Morning Political Trivia for July 12

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To swing it in Swampland (Washington, that is), you have to know your stuff. With that in mind, Mother Jones’ DC Bureau is launching a new daily feature on MoJo Blog: morning political trivia. We’ll compete every morning in the office, and we’ll give you a chance to try your hand at answering the question in the comments section (no Googling!). Then, every afternoon (Pacific time), we’ll post the answer and heap praise on the commenters who guess correctly.

As your official quizmaster, I’ll be finding the questions and keeping score. If you have a good one, submit it to mojotrivia@gmail.com. I’ll credit you if we use your question (please let us know if you got it from another source).

But you won’t be the only ones pondering each morning’s question. Back in the capital, Mother Jones’ DC correspondents will be struggling mightily to best each other in a never-ending battle royale of trivia. And there will be accountability in this administration. I’ll let you know who got the question right and who got it wrong, be they intern or editor. So you won’t just be getting the answers every afternoon, you’ll be getting a chance to heap scorn on political reporters who don’t know their political trivia. So, with that in mind, we’ll start you out with a doozie (remember, no Googling!):

Name the four state capitals that begin with the same letter as the states they’re in.

—Nick Baumann

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