Debate Random Topics

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A lottery of qualified candidates should be used for college admission
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Topic 2
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Abolish the UN Security Council veto
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Topic 3
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Adult-oriented cartoons should only be broadcast on television after 10PM.
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Topic 4
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Advertisements around schools should be banned
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Topic 5
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Algebra should not be required for high school graduation.
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Topic 6
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All Americans should be required to provide 1 year of national service.
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Topic 7
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All middle schools should require student uniforms
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Topic 8
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All schools should provide students with music and art education.
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Topic 9
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All students should be required to say the Pledge of Allegiance
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Topic 10
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All tax increases should require voter approval
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Topic 11
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American involvement in Iraq has done more good than harm
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Topic 12
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American military involvement in Iraq has done more good than harm
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Topic 13
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Americans should not be allowed to burn the United States flag as an act of free speech.
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Topic 14
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Americans should support uncivil political discussion
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Topic 15
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Animal performances should be banned in circuses
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Topic 16
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Animals should not be used for entertainment.
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Topic 17
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Asian Oyster seeding in the Chesapeake Bay should be banned
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Topic 18
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Ban boxing!
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Topic 19
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Ban plastic bags in grocery stores.
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Topic 20
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Barack Obama should return his Nobel Peace Prize
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Topic 21
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Baseball leagues should ban aluminum bats
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Topic 22
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Beauty pageants do more good than harm
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Topic 23
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Businesses should not place advertisements in schools.
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Topic 24
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California high schools should substantially expand vocational training
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Topic 25
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California should abolish the death penalty.
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Topic 26
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California should ban all cell phone use by drivers
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Topic 27
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California should ban smoking in all public areas
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Topic 28
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California should criminalize spanking
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Topic 29
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California should eliminate its \”three strikes\” law
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Topic 30
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California should eliminate Prop 13
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Topic 31
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California should have drivers’ licenses for undocumented residents
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Topic 32
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California should legalize internet gambling
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Topic 33
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California should legalize physician-assisted suicide
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Topic 34
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California should raise the driving age to 18
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Topic 35
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California should raise the minimum driving age to 18
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Topic 36
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California should substantially increase the minimum wage
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Topic 37
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California’s ballot initiative process does more harm than good
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Topic 38
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California’s electoral vote allocation should remain winner take all.
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Topic 39
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Capital punishment should be banned by the United States federal government.
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Topic 40
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Celebrities should not be role models
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Topic 41
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Cell phones should be allowed in middle schools.
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Topic 42
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Cell phones should be allowed in schools
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Topic 43
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China is more an enemy than an ally of the United States
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Topic 44
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Cigarettes should be banned
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Topic 45
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College athletes should be paid.
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Topic 46
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Colleges’ early admissions policies do more harm than good.
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Topic 47
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Community service should be mandatory in high school.
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Topic 48
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Corporal punishment of children should be illegal
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Topic 49
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Credit cards do more harm than good
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Topic 50
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Custody hearings should not take a child’s biological parentage into consideration
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Topic 51
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Drug companies should not be allowed to advertise prescription drugs to the general public.
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Topic 52
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Eliminate super-majority legislative voting!
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Topic 53
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Extra-terrestrial intelligence exists.
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Topic 54
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Fast food restaurants do more harm than good.
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Topic 55
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First Amendment free speech should not protect hate speech
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Topic 56
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Food aid does more harm than good
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Topic 57
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For adolescents, television is a better teacher than books.
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Topic 58
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Fossil fuels are easily replaced.
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Topic 59
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Fried foods should have warning labels
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Topic 60
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Genghis Khan did more good than harm.
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Topic 61
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Gentrification does more harm than good
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Topic 62
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Giving money to panhandlers is justified.
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Topic 63
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Government financial aid should only be available for students attending public colleges and universities
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Topic 64
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Government should not fund public radio and television
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Topic 65
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Governments should use political assassination to protect national security
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Topic 66
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Governor Schwarzenegger has been good for California
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Topic 67
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High school attendance should be voluntary
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Topic 68
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High school students should have to pass a national exit exam to graduate
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Topic 69
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Home schooling does more good than harm
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Topic 70
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Homeland security is more important than the protection of civil liberties
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Topic 71
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Homework does more good than harm.
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Topic 72
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Human cloning should be allowed in the United States
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Topic 73
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Human-caused environmental catastrophes should be classified as crimes against humanity.
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Topic 74
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In cases of kidnapping or piracy, governments should pay ransom.
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Topic 75
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In the case of student lockers, school safety is more important than student privacy.
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Topic 76
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India should have a permanent set and veto power in the United Nations Security Council.
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Topic 77
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Individuals should graduate from high school to be eligible to vote
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Topic 78
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Iran should be allowed to develop nuclear energy
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Topic 79
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It is better to be a follower than a leader.
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Topic 80
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It is morally acceptable to experiment on animals for medical purposes.
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Topic 81
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It is unconstitutional to require citizens to purchase health care insurance
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Topic 82
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It is unethical for corporate executives to earn significantly more than their workers.
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Topic 83
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It is unethical for elected officials to send their children to private school
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Topic 84
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It should be illegal to sell coffee and coffee products to minors anywhere in the United States.
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Topic 85
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Junior high and high schools should randomly test their athletes for drug use
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Topic 86
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Junk food should be banned in schools
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Topic 87
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Jury service should be optional.
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Topic 88
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Juveniles should be tried as adults for felonies.
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Topic 89
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K-12 schools should ban junk food sales
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Topic 90
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L.A. County should ban all trans fats in restaurants.
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Topic 91
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Letter grades in schools do more harm than good
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Topic 92
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Lower the legal drinking age in the U.S. to 18.
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Topic 93
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Lower the voting age to 16
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Topic 94
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Medical testing on animals does more good than harm
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Topic 95
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NAFTA should be extended throughout the Americas
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Topic 96
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NATO should not develop a missile shield
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Topic 97
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NATO should withdraw from Afghanistan
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Topic 98
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Nontraditional English should be acknowledged in academia.
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Topic 99
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On average, zoos do more good than harm.
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Topic 100
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On balance, children’s television does more good than harm
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Topic 101
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On balance, George W. Bush has done more good than harm.
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Topic 102
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On balance, nuclear energy does more good than harm.
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Topic 103
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On balance, special interests are a positive influence in American politics.
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Topic 104
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On balance, video games do more good than harm.
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Topic 105
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Organ donation should be compulsory for all United States citizens.
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Topic 106
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Pakistan is more an enemy than an ally of the United States
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Topic 107
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Parental spanking of children should be a crime.
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Topic 108
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Parents should be held legally responsible for their children’s actions.
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Topic 109
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Parents should be punished for their children’s’ mistakes
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Topic 110
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Parents should not buy war toys for their children.
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Topic 111
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Parents should not purchase war toys for their children.
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Topic 112
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PE should be compulsory in school
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Topic 113
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Peer pressure does more good than harm.
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Topic 114
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Physical education in grades K-12 should be compulsory
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Topic 115
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Physician-assisted suicide should be legalized
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Topic 116
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Political advertising does more good than harm
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Topic 117
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Private swimming pools are unethical.
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Topic 118
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Professional athletes should not be allowed to compete in the Olympic Games
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Topic 119
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Public financing of elections is preferable to current campaign rules
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Topic 120
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Public funds should not be used for professional sports stadiums
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Topic 121
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Puerto Rico should be a state.
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Topic 122
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Rap music does more harm than good
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Topic 123
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‘Reality television’ does more good than harm
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Topic 124
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Recycling does more harm than good
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Topic 125
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Released felons should have voting rights
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Topic 126
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Repeal the Military Commissions Act.
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Topic 127
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Repeal the trans-fat ban in New York City.
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Topic 128
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Resume the 6-party talks
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Topic 129
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Saudi Arabia is more an enemy than an ally to the United States
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Topic 130
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School attendance should be voluntary
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Topic 131
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School districts should publish value-added scores of teacher effectiveness
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Topic 132
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School should be year-round
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Topic 133
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School vouchers should be allowed
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Topic 134
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Schools in the United States should ban animal dissection.
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Topic 135
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Schools should abolish letter \”D\” grades
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Topic 136
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Schools should ban animal dissection.
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Topic 137
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Schools should ban junk food
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Topic 138
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Schools should be year round.
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Topic 139
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Schools should eliminate letter grades
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Topic 140
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Schools should end the practice of giving awards
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Topic 141
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Schools should not block online access to personal and social media sites
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Topic 142
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Schools should not have competitive sports
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Topic 143
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Schools should not support competitive interscholastic sports
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Topic 144
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Schools should not use standardized testing.
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Topic 145
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Schools should provide for single sex instruction.
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Topic 146
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Schools should punish students for cyber-bullying
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Topic 147
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Scientists should clone Neanderthals
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Topic 148
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September 11 should be made a national holiday.
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Topic 149
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Single sex schools are better for students than co-ed schools in grades K-12.
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Topic 150
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Single-sex education is better than co-ed.
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Topic 151
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Size zero fashion models should be banned.
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Topic 152
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Soccer players should wear helmets
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Topic 153
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Spanish should be a mandatory course in public schools
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Topic 154
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Stability is preferable to democracy in the Middle East
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Topic 155
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‘Stand Your Ground’ laws do more good than harm
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Topic 156
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State lotteries should be ended
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Topic 157
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States should abolish non-medical exemptions to mandatory immunization laws
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Topic 158
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States should require special license plates for convicted drunk drivers
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Topic 159
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Stem cell research should be expanded
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Topic 160
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Student bystanders should be punished for failing to stop bullying
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Topic 161
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Students should be able to have cell phones at school.
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Topic 162
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Students should be allowed to chew gum in school
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Topic 163
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Students should be allowed to sue their school for educational malpractice
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Topic 164
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Students should be fluent in a foreign language to graduate from high school
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Topic 165
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Students should be punished for failing to report cheating
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Topic 166
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Students should be required to learn a second language for high school graduation.
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Topic 167
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Supreme Court proceedings should be televised
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Topic 168
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Tax carbon!
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Topic 169
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Teachers should not be allowed to give candy as rewards
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Topic 170
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Teachers should not use candy as rewards.
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Topic 171
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Television does more harm than good.
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Topic 172
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Television is a bad influence.
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Topic 173
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Term limits for state legislators should be eliminated.
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Topic 174
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The American presidential primary and caucus system does more good than harm.
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Topic 175
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The assault weapon ban should be extended
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Topic 176
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The atomic bombing of Hiroshima was justified
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Topic 177
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The compassionate release of the Lockerbie bomber does more good than harm
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Topic 178
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The Constitution should be amended to follow foreign born citizens to serve as President of the United States
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Topic 179
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The District of Columbia should become the 51st state
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Topic 180
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The driving age in California should be raised to 18.
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Topic 181
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The Electoral College should be abolished
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Topic 182
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The federal government should not give foreclosure relief to homeowners
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Topic 183
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The federal government’s response to Hurricane Katrina was appropriate
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Topic 184
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The First Amendment should not protect hate speech
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Topic 185
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The focus on standards-based education in public middle schools does more good than harm
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Topic 186
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The French government should permit students to wear visible religious symbols in state schools.
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Topic 187
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The Internet has done more harm than good.
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Topic 188
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The late-night Metrorail service is a failed transportation experiment.
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Topic 189
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The legal system should have the option to charge juveniles as adults in murder cases
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Topic 190
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The movie rating system is ineffective.
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Topic 191
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The No Child Left Behind Act has done more good than harm.
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Topic 192
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The Obama Administration should prosecute Bush Administration officials for war crimes
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Topic 193
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The Obama Administration should release photographs of detainee abuse
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Topic 194
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The Obama Administration’s stimulus bill will do more harm than good
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Topic 195
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The obese should pay more for health care
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Topic 196
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The Olympic Games should be abolished
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Topic 197
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The President of the United States should be elected by the direct vote of the people.
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Topic 198
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The President should negotiate with dictators
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Topic 199
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The President should not send a wreath to the Arlington Confederate Monument
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Topic 200
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The public should support TSA full body scans and extensive pat-down searches
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Topic 201
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The public’s right to know is more important than the privacy of celebrities.
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Topic 202
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The Supreme Court should end affirmative action in higher education
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Topic 203
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The U S Government subsidy of the arts should end
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Topic 204
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The U.N. should impose sanctions on Myanmar/Burma.
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Topic 205
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The U.S invasion of Iraq has done more harm than good
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Topic 206
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The U.S should have a draft for military service
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Topic 207
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The U.S should not send humans into space
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Topic 208
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The United Nations has failed at its mission
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Topic 209
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The United Nations Security Council should have no permanent members.
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Topic 210
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The United Nations should impose sanctions on Israel for future settlement construction
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Topic 211
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The United Nations should restrict the right of veto in the Security Council
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Topic 212
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The United States Constitution should be amended to establish a mandatory retirement age for Supreme Court Justices.
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Topic 213
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The United States Federal Government should ban assault weapons
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Topic 214
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The United States Federal Government should ban production of genetically modified organisms
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Topic 215
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The United States Federal Government should pay reparations for slavery
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Topic 216
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The United States government should provide free healthcare for all U.S. citizens.
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Topic 217
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The United States is losing the war on Terror
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Topic 218
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The United States military should immediately withdraw from Iraq.
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Topic 219
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The United States should abolish the Senate
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Topic 220
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The United States should adopt a new timber policy
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Topic 221
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The United States should adopt English as the official national language
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Topic 222
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The United States should adopt President Bush’s proposed guest worker program.
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Topic 223
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The United States should amend the Constitution to allow foreign-born citizens to serve as President
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Topic 224
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The United States should amend the constitution to criminalize flag burning.
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Topic 225
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The United States should ban the death penalty
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Topic 226
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The United States should ban the importation of all products from China.
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Topic 227
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The United States should block Jihadi websites
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Topic 228
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The United States should close its Guantanamo prison
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Topic 229
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The United States should eliminate its own weapons of mass destruction
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Topic 230
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The United States should eliminate the mortgage interest tax deduction.
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Topic 231
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The United States should end its use of the penny.
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Topic 232
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The United States should end the embargo on Cuba.
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Topic 233
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The United States should establish a national DNA database
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Topic 234
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The United States should expand its use of nuclear power
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Topic 235
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The United States should guarantee health care for its residents.
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Topic 236
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The United States should have a draft for military service
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Topic 237
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The United States should have a national identification card
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Topic 238
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The United States should have compulsory voting
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Topic 239
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The United States should launch a preemptive strike against Iran.
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Topic 240
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The United States should lift economic sanctions on Cuba
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Topic 241
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The United States should lower the voting age
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Topic 242
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The United States should negotiate with the Taliban
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Topic 243
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The United States should open federal lands and offshore areas for oil drilling
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Topic 244
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The United States should pay reparations for slavery
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Topic 245
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The United States should significantly expand its use of nuclear power.
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Topic 246
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The United States should significantly increase space exploration
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Topic 247
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The United States should significantly reduce the military budget to promote the domestic economy
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Topic 248
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The United States should substantially increase taxes to balance the budget and eliminate debt.
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Topic 249
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The United States should switch to the metric system.
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Topic 250
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The United States should tax capital gains at the same rate as ordinary income
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Topic 251
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The United States should withdraw all its troops from Iraq by December 31, 2008.
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Topic 252
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The United States should withdraw from Iraq
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Topic 253
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The United States should withdraw its military from Iraq.
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Topic 254
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The US Federal Government should significantly increase taxes on gasoline
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Topic 255
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The US government should use political assassination to protect national security
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Topic 256
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The US military should leave Iraq
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Topic 257
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The US Senate should eliminate the filibuster
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Topic 258
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The US should eliminate farm subsidies
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Topic 259
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The US should establish term limits for Article III federal judges
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Topic 260
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The US should have a defined and limited presidential primary campaign season
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Topic 261
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The US should not give development assistance to non-democratic governments.
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Topic 262
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The US should not permit birthright citizenship
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Topic 263
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The US should not use economic sanctions in non-economic international disputes
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Topic 264
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The US should reduce environmental protection to promote its economic development
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Topic 265
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The US should substantially increase gas taxes
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Topic 266
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There should be year-round schooling for students in grades K-12.
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Topic 267
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This House opposes trial by jury
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Topic 268
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This House prefers stability to democracy in the Arab world
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Topic 269
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This House prefers to negotiate with terrorists
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Topic 270
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This House supports compulsory voting in national elections
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Topic 271
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This House would accept Iran as a nuclear weapon state
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Topic 272
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This House would ban international adoption of children
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Topic 273
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This House would establish a universal DNA database
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Topic 274
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This House would establish gender quotas for legislative assemblies
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Topic 275
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This House would prosecute spying by diplomats
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Topic 276
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This House would substantially limit the purchase or lease of African arable land by international investors
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Topic 277
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U.S. intervention in Iraq has done more good than harm
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Topic 278
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Undocumented immigrants should pay out-of-state tuition at public universities
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Topic 279
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US government bailouts for industry have done more harm than good
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Topic 280
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US Supreme Court Justices should have term limits
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Topic 281
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US Supreme Court proceedings should be televised
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Topic 282
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US troops and its allies should withdraw their forces from Iraq immediately.
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Topic 283
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Violent video games should be banned
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Topic 284
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Voting rights of United States felons should be reinstated after they have served their time.
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Topic 285
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Wal-Mart is good for America.
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Topic 286
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War memorials do more harm than good
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Topic 287
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Warrantless wiretaps in America do more harm than good
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Topic 288
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Warrantless wiretaps make America safer.
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Topic 289
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Water rates should be the same price for farmers and residential customers.
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Topic 290
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Websites should pay consumers for data-mining
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Topic 291
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Wikileaks disclosures do more good than harm
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Topic 292
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Wikipedia does more harm than good
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Topic 293
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Zoos do more harm than good

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