Today's Takeaways: Turning the Screw on Russia, Wide-Open Senate Races, and The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in One Family

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Claire Hajaj's parents, Deanne and Mahmoud Hajaj, in Israel for their honeymoon in 1969. (courtesy Claire Hajaj)

1. Can the West Curb Russia's Bad Behavior? | 2. Lessons From My Jewish Mother & Palestinian Father | 3. Last Surviving Hiroshima Bomber Dies | 4. The 2014 Midterms: The Open Races to Watch

Can the West Curb Russia's Bad Behavior?

Even though the pressure is mounting from both Europe and the United States, it's possible sanctions may not go far enough. What’s taken the U.S. and E.U. so long to reach consensus on sanctions? And how is this changing the relationship between Western Europe and Russia?

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Lessons From My Jewish Mother & Palestinian Father

The daughter of a Palestinian father and a Jewish mother, Claire Hajaj's expertise on the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is personal. Her new novel is based on the story of her parents who met and fell in love at at British university in the summer of 1967 as the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians raged on.

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Last Surviving Hiroshima Bomber Dies

The last member of the U.S. crew that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima during World War II has died. Theodore Van Kirk was 93-years-old. As a 24-year-old, Van Kirk was the navigator of the Enola Gay, a B-29 Superfortress that dropped the world’s first atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

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The Violent Past of the NRA's Top Lawyer

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." That has become something of a motto for the National Rifle Association. But according to a new report by Mother Jones magazine, a bad guy with a gun might be the NRA's top lawyer. 

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The 2014 Midterms: The Open Races to Watch

We continue our game of Texas Hold'em —Senate elections style—and take a look at how the battle for the United Sates Senate might go. Today the deck is stacked with races with open seats, where incumbents are retiring, leaving the door wide-open for a new candidate.

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It's Not OK Cupid: Co-Founder Defends User Experiments

The online matchmaking service this week revealed that it had manipulated the information users received about potential matches. Co-founder Christian Rudder says this sort of testing is necessary to deliver a better product - and pair more compatible profiles.

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