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Should women be drafted for military service?

US Navy (USN) Construction Mechanic Third Class (CM3) Morgan Cameron, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Seventy-Four (NMCB 74) listens during vehicle inspection training being conducted at the Central Command area of responsibility (AOR), while deployed in support of Operation, July 13, 2004 (Credit: VA Comm via Flickr)Let's consider the difference between can and should. For example, I can eat seven donuts. But just because I can eat those calorie-laden fried sugar bombs does not mean I should. It may not be right, for me or my wardrobe. I can do the Macarena, but that does not mean I should. It may not be right, for me or those within viewing distance. All might be permissible, but not all things are beneficial.

On Tuesday, top military officials in the Army and Marine Corps testified before a Congressional committee, saying that it is time for women to register for future military drafts. General Mark Milley, chief of staff of the Army, and General Robert Neller, Marine Corps commandant, were in agreement for this progression that would reflect societal norms onto the military community. This follows Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's historic decision last December to open all jobs in the military to women.

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The Trumpless debate

Republican presidential candidates (L-R) New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Senator Marco Rubio, R-Florida., former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, talk after the Republican presidential primary debate, Des Moines, Iowa, January 28, 2016 (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)Fox News hosted the final Republican debate before the Iowa caucus on Thursday night with an interesting shift from the previous debates in that frontrunner Donald Trump chose not to participate. He cited an ongoing feud with Fox News' Megyn Kelly, one of the event's moderators, as the reason he would not participate. Apparently, he told Fox to replace her as a moderator and they refused. The feud largely began after Trump took offense to Kelly's question regarding whether or not he had the temperament to be president in the first debate, later implying that she asked the question because it was her time of the month (though he has since denied that that was his intention).

Many questioned whether or not the debate would suffer in the ratings as Trump not only refused to participate but held his own event at the same time. While Fox News' ratings did likely suffer somewhat, the dip was not as great as many feared (or as Trump predicted). The candidates that did attend took a few shots at the absent frontrunner but largely kept the debate's focus on their own policies and credentials. And, as CNN's Eric Bradner notes, while the event did lack some of the "personality" of previous debates, its substance was largely the same.

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Clinton vs Sanders…and that other guy

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a CNN town hall at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)CNN hosted a town hall meeting with the three democratic presidential candidates on Monday night in what was the last chance for each to reach out to the voters in Iowa before the state's caucus kicks off the election season on February 1. The town hall format was an interesting shift from the debates that have largely defined the race so far. Each potential nominee took a turn on the stage with moderator Chris Cuomo fielding questions from the audience while the other two remained back stage. CNN selected the questions prior to the meeting but did not share them with the candidates, meaning that they did not have time to work on their answers before going on stage (though they had likely spent countless hours preparing for what might be asked).

Senator Sanders was the first to take the stage and was relatively candid about his policies and the differences between his campaign and that of Hillary Clinton. While his statements regarding the latter's political history were not as pointed or combative as commonly seen in the Republican debates thus far, he was also very clear on the reasons why he believes himself to be better equipped to serve as the next President.

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