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“I don’t like political jokes. I’ve seen too many elected.”

- Bumper sticker spotted in Harrisburg, Pa.


The Big Man Upstairs has friends in Congress. Sixty-seven lawmakers, in fact, are urging the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the constitutionality of the National Day of Prayer, and quash a federal district court in Wisconsin that ruled the event “violated the Establishment Clause.”

Republican Sens. Sam Brownback of Kansas, James M. Inhofe of Oklahoma, Mike Johanns of Nebraska and Roger Wicker of Mississippi are among those represented by an amicus brief filed by the American Center for Law and Justice, which asserts that the day has a “historic pedigree.” Republican Reps. J.Randy Forbes of Virginia, Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota, Roscoe G. Bartlett of Marylandand Steve King of Iowa are among the many on the House side.

“This is a case where the law and history are very clear in recognizing the fact that a day set aside to pray for our country is not only a time-honored tradition, but one that is consistent with the First Amendment,” said their chief counsel Jay Sekulow. “Many members of Congress understand that the National Day of Prayer is a constitutional reflection of our history - our heritage. This tradition is supported by Supreme Court precedent and numerous acts of Congress. The 7th Circuit has an important opportunity to correct this badly flawed lower court decision.”


c 15 percent of U.S. voters say President Obama is doing an “excellent” job handling economic issues.

c 21 percent rate his job performance on that issue as “good,” 13 percent say it is “fair.”

c 50 percent give Mr. Obama a “poor” review on the economy.

c 83 percent of Republicans and 56 percent of unaffiliated voters give him a “poor” review.

c 69 percent of Democrats say he is doing a “good” or “excellent” job.

Source: A Rasmussen Reports survey of 1,000 likely voters conducted July 6 and 7.

c Friendly reminders, rants and rejoinders to jharper@washington