What was the purpose of using a two piece forestock to enclose the barrel as opposed to leaving the top of the barrel bare on early-mid 20th century rifles?
For shielding hands from heat. This was especially vital in hand-to-hand combat scenarios, where one might find themselves holding their rifle by the fore end and using it as a club.
We have not heard that he is leaving. He is currently (2013) broadcasting on the Fox Business Network, and there is no announcement on his website about leaving. He used to be on CNN for many years, but he left that network in 2009. He was doing some radio broadcasting, and then joined Fox in 2011. You may want to keep up to date with Mr. Dobbs by following his website. I enclose the link…
Dylan Ratigan was a business reporter, author, and pundit, who hosted a daily program on MSNBC. He decided to leave the network in mid-2012. Currently, he has his own website and podcast, writes, does some commentary, and is involved with several causes he believes in. I enclose a link to his website so that you can see what he has been doing since leaving MSNBC.