2020 Democrats' 'selfie strategies' and a Tony winner makes history: The Morning Rundown

And a Texas border town still feels the stress of Trump's tariff threat against Mexico, despite deal.
Image: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., takes a selfie with a supporter in Iowa on Jan. 4, 2019.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren has already spent more than 90 hours taking pictures with supporters on the 2020 campaign trail. She's not alone. Daniel Acker / Bloomberg via Getty Images file

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By Petra Cahill

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From the 2020 Democratic candidates' "selfie strategies" to an actress making history at the Tony Awards, here's what we're watching today.


'Without Mexico ... Laredo is a ghost town'

Until Friday night, it looked like President Donald Trump would punish Mexico — and thus Laredo, Texas — with tariffs on all goods that come north across the border. That imminent threat was lifted when Trump said he had reached a deal with Mexico to stem immigration.

But many in Laredo worry the Trump administration’s ongoing trade fights could jeopardize the small border city's long-term prosperity.

"If you kneecap us with trade, you take the only leg we have to stand on. If we lose that, what do we have?" said James Gonzalez, the owner of an auto parts business in Laredo that has storefronts along the border.

Meantime, the Trump administration defended its deal with Mexico despite reports saying that little in it is new.

James Gonzalez, left, owner of Toro Auto Sales, does a deal with Hector Medina. The recent tariff threats have put local business owners in Laredo, Texas, on edge. Matthew Busch / For NBC News

'Selfie strategy': Candidates have a reason for taking more fan photos than ever

If a voter meets a presidential candidate and no one is around to Instagram it, did it really happen?

With smartphones more ubiquitous than ever, candidates have had to adapt and find opportunities to satisfy the constant unquenchable demand for selfies.

Democratic candidates for president take selfies with supporters.Chelsea Stahl / NBC News; Getty Images

Congress this week: What to watch

From voting on a resolution to enforce subpoenas against Attorney General William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn, to calling former Watergate whistle-blower John Dean to testify before the House Judiciary Committee, here are some of the House Democrats moves to watch this week.


Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz shot in ambush attack

Ortiz was at a bar when he was shot in the back at nearly point-blank range Sunday night in his native Dominican Republic, authorities said.

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The 43-year-old who helped lead Boston to three World Series titles, underwent surgery and is in stable condition, according to police.

Ortiz's father, Leo, said his son was out of danger and there was no damage to major organs.

"Big Papi will be around for a long time," Leo Ortiz said.

David Ortiz hit 541 homers in 20 major league seasons, including 14 years with the Red Sox. He retired from baseball after the 2016 season. Maddie Meyer / Getty Images, file

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Quote of the day

"With everything we’re doing, at what point do we jab them enough that Mexico just gives us the middle finger?"

Ruben Norton, a store owner in Laredo, Texas.


One inspiring thing

"Hadestown," a folk opera about a young couple's dark trek to the underworld, topped Broadway's Tony Awards on Sunday winning eight honors, including the top prize best musical.

"The Ferryman," British playwright Jez Butterworth's wrenching examination of a family during the sectarian violence in Northern Ireland in the 1980s, won best play and best director for Sam Mendes.

But actress Ali Stroker stole the show on Broadway's big night and made history by becoming the first actor in a wheelchair to win a Tony, for her role in "Oklahoma!"

“This award is for every kid who is watching tonight who has a disability, who has a limitation or a challenge, who has been waiting to see themselves represented in this arena,” she said in her acceptance speech. “You are.”

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