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much for watching. nbc "nightly news" with lester holt is next. we'll see you again at 11:00. good night. takedown. with hillary clinton sidelined, a fiery president obama unloads on trump as our new poll shows the race is tightening. and the health history of both candidates now under scrutiny. olympic stars hacked. an alarming breach. private information about simone biles and serena williams exposed by russian cyber spies. no more reading glasses, the medical breakthrough, a procedure done in just minutes. and suddenly that fine print becomes clear. doctors call it life-changing. and voting booth selfies. did you know taking photos with that smartphone could cost you money. an election day fight for the digital age, push to overturn the ban.
"nightly news" begins right now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is nbc nightly new with lester holt. good evening. under two months to go and every day matters. the polls narrowing, and the clinton campaign with a power hitter today, president obama to pinch hit for the still ailing candidate in pennsylvania. a state that would be key to her fortunes. a fired-up president obama delivering a blistering attack on donald trump who has gained some ground, but still trails in our latest poll. hillary clinton's bout with pneumonia comes at a critical time and presents difficult strategy choices in the countdown to the first debate, just under two weeks away. we have reports from both campaigns tonight. nbc's andrea mitchell leads off our coverage. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. tonight we've learned hillary clinton will resume her campaign travel on thursday. she stayed home, resting today, but got some major league
backup. tonight hillary clinton, sidelined at home, losing critical campaign time. with 56 days to go and the first debate looming. forced to rely on president obama to fire up the party's base. >> i really, really, really want to elect hillary clinton. >> reporter: in philadelphia, trying to energize key parts of the coalition, latinos and young people, many still not excited about clinton. mr. obama going after donald trump. >> really? like, this is the guy you want to be championing working people? this guy who spent 70 years on this earth showing no concern for working people. >> reporter: clinton itching to get back out, but her team wanting her to fully recover in time for the first debate. sacrificed today, a big speech on the economy. clinton now facing a tightening race. in our new nbc news/survey monkey online poll, clinton's
lead over trump shrinking to only four points. in a four-way race, she leads by only two. clinton now talking about her near collapse and why she did not reveal she had pneumonia immediately. >> i just didn't think it was going to be that big a deal. it's just the kind of thing, if it happens to you and you're a busy active person, you keep moving forward. >> reporter: but bill clinton raising eyebrows with these comments about his wife's health. >> frequently -- not frequently. rarely, but on more than one occasion over the last many, many years, the same sort of thing's happened to her, when she got severely dehydrated. >> reporter: their daughter today. >> she's great. >> reporter: democrats on the changing race. >> we're nervous, but not unexpectedly nervous. secretary clinton will do extremely well in the three debates, she'll dispel any notion she's not strong enough to be president of the united states. >> reporter: but tonight, hillary clinton on doctor's orders, resting at
home. >> reporter: i'm katy tur covering the trump campaign. in an effort to be transparent donald trump says he's releasing the latest result of his physical on dr. oz. but today, he admitted trump will only answer questions he wants to. >> reporter: the trump team is refusing to say where and when he got his check-up. his campaign manager already downplaying expectations. >> i don't know why we need such extensive medical reporting when we all have a right to privacy. >> reporter: when it comes to prens, doctors disagree. >> you need to know what has happened in the past and what's happening now. >> reporter: for the first time since the convention, the momentum is back on trump's side, gaining ground in national and battleground polls. >> we know it's tightened up even more in the last few days. you can see it's easily a jump ball and the debates will be critical. >> reporter: to gain control, trump is
trying to exploit hillary clinton's basket of deplorables comment. >> while me opponent slanders you as deplorable and irrede irredeemable, i call you hard-working american patriots. >> it's certainly going to make it harder for her to attract, i would say people like me who are reluctantly voting trump, but don't really like him. >> reporter: undercutting trump's message, more violence at his rally. today campaign staff pleading with iowans to keep their hands to themselves. after a man tangled with three protesters in north carolina last night. here in pennsylvania tonight, donald trump is expected to try and close his gender gap, by giving a policy speech focused around childcare expenses and proposing a new and expanded childcare tax deduction. lester? >> katy tur tonight, thank you. tonight the backlash is growing over north carolina's so-called bathroom law, passed by the state's republican-led
legislature and signed by the republican governor which opponents say is anti-gay and anti-transgender rights. the ncaa is the latest big name to take a stand following a string of big businesses and celebrities. nbc's gabe gutierrez has the fight and the financial fall-out. >> reporter: for a city that calls itself tournament town, the ncaa's decision is dire. >> i would call it a man-made recession. >> reporter: nancy vaughn is the mayor of greensboro who estimates the city will lose at least $17 million after the ncaa yanked seven championship events, including men's college basketball games from the state, because of north carolina's so-called bathroom bill. the n krrchlt aa's president said, we believe in providing a safe and respectful environment at our events. >> we have people who work these tournaments, hourly workers, who will not be working those nights and it will be tough to make their budgets. >> reporter: the law forbids transgender individuals who using
public bathrooms that align with their gender identity. critics view it as discriminatory and anti-gay rights. a long list of businesses and opposed it and some have pulled out of the state. the nba even moving next year's all-star game. >> our image is being tarnished and it's embarrassing. >> reporter: but supporters of the law claim it protects women's safety. >> it's unbelievable to me that these entities would think it's okay to invade the privacy of a woman or a girl in a shower or locker room. >> reporter: the north carolina gop went further, saying, i wish the ncaa was this concerned about the women who were raped at baylor. the debate has heated up as governor pat mccrory runs for re-election. even spilling to the presidential race in this key battleground state. hillary clinton supportive of the ncaa, tweeting, discrimination has no place in america. mike pence dodging the question. >> donald trump and i simply believe that these decisions are best made at the state level.
>> reporter: the obama administration is suing north carolina over the law, and today the governor here blasted the ncaa's decision, saying the issue will soon be decided in court. lester? >> gabe gutierrez tonight, thank you. now to the big cyber attack, targeting the world anti-doping agency and affecting star american athletes. today wada confirmed its database containing confidential information on many olympians, including gold medalist simone biles, was hacked. the organization is blaming a russian espionage group in a scandal just unfolding. nbc's miguel almaguer has late details. >> reporter: the world anti-doping agency, tasked with keeping sports clean of drugs, says the hack exposed confidential medical data from some of the world's top athletes. simone biles, venus and serena williams, and elena della don. wada says the sensitive information was stolen by a cyber espionage group known as fancy bear, thought
to be russian, through the fishing of e-mail accounts. the target, some of the biggest stars in rio. simone biles had a medical exemption to take a banned substance. she took a stand today on twitter. i have adhd and have taken medicine for it since i was a kid. tennis superstar venus williams reacting. i was disappointed to learn today my privacy medical data has been compromised. i followed the rules. >> these athletes followed the rules to a tee and have done absolutely everything right and everything that they should have done. and to suggest or imply anything else is absolutely false. >> reporter: fancy bear is the same organization tied to the hack of the democratic national committee. the russian government denies any involvement. >> cyber terrorism is real. this is a form of terrorism that has envaded their lives. >> reporter: wada says it deeply regrets the situation and is very conscious of the
threats it represents to tleetss whose confidential information has been divulged through this criminal act. >> i would characterize this as a weapon of mass distraction. the russians want to distract from their own problems, including the doping issues at the olympics. >> reporter: calling the cyber attack ongoing, wada says russian hackers are working to undermine their organization. but some of the biggest stars in sport are the true victims. miguel almaguer, nbc news. i want to turn now to the growing fall-out for wells fargo, after getting hid br with a record fine for opening millions of fake accounts. former employees speaking out about the culture inside the company that allowed this to happen. and new revelations about a massive pay-out to a high level executive. >> reporter: tonight, the biggest bank in the world playing defense. >> i want to tell you and our customers that we are sorry. >> reporter: wells fargo ceo john stump
saying the employees who opened unauthorized accounts did not represent a flaw in the company's culture. >> we regret any situation where a customer got a product they did not request. there's nothing in our culture or vision of values that would support that. >> reporter: but according to some employees, the pressure to perform was enormous. >> you could risk losing your job if you do not meet your goals. that's guaranteed. if you don't meet your goals, you're out. >> reporter: 5,300 employees were fired after more than two millioning banking and credit card accounts were opened without customer permission. now the company paying $185 million in fines. new revelations showing the wells fargo executive in charge of consumer banking is walking away with a $125 million retirement package, according to fortune magazine. toll stat has not specifically been accused of wrongdoing and has not commented publicly.
in july, a statement saying she has been a standard bear of our culture, a champion for our customer. >> if they knew, then they need to be held accountable. if they didn't know, they also need to be held accountable. >> reporter: wells fargo will stop setting quotas for banking products at the end of this year. it says it wants to restore confidence with consumers. positive economic news is welcome news for so many families hit hard in the great recession. census bureau data shows middle class incomes had their faste fastest rate of growth ever recorded since first tracking in the 1960s. the poverty rate also fell. and the number of americans without health insurance is now under 10%. incomes increased across all racial groups. still median income remains below where it was in 2007 before the
great recession began. now to a voting fight for the digital age. this one is about selfies. people take them everywhere, but there's one place where they're illegal in more than half the country. the voting booth. do the bans help keep elections fair, or are they a restriction on free expression? that's the question a federal appeals court took up today and our justice correspondent pete williams has details. >> reporter: 2016 is the selfie election. photos with and by the candidates. >> here you go. >> reporter: in an age when even the pope has posed for them, what about selfies in the voting booth? many opposed to them. beyonce did one. but a photo got leon wright out of new hampshire in trouble for breaking the law, even though he's a state legislator. >> this law would ban an 18-year-old newly minted voter from posting a photograph of her ballot, expressing pride in having voted for the first time.
>> reporter: young people voting today say they oppose the selfie ban. >> as young people getting out to vote, i think it's important to encourage others. >> reporter: only nine states appear to allow voting booth selfies. california's governor hasn't decided to whether to allow them there. new hampshire defended its ban today in federal court, arguing that the law prevents voter fraud by making it harder for people to trade their votes for money. >> you're free to go out into the community and scream at the top of your lungs how you voted and who you support in the election. you just can't use your marked ballot to do so. >> reporter: for now, it's best to ask first before taking a voting booth selfie to avoid what could be a hefty fine. pete williams, nbc news, washington. still ahead tonight, the amazing new breakthrough for the millions of americans who need reading glasses. it only takes five minutes, but it could change your life forever. also, so many of our viewers know his story. now this american paralympian has just crosse
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back now with something doctors are calling a breakthrough that could make reading glasses a thing of the past. it's just a fact that many of us need them as we get older. but now it doesn't have to be. there's a new procedure you'll want to know about, and as nbc's dr. john torres explains, it takes just a matter of minutes. >> it's a condition affecting a billion people worldwide, getting older and getting far-sighted. >> you can't prevent
it. you know, it's gonna happen. you can't stop the aging process. >> reporter: it's just part of getting older. >> getting older. >> reporter: it's why 50-year-old sherry keeps nine pairs of reading glasses throughout her house. >> looking at the computer, when i'm out shopping, reading a newspaper, i can't do that. >> good morning, sheryl. >> reporter: sherry is about to become the first person in the nation to get a ground breaking device since it was approved by the fda. a tiny implant called the rain drop, made mostly with water, that reshapes the cornea and helps it to focus better. >> this is a life-changing procedure. this is more than just convenience. it's functioning in your day to day lives. >> reporter: the entire procedure takes under five minutes. first doctors use a laser similar to lasik which corrects near sightedness, to create a pocket in the cornea. about two minutes later, the implant is inserted and the procedure is done. >> that's all there is to it. >> you just started a
whole new era in ophthalmology. >> reporter: just 15 minutes after surgery? >> i couldn't get to that line before. >> sherry is already reading on her own. studies have shown a slight risk of seeing a glare or halo. the procedure costs about $3,000 and is not covered by insurance. >> this is great. >> reporter: doctors see a new solution for a common problem affecting everyone as they age. dr. john torrez, nbc news, bloomington, minnesota. we're back in a moment with a driver accused of a horrific with my moderate to severe crohn's disease,... ...i was always searching for ways to manage my symptoms. i thought i had it covered. then i realized managing was all i was doing. when i finally told my doctor, he said humira was for people like me who have tried other medications,... but still experience the symptoms of moderate to severe crohn's disease. in clinical studies, the majority of patients on humira saw significant symptom relief... ...and many achieved remission.
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history. >> reporter: in the final lap, mikey brannigan broke away. >> it's gonna be michael brannigan for the united states! >> reporter: finishing first by a full four seconds. his family in the stands. his old high school in new york, cheering him on. mikey is the first american runner with autism to win gold in the 1500 meter at the paralympi paralympics. >> it feels really special. i'm very happy and excited to do that. >> i'm so happy for mikey. i'm so happy for the united states. >> reporter: all of it means so much more when you know what it took for mikey to get here. diagnosed with autism at 18 months old, he didn't speak for years. >> at 3 years old, they told us to start getting on the waiting list for group homes, because the good ones are 12 years long. >> reporter: he used to run into walls, but when he was 7, his parents found a way to channel that energy, a running club for kids with special needs.
it became his passion. do you think autism makes you a better runner? >> a better person. >> reporter: a better person? >> every time i brought him to a race or a practice, he's just a regular kid. all the other stuff that goes on, everything goes away when he's on the track. >> michael brannigan, world champion. >> my son is taking me all over the country, all over the world. my autistic son is showing us the world. >> reporter: now he dreams of tokyo in 2020, crossing over from the paralympics to the olympics. >> that's my main shot and i'm going to keep on practicing and improving and getting stronger from here. >> reporter: he's already a winner. kate snow, nbc news, east north port, new york. 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 watching and goodnight.
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