- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Apology sought

The national commander of the American Legion called on Rep.Charles B. Rangel, New York Democrat, to apologize for suggesting that American troops would not choose to fight in Iraq if they had other employment options.

“Our military is the most skilled, best-trained, all-volunteer force on the planet,” National Commander Paul A. Morin said yesterday. “Like that recently espoused by Sen. John Kerry, Congressman Rangel’s view of our troops couldn’t be further from the truth and is possibly skewed by his political opposition to the war in Iraq.”

According to Mr. Rangel, “If a young fellow has an option of having a decent career, or joining the Army to fight in Iraq, you can bet your life that he would not be in Iraq. If there’s anyone who believes these youngsters want to fight, as the Pentagon and some generals have said, you can just forget about it. No bright young individual wants to fight just because of a bonus and just because of some educational benefits.”

Mr. Rangel was responding to a question during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”

Narrow victory

Republican Rep. Deborah Pryce, Ohio Republican, won re-election yesterday by a margin so slim that a recount will be required.

Unofficial results announced by Franklin County, the last to finish counting absentee and provisional ballots in central Ohio’s 15th District, showed Mrs. Pryce led Democratic challenger Mary Jo Kilroy, a Franklin County commissioner,by 1,055 votes.

Mrs. Pryce lost Franklin County, the district’s most populous, but she retained her lead thanks to votes she picked up in two other counties that announced results last week, Madison and Union, the Associated Press (AP) reports.

The race was one of a handful that had remained unresolved across the country since Election Day, when Democrats took control of Congress.

Mrs. Pryce ended up with 50.2 percent of the vote, compared with 49.8 percent for Mrs. Kilroy in the unofficial totals. An automatic recount is triggered if the difference between the two candidates is less than one-half of one percent.

Jersey barrier

Conservative groups in New Jersey are pushing a proposal that would grant the rights of marriage — but not the title — to homosexuals, siblings and others involved in domestic partnerships, the AP reports.

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