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Posted: Friday, November 11, 2011 - 12:40pm

This Week in Political Trivia

How well do you know the facts and faces behind this week's political news? Find out with our weekly trivia quiz, powered by the Almanac of American Politics!

Posted: Friday, November 11, 2011 - 12:40pm

Durant: Wealth Gap 'Should Be Wider'

Buried in a Grand Rapids Press story about Cornerstone Schools co-founder and Republican Senate candidate Clark Durant's Thursday meeting with a group of college students is a nugget about the nation's wealth gap. In the swing state of Michigan, hit hard by the country's economic woes, this quote is going to raise some eyebrows:

Posted: Friday, November 11, 2011 - 12:40pm

Political Insiders Not Sold on Cain

National Journal's Political Insiders expect embattled candidate Herman Cain to remain in the race for the Republican presidential nomination at least through the Iowa caucuses in early January, but that doesn't mean they think it's a good idea. While two-thirds of the Republicans and three-quarters of the Democrats in this week's Insiders Poll predicted Cain would soldier on, many on both sides expressed dismay or derision at the prospect.

Posted: Friday, November 11, 2011 - 12:40pm

Insiders: Foreign Policy Cred Doesn't Mean a Lead in the Polls

As the Republican presidential candidates prepare to take part Saturday night in the first foreign-policy-focused debate of the campaign, National Journal's Political Insiders say the GOP candidate with the most credibility on those issues is one with some of the lowest odds of taking the nomination. Nearly a third of Republicans and nearly three-quarters of Democrats say Jon Huntsman carries the foreign policy banner for the GOP, but none of them seem to think it will help his chances.

Posted: Friday, November 11, 2011 - 12:40pm

Today's e-Reads: Olympus May Want Fired CEO Back, Research in Motion Loses Clients

Maybe absence does make the heart grow fonder: Some shareholders of camera-maker Olympus want to reinstate its former CEO, who was fired last month after calling for a probe of questionable deals.

BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion is shedding U.S. customers, dropping 1.8 million in three months earlier this year, according to The Guardian

Posted: Friday, November 11, 2011 - 10:40am

QUICK TAKE: Applicants to Green-Card Lottery Drop By Half -- WSJ

Only 8 million people entered the latest U.S. diversity-visa lottery to try to win a green card, a sharp drop from last year’s record 15 million, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The annual diversity-visa lottery offers a path to permanent U.S. residence for 50,000 people who are randomly selected from countries that send few immigrants to the U.S.

Posted: Friday, November 11, 2011 - 10:40am

QUICK TAKE: Concerns Growing That FHA Could Go Broke -- WSJ

The Federal Housing Administration has played a key role in the housing market since the mortgage crisis, backing about one-third of all new mortgages for home purchases.

But there is a growing concern that FHA, which is funded through mortgage-insurance premiums, could run out of money if the economic recovery doesn’t pick up steam, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Posted: Friday, November 11, 2011 - 10:40am

QUICK TAKE: Odierno Repeats Pentagon Warnings Against Sequestration

Army chief of staff Gen. Ray Odierno on Friday reiterated the Pentagon's warnings against the so-called "sequestration" mechanism triggering hundreds of billions of dollars in cuts to the defense budget if the super committee fails to agree on a plan to reduce the deficit by $1.2 trillion.

The Pentagon is already on the hook to cut $450 billion, but faces up to $600 billion more in reduction to its budget if the committee can't reach a deal. These cuts "would be devastating to the military," Odierno said on Fox News.

Odierno also appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe.

Posted: Friday, November 11, 2011 - 10:40am

QUICK TAKE: U.S. Planning Bomb Sales to UAE to Counter Iran -- WSJ

The Obama administration plans to sell the United Arab Emirates thousands of advanced "bunker-buster" bombs and other munitions, its latest effort to build a regional coalition to keep Iran in check, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Posted: Friday, November 11, 2011 - 10:40am