Daily Briefing: April 13

Multiple Choice, Interest Groups.  

Here are some of the scenario-style questions meant to replicate real-life situations in government and politics:

1. A Washington-based reporter has spoken to a congressman about an internal, congressional investigation into the operations at the Coast Guard. The congressman and reporter agreed that the conversation was “on background.” In the conversation, the reporter learned that some serious criminal behavior occurred at the Coast Guard. What course will the reporter most likely take?

A. Report and publish the story, but not reveal the congress member’s name.

B. Report the story and cite the congressional representative as a source, otherwise it is hearsay.

C. Not Report the story now, but await more information from other sources.

D. Wait and see how other media outlets are reporting the story.


2. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) learns that a local prosecutor has charged an African American teen with assault and armed robbery. The organization has reason to believe the defendant has been wrongly accused. The defendant has little money, but much support in the local area. Which of the following course will the NACCP likely take?

A. Meet with state legislators to change the laws that define assault and robbery.

B. Talk to the judge in this case and offer a donation to his re-election campaign.

C. Come to this locality and defend the wrongly accused man in court.

D. File an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief arguing why the defendant should not be held.


3. An interest group is organized and seeks to pass a House bill that is now under consideration. There is a bill in the committee of House Chairman Bill Watley’s committee. Congressman Watley is in alignment with this interest group on the main points of the bill, but has concerns about another part of the bill. Which of the following strategies will the interest group take most immediately?

A. Ask to see the chairman and discuss the particulars of the bill with him.

B. Make a donation that will be useful to Watley in a future campaign.

C. Meet with judges who may have to rule on the law in the future.

D. Ask to meet with the president or president’s staff about the bill.