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from Tales from the Trail:

Santorum staffer questions whether God wants women presidents

A staffer in Rick Santorum's presidential campaign is under fire for an email suggesting a female commander-in-chief could be at odds with the Bible's teachings.

The Des Moines Register last week reported that Santorum's Iowa coalitions director, Jamie Johnson, sent an email over the summer asking, ‘Is it God’s highest desire, that is, his biblically expressed will … to have a woman rule the institutions of the family, the church, and the state?"

Michele Bachmann, a social conservative who campaigned heavily in Iowa, competed with Santorum over the conservative evangelical vote in the Iowa caucuses. She dropped out of the race after a dismal finish in the Iowa race.

This weekend Peter Waldron, Bachmann's faith outreach coordinator, said the email was proof that Santorum had engaged in a "sexist strategy" to sabotage Bachmann. He demanded an apology from Santorum and called for Johnson's firing.

The recent spat brings the issue of sexism in conservative politics to the fore again. When Bachmann ended her campaign, political observers wondered whether conservative perceptions of women and Bachmann's own alignment with the Christian right and disavowal of feminism had been her undoing.

Actor Stephen Baldwin aims for cleaner content

Actor Stephen Baldwin won’t be taking any more profanity-laced roles like the foul-mouthed thug he played in the 1990s hit movie “The Usual Suspects.”

LEISURE MISSION IMPOSSIBLE

But the youngest member of the Hollywood acting clan, who became a born-again Christian a few years ago, has taken on some projects that he sees as more “family-oriented.”

I am doing stuff that is more family friendlyI have a couple of independent films coming out in a little bit,” he told Reuters on the sidelines of a summit of self-styled “values voters” in Washington which is an annual gathering of politically-motivated conservative Christian activists who are a key base for the U.S. Republican Party.