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thanks for joining us at 5:00. lester holt is next reporting from los angeles. >> bye, folks. tonight, stop whining. president obama blasts donald trump's unsubstantiated claims of a rigged election, accusing trump of trying to cast blame and discredit the vote even before election day. tonight, inside the strategies both sides are set to deploy on the eve of the final debate. nbc news exclusive. richard engel with the american commander ading the air war on the isis center of power in iraq. his warning to the west, victory there could unleash terror here. assassinated. shocking footage as a judge in the el chapo case is gunned down while jogging in broad daylight. and a killer new drug, taking young lives, twice as powerful as heroin and legally available on the web. a warning for parents as the feds make a
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push to ban it. "nightly news" begins right now. this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening, there are exactly three weeks to go until election day. and with donald trump continuing today to sew seeds of doubt about the integrity of the voting system, president obama jumped into the middle of things, advising trump to stop whining. trump's conspiracy theories and mantra about a rigged election have come to define much of the home stretch of the campaign, along hillary clinton's daily e-mail embarrassments. if there's a shake-up in the state of this bitter race coming, it could come tomorrow night when the two meet in las vegas for their final debate. that's where hallie jackson leads us off tonight. hallie? >> reporter: hi, lester. donald trump's aides say he spent part of his morning preparing for the final face-off. as we learned late tonight, he's expected to bring president obama's half brother
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as one of his guests here to vegas tomorrow, a signal everything is now on the table. donald trump tonight complaining of corruption -- >> voter fraud is all too common. >> reporter: to president obama, he's just complaining. >> i'd advise mr. trump to stop whining and go try to make his case to get votes. >> reporter: the president slamming trump for his rhetoric about a rigged system. >> i have never seen in my lifetime or in modern political history any presidential candidate trying to discredit the elections. >> reporter: even some republicans like marco rubio agree trump should stop stoking voter fraud fear in the face of overwhelming evidence our elections aren't rigged. >> they even want to try and rig the election at the polling booths where so many cities are corrupt, and you see that. >> reporter: trump, defiant and undaunted, two words that
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describe his final three weeks. trailing hillary clinton, he's now trying to shake up the race by showing he can shake up washington. proposing term limits for members of congress. he's running against the establishment, but still chased by his own controversies, like an accusation of sexual misconduct against him from a former "people" magazine writer. not verified by nbc news, and denied by trump, the magazine today publishing the accounts of five people who say the writer told them what happened at the time, and another who said she was with the writer when they encountered melania trump later in new york. >> it was not true. so how we could believe her? that never happened. to turn the tide, trump needs to rally his base to make sure they show up in three weeks. >> every time there's been open running room for donald trump, he doesn't advance the ball. tomorrow night's his last chance. >> reporter: in the audience as his guest tomorrow, the mother of shaun smith, who blames hillary clinton
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for her son's death in the benghazi attack. for trump, a focus on clinton's controversies instead of his own. hallie jackson, nbc news, las vegas. >> reporter: i'm andrea mitchell. tonight hillary clinton arriving in las vegas, site of tomorrow's final debate showdown, as the clinton team prepares for the home stretch. the strategy, in the debate, stick to issues, try to appear presidential, no matter what donald trump does. with trump trying to rattle clinton by bringing the mother of an american killed in benghazi to the debate. >> benghazi is something that there have been seven to eight congressional investigations on. it is a resolved matter. >> it's not resolved for the people who died, jen. >> we think it's a resolved issue in the voters' minds. >> reporter: also dealing with the torrent of stolen e-mails released by wikileaks. tonight, new messages, one from campaign chairman john podesta calling bernie sanders a dufus for criticizing an international climate change deal. another, three months before clinton nailed the nomination, podesta listing potential running mates in what he calls food groups, dividing
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them by race and gender. on the list, apple's tim cook, bill and melinda gates, sanders down at the bottom of the e-mail in a category all by himself. despite those e-mails, tonight team clinton sending sanders to arizona, going for a win in red states. michelle obama going there thursday. >> mr. trump is the least qualified, the least qualified candidate in the history of this country. >> reporter: and clinton getting more backup tonight, after an fbi agent said he felt pressured by the state department not to label one of clinton's e-mails classified, a charge denied by both the fbi and the state department. president obama weighing in. >> i think you've heard directly from both the fbi and the state department that the accounts that have been put out there are just not true. >> reporter: clinton aides tonight just laughing off donald trump's recent charge that she is doping for the debate.
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her schedule after tomorrow night's debate, nonstop travel to the battleground states, ohio, pennsylvania, north carolina, new hampshire, and florida, all in the next week. lester? >> andrea mitchell tonight, thanks. and for more now on where the election stands and what we should be looking for heading into tomorrow's final debate, i'm joined by our political director and moderator of "meet the press," chuck todd. chuck, when you look at the polls over these many months, the margins have changed here and there, but opinions of these two candidates haven't changed that much. we're into the final three weeks, the big debate tomorrow, what could happen that might change things? >> to me, that's the most important question. here we've had ten straight months of polling and campaigning by these two, and the negative feelings at the start of this year that the public had for both of them are still there. they feel more negative about him than her. so the question is, is there anything in the next three weeks? obviously, if you're trump, you need to make this debate work big time.
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i think the only thing that can change trajectory in this race is some unknown incident, some unknown issue that pops up. because at this point, i think everything feels like it's starting to settle -- set into concrete here. the only time we've seen anything move at all is when we heard the words of donald trump in that videotape. that's the type of issue that would have to pop up to actually change the direction of this campaign at this point. >> who has more riding on tomorrow? >> oh, it's donald trump by a mile. he has to have a great debate, almost a knockout performance in order to change the direction of this race. >> all right, chuck todd, thank you very much. we'll have full coverage and analysis of tomorrow's final presidential debate in las vegas, starting at 9:00 eastern, 6:00 pacific right here on nbc. turning now to iraq and the american-supported campaign to take back the city of mosul from isis. president obama said today what troops on the front lines have already discovered, it's going to be a
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difficult fight. so far commanders say the operation is going according to plan, but are warning about what isis may do overseas in retaliation. our chief foreign correspondent richard engel is in the region and spoke exclusively with the general leading the american effort. >> reporter: how's it going? >> it's going well. >> reporter: in his first interview since the offensive to push isis out of mosul began, major general gary volesky said his troops are providing air support and heavy artillery, but not leading this charge. >> the iraqis have the momentum, they know it, and they want to get there as quickly as they can. >> reporter: we followed iraqi troops to the front line, south of mosul to see for ourselves. we made our way to the newly liberated village of huud. she's happy, said a man, pushing his 80-year-old grandmother, she's happy to see the soldiers. but why were these people carrying white flags and leaving their village? because iraqi troops in their rush to get
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to mosul, have moved on, even though villagers say there's still isis fighters here. and what we saw next was a war planner's worst nightmare, entering this sunni village were shiite militias. in a country that's seen civil war between these two sects of islam, it's a dangerous mix. but what happens here could have international consequences as well. general volesky is concerned that in retaliation for losing mosul, isis could launch terror attacks on targets in the west. >> that's what we're worried about from my perspective, back at home is, when mosul falls, how are they going to try to deflect the attention? >> reporter: but for now the troops are focused on the task at hand. mosul is where the so-called islamic state or caliphate was born. and it's here that the general believes it will die. >> there's not going to be a caliphate. >> reporter: no mosul, no more caliphate?
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>> not in iraq, clearly. >> reporter: this battle is just beginning, and these are just the first of what aid agencies warn would be more than a million people driven from their homes. they suffered under isis, now they're paying the price for yet another fight for mosul. while u.s.-backed iraqi troops are advancing toward mosul, isis is saying that nothing is wrong. its propaganda today putting out images of people at work, eating kebab in the city, life as normal. lester? >> richard engel, thank you. back home, much of the eastern half of the country remains in the middle of a fall heat wave this evening. while new york was one degree short of a record new high for this date, highs for this date were set throughout the northeast and down to texas, with temperatures in the mid to upper 80s. more of the same is predicted for tomorrow when dozens of records could be shattered yet again.
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indian summer in full swing. now to the brutal and shocking execution caught on camera in mexico. a federal judge who reportedly played a role in drug king pin joaquin "el chapo" guzman's extradition process to the u.s. was shot in the back of the head while taking a jog. the broad daylight execution is sending shock waves through that country. we get the latest from nbc's miguel almaguer. >> reporter: the shocking surveillance video shows the judge jogging when a gunman runs up from behind, pulls a handgun, then the trigger. a point blank execution of vicente bermudez zacarias, a 37-year-old mexican judge was reportedly involved in the extradition process of drug king pin joaquin "el chapo" guzman, and other high profile cartel members. addressing the nation, mexico's president promised a full investigation. el chapo is behind bars in federal prison, but experts say he still has connections to order brutal hits. last month, mexico's army says el chapo's sons were behind an
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ambush that left five soldiers dead. el chapo's lawyer says the widely feared drug lord who escaped from prison twice using tunnels like this one, was not involved in the murder. the judge also presided over other cartel cases and had not requested personal security. >> mexican drug trafficking organizations have a strategy to corrupt high level government officials, take my silver or take my lead, and it's been very effective. >> reporter: with el chapo facing extradition to the u.s. next year, the investigation into this brutal hit is just beginning. a crime designed to send fear through a nation doing exactly that tonight. miguel almaguer, nbc news. there is news tonight for millions who depend on social security. don't expect a big raise coming next year. retirees will get a .3% increase in monthly benefits, that
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adds up to about $4 a month for the average recipient. the average monthly social security payment now $1,238. the cost of living adjustment will be small because inflation is low and that's due in part to low gasoline prices. still ahead tonight, a warning for parents, an alarming rise in overdoses and deaths from a new drug more powerful than heroin being purchased by teenagers legally online. also, he has a way with words, this is why the nobel committee awarded him the literature prize. but so far he hasn't said one word about that.
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across the country, paramedics are seeing a rise in overdose deaths from powerful drugs legally bought online and shipped to teenagers in the mail. the drugs are synthetic opioids, stronger than heroin, and chemically designed to get around laws in the united states. one of those drugs is called pink and it has a small town in utah under siege. let's get more on the story now from gadi schwartz. >> reporter: in park city, utah, pain and disbelief. >> i feel lucky that our last words were "i love you." >> reporter: they were only 13, two best friends in middle school dead, reasons still under investigation. but police suspect a new drug more than twice as powerful as heroin that you can legally buy online. >> our students that have been involved, we know that they were shipping packages to
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friends' house. >> reporter: in park city schools, students were calling it pink and secretly talking about it over snapchat. >> we looked at computers, social media, and started to see a trend. the term "pink" kept popping up. >> reporter: now worried parents are warning their children about the drug, a synthetic opioid. >> look, there's pages and pages of places you can buy this. >> reporter: melissa davidson's daughter jane said pink and the deaths of the two boys are all her classmates can talk about. pink is one of a growing number of unregulated chemical compounds being shipped to the u.s. from abroad. so far, eight killed in florida this year, over 50 deaths nationwide, while only four states have made it illegal. the dea now pushing for new laws to ban the chemical compound, while the most effective protection may start with conversations between parents and their children before it's too late. >> you know, i just worry about you. >> i can't imagine the kids i'm in math class with just -- just like
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not being there one day. >> one bad decision can have permanent, life-altering consequences. >> yeah. >> reporter: for now, this mother hopes her love can overcome a drug's deadly pull. gadi schwartz, nbc news, park city, utah. and up next here tonight, this year's nominees to the rock and roll hall of fame.
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when it was announced last week that american music legend bob dylan had won the nobel prize in literature, the news spread around the world and just about everyone had something to say about it. but dylan himself, a man of memorable words, has chosen to remain silent. we get the story from nbc's keir simmons. ♪ >> reporter: awarded the world's highest literary honor, tonight it's unclear whether bob dylan is going to december's nobel ceremony in
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sweden. the voice of a generation saying nothing about the accolade. >> i think him not responding to the nobel committee, it's really in the spirit of his creative life. >> i've never been that kind of performer that wants to be one of them, one of the crowd. >> reporter: after the nobel committee received no more than a friendly acknowledgement from a dylan collaborator, officials say they've given up trying to track him down. he's not hard to find, on a u.s. tour tonight in new mexico. >> reporter: back in 2001, he did accept a golden globe for best original song. his speech was 16 seconds. >> this is quite something really. thanks, curtis. thanks, hollywood foreign press and thank my band, the record company and everybody in my family, and that's about it, really. >> reporter: tonight, those who questioned honoring a musician with a nobel say if he's not going to show up, he shouldn't get it. but his fans just see dylan being dylan.
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>> he does it for him. he plays and he sings and he does it for him. ♪ the times they are a changing ♪ >> reporter: keir simmons, nbc news, london. and while none of them are lucky enough to be nobel prize winners, a new group of big musical names will soon be in exclusive company. the nominees for this year's rock and roll hall of fame class includes pearl jam, janet jackson, journey, tupac, chaka chan and joan baez. others acts up for consideration include depeche mode, jane's addiction, the cars, and more. the inductees will be announced in december. when we come back, inspiring america. we'll show you what happened when a college turned its losing football team into a winning farm team. for her life as police searcfor.
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the big leagues. steve patterson's has tonight's inspiring america report. >> reporter: it's said in texas, the state religion is football. but at paul quinn college in dallas, the team was so bad they didn't have a prayer. >> we couldn't afford football. >> reporter: so when the school brought in a new president, he shocked the lone star state, by getting rid of the game, and replacing it with a farm. >> turns out it wasn't very popular with the football players. >> i've got basil, swiss chard -- >> reporter: the farm manager james hunter, helps students grow while learning to tend a crop, all in exchange for cash and college credit. >> it's about teaching them accountability, about how to show up on time, ready to work. >> for the actual pea -- >> reporter: the yield, 30,000 pounds of organic produce. enough to feed the neighbors in one of the worst food deserts in dallas. >> there's no access to fresh produce within a mile radius. we serve as that hub for fresh produce for our neighborhood. >> reporter: once harvested, the produce
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is donated to dallas non-profits and sold to local restaurants. but by far, the biggest client is the home of the dallas cowboys, ending up in kitchens right here at at&t stadium. >> when did you guys pick this? >> we picked these yesterday afternoon. >> very nice. >> that's really, really cool. >> reporter: today the school that kicked football out is feeding football fans. >> we believe in it. this is something that was effortless and it makes a lot of sense, and it transcends into what we do with our partnership with them. >> reporter: this fall, the farm is flourishing and enrollment is up. >> to know that if you work hard, if you apply yourself, you can make a way out of no way. >> reporter: a winning season on the field, tilling instead of touchdowns. steve patterson, nbc news, dallas. that's gonna do it for us on a tuesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and goodnight. four students now injured. anri.
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