Stories by Justin Green

Democrats face own battles after Sarah Sanders' rejection from Red Hen

An illustration of a missile in a taco with sour cream on the top
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Put aside the policy fights for a moment: The debate over whether Trump administration officials deserve to peacefully eat a meal in public tells us a lot about Democratic politics in 2018.

Why it matters: Public shaming and incivility isn't just a nasty expression of outrage. It's targeted at making life difficult, and even serving as a deterrent, for public servants who carry out controversial agendas, writes Brian Beutler, the editor of The Pod Save America website.

Rudy's first Trump walk back

Rudy Giuliani walks it back
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Rudy Giuliani has walked back that Fox News interview after Trump made comments on the former mayor before heading to the NRA's annual meeting telling reporters, "he'll get his facts straight... There has been a lot of misinformation. I say, You know what? Learn before you speak. It's a lot easier."

Giuliani's statement, issued this afternoon: "There is no campaign violation. The payment was made to resolve a personal and false allegation in order to protect the President’s family. It would have been done in any event, whether he was a candidate or not."

Steve Scalise readmitted to intensive care

J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Rep. Steve Scalise, the Louisiana Republican who was critically shot on June 14, was originally moved out of the ICU on June 23. Now he's back in the ICU, according to a statement released by his office late Wednesday:

"Congressman Steve Scalise has been readmitted to the Intensive Care Unit at MedStar Washington Hospital Center due to new concerns for infection. His condition is listed as serious. We will provide another update tomorrow, July 6."