Mark Halperin’s three things to watch for in politics for Wednesday, June 17.
1. Watch as the White House continues to work to push its health care plan through Congress. Democrats are juggling several big issues that need to be dealt with to reach a final bill, including how to fund whatever program they settle on and whether there will be a public option. They’re also working to figure out how to get some Republican votes in the Senate and how to get support from the influential health care and insurance lobbies. The administration is in the midst of a very complicated push and the question is when the whole process will come to a head. Watch for developments today that might suggest the administration is making some progress in its efforts.
2. Watch to see how the administration deals with the evolving situation in Iran. President Obama and his team have been getting high marks so far for how they’ve handled talking about the election results and recount. Watch to see if they continue to speak about Iran in similar terms or if, as the situation changes, the rhetoric does too.
3. Watch for reaction to the president’s signing of a memo that extends benefits to the same-sex partners of federal employees. Watch to see how much criticism that announcement gets and whether it leads to more calls from the left for Obama to take up more gay rights issues.