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maybe, sort of, possibly. 2045 when the total eclipse will passover northern california. coming soon. [ laughter ] ever to hiplash. in between his own calls for unity, president trump goes on an angry 75-minute tirade attacking the media and fellow republicans and threatening a government shutdown the nation's former spy chief now questioning his fitness for office. hurricane watch. a massive storm gaining steam barreling toward the u.s. gulf coast where they're bracing for impact. al roker will join us. crisis in the mail. an eye-opening new look at how the opioid epidemic and drugs ravaging so many families are flowing into the u.s. from china. shopping wars. google teams up with walmart taking aim at amazon. how this new competition among giants could save you money. and a $700 million jackpot. one of the largest in history, the drawing just hours away. are you feeling lucky?
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"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. thank you for being with us tonight. healer or antagonist? the answer may depend on which donald trump you heard over the last 24 hours. after casting himself as the victim of bad news coverage at a fired-up rally in phoenix last night blasting everyone from the media to fellow republicans, the president appeared in nevada today where he returned to a call for unity based on common values. the head-snapping change of tones comes as the nation's former intelligence boss offers a troubling assessment of the commander in chief. our national correspondent peter alexander has more. >> reporter: tonight more white house whiplash. at the american legion national convention in reno, a declaration of unity. >> it is time to heal the wounds that divide us. >> reporter: a
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presidential 180 from last night's unbridled offensive in arizona. >> repeal and replace! >> reporter: repeatedly taking aim at the media. >> the very dishonest media. and they're bad people. they don't like our country. i really believe that. >> reporter: president trump abandoning the discipline displayed just 24 hours earlier. his scripted afghanistan speech. instead accusing the press of misrepresenting his highly criticized response to charlottesville. >> they don't want to report that i spoke out forcefully against hatred, bigotry and violence and strongly condemned the neo-nazis, the white supremacists and the kkk. >> reporter: but mr. trump omitted his own most controversial words. >> hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides. you also had people that were very fine people on both sides. >> reporter: former director of national
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intelligence, james clapper, who briefed the president during his transition, now questioning his fitness for office. >> i worry about, frankly, you know, access to nuclear codes. >> reporter: on stage playing to the crowd like an aging rocker delivering riff after riff threatening a government shutdown over his border wall. >> believe me, if we have to close down our government, we're building that wall. >> reporter: outside, a wall of resistance. thousands of protesters. inside the president even antagonizing members of his own party like senator jeff flake. >> who is weak on borders, weak on crime. >> reporter: house speaker paul ryan tonight calling for his party to come together. >> i think it's important that we all stay unified as republicans to complete our agenda. >> reporter: also tonight the white house is dismissing reports of a disintegrating relationship between president trump and the senate's top republican, mitch mcconnell, insisting the men remain united on many shared priorities and will meet again, as planned, when congress gets back from its august recess. lester? >> peter alexander at
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the white house this evening, thank you. in charlottesville today a statue of robert e. lee, which was at the center of the storm during the white nationalist rally, was covered up with a black shroud along with the statue of stonewall jackson. afterward, a man with a knife began cutting away at one of the shrouds, but it was later resecured. the city council voted to cover the statues in honor of heather heyer, the counterprotester killed when a driver rammed a crowd with his car. meantime tonight, as president trump has continued to take aim at hillary clinton from time to time so long after the election, she's having her say about the man who she says made her skin crawl during an awkward debate moment. now clin clin also is now, clinton also is acknowledging her own mistakes in her devastating defeat. here's nbc's andrea mitchell. >> reporter: new reporting by nbc news reveals hillary clinton's lead over donald trump was a lot less certain than previously thought, especially in the last two weeks. as we hear the first excerpts from her
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upcoming book about that tense standoff at their second debate. >> donald trump was looming behind me. it was incredibly uncomfortable. he was literally breathing down my neck. my skin crawled. >> reporter: their face-off only two days after that "access hollywood" video. >> grab them by the [ bleep ]. >> reporter: the trump campaign trying to intimidate her. steve bannon inviting women accusers from bill clinton's past to sit in the front row as trump circled her on stage. now for the first time publicly, she's wondering should she have stood up to him? >> do you turn and look him in the eye and say loudly and clearly, back up, you creep, get away from me? it certainly would have been better tv. maybe i have overlearned the lesson of staying calm, biting my tongue, digging my fingernails into a clenched fist. >> could you tell that? >> i could tell, yes. i could. >> it was incredibly uncomfortable. it very much encapsulated a lot of the discomfort in the race in that moment in
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time. >> reporter: clinton kept her cool, not wanting to appear weak. >> she's now in a position where she can share doubts that she has and things she may have done differently. >> reporter: a moment captured on "snl." >> pre-existing condition. >> reporter: as nbc news now reports, that was among the high points for clinton in the final month. 19 days later fbi director james comey reopened the e-mail investigation. and in the final stretch, a more disciplined trump going on offense while clinton fell behind. in her book, a more reflective clinton writing, in the end i couldn't get the job done, and i'll have to live with that for the rest of my life. lester. >> andrea mitchell, thank you. tonight hurricane watches are up along the u.s. gulf coast where preparations are under way for a big and gathering storm threatening texas and louisiana with a major flood event. al roker is tracking the storm. he joins us now with the latest forecast. al, what are we looking at here? >> we're looking at a long-term event. what was remnants of
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harvey now a tropical depression most likely becoming a tropical storm and possibly even a low level hurricane. as we look right now, the latest on harvey, it's 525 miles south-southeast of port o'connor, texas. 35-mile-per-hour winds. it is moving northwest at just 2 miles per hour. this is going to be a slow mover. it makes landfall some time friday afternoon possibly as a category 1 hurricane. then it just meanders around the gulf coast right through monday. we'll be talking about this into next week. rainfall amounts, because it just continues to sit there, upwards of 20 inches of rain, but generally 5 to 10 inches. we also have tropical storm watches and hurricane watches along the texas coast and storm surges as well, lester, anywhere from 4 to 6 feet at high tides. so what we are looking at, talking about this into next week, is a major flooding event due to harvey. >> i know you'll be covering it all, thank you. now to a big consumer headline this evening. a shopping showdown as google and walmart announce they're
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teaming up to take on amazon. stepping up the fight for your money. nbc's joe fryer now with details. >> reporter: in the battle of the retail giants, brick and mortar powerhouse walmart now has an unlikely ally, tech titan google. two huge companies teaming up to take on the country's biggest online retailer, amazon. >> this partnership keeps walmart relevant. they've owned the retail space of the past, and this partnership with google can propel them into the future. >> reporter: this google/walmart partnership starts in late september and will focus on voice activated shopping. alexa, buy paper towels. >> the top search results for paper towels is bounty white. >> reporter: it's an emerging e-commerce trend that uses these high-tech speakers. >> alexa, order more dog food. >> reporter: amazon currently dominates the market with a popular gadget called the echo. shoppers can order products simply by speaking. >> alexa, order trash liners. >> i found glad tall trash bags. would you like to buy
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it? >> yes. >> reporter: google's answer to the echo is the google home. it links consumers to google express, a virtual shopping mall with more than 40 retailers. walmart is the first one, letting customers link the their store accounts to google so the tech company can examine their shopping history to reorder items faster and get recommendations. >> voice ordering is the next frontier, many think when it comes to ordering, and walmart wants to make sure they've put their stake in the ground. >> reporter: for google analysts say it's a chance to boost sales for google home, which lags behind the echo. and for consumers -- >> when companies compete, they innovate and that lowers prices and makes it more convenient for consumers. >> reporter: giving shoppers a voice. joe fryer, nbc news. as online shopping gets easier and easier, law enforcement says there's a flip side. a number of chinese companies using internet sales to illegally ship dangerous drugs.
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and it's partly fueling the deadly opioid crisis right here in america. nbc's jacob soboroff has more in his series "one nation overdosed." >> reporter: the deadly opioid fentanyl is available to order online from china. something my producers and i easily found after a simple google search. oh, the e-mail already came through. hello, we have a very potent fentanyl analog. very similar and potent to the original. we ship to usa. we only accept bitcoin as payment method. warm regards. wow. we didn't go through with our order but days later we heard from chinese officials who defended their role in america's overdose crisis. here's what they said. >> so what he's saying is it's hard to say it's purely china's problem. he says there's plenty of blame to go around. >> reporter: china claims it's cracking down on the deadly drug, but it's still showing up in the u.s. directly from china. every international piece of mail that enters the united states is subject to search by customs. in los angeles this is the facility where
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certain packages get extra scrutiny. >> steroids. >> reporter: steroids. the agents here are looking for all types of illegal drugs coming from china, steroids, ecstasy, date rape drugs and now fentanyl. have you ever come into contact with fentanyl here? >> yes. >> reporter: what does that look like? >> it looks like any of these other white powders. scary stuff. >> reporter: why is it so scary? >> just because the amount of damage that a really small amount can do to a person. >> reporter: so you're cutting up what you think is fentanyl. >> right. >> reporter: now a laser shoots through there and breaks down what the chemical compound is basically? >> right. >> reporter: this sample was headed for somebody's house in southern california. >> yes. >> reporter: it turns out this time it was an illegal sedative, not fentanyl. but with chinese manufacturers continuing to make and ship variations of the drug, there's no telling what the next package will bring. jacob soboroff, nbc news, los angeles. we turn now to some potential trouble in paradise for president trump's business. we're talking about sunny palm beach, florida, home to what the president calls the southern white
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house. more than a dozen charities have recently pulled events at mar-a-lago. several claiming it would be a distraction from their mission. nbc's gabe gutierrez has those details. >> reporter: long known as the epitome of high society in glitzy palm beach, tonight mar-a-lago is facing an exodus. >> they don't want to be associated with the president's remarks and many other actions that he's taken, to be quite honest. >> reporter: at least 17 charities have pulled their annual fund-raising events from the so-called southern white house. many after the president's controversial comments about the violence in charlottesville. >> very fine people on both sides. >> reporter: among the latest to leave, the palm beach zoo and conservation society. others include the red cross, the american cancer society and the salvation army. >> the decision was made because the whole conversation had become a distraction to the mission of the salvation army. >> reporter: tax records show rental fees at mar-a-lago run up to $276,000 per event, so the
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departures could cost the trump organization more than a million dollars. profits from mar-a-lago are placed in a trust for the duration of mr. trump's presidency while his sons manage the estate. the trump organization and mar-a-lago did not return requests for comment. at least two organizations have not yet bailed, a police foundation and the palm beach county gop. tami donnally is the group's vice chair. >> i think it's a shame that organizations that are supposed to be nonpartisan and not involved in politics have made a very political decision by pulling out of mar-a-lago. >> reporter: the board of another organization is set to vote this week on whether to yank its event from mar-a-lago, joining a growing list of groups for which politics and charity no longer mix. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, palm beach, florida. still ahead tonight, phone wars. samsung announcing a big new launch today. can it stay on top after its multibillion dollar recall for exploding phones? also, inspiring america. the camp where these
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kids learn there's no limit to summer fun. we'll be right back.
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a big announcement today by samsung unveiling its brand-new galaxy note 8 phone. the company is banking on it to snuff out bad memories of the previous model, the note 7, recalled due to an exploding battery risk. as nbc news business correspondent jo ling kent explains, today's launch opens a whole new battle in the smartphone wars. >> from composing the perfect portrait.
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>> reporter: samsung is hoping you'll forget about its disastrous year. exploding batteries setting fire to phones, cars, even houses. millions of devices recalled. >> none of us will ever forget what happened last year. >> reporter: samsung once again apologizing to its users about the defective galaxy note 7, as it rolls out the next generation. the samsung galaxy note 8 is kicking off a new era of smartphone wars. later this year google and apple are launching major new phones of their own as companies rely heavily on that smartphone revenue. that means stakes are higher than ever. currently samsung takes first place in the global smartphone race dominating 22% of the market versus apple in second with 11%. >> i use my camera on my phone every day. >> reporter: photographer mackenzie white is considering the higher quality camera, but also the price. >> phones are definitely an investment. when you're paying $700 to $1,000 for a phone, you want it to last.
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>> reporter: the new 8 costs about $930, a sign of the times. >> the smartphone has taken over such a central focal point of our computing life. that's why the price continues to go up and they continue to put more of their innovation and technology into these mobile devices versus the traditional pcs and laptops. >> reporter: with competitors about to roll out their new phones, samsung hoping this one will catch fire for the right reasons. jo ling kent, nbc news, new york. there's more to tell you about tonight. when we come back, pardon the interruption. the hilarious moment that all played out on live tv.
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tonight, powerball fever is in the air as the jackpot has soared to $700 million. the staggering purse has been climbing for days, now at a near record number as the drawing approaches. the cash would change anyone's life, but the chances of winning are just as mind blowing. nbc news national correspondent miguel almaguer has your odds.
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>> reporter: tonight, from coast to coast these lines aren't nearly as bad as your odds. >> we got that dream. it's going to come true. >> reporter: from miami, florida, to topeka, kansas, to the california/nevada border, thousands are lining up. lotto fever is hot. >> i mean, you got to take your shot. >> reporter: if you win, $700 million could get you three super yachts or 3,500 tesla model ss after taxes. but your odds, 1 in 292 million. you have a better chance of being struck by lightning twice. >> i got the lucky ticket right here. >> reporter: experts say, whether you buy 1 or 100 tickets, your chances of winning don't change that much. there are lucky numbers that seem to hit more often. and pennsylvania is the luckiest state. just about everyone here thinks they'll be the big winner, and they don't mind staying in line or
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paying the $150 million in taxes if they win and take the lump sum. >> if you win, you win, right? like going to heaven. >> reporter: tonight lady luck seems to be in the air. just about everyone seems to be in line. miguel almaguer, nbc news, primm valley, california. believe me, anything can happen on live tv. you've got to be prepared to roll with it. and that's just what a broadcaster did in britain during a toddler takeover. it happened during a segment on milk allergies when one young lady decided she'd had pretty much enough of the conversation and proceeded to march around the set, even climbing up on the desk as mom looks on. and why not? i can't say i haven't had that same thought on a few occasions around here. when we come back, a trip to the camp where no kid misses out on the summer fun. "inspiring america" is next. ===take vo===
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the steps some nearby businesses are taking to protect customers. ===raj/take vo=== also -- led has been found in the water at an east bay school. why only "athletes" may be at risk. ===next close=== next. finally tonight, it's a rite of passage for a lot of kids, heading off to summer camp. for campers with disabilities, there's an amazing place that caters just to them, where they can make the kind of summer memories that last a lifetime. nbc's catie beck takes us there in tonight's "inspiring america" report.
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>> reporter: at this tranquil campground in maine, mornings start with music. ♪ campers dance like no one's watching, because here at camp no limits, they can. >> they're just being themselves. they get to be surrounded by other kids that are just like them. >> reporter: kids who have lost limbs by accident or born without. for five days they live liberated of their difference. jennifer and preston cosgrove brought their two girls, but 4-year-old ivy had questions. >> a couple weeks ago, ivy, for the first time, asked us if there was anyone else who had legs like hers. we said, yeah, you just haven't met them yet. >> keep pushing. >> reporter: ivy learned she's not alone. the very mission of the nonprofit camp started in 2004. then with just four campers. today more than 800 families have come through camp no limits. now offered in eight states. >> we don't know any of these people, as you just said, but in
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some ways, given what our children are going through, we know them and they know us. >> reporter: camp activities double as physical therapy, teaching balance and confidence. to kick or catch a ball exhilarating and celebrated. >> boom, boom. >> reporter: some campers so excited they bring their own agenda. >> at some point i did make a list of the things i was going to do. >> reporter: an unforgettable week filled with first experiences like jumping. >> seeing them do things that are just kid things and love it, like it just reminds me that there's so much more than their disability. it's just an overwhelming sense of pride and love. >> reporter: the week ends with a lobster dinner and sunset and a new horizon, one with no limits. catie beck, nbc news, rome, maine. and that's going to do it for us tonight. we appreciate you spending part of your evening with us. that is "nightly news" for this wednesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. ==raj/take vo==
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right n . this is not a welcomed permit. >> right now at 6:00, a green light for the alt-right. thousands of people are expected to rally and protest in san francisco this weekend. get ready for beefed up security and several road closures. the news at 6:00 starts now. good evening and thanks for joining us. i'm raj mathai. >> i'm jessica augeri. san francisco may be the epicenter of the clash between the far right and counter protesters. final approval for the controversial rally this saturday and while pbay area
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politicians are objecting, road closures. zone one in yellow is the area of alt-right rally and zone two is a buffer zone closed to pedestrians, cars and bicyclists. >> we have several reports beginning with sam brock in san francisco. not just public safety but big business here. what happens to all those stores and restaurants in the marina district? >> reporter: well, certainly by christi field they will have to shut down on saturday and there is a whole bunch of clusters of stores throughout the main road here that runs right through christi field. a lot of them have ties to recreation so imagine finding out you have to close down the door on one of the busiest days of the week. that is the price they have to pay for safety. the idea of hosting a rally at pristine christi field ruffled feathers. the businesses forced to shut down saturday are taking it in stride. did you get forwarningut

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