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person a sandwich. breaking news tonight. 22 million more americans will be without health care under the new senate gop plan. travel ban fight. the supreme court weighs in as president trump scores a partial victory. nightmare flight. new details on what may have caused a plane to shake so violently for nearly two hours. passengers say the pilot told them to pray. fire emergency, exploding out of control across seven states as millions bake under a deadly heat wave. gut check. millions are tabling them hoping for better digestion and clearer
complexion. and the proposal bringing so many to tears, why he got down on his knee not once but twice. nightly news begins right now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is nbc nightly news with lester holt. good evening to our viewers in the west. great to have you with us on this monday. there are two big stories playing out this evening that are putting key parts of the trump agenda on the line, including the u.s. supreme court allowing parts of the president's travel ban to go into effect for now. but we start with a major new wrinkle in the fight to win passage of a health care bill in the senate. the independent congressional budget office has crunched the numbers on the republican plan and tonight estimates 22 million americans can lose their health coverage over the next ten years. already facing mounting reluctance in their own party, republican leaders are still insisting on getting a vote this
week. our coverage begins with nbc's kasey hunt. >> reporter: health care for 22 million people hanging in the balance. according to the new non-partisan analysis from the congressional budget office today. it's millions more uninsured than they had hoped of >> if you are on the fence, i'm not sure this report helps you much. >> obviously, it's not good news, so we'll have to be a factor. >> reporter: brian schatz tweeting, cbo claims this thing is a bleep sandwich. and the cuts to medicaid will help save $321 billion over the next ten years, and that gives senate mitch mcconnell more room to negotiate as he faces protest in the ranks. >> there's no way we should be voting on this next week. >> reporter: ron johnson is one of five republicans who say they'll vote no without changes. with 52 senate republicans, only three no votes would
sink the bill and many are undecided. are you a yes on the vote or a no? have you decided yet? >> no, i've still, i've read it this weekend, and there's still focussing on it. >> reporter: the president on the phone this weekend with conservatives and moderates, a delicate balancing act. >> you move it this way and this group doesn't like it. you move it over here, it's a very narrow path. >> reporter: the clock is ticking. after today's score, tuesday and wednesday will see last-minute changes then votes on democratic amendments likely late into the night. if all goes to plan, final passage thursday or friday. but the american medical association saying the republican plan violating the first rule of medicine "do no harm", with no democrats on board? >> republicans would be wise to read it like a giant stop sign. >> reporter: republicans anxious to fulfill a promise seven years in the making. and word tonight that
susan collins of maine is a no, tweeting that the medicaid cuts would hurt people in her state. and that makes the climb to 50 votes for senate republicans all that much harder. lester? >> kasey, thank you. among the proposals in the bill are steep cuts to medicaid over the long term. supporters say it's necessary to save the program. but some health care providers say it would be devastating to the 1.4 million americans living in nursing homes. nbc's gabe gutierrez has a closer look. >> reporter: these days jane hale is worried. >> it's really scary, because you don't know what's going to happen. >> reporter: the 74-year-old has been living in this nursing home near chicago for 11 years. the first on private insurance, now on medicaid. how crucial is medicaid to your life? >> if i didn't have medicaid, i doesnn't know where i'd go. my children do not have room for me, they have families of their own. >> reporter: but the
senate health care bill could hit nursing homes especially hard. >> two-thirds of residents in long-term care facilities rely on medicaid as their mane source of funding. >> reporter: the costs are already staggering and expected to grow 6% a year, $389 billion now to $650 billion in a decade. many republicans say slowing the growth of medicaid is crucial to saving it. >> we need that in order to make the program viable and to deal with these massive deficits and the mounting debt that we have. >> reporter: medicaid covers 20% of americans. >> many people that are perfectly middle class or upper middle class when they retire, at the time they typime they find themselves 80 or 85, they've spent down and don't have any funds. >> i think the people that are trying to do the cuts ought to stop and think, what if it was their mother? where would you want them to be? >> reporter: a question she hopes washington will
consider. nbc news, westmont, illinois. as we previewed at the top of the broadcast, the other big story, the battle over president trump's travel ban has reached the supreme court which has agreed to hear president trump's appeal of lower court rulings against the ban, and the court said the government can begin enforcing at least part of it in the meantime. it's a partial victory for the president. we get details now from our justice correspondent, pete williams. >> reporter: for the first time in five months, a legal win, at least a partial one for president trump after a series of setbacks that blocked enforcement of his executive order on travel. the court granted his appeal of two lower court decisions against it and said some of it can now be enforced. a 90-day pause on issuing visas on travel to the u.s. from six muslim countries associated with terrorism. the white house has insisted that to protect national security it must use the pause to assess the reliability.
background information proec provided by those countries on visa applicants. a clear victory says trump, i cannot allow people into our country who want to do us harm. >> reporter: by a vote of 6-3 it agreed with the lower courts that the travel ban cannot be enforced against anyone seeking a visa who has a close relative here or wants to come here to study or teach or is coming here to accept a job offer. that means anyone in those categories can still apply for a visa. that's why the challengers say this is a legal win for them. >> president trump, you can't enforce the refugee ban. you can't enforce the muslim ban against those people who are connected to the united states, which has always been the heart of our challenge. >> reporter: three of the court's conservatives, alito and gorsuch and thomas said they would allow it to be enforced without any exceptions. >> i think we're most concerned about individuals who perhaps do not have any ties or family
relationships to the united states of america and what it's going to mean for them. >> reporter: the travel restrictions only last 90 days and the court won't hear the case until october, by then, the case could be dismissed as moot, no longer a live controversy. also two measures on religious freedom. the states cannot refuse to give taxpayer money to churches, especially for programs of general social benefit like making play grounds safer. and they will hear an appeal in the fall from a baker that says that having to bake cakes for gay weddings violates his freedom of religion. president trump raised eyebrows by leveling explosive new allegations against his predecessor. he placed blame on mr. obama, accusing him of purposely doing nothing about russia's meddling in the election. kristen welker has details.
>> reporter: president trump unleashing a new tactic on the russia controversy, point being the finger at president obama. >> if he had the information, why didn't he do something about it? >> reporter: after never firmly admitting that russia meddles in the 2016 presidential race, now he can't stop talking about it. the real story is that president obama did nothing after being informed in august about russia meddling. this after a report showed that obama struggled. one obama official saying i feel like we sort of choked. he did take some actions. candidate trump seemed to be egging russia on about hacking clinton campaign e-mails. >> russia, if you're listening, i hope you're able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing. >> reporter: so why is he now blaming his predecessor? how can you accuse
president obama of obstructing when he was egging russia on. >> he was joking at the time. >> reporter: he was joking? he says he was pressed during that conference over and over and over again. >> the idea you had hillary clinton with a secret server, that's a bigger concern right now in terms of what they were doing and the lack of security that they had. >> reporter: tonight we've also learned russia's ambassador to the u.s. is returning to russia. u.s. officials say it's a long-planned move that predates his now highly scrutinized conversations with trump aides. >> thank you. there's new information out tonight on an air scare as investigators in australia look into what caused an engine on an airasia flight to come apart while the plane was in flight, shaking the plane violently for the better part of two hours until the crew could make it over land and make an emergency landing. here's nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: for the passengers, a terrifying flight as a
malfunctioning engine violently shook the plane from nose to tail, the captain calling for prayers and calm. >> it's a cultural thing, but it is not something that i would have done. my point would have been to reassure the passengers that everything was under control. >> reporter: the airbus a-330, carrying 359 people had departed perth stlal for malaysia. suddenly at 38,000 feet, a compressor blade in the left side engine fractured and broke apart, spewing pieces of metal throughout the engine and causing significant damage. this photo shows the missing blade and the damage to the surrounding blades. the crew quickly shut the engine down, but the air flow caused the fan to continue spinning, sending violent vibrations through the plane. >> we thought we were going to go down. >> reporter: airasia says it's conducting
an investigation with rolls-royce. engine failures are rare and usually not as serious as the explosion of fire of a 767 in chicago. everybody got off safely. among the questions, why did the pilot go all the way back to perth? now to the unfolding triple threat gripping much of the country from texas to california. across several states, wildfires are raging, a deadly heat wave is blanketing millions. perhaps the most serious threat may be the fires, kicking out of control as the sun goes down and the wind picks up. nbc news national correspondent miguel almaguer is in the fire zone tonight. >> reporter: this is what firefighters call a recipe for disaster, fast-moving flames fanned by hot winds, torching through dry terrain. >> oh, my god, look at that. >> reporter: residents
racing to evacuate late sunday. the inferno within feet of destroying an entire neighborhood. >> it's pretty scary, thinking that you know, your house could burn down. >> reporter: tonight 21 large wildfires are exploding across seven western states. the biggest and most destructive in utah where more trana dozen homes have been lasost. >> you feel so bad for the ones that have been lost already. i can't believe it. >> reporter: fueling fire, record-breaking heat. today 16 million are under advisories. this, day ten of a deadly heat wave. at least 14 children killed in hot cars this year, including two in texas over the weekend. and now the scorching temperatures are triggering another problem. rivers raging from snow melt. near sacramento, this daring rescue. a swimmer stranded, no time to spare. tonight across the west, a triple threat,
ferocious flames, killer heat and dangerous currents. with tens of thousands of acres scorched across this region, temperatures in some areas remain in the triple digits. the homes in this neighborhood were teetering on the edge of disaster. the good news, the temperatures will drop in the coming days. the bad news, the winds will remain a serious problem. tonight several people are still missing as divers search for bodies after a deadly tourist boat disaster in colombia. a ferry packed with over 150 people capsized. the tragic scene captured on camera. nbc's gotadi schwartz has the latest. >> reporter: a ferry quickly sinks. the story the are harrowing. >> translator: i grabbed my partner by the hair and started swimming.
i couldn't see anything. >> reporter: video showing the ferry sinking at least two floors. many dead, including this woman's mother. survivors say they heard an explosion near the bathrooms minutes into the cruise. >> translator: this did not take place because of overcrowding. the boat sank very quickly. >> reporter: three years ago, a south korean ferry sank killing more than 300 people. that captain sentenced to life in prison for negligence. tonight in colombia, rescuers search for the missing. still no word on whether charges will made against the captain. his daughter among the dead. probiotic supplements. we've got a reality check from doctors when we come back.
nutrition. they promise cures from disease, digestive health, even a clearer complexion, and more americans are consuming probiotics as foods or taking them as supplements, but are they the miracle cure for all that ails you? we have a reality check from doctors. >> reporter: these days you can't turn on the tv or walk down a super market aisle without being bombarded by probiotic promises. the good bacteria in everything from fruit juice to expensive supplements, an almost $40 billion industry. business is booming for megan and shane carpenter. >> every month we're growing. >> reporter: who make probiotic foods like kim chi, which they claim has helped their own health. >> the more i incorporated the foods the more energy i did have. >> reporter: studies have shown probiotics
may be effective for digestive problems caused by antibiotics. >> there's no question that the community of bacteria in our bodies is so important to health, it's right now the science isn't where we need it to be. >> reporter: do you take a probiotic? >> no. >> reporter: dr. linda lee says just eat a healthy, fiber-rich diet. some have fewer probiotics than advertised or strains other than what's on the label. and watch for added sugar in probiotic rich foods like yogurt. doctors say probiotics probably won't hurt, but whether they're a miracle cure or marketing hype may come down to trusting your own gut. >> cheers. >> reporter: kiersten dal again, nbcness.
so, how did he pop the question? every couple has a story about their engagement and their journey to becoming spouses. but for one indiana couple, the story will be about how he popped the questions and made it a day to remember for his bride to be and her young daughter. >> two double purples. >> reporter: from the very beginning, grant trib et knew it was me.
>> reporter: what happened next, well, see for yourself. but maybe have a tissue box close by. >> i asked to come here real quick, i got down on one knee for her and just asked her if i could be her daddy and promised to love and protect her for all time. i presented her with a heart-shaped necklace and he said thank you, first. and i think you said yes. and she screamed and i finally get a daddy. >> reporter: a dream come true for 5-year-old adrianna. now a blushing daughter to be. >> i feel happy, but it almost made me cry, but i can't, but i was so happy. >> reporter: thanks to a proposal almost too good to be true.
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favori favorite memories and tributes. we appreciate you spending part of your night with us. i'm lester holt at nbc news, thank you for watching and goodnight. a controversia . they are saying, stop feeding the homeless? do you want me to let them die? >> right now at 6:00 a controversial -- >> san jose is embarking on a new controversial effort to address a homeless problem. distribute food to the homeless in a healthy safe manner. some groups say the plan
dehumanizes the homeless. >> reporter: san jose has been struggling about what to do about the homeless here at saint james park. groups providing food to the homeless -- looking for possible crime, and in san jose distribution of unpermitted food violates the law. issue citation to people feeding the homeless. >> i was very angry because we are out there and for the past few nights we have been giving food and water and people a