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Colstrip, Montana: Bellweather for America’s Energy Future?

More than a town, Colstrip, Montana may be a bellweather of the United States’ energy future, as coal continues to decline.

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Congressman Says He Would Like To Restore A National Draft

Congressman Charlie Rangel is convinced that if more of his colleagues on Capitol Hill and their close friends were forced to make their own kids eligible for military service in Iraq and other violent hotspots around the world, American leaders would find greater pause in deciding whether to have the U.S. go to war. Rangel, a Democrat from New York, a Korean War veteran, and the soon-to-be-new chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, intends to introduce legislation that would reinstate a national draft requiring that all men and women turning 18 in America be available for possible military duty. Rangel believes that the current all-voluntary military is tilted too heavily toward lower and middle class soldiers letting well-to-do kids, who may support the war in Iraq, off the hook. Rangel has tried unsuccessfully in previous years to get similar bills passed. Do you agree that a mandatory draft would change the way Congress thinks about committing U.S. troops to combat service around the world?

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