Sat October 20, 2012
National Security

Wondering About The Cost Of War? We Have Answers

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 2:21 pm

Sgt. Ben Roberts (center), recently returned from Afghanistan, speaks with Chick-fil-A manager Michael Sims at a military job fair in Columbia, S.C., in January.
John Moore Getty Images

As we approach the presidential election in November, Weekend Edition is seeking your questions about issues and candidates in a segment called Reporter Hotline. This week, our focus is veterans affairs and defense spending.

Paying For War

Question from Sue Hoben of Canton, Conn.: "Why don't we increase taxes when we wage a war? For instance, Iraq and Afghanistan. Surely if national interest is at stake, then we should be willing to pay the price rather than add to the deficit."

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Fri October 19, 2012
The Two-Way

The Stories: Why 'Big Tex' Matters

Big Tex watches over the crowd at one end of the State Fair of Texas midway in 1997, in Dallas.
Bill Janscha AP

Many have had good fun at the expense of Big Tex, the 52-foot cowboy that burnt down in Dallas today.

But Big Tex was an institution, an icon of the State Fair of Texas, as big and bold as the great state itself.

NPR's John Burnett, a Dallas native, remembered him on All Things Considered today. He told this story:

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Fri October 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Two Cancer Survivors, Two Opinions On Lance Armstrong And His Troubles

Suleika Jaouad says she still supports Lance Armstrong.
Suleika Jaouad

It's been a tough few months for Lance Armstrong. Within the past two weeks, the United States Anti-Doping Agency released all its evidence against him, many of his sponsors walked away from him and he resign from Livestrong, the cancer charity he founded.

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Fri October 19, 2012
The Two-Way

U.S. Military Apologizes, Sets Curfew After Alleged Rape In Japan

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 2:50 pm

The commander of U.S. Forces Japan apologized and announced that all military personnel in Japan would have to adhere to a night curfew beginning today.

The move comes after two Navy sailors allegedly raped a woman in Okinawa. Like the case in 1995, when three servicemen raped a school girl, opposition to U.S. bases swelled after the arrests.

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Fri October 19, 2012
The Two-Way

'A Fire I Can't Put Out': Texas State Fair's 'Big Tex' Destroyed By Blaze

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 4:21 pm

Big Tex goes up in flames.
John McKibben via Twitter

If you've ever been to the Dallas area during the State Fair of Texas, you no doubt have encountered Big Tex.

He's impossible to miss. He wears size 70 boots and a 75-gallon hat. His height comes in at a stunning 52 feet. He's an icon, his western shirt dusted off every year since 1952.

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