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Topic 1:  Resolved:  The United States’ use of the atomic bombs against Japan was justified.

Topic 2:  Resolved:  A single-payer system is preferable to reform within the existing private-public health insurance system in the United States.

2019:  Resolved: The United States should commit to landing humans on Mars by the end of the 2030’s.

Resolved: When considering U.S. national interest, maintaining current American military assistance to Saudi Arabia is preferable to a significant decrease in assistance.

2018: Resolved: The United States should replace the Electoral College with a direct popular vote for the presidency.

Resolved: On balance, Amazon is good for the United States.

2017: Resolved: On balance, social media has been good for democracy.

Resolved:  The United States should require one year of national service from all young adults. 

2016: Resolved: The United States federal government should pay financial reparations to African Americans to compensate for historic racial injustices.

Resolved: The United States should increase its military presence in the South China Sea in order to deter Chinese expansionism. 

2015:  Resolved: The United States should incrementally raise the federal minimum wage to at least $15 per hour by 2020.

Resolved: The European Union should require all member states to significantly increase the number of refugees they accept and resettle.

2014:  Resolved: In the United States, juveniles charged with violent felonies should be treated as adults in the criminal justice system.
Resolved: The Obama Administration’s efforts to combat terrorism have improved global security.