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tonight is>> war. donald trump's big gamble that could steal the spotlight from fox and the gop debate, holding its own event at the same time. high drama for a clash of the titans. the zika virus spreading explosively in the americas. the world health organization calls an emergency summit, warning that millions could be exposed. nbc news exclusive richard engel in iran, with the scientist at the nuclear negotiating table with the u.s. revealing the secret conditions set by the supreme leader himself. fixed game. you try to get tickets
game, but they sell out immediately. tonight, the surprise reason why you're getting shut out. and makeover barbie. the biggest change in the history of an american icon. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. to a lot of people, the republican race for president may be feeling more and more like a reality show tonight starring a man who before he became a candidate proved he could draw an audience. and so donald trump will likely have a lot tonight. either the republican debate he's now vowed to boycott or his own event that could steal leading up to all this, a public duel with fox news, public reconsider, even primetime discussions of milkshakes. all just four days until the vote in iowa. nbc's peter alexander explains.
republican's final showdown before the iowa caucuses, instead donald trump's no-show is stealing the spotlight. the front-runner staging his own primetime event to raise money for veterans. going head-to-head on tv with the fox news debate just three miles away. even drawing a pair of his underdog opponents, mike huckabee and rick santorum. >> in a lot of ways -- >> you're not giving them -- >> i'm not walking away. i was pushed away. i'm not walking away. >> reporter: trump is defiantly positioning himself as the deal maker in chief. >> it's called an eye for an eye. >> i bought you so many vanilla milkshakes, you owe me. >> you can do that any day. >> reporter: today the billionaire launched this fund-raising website claiming 100% of donations will help vets. the campaign won't say exactly where the money will go. canines for warriors tells nbc news the
them late today saying they're one of 18 nonprofits now under consideration. but a separate veterans group is skeptical tweeting, money doesn't need to be funneled through a political campaign. will trump's debate boycott backfire? his opponents say yes. afraid of me. he's afraid of you. >> reporter: still, trump has momentum and now the lead here in iowa. according to the latest nbc news poll. what are the risks for donald trump? >> the risks for trump is he looks weak by not confronting his opponents. the upside is, he avoids being the pinata at the republican debate. >> reporter: marco rubio rising in the polls, already taking a swing. show. greatest show on this is not a show. this is serious. >> reporter: late tonight another twist, donald trump's campaign confirms to nbc news that trump would be willing to debate ted cruz one on
the canadian-born senator gets a federal judge to rule on his eligibility to be lester? >> all right, peter alexander, thank you. on the democratic side of the race, our brand-new poll shows hillary clinton and bernie sanders locked iowa. debating over whether to hold more debates. meantime, clinton is also getting drawn away from the trail to raise more money. something her opponent on. we get details from nbc's andrea mitchell. >> reporter: it's a dead heat for the democrats in iowa. our new poll shows a close poll. the vermont senator has a commanding 19-point lead in new hampshire. competitive, both are now agreeing to more debates, including hampshire, if the democratic party approves. >> the political world bit.
clinton would like another debate. you know what, i said, that's fine, i don't mind that. >> reporter: facing a longer than expected primary contest, clinton left iowa wednesday afternoon to go to philadelphia to raise money from an investment firm. >> some of my supporters, including my good friend jon bon jovi had a fund-raiser for me. >> reporter: but clinton's fund-raisers plays right into sanders' critics. >> how does wall it? millions in campaign distributions and speaking fees. >> why isn't that a negative ad? >> does it mention >> nope. >> does it have any clinton? >> nope. aren't you suggesting -- >> i'm not suggesting anything at all. >> reporter: tonight clinton returned to iowa, and sanders who at 74 would be the elected president if he wins. good health. >> not with me.
>> it was a tough decision. do i get involved in senior boxing, challenge -- go for the light heavyweight championship, or run for president. i decided to run for president. >> reporter: hillary clinton is back in iowa tonight. she only just took the stage tonight, though. because this contest is so tough, she repeatedly has to go back to fund raise from the big donors, unlike sanders who has more than 2.5 million online contributors. >> andrea mitchell, thanks. our political director, the moderator of "meet the press," chuck todd. you're in iowa. four days until the caucuses. how is this playing there? any signs of a blowback on the ground there? >> not from anybody that's thinking about supporting trump. and that's probably good news for him. look, he has figured out a way to steal the spotlight from this debate before it started. and there's already a lot of rumors circulating around here that he may
steal the spotlight after the debate is over, that maybe he shows up in the spin room, or he figures and that's been his campaign in a nutshell is he figures out how to almost pull the rug out from under his opponents. as for the debate tonight, i think it's actually fascinating that trump's not onstage, and instead the focus will be on ted cruz and marco rubio. the other big news in our new nbc news/wall street poll has rubio up, now in a strong third place position. what does that mean? ted cruz is hammering rubio with a new attack ad. tonight, lester, rubio v. cruz, this actually could be the showdown worth watching, and the one that could extend if trump falters. >> a lot of things in play. chuck, thanks. a program note, last night we talked to bernie sanders, tomorrow night we'll have my conversation with hillary clinton on the trail in iowa. the final sprint before the voting begins. a warning now from the world health organization that the zika virus is, quote,
this year alone, 3 million to 4 million in north and south america could be infected with the virus linked to birth defects. the cdc said the number of people returning to the u.s. with zika is growing. nbc's tom costello has more. >> reporter: dr. whitney prince is one of a few americans who has experienced the zika virus as a patient. it was on her honeymoon in bora bora that she contracted zika through a mosquito bite. once home she developed a skin rash, conjunctivitis, and a headache. >> worn out, tired, kind of dragging. i actually ended up staying out of work for about a day and a half mainly because of the joint pain because it was painful to walk at that point. >> reporter: dr. prince recovered and she was not pregnant. in brazil today, nbc news was with a 20-year-old as she visited her doctor. her 2-month-old is one of thousands of babies who have been born with microcephaly in
while zika-carrying mosquitoes have not turned up in the united states, cases have turned up in 11 states and d.c. they contracted zika while abroad. 19 in puerto rico and 1 in the virgin islands. experts some zika mosquitoes will arrive states, they don't expect a massive outbreak. >> there is always the slight possibility that we might see a major outbreak. we don't think that's going to occur. but we're going to be prepared for it. >> reporter: the reasons for the optimism, there's far less trash and stag nast water in u.s. urban areas. cities and towns spray for mosquitoes here. cold weather acts as a barrier. and americans use air conditioning and window screens to keep mosquitoes out. meanwhile, gina park is 18 weeks pregnant. she and her husband have now canceled an upcoming trip to mexico. >> we just thought it wasn't worth the risk. we just probably
ever did happen. >> reporter: meanwhile, the national institutes of health today said it hopes to start clinical drug trials this year, but a zika vaccine could be years away. tom costello, nbc news, washington. a mystery that played out hours late this afternoon in the new york area, as reports started to stream in of what felt like an earthquake from the jersey shore all the way to long island and connecticut, prompting a flurry of 911 calls. turns out it was actually a series of sonic booms caused by a military f-35 fighter jet based in maryland. conducting flight tests up the new jersey coast. mystery solved. just a lot of frayed nerves left behind. and we have breaking news on the tense stalemate in oregon, the federal refuge seized by anti-government protesters. four holdouts remain and we're hearing a convoy has left the checkpoint, and the roadblock has been removed. signs that things may be coming to a conclusion there. the leader had urged
bundy was arrested tuesday when violence erupted during a traffic stop and left one member of his group dead. we've got an extraordinary access into iran. and in a rare interview, the american educated head of iran's nuclear program reveals to nbc's richard engel never-before-heard details about the controversial deal that lifted international sanctions on iran. >> reporter: little is known about how iran ended up making a deal with its old enemy, the united states. but now in the first american interview since the deal, the head of iran's atomic energy organization told nbc news his country's supreme leader is eye dole la entrusted him with hammering out the details of the nuclear agreement. within limits. >> he said, i do not trust the americans, but okay, i trust you. you give it a try and see what you can do. >> reporter: ali, an
scientist, reveals for the first time the condition the supreme leader set. >> one condition was that, look, you just discuss the nuclear issue, you know, no political negotiations. >> reporter: the ayatollah also insisted talks had to be quick and preserve iran's right to enrich uranium. >> the fourth condition was the condition that let's -- >> you don't want to say what it is even now? >> not now. >> reporter: but he did want to talk about taking relations with the u.s. to a level not seen since american diplomats were taken hostage at the u.s. embassy here 36 years ago. >> relationship, industrial cooperation, cultural cooperation -- >> american factories opening here, is that what -- >> we welcome them, yes, if they want. why not. >> reporter: but trust is hard to build. >> this photograph, our nuclear martyrs. >> reporter: he keeps
office of four nuclear scientists and a driver assassinated in an effort to slow iran's nuclear program. he claims israel did the killings, with washington's tacit approval. allegations washington denies, and israel won't confirm. >> there's a space here. do you think there will be a sixth? obviously you don't want that -- >> i hope it's me. i hope it's me. >> you hope it's you? >> yeah. because this is a source of pride. i told you. yeah. we look for martyrdom. >> reporter: a wide gap still exists between the u.s. and iran, and the zeal of its revolution remains just below the surface. richard engel, nbc news, tehran. there is more to tell you about here tonight. did you get shut out for adele tickets? or maybe you paid double to see the boss? investigators say you're playing a fixed game. how they plan to track down on it. also, barbie's getting a new look, several of them in fact, after years of criticism. carry the centimeter,
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it's a worldwide problem for so many of the hottest events. why is it often so difficult to get tickets at face value? >> we're releasing today a report -- >> reporter: now, a three-year investigation by the new york state attorney general reveals tickets are never available to begin with. >> artists, promoters, venue operators will hold back a large number of tickets that never make it to the regular market. >> reporter: according to the report, some shows had 70% of tickets earmarked for presale events. the report also found that one ticket broker using a high-tech purchasing technique called a bot can immediately scoop up tickets for resale. in one example someone bought more than 1,000 tickets in one minute for u2's performance at madison square garden last year. it's a dilemma that has artists from elton john to cold play crying foul, and many fans steaming. >> so frustrating. heartbreaking. you know they're doing it purposely just so
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finally tonight, a historic change for one of the most popular toys of all-time. for generations, barbie dolls have presented an image of perfect beauty. for many, that's exactly the problem. but now as nbc's erica hill tells us, barbie is getting a whole new look. >> reporter: since barbie debuted in 1959, she's tried just about every job. but one thing that never changed, her figure. until today. when toy maker mattel introduced three new barbie body types to shapes and sizes of petite, tall, and curvy. >> i think it's about shape. >> reporter: critics had long complained barbie's body was an impossible ideal, and
pressure for more physically realistic dolls. mattel went back to the drawing board, and introduced more diverse options. >> society felt that barbie needed to be more in touch with the times and a better reflection of the world we're living in today. >> reporter: while barbie remained a best-seller for mattel, 92% of american girls 3 to 12 have owned one of the dolls. sales plunged 20% from 2012 to 2014. a slide that continues into 2015. >> more and more brands are recognizing that women and girls as consumers and as audiences, they need more, they demand more, they want more, and they'll spend more. >> reporter: mattel is hoping the new dolls available online now, in stores this march, will help to boost sales. >> times are changing. life has changed. we're all different shapes, different colors, different ethnicities. >> reporter: it just may be barbie's freshest look ever.
new york. and that will do it for us on this thursday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching, and good night. the parker police officer who saved a teenager from a frozen retention pond is talking about that day. 2 weeks ago 3 boys fell into the water. he pulled one out and did his best to save the other 2. victoria sanchez talked with him today.