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Wondering About The Cost Of War? We Have Answers

How can we balance the budget with increases in military spending? What would the candidates do to support disabled veterans? NPR reporters tackle your questions about defense spending and veterans affairs.
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'Mother Of Outcasts' To Be A Saint For Leprosy Work

During a tragic era in Hawaiian history, more than 8,000 people with leprosy — now known as Hansen's disease — were banished to the island of Molokai. Mother Marianne Cope began caring for these patients in the late 1800s, answering their desperation with hope. Sunday, the nun will become a saint.
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Put Off By 'Too Many Mitts,' 'Salt Lake Tribune' Endorses Obama

Utah could give Mitt Romney his largest margin on Election Day, but the state's biggest newspaper is rooting for his rival. The Tribune's editorial board says the Romney it praised for turning around the 2002 Olympics is not the same Romney running for president in 2012.
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Race For Arizona's Open Senate Seat Gets Personal

For the first time in nearly a generation, Arizona voters will elect a new senator. Retiring Sen. Jon Kyl's ideological successor is Rep. Jeff Flake, a fellow Republican. But recent polls suggest Democrat Richard Carmona has a shot, and the race has become heated.
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Minnesota Case Re-Opens Wounds Among Somalis

A Minneapolis jury convicted Mahamud Said Omar, a 46-year-old janitor at a local mosque, of conspiring to help recruit two dozen Somali-American men to fight in Somalia. One man, whose nephew died in Somalia, said the case was particularly painful because he knew the man who did the recruiting.
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They Call The Election A Horse Race; It Has Real Bettors, Too

While pundits clamor to predict the outcome of the presidential election, they would be hard pressed to beat the record of betting markets. It's illegal for Americans to bet on the outcome of an election, but there are several "prediction markets" where they can put money down on a candidate.
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A Big Texan Reflects On 'Big Tex'

An early morning fire all but destroyed the iconic "Big Tex" statue at the Texas State Fair on Friday. The news reached all the way in Nairobi, Kenya, where John Burnett is currently based.
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Marriage Law Likely Headed To Supreme Court

A federal appeals court ruling has catapulted a New York case to the head of the line, as the Supreme Court considers which of many cases it should use to decide whether the Defense of Marriage Act is constitutional. The case involves a widow who paid taxes on her same-sex spouse's estate.
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Senate Hopefuls Make Final Pitches

Candidates in tight Senate races across the U.S. squared off Thursday night for their final debates before Election Day. We hear excerpts from three of them: Missouri, Virginia and Connecticut.
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It's All Politics, Oct. 18, 2012

Presidential debate No. 2 is in the books, and the consensus is that — unlike debate No. 1 — President Obama came prepared for battle. For all the talk about "binders full of women," and what was said when after the events in Benghazi, Libya, Obama and Mitt Romney both made their cases. NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin have the latest political roundup.

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