What are some controversial topics going on right now
For an essay topic
Gay marriageAbortion lawsDeath penaltyEuthanasiaLegalization of medical marijuana Legalized ProstitutionObamacareNorth Korea relationship with other countriesSudanese conflict over oil
The tar sands in Alberta Canada, and if the US should allow a pipeline across the border.
Anything involving Obama, obamacare, the Benghazi attack, Richard Sherman, or Martin Luther King Jr.
Different topics : poverty , today's media/society , drugs , abortion , health , war , crimes , religion or taxes
I saw on the news a little ago about Japan ( I think it was ) there was a secret tradition that they get hundreds of dolphins and slaughter them but someone took a video of it and now there's an outrage around the world
USA espionage. I didn't read the part where you say that it was for an essay but I'll leave the answer anyway.