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The Day Ahead: Tuesday, June 21

By on 6.21.11 | 8:31AM

Former ambassador to China Jon Huntsman will formally announce that he's running for president (Washington Post)

The Senate is expected to confirm Leon Panetta's nomination for secretary of state.

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner will address businessmen at Washington CFO conference (Wall Street Journal)

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates will host the Japanese foreign and defense ministers at the state department (New York Times)

A number of young female freshmen of the Republican caucus will take to the House floor for a series of "I am a Republican woman" speeches (Politico)

Gay marriage bill in New York drags legislative session out as protests mount (Washington Post)

There will be critical owners' meetings in both the NFL (Washington Post) and NBA (CBS Sports) today as they try to avoid lockouts extending in to the seasons.

Rep. Paul Ryan takes on former Biden adviser Jared Bernstein:

On the main site:

Operation Fast and Spurious by W. James Antle, III: A failed gun-running sting operation by Obama's gang that couldn't shoot straight. But who authorized it?

Is Sarah Palin Bachmann's Goldwater? by Jeffrey Lord: The politics of going first -- from Al Smith to Goldwater. (Does the 'S' in MSNBC stand for sexist?)

A Comedian of Errors, by Aaron Goldstein: Is Jon Stewart America's most consistently misinformed talk show host?

Ganging Up on Justices Thomas, Scalia, and Alito, by Curt Levey: The left used to apply the politics of personal destruction to judicial nominees. Not anymore.

Economic Advice for Obama, by Ralph R. Reiland: He's going to have to be more like Ronald Reagan -- and find better friends than the Fortune 500 crowd.

Persuasively Enduring, by Joseph Shattan: Irving Kristol's intellectual self-confidence was astounding -- and justifiably so.

City of Life and Death, by James Bowman: This fictionalization of the murder of 300,000 in Nanking can only leave the viewer numb -- if not feeling superior.

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