Today's Takeaways: A Different Kind of Candidate, A Deal for Veterans, and The Rising Price of Chocolate

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Monday, July 28, 2014

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1. America: Israel's Best Friend? | 2. Deadly Ebola Virus Reaches U.S. Physicians | 3. You've Been Warned: The Price of Chocolate is Rising | 4. Congress Reaches Deal on Veterans Bill | 5. A Different Kind of Senate Candidate: On That Only Wants Your Money

Is America Still Israel's Best Friend?

The way most Americans understand our relationship with Israel has changed a great deal since the country's founding in 1948.

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Deadly Ebola Virus Reaches U.S. Physicians

Healthcare workers in some parts of Africa are now taking on two battles—the fight to control the growing threat of the Ebola virus, which has killed more than 670 people in four countries since March, and now armed youths who are threatening doctors who they believe are spreading the disease, not containing it.

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The Price of Chocolate is Rising

Earlier this year, we reported that shortages of limes, avocados, and pork have sent prices of margaritas, guacamole, and bacon sky high. And now the unthinkable: Mars and Hershey have announced that they will be increasing the prices of chocolate products price by seven and eight percent, respectively. How will we cope?

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Congress Reaches Deal on Veterans Bill

It's the last week before Congress heads home for August recess, and we may actually see a break from the usual congressional gridlock when it comes to veterans affairs. House and Senate negotiators reached a compromise over the weekend to help the embattled veteran healthcare system.

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A Different Kind of Senate Candidate

Gil Fulbright may have is very own campaign bus, but Gil won’t be featured on the ballot come November, because he’s not even a real person. He’s a satirical character, a product of the bi-partisan organization Represent.Us, designed to highlight the corrupting influence of big money in politics.

 

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At This School, Students Rule the Classroom

At this school, there are no tests, or textbooks—and the students are the teachers. Instead of textbook homework assignmentsthe usual line-up of pop quizzes, and final exams, each semester students design their own curriculum and carry out their own independent projects.

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