News quiz for week ending 2/3/17

Friday's News Quiz   —   Posted on February 3, 2017

Questions

1. Nikki Haley, the newly appointed U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, presented her credentials to the U.N. Secretary General last Friday. Which one of the following is not true of Nikki Haley?
a) She was the first minority to be governor of South Carolina
b) She was the governor of South Carolina when President Trump named her U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.
c) She was the first female to be appointed U.S. ambassador to the U.N.
d) She was the first female to be governor of South Carolina

2. Ambassador Haley said the new administration’s goal “is to show value at the U.N. and that “the way that we’ll show value is to show our strength, show our voice, have the backs of our allies and make sure that our allies have our back as well.” Regarding countries that don’t support the U.S., Haley said:
a) “For those that don’t have our back, we’re taking names, we will make points to respond to that accordingly.”
b) “Well, those are the breaks”
c) “Everyone has a right to their own opinion”
d) none of the above

3. Sally Yates, an Obama appointee serving as ___________, was fired Monday night by President Trump. President Trump has an Obama appointee because his nominee, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, has not yet been put up for a vote by the Senate. Trump asserted in a tweet that Senate Democrats are delaying his cabinet picks including Sessions for “purely political reasons,” leaving him with an “Obama [appointee].“
a) acting National Security Advisor
b) acting U.S. secretary of state
c) acting U.S. surgeon general
d) acting U.S. attorney general

4. President Trump fired Yates after she instructed Department of Justice employees:
a) not to defend his executive order on immigration
b) to stage a work slowdown
c) to enforce the law
d) to disable their Twitter accounts

5. On Tuesday, President Trump met with the CEOs of the largest pharmaceutical companies, calling on them to manufacture more of their drugs in the United States and:
a) stop televising fear-mongering advertisements
b) increase prices
c) cut prices
d) distribute their most expensive prescriptions for free

6. While asking the pharmaceutical CEOs to take certain actions during the meeting at the White House Tuesday, President Trump vowed to speed approval of new medicines and:
a) add burdensome regulations
b) ease regulation
c) eliminate all regulation
d) increase regulation

7. In a televised announcement on Tuesday night, President Trump introduced Judge Neil Gorsuch of Denver as his nominee for U.S. Supreme Court Justice. Judge Gorsuch’s qualifications/experience include all but:
a) clerked for Supreme Court Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy
b) was a partner in a Washington law firm
c) served as a judge in local traffic court
d) attended Columbia, Harvard Law School and Oxford

8. Gorsuch has been described as a constitutionalist who adheres to __________ when interpreting the U.S. Constitution. Shortly after Justice Scalia passed away, Gorsuch said in a speech to Case Western Reserve University’s law school, “Judges should instead strive, if humanly and so imperfectly, to apply the law as it is.
a) originalism
b) judicial activism
c) both a) and b)
d) neither a) nor b)

9. Retired four-star Marine Gen. John F. Kelly said in his first television interview as __________ that he wants the U.S.-Mexico border wall finished in two years.
a) U.S. Attorney General
b) Health and Human Services Secretary
c) Homeland Security secretary
d) U.S. Secretary of State

10. Secretary Kelly was tasked by the president’s executive order with overseeing the:
a) re-writing of Obamacare
b) planning and construction of the wall on the U.S. southern border
c) both a) and b)
d) neither a) nor b)


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