Month: October 2020

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of October 26-November 1, 2020

1. Is Donald Trump, Jr. a future presidential candidate?
2. Which is more probable in the 2020 presidential election: A blue Georgia or a blue Texas?
3. Would CNN improve if Jeff Zucker was out of the picture?
4. How can the federal government encourage more Americans to get a COVID-19 vaccine if and when it becomes available?
5. Is President Trump’s recent focus on the Hunter Biden story counterproductive to his campaign?
6. How would further declines in the value of the dollar impact the U.S. economy?
7. Why has President Trump failed to pass a big infrastructure bill?
8. If the Democrats win control of the Senate, should Chuck Schumer become Majority Leader?
9. Should college debt relief apply to undergraduate student debt only?
10. With a public option, would Bidencare be better than Obamacare?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of October 26-November 1, 2020

1. Will Luis Arce become Evo Morales 2.0?
2. How can Taiwan bolster its defenses against China?
3. Should Arab states avoid an arms race with Iran?
4. How would closer defense cooperation between Turkey and Ukraine affect Turkey’s relationship with Russia?
5. Under what conditions would another Scottish independence referendum be acceptable?
6. Are international sanctions a poor way to influence change?
7. Is Japan an underappreciated global power?
8. Are Mexico’s feminist protests succeeding?
9. Will the COVID-19 pandemic provide a boost to the fortunes of Latin America’s left-wing parties?
10. How is the rise of China changing the world?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of October 19-25, 2020

1. Is China’s outreach to Gulf states working?
2. From the perspective of Vladimir Putin, what is Russia’s biggest strategic problem?
3. Is the liberal international order falling apart?
4. Does the recent murder of a French teacher serve as an indictment of France’s approach toward integrating immigrants into its society?
5. Why did New Zealand voters re-elect Jacinda Ardern in a landslide?
6. Will the end of the UN arms embargo on Iran create more instability in the Middle East?
7. Can Europe economically afford another round of COVID-19 lockdowns?
8. Should Nigeria abolish its Special Anti-Robbery Squad?
9. Will Haitian protests force the resignation of Jovenel Moise?
10. Are Joko’s efforts to fix Indonesia working?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of October 19-25, 2020

1. Will Joe Biden win the presidential election with more than 350 electoral votes?
2. Does the U.S. need to embrace a more coordinated response to COVID-19 rather than allowing each state to act independently?
3. Will President Trump face criminal prosecution after leaving office?
4. Should Democrats prioritize campaign finance reform more than any other legislative priority in the next congressional session?
5. Does the U.S. give the Middle East too much attention in its foreign policy?
6. Should Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats pass President Trump’s $1.8 trillion COVID stimulus offer?
7. Did Facebook and Twitter err in not spreading the New York Posts’s story about Hunter Biden?
8. Should American schools ditch the 1619 Project?
9. Can the U.S. economy handle a tax increase while trying to recover from COVID-19?
10. How will COVID-19 alter the operations of American colleges?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of October 12-18, 2020

1. If President Trump loses, should Mike Pence be considered the GOP frontrunner for 2024?
2. Why is there a growing gender divide between America’s major political parties?
3. What steps do states need to take to stop the second wave of COVID infections?
4. How could Democrats defeat Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court?
5. Will there be a second economic shutdown under a Biden presidency?
6. Who will win the Maine Senate race?
7. Should President Trump have agreed to a virtual debate with Biden?
8. Would a new COVID stimulus reinvigorate President Trump’s re-election campaign?
9. Should the Federal Reserve embrace more inflation in the U.S. economy?
10. Is the airline industry the biggest economic loser of COVID-19?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of October 12-18, 2020

1. How is COVID reordering the global economy?
2. Why has Xi Jinping seen an uptick in his domestic popularity?
3. Is Indonesia’s new labor law bad for the environment?
4. Why have economic problems failed to bring about the downfall of the Maduro regime?
5. Should Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala or Yoo Myung-hee be the next head of the WTO?
6. Will Nigeria’s elimination of petrol subsidies be good for its economy?
7. Should Cuba scrap its dual-currency system?
8. Does the World Food Program need more international support?
9. Should Japan increase defense spending?
10. Is Lebanon becoming the next Gaza Strip?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of October 5-11, 2020

1. Is the Arctic becoming the next “great game” for major global powers?
2. Does Sri Lanka need to do more to account for human rights crimes during its civil war?
3. Should the Iranian government welcome a Biden victory in the U.S. presidential election?
4. Thirty years later, has German unification been a success?
5. Could tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan explode into a wider war?
6. Does Egypt have healthy long-term economic prospects?
7. Should Pakistan recognize Israel?
8. Is NATO falling apart?
9. Should Justin Trudeau call for an early election?
10. Why does Spain have Europe’s worst economy?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of October 5-11, 2020

1. How will President Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis alter the presidential race?
2. Would the passage of the Green New Deal in the next congressional session imperil Democratic congressional candidates in 2022?
3. Should there be a federal investigation into Amazon’s workplace practices?
4. Does the U.S. intelligence community need a major shakeup?
5. Should the income limit on Social Security taxes be raised?
6. Will Amy Coney Barrett become Merrick Garland 2.0?
7. Can a public option cure what ails American healthcare?
8. How should American foreign policy treat the United Nations?
9. If Joe Biden wins the presidential election, should he scrap all of the Trump tax cuts?
10. What fixes should be made to future presidential debates?

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