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2020 Election 2020 Presidential Election
Which candidate would make the best US president?
Abortion Abortion
Should abortion be legal?
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Is the ACLU good for America?
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Alternative Energy Alternative Energy vs. Fossil Fuels
Can alternative energy effectively replace fossil fuels?
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Animal-Dissection Animal Dissection
Should K-12 Students Dissect Animals in Science Classrooms?
Animal Testing Animal Testing
Should animals be used for scientific or commercial testing?
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Banned Books Banned Books
Should parents or other adults be able to ban books from schools and libraries?
Binge-Watching Binge-Watching
Is Binge-Watching Good for You?
Born Gay Born Gay
Is sexual orientation determined at birth?
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Bottled Water Ban Bottled Water Ban
Should Bottled Water Be Banned?
Cell Phones Cell Phone Radiation
Are cell phones safe?
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Churches and Taxes Churches and Taxes
Should churches (defined as churches, temples, mosques, synagogues, etc.) remain tax-exempt?
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Climate Change Climate Change
Is human activity a substantial cause of global climate change?
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College Education
Is a college education worth it?
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Concealed Guns Concealed Handguns
Should adults have the right to carry a concealed handgun?
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Corporal Punishment Corporal Punishment
Should Corporal Punishment Be Used in K-12 Schools?
Corporate Tax Rates & Jobs Corporate Tax Rate & Jobs
Does lowering the federal corporate income tax rate create jobs?
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Cuba Embargo Cuba Embargo
Should the United States maintain its embargo against Cuba?
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DACA & Dreamers DACA & Dreamers
Are DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and the DREAM Act Good for America?
Dakota Pipeline Dakota Pipeline
Should the Dakota Access Pipeline Be Completed?
Daylight Savings Time Daylight Savings Time
Should the United States Keep Daylight Saving Time?

Death Penalty Death Penalty
Should the death penalty be allowed?
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Drinking Age Drinking Age
Should the drinking age be lowered from 21 to a younger age?
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Drone Strieks Overseas Drone Strikes Overseas
Should the United States Continue Its Use of Drone Strikes Abroad?
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Drug Use in Sports Drug Use in Sports
Should performance enhancing drugs (such as steroids) be accepted in sports?
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Euthanasia Euthanasia & Assisted Suicide
Should euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide be legal?
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Electoral College Election Day National Holiday
Should Election Day Be Made a National Holiday?
Electoral College Electoral College
Should the United States Use the Electoral College in Presidential Elections?
Felon Voting Felon Voting
Should felons who have completed their sentence (incarceration, probation, and parole) be allowed to vote?
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Fighting in Hockey Fighting in Hockey
Should fighting be allowed in hockey?
Free College Free College
Should Public College Be Tuition-Free?
Gay Marriage Gay Marriage
Should gay marriage be legal?
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Should Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) Be Grown?
Gold Standard Gold Standard
Should the United States return to a gold standard?
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Golf Golf
Is golf a sport?
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Gun Control Gun Control
Should more gun control laws be enacted in the United States?
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Homework Homework
Is Homework Beneficial?
Illegal Immigration Illegal Immigration
What are the solutions to illegal immigration in America?
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Israeli Palestinian Israeli – Palestinian Conflict
What are the solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?
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Mandatory National Service Mandatory National Service
Should the United States Have Mandatory National Service?
Marijuana for Pets Marijuana for Pets
Is CBD Good for Pets?
Medical Marijuana Medical Marijuana
Should marijuana be a medical option?
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Milk Milk
Is drinking milk healthy for humans?
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Minimum Wage Minimum Wage
Should the federal minimum wage be increased?
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National Anthem Protests National Anthem Protests
Is Refusing to Stand for the National Anthem an Appropriate Form of Protest?
National Anthem Protests Net Neutrality
Should Net Neutrality Be Restored?
Health Care Laws Obamacare Obamacare
Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) good for America?
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Obesity Obesity
Is obesity a disease?
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Olympics Olympics
Are the Olympic Games an Overall Benefit for Their Host Countries and Cities?
OTC Birth Control OTC Birth Control
Should Birth Control Pills Be Available Over-the-Counter?
Penny - Keep It? Penny
Should the Penny Stay in Circulation?
Pokemon Pokémon
Is Pokémon Go Good for Our Society?
Police Body Cameras Police Body Cameras
Should police officers wear body cameras?
Precription Drug Ads Prescription Drug Ads
Should prescription drugs be advertised directly to consumers?
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Bill Clinton President Bill Clinton
Was Bill Clinton a good president?
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Ronald Reagan President Ronald Reagan
Was Ronald Reagan a good president?
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Prostitution Prostitution
Should prostitution be legal?
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Recreational Marijuana Recreational Marijuana
Should Recreational Marijuana Be Legal?
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Right to Health Care Right to Health Care
Should all Americans have the right (be entitled) to health care?
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Sanctuary Cities Sanctuary Cities
Should Sanctuary Cities Receive Federal Funding?
Saturday Halloween Saturday Halloween
Should Halloween Be Moved Permanently to Saturday?
Social Networking School Uniforms
Should students have to wear school uniforms?
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School Vouchers School Vouchers
Are School Vouchers a Good Idea?
Social Media Social Media
Are social networking sites good for our society?
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Social Security Social Security Privatization
Should Social Security be privatized?
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Standardized Tests Standardized Tests
Is the use of standardized tests improving education in America?
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Student Loan Debt Student Loan Debt
Should Student Loan Debt Be Easier to Discharge in Bankruptcy?
Tablets Vs. Textbooks Tablets vs. Textbooks
Should tablets replace textbooks in K-12 schools?
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Teacher Tenure Teacher Tenure
Should teachers get tenure?
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Uber & Lyft Uber & Lyft
Are Ride-Hailing Companies Such as Uber and Lyft an Overall Benefit to Society?
Under God Under God in the Pledge
Should the words “under God” be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?
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Universal Basic Income Universal Basic Income
Is Universal Basic Income a Good Idea?
Vaccines Vaccines for Kids
Should any vaccines be required for children?
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Vaping E-Cigarettes Vaping E-Cigarettes
Is Vaping with E-Cigarettes Safe?
Vegetarianism Vegetarianism
Should people become vegetarian?
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Video Games Video Games and Violence
Do violent video games contribute to youth violence?
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Voting age Voting Age
Should the Voting Age be Lowered to 16?
Voting Machines Voting Machines
Do electronic voting machines improve the voting process?
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Zoos Zoos
Should Zoos Exist?

Archived Debate Topics
Big Three Auto Big Three Auto
Should the Big Three car manufacturers be bailed out by the US government?
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College Football College Football Playoffs
Should college football replace the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) with a playoff system?
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D.A.R.E. D.A.R.E
Is the D.A.R.E. program good for America’s kids (K-12)?
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Insider Trading By Congress Insider Trading by Congress
Should insider trading by Congress be allowed?
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2008 Election Presidential Election, 2008
Which candidate would make the best US president?
2012 Election Presidential Election, 2012
Which candidate would make the best US president?
2016 Election Presidential Election, 2016
Which candidate would make the best US president?
Santa Monica Local Elections, 2014 Santa Monica Local Elections, 2014
Santa Monica Local Elections, 2014
U.S - Iraq US – Iraq War
Should the US have attacked Iraq?
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WTC Muslim Center WTC Muslim Center
Is it appropriate to build a Muslim community center (aka the ”Ground Zero Mosque”) near the World Trade Center site?
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