?
8. Is the Democratic Party losing non-public sector union votes?
9. Should Kelly Ayotte run for New Hampshire’s Senate seat in 2020?
10. Is the Terrorist Screening Watchlist unconstitutional?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of September 2-8, 2019

HOTtopics1. Why did Kirsten Gillibrand’s presidential candidacy gain little traction?
2. Is the September Democratic debate a must win for Joe Biden?
3. Should the fight against disinformation be a national security priority?
4. Would it be in the best long-term interest of the Republican Party to support the abolition of the Electoral College?
5. How does the Isakson retirement affect the battle for the Senate in 2020?
6. Should states and localities expunge marijuana convictions?
7. What is the right way for the U.S. to end the war in Afghanistan?
8. Is the Tea Party still a viable force in Republican politics?
9. Will California decide the winner of the Democratic presidential primary?
10. Does the ADA need a revision to encompass new technology?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of September 2-8, 2019

HOTtopics1. Should Israel hold direct talks with Iran?
2. Will Boris Johnson’s decision to prorogue parliament produce a solution to Britain’s Brexit dilemma?
3. Should Germany ban negative interest rates?
4. What should India do with those in Assam that now lack citizenship?
5. Should there be greater international restrictions on genetic research?
6. Was the recent G-7 summit a failure?
7. Could the FARC’s revival trigger larger conflict between Colombia and Venezuela?
8. Will South Korea’s decision to pull out an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan push Japan’s national security agenda in a more aggressive direction?
9. Is it too late to save the Great Barrier Reef?
10. Will Yemen’s civil war produce a larger regional conflict?

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