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A look at stories we’ll be following tomorrow from The Washington Post reporters and columnists who know the topics best.

JOBS REPORT/MARKETS JUMP: The Dow broke 17,000 Thursday for the first time following a solid June jobs report, reports Ylan Mui. The report reinforced other encouraging data released this week, writes Mui, suggesting the economy may finally be ready for liftoff.

HURRICANE ARTHUR: The Capital Weather Gang is closely following the season’s first hurricane as it nears the North Carolina coast. The storm has already forced some East Coast beaches and town to reschedule their fireworks displays and is expected to drop a significant amount of rain on the region.

ISRAEL/PALESTINE: Ruth Eglash reports that Israel has begun to mobilize troops around the Gaza Strip as tensions between Israelis and Palestinians “flared to their worst level in years”. Terrence McCoy writes about a chilling phone call made to police on June 12, now thought to be a call for help from one of the kidnapped Israeli teens shortly after he was taken. Here’s a breakdown of what’s happening in the region today.

IRAQ: As the conflict spreads to the southern part of the country, Maliki offered amnesty to Sunnis who have joined the insurgency- an effort to hold the country together, reports Loveday Morris.

FOURTH OF JULY: Ahead of the holiday weekend, Post TV looks at how much patriotic gear the U.S. imports from other countries. And before you start celebrating tomorrow, make sure you’re not 1 of 9 Americans who live in a state that bans consumer fireworks. In terms of patriotic sentiment, a new Pew poll reveals that only 28% of Americans thinks the U.S. “stands above all other countries”, a 10 point decline from three years ago. Post TV also notes that Independence Day is also Malia Obama’s 16th birthday and a driver’s license could be her future.