Week to Week Bonus Midweek Quiz for 8/12/14

08/12/2014 03:09 pm ET | Updated Oct 12, 2014
  • John Zipperer Vice president of media & editorial, The Commonwealth Club of California

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.