3. The co-hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, defended themselves against President Trump’s Twitter attack the day before.
Ms. Brzezinski said the tweets betrayed “a fragile, childlike ego.” The two hosts added a level of intrigue by asserting White House aides said they could prevent The National Enquirer from running a negative story about them if they apologized for criticizing the president. Mr. Trump denied the account.
On the late-night shows, Stephen Colbert said that, to his surprise, he was shocked by Mr. Trump’s tweets.
4. A doctor opened fire on his former colleagues at a Bronx hospital, killing one and injuring six before killing himself.
The gunman was identified as Henry Bello. He’s listed on the hospital’s website as a doctor practicing family medicine.
The fire department said that while the hospital was on lockdown, people inside the building treated one of the wounded using a fire emergency hose as a tourniquet. Check back for updates on this developing story.
5. Germany’s Parliament voted to allow same-sex marriage.
Some conservatives, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, had argued that the Constitution protected only heterosexual marriage. The measure still requires the approval of the upper house of Parliament and the president, and could take effect in the fall. Above, celebrating in Berlin.
Advocates said the German decision could build momentum for similar legislation in Austria and Switzerland.
6. In Chicago, a new task force will tackle gun-related crimes. More than 760 people were shot and killed there last year, the most of any American city.
The coalition will bring together federal agents, prosecutors and city and state police. The announcement came hours after President Trump tweeted about the crime rate there, writing that “I am sending in Federal help.”
But officials say the police force is still waiting for resources the city requested from the federal government. Above, a grandmother learned that her two grandsons were fatally shot on the city’s South Side earlier this year.
7. Jay-Z released “4:44,” his first album in four years, exclusively on Tidal, the streaming service he owns.
It’s intensely personal and addresses many of the same themes as his wife Beyoncé’s “Lemonade.” The album weaves “confessional and autobiographical songwriting with big-picture perspectives on black life in the U.S.,” our pop music reporter writes.
8. Hold on tight: We’re taking you on a whirlwind video tour of the Metropolitan Opera House just before showtime.
We filmed backstage for two straight hours, and there was a lot going on. Highlights included Misty Copeland, Toscanini’s head, wigs and a snow yak.
9. Wimbledon is set to begin on Monday.
Serena Williams, the defending women’s tennis champion, is pregnant with her first child and will not play. Andy Murray, the defending men’s champion, is in a midyear slump. That means new contenders could emerge, and we’ve ranked the top players to watch, including Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia, above.
10. Finally, a small town in Southern Illinois is gearing up for the “Total Eclipse of the Heartland.”
On the afternoon of Aug. 21, the Great American Eclipse will whisk across the contiguous U.S. for the first time since 1918. The moon will block the sun, plunging everything into darkness. The temperature will dip, birds will go quiet and a white halo will emerge in the sky.
The area around Carbondale, Ill., is said to be the best place to see it. It’s near what NASA calls “the point of greatest duration,” where the eclipse will last for a whole 2 minutes 38 seconds.
If you can’t make it to Carbondale, you have another chance: By cosmic serendipity, it’s also a perfect place to view America’s next total solar eclipse, in 2024.
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