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2 from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. a campaign that has 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 planned attacks. >> donald, i know you live in your own
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 on their own record. on the iraq war.
>> 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. finally on the birther conspiracy theory -- >> we're talking about 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
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 that beauty winner while trump refuses to 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 doit again. telling fox news, after alicia machado was crowned, she was pageant queen. >> she gained a weight, and it was -- it was a real problem. bait trump?: machado last night and she did. >> donald, she has a ]e
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 as mi?@nig thi?s tr?k?< hi?ghlighting a photo op of trust and machado and reporters how miss univwi with this , open eyes in these elections. >> reporter: in 16 months of his campaign, trump has never polled well with women. in our latest poll, >> 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
always hit back harder if he wants to. tonight trum in melbourne, florida, where voters who support him, female voters who support him, say they don't care what he says, 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 surrogaton 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! one down, two to go. >> 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.
like phillipe. tomorrow she'll head to new hampshire for the second time with bernie sanders, hoping he can persuade his young followers to lester?r her. >> 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. >> rep 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 by scorching heat, 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
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. >> reporter: 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 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. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. a sudden explosion here in new york leveled a house and killed a 17-year-old -- 17-year veteran of the fire department. the blast occurred while firefighters were checking out a reported gas smell at the
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 long denied any 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. >> reporter: today in a federal courthouse, 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
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 tremendous amount of traffic in 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 . 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 their alleged involvement. 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
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 and his presidential 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 ceasefire collapsed there last week. as our richard engel tells us, the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians hang in the balance. >> 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.
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 victims. scarred and under weight. 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 ceasefire. instead, syria and russia launched a surprise offensive withit seems for casualties. last week, we showed you a girl pulled from the rubble. our camera found her again a hospital. awake, but not doing well. a nurse said she can't recognize anyone. maybe it's a blessing. her entire famil killed in th?+?e attack she survived. doctors are calling for urgent international aid and intervention. but so far, help isn't coming. richard engel, nbc news.
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we're back with new details in the deadly police shooting that sparked a week of protests in charlotte. we've learned the wife of the man who was 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. 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. we shouldn't have to protest because y'all 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 foment -- moments. the family insists the
-- gun found at the scene has his fingerprints and dna. now nbc news has obtained this 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. r calls the protective order irrelevant and raises new questions about the officer's 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.
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. gabe gutierrez, nbc news. still ahead here tonight, we're back in a moment with why a food that a lot of kids love to eat is being recalled. being recall. when ico difference between life and death. for partners in health, time is life. we have 18,000 people around the world. the microsoft cloud helps our entire staff stay connected and work together in real time to help those that need it. the ability to collaborate changes how we work. what we do together
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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 did this. >> 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
>> he is overcome by emotion again. >> that was one of the best moments of my life. i don't have kids, so that's the best moment of my life, to hit a 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
i have been a senator. >> you haven't done it, you haven't done. >> i have been a secretary of state. >> excuse me-- >> 80 million, sure, smaller than the hundred million predicted. but it is still pretty impressive, the largest television audience ever to watch a debate. another nearly 3 million watched online. somewhere in that audience were quite a few people too young to vote this time around.
name calling? bickering? this is, after all, the country they will inherit. what about those who have the ability to vote but won't do it? maybe it will sway them to register and actually vote. >> i am steve staeger in for kyle clark, this is next. natives love to point out there are a lot of transplants here, that number has grown especially over the last 4 years, you can imagine some want to vote and those who don't, should. it is voter registration day and we are getting a lot of questions from transpl a they don't have a colorado id yet. >> if you don't have a colorado drivers license yet, there are several ways to register, the easiest is probably to download the paper form. it asks for your drivers license but it says if you don't have one, you can provide the last 4 dujts of your-- digits of your social security you can affirm you don't have one and the county will still register you to vote. >> first time cad voters