The Week of April 7, 2019 by CoenM

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Instructions

Answer the questions below to the best of your ability without using outside resources. Outside references include (but certainly are not limited to) searching for an answer on the internet, looking at maps, using a calculator, or asking a friend (or foe) if they know the answer. Basically, you are relying on your brain (and maybe a pencil and paper).

For each correct answer, you will receive 15 points. You must also mark 5 questions as "money" questions. For each money question that you answer correctly, you will receive bonus points equal to the percent of players who answered incorrectly. (That is, if 25% of players got a question right, its money bonus would be worth 75 points.) You still don't get any points for a wrong answer, though, so try to select the hardest questions you think you have answered correctly. (Note: You can't use outside resources to help pick your money questions either.)

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Questions

Question 1

What US CABINET DEPARTMENT lost its secretary, deputy secretary, head of the Secret Service, and acting head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in an apparent house cleaning?


Question 2

Tesla inked a deal worth "hundreds of millions" of Euros by selling zero emission credits to what ITALIAN-AMERICAN AUTOMAKER, which is in danger of of not meeting strict EU emissions rules going into effect in 2020?


Question 3

The US named the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of what COUNTRY as a terrorist organization, the first time the US has given that designation to a unit within a country's standing military?


Question 4

This is a picture of WHAT?

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Question 5

Benjamin Netanyahu earned another term as Israel's prime minister, as his Likud party just bested the Blue and White movement of what FORMER CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE ISRAELI DEFENSE FORCES? (edited at 9:57 am, April 15, 2019 (EDT))


Question 6

What FORMER ASYLEE was removed from the Ecuadoran embassy in London and arrested by UK police, both for a bail violation and by request of the US to fulfill an extradition warrant?


Question 7

A military coup in what AFRICAN COUNTRY topped Omar al-Bashir, who may now face the International Criminal Court for his role in the Darfur humanitarian crisis?


Question 8

What ASIAN COUNTRY started a nearly five week-long election cycle, in which 900 million eligible voters will decide if the ruling BJP will return to power with prime minister Narendra Modi getting a second term?


Question 9

What COMPANY voluntarily recalled all models of its Rock 'n Play Sleeper after more than 30 child deaths were attributed to it?


Question 10

Your HallR Mini-Theme (tm): This Week in Brexit: the EU agreed to give the UK another extension for leaving the bloc, with the new date also being (perhaps fittingly) what HOLIDAY?


Question 11

What POLITICIAN returned to the public eye by launching the Brexit Party, which has 11 members of the European Parliament, all from the UK Independence Party that he used to lead?


Question 12

What MINNESOTA CONGRESSWOMAN came under fire from conservatives for comments made last month that they claim are dismissive of the 9/11 attacks, while supporters claim the comments were taken out of context and are being used in racially and/or religiously-motivated attacks against her?