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Strategy Memo: To Your Health

Good Monday morning, Washington. After his usual briefings, President Obama today will sign into law the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. He'll also make an announcement about a deal with pharmaceutical companies to cut the cost of prescription drugs for seniors through Medicare. It's part of what will be an ongoing health care push this week at the White House, capped by Wednesday's prime-time town hall meeting on ABC Wednesday. Obama will also host a meeting with lawmakers on immigration later this week.

After passing its first appropriations bill last week, the House this week could take up the following bills: the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act; National Defense Authorization Act; and the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. The House, though, is not in session today.

The Senate is in session and will resume consideration of the Travel Promotion bill. The Senate Banking committee will examine over-the-counter derivatives, and the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee looks at the Affordable Health Choices Act.

**Check out all the Sunday show highlights you missed, including John McCain and other senators talking Iran, on the RealClearPolitics Video page.

**President Obama
*Iran: Obama continues to say he wants to avoid meddling in Iranian elections, even as Republicans criticize him for not doing enough to support protesters. Obama tells CBS in an interview: "The last thing that I want to do is to have the United States be a foil for those forces inside Iran who would love nothing better than to make this an argument about the United States."

*New York Times writes about the debate in Washington between supporters of President Bush and Obama, over who if either deserves credit for the protests in Iran. But, "both of those arguments gave the United States an outsize role at the epicenter of an unfolding story that most experts, and a great many Iranians who talked to pollsters, said was actually not about America at all."

*Obama also told CBS that the U.S. is prepared for a potential North Korean missile strike. "I don't want to speculate on hypotheticals," Obama said. "But I want ... to give assurances to the American people that the t's are crossed and the i's are dotted in terms of what might happen."

*Politico on the significance of the pharmaceutical deal struck with Sen. Max Baucus and the White House: "Obama and Baucus were relying on drug-makers to help finance the $1 trillion health care overhaul. The deal provides a lift to their efforts to regain momentum in the debate after a tough week in which congressional budget analysts returned eye-popping cost estimates on proposed bills, and even some Democrats dug in their heels against the high costs."

*Washington Post looks at how persistent unemployment "poses a significant political hurdle to President Obama and congressional Democrats, who are already under fire for what critics label profligate spending. Continuing high unemployment rates would undercut the fundamental argument behind much of that spending: the promise that it will create new jobs and improve the prospects of working Americans, which Obama has called the ultimate measure of a healthy economy."

*Politics Daily's Walter Shapiro interviews Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, with a meeting between Obama and congressional leaders on how to pass immigration reform coming up next week.

*If you missed Friday's Radio and TV Correspondents Dinner, you can check out the president's remarks here. JibJab also released a new video on the presidential super hero.

**Congress
*New York Times: "The annual appropriations process will be in full swing on the Senate and House floors this week, but it is the effort to overhaul the nation's health care system will dominate the agenda in Congress with the action largely focused in committee hearing rooms."

*The Hill: "House and Senate lawmakers this week will begin digging into the specifics of the Obama administration's plan to overhaul the financial system. House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) has laid out a packed schedule for June and July, with 14 hearings slated by July 30. The first is Wednesday, when Frank's committee considers enhanced consumer financial products regulation, a key part of President Obama's proposal."

*"The full political implications of President Obama's selection of Sonia Sotomayor won't be clear for some time. But if history is any indication, senators' questioning and votes in the forthcoming confirmation hearings could play a role in their re-election bids," National Journal's Amy Harder reports.

*Climate change in the House: "Critics of the Democrats' energy and climate change package lost another opportunity to tweak the bill when the deadline passed for committees to act on the controversial measure," Politico reports. "The bill's path through Congress is reminiscent of The Little Engine That Could, with a determined core of Democrats pushing the legislation forward despite significant opposition from many of their own colleagues."

More, from WSJ: "The fate of the leading proposal to curb U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions is in the hands of Rep. Collin Peterson, a Marlboro-smoking free spirit who scoffs at warnings about climate change and says the Environmental Protection Agency is "in bed with" corporations opposed to the ethanol industry."

*"Most of the $2.2 billion in economic stimulus money for Army Corps of Engineers construction projects will be spent in the home districts of members of Congress who oversee the corps' funding, a USA TODAY analysis found."

**Campaign Stuff
*Though his approval rating has dropped, most Nevada voters don't think Sen. John Ensign (R) needs to resign.

*Wilmington News Journal's Williams comes to the conclusion that Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) is running for the Senate next year, saying to expect a public announcement in the next month. "Castle is not yet talking, but there are a number of high-ranking Republican operatives who know Castle's moods and inclinations, and they say hands down that he's in."

*The AP looks at how Democrats in New Jersey and Virginia's gubernatorial elections "are trying to duplicate Obama's success using modern communications tools to mobilize supporters."

*Cillizza notes that Sen. Ted Kennedy appears in a Web video on behalf of Chris Dodd, passing the torch on health care. "Quality health care as a fundamental right for all Americans has been the cause of my life, and Chris Dodd has been my closest ally in this fight," says Kennedy speaking directly to the camera. "I believe with Chris Dodd's leadership our families will finally have accessible, affordable health care."

*Gov. Sarah Palin reportedly has accumulated $600,000 in legal bills because of repeated ethics complaints filed against her.

*Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-La.) released a statement Saturday on his potential Senate run: "Many Louisianians have encouraged me to run for U.S. Senate next year. I am discussing this opportunity with my wife and kids and will be making an announcement in the coming weeks."

*NY Sen: "By any measure, New York's new Democratic U.S. senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, got off to a rocky start ... But with a consistent, engaging style and help from powerful allies including President Barack Obama, Gillibrand has moved quickly to quiet her critics and box out potential challengers in her party," AP reports.

*IL Gov: State Sen. Matt Murphy will enter the race for the GOP nomination for governor of Illinois next year, Chicago Tribune reports. "I'm very serious," he said. Two other state senators have also shown interest.

--Mike Memoli and Kyle Trygstad