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How Well Do You Really Know the Presidential Candidates?

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump signs autographs for supporters after speaking at a rally in Phoenix. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump signs autographs for supporters after speaking at a rally in Phoenix. AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

Do you remember which presidential candidate threatened to “beat [another candidate’s] rear end” on stage? Or which one accused the Syrian president of invading . . . Syria? Like others, we’ve tried to bury the memories. But a new quiz over at the Atlantic has resurrected those dark moments and rekindled our fears for the republic.  

The quiz (They Said What?) is embedded in a fascinating piece by Jonathan Rauch best summed up by its title: “How American Politics Went Insane.” Spoiler alert: It’s going to get worse before it gets better.

For federal employees inclined to consider politics as something other than a spectator sport, we’ll soon offer our own quiz on the Hatch Act—the law that governs feds’ involvement in political activities. Following the 2016 presidential election may cause you to lose your mind. But failing to follow the Hatch Act could cause you to lose your job.   

Katherine is deputy editor of Government Executive Media Group, a division of Atlantic Media, where she oversees editorial coverage for GovExec.com and Government Executive magazine. She previously was executive editor of Nextgov.

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