Extemp LinksPage 3, Think tanks
Other Extemp sites
Extemptopics.com Sells extemp topics for tournaments and offers a weekly subscription for practice.
Extemptopicanalysis.com Offers news analysis twice a week! I think it's worth checking out.
ExtempDex A continuously updated extemp index of many popular magazines.
High School Team Directory
State and National High School Speech Associations
Speech Associations Directory
CNN - A good page for keeping track of general news.
Los Angeles Times - The newspaper with the third largest circulation in the United States, second only to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
Thomas - The Library of Congress' site for congressional information. You can find the Congressional Record, full text of legislation going back over 10 years, and information about the legislative process.Heritage Foundation - A famous conservative think tank.
Newshour with Jim Lehrer - This long running PBS news program focuses more upon interviews with noteworthy individuals in the news without all the 5-6 people talking at the same time. There is an archive of their articles going back several years.
Brookings Institute - A fairly moderate to liberal think tank.
Fordham Foundation - Conducts research on elementary and secondary education. A good number of reports are available for free download covering topics dealing with school standards, charter schools, school choice, teacher quality, and educational philanthropy.
Cato Institute - A libertarian and rabidly anti-government interference think tank.
Rand Institute - A general focus think tank which claims to have been America's first think tank.
Center for Education Reform - A group which supports school choice.
National Assessment of Educational Progress - Often called the NAEP this is the longest running nationwide exam given to K-12 students. The site accurately purports itself as "The Nation's Report Card."
National Center of Policy Analysis A nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization which seeks private-sector solutions to public policy problems.
Bureau of Economic Analysis Want to know what the GDP, here's your numbers.
Bureau of Labor Statistics - Provides statistics on everything from gender pay equity to unemployment statistics
Bureau of the Census - The official provider of official US population and other demographic information.
Congressional Budget Office - Provides budgetary information for Congress. Their website has budgetary outlook reports, monthly budget reviews, and reports on the costs of some legislation.
Department of Commerce
Department of Education - Provides various government education publications.
Department of Energy
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Homeland Security - Publications, press releases, and information on border security..
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Department of Justice
Department of Labor
Department of State - Official travel watch lists and reports on terrorism and foreign policy
Department of the Interior
Department of the Treasury
Department of Transportation
Department of Veteran Affairs - Publications on veteran's benefits and other issues.
Environmental Protection Agency -
No Child Left Behind - Provides publications and general information about the Department of Education's implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act.
Republican National Committee
Democratic National Committee
Directory of US Political Parties - Great place to find information about third parties in the United States. Every once in a while some third party will make some news, so this might be useful.