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Politicians, pundits and pop stars quiz: See if you can tell the difference based on these quotes

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1. WARREN G HARDING or WARREN G? Both rappers and politicians know that it's wise to keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Harry Truman once said, "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog." With that in mind, was it the regulator of the G-funk era or our 29th president, the regulator of the industrial era, who gave us this line about their anxiety-inducing frenemies: "I have no trouble with my enemies. I can take care of my enemies in a fight. But my friends, my goddamned friends, they're the ones who keep me walking the floor at night"?

2. GLENN BECK or BECK? Political pundits and musicians often view themselves as the saviors of a cause, with their multitudes of followers hanging on their every word, a scenario that rarely includes any stage fright. So who was it, savior of the right-wing conspiracy theory, or savior of folk-rap irony, who once confessed a fear of falling, but never of fans: "I have a fear of heights, so falling off something very tall. But I've conquered a good amount of my fears. I guess most people would have the fear of getting up in front of a large audience of people and making a fool of themselves. I've gotten over that"?

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