Mark Halperin’s Three Things

Mark Halperin’s three things to watch for in presidential politics for Thursday, July 17:

1) Al Gore will be out talking about the environment once again today. The former vice president plans to set a goal for the nation to produce every kilowatt of electricity through wind, sun and other Earth-friendly energy sources within 10 years. He’ll give a noon ET speech at the D.A.R. Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. today. Gore hopes the next president will embrace his proposal, saying both candidates are “way ahead” of most politicians in the fight against global climate change. Watch to see how big a splash Gore is able to make, and whether the two presidential candidates and the White House are inclined to react to what he says.

2) Take a look at Obama’s big fundraising haul—you can get the details on The Page. Obama raised a record-shattering $52 million in June, bringing the cash on hand for the Obama camp and the DNC to $72 million. He’s raised a lot of money during the summer; the average donation to his camp last month was $68. Keep an eye on the fallout there.

3) Pay attention to Barack Obama and his foreign trip, as details continue to come out slowly. This is a very big moment in the campaign. Take a look at TIME’s Karen Tumulty on Obama’s first trip outside the country and TIME’s Bobby Ghosh’s piece on how Obama could get an unfiltered picture of Iraqi reality. Details are key as the Senator makes plans to travel to Europe and the Middle East. Whether this trip is a paradigm-shifter in one way or the other, we shall see. Watch to see if more details come today.

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