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District II Extemp Topics

Informative Speaking Prelims

1.         How has the New Zealand government responded to the deadly mosque attack in its nation?

2.         Policy positions: Where does Beto O’Rourke stand on major political issues?

3.         How has Mexico officially responded to migrant caravans entering the nation from Central America?

4.         What changes are taking place at Facebook?

5.         Why are British lawmakers opposed to a “no-deal exit” from the European Union?

6.         How are Texas crude oil prices affected by the current crisis in Venezuela?

7.         What evidence exists that climate change is occurring?

8.         What are the findings of the FBI’s Operation Varsity Blues investigation?

9.         What Asian nations are taking the lead in the recycling movement?

10.       What led to the grounding of Boeing 737 Max 8 planes?

11.       What is the current U.S. military involvement in Somalia?

12.       Why does Education Secretary Betsy DeVos continue to support voucher programs?

13.       Why is the Apple Corporation facing anti-trust allegations from Spotify in Europe?

14.       What legal obstacles make it difficult for Texas lawmakers to address the issue of education finance?

15.       As the violent revolt continues, what is the state of public education in Syria?

16.       Why did the United States Senate vote down President Trump’s border national emergency declaration?

17.       What have Cuban doctors revealed about political tactics of Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro?

18.       California: Why is the death penalty in question in this state?

19.       What are the causes of diplomatic friction between Uganda and Rwanda?

20.       In what ways does Ethiopia appear to be moving in a more democratic direction?

Informative Speaking Finals

1.         The Mueller Report: What has been revealed?

2.         How has the anti-vaccination movement threatened a global measles outbreak?

3.         Why is the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York investigating President Trump?

4.         What strategies are being utilized by leaders of Germany’s Green Party to attract mainstream voters?

5.         What has been the impact of Deer Park’s recent Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITS) chemical fire?

6.         Why can New Zealand address gun laws immediately when the U.S. government has still not responded to Columbine and subsequent mass shootings that have followed?

7.         How is the college recruitment scandal impacting students’ faith in the admissions process?

8.         How are European nations being affected by U.S. protectionist trade policies?

9.         Why are school districts across the nation considering later starting times for secondary campuses?

10.       What are formidable political challenges currently facing Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri?

11.       What progress is Uber making with regard to development of a self-driving vehicle?

12.       What are the latest FDA directives regarding e-cigarette sales in the United States?

13.       Why are Israel’s left-wing political parties on the decline?

14.       Why is Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte suggesting a name change for his country?

15.       What do the latest Consumer Price Index figures suggest about current U.S. economic conditions?

16.       Why is the United States withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty?

17.       As democracy emerges in Thailand, what role will military leaders have in the new government?

18.       In what areas of the Middle East does ISIS enjoy the most robust support?

19.       What strategies is the Republican Party using to attract more women candidates for political office?

20.       In what ways does the African Union serve the interests of the continent?

Persuasive Speaking Prelims

1.         Does a crisis situation exist along the U.S. border with Mexico?

2.         Will fallout from the Operation Varsity Blues scandal tarnish the image of the University of Texas?

3.         Is Russian President Vladimir Putin seeking to expand his nation’s sphere of influence in Europe?

4.         Does President Trump’s latest proposed budget devote sufficient attention to deficit reduction?

5.         Is freedom of the press becoming increasingly endangered globally?

6.         Should Ilhan Omar be allowed to remain a member of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee?

7.         Is North Korea likely to resume missile testing in the near future?

8.         Does Education Secretary Betsy DeVos favor federal policies that violate the Establishment Clause?

9.         Do European-based troll farms pose a legitimate threat to U.S. democracy?

10.       Trade-off: Should the Texas Legislature enact lower property taxes offset by a sales tax hike?

11.       Has Costa Rica become an international model for environmental protection policy?

12.       Is the United States currently the world leader in computer technology innovation?

13.       Should U.S. economic planners be concerned about the steadily-growing trade deficit balance?

14.       Is Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan serious about favorable diplomatic relations with India?

15.       Do we have a national reading crisis?

16.       Are Venezuelan officials exacerbating the crisis in their nation by blocking the flow of humanitarian aid?

17.       Should the U.S. federal government enact a total ban on genetic editing?

18.       Is the Middle East petroleum industry currently in a state of transition?

19.       Are Jussie Smollett’s legal woes likely to plague his acting career?

20.       Are recent protests in Algeria on the verge of changing the nation’s political direction?

Persuasive Speaking Finals

1.         Is Yemen Saudi Arabia’s Vietnam?

2.         Is access to medical care a major concern for individuals residing in Texas rural areas?

3.         Can the United States and China come to an agreement on tariffs?

4.         Does President Trump appear to be losing support of leading Republicans in Congress?

5.         Should French political leaders be concerned about the rise of anti-Semitism in their nation?

6.         Is political fragmentation within party ranks a major concern for Democratic Party leaders?

7.         Should governments mandate childhood immunizations?

8.         Were the arrests of Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman justified?

9.         Does division among U.S. foreign policy planners lead to inconsistent decision-making?

10.       Are there health risks associated with vaping?

11.       Is Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador making good on his promise to reshape the nation?

12.       Unlike New York, does Virginia appear to be a willing recipient of Amazon’s HQ2 facility?        

13.       Is an armed conflict between Israeli and Hezbollah forces becoming increasingly more likely?

14.       Are U.S. manned space flights likely to return in the near future?

15.       Does the Muslim Brotherhood continue to influence Egypt’s political system?

16.       Is science education in U.S. public schools in a state of transition?

17.       Should an increase in arms trading between Turkey and Russia be a cause for alarm among NATO members?

18.       Is North Korea likely to resume missile testing in the near future?

19.       Will Virginia Democrats experience political fallout in 2020?

20.       Is violent crime on the rise in Brazil?