Mark Halperin’s Three Things

Mark Halperin’s three things to watch for in presidential politics for Monday, December 1.

1. Watch Barack Obama’s big press conference to unveil his national security team. In addition to announcing Hillary Clinton as his pick for secretary of state, Obama is expected to introduce James Jones as national security adviser, Janet Napolitano as homeland security secretary, Eric Holder as attorney general and Susan Rice as U.N. ambassador. Robert Gates will stay in his job as defense secretary. Watch to see what kind of message and tone Obama tries to strike in introducing and talking about his priorities.

2. Watch the focus on the individuals. Sen. Clinton has gotten a lot of attention in recent weeks as the potential secretary of state, attention that will continue well beyond today’s announcement. Watch to see if any of Obama’s other picks draw particular scrutiny for any reason.

3. Watch the real-world economy. There’s a lot more information coming out about the economy these days, and Wall Street got the week off to a very rocky start. Watch to see if President Bush or President-elect Obama mention anything about the economy today.

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