Mark Halperin’s Three Things

Mark Halperin’s three things to watch for in presidential politics for Thursday, January 29.

  1. Watch Washington’s partisan dynamics today now that President Obama’s stimulus bill has made it through the House. Votes were along party lines, with no Republicans voting for it and only 11 Democrats voting against it. Watch to see if the president can get Republicans in line with what he’s trying to do or if he gives concessions to the GOP that mean sacrificing some Democratic support going forward.
  2. Watch to see what Gov. Rod Blagojevich says today at his Illinois state Senate impeachment trial. After publicly denouncing and boycotting the trial, he asked on Wednesday to deliver his own closing argument today on the Senate floor. It will get a lot of attention, so watch to see what he says and how it’s all interpreted.
  3. Watch George Mitchell as he continues his trip in the Middle East. He’s set to meet with Palestinian President Abbas and Prime Minister Fayyad in the West Bank today but not with the leaders of Hamas, which controls Gaza. He has made few public statements while traveling and has no plans for a press conference, but watch for clues that he’s making progress in promoting peace in the region.
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