Mark Halperin’s three things to watch for in politics for Monday, June 8.
1. Watch to see how President Obama deals with the economy. At 11:45 am ET, he’s announcing plans to ratchet up stimulus spending this summer to create 600,000 jobs, among other objectives aimed at getting the economy back on track even faster than originally planned. Watch to see what he says today and throughout the week about where the economy is right now and where he sees it going.
2. Watch to see if the president takes command of the health care reform debate. There’s been lots of reporting in recent days that Obama knows he needs to lead the discussions and negotiations happening on the Hill, so watch to see what steps he and his team take today to drive the health care issue today and in the days ahead.
3. Watch for the administration’s response to North Korea’s sentencing of the two American journalists arrested for entering the country earlier this year. Euna Lee and Laura Ling were both sentenced to 12 years in a labor camp this morning, setting off more questions of how the White House and Foggy Bottom will continue to deal with the situation. The administration has tried to handle the issue at low levels to prevent the kind of media exposure Pyongyang would consider beneficial, but watch to see if the journalists’ convictions force the administration to step up its public demands that the women be released.