Trump doubles down, Beto O'Rourke's reveal and a historic Wimbledon win: The Morning Rundown

After soaking the Gulf Coast, Tropical Depression Barry is heading inland.
Image: A couple stroll down Lakeshore Drive along the shore of Lake Pontchartrain after it was flooded in the wake of Hurricane Barry on July 13, 2019 in Mandeville, Louisiana.
A couple stroll down Lakeshore Drive, along the shore of Lake Pontchartrain, after it was flooded in the wake of Hurricane Barry in Mandeville, Louisiana.Scott Olson / Getty Images

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By Petra Cahill

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President Donald Trump taunted Democratic congresswomen in a series of racially-charged tweets, presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke revealed his own family's slave owning history, and two tennis greats battled for victory in a historic Wimbledon final.


Trump takes aim at lawmakers in racially-tinged tweets

Trump on Sunday said progressive congresswomen should "go back" and try to fix the "crime infested places" they "originally came from" before telling the U.S. government how to handle its problems. Then, after his comments were denounced as racist, he doubled down.

Although he did not mention anyone by name in his tweets, the president appeared to be referring to a group of progressive congresswomen, none of whom are white, who have generated headlines and whose influence was recently downplayed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. That group includes Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.

Three out of four of the women were born in the U.S. Omar, a Somali refugee, moved to the United States when she was 12 and is a naturalized U.S. citizen.

The president's tweets were widely condemned by freshman lawmakers, as well as other congressional Democrats.

Inside the Democratic Party, Pelosi has taught Ocasio-Cortez a painful lesson about American politics: Power is about numbers. Pelosi has them and Ocasio-Cortez does not, NBC News' Jonathan Allen writes in a news analysis.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) during a House Oversight Committee hearing in February. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

'Life-threatening' floods, tornadoes still possible as Barry drenches Gulf Coast

Tropical Depression Barry soaked the Gulf Coast Sunday. It spared New Orleans but still packed enough force to swamp the region.

As Barry crawls north, the National Hurricane Center predicted life-threatening flash and river flooding in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, southeast Missouri and western Tennessee.

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As more states restrict abortion, others put out the welcome mat

Some states and cities have a message for women seeking abortions who live in places where it is becoming increasingly restricted: We're here for you.

New York City and Illinois — spurred by a slew of states that have passed laws recently to limit or ban abortion — are taking action to provide women from out of state with financial and other assistance for easier access to abortions.

"We want it to be clear that Illinois is a beacon for women's reproductive rights," Democratic state Sen. Melinda Bush told NBC News.


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Your risk of Alzheimer's plummets if you do four of these five things

There's no cure for Alzheimer's disease but it may be possible to hold off dementia — even in people who have a genetic risk — if you follow four out of five lifestyle behaviors, according to new research.

The five behaviors in the study are:

  • Not smoking
  • Exercising at a moderate to vigorous level for at least 150 minutes a week
  • Consuming a brain supporting diet
  • Light-to-moderate alcohol consumption
  • Engaging in late-life cognitive activities

"The game is not over because they have increased risk," said Dr. Ronald Petersen, director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.


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THINK about it

Trump makes the case for editorial cartoonists pretty much every day. Are we ready to let such an important journalistic tradition to die out, Michael de Adder, who says he was fired because of a cartoon satirizing the president, asks in an opinion piece.


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The Apollo 11 moon landing changed history — and it all started with one ambitious idea.

Everyone has a goal to change the world, big or small. What's your moonshot?

Crowd watch as the Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took those historic first footsteps on the moon. Yves LE ROUX / Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images file

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One fun thing

For nearly five tight, tense and terrific hours, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer traded the lead, playing on and on and on until an unprecedented fifth-set tiebreaker was required to settle their memorable Wimbledon final.

In the end, it was Djokovic who emerged victorious, coming back to beat Federer 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 13-12 (3).

“Unfortunately in these kinds of matches, one of the players has to lose,” Djokovic said. “It’s quite unreal.”

Federer was graceful in defeat.

“It was a great match. It was long. It had everything. I had my chances," Federer said during the trophy ceremony. "But Novak, it’s great. Congratulations, man. That was crazy. Well done."

Serbia's Novak Djokovic kisses the winner's trophy after beating Switzerland's Roger Federer during Wimbledon's men's singles final on Sunday. Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP - Getty Images

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