Jun 16, 2017

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen
Scalise was "at imminent risk of death”

As we head into Father's Day weekend, a sobering briefing just ended with Rep. Steve Scalise's lead surgeon, who said the congressional leader had "an imminent risk of death" when he was rushed in, and will be hospitalized "for a considerable period of time, presumably weeks."

  • "He was as critical as you can be when he came in," said Dr. Jack Sava, the trauma director at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.
  • Sava said there are "too many forks in the road" to say how long Scalise will be in, but that he'll need additional operations, with the next likely coming within 48 hours. Concerns now include infections, and other complications that come about from intensive care.
  • More quotes, and the family's statement.

Another big story this afternoon … President Trump served raw, red meat to his base as he appeared onstage in Miami with Vice President Pence and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to announce a rollback of President Obama's Cuba liberalization policy.

  • "The exiles and dissidents here today have witnessed communism destroy a nation just as communism has destroyed every single nation where it has ever been tried," Trump said, to applause. "But we will not be silenced in the face of communist oppression any longer."
  • Go deeper: What's changing in Trump's new Cuba policy
What you missed
  1. "I am being investigated": Trump laid it all out there on Twitter today, although anonymous sources claimed he wasn't confirming the news. The DOJ's warning on anonymous sources.
  2. Next in line: If Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein recuses himself from the Russia probe, or is fired by Trump, the next in line is Rachel Brand. Meet her.
  3. Amazon's biggest buy ever: Amazon has made a $13.7 billion offer for Whole Foods. Essential context.
  4. One phone thing: The next iPhone is expected to have major augmented reality features. Details.
  5. Speaking of Apple: The tech giant is expanding its footprint in the original content business. Quick update.
1 futuristic thing

Meet the Facebook chatbot that can bluff, negotiate, and lie.

Mike Allen