Mark Halperin’s three things to watch in presidential politics for Thursday, January 22.
1. Watch the Caroline Kennedy saga. She announced last night that she’s taken herself out of contention for the New York Senate seat just vacated by Hillary Clinton. Look for more details on why she decided to drop out so close to the time Gov. Paterson is expected to announce his choice to take the coveted role.
2. Watch the second full day of the Obama administration. Throughout the day, keep an eye out for news on the new president’s public and behind-the-scenes activities. He’s scheduled to sign executive orders at 11:30 am ET, leading into Robert Gibbs’ first press conference as press secretary. In the afternoon, Obama’s heading to the State Department to meet with the secretary of state and other members of his national security team. Afterwards, he and Clinton are expected to address State employees, so watch to see what they both say there.
3. Watch the Republicans on Capitol Hill. House GOP leaders will meet with Obama to discuss the economy next week, but not much else is known about how Republicans will work with President Obama. Will they cooperate with the popular new leader — as Sen. McCain suggested on the Senate floor yesterday — or be vocal minority opposition?