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"This madness has to calm down"

On the Hill today, staffers remained shaken and somber ahead of tonight's Congressional Baseball Game for Charity, at Nats Park — first pitch at 7:05 p.m.

  • Axios' Amy Harder emails that a House Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency budget seemed a bit more polite than in the past.
  • And Axios' Caitlin Owens tells me from the Hill: "Senate had a bipartisan lunch... Members were sitting with a mix of Rs and Ds at tables... But Republicans are still writing their health care plan without Democrats, and sticking to the 'Obamacare is failing' talking points."
  • That's one of several signs the unity can't last. One top Democratic operative emailed: "This madness has to calm down, but I fear this isn't going to be the incident that calms everyone."

One other mood check ... Axios' Jonathan Swan will be posting on this: "White House surrogates are starting to get pretty aggressive re branding Mueller as not on the level and his team as partisan Democrats with malicious intent."

The president tweeted this morning: "They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story. Nice ... You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!"

And just before we hit send on PM: "Why is that Hillary Clintons family and Dems dealings with Russia are not looked at, but my non-dealings are? ... Crooked H destroyed phones w/ hammer, 'bleached' emails, & had husband meet w/AG days before she was cleared- & they talk about obstruction?"

What you missed
  1. Scalise's status: The congressmen underwent a third surgery today, and remains in critical condition. Why his injury may be so bad.
  2. New Trump backlash: Hill Republicans aren't thrilled at POTUS for calling the health bill he personally lobbied to pass "mean." Juicy quotes.
  3. Latest lawsuit against Uber: A woman raped by an Uber driver in India in 2014 has filed suit against the company for invasion of privacy and defamation. The background.
  4. Senate health bill study: As many as 27 million Americans could face annual limits on their coverage, and 20 million could be hit with lifetime limits. Chart.
  5. Slack's new suitor: Amazon has reportedly put out a big offer to buy the popular messaging service. Details.
1 fun thing

The Children's Word of the Year goes to... Trump