Mark Halperin’s three things to watch for in politics for Monday, June 22.
1. Watch the escalating situation in Iran and how the White House responds to it. Protests heated up over the weekend, as did the pressure for President Obama to speak out more forcefully on what is happening there. Watch if the president shifts to using bolder language to discuss Iran today and throughout the rest of the week.
2. Watch as the White House continues its big push on health care reform. Now is the time for the administration to drum up congressional and public support focused on a bill the president can sign into law. Watch to see how the White House starts off the week on that big issue and how the Hill and the country respond.
3. Watch to see what third issue emerges this week. Iran and health care will definitely be very big this week, but watch to see if some other issue — perhaps the economy — will become the focus of the press, the White House and the public today and for the remainder of the week.