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"nbc nightly news" is next. we'll see you good entonight at 11:00. developing news tonight. "dateline" intervention? after a disastrous 48 hours, high level gop sources telling nbc news "dateline" allies may come together to confront the candidate himself. hoping for a dramatic turnabout as republican anxiety soars. crash landing disaster. tonight the panic inside a massive passenger plane sliding on the runway and bursting into flames. the desperate rush to get out alive. ransom paid? a midnight flight loaded with $400 million sent to iran at the same time americans were finally free. did the white house make a secret deal? terror bust shocker. a d.c. transit cop accused of trying to help isis. the first police
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officer to face such a charge. and a report from rio where it's already game on. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. >> good evening. i'm savannah guthrie in for lester tonight. in a sense there are two "dateline" campaigns tonight. the one that publicly officials say is right on track with rumors of internal infighting and panic vastly overblown. and then there's the one openly breaking with top republican leaders fending off controversy after controversy to the point some worried "dateline" allies are reportedly thinking of confronting the candidate. add to that new concerns over what would happen if a president "dateline" had access to this country's nuclear codes. let's get to hallie jackson on the campaign trail from jacksonville tonight. good evening. >> reporter: good evening. "deadly intent" has
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never had a two-day period like this. how he acts at rallies like this one will determine whether his campaign recovers or whether some republicans say good-bye for good. publicly everything's fine. >> the campaign is doing really well. it's never been so well united. >> reporter: privately, anything but. multiple high level gop sources telling nbc news of a possible intervention with top trump supporters rudy giuliani. as they try to get the trump train back on track. currently in, quote, crazytown. even ally newt gingrich calling his candidate unacceptable right now. president george w. bush taking aim at his isolationism. trump trump's team assists there is no intervention. >> the clinton may ma sheen may not like it, but we're prepared for the fight. >> reporter: the fight now inside his own
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party. after trump's refusal to endorse paul ryan. >> i strongly endorse ryan. he's a longtime friend. >> reporter: partly fueled by this question. could you trust trump with the nation's nuclear codes? one top republican national security adviser writing, imagine having to turn launch keys not knowing if we were under attack or if it was because a foreign leader said a mean thing on twitter. but even after a list of controversies in just the last 24 hours, trump's still within striking distance of hillary clinton. >> those are the elite republican party he's in trouble with. not the regular republican party like me. >> reporter: some supporters hoping in the gop civil war, it's trump who will prevail. hallie jackson, jacksonville. >> reporter: i'm kristen welker. hillary clinton
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looking to capitalize on donald trump's missteps in colorado. >> if he wants to make america great again, he should start by making things in america. >> reporter: clinton looking to pick off from working class voters today at a tie company accusing trump of outsourcing. >> i really would like him to explain why he paid chinese workers to make trump ties. >> reporter: and she's picking up an endorsement from gubernatorial candidate and hewlett-packard ceo meg whitman. whitman writing in a statement, trump's unsteady hand would endanger our prosperity and national security. i have decided to support hillary rodham clinton. this following scathing remarks from whitman made in march. campaign sources tell nbc news they're courting the independents and republicans. already winning over mike bloomberg and mark cuban.
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the first to pledge his support for clinton. but trump is still competitive announcing an $80 million fund raising event. catching up to clinton who netted $90 million last month. still with voters struggling to trust her, clinton also has vulnerabilities heading into the fall. >> we are almost 98 days away from this thing. this is not the time for a victory lap. this is the time, again, to hunker down, to continue to sharpen the message and work twice as hard as we did yesterday. >> reporter: hoping that work can turn the never trump movement into the i'm with her campaign. kristen welker, nbc news, washington. >> for more on all of this, let's go to our political director moderator of "meet the press," chuck todd. is there really an intervention in the works? would donald trump even accept such a meeting? >> there is a ton of concern with a lot of republican leaders mostly in washington. it has to do, of course, with the treatment of paul ryan in particular. but it has to do with the fact that he has
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just had the six worst days of the general election and they don't want it to get worse. whether you call it an intervention, it's sort of the same thing that got them to get manafort as campaign manager. that got trump to go with mike pence rather than newt gingrich. plea with the kids. that has been the key to getting trump to comport with party wishes before. so ultimately that's what it's about. will the kids be the ones to intervene? >> chuck todd in washington, thank you very much. we turn now to new images showing the terror inside a passenger plane moments after it crash landed. hundreds scrambling to escape the emirates jet after it exploded at the dubai airport. we get more now from nbc's kelly cobiella. >> reporter: a boeing 777 on fire. smoke billowing from the fuselage. this new video purports to show the panic inside. passengers trying to grab their luggage.
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>> jump! jump! jump! leave your bags behind! >> reporter: the crew trying to evacuate before this. >> right after we got out, the plane blew up. >> reporter: jarrett george was on board and said there was no warning of an emergency landing. >> after the plane stopped, then the smoke started coming inside. and they were saying just jump, just jump. >> reporter: remarkably all 300 passengers and crew got out alive. there was one fatality. a firefighter battling the flames. the fire gutted the plane from cockpit to tail. tonight an aviation industry source told nbc news one possible explanation. an aborted landing because of powerful gusts. or wind sheer. >> that would have been quite often beyond the control of the pilots to avoid contacting the ground. >> reporter: investigators now look to the pilots and the black boxes for answers.
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kelly cobiella, nbc news, london. a troubling first to tell you about tonight. a washington, d.c., transit officer accused of trying to help isis by coming to the aid of a man he thought was traveling overseas to join that terror group. this is the first u.s. law enforcement officer to face such a charge. nbc's pete williams now with the story. >> reporter: police and federal agents today searches the suburban washington home of nicholas young, a veteran of the d.c. transit police accused of helping a man he thought was going overseas to join isis but who was working undercover for the fbi. the fbi's been watching young and his house for nearly six years. ever since a friend was arrested for trying to join a terror group in somalia and another friend was arrested for plotting to set off a bomb at the u.s. capitol. neighbors say they kept their distance. >> we knew something was weird about him, we just never expected it to be, you know, something like this. >> reporter: court documents say young was interviewed by the
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fbi five times over the years telling them he collected nazi memorabilia and twice went to libya to join rebels fighting the gadhafi regime. he met with operative 20 times and bought $240 of gift cards for apps scrambling text messages making them impossible to intercept. >> you have to look at all potential threats seriously. and you have to try to disrupt those that appear to be developing in dangerous ways. >> reporter: no comment from young who appeared briefly today in court or his lawyer. the fbi says he told friends he was constantly on guard fearing he was under surveillance apparently unaware that he really was. pete williams, nbc news, alexandria, virginia. and now to the fire storm facing the president tonight. did the u.s. in effect pay ransom to iran to free american prisoners at the very moment the obama administration was implementing that much
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heralded iranian nuclear deal? the white house says no. but critics are saying the timing is deeply troubling. here's nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell. >> reporter: it is a tale of two exchanges. four american prisoners finally released from iran last january. at midnight an unmarked cargo plane loaded with cash from the netherlands and switzerland takes off for tehran. $400 million of iran's money frozen by the u.s. since the hostage crisis in 1981. is the payment coincidence or ransom? violating a long standing u.s. policy not to pay to free captive americans. the president the next day claiming no connection. >> with the nuclear deal done, prisoners released, the time was right to resolve this dispute as well. >> reporter: firing up critics today, donald trump pouncing. >> this was started by crooked hillary clinton. >> reporter: although it took place four years after she took office.
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>> we basically paid ransom to the iranian regime. >> reporter: the administration aggressively defending the deal. >> we do not pay ransom. period. this was not ransom. period. >> reporter: former prisoner jason rezaian's brother. >> i'm thankful the administration did everything they could to bring him home and others as well. >> reporter: but does it damage u.s. credibility as it did -- a no ransom policy the obama white house sticks to when refusing to bargain with isis. >> you should never pay ransom for hostages. i'm concerned the iranians might think that's the deal they got. >> reporter: the white house says this deal actually saved the taxpayers billions in interest and penalty. because an international court was about to impose that on the u.s. for dragging its heels. still it is a toxic issue to erupt for a former secretary of state this close to the election. savannah? >> all right, andrea. thank you. now to rio where the olympic torch has reached the city and we're just two days
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away now from the opening ceremony. today we learned michael phelps, the most decorated olympian in history will be the flag bearer for the united states. this as competition got under way tonight. and some of the u.s. athletes took the field. miguel almaguer. >> reporter: the olympic torch now in the city of samba. there was as much celebration as security here. clashes with police last night. some trying to extinguish the torch calling these the games of inequality. but today the games go on. the u.s. women's soccer team on the field. >> and here comes phelps to the wall! >> reporter: while another favorite to strike gold, michael phelps, learned he will be team usa's flag bearer. what does that mean to you? >> to even be nominated to carry the flag is an honor to me. then to have my teammates select me to
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carry the flag into opening ceremonieceremonies, it's an honor. >> reporter: phelps has never walked an opening ceremony choosing instead to rest up instead. >> in every other olympics i felt laser focused on every little thing that i didn't get to enjoy every small thing. i'm enjoying this process a lot more. >> reporter: phelps and american swimmers could compete against the russians. with much of the russian delegation barred from competition for doping, some of their athletes are still appealing that decision tonight. but for team usa, the stage is set. opening ceremony is in two days. miguel almaguer, nbc news, rio. >> and a program note, lester holt begins anchoring our live "nightly news" coverage from rio tomorrow night. still ahead from here tonight, living in fear of zika virus in the u.s. the extreme measures pregnant women are taking to keep their babies safe. also monsoon flash floods overwhelming neighborhoods, trapping cars. the chances of
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we're back now with the battle to stop the spread of zika in the u.s. late today florida's governor announced that free testing will be offered to all pregnant women in the state. and while no new home grown cases were reported today, concerns remain high as nbc's kerry sanders explains now, many expectant moms aren't taking many chances.
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>> reporter: 91 degrees outside in miami, but amanda romero, 37 weeks pregnant, is doing everything she can to avoid contact with mosquitoes like wearing long sleeves today and moving quickly from the house into the car. >> i have a lot of friends that are pregnant right now and all of us are kind of scared saying bug spray is our new perfume. >> reporter: at body belly baby today, some pregnant moms might leave town. >> i actually killed a mosquito inside our house last night. and my husband said maybe it's not a bad idea to go to california. my sister lives there. >> reporter: obgyns like rebecca martinez telling mothers to be their anxieties are justified. >> we've never faced a situation like this. in the 30 years that i've been practicing. i'm scared for my patients because the recommendations change daily and i know how scared they are. >> reporter: last night's heavy rains left perfect mosquito breeding grounds. in a first, the city vacuumed those puddles. the nasty weather also delayed this mosquito
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control plane from taking off. in addition to the already intense efforts on the ground, the battle plan? spray a ten mile area around the zika zone with an insecond side kaled naled. it's been used for 50 years. >> would i stand outside while the planes are going over? i wouldn't. but i also know i'm not going to absorb a toxic amount of pesticide. >> reporter: experts say folks who live in this target zone and hear the plane should not only get indoors but wait about two hours before coming back out. kerry sanders, nbc news, miami. and we're back in a moment with a big honor for a little boy wh when it comes to healthcare, seconds can mean the 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.
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and they kept coming. the national weather service called it a 100-year event. desert cities pelted with two inches of rain in just an hour. submerging streets, overwhelming entire neighborhoods, trapping motorists on the i-17. the city's water pumps were no match for the flash floods. commuters traded time for safety. >> i watched it rain for about an hour, it seemed like. it rained really hard. hardest i've ever seen. >> reporter: today 10 million americans across the southwest are living under a flash flood watch in what has already been a deadly week. >> there's people in the water! >> reporter: in maryland, newly released 911 call from the deluge that killed two provide realtime reaction to the devastation. >> what's happening, ma'am? >> the water has broken through the floor. >> reporter: six inches of rain creating a torrent stronger than cars. >> we can't go outside. i tried tied to walk in that current. couldn't do it. >> reporter: rising
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temperatures giving way to rising waters with catastrophic results. joe fryer, nbc news. we have an update now on a brave little boy who many of our viewers will definitely recognize. 9-year-old zion harvey got a big honor at last night's baltimore orioles game. he threw out the first pitch. we profiled zion a little over a year ago. he became the first chiel ever to receive a double hand transplant then. zion lost his hands and feet to a life threatening infection when he was just a toddler. when we come back, a teenager going for gold. we're with the youngest american
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>> i don't think it matters how old a person is because in the end you just want to win. >> reporter: he's the son of immigrants and like so many tales in silicon valley, kanak got started in his family's garage. at just 5 years old. playing with his mother karuna jane. >> i started playing because nobody wanted to play with him. >> reporter: his older sister humored him and eventually kanak started to win. >> i had it. i was going to hit it next shot. we were competitive for a long time. we wanted to beat each other. >> reporter: soon the kid wonder was filling drawers and shelves with trophies and medals. in some ways kanak is a typical american teenager who likes playing video games in his spare time. but he doesn't have much of it. kanak takes his high school courses online. so he can practice up to six hours a day. working on his explosive footwork and strategic spin. are you giving me your
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best here? coach massimo says kanak has everything. >> he has the skills and hands and great determination. so you put everything together and it comes a big talent. >> reporter: his childhood idol tim wang has taken notice and now they're olympic teammates. >> he's like a dog that bites onto your leg and won't let go no matter how hard you shake him. >> reporter: for kanak success means physical strength and staying cool under pressure. anything you do right before you go out for a match? >> i wouldn't say i'm superstitious, but i do say some stuff to myself just to calm me down and it's like a mantra, kind of. >> reporter: want to share it with us? >> no. sorry. >> reporter: it's a secret. >> yeah. >> reporter: a secret he hopes will take him straight to the top. jolene kent, nbc news. >> go get 'em.
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that's going to do it for us on a wednesday night. i'm savannah guthrie. see you tomorrow morning bright and early on "today." from all of us at nbc news, thanks for watching and good evening. only "extra" is with bad chad watching his own epic "bachelor in paradise" meltdown. >> it sucks. what are you going to do? >> now on "extra." ♪ ♪ ♪ bad chad strikes again. > serious, man. >> the ripped reality star blows
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