Sen. Bernie Sanders’ memorable pose became an Internet meme after he sat in a chair wearing giant mittens during what event?

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Sanders was “meme-ified” after a news photo of him sitting on a chair on the U.S. Capitol steps during Joe Biden’s inauguration hit social media.

New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney lost his reelection in November to a first-time candidate whose day job is what?

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Ed Durr lost 55 pounds knocking on doors in his New Jersey state Senate district and shook up the capital city Trenton with a campaign that cost less than $10,000.

Which Washington landmark in 2021 was the site of a mass protest that turned into a deadly riot?

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More than 700 people from 45 states have faced federal charges tied to the Capitol riot, sparked by Donald Trump’s claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was criticized for leaving the U.S. with his family while a winter storm left millions in his state without power and water. Where did he go?

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After photos of Cruz and his family at the airport put him in the hot seat, Cruz flew back home and left them in sunny Cancun.

Which state governor resigned from office after multiple women accused him of sexually harassing them?

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Democrat Kathy Hochul, the lieutenant governor, became governor and is serving out the remainder of Cuomo’s term.

A police officer named Derek Chauvin was convicted of three homicide felonies for murdering George Floyd in what U.S. city?

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Chauvin was a Minneapolis police officer when he killed Floyd by kneeling on his neck. Floyd became a symbol of racial injustice all around the world.

Which TV personality announced his candidacy for a U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania?

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, best known for hosting the “Dr. Oz Show,” is running for Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat as a Republican.

President Biden formally turned an annual commemoration into a federal holiday. What is it?

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June 19 is now a federal holiday; it commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.

Which U.S. state enacted one of the nation’s strictest abortion measures, banning the procedure as early as six weeks into a pregnancy?

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The U.S. Supreme Court refused to block the law, but justices expressed concern about how it‘s enforced — by allowing anyone to sue abortion providers that violate it.

Joe Biden’s son Hunter has embraced a new career selling what?

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Hunter has emerged as an artist, and galleries have priced some paintings at $500,000; analysts have concerns that the arrangement might be a vehicle for Ukrainian money-laundering.

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