Today's Takeaway | February 7, 2013

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Thursday, February 07, 2013

Over 1,600 Hundred Gun-Related Deaths Since Newtown | The History of Mail Delivery | When We Wrote Letters | Assassination of Opposition Leader Sends Tunisia into Turmoil | Capturing the Art that Defined Egypt's Revolution

How Would John O. Brennan Change the CIA?

If confirmed, how would Brennan shape the C.I.A.? Glenn Greenwald is a columnist on civil liberties and U.S. national security issues for the Guardian. He explores Brennan's foreign policy influence in the region, and his potential role in Obama's second term.

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U.S. Tightens Economic Sanctions Against Iran

Drones are, of course just one of the options available to the new CIA director, by contrast the use of sanctions looks a little old school. But when it comes to Iran they appear to be making their mark.

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Over 1,600 Gun-Related Deaths Since Newtown

Shootings happen every day in America, but most are never covered by the national media. Now Slate is attempting to collect data on every person killed by a firearm. They've recorded more than 1,600 deaths in just the few weeks since the Newtown shooting.

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The Postal Service Used to Make Multiple Deliveries Per Day

The Post Master General says that he has no choice but to cut Saturday mail delivery given the billions of dollars of debt in which the organization finds itself. Once upon a time the Postal Service delivered many, many times each day.

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When We Wrote Letters

As more of us rely on email, texting, and Skype to communicate, the art of letter writing has gradually been coming to an end. But with the death of letters, are we losing something else as well? It’s a question that Martha Tuck Rozett has seriously considered. Martha is an English professor at the University of Albany and author of "When People Wrote Letters: A Family Chronicle."

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Make Up Artist Who Created Obi-Wan Kenobi and Other Icons Dies at 98

Stuart Freeborn, the make up artist and visual creator of movie characters such as Obi-Wan Kenobi, died yesterday. He was 98. Freeborn turned actor Ron Moody into the street thief Fagin for the Musical Oliver, and he also captured movie-goer imaginations back in 1948 when he made Sir Alec Guinness into Fagin in David Lean's Oliver Twist.

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Capturing the Art that Defined Egypt's Revolution

There are many ways to tell the story of what has happened in Egypt since the start of the revolution two years ago. Journalist Christopher Lydon chose the art created by Egypt’s leading novelists, architects, poets, musicians, and painters.

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