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>> thank you. tonight, obamacare backtrack? breaking news from the president-elect's first big interview. what he's now saying after repeatedly promising to repeal and replace the law. all in the family. donald trump shakes up his transition team, boosting his children into prominent roles. and demoting chris christie. the inner circle coming into focus. amazon refunds. the company ordered to pay back customers tens of millions of dollars. we'll tell you why. are one of them? deprescribing meds. all those pills, all those side effects. more and more people are opting for something different. for some, surprising results. and legend lost. beloved singer/songwriter, poet and author leonard cohen is gone. tonight, the incredible legacy he leaves behind. "nightly news" begins right now.
good evening. in his first public interview since winning the election, donald trump is suggesting a willingness to compromise on one of his key campaign issues, his vow to repeal and replace obamacare. speaking with the "wall street journal," mr. trump tonight is raising the possibility of amending the existing health care act. the shift in tone apparently related to his sit down meeting with president obama in the oval office yesterday. nbc's tom costello has late details. >> reporter: it may have been the face-to-face meeting that ends up saving parts of obamacare. nbc news has confirmed a "wall street journal" report that during the meeting president obama asked mr. trump to reconsider one of his campaign promises. >> repealing and replacing the disaster known as obamacare. [ cheers ]
>> reporter: now a change. >> are you going to make sure that people with pre-conditions are -- >> yes because it happens to be one of the strongest assets. also with the children living with their parents for an extended period. we'll very much try to keep that. an obamacare requirement many republicans hate. >> challenge facing republicans is how to fulfill their promise of repealing the affordable care act but keeping provisions that people support and are in fact helping millions of people. >> reporter: 22 million people today depend on obamacare for health insurance. with not enough healthy young people signing up, insurers are pulling out, and premiums are set to rise 25% on average next year, though offset by increased subsidies. >> even more than that, the deductibles are quite high. the coverage of doctors and pharmacies has shrunk every time we've been on a new plan here. >> reporter: outside of kansas city today, music pastor robby
martini said he and his family can't afford obamacare or private insurance. >> whatever's going to happen can't be done fast enough for my family specifically. >> reporter: but even sarah hafacre who has complained about rising obamacare premiums says she needs the coverage. >> i'm a huge advocate for receiving health care and for it to be equal for everyone. >> reporter: the challenge facing mr. trump and the congress -- figuring out what a replacement plan would look like. >> that would mean fewer people covered and with less comprehensive insurance. >> reporter: for now, the uninsured should still sign up, obamacare may just have two years left on life support. hospitals like this one in maryland are very concerned if obamacare is repealed but not replaced, they could be flooded with patients who need very basic health care but can't pay because they're uninsured. it's exactly what obamacare was meant to address. lester? >> tom costello, thank you. we're learning a lot of new details about the
president-elect's inner circle as he prepares for a massive transition at the white house and across the power levers of washington. three of his adult children are in, plus his son-in-law who's been seen by some as his right-hand man. and getting a demotion of sorts is the former leader of the trump transition effort, chris christie. here's nbc's katy tur. >> reporter: a flurry of activity inside trump tower as the president-elect started to figure out who will run his government. what was on the agenda today, please? >> transitions. >> reporter: what about -- are you -- >> giving advice. >> reporter: how about a.g.? >> just giving advice. >> reporter: this afternoon, trump's team announcing v.p.-elect mike pence is taking over the transition from chris christie, as campaign sources say pence has proven to be one of donald trump's most steadfast defenders. >> mostly grateful to our president-elect -- >> reporter: raising eyebrows on the team, trump's children, don jr., eric, and ivanka, along
with her husband, jared kushner. >> it suggests there may not be the necessary separation between the business enterprise and the governmental functioning. it's very important that president trump separate the two because of the entanglements and potential conflicts of interest. >> reporter: today louder whispers surrounding chief of staff. the person charged with running the white house and navigating a path between the west wing and capitol hill. some in washington cringing at rumors of steve bannon, the former head of breitbart who made a career of attacking the gop establishment. >> it should be someone who is there not to please the president even though they serve at the pleasure of the president. they've got to tell the president what he needs to know, not necessarily what he wants to know. >> reporter: the trump team, many of whom are new to washington, have a lot of catching up to do. democratic officials tell nbc news some seemed overwhelmed as they toured the white house and capitol hill.
noting many of them have never worked in government before. this next three months, a trial by fire. trump is now getting classified presidential daily briefings, but so far his team has not reached out to the pentagon or the state department. the campaign asking for patience as it navigates the transition process. and tonight the trump organization is making it official -- beginning the process of transferring the portfolio of businesses over to donald jr., eric, and ivanka trump. >> katy tur, thank you very much. protests against the president-elect have begun to erupt in the streets of america's cities for a fourth evening in a row. in some cases, demonstrations have turned violent. last night the president-elect himself took to social media to first blast then praise the protesters. we get more from nbc's kristen welker. [ chants ] >> reporter: anti-trump protests erupted for a third night. in portland, oregon, demonstrators vandalized
property, spray painted messages like "dump trump." police say the worst damage was done by a small group of anarchists. in all more than 20 arrested. early this morning, president-elect trump tweeted "love the fact that this small group of protesters last night have passion for our great country." a major change in tone from last night when he sounded more like candidate trump. "professional protesters incited by the media are protesting. very unfair." this all comes amid some reports of racially charged actions across the country. in bucks county, pennsylvania, offensive graffiti found in the stalls of two school bathrooms including a swastika and a warning -- if trump wins, watch out. fears setting in for some students. >> it's just an act against human decency. it doesn't really matter which side of the political spectrum you're on, it's not right. >> reporter: and concerns, trump's rhetoric from the trail has trickled down. >> discourse in this country has changed forever. and if you want this to be a country that you want to live in
and raise your children in, you need to do something about this. >> reporter: trump supporter chris wooten says it's time for trump himself to condemn all the violence. >> i would like to see him come forward in the next 24 to 48 hours without a doubt and put people at ease. >> reporter: all the unrest underscoring a still deeply divided country. kristen welker, nbc news, washington. the president-elect is riding into office on the strength of some critical blocks of voters including white women who went for donald trump over hillary clinton by a 10% margin. as our harry smith explains, some women weren't so vocal about their support before the election, but that is starting to change. >> reporter: terri gimple is having lunch with her grandkids. supporting donald trump wasn't something she was public about. you are out of the closet now? >> i'm out of the closet now, but that's okay. i'm losing friends over it. let's see what he can do. >> reporter: she voted for trump
and against hillary clinton. >> i came to my decision because i don't trust hillary. >> he called everybody american, and that's what i believe. >> reporter: women for trump. ellen cox, a navy veteran and small business owner, was with trump almost from the beginning. >> i did not vote for a parish priest, and i didn't vote for a sunday school teacher. i voted for someone who is going to take my country back and to protect all americans. >> reporter: the allegations of impropriety, his language, phony or forgivable say many of these women. >> he's a passionate, sometimes unpolished businessman. i'm a female, and i may have said worse things than trump's ever said. >> reporter: many trump women have a simple message -- it's the economy, stupid. >> going to lower taxes. he's going to -- he's going to ease up on the regulations, the
things that actually work to build an economy. >> reporter: college women for trump found speaking out sometimes meant being shouted down. >> it was disgusting, the names that they called me. it was worse than things that trump has said. >> reporter: ellen cox and the women for trump are more than proud of their vote and proud of the man they will soon call president. harry smith, nbc news, doylestown, pennsylvania. a federal judge has ordered amazon to pay back customers tens of millions of dollars after the federal trade commission claim the company made it too easy for kids to rack up large bills while playing games that were often downloaded for free. google and apple have previously settled similar lawsuits. nbc's miguel almaguer explains. >> reporter: the court's ruling in seattle could cost amazon tens of millions of dollars. a massive refund for parents whose children downloaded games and made purchases without their
permission. in a lawsuit filed against the e-commerce giant in 2014, the federal trade commission says, "many of these games invite children to obtain virtual items in context that blur the line between what costs virtual currency and what costs real money." amazon declined comment. apple and google have settled similar lawsuits. >> my reaction when i saw the bill was, you know, panic. utter panic. >> these or these? >> reporter: morgan let her son niko play free video games downloaded from the apple app score. niko clicked on virtual money that cost his mom real cash -- $3,000. >> he knew that he shouldn't be doing it, but he had no concept that he was spending real money out of my bank. >> reporter: what's a parent to do? companies have implemented safeguards. you can protect yourself by tapping on settings and clicking parental controls. >> i think that children need to have an understanding that
digital currency is really currency. >> reporter: morgan was lucky. she complained, apple gave her her money back. now amazon has been ordered to reach out to eligible parents and offer them a refund that could cost the company tens of millions of dollars. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. a sad day in the world of music as fans mourn the loss of the legendary leonard cohen. the singer/songwriter with the baritone that was so recognizable died at the age of 82. anne thompson takes a look back at his remarkable career that spanned five decades. ♪ suzanne >> reporter: the canadian troubadour in a fedora. ♪ you can hear the boats go by leonard cohen was a poet who became a songwriter to pay the bills. ♪ to the end of love
his lyrics spare with melodies bob dylan praised as cohen's greatest genius. his most popular song, "hallelujah." ♪ >> reporter: covered by more than 300 artists. ♪ ♪ hallelujah ♪ hallelujah >> reporter: plagued by depression, cohen's songs were intimate, dark, and spiritual. ♪ jesus was a sailor >> reporter: fans remembered cohen outside the new york hotel where he once lived and on social media, sharing the poignant letter he wrote to his muse as she died this summer. "i think i will follow you very soon," he wrote. "i am so close behind you that if you stretch out your hand, i think you can reach mine." ♪ so long mary ann >> reporter: his influence spanned generations --
♪ old man's mask for you -- and genres. ♪ you'll be hearing from me baby long after i'm gone ♪ >> reporter: and the world will be listening. nbc news, new york. still ahead, a husband who couldn't even recognize his wife until his doctor made a life changing decision. the story that will have you asking, are you taking too many medications. also, the message that spread panic and confusion today on social media before users realized it was dead wrong.
we're back now with what is being called deprescribing. we know medications can be good for you, of course, but could you or someone you love be taking too many? studies show almost 40% of patients in their 60s are taking more than five medications. so doctors across the country are embracing a practice of giving lower doses and fewer meds. some say the results are remarkable. here's kristen dahlgren. >> reporter: nobody knows betty connor better than her husband, john. a few years ago, john couldn't even recognize her. he didn't know you? >> he didn't know me. he asked where betty was. >> reporter: years earlier he had been in a car accident and was taking up to 19 pills a day to treat everything from sleeplessness to seizures. >> he was like the walking dead. >> reporter: betty kept track of every dose around-the-clock routine.
a common problem with patients seeing various specialists, each prescribing different drugs. >> if a person starts getting over five medications, we really worry about polypharmacy and the interaction between the medications. >> reporter: dr. anthony ziza looked at connor's whole picture and gradually eliminated more than a dozen meds. a practice called deprescribing. >> all of a sudden, john stopped falling. john stopped having tremors. john's blood pressure stopped dropping. >> reporter: according to a recent list of 40 medications that could cause problems, doctors warn drugs like sleep aids, anti-depressants, and blood pressure pills can have side effects and drug interactions which can lead to confusion, dizziness, or falls. >> as people get older, their physiology changes, their metabolism changes, the way we handle drugs in our body changes
>> reporter: so you might not need the same meds you needed just a few years ago. ask your doctor at least once a year if you need every drug, that includes over-the-counter medications. always document and talk about side effects. it can be life changing. >> it's my turn. >> reporter: just ask john connor. enjoying every second of his second chance at life. kristen dahlgren, nbc news, boston. we're back in a moment with the first lady and lebron james starring in the latest viral sensation.
a passing to note from hollywood. actor robert vaughn who starred as super spy napoleon solo on nbc's hit 1960s series "the man from uncle" has died. he was nominated for an oscar for his role in 1959's "the young philadelphians" and turned in another memorable performance the next year in "the magnificent seven." later he had a slew of character roles in movies and on tv. his manager said he passed away after a brief battle with leukemia. he was 83 years old. maybe you've heard about the mannequin challenge. it's made its way all the way to the white house starring the first lady, lebron james, and the rest of the cleveland cavaliers. here's the challenge -- one person shoots video while everyone stands as if frozen in time. the cavs were there to celebrate
the nba championship. a glitch had a lot of facebook users doing a double take late today. suddenly the social media giant declared them dead, turning their pages into memorials even though they were very much alive. folks on twitter naturally had a good time with the facebook rapture, as it's being called. the company tells nbc news it's sorry for the error, and they worked quickly to fix it. when we come back on this veterans day, honoring the courage and sacrifice of the american men and women in uniform. werare figi back==raj/vothe cas
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this day for american presidents to lay a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier at arlington cemetery. president obama did it for the final time today recognizing the solemn day so often follows a bitter campaign. >> the american instinct has never been to find isolation in opposite corners. it is to find strength in our common creed. ♪ >> reporter: similar sentiments were shared across the land from new york where a 450-pound "the star spangled banner" soars over the george washington bridge to places like knoxville where john deere tractors carry the vets who carried our country -- ♪ -- to the nation's capital where memorials paid tribute to those who selflessly served during times of war. >> thank you, america. >> reporter: thanks came from former president george w. bush who's painting portraits of 98 wounded warriors. while washington got a visit from pennsylvania veteran bill moore, age 108. >> come on, tell the truth. are you excited, a little bit?
>> a little bit. >> reporter: on this veterans day, a re-enactment of the iconic kiss in times square reminds us of the ideals that endure and ultimately through all our differences just how much we share. nbc news. and that is going to do it for us on this friday. the end of a long political season that has touched the range of people's emotions and beliefs and, at times, challenged their patience with each other. it's fitting we close out this week on veterans day. a fresh reminder of those among us who on a daily basis defend the very freedoms that ensure our rights to be heard and to vote. let's be grateful to them. enjoy the weekend, everybody, and we'll see you back here for a brand-new week on monday. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching, and good night. ♪ shootin
we begin with some breaks news. a fiasco on the north bay after a shooting. you can see a traffic tie up slow down at 6:00 right on the dot when people are trying to get home to start their weekend. the police investigation is going on right now. the news at 6:00 starts right now. >> the friday rush hour is a bit lighter than usual on this veteran's day but it's still a mess and will be for the next several hours. this is live over the scene on i
80 in vallejo. eastbound lane s partially shut down. you can see some of the cars passing on the far right lanes. the portion of 80 that you're seeing will remain closed, at least a few of the lanes for the next few hours. so, expect back ups as you head towards sacramento. a man driving a mercedes was shot. he is expected to survive. we've how this plays out. they'll be canvassing the free wae for bulleti casings or othe clues. we've covered at least a dozen shootings in the past year. it will be this way for the next two hours. a grizzly discovery at a burning oakland home. the bodies of two women and a man who had been shot and stabbed.