exciting strong feelings; highly charged; emotional: hot-button issues.

1985–90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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She's one of those hot-button personalities that generates a lot of strong
  emotions-both wildly positive and negative.
She talks about the crisis and her changing role as a spokesperson on
  hot-button environmental issues.
Its aesthetic achievement is nearly commensurate with its hot-button relevance.
It turns out that when you get down to the short strokes on this, a lot of
  people have different hot-button issues.
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