Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Future

Sometimes I wonder if sentient robots will kill us all before interplanetary conquers with faster-than-light starships invade our planet and enslave us all. Then I remember that Trump is still President and I don't to worry because we’ll never get that far.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Extemp Questions 2018 January


  • Can the Trump Administration do more to improve the relationship between law enforcement agencies and local communities?
  • Is the passage of a clean DACA bill a political impossibility?
  • How can online political discourse break past partisan barriers?
  • Is it time for the federal government ot decriminalize the use of marijuana?
  • Is Liberia still at risk of falling back into political crisis and civil war?
  • Is an infrastructure deal passing through Congress still possible this year?
  • What should a new Trump deal with Iran look like?
  • Is the Trump Administration headed towards military action against with North Korea?
  • Will public protests in Iran lead to any lasting reforms?
  • Will public protests in Iran escalate the conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia?
  • Can Congressional Democrats still make deals with President Trump?
  • Should the DOJ put a higher priority on combating domestic terrorism by white nationalists?
  • Will legalization of marijuana at the state level continue to grow?
  • Is it time for Laurent Kabila to step down from leadership of the DR Congo?
  • Is President Trump ceding too much international influence to China?
  • Is China properly upholding UN sanctions against North Korea?
  • Will Jacob Zuma face impeachment?
  • How is the economy faring for America’s middle class under President Trump?
  • Should the Egyptian government do more to protect Christians targeted in terrorist attacks?
  • Can House and Senate Republicans agree on a 2018 legislative agenda?
  • Will Trump Administration cuts to foreign aid make the world a more dangerous place for Americans?
  • Are the Olympics Games a real chance for a thaw in the relationship between North and South Korea?
  • Is the partnership between Steve Bannon and President Trump at an end?
  • Does Rouhani still have the support of the Iranian people?
  • Will President Trump walk away from the Iran nuclear deal?
  • Should the federal government be doing more to address sea level rise in America’s coastal cities?
  • Will Trump Administration cts to aid change Pakistan’s behavior for the better?
  • Do ongoing business interests pose a conflict of interest for the Trump White House?
  • Should Congress be doing more to prevent Russian interference in upcoming elections?
  • Has Betsy DeVos poven her competency on the job as Secretary of Education?
  • Has Kim Jong Un been successful at driving a wedge between South Korea and the US?
  • Should NCAA players be paid?
  • Does President Trump’s Twitter hurt America’s credibility with international allies?
  • Is the Department of Justice becoming an overly partisan political tool?
  • Is the federal government headed for another shutdown?
  • Has the GOP learned how to govern effectively?
  • Will US cuts to aid to Pakistan hurt American regional interests?
  • Should Americans be concerned with President Trump’s mental fitness?
  • Is the Trump Administration being driven closer to the establishment wing of the GOP?
  • Is President Trump damaging the international credibility of the United States?
  • Does North Korean participation in the Olympic Games open up a real opportunity for diplomatic progress?
  • Has President Trump’s involvement made it more difficult to find a DACA solution?
  • Do Congressional Republicans have a unified legislative agenda for 2018?
  • Does Steve Bannon still have a role in the future of the Republican Party?
  • Is it time for a change of leadership in the Democratic Party?
  • Will Congress pass additional funding to combat the opioid epidemic?
  • Can Angela Merkel forma working coalition government?
  • Can President Trump negotiate a better nuclear deal with Iran?
  • Will Trump unilaterally pull the US from the JCPOA deal with Iran?
  • Is Donald Trump doing lasting damage to the Office of the President of the United States?
  • Is America still seen as the shining city on the hill?
  • Will America’s global credibility survive the Trump Presidency?
  • Has the Islamic State gained a solid foothold in the Philippines?
  • Do Turkish attacks against Kurdish forces in Syria pose a serious threat to the future of NATO?
  • Is US policy with regards to Syria pusing Turkey closer to NATO?
  • Is Prime Minister Abe doing enough to grow Japan’s economy?
  • Is economic reform in Tunisia impossible?
  • Are UN aid agencies being stretched beyond their breaking point?
  • What should be done to stop the economic fall of Venezuela?
  • Should American universities more strictly control the activities of Greek life?
  • Will the Republican Party face significant backlash from Puerto Rican voters in the 2018 midterm elections?
  • Should the Australian government provide more support for Muslim refugees?
  • Will more States pass laws allowing the recreational use of marijuana?
  • Is the US prepared to defend against North Korean missile attacks?
  • Has mixed messaging undercut the Trump Administration’s ability to govern effectively?
  • Should the international community do more to protect press freedoms in the Philippines?
  • Is further violence against the Rohingya minority in Myanmar inevitable?
  • Will the Trump Administration pull US support for Kurdish forces in Syria?
  • Is the relationship between the US and Pakistan headed in the wrong direction?
  • How long will the US need to maintain a military presence in Syria?
  • What does the future hold for Syria’s President Assad?
  • Is Sudan headed for another major social, economic and political collapse?
  • Will the diplomatic thaw between North and South Korea last beyond the Olympic Games?
  • Is the Trump White House normalizing bad behavior?
  • How much credit does President Trump deserve for the strength of America’s economy?
  • Will the US stock market continue to rise?
  • Is Chinese economic growth built on bad debt?
  • Will the repatriation of Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar lead to any real government reforms?
  • Has America lost the ability to successfully exert moral leadership around the world?
  • Is Alexei Navalny still a major threat to Putin’s control of Russia?
  • Can Angela Merkel keep Germany’s economy on track?
  • Is the conflict in Eastern Ukraine escalating?
  • Does the US need a single-payer, public option for healthcare?


Saturday, January 6, 2018

Extemp Questions 2017 Dec


  • How much will the GOP tax plan deepen the problem of income inequality?
  • Can Russia negotiate a lasting peace for Syria?
  • Will Congress be able to avoid a government shutdown?
  • Will Congress change the way it deals with accusations of sexual harassment?
  • Will the political fight over the leadership of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau backfire against the Trump Administration?
  • Is Rex Tillerson on the way out?
  • How quickly can Saudi Arabia diversify and reinvigorate its economy?
  • Should the federal government do more to encourage Americans to increase their recycling?
  • Can Syria find a permanent peace if Assad remains inpower?
  • Will the indictment of Michael Flynn force a political showdown between Congress and the Trump Administration?
  • Has the Republican Party lost the moral authority to speak on family values?
  • Has the Democratic Party dropped the ball on mobilizing opposition to the GOP tax plan?
  • Does Prince Harry’s engagement modernize the Royal family to the British public?
  • Should Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies face international financial regulation?
  • How should the Trump Administration respond to continued North Korean weapons tests?
  • Will China do more to rein in North Korea?
  • Should the federal government do more to clean up lead in the water of American cities?
  • What more should California do to address the growing problems of homelessness?
  • Can the international community find a way to clean up space debris in Earth orbit?
  • Can President Uhuru Kenyatta find a way to unite the Kenyan people?
  • Wll political discord in Kenya result in new rounds of violence?
  • Is the Trump White House waging a war on the First Amendment?
  • What will it take for politicians accused of sexual harassment and assault to face the same consequences as leaders in the private sector?
  • Can the special relationship between the US and the UK survive the Trump Administration?
  • Does the Republican Party still have a long-term problem with national demographic changes?
  • Will the GOP tax bill be good for Republicans to run on in 2018?
  • What more can Congress do to protect Americans from cyber-attack?
  • Can the international community hold the Syrian regime accountable for war crimes?
  • Is the West in decline on the global stage?
  • Is China prepared to take on a larger geopolitical role?
  • Is America repeating the mistakes that caused the financial crisis of 2008?
  • Can Theresa May’s government work out a mutually agreeable Brexit deal with the EU?
  • Should the UK cancel President Trump’s planned state visit?
  • Is America headed towards preemptive war against North Korea?
  • Is General Flynn’s indictment the beginning of the end of the Mueller investigation?
  • Will the Republican tax bill cost the GOP in the 2018 midterm elections?
  • Has the Republican Party lost its credibility on fiscal conservatism?
  • How much will the GOP tax plan help the American middle class?
  • Is Robert Mueller’s investigation an existential threat to the Trump White House?
  • Will the GOP tax cut boost the wages of America’s workers?
  • Is the Trump Administration pushing the Iranian public to support political hardliners?
  • Should the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election put more focus on the national security threat of future Russian interference?
  • Should primary and secondary education in America include more training on media literacy?
  • Has the Trump Administration made a Mideast peace deal less likely to happen?
  • Is Trump Administration policy creating a power vacuum in the Middle East?
  • Has Saudi Arabia overplayed its hand across the region?
  • Is Russia’s growing influence in the Middle East a threat to long-term US national interest in the region?
  • Will the Venezuelan government’s purge of the PDVSA make the economic and humanitarian crisis worse?
  • Should the national Democratic Party put more resources into winning seats in the deep south?
  • Could Donald Trump function politically without Twitter?
  • Is the bubble in the cryptocurrency market ready to burst?
  • Can the Department of Justice do more to crack down on police overreach and abuse?
  • Has Donald Trump’s presidency destroyed the integrity of the Republican Party?
  • Is there an upside in President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel?
  • Was the International Olympic Committee’s penalty against Russia too severe?
  • Why do Republicans believe that an unpopular tax plan will be a winning political strategy?
  • Should America respond more aggressively to continued North Korean weapons tests?
  • Is the Trump Administration doing long-term damage to the effectiveness of the State Department?
  • Is President Trump giving license to America’s white supremacists?
  • Will Roy Moore be a political albatross around the neck of the GOP in the 2018 midterm elections?
  • Do President Trump’s temperament and instability pose a significant risk to long-term US national interest abroad?
  • Should the US do more to help Iraq build a functional government?
  • Will Robert Mueller’s investigation expand into the personal finances of President Trump and his family?
  • Was the International Olympic Committee's punishment against Russia for it’s state-sponsored doping program appropriate?
  • Is President Trump’s continued use of a Twitter a political mistake?
  • What more should the international community do to clean up plastics from the world’s oceans?
  • Is it still possible for American voters to overcome political tribalism?
  • Is Europe overly dependent on Russian oil?
  • Will the special relationship between the US and the UK survive the Presidency of Donald Trump?
  • Is the “gig economy” the future of American labor?
  • What measures should the international community take to push for a resolution of the ongoing Rohingya crisis?
  • Is Russia’s growing influence in the middle east a serious threat to US interests in the region?
  • Can the Russian government do more to combat the spread of AIDS?
  • Will the upcoming Catalan elections provide a boost to the independence movement?
  • Will electoral corruption in Honduras lead to protectracted violence?
  • Will President Trump’s decision to recognize Palestine as the Israeli capital add to regional instability?
  • What effect will moving the US embassy to Jerusalem have on the Israeli-Palestine peace process?
  • How much international backlash will the US face for its recognition of Palestine as the capital of Israel?
  • Can anyone mount a viable political opposition to Vladimir Putin in Russia?
  • Can Saudi Arabia stave off looming financial problems?
  • Can Saudi Arabia successfully diversify its economy amidst growing regional instability?
  • How will the independence movement affect the economy of Catalonia?
  • Should the Fed raise interest rates?
  • Will Doug Jones’ election in Alabama change how the Trump legislative agenda is pushed in Congress?
  • Is America giving Vladimir Putin too much credit as a strategic mastermind?
  • Is lack of diversity a problem for the Trump White House?
  • Is Congressional Republican support of the Trump Administration waning?
  • Can anything be done to solve government corruption in South Africa?
  • Can Theresa May still make a good Brexit deal?
  • Will the momentum behind the #MeToo movement translate into lasting change around workplace sexual harassment?
  • Is President Trump beginning to lose the support Evangelical voters?
  • How much does President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital strengthen the regional influence of Hamas?
  • Can President Trump politically afford to keep playing to his base instead of reaching across the aisle?
  • Should political campaigning on the Internet be more tightly regulated?
  • How much will the Republican tax plan grow the US economy?
  • What can be done to strengthen Americans’ trust in government?
  • Is the Russian public beginning to show fatigue over ongoing military engagement in Syria?
  • Will President Trump fire Robert Mueller?
  • How will the Trump Administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel change America’s relationship with its Arab allies?
  • Will new leadership be able to grow the South African economy?
  • What role will America play in future Israel-Palestine peace talks?
  • Should Congress put a higher priority on rebuilding America’s aging infrastructure?
  • What does President Trump’s new security strategy mean for America’s changing role in the global community?
  • Will the Trump Administration do more to directly address the opioid epidemic?
  • Is the idea of international diplomacy in danger under the Presidency of Donald Trump?
  • Can the national Democratic Party sustain their electoral wave through the 2018 midterms?
  • Is the Trump White House on a collision course with Robert Mueller’s investigation?
  • Is the Trump Administration doing lasting damage to core American democratic institutions?
  • Has the chance for Rex Tillerson to be an effective Secretary of State passed?
  • What long term effects is the Trump Administration having on the American judiciary?
  • Are Congressional Republicans becoming more willing to openly oppose President Trump?
  • Have Republicans given up the ability to run as the party of fiscal responsibility?
  • Will the new tax law be a political win for the GOP in 2018?
  • What would it take to overcome political polarization in Congress?
  • Is public support for South Africa’s ANC party falling away?
  • Has the international community lost the opportunity to intervene in Myanmar on behalf of the Rohingya?
  • Has the federal government failed the people of Puerto Rico?
  • Does the mass exodus after hurricane Maria pose a long-term existential threat to the health of Puerto Rico’s economy?
  • Is it still possible to get a DACA deal through Congress before March?
  • Can infrastructure spending be a basis for bipartisan compromise in 2018?
  • Is an anti-Trump message a winning political startegy for Democrats to run on in the 2018 midterms?
  • Is President Rouhani getting Iran’s economy back on the right track?
  • Are Iran’s political hardliners gaining ground?
  • Will staff changes to the EPA under Scott Pruitt do lasting damage to the agency’s effectiveness?
  • What will American cuts to UN funding mean for US national security interests abroad?
  • Has President Trump had a successful first year in office?
  • Does Obamacare face an existential threat in the passage of the GOP tax law?
  • Does China’s shadow banking system pose a significant risk to sustained economic growth?
  • Will Russian voters heed Alexi Navalny’s call for an electoral boycott?
  • Will President Trump make further cuts to foreign aid spending?
  • Is President Trump throwing away America’s international influence?
  • Is the Trump Administration changing international geopolitical norms?
  • What does the recent rash of North Korean defections signal about the conditions within the rogue nation?
  • Can new leadership of the ANC root out government corruption in South Africa?
  • Has the federal government held a double standard with hurricane relief for Puerto Rico?
  • Will the Trump Administration face political consequences for the handling of disaster relief for Puerto Rico?
  • Can anything be done to bring lasting peace to South Sudan?
  • What should the independence movement in Catalonia hope to accomplish in 2018?
  • What can the international community do to get the Cholera outbreak in Yemen under control?
  • Is an escalation of force against Houthi rebels in Yemen necessary?
  • Is government corruption in Brazil an impossible problem to solve?
  • Is Russia preparing to escalate the violence in Eastern Ukraine?
  • Is a bipartisan compromise on healthcare still possible?
  • Will middle class Americans really see the benefits of the new tax law?
  • Has the Mueller investigation become irreparably tainted?
  • Will the pardoning of Alberto Fujimori have political consequences for the current leadership in Peru?
  • Is there hope for peace between the Ukrainian government an pro-Russian separatists in 2018?
  • Are increased sanctions making any headway on reining in the North Korean weapons programs?
  • Can the Mueller investigation be relied on to carry out their work objectively and effectively?
  • Has the regulatory enforcement capability of the EPA been critically damaged under the Trump Administration?
  • Can the Democratic Party develop a unifying message for 2018 beyond being anti-Trump?
  • Does the national Democratic Party need new leadership?
  • What can the GOP do to win over younger voters?
  • Is Italy able to adequately cope with the continuing migrant crisis?
  • Is the Italian economy getting back on track?
  • Is the relationship between the US and Turkey improving?
  • How long can the UK economy remain immune to damage from Brexit?
  • Will the roots of the Syrian refugee crisis become solvable with the military defeat of ISIS?
  • Can Donald Trump reset his presidency to expand beyond his core supporters?
  • Will President Trump pardon Michael Flynn?
  • Will any amount of sanctions convince North Korea to stop its weapons development programs?
  • Is political reform in Russia impossible while Vladimir Putin remains in power?

Friday, December 1, 2017

Extemp Questions 2017 Nov


  •  Is the Republican leadership in Washington out of touch with the GOP voter base?
  • Is the Australian Parliament prepared to legalize same-sex marriage?
  • What steps should Congress take to fix the National Flood Insurance Program?
  • Will the first round of indictments from the Mueller investigation put a damper on President Trump’s legislative agenda?
  • Can Congressional Republicans stay on track with tax reform?
  • Did the separatist movement in Catalonia overplay its hand?
  • What does the future hold for Iraqi Kurds?
  • How much is the Mueller investigation distracting the Trump White House?
  • Are social media companies failing in their civic responsibility?
  • Is it time for Jared Kushner to leave the Trump Administration?
  • Does Hillary Clinton still have a role in shaping the future of the Democratic Party?
  • How much will President Trump’s plan for a media campaign targeted at youth help curb the opioid epidemic?
  • Have the actions of the government in Madrid brought the conflict over Catalan independence closer to resolution?
  • Are fraud and government corruption a solvable problem for Saudi Arabia?
  • Are fraud and government corruption in sub-Saharan Africa an intractable problem?
  • Is Xi Jinping able to solve government corruption in China?
  • Can a strategy of military deterrence work to rein in the actions of North Korea?
  • What more should the international community do to curb the spread of radical Islamic ideology around the world?
  • Can President Trump find a way to balance international trade interests with concerns over North Korea on his first China trip?
  • Should Jeff Sessions resign as Attorney General?
  • Is it time for the Fed to start raising interest rates again?
  • Is there a way for America to overcome political tribalism?
  • Has the conflict in Yemen turned into a quagmire?
  • Are the actions of Saudi Arabia significantly adding to regional instability?
  • Is the situation in Puerto Rico improving too slowly?
  • Should the US begin to cut its support to Saudi Arabia?
  • Are Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s plans to expand the role of women in the workplace good for the long-term future of Japan?
  • Is the Trump Presidency good for American political satire?
  • Does the international community need to establish clear rules for the use of CRISPR and similar gene editing technology?
  • Are “right to work” laws bad for American workers?
  • How will the growth of automation and machine learning reshape the American economy in the coming decade?
  • Is growing political nationalism bad for European economics?
  • Should Puerto Rico consider taking steps towards statehood?
  • Will Congress do more to help Puerto Rico’s economy recover?
  • Can the independent Kurdish government sustain itself and its autonomy within Iraq?
  • Will continued political turmoil in Kenya lead to violence?
  • Will President Trump’s push to change NAFTA backfire against the American economy?
  • Is the Trump Administration permanently abandoning America’s role in promoting human rights internationally?
  • Should the Indian government do more to improve air quality in it’s large cities?
  • Will President Trump fire Robert Mueller?
  • Is budget reconciliation the wrong process for Congress to push forward with major tax reform legislation?
  • Are Saudi Arabia and Iran headed towards direct armed conflict?
  • Does the Democratic Party have too much internal discord to mount a united front against the GOP in the 2018 midterm elections?
  • Should the international community do more to crack down on the use of international tax havens by large multinational corporations?
  • Is more transparency needed for the financial ties of members of President Trump’s cabinet?
  • What should be done to end the Saudi-led blockage of Yemen?
  • Is Theresa May’s government falling apart?
  • Is Venezuela headed towards a massive debt default?
  • Can America learn to tolerate a nuclear-armed North Korea?
  • Has President Trump learned how to work with America’s intelligence agencies?
  •  Do Trump Administration cuts to the State Department budget pose a significant national security risk for the US?
  • Is the relationship between the US and China improving under President Trump?
  • Will Democratic Party voters be able to stay motivated through the 2018 midterms?
  • Is the real legacy of the Obama Administration a broken Democratic Party?
  • Is Robert Mueller’s investigation closing in on President Trump’s inner circle?
  • Will the Trump White House push to curtail or end the Mueller investigation?
  • Is it possible to hold cable TV news programs to an objective standard for accuracy and truth in reporting?
  • Should the UK hold a second Brexit vote after Article 50 negotiations are completed?
  • Will China’s global soft power grow to rival that of the United States?
  • Should the US be more vocal about the protection of human rights in China?
  • Is Zimbabwe on the verge of major political change?
  • Will the resignation of Lebanon’s Prime Minister increased regional instability?
  • Should the federal government enact stronger protections for mothers in the workplace?
  • Can President Trump keep his campaign promise of cutting the trade deficit with China?
  • Are Kurdish dreams of an independent state demolished?
  • What’s next for the Kurdish independence movement?
  • Should the Department of Justice dedicate additional resources towards finding missing persons of color?
  • Have federal law enforcement agencies failed to adequately address the threat from domestic terrorist organizations?
  • Should the DoJ do more to monitor the actions of white nationalist groups?
  • Is the threat of armed conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia growing?
  • Is new leadership necessary to rebuild the Democratic Party?
  • Are American voters having buyer’s remorse over electing Donald Trump?
  • Is America ceding its international leadership role to China?
  • Is the Saudi crown Prince’s consolidation of domestic power bad for regional stability?
  • Will the changes to American political norms under the Trump Administration become permanent?
  • Can anything be done to repair America’s growing political tribalism?
  • Has Attorney General Sessions lost his credibility?
  • What’s next for Zimbabwe?
  • Would Roy Moore winning the Alabama special election be worse for the Republican Party than losing?
  • Is real political change in Zimbabwe possible under new leadership?
  • Will the addition of repealing the Obamacare mandate scuttle the Republican tax plan in the Senate?
  • Should federal financial regulators impose strong controls on the secondary debt industry?
  • Will Congressional Republicans be able to push through a tax bill before the end of the year?
  • What steps should be taken to stabilize Syria after ISIS?
  • Are American style culture wars coming to European politics?
  • Should the US do more to address the civilian casualties in the fight against ISIS?
  • Is this a watershed moment in the fight against sexual harassment and sexual assault?
  • What’s next for Robert Mugabe?
  • Should Congress reform how the military handles charges of sexual assault?
  • Will the Republican tax plan backfire against the GOP in the 2018 midterms?
  • What steps can be taken to curb tribalism in American political discourse?
  • What more can the international community do to curb modern slavery and human trafficking?
  • Can state and local governments take the place of federal policy on climate change?
  • How long will Venezuela be able to hold off financial collapse?
  • Can the central government in India do more to curb air pollution in major cities?
  • Will the call for new elections politically weaken Angela Merkel?
  • Will re-designating North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism make it more difficult for the US to final a diplomatic solution to the problem of its weapons development?
  • What does Merkel’s inability to organize a governing coalition mean for the future of the EU?
  • Can Theresa May get Brexit negotiations back on track?
  • Will new leadership be able to turn around Zimbabwe’s economy?
  • Is there more the EU can do to speed the processing of refugees seeking asylum?
  • Is the EU’s handling of the migrant crisis improving?
  • Will the ouster of Robert Mugabe lead Zimbabwe towards needed political and economic reform?
  • Is Myanmar safe enough for the Rohingya to return?
  • Will the return of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar incite further violence?
  • Should the GOP tax plan do more to close the carried interest loophole?
  • Does proper Internet-of-Things security require additional government regulation?
  • Do federal regulators need to impose stronger controls over the practises of credit reporting agencies?
  • Should African nations do more to curb the practice of animal poaching/
  • Can the international community do more to curb the illegal trade in endangered animals?
  • Does trophy hunting in Africa really help to preserve endangered species?
  • Should Congress take up stronger net neutrality legislation?
  • What should be done to deter Iran from continuing to sponsor international terrorist activity?
  • Will the transition of power lead to violence and bloodshed in Zimbabwe?

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Exemp Questions 2017 Oct


  • Is the court system the appropriate place to have the right over partisan Gerrymandering?
  • Will the regional neighbors allow the creation of an independent Kurdish state?
  • Is the issue of Catalan independence pushing Spain towards a Constitutional crisis?
  • Will ISIS become more dangerous as it continues to lose territory?
  • Is the government of Afghanistan starting to turn the corner in the fight against the Taliban?
  • Should Congress snap back the Iran sanctions?
  • Will the Trump Administration take further action to undermine the Obamacare mandates?
  • Will gun control proponents in Congress make any headway on new legislation?
  • What more should the federal government do to help state and location government secure their election systems?
  • Is a reunification between Fatah and Hamas impossible?
  • Has the government in Madrid overreacted to the independence vote in Catalonia?
  • Does Secretary Tillerson have the credibility and clout to effectively run America’s foreign policy?
  • How is America’s role in the world changing under Donald Trump?
  • What effect will Scott Pruitt’s plans to roll back the Obama Clean Energy Plan have on the US coal industry?
  • Does the Trump White House’s relationship with facts have a negative effect on political discourse across America?
  • Is the chaos of the Trump Administration leading the US towards a Constitutional crisis?
  • What more should the federal government be doing to combat the opioid epidemic?
  • Should the federal government allow the creation of safe injection sites for drug users?
  • How long will John Kelly last as White House Chief of Staff?
  • Is it time for the Democratic Party leadership to pass the torch to the next generation?
  • Is the Trump Administration failing to adequately address the opioid epidemic?
  • Should President Trump decertify the JCPOA deal with Iran?
  • Will Congress act to apply new sanctions against Iran?
  • Can President Trump find a healthcare deal with Congressional  Democrats?
  • Is the US military overly reliant on Special Forces?
  • Does the US nuclear arsenal need to be updated and modernized?
  • Is Catalonia ready for independence?
  • Can Catalonia be persuaded to accept something other than independence?
  • Can international law find a way to achieve justice for the Yazidi victims of ISIS?
  • Can Palestinians find a way to bridge the gap between Fatah and Hamas?
  • How much will President Trump’s decertification of the Iran deal hurt America’s credibility abroad?
  • Should the US adopt a data privacy plan similar to the European Union’s GDPR?
  • How can America appropriately respond to Russia’s interference in the 2016 election?
  • Is the relationship between the Trump White House and the media toxic?
  • Does President Trump have a viable alternative to the nuclear deal with Iran?
  • Does the President's decertification of the JCPOA make a diplomatic solution to North Korea more difficult?
  • Is decertification of the Iran nuclear deal bad for US interests?
  • Why is the Republican majority on Congress having such a difficult time getting the GOP legislative agenda passed?
  • What should be expected from President Trump’s upcoming Asia trip?
  • Is President Trump’s lack of self restraint creating a more dangerous world?
  • Does decertification of the Iran nuclear deal push the US closer towards direct military conflict with Iran?
  • Is the US outsourcing it’s Middle East foreign policy to Saudi Arabia?
  • Is America headed towards another government shutdown?
  • Will the re-run of the election in Kenya been accepted with any legitimacy?
  • Is Steve Bannon a significant threat to the Republican establishment?
  • Does the election dispute in Kenya worsen instability for the region as a whole?
  • Does President Trump’s constantly fighting the culture war have a negative effect on actual policy?
  • Is America prepared for the economic and political influence of China to expand around the world?
  • What should America do to counter the expansion of President Maduro’s power in Venezuela?
  • Can the Trump Administration expand the number of border patrol agents without sacrificing the quality of their training or on-the-job performance?
  • Will the reunification of Fatah and Hamas make the negotiation of an Israel-Palestine peace deal more difficult?
  • Is military conflict between Iraqi government and Kurdish forces inevitable?
  • Can anything keep Iraqi and Kurdish forces from full blown civil war?
  • Is the Catalan independence movement a crisis for the EU?
  • Can President Trump’s agenda be brought in line with that of Congressional Republicans?
  • Will GOP leadership in Congress deliver on real tax reform this year?
  • Do Congressional Republicans take Steve Bannon’s threat of primary challenges seriously?
  • Can anything be done to take the money out of politics in Congress?
  • Is Russia at another major tipping point for political change and revolution?
  • Is it still possible to build a viable political opposition to Vladimir Putin in Russia?
  • Should the US provide more direct military assistance to Ukraine?
  • Is it possible to change America’s gun culture?
  • Has America become too complacent with the occurrence of mass shootings?
  • Does the taking of Raqqa mean that ISIS is on the ropes?
  • Should political advertising online be subject to regulation similar to that on TV, radio and print media?
  • Is the US stock market on the brink of a fall?
  • How will ISIS change with its continued loss of territory?
  • Are additional federal regulations needed on how credit reporting agencies handle personal information?
  • What can the international community do to improve the security situation in Somalia?
  • How effectively is the State Department functioning under Secretary Tillerson?
  • Is Is Scott Pruitt’s leadership undermining the mission of the EPA?
  • Will Japan take steps to become less dependent on the US for its military defense?
  • Should Shinzo Abe move to strengthen Japan’s armed forces?
  • Will the fall of Raqqa heighten the threat from ISIS?
  • Is the international community failing to adequately respond to the problems in Venezuela?
  • Should police forces in major US cities be required to use body cameras?
  • Is a political solution for Syria necessary for the permanent defeat of ISIS?
  • What should be done to bridge the divide between civilians and the military in America?
  • Will the Rohingya mean the fall of Aung San Suu Kyi?
  • What should the US do to mediate the dispute between Qatar and Saudi Arabia?
  • What should be done to break the stalemate between the Catalan and Spanish government?
  • Is fiscal conservatism dedin Congress?
  • What actions will the Trump White House take to combat the opioid epidemic?
  • Should the Trump Administration push for more funding and treatment programs to combat the opioid epidemic?
  • Is corruption still a major problem holding back China’s economic progress?
  • Has the window for diplomacy with North Korea closed?
  • Is there a significant role for renewable energy in rebuilding Puerto Rico’s electrical grid?
  • Is it time for Congress to review and update the Bush-era AUMF?
  • Is President Trump permanently damaging Republican Party unity?
  • Can the Republican Party under Donald Trump learn how to effectively govern?
  • Is the UK Labour Party on track to rise again?
  • Does Macron’s new government have what it needs to effectively govern France?
  • Can the Republican Party maintain unity to achieve tax reform?
  • Will delayed implementation of new sanctions against Russia cause more blowback from President Trump from within the Republican Party?
  • Should the international community intervene in Myanmar to protect the Rohingya?
  • How much will the declaration as a public health emergency help solve the opioid epidemic?
  • Does the rise of white national populism across Europe threaten the futureof the European Union?
  • What does the rise of the AFD mean for the political future of Germany?
  • What should the Spanish government do to keep Catalonia from breaking away?
  • Is it time for the EU to step in and mediate a compromise between the Spanish and Catalan governments?
  • Is Iraq heading towards another violent sectarian civil war?
  • Should the NCAA be regulated by the government like a cartel?
  • Will the US take a more active role in settling the conflict between the Iraqi government and Kurdish people?
  • Can Congress close enough loopholes to ensure the tax plan doesn’t explode the national debt?
  • Has America reached a watershed moment in addressing the problems of sexual harassment and assault?
  • Is Donald Trump instituting a hostile takeover of the Republican Party?
  • Can Xi Jinping eradicate poverty in China?
  • How does Xi Jinping’s consolidation of power change US foreign policy with China?
  • Is democratic reform making progress in Africa?
  • Have the processes of economic and political reform in Africa stalled?
  • Have establishment Republicans ceded control of the party to the Trump/Bannon wing of the GOP?
  • Is GOP infighting the start of a new third party movement?

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Extemp Questions 2017 Sept.


  • Is the conflict between the Congressional Republican leadership and the President hurting the future of the GOP?
  • Should Congress formalize the status of the “DREAMERS”?
  • Should the pay for top executives face greater scrutiny from financial regulators?
  • Is social media bad for society?
  • What does today’s Democratic Party stand for?
  • Is there still hope for the opposition in Venezuela?
  • Should America take further action against the Maduro government?
  • What should lawmakers do to address the widening income inequality gap?
  • Will federal funding for long term recovery from hurricane Harvey face significant opposition from Tea Party members of Congress?
  • Can the international community do more to calm the growing violence against Rohingya muslims in Myanmar?
  • Will the costs from Harvey sink the federal flood insurance program?
  • What should be done to address America’s growing middle skills gap?
  • Is Robert Mueller's investigation turning into a fishing expedition?
  • Will Harvey mark a sea change for the political discussion around climate change?
  • How long will John Kelly last as White House Chief of Staff?
  • Is Kenya headed towards a Constitutional crisis?
  • Has any real progress been made on a Brexit deal?
  • Are the UN sustainable development goals an unreachable target?
  • How should Japan react to continued belligerence from North Korea?
  • Should Japan change its Constitution to allow for a more active military?
  • Can Angela Merkel keep her governing coalition?
  • What more should the federal government do to encourage development of America’s broadband infrastructure?
  • How can Merkel and Macron work together to strengthen the EU?
  • Are Angela Merkel’s plans for the German economy realistic?
  • Will the Trump Administration’s response to hurricane Harvey help the President expand his political support base?
  • Will tax reform get pushed to the back burner of the Congressional agenda?
  • Are Secretary Tillerson's days at the head of the State Department numbered?
  • Is the US headed towards military conflict with North Korea?
  • Will the diplomatic row between the US and Russia continue to escalate?
  • Will Congress take action to protect the status of DACA immigrants?
  • Should the EPA do more to curb the risk of large-scale wildfires in the West?
  • Does the budget deal between President Trump and Democratic leadership signal an opening for bipartisanship in Congress?
  • Is there a way to de-politicize the regular debt-ceiling vote in Congress?
  • Will international pressure force the government of Myanmar to end the violence against Rohingya Muslims?
  • Should Congress do more to address the loss of retail jobs?
  • Is the “block-chain” the next killer app for the Internet?
  • Will Brexit weaken the British pound?
  • Should the issue of North Korea raise more questions about President Trump’s experience and temperament?
  • Should Congress end the mortgage tax deduction?
  • How can American retailers adjust to the growth of e-commerce?
  • Does the Trump Administration have the attention span to properly deal with the long term recovery from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma?
  • Is North Korean denuclearization a realistic goal?
  • Is Bangladesh capable of effectively dealing with the influx of Rohingya refugees?
  • Is the time for diplomacy with North Korea over?
  • Will President Trump’s decision to end the DACA program create a civil war within the Republican Party?
  • What effect will President Trump’s immigration decisions have on the US economy?
  • Should online advertisements be more tightly regulated?
  • Will the Trump Administration move to shut down Robert Mueller’s investigation?
  • Can Angela Merkel maintain a governing coalition in Germany?
  • What more should the NFL do to address the prevalence of CTE among players?
  • Will President Trump’s escalating rhetoric with North Korea backfire?
  • Is President Trump intentionally provoking divisiveness in America?
  • Will the Trump administration unilaterally pull the US from the Iran nuclear deal?
  • Has the world put too much faith in Aung San Suu Kyi’s ability to reform the government of Myanmar?
  • Is it time for the federal government ot end the mortgage tax deduction?
  • Is a compromise between the Afghan government and the Taliban impossible?
  • Does China really have the leverage necessary to rein in North Korea?
  • Can Congress reach a bipartisan health care deal before the midterm elections?
  • Are moderate Republicans being pushed out of the GOP?
  • Is the Democratic Party moving too far to the left?
  • Should the EU do more to aid refugees stuck in Greek camps?
  • Is a diplomatic solution in North Korea still possible?
  • Is a route to citizenship for the Rohingya necessary to end the violence in Myanmar?
  • Should Aung San Suu Kyi resign?
  • What can be done to get governments to cooperate in cracking down on international tax shelters?
  • Should the US do more to combat human trafficking and modern slavery?
  • Can President Trum broker a bipartisan tax reform through Congress?
  • Is regular order permanently gone from the US Senate?
  • Will Congress pass a solution for DACA recipients before the Trump Administration’s deadline?
  • Will the increased economic sanctions against North Korea have the effects the Trump White House is hping for?
  • Will Trump’s violations of political norms have staying power into future Presidencies?
  • Should Jared Kushner step down from his role in the Trump White House?
  • What will it take to get the problem of mass shootings in the US under control?
  • Does the flight of Rohingya muslims from Myanmar risk the further spread of militant Islam in Asia?
  • Will President Trump’s deals with Congressional Democrats create chaos within the Republican Party?
  • Is East Asia headed towards a new nuclear arms race?
  • Is the government of Nigeria getting sufficient international support to combat the Boko Haram militants?
  • Should the federal government do more to set and enforce cybersecurity standards for state and local elections systems?
  • Should paper ballots be required in all local, state and federal elections?
  • Is the Trump administration doing permanent damage to American political norms?
  • How has Donald Trump changed the Republican Party?
  • Is a civil war brewing among Republican Party leaders?
  • Is Turkey turning away from NATO in favor of a relationship with Russia?
  • Is Turkish membership in the EU impossible while President Erdogan remains in power?
  • Will the special relationship between the US and the UK survive the Trump Presidency intact?
  • Is American news media adequately keeping up with the pace of the Trump Administration?
  • Is President Trump his own worst political enemy?
  • Can American political order survive in a post-truth world?
  • When will Afghanistan be stable enough for US forces to safely exit?
  • What can the government of Afghanistan do to get corruption under control?
  • Is Bernie Sanders pushing the Democratic Party too far to the left?
  • Do President Trump’s statements damage American credibility on the international stage?
  • Can Republican incumbents in Congress survive in the Trump Era?
  • Should Congress do more toe address the economic effects of automation on he US job market?
  • Will the Catalan independence referendum in Spain lead to any real changes?
  • Does Saudi Arabia lifting the ban on women driving signal further liberalisation in the near future?
  • Can social media companies be trusted to appropriately police the content on their networks?
  • Has fiscal conservatism left the Republican Party?
  • What can be done to restore America's trust in government?
  • What does the rise of the AFD mean for Angela Merkel’s ability to effectively govern Germany?
  • Will Catalan continue to press for independence from Spain?
  • /Should Catalan abandon their push for independence?
  • Is global economic growth sustainable?
  • Can sensible gun control legislation be passed in the US?
  • Does the NRA wield too much legislative influence?
  • Is Scott Pruitt effective as the head of the EOA?
  • Would new elections be able to quell the violence and rebellion in the DR Congo?
  • Is the Kurdish dream of an independent state within reach?
  • What should be done to eradicate Malaria before drug resistant strains become an international crisis?
  • What does the issue of migration mean for the political future of the EU?
  • Is the Zuma name now toxic in South Africa?
  • Has the Trump administration failed to adequately respond to the disaster in Puerto Rico?
  • What consequence will America face on the international stage for backing out of the Paris Climate Agreement?
  • Should the US do more to publicly fund scientific research and development?
  • Does the rise of far-right nationalist pose an existential risk to the future of the EU?
  • What will hurricane damage mean for Puerto Rico’s financial debt problem?
  • Should the news media do a better job of keeping its coverage of the Trump Administration focused on policy issues?
  • Has the weakness of labor unions harmed the American middle class?
  • Will the AFP in Germany continue to be a successful opposition to Angela Merkel?
  • Will Japan’s Shinzo Abe face political backlash for calling another snap election?
  • Does America undervalue the special relationship between the US and the UK?
  • Will the culture war sustain President Trump’s support base despite the lack of legislative achievements so far?
  • Can social media be used as an effective tool to combat ISIS?
  • Should President Trump unilaterally pull the US from the Iran nuclear deal?
  • Is President Trump’s “America first” rhetoric dangerous to America’s place on the global stage?
  • Can China really solve the North Korea problem?
  • IS US military action against North Korea inevitable?


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Extemp Questions 2017 Aug.


  • Is President Trump losing the support of the American business community?
  • Will Charlottesville become a major turning point for the Trump administration?
  • Do social media companies have an obligation to more strongly police extremist content online?
  • Does world athletics need to rethink its approach to doping?
  • How can the Modi government improve religious discrimination in India?
  • Can India find a solution to the problems of religious intolerance?
  • Is the conflict between India and China on the verge of exploding?
  • Should Congress strengthen the powers of the Office of Government Ethics?
  • Are major staff shake ups in the White House still forthcoming?
  • Is the US headed towards armed conflict with North Korea?
  • Does President Trump finally have the White House staff he needs to execute on his policy agenda?
  • Will the removal of Prime Minister Sharif lead to serious political instability in Pakistan?
  • How should the US respond to Russian expulsion of diplomatic staff?
  • Is the Trump Presidency making America less relevant on the international stage?
  • Is democracy under siege in Venezuela?
  • What steps should President Trump take to combat the opioid epidemic in the short term?
  • Will the diplomatic row between the US and Russia continue to escalate?
  • Will Jeff Sessions be forced to resign his post as Attorney General?
  • Will a new Chief of Staff be enough to calm the chaos in the Trump White House?
  • Will international sanctions against the Maduro regime in Venezuela be enough to restore democracy there?
  • Should the US take a more active role in support of Venezuelan democracy?
  • Is Venezuela headed towards a violent revolution?
  • How much will the lack of a health care bill hinder the Republican agenda for tax reform?
  • Is the US playing the wrong role in Afghanistan?
  • Is Venezuela’s President Maduro on the path to dictatorship?
  • Will new UN sanctions be enough to get North Korea to change course on its weapons development programs?
  • Does the continuation of leaks coming from the Trump Administration harm America’s reputation on the global stage?
  • Is the Pentagon strategy in Afghanistan failing?
  • What should the Trump Administration strategy for Afghanistan look like?
  • Is Afghanistan an unwinnable conflict for the US?
  • Can the Democratic Party find a way to reconnect with American voters?
  • Should the federal government do more to address sea level rise?
  • Is it time for the US to adopt a national cap and trade program?
  • Is repeal and replace finally dead in Congress?
  • Is Twitter an effective communications tool for President Trump?
  • Has a conservative policy agenda fallen to political infighting within the GOP?
  • Is the Presidency of Donald Trump having a negative effect on the American body politic?
  • Have the major political parties in the US lost the ability to connect with American voters?
  • Is centrist politics in the US dead and buried?
  • Is the conflict between India and China escalating?
  • Is the US in a position to help resolve the conflict in Crimea?
  • Has the Presidency of Donald Trump made the relationship between the US and Russia worse?
  • Should Iraqi Kurdistan becom an independent nation?
  • What should be done to walk back the escalating tension between the US and North Korea?
  • Will new elections in Kenya lead to a return of previous violence?
  • What does the future hold for South Africa's ANC Party?
  • Will Jacob Zuma bring down the ANC?
  • Is economic growth in South Africa being stymied by political corruption?
  • Is denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula an achievable goal?
  • Is the removal of Narwaz Sharif good for the future of Pakistan?
  • Can Chief of Staff Kelly deliver legislative wins for the Trump White House?
  • How should the world deal with North Korea?
  • Does the ANC still have a political future in South Africa?
  • Is too much emphasis being put on China’s ability to rein in North Korea?
  • Should the federal government relax the rules on human genetic engineering to allow for the correction of genetic diseases?
  • Can the US learn to live with a nuclear-armed North Korea?
  • Should Russia face additional penalties for doping in international athletics?
  • Does federal law hamstring the ability of law enforcement agencies to effectively deal with cybercrime?
  • Can Trump still get an infrastructure bill through Congress?
  • Is nation building necessary for the US to be successful in Afghanistan?
  • What should the US do to get regional neighbors to cooperate in President Trump’s new strategy for Afghanistan?
  • What does Steve Bannon’s return mean for the relationship between the Trump White House and Breitbart?
  • Is political corruption leading South Africa towards becoming a failed state?
  • Should the major cities of Europe take further steps to protect against ISIS=inspired terrorist attacks?
  • Is Hong Kong losing the political autonomy it has from mainland China?
  • Is Steve Bannon’s exit good for the Trump administration?
  • Should the FCC block the Sinclair media merger with Tribune?
  • Is the EPA under Scott Pruitt failing the American public?
  • Does President Trump’s new strategy for Afghanistan overcommit the US to the region?
  • Will economic indicators help President Trump retain his base of supporters?
  • Will a new President mean a fresh start for Angola?
  • Is the Trump Presidency damaging the Republican Party?
  • How will the Trump White House change with Steve Bannon gone?
  • Can the Trump Administration convince the Pakistani government to help in Afghanistan?
  • Should the federal government do more to address homelessness?
  • Will President Trump’s new strategy for Afghanistan start to cost him the support of his base?
  • Should law enforcement agencies take alt-right groups more seriously as domestic terrorist organizations?
  • What does the disbanding of President Trump’s economic councils signal about the changing relationship between the White House and business leaders?
  • Will the upcoming debt ceiling vote cause another Congressional showdown?
  • What does victory in Afghanistan look like under President Trump’s new strategy?
  • Is the GOP under President Trump becoming an ethnic white nationalist party?