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The Day Ahead: Friday, July 1

By on 7.1.11 | 8:38AM

President Obama will take off for Camp David, despite calling out Congress for not working on the debt ceiling earlier (Politico)

Ron Johnson makes good on his promise to slow down action in the Senate by stalling a Libya vote (Politico)

The Senate will stay in session throughout the holiday (New York Times)

Rep. Thaddeus McCotter will launch a campaign for the presidency tomorrow (USA Today)

Leon Panetta will be sworn in as the secretary of defense (AFP)

The Minnesota government shuts down over disagreements about closing fiscal gap (NPR)

NRSC hit video on Obama:

On the main site:

Our First Salutary Tax Revolt, by Roger Kaplan: All that was needed was cultural tradition that made any thing less than self-government feel like oppression and tyranny.

FDA Decision Dooms Cancer Patients, by Robert M. Goldberg: Two senior Public Citizen operatives now set policy for the FDA.

Jerry Brown's Phony Budget, Broken Promises, by Peter Foy: A lesson in how an aging pol soils his image for good.

Deaths in the Family, by Ben Stein: Can any drug, any food compare with the feel of a trusting big old dog against your stomach?

Vlad and Dimi Play Nice, by George H. Wittman: The two top Russian candidates have a big problem: they actually like each other.

50 Years of To Kill a Mockingbird, by Mark Tooley: The novel, the movie, and now a documentary about its reclusive author.

Declaration of Independents, by Jay D. Homnick: Success is the one thing that won't spoil Republicans.

Purgatory's Appeal, by Patrick O'Hannigan: A letter about Tom Bethell's "The Decline of Faith."

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