Mark Halperin’s Three Things

Mark Halperin’s three things to watch for in politics for Tuesday, June 16.

1. Watch to see how the Obama administration deals with Iran. The administration must at once keep an eye on the fallout from last week’s presidential election there and on Iran’s threats to the security of the Middle East, the United States and the rest of the world. Watch for new developments coming from the administration and from Iran today and for the foreseeable future.

2. Watch the health care debate. The administration is making a big push to try to deal with some of the larger issues in the debate — particularly a funding mechanism and a public option — and just to create a general sense of urgency for reform and the passage of a bill. Watch to see if the White House can keep momentum going after yesterday’s big speech to the American Medical Association. Also watch for major progress or compromises on the Hill.

3. Watch to see if a few of the feuds swirling in the political world intensify or die down. In particular, watch Panetta versus Cheney and Palin versus Letterman. The Palin feud seems to have calmed with Letterman’s Monday night apology for his remarks about the Alaska governor’s daughters and Palin’s acceptance of that apology, but watch to see if it’s really dead. Also watch to see where the Panetta-Cheney feud — which emerged with a profile in this week’s New Yorker — heads today and in the coming days.

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