"A new frantic phase"
Situational awareness from Jonathan Swan:
- Republican healthcare negotiations enter a new frantic phrase. Donald Trump is throwing around sweeping Norman Peale-style generalities — "we're going to have great healthcare" is a frequent refrain — and Mitch McConnell is digging into the piggy bank to buy off moderates.
- The Goldilocks equation being tested: can short-term money for moderates and long-term reforms for conservatives get the bill to a place where nobody will be happy, but enough will hold their noses and vote? That's the best-case scenario.
Top Trump quote: "Healthcare is working along very well...we're gonna have a big surprise. We have a great health care package. ... we're going to have a great, great surprise."
What you missed
- Today's Trump targets: Yesterday was CNN. Today, he turned his ire to the Washington Post and NYT. The tweets.
- Deal cut on Comey memos: Senate Intel Chairman Richard Burr says a deal has been struck to get the Comey memos. Details.
- Huge in the Heartland: ABC News has settled a $1.9 billion defamation suit from Beef Products Inc. for calling one of its products "pink slime." Why it matters.
- Germans strike back: Chancellor Angela Merkel ripped into the Trump administration's trade rhetoric in a little-noticed speech yesterday. Quick hits.
- New laptop inspections on flights: The Department of Homeland Security previewed the new rules today. What you need to know.
Bonus: Rep. Jason Chaffetz will start as a Fox News contributor on July 1. His last day in Congress is Friday.