GOP presidential contender Representative Michele Bachmann (left) has been called upon to explain her separation from Salem Lutheran Church in Stillwater, Minnesota, last month. Her decision to separate from the church came shortly before announcing her White House bid and has been the subject of some media curiosity.

 

At last Friday�s press conference, President Obama reviewed the status of talks with Republicans over the debt ceiling and reiterated his determination to �get our fiscal house in order.� He added:

"We have a unique opportunity to do something big. We have a chance to stabilize America�s finances for a decade, for 15 years, or 20 years, if we�re willing to seize the moment."

As New York prepares to usher in legalized homosexual marriage, a new twist has developed over whether town clerks in New York State will be required to facilitate same-sex couples coming to them for licenses and ceremonies. As reported by The New American, Laura Fotusky, clerk in the central New York town of Barker, submitted her resignation on July 11, explaining that her Christian beliefs would prevent her from issuing marriage licenses to homosexual couples.

A Nevada man is suing the Department of Motor Vehicles after it denied his request for vanity license plates reading "GOPALIN," alleging that the plates violate the standard against "vulgarity." James Linlor, who requested the plates, is bringing the case for what he asserts to be political bias at the DMV.

Requests for vanity plates are measured against a standard that indicates those plates cannot include a message that may be deemed to be “contempt, ridicule, or superiority of … political affiliation.” According to the Nevada DMV, “GOPALIN” is “vulgar” and “inappropriate.”

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), one of the largest labor unions in the country, is reported to have released a 70-page manual, the "Contract Campaign Manual" on "Pressuring the Employer," which encourages union members to use coercion and scare tactics to intimidate managers and corporate authority figures in the private sector.