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Days of yore

Kudos to road trips today: It’s the 203rd anniversary of the nation’s first official highway. Work began March 29, 1806, on the Great National Pike, also called the Cumberland Road, initially funded with $30,000 from the nation’s treasury. The road stretched from Cumberland, Md., to Vandalia, Ill.

Happy birthday today to former senator and presidential hopeful Eugene McCarthy, born in Watkins, Minn., in 1916. It also marks the 48th anniversary of the 23rd Amendment, which gave D.C. residents the right to vote in presidential elections.

But on to peculiar political moments. Then-Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton told the world, “I didn’t inhale and I didn’t try it again,” in reference to his experiences with marijuana, on this day in 1992.

And why not run for a 12th term? The House rejected a constitutional amendment that would have limited terms to 12 years in the U.S. House and Senate on this day in 1995.

By the numbers

64 percent of Americans overall say religion is an important part of their daily life.

76 percent of Republicans and 57 percent of Democrats agree.

42 percent of Americans overall attend religious services at least once a week.

55 percent of Republicans and 34 percent of Democrats attend once a week.

Source: Gallup Poll of 428,516 adults conducted January 2008 to March 15, 2009.

Quotes of note

“TOTUS” (Teleprompter of the United States) — a name for President Obama, suggested by Rush Limbaugh.

“Do you guys still drink Tang up there?” — President Obama, to International Space Station Commander Michael Fincke.

“Homophobe.” — A description of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia by Rep. Barney Frank, Massachusetts Democrat, to

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