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tonight, historic showdown. the fireworks, fact-checks, and the fallout from the first clash between donald trump and hillary clinton. the most watched debate in american history. plus, the former beauty queen thrown into the debate crossfire. trump doubling down his attacks on her appearance. blazing inferno. a blistering heatwave fueling wildfires, threatening hundreds of structures, residents under emergency evacuation. emotional plea. a little girl moved to tears in charlotte, her powerful message about police shootings. and new details about the man whose death sparked a week of protests. house explosion. a sudden blast levels a home, killing a fire chief and father. and crying in baseball. a star pitcher honored after his shocking, tragic death.
>> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. a campaign that has all year long defied political norms and ignited levels of vitriol charted new history last night. the largest u.s. tv audience for a presidential debate in history. more than 80 million people watched on tv and millions more vi between hillary clinton and donald trump, who are back on the road tonight, doing what campaigns do following debates. declaring victory. in this case, after a brawling 90 minutes that touched nearly every raw nerve between them. there's a lot to cover on this night after the debate. we start with nbc's peter alexander. >> reporter: the face-off, fierce, the contrast, unmistakable. hillary clinton's
reality, but that is not the fact. >> reporter: against donald trump's free-wheeling jabs. >> she's got experience, that i agree, but it's bad, bad experience. >> reporter: tuning in, a record 80 million plus viewers, watching pivotal moments that could last until election day. trump giving his critics more ammunition on his hidden tax returns, appearing to acknowledge in many years, he paid zero federal taxes. >> that makes me smart. >> if he paid zero, that means zero for troops, zero for vets, health. >> reporter: and under fire for his treatment of alicia machado, miss universe. >> he called this woman miss piggy. then he called her miss housekeeping because she was latina. >> reporter: clinton still dogged by her e-mail controversy. it was a mistake, and i take responsibility for that. >> that was more than a mistake. that was done purposely. when you have the man that set up the illegal server taking the fifth, i think it's disgraceful. >> reporter: both candidates tripping up
the invasion of iraq. >> wrong. >> that is absolutely proved over and over again. >> reporter: in fact, it's true. trump supported an invasion in 2002, before the war. clinton, on the defensive on trade. >> you called it the gold standard of trade deals. you said it's the finest deal you've ever seen. >> the facts are, i did say, i hoped it would be. >> not true. she praised the transpacific deal as the gold standard before opposing it. theory -- >> we're talking about racial healing in this segment. what do you say -- >> well, it was very -- i say nothing, because i was able to get him to produce it. >> reporter: trump again fueling outrage, blaming the clinton's 2008 campaign for starting the controversy. >> they were pressing it very hard. >> reporter: that claim, according to politifact, also not true. after a contentious night, jacob soboroff with our focus group in ohio, finding few minds swayed. >> in my opinion, there was no big
clinton was clinton. trump was trump. we've seen these personalities. >> reporter: and donald trump doesn't lack for detractors, but his feisty performance last night only served to motivate his biggest supporters. the campaign telling me tonight that it's raised more than $16 million, lester, in just the last 24 hours. >> peter alexander, thank you. one of the moments that has so many people talking last night came with clinton attacking trump for his past remarks about a former miss universe's weight. we're hearing from that beauty er back down on his comments. let's get more from nbc's katy tur. >> reporter: donald trump isn't sorry for disparaging remarks about a miss universe winner 20 years ago, this morning doing it again. telling fox news, after alicia machado was crowned, she was anything but his ideal pageant queen. >> she gained a massive amount of weight, and it was -- it was a real problem. >> reporter: hillary clinton intended to bait trump with machado last night and she did.
machado. >> reporter: machado won miss universe when she was 19, trump was 50 at the time and said this to howard stern in 1997. >> she gained about 55 pounds in a period of nine months. she was like an eating machine. >> reporter: it made for an easy target for clinton. who wants women to see her rival as a misogynist. clinton releasing this ad after the debate, highlighting a photo op of trump and machado at a gym and organizing a conference call with machado and reporters today. >> my story, how miss when you are growing up and the most beautiful woman in the world, that is horrible for me. i was myself feels on the floor.
mess. >> trump has never polled well with women. in our latest poll, down 14 points. >> trump gave hillary clinton's campaign a huge gift by acting like a misogynistic bully last night. >> reporter: but the trump campaign is saying clinton was the real loser last night. she was canned, scripted, and over-prepared. and warned he can always hit back harder if he wants to. tonight trump is here in melbourne, florida, where voters who support him, female voters who support him, say they don't because he used to be an entertainer. and yes, they do want a female president. they just don't want it to be clinton. lester? >> thanks, katy. hillary clinton, meanwhile, is trying to seize the post-debate momentum, as she and her surrogates continue to unleash on trump today. let's get more from nbc's andrea mitchell. >> reporter: tonight hillary clinton back on the trail and sounding confident. >> did anybody see that debate last night? oh, yes!
>> reporter: as her heavy hitters fanned out across battleground states declaring her the debate winner. >> i was really proud of her last night. >> donald trump's painfully uninformed. >> reporter: clinton rallying young voters. her lead over trump with millenials dropping 19 points since last month. >> clinton seemed very programmed, like she was reading off something, although obviously she wasn't, very robotic. and i thought trump was very passionate and natural. believes other women saw the debate differently. >> what about the way he kept interrupting and the way he answered the question about gender? do you think women would react to that? >> well, i think his -- his demeanor, his temperament, his behavior on the stage could be seen by everybody. >> reporter: a key turning point, the campaign thinks clinton got under trump's skin early in the debate with this dig. >> he started his business with $14
>> my father gave me a very small loan in 1975. >> reporter: a moment that came after days of debate prep, with her former aide philippe reines playing trump. in fact, when clinton walked off the stage, she told her team, trump sounded just like phillipe. tomorrow she'll head to new hampshire for the second time with bernie sanders, hoping he can persuade his young followers to vote for her. lester? >> andrea mitchell on the campaign trail, thanks. we want to turn now to a growing danger in the west where rapidly spreading wildfires have forced emergency evacuations. a sweltering height wave with triple-digit temperatures is fueling flames in california where firefighters are now in a desperate race. we get more from nbc's miguel almaguer. >> reporter: in the santa cruz mountains this is the race to save homes. the so-called loma wildfire quickly doubled in size. flames exploding ten stories high, fueled
fanned by strong winds, and feeding on a five-year drought. for firefighters across the region, a recipe for disaster. with evacuations under way, 300 structures are threatened. some already destroyed. >> it's just extreme fire behavior with the drought conditions and heatwaves, it's the new norm. typical fight in this mountain range. >> reporter: for the 5,600 men and women battling ten wildfires across the state, heat is the enemy. >> it's hot, it's hot. dangerous, record-breaking temperatures turning fall into summer. a heat alert issued for the los angeles basin, baking in triple-digit heat. >> i was just going to stick it out here for a while until it's nap time, and then go home and sit in front of the fan. >> reporter: with the power grid stressed, the ac is out in hundreds of classrooms in los angeles. a cool-off is coming, but for many, not soon enough, as fire and heat grips a region in desperate need of relief.
here in new york leveled a house and killed a 17-year veteran of the fire department. the blast occurred while firefighters were checking out a reported gas smell at the scene. falling debris killed battalion chief michael fahey, a father of three. officials believe the home was used for a marijuana growing operation. a tenant has been detained and is expected to be charged according to a law enforcement source. tonight the bridgegate scandal is back in the spotlight. new jersey governor chris christie has knowledge of the scheme to cause a traffic jam on the george washington bridge in 2013 for political payback. but today a key witness testified that not only did christie know about it at the time, he laughed about it, too. nbc's stephanie gosk has more. >> reporter: bridgegate lasted four painful days in 2013, causing massive traffic jams for cars, emergency vehicles, and school buses on the george washington bridge. >> no cars are really coming our way.
prosecutors said a former port authority official told new jersey governor chris christie two days into the crisis that it was no accident. state officials allegedly closed lanes to the bridge to punish a local mayor who didn't endorse christie's re-election campaign. david wildstein, who was appointed to the port authority by christie testified that he and his boss, bill baroni, met with the governor at this 9/11 memorial service. according to wildstein, baroni told christie, governor, there's a em ft. lee. please know mayor sokolich is frustrated. wildstein told the court the governor laughed when he heard the news. today christie once again denied being involved. >> i had no role in authorizing it. i had no knowledge of it. and there has been no evidence ever put forward that i did. >> reporter: baroni and christie's former deputy chief of staff bridget anne kelly are on trial fighting federal charges for
kelly sent an e-mail to wildstein a month before the closure saying, it's time for some traffic problems in ft. lee. he replied, got it. wildstein pleaded guilty to charges for his involvement. governor christie has not been charged with a crime. >> these prosecutors are only moving forward on charges where they think they have evidence beyond a reasonable doubt. >> reporter: but christie did pay a political price. >> he knew about it. totally knew about it. >> reporter: now the governor is a top surrogate for trump an hopes are on hold while bridgegate is still far from over. stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york. let's turn overseas now, where an all-out assault has been launched on the war-torn city of aleppo. syrian government forces attempting to take the city once and for all after a cease-fire collapsed there last week. as our richard engel tells us, the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians hang in
>> reporter: drone footage shows what some call the hell, the once beautiful city of aleppo has become, as hard as it is to imagine, getting even worse here. a punishing air and ground offensive by the syrian regime and russia is under way for final control of what's left of the city. syrian troops controlled the west of aleppo, their target is the rebel-held east, where activists say 250,000 to 300,000 civilians are living. at a maternity ward, some of the youngest vict scarred and underweight. none of this was part of the plan the u.s. agreed to. just over a week ago secretary kerry and russia's foreign minister signed a deal for a cease-fire. instead, syria and russia launched a surprise offensive with little regard, it seems, for casualties. last week, we showed you a girl pulled from the rubble. our camera found her again at a hospital. awake, but not doing well. a nurse said she can't
maybe it's a blessing. her entire family was killed in the attack she survived. doctors are calling for urgent international aid and intervention. but so far, help isn't coming. richard engel, nbc news. there's more to tell you about tonight. still ahead, a little girl's heartbreaking plea. the tearful message she had for police that's resonating all across the country. also, billionaire
we're back now with new details in the deadly police shooting that sparked a week of protests in charlotte. killed took out an order of protection against him last year. with emotions raw in charlotte, a little girl has captured the nation's attention with her emotional plea to city officials. we get more from nbc's gabe gutierrez. [ shouting ] >> reporter: it was already a contentious charlotte city council meeting when 9-year-old zianna oliphant captured the frustration of so many. >> we are black people, and we shouldn't have to feel like this.
are treating us wrong. we do this because we need to. >> he doesn't have a gun. >> reporter: a week ago today, rakeyia scott shot this cell phone footage of her husband's final moments. the family insists the three videos released so far don't prove he was armed. but police say a gun found at the scene has his fingerprints and dna. now nbc news has application filed for a protective order. rakeyia scott wrote that her husband had a gun but no permit because he was a felon. he kicked me and threatened to kill us last night with his gun. the next month she had the order dismissed because she claimed he no longer posed a threat. >> i don't think there's a question anymore that mr. scott was not armed. >> reporter: the scott family's attorney calls the protective order irrelevant and
actions. the first part of the body camera video is silent, suggesting that the officer did not activate the device until this point after scott had been shot. >> there's evidence, there are things that we could have seen, things that we could have heard that are forever lost because this officer failed to follow the cmpd policies and procedures with regard to his body camera. >> it just makes me feel like that's not right. >> reporter: for the oliphant family, the death of keith scott struck a nerve. >> we don't hate the police. we hate how he are treated by the police, how we are targeted by the police. >> reporter: a case where so many questions remain unanswered and emotions are still raw. still ahead here tonight, we're back in a moment with why a food that a lot of kids love to eat is
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category 4 hurricane. it brought more than two feet of rain to parts of the country. in the bull's eye next, china, where it's expected to make landfall in the morning. billionaire elon musk has announced a plan to colonize mars within a decade. that's half as long as nasa estimates it will take to launch a man mission to the red planet. but musk's companies spacex has experienced big setbacks recently, including the explosion of an unmanned rocket that also destroyed a pricey facebook satell a major recall to tell you about. the usda warns that some tyson chicken nuggets may be contaminated with hard plastic. the company is recalling more than 130,000 pounds. it affects five-pound bags sold at costco nationwide with a use-by date of july 18, 2017. also included, some 20-pound bags sold only in pennsylvania. when we come back here tonight, the emotional goodbye for a rising baseball star
nbc's joe fryer has more on the emotional moment when his team took the field for the first time without him. >> reporter: it's an emotional scene here in miami. >> reporter: the miami marlins facing the new york mets were playing for more than a win last night. they were playing for jose fernandez. ?? >> it's why every player on this grief-stricken team honored his memory by wearing his jersey. this was their first game following the ace pitcher's sudden death over the weekend in a boating accident. >> i'm just so proud of the guys. so proud of everybody for coming together tonight. >> reporter: while some of their tributes were planned, no one could have imagined what would happen in the first inning when the marlins leadoff batter dee gordon stepped to the plate, having gone all season without hitting a single home run, and
>> gordon to right, it's deep, and it's gone! >> reporter: in the box score, his upper deck blast will go down as a solo home run, but in that moment, dee gordon was far from alone. >> he is overcome by emotion again. >> that was one of the best moments of my life. i don't have kids, so th home run for him. >> reporter: the marlins would go on to win. their tearful postgame celebration taking place around the pitcher's mound, where the legacy of number 16 lives on. joe fryer, nbc news. and that's going to do it for us on a tuesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for
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shortly after that, police sea say he went after a corrections can officer. denise rosch is live with more. we understand the officer had to be taken to the hospital for these injuries. >> reporter: yeah, the attack happened right here last wednesday. that officer was treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital. but no doubt, another bizarre twist to an already tragic case. >> something changed in me that night. >> reporter: that was david frostick two weeks ago, seemingly remorseful during his hearing. he was convicted of killing robin jenkins in 2009. on the stand, he addressed jenkins' family. >> i'm sorry.