Mark Halperin’s Three Things

Mark Halperin’s three things to watch for in presidential politics today, April 15, 2009:

1. Follow the political battle over taxes. President Obama is making remarks at the White House today about restoring fairness to the tax code.   Taxes are an issue, of course, that Republicans have historically done well on.   But watch the barometer of their political strength, and see how Republicans do in countering the president today in talking about this issue.

2.  Keep watching the political battle going on in the Minnesota senate race.  Democrats are clearly making a decision now, in the wake of the court ruling in favor of Al Franken, to step up the party’s calls for Norm Coleman to throw in the towel.  Again, watch to see if the Republicans can launch a counter-attack.  This is another story where the press seems to be on the side of the Democratic argument that Coleman should give up.  Watch to see if the Republicans can launch that counter attack in the public domain.

3.  Continue following the question surrounding the stress tests for the banks.  It’s being reported now that, contrary to previous reports, some of the information about those stress tests will be made public. Watch to see how that debate gets defined and just how much of that information gets put in the public domain for the populist watchdogs.

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