Week ending 3/28/14

Friday's News Quiz   —   Posted on March 28, 2014

Questions

1. The U.S. Supreme Court this week heard a challenge to the ObamaCare law by two family-owned businesses who want to protect their religious rights. The Green family who own Hobby Lobby are not opposed to most forms of contraception, which they currently include in their coverage, including the pill and sterilization. What they do object to is: 
a) the requirement that they must buy health insurance for all of their employees or pay a fine of $2,000 a year for each employee
b) the term “ObamaCare”
c) a requirement that the medical insurance they offer employees include certain emergency contraceptives and intrauterine devices, which they consider a form of abortion
d) a requirement that they cover full-time employees who earn minimum wage because they pay a starting salary of almost twice the federal minimum wage

2. The Greens say their “religious beliefs prohibit them from providing health coverage for contraceptive drugs and devices that end human life after conception.” They are willing to cover most methods of contraception, as long as they can exclude drugs or devices that the government says may work after an egg has been fertilized. The Green family says they believe as Christians that:
a) life begins at conception
b) no form of contraception should ever be used
c) all forms of contraception should be included in employee health plans
d) none of the above

3. At issue for the justices is whether for-profit companies such as Hobby Lobby:
a) are above the law
b) are entitled to the same religious protections under the Constitution as people or churches
c) have any Constitutional rights as a private business
d) all of the above

4. More than 50 countries attended the National Security Summit at the Hague organized by the U.S. this week. Over 30 of these countries signed an agreement to:
a) dismantle their nuclear weapons programs
b) stockpile as many nuclear weapons as possible to ensure “mutual assured destruction”
c) hand over their nuclear weapons to the U.S. for safekeeping
d) adopt guidelines to improve nuclear security to prevent nuclear and radioactive material from falling into the hands of terrorists

5. The countries that have nuclear weapons but did not sign the agreement include:
a) Pakistan, China, North Korea, Russia and France
b) France, the U.S., UK, Russia and China
c) Russia, China, India, Pakistan and North Korea
d) China, India, North Korea, Israel and Russia

6. President Obama supports a policy of _____________________.
a) nuclear disarmament
b) Mutual assured destruction
c) nuclear proliferation
d) Strategic Defense Initiative (also known as Star Wars)

7. American journalist Michael Wilner was the only White House correspondent who applied for a Saudi visa to be denied one this week. The Saudi Arabian government prevented Mr. Wilner from covering President Obama’s stop in the Gulf Kingdom this week by denying him a visa because:
a) he is gay
b) he is Jewish
c) he is black
d) he is Israeli

8. The Obama administration reacted to this blatant discrimination by the Saudi government by:
a) saying the U.S. was “very disappointed by the Saudi decision”
b) President Obama personally calling King Saud to demand Mr. Wilner be granted a visa
c) threatening to cancel the President’s stop in Saudi Arabia unless all White House reporters were granted visas
d) saying “what can you do? it’s their country”

9. The ________________ is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government.
a) Distinguished Service Cross
b) Purple Heart
c) Silver Star
d) Medal of Honor

10. Twenty-four U.S. soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor on March 18th. This is the largest number awarded the Medal at one time since WWII. They were recognized with this honor at this time because Congress had mandated a review to ensure that eligible recipients were not bypassed due to:
a) oversight
b) prejudice
c) indifference
d) a lack of medals


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