hot-button issue

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Noun1.hot-button issue - an issue that elicits strong emotional reactions
issue - an important question that is in dispute and must be settled; "the issue could be settled by requiring public education for everyone"; "politicians never discuss the real issues"
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In an interview with LNT television this morning, the prime minister repeatedly said that next year's budget was a "complex and highly politicized issue" very difficult to negotiate.
"However, it is also a risky strategy in that it addresses, and appears to take sides on, a highly politicized issue. This means it could ultimately alienate and lose customers, which is not the purpose of a marketing
Trade has always been a highly politicized issue in the United States, which is the only country to have trade policy featured in the first article of its constitution.
According to press release issued here on Thursday, he suggested government to take up the much politicized issue at Council of Common Interests (CCI) to develop consensus among provinces.
But perhaps the most inherent risk involved in this highly politicized issue is the risk of pregnancy.
"Three judges have proven over the course of seven months that Yaacoub was innocent and there was no proof against him, therefore we reiterate that this was a politicized issue," he added.
Marriage has also been unique; philanthropists generally tend to be more apolitical in their giving and same-sex marriage has always been viewed as a politicized issue. The fact that marriage equality was able to attract foundation funding at all is a very good sign for what's possible in the future on other LGBT issues.
It is mainly Republicans who have lost confidence in the government to handle Ebola, suggesting that this health and medical situation -- as is the case with so much else in American society today, particularly during election season -- has become a politicized issue.
He also noted that landmarking has become "more and more a politicized issue," with many on both sides ignoring actually worthy buildings in order to exploit public awareness of beloved but less significant sites.
It doesn't help that defeating polio has become a deeply politicized issue in Pakistan.
However, when an institution such as the HSYK, which should have acted through its decisions, makes a declaration on a fairly politicized issue, this shows that the judiciary has taken a political stance.
Damon bemoaned the state of Washington as he is completing a media circuit for the release of his new movie, 'Promised Land', which, coincidentally, deals with the high politicized issue of fracking, or drilling for natural gas, the Daily Mail reports.