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that's our news for 6:00. "nightly news" is next. breaking news tonight, trump's bombshell, the gop's civil war explodes as donald trump refuses to endorse senator john mccain. house to house, door to door, fears of zika spreading in miami, and news the insecticide they're using on the mosquito doesn't seem to work. the dramatic takedown caught on camera. and jaw dropper, a new report that says flossing your teeth might not even work. tonight dentists weigh in on a debate
dividing the nation. "nightly news" begins right now. good evening, the 2016 race appears to be getting personal, but this-time between top republicans. donald trump said today he is now supporting house speaker paul ryan or john mccain in their upcoming election battles. but it was president obama who grabbed election headlines today with a blistering rebuke of trump who made his own headlines with a fresh round of controversies. tonight a new nbc news/survey monkey online poll show s clinton has opened up an 8 point lead over trump. >> reporter: for a lot of republicans, it would be an easy question, will you support the sitting house speaker in your
own party in his reelection bid on tuesday? a re-election he's expected to win. for donald trump, it's not so simple. just two weeks after a gop convention meant to show party unity new questions about whether it exists at all. late today, a stunning split, donald trump refusing to back house speaker paul ryan in his re-election fight, telling the "washington post," he's not quite there yet, the top republican ticket at odds with the top republican in congress, a nearly unprecedented move in modern political history. >> if you're donald trump, you've just given paul ryan a permission slip to pull his endorsement to you. >> reporter: ryan's primary challenger, possibly pay back for ryan's delay in backing him. even after trump
locked up the nomination, it took ryan weeks to endorse, disagreeing with trump on policy, but finding common ground on party unity. what's left of that unity now? we're about to find out as trump takes aim at another republican up for re-election. quote, i haven't endorsed john mccain, trump says, slamming the former p.o.w. for not doing a better job with the vets. it's nothing new for trump to go after his own party, remember when he alleged the rnc's rules were stacked against him? >> we're running against a rigged system. i'm afraid the election is going to be rigged, i have to be honest. >> reporter: no major gop leader has unendorsed trump, at least not yet. though almost all have commented on his criticism of two gold star parents, trump
today not shy about his own lack of military service. >> i always wanted to get the purple heart. this was much easier. >> reporter: now, trump's newest controversy, hitting the house, and for the gop, hitting home. ha halle jackson, nbc news, jacksonville. . >> reporter: today obama injected politics into a visit with a foreign leader. >> i think donald trump is unfit to serve as president. i said so last week and he keeps on proving it. >> reporter: alongside the prime minister of singapore, mr. obama condemning donald trump with his strongest words yet. >> he's woefully unprepared to do this job. i think i was right and mitt romney and john mccain were wrong on certain policy issues, but i never thought that they couldn't do the job. >> reporter: calling on republican leaders to take back their support for trump.
>> if you are repeatedly having to say in very strong terms that what he has said is unacceptable, why are you still endorsing him? >> there has to be a point in way you say, this is not somebody i can support for president of the united states. there has to be a point in which you say enough. >> reporter: these blistering comments come as the president tries to preserve his presidency and help elect hillary clinton. military families especially enraged by trump's comments. >> this seems to be above and beyond the usual kinds of legitimate comments. so i think the president was very viscerally moved to make large statements about what mr. trump said. >> reporter: the president may also be enboldened by his increasing popularity.
as donald trump faces controversies on several different fronts, he also faces a donning electoral map. he has deep trouble with women voters, can he turn this thing around? >> reporter: trump teasing a mom about a crying baby in ashburn, virginia today. >> don't worry about that baby, i love babies. i was just kiting get that baby out of here. >> reporter: a new survey monkey poll taken after the conventions shows his already growing gap between hillary clinton is growing. trump's not doing himself any favorites, asked by usa today how he would feelive daughter ivanka was sexual assaultly assaulted if roger
ailes harassed them. >> i would like to think she would find another career or another company if that were the case. >> what you're saying is ivanka is a strong, powerful woman. she wouldn't allow herself to be subjected to it. >> reporter: from may gachb kelly, trust me, i'm strong tweeted gretchen carlson. >> i think that donald trump really is such a throw back to a cave manner are that he doesn't even realize he has a woman problem. >> reporter: in virginia, underscoring how nasty the campaign has gotten, yelling take that bitch down. >> his mother says the boy was entitled to his opinion. another big story
we continue to follow, florida health officials report another case of zika, for a total of 15 cases so far. the cdc issued an unprecedented a visery to avoid a miami, florida neighborhood. >> reporter: authorities tell nbc news they are still investigating where this new case was acquired. they do know the patient lives outside of that one square mile area north of downtown miami. federal officials say the insecticides used to kill mosquitos are not as effective as they had hoped. >> just checking for mosquitoes. >> reporter: every day now in winwood, the ground war begins anew, hitting the area with agents to kill the larvae, and sweeping away standing water after last night's rains,
especially on those flat roofs. but experts say zika mosquitoes may be in other parts of miami or beyond. >> we have a steep learning curve around this virus so we're still trying to get our arms around how extensive this outbreak could be. >> reporter: officials say anybody bitten could become an unknown carrier, once bitten and infected, while traveling elsewhere, could be bitten by another mosquito, that mosquito bites another person, spreading the disease. a single mosquito with zika could lay more than 100 eggs and it is a voracious biter. >> it will bite four or five, six individuals before she settles down to layer eggs. >> reporter: mothers to be more anxious during the day. >> i'm absolutely terrified and the
scariest part is our political leaders seem to have failed us at this point. >> reporter: folks headed to this area in the rain and the heat are now being encouraged to not only use repellent but to wear long sleeves. health officials say one of the problems is that zika is an invisible infection. six of the 15 people infected didn't even show symptoms. a horrific crash on a california highway has left five people dead. many more were injured including the driver when a charter bus veered off the root and slammed into a sign post, slicing much of the bus in two. it was traveling from mexico to washington state. the cause is sun der investigation. now to some exclusive reporting from our nbc news investigative team about the expansion of isis around the world. tonight for the first time, we're seeing a map from the obama administration and obtained by nbc news that paints a detailed portrait of a terror group's global reach. our senior investigative correspondent cynthia
mcfadden has details. >> reporter: today the u.s. launched more air strikes against isis targets in libya, representing an expansion of u.s. military operations beyond iraq and syria. also today, an nbc news exclusive, this map, part of the monthly classified briefing received by the white house, dated august 2016. from the national counter terrorism center. it shows the worldwide expansion of the islamic state. a stunning three-fold increase since the u.s. and its allies began their military campaign against isis two years ago. >> that map could probably be a lot bigger if they were to show all the aspirational regions where isis wants to operate. >> reporter: in 2014, there were seven countries in which isis was operating in 2014, that was nearly doubled to 13. now there's 18 country where is the islamic state is fully
operational. and a new category, aspiring isis branches of which there are six branches including bangladesh, where last month, isis took credit for killing 24 people, in a year which politicians are vigorously debating the war against terror, the battle ground is clearly expanding. cynthia mcfadden, nbc news, new york. we are now just three days away from the start of the rio olympics. the anticipation hitting a fever pitch as the stars from team usa arrive on the scene, despite fears that the city may not be ready, american athletes certainly are for their shot at gold. stephie gosk is at the olympic center in rio. >> reporter: rio's bay was supposed to be cleaned up by now, but the contamination did not keep the team off the water today. >> we have been training here since 2013 and part of that training and preparation was doing our own water testing.
>> reporter: three days from opening ceremony, the teams are moving into the village. >> we're ready, you know, we're so fired up. >> reporter: athletes of all shapes and sizes. that's u.s. gymnast simone bile. >> reporter: some of these delegations have already been here for over a week and it got off to kind of a rocky start. multiple teams criticized the apartments but the u.s. athletes we bumped into today with respect fazed. >> one of the big questions still looming over the games is the fate of the russian team, more than 100 athletes have been banned in the wake of the massive doping scandal. a three-person olympic panel will make the decision on who can compete before opening ceremony. but that means some athletes already here could be told to go home. and a program
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