There's so much going on around the world and at home, we have an extra news quiz this week to test your current affairs knowledge.
Answers are below the quiz.
1: A new report names the top individual political spender in the country. What billionaire was number-one?
Hint: Not a Romney supporter
2: As of today, a new 72-hour ceasefire appears to be holding -- where?
Hint: The last ceasefire there didn't last the entire 72 hours
3: China has rejected U.S. calls for a calming of tensions where?
Hint: Well, it is kind of named after China
4: Turkey's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has a new job. What is it?
Hint: It's a promotion
5: What happened to Hawaii's Democratic governor this past weekend?
Hint: No tea party challenger needed
6: Who are the Yazidis?
Hint: And why are they in the line of fire?
7: NATO said there was a high probability Russia would do what?
Hint: Go West, young men
8: Who is out of a job in Iraq?
Hint: He's Iraq's Hamid Karzai
9: A protest turned to violence in Ferguson, Missouri, after what happened?
Hint: We've seen this movie before
10: Washington political junkies are hotly pursuing the latest big story. Apparently, Senator Marco Rubio is undergoing a change that some think will destroy his chances of becoming president. What is it?
Hint: It worked for Eisenhower
11: California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom announced his support for a 2016 ballot initiative supporting what?
Hint: The ballots will be distributed at Taco Bell
12: Who are federal prosecutors considering charging with murder in the death of former Reagan press secretary James Brady?
Hint: He has already served considerable time
ANSWERS: 1. San Francisco's Tom Steyer, a Democrat (he gave more than $20 million; in second place, by the way, was former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who also mostly gives to Democrats)
2. Between Gaza and Israel
3: South China Sea
4: As of this past weekend, he's the first directly elected president of Turkey
5: Governor Neil Abercrombie lost a primary race to a fellow Democrat
6: The Iraqi religious minority group being attacked by the Islamic State militants
7: Invade Ukraine
8: Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (the country's president asked the vice prime minister to form a new government)
9: An African-American teenager was shot by police
10: His hairline is receding
11: Legalization of marijuana
12: John Hinckley
Want the live news quiz experience? Join us Tuesday, September 16 in Silicon Valley for our next live Week to Week political roundtable with a news quiz and a social hour at The Commonwealth Club of California. Panelists include Larry Gerston, Carla Marinucci, and Josh Richman.
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