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between hillary clinton and donald trump who are back on the road tonight doing what campaigns doing 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 our own reality, but that is not the fact. donald trump's free-wheeling jabs. >> she's got experience, that i agree, but it's bad, bad experience. >> reporter: tuning in,a i record 80 million plus pivotal viewers, watching moments that could last until election day. trump giving his critics more amnition on his hidden tax returns, appearing to acknowledge in many years, he payed zero tax returns. >> that makes me
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>> reporter: and under fire for his treatment of alicia machado, miss universe. >> 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 illegal server set up taking the fifth, i think it's disgraceful. >> reporter: both candidates tripping up on their own record. on the iraq war. 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. finally on the birther
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>> we're talking about racial healing in this segment. what do you say -- >> i say nothing. because i was able to get him to produce it. >> reporter: trump again fueling outrage, blaming nt clinton's campaign for starting the controversy. >> they were pressing it very hard. >> reporter: that claim 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 change either way. >> i would agree. clinton was 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 main telling me tonight it's raised more than $16 million, lester, in 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's remarks about
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universe's weight. we're hearing from that beauty winner while trump refuses to back down on his comments. >> 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. >> donald, name. her name is alicia machado. >> reporter: machado won miss universe when she was 19, trump was 50 at the time and said this in 1997. >> she gains about 55 pounds in a period of nine months. she was like an eating machine. >> reporter: it made for an easy target for clinton. an hour after the debate, highlighting a photo of trump and
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universe, with this, with this person, can open eyes in these elections. >> reporter: in 16 months of his campaign, 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 cann 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 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. >> thanks, katy. hillary clinton, is trying to seize the post debate momentum. let's get more from
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>> 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 with millenials dropping 19 points since last month. >> clinton seemed very programmed, like she was reading off something, very robotic. and i thought trump was very passionate and natural. >> reporter: clinton 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
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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 million borrowed from his father. >> my father gave me a very small loan in 1975. >> reporter: a moment that came after days of debate prep with her former aide fleep ryanes playing trump. she told her team, trump sounded 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 turn now to 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
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>> reporter: in the santa cruz mountains this is the race to save homes. 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 drought conditi a new norm. typical fight in this mountain range. >> reporter: for the 56 huh 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. >> just stick it out here for a while until it's nap time and go home and sit in front of the fan.
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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 veteran of the fire department. the blast occurred while firefighters were checking accounted a reported gas smell at the scene. falling debris killed battalion chief michael fay 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. chris christie has long denied any knowledge of the scheme to cause a traffic gentleman 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.
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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 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 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.
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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 chtrial fighting charges for their alleged involvement. he replied, got it. wildstein pleaded guilty to charges for his involvement. governor christie has not been charged with a crime. >> these prosecutors e 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. turning oversea now. syrian government
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for all after a cease fair 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. syrian troops aleppo, their target is the rebel-held east, where activists say 250 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
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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 recognize anyone. 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. the tell you about. still ahead, a little girl's heartbreaking plea. the tearful message she had for police that's resonating
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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 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. >> reporter: it was already a contentious charlotte city council meeting when 9-year-old zaiana captured the frustration of so many. >> we are black people, and we shouldn't have to feel like this. we shouldn't have to
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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 three videos released so far don't prove he was armed. but police say a fun found at the scene has his fingerprints and dna. rakeyia scott wrote that her husband had a gun but no permit because he was a 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 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
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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 family, the death of scott has 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. news. 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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a powerful typhoon has killed at least four people in injured hundreds more after slamming into taiwan. typhoon megi came ashore, packing
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miles per hour. the equivalent of a category four 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 in a decade. but musk's companies spacex has experienced big setbacks recently, including the explosion of an unmanned rocket that satellite. 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 2017. also included some 20-pound bags sold only in pennsylvania. when we come back
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finally tonight, there wasn't a dry eye in the stands or the fiels to star pitcher jose fernandez last night. he was killed in a tragic accident over the weekend. 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
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? >> 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 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 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 that's the best moment
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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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