From government shutdown drama, Nobel Peace Prizes, and United Nations buzz, a lot has happened over the past weeks. Have you been paying attention? Take our current events quiz to find out.
1) 16 days
2) 12 days
3) 14 days
4) 18 days
Though not as long as the 1995-96 shutdown, which lasted 21 days, the 2013 shutdown is the second longest shutdown since 1976.
Though technically an 18-day gap in funding did occur in 1978, the government did not effectively shut down during that time.
A gang of 14 senators meet over the past weekend to work on a bill that formed the center of what Senate leadership agreed to vote on.
Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine; Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.; Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska; Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.; Mark Pryor, D-Ark.; Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; Joe Donnelly, D-Ind.; Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.; Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.M.; Angus King, I-Maine; John McCain, R-Ariz.: Mike Johanns, R-Neb.; Mark Kirk, R-Ill.; Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.
1) Dec. 31, 2013
2) Jan. 1, 2014
3) Jan. 15, 2014
4) Feb. 2, 2014
The government will remain funded under the agreement reached by the Democrats and Republicans until Jan. 15 of next year, when it will require continued funding.
1) Feb. 2, 2014
2) Dec. 31, 2013
3) Feb. 2, 2015
4) Jan. 15, 2015
The debt ceiling has been raised to avoid risk of defaulting on federal debt until the beginning of next February.
1) $6 billion
2) $12 billion
3) $24 billion
4) $18 billion
Standard and Poor's estimates the cost of the shutdown to be $24 billion in the long run, while Macroeconomic Advisers estimates it to be around $12 billion.
1) Malala Yousafzai
2) Denis Mukwege
3) Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
4) Vladimir Putin
The organization was awarded the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize "for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons" according to the announcement.
1) Cory Booker, Democrat
2) Steve Lonegan, Republican
The up-and-coming Democratic mayor of Newark won the special Senate election with 55 percent of the vote.
1) Saudi Arabia
Along with Nigeria, Chad, Lithuania and Chile, Saudi Arabia obtained a temporary seat on the U.N. Security Council.
This was the first time that the important U.S. ally and regional power has been given a seat on the important council.
A stenographer identified as Dianne Reidy climbed the dais of the House last night and went on a religious rant against the Founding Fathers of the nation, 13 of whom were Freemasons, who she claims "go against God."
In a surprise move on Friday morning, Saudi Arabia refused their temporary seat on the United Nations security council saying, "To have the Palestinian cause remaining without a fair and permanent solution for 65 years, which resulted in several wars that threatened international peace and security, is evidence and proof of (the) Security Council's inability to perform his duties and responsibilities."
The Council's poor handling of the crisis in Syria was stated as another reason.