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The Day Ahead: Thursday, June 23

By on 6.23.11 | 9:00AM

The Senate will vote on amendments to S. 679, including one by Sen. Vitter that eliminates funding for the salaries of "czars" (The Hill)

President Obama will visit New York for a fundraiser hosted by gay donors, as the gay marriage fight comes to a close (AP)

The House will work on a patent reform bill (The Hill)

The Senate Intelligence Committee will hold confirmation hearings for Gen. David Petraeus nomination to be head of the CIA (New York Times)

President Obama's address from last night:

On the main site:

Withdrawal Toward What? by John Tabin: It won't produce the domestic surge the president needs above all else.

Victory and Defeat in Afghanistan, by George H. Wittman: The Taliban have to like their chances now.

The Presidential Race Made Easy, by R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.: At any other time, Obama would be challenged from within his party.

Feminist Foolery, by Christopher Orlet: How does labeling oneself a slut help one's cause?

The Rebirth of Nations, by Roger Scruton: Europeans are standing up for their national identities at the risk of being labeled "extremists" by the Eurocrats.

The Bear in the Woods, by Lisa Fabrizio: It's not the Russian bear we're talking about, but he's domestic and he's still out there.

Government Spends Too Much Because It Does Too Much, by Gary Johnson: Just about everyone says spending should be reduced -- but how can we tell if they're serious?

Past and Future Weiners, by Kelly M. Cohen: They'll continue to appear in various forms and with differing fates.

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