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. tonight from las vegas, wild drama, trump and clinton, the final showdown before the election. donald trump in need of a game-changing moment, unleashing more surprise guests to try to rattle hillary clinton. bracing for a barrage of attacks. nbc news exclusive as wikileaks releases more stolen documents. intelligence sources tell nbc news what the u.s. is doing to block the russians from making off with anything more. but what else do they already have? blown away -- a massive explosion rocks a big american city. firefighters injured as people run for their lives. and clearing the air -- from buying tickets to lost luggage.
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"nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: decision 2016, the presidential debate. this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. reporting tonight, from las vegas. and good evening from the university of nevada, las vegas, where the blue debate set behind me may be about the only thing recognizable from when hillary clinton and donald trump first debated lastmo the topics have all dramatically shifted ahead of their third and final showdown here. a slight underdog in a bloomberg poll going into the first debate, this evening bloomberg's latest poll puts clinton nine points ahead. the campaigns telegraphing there will be none of the traditional predebate pleasantries for family, with trump laying the ground work to sharpen his attacks. the questions tonight, can he
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own? let's begin coverage with nbc's katie tur. >> donald trump is going all in with the politics of distraction, inviting a new bill clinton accuser to the debate. leslie millwee told breitbart that clinton forcibly touched her in 1980 when she was a reporter in arkansas and he was governor. clinton's team not commenting. breitbart was run by trump's ceo until august. the outlet cou substantiate her claims. but trump isn't stopping there, seating benghazi mother pat smith in the front row. using smith to force a confrontation. >> i blame hillary clinton personally for the death of my son. >> trump also inviting ambassador chris stevens one-time fiancee. afghanistan lone survivor marcus latrell. four mothers killed by undocumented immigrants and
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kenyan half-brother. trump turning the final debate into a spectacle when gol operatives say what he needs is to tone it down. >> he needs to change what swing voters think about him. that require as presidential temperament. >> in the days since the last debate, trump did not lighten his schedule, squeezing in prep on his plane between events, jed joinedgy generals mike flynn and keith kellogg. nbc hasea shuns mock debates but rnc chief reince priebus did fill in as unofficial moderator. chris christie, a psuedo moderator. the goal to prep trump on rapid-fire responses while finding ways to knock clinton off her game. on policy, trump's team said they'll highlight what they call her failed 30-year record. just as he did in the second debate. >> she never changed and she never will change. she never will change.
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the media is out to get him. but if he does lose, daughter ivanka suggested he would concede. >> he'll either win or he won't win. and i believe he'll accept the outcome either way. >> the campaign said they expect clinton to bring up trump's accusers, but as of now they won't say how trump will respond. >> this is donald trump's last chance to pitch himself to millions of americans in one setting. instead of focusing on his own ideas, the campaign has fodder. lester? >> katie tur, thank you. and bracing for all that and the unpredictable is hillary clinton. looking to maintain her lead with less than three weeks to go. and deny trump a chance to find momentum. nbc news is learning details on clinton's final showdown strategy and we get more on that in a report from nbc's andrea mitchell. >> tonight, hillary clinton entering the debate as the clear
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challenges, three keys for the clinton team, first, how will she take on donald trump? tonight her first chance to confront trump since his unfounded claims the election will be rigged. the president teeing up her argument that trump is undermining democracy. >> i would advise mr. trump to stop whining. >> and the first time she'll be confronted with trump's new tactics, like bringing up a benghazi victim's mother, who blames clinton for her son's death and inviting the new bill clinton accuser to the debate. >> this surprises tonight. >> we're expecting that he'll do anything in these closing days. he has said that he's essentially practicing a scorched earth approach to this campaign. >> the clinton campaign had the debate commission cancel the traditional handshake between bill clinton and melania trump who will enter the hall without greeting each other. a second key tonight, playing defense against those wikileaks emails. nbc news learning her likely response to hit trump for
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behind the hacks. the stolen messages from clinton chairman john podesta sure to come up tonight. more than 4,000 released just today. including this awkward account from her top strategist -- acknowledging her flip-flop on trade. quote the reality is hrc is more pro trade than anti- and trying to turn her into something she is not could reinforce our negative around authenticiauthe. finally clinton will reach out to swing voters. he might have been considering voting for trump or who might have been staying home or the classic swing voters of whom there are fewer and fewer as we get closer to the election. >> clinton's top challenge -- not to blow her lead. even her allies acknowledging she's best when her back is against the wall. when i asked one of the top clinton aides what is her one piece of advice to her tonight? he said be presidential. lester? >> andrea mitchell, thank you.
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of "meet the press," chuck todd. let me ask you about the idea of having provocative guests in the front row. does that shake either candidate? they're both pros. >> at this point they're pros about it i do think what happened in st. louis, the first time that the trump campaign did all of these antics, it might have had some impact, at least on campaign team, maybe on hillary clinton herself. i don't think any of this stuff works and over-the-top theet ricks, thas one, obviously donald trump's back is against the wall and this is his last big shot at sort of getting back in the race. but it's more important if you're paul ryan and you're the speed he can of the house. a bad night tonight for donald trump, a night similar to the first debate and it is a catastrophe for the republicans down the ballot. paul ryan, anybody else needs trump to have a good night if they want to give themselves a good chance of holding their house majority. this is no longer about fixing the presidential race and
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party can stop a total loss. >> it's a long view you're looking at? >> yes, absolutely. our primetime coverage of the debate, the final presidential debate starts at 9:00 p.m. eastern. 6:00 p.m. pacific here on nbc. to an nbc news exclusive investigation as wikileaks continues to play a major role in this election. u.s. intelligence sources are taking us inside the effort to stop the flow of documents hacked by russia and published by wikileaks. here's nbc news senior >> a high-level u.s. intelligence source tells nbc news that the u.s. is confident it has cut off the flow of election-related material being hacked by the russians. the u.s. claims the kremlin has been behind the theft of a wide range of documents. many of them harmful to the clinton campaign. the highly placed intelligence official tells nbc news new defensive measures taken by the
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have been using to steal emails from high-profile democrats and other prominent americans. >> i think it's credible that the u.s. government is doing everything possible to stop the cyberbleeding, to stop the leaking of information that the russians are getting access to. that doesn't mean that the russians don't already have a lot of information and it doesn't mean that they won't find ways of either disseminating that information, or getting access to more of it. >> u.s. i also tell nbc news they are more confident than ever that the russians have used wikileaks founder julian assange, to help distribute the hacked material. telling nbc the u.s. considers assange a quote willing participant in the russian scheme. assange has been holed up in the ecuadorian embassy in london for more than four years. >> they're frustrated because wikileaks has done a fair amount
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the courageous way out by hiding in the ecuadorian embassy in london. >> and the u.s. is making it personal. multiple intelligence sources tell us that the u.s. quietly pressured ecuador to shut off julian assange's internet access. isolating him from his organization. the state department in ecuador have publicly denied that there was any pressure. today, the reverb rations of russia's cyberassault he spectrum. even republican senator marco rubio came out swinging against wikileaks. >> do we want to be a country where foreign leader or foreign intelligence agencies can blackmail our elected officials and say to them that unless you do what we want you to do, we're going to release emails from your campaign manager. your wife. your daughter. your son. and we're going to embarrass you. so unless you want to be embarrassed, you better do what we want you to do.
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for the moment, there are still thousands of additional documents already in the pipeline, that we expect to see. lester? >> cynthia mcfadden, thank you. in portland, oregon, a massive explosion has injured at least eight people, including firefighters who rushed in to help evacuations have been made minutes earlier. likely saving lives. nbc's miguel almaguer has our report. >> the massive explosion owe lit rated at least one shattering windows a block away, and rattling nerves across portland. >> gas line just exploded. >> just before 9:40 this morning, police and firefighters scrambling to the scene of a gas leak. ordering immediate evacuations, when the blast blew apart a commercial building. >> had those evacuations happened you know minutes later,
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including five first responders who radioed for help, two with broken legs. >> mayday, mayday! >> after the initial explosion -- several smaller blasts shook this upscale trendy shopping district. flames shooting into the air. chaos and confusion and a nearby school evacuating. >> i heard a lot of screams and like people were running away and like kind of in a fashion in the street. >> the gas company says there was construction in the area when a gas line was ruptured, changing the face of this neighborhood. >> it was like a huge explosion. and you know your thought is, terrorism. or -- a bomb. >> tonight, this busy portland, oregon neighborhood is in pieces. but thankfully, no lives were lost. miguel almaguer, nbc news. >> turning overseas to iraq,
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draws closer to mosul. the battle to free the city from isis could be a long and bloody one. but the general leading the american effort there now tells nbc news several isis leaders have already fled. nbc's richard engel has more from inside iraq. >> u.s.-backed kurdish and iraqi troops are tightening the noose around isis in mosul. closing in from three sides. and isis, although still in relatively small numbers, is fighting back. isis has had plenty of time to prepare for this fight. kurdish troops uncovered this well-equipped tunnel outside mosul. they expect there are many more like it, and that isis has also planted bombs in their path. in its propaganda, too, isis is promising that america will suffer a humiliating defeat here. nonsense, according to general
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>> we're seeing isis leaders leaving mosul. >> isis moving? >> we've gotten indications of that. so i expect there will be a foreign fighter presence that will stay. >> that's because unlike locally recruited isis fighters, the foreigners will have a hard time mixing in with the stream of civilians already escaping from the war zone. the big question now is how many isis militants will actually stand and fight in mosul and how they'll do it. beside theun traps, there are concerns isis could use crude chemical webs. american commanders tell us they're prepared for that, too. lester? >> all right. richard thank you. still ahead tonight, refunds for delayed bags, one of the major changes the white house wants to make to address some of the most common complaints among airline passengers. also, a major wireless carrier was doing to customers carrier was doing to customers that landed
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we're back now from las vegas. hard to believe but it's already time to start thinking about booking those airline tickets for the holidays. today the obama administration announced a series of proposed new rules designed to offer more protections for airline customers. like getting a refund if your luggage arrives late. but the airlines insist the rules could actually lead to higher ticket prices. here's nbc's tom costello.
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robert k kearney: i fought for y country in kosovo and iraq, and i've been a republican all my life. but i'm the father of three girls. i can't stand hearing donald trump call women pigs, dogs, and bimbos...and i sure don't want my daughters hearing it. i want my girls to grow up proud and strong, in a nation where they're valued and respected. donald trump's america is not the country i fought for. so, i'm voting for hillary clinton. hillary clinton: i'm hillary clinton and i approve this message. . there is news tooth for customers of t mobile. the country's numb three wireless carrier has been fined $48 million for not telling users clearly enough that so-called unlimited data plans weren't actually unlimited. in fact, the fcc says t-mobile was intentionally slowing down the speeds of customer who is used the most data.
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here's rehema ellis. >> it's not easy teaching seventh graders lessons in civics. >> you got to have pros and cons. >> during a campaign that's anything but civilized. in one word, describe how you feel about this presidential campaign? >> doubtful. >> disappointed. >> nervous. >> why are you nervous? >> because these candidates are the people who are deciding r park middle school says the candidates' behavior contradicts educators' messages about appropriate conduct. >> you see highly paid professionals, highly educated people that are basically booing each other in front of millions of viewers and yet, the kids come to school and we tell them it's inappropriate behavior. >> donald trump is being disrespectful to women. and i don't like that. >> she lied about like the
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like they argue and everything. >> it's a hard election for students, it's a hard election for adults. >> as the final weeks of the election unfold -- >> i would say to donald, you need to be a more respectful towards the united states and women. and i would tell it to hillary, that you just need to be honest and tell the truth. >> it's hard to see what would happen to the country if one were elected. so that's what makes i think everybody anxious. and uncomfortabl >> i know. >> a sigh, that pretty much sums up the nation's feeling as the candidates face each other again tonight. rehema ellis, nbc news, pinellas park, florida. and that's going to do it for us on this wednesday night. i'm lester holt. i'll see you later for our live coverage of tonight's presidential debate. until then, for all of us at nbc
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>> it is finally ti final debate. coming up on 8 at 7:00, our own keith cate is in las vegas joining us with the coverage of the final showdown between donald trump and hillary clinton. plus, a correction's officer taken hostage by one of his own
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