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tonight, money trail. a hacked memo raises new questions about how the clintons struck it rich as hillary clinton hits the trail with her not so secret weapon. >> the trump campaign's stay home. the secret service agents protecting the candidates willing to take a bullet. so why aren't they getting paid for the extra hours? calls for congress to fix it. dramatic standoff. armed soldiers and police in riot gear clash with protesters at a tense pipeline standoff. tonight, word of arrests. scammers busted. cameras capture the raid as authorities move in on a massive crime ring. callers posing as irs workers,
into paying debts that didn't exist. nightly news begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. 12 days to go until election day. the latest drip, drip of stolen e-mails produce aid fresh stain on the clinton campaign tonight. this one written by a top aide to bill clinton that reveals the donors and contacts made through the clinton charitable foundation. while the e-mail doesn't suggest anything illegal or name hillary clinton quickly seized on by donald trump. the clinton campaign however continues to resist engaging on the e-mail hacks instead making this a day about a joint appearance with her advocate. we have it all covered with andrea mitchell. andrea, good evening.
lester, the long awaited joint appearance by michelle obama and hillary clinton. yet at the same time the clinton campaign having to shake off questions about one of the most damaging e-mails stolen e-mails leaked by wikileaks to date. an unprecedented moment, two first ladies, current and former campaigning together for the first time. seriously, is there anyone more inspiring than michelle obama? and putting to rest any echos of past rivalries. hillary clinton is my friend. she is absolutely ready to be commander-in-chief on day one. and yes, she happens to be a woman. first ladies, we rock. >> reporter: reaching out to women, young people, minorities, with an emotional appeal for them to vote against donald trump. >> when you hear folks talking about a global conspiracy, and
trying to get you to stay home. they are trying to convince you that your vote doesn't matter. are you with me? i can't hear you? are we going to do this? but their joint appearance competing for headlines with the latest stolen e-mail leaked by wikileaks, not verified by nbc news. describing how bill clinton personally profited, receiving millions of dollars in speaking and consulting fees from clinton foundation no bann writing a 2011 memo calling it bill clinton, inc. we have dedicated ourselves to helping the president secure and engage in for profit activities including speeches, books and advisory service engagements. in all, he says he secured more than $50 million for the former president. but no indication hillary clinton ever did anything for those donors when she was secretary of state. still, reinforcing suspicions long held about the clintons
disassociated themselves from the clinton foundation the minute she became secretary of state. don't think it is a smoking gun or evidence of pay to play. >> clinton campaign hope, not the hacked memo but michelle obama's message that will drive people to the polls. andrea mitchell, nbc news, north carolina. i'm halley jackson in ohio where donald trump is pouncing on new stolen e-mails released by wikileaks. >> mr. band called the the rest of us call it outright corrupt. >> the hits on the clintons. >> just cancel the election, and just give it to trump, right? what are we even having it for? what are we having it for? her policies are so bad. >> reporter: part of trump's final stretch strategy includes trying to tamp downturnout. sources in and around the campaign describe discouragement tactics to demotivate specific groups who might otherwise vote
americans and the block of younger white progressives. >> the trump campaign has given of on winning over these people, they're betting that they can turn people off from voting altogether. we don't have any evidence that that works. >> sasha eisenberg says the strategy includes using targeted facebook attack ads, pointing out recognition trump's movement isn't big enough to win a majority. publicly trump's campaign insists there is no voter suppre renewal plan adding we want everyone who can legally vote to show up. privately, gop sources familiar with the strategy acknowledge if they can keep the other side from a strong showing it gives them a shot. but it won't work if their own base doesn't turn out. that's partly why trump is getting his wife more involved with her sounding surprised to hear it. >> she is actually going to make two or three speeches. >> oh. >> it is. she is amazing.
easier electoral path. trump within the margin of error in key battle grounds. but no room for error. >> there is no room for error here. there are not multiple paths. if there is a path it is a very messy one. and in a very narrow one. >> reporter: trump late tonight in ohio called inner cities ghettos before seeming to catch and correct himself. bernie sanders caught heat for something similar in the primaries. for trump another potential misstep in messaging to >> thank you. now to the dramatic standoff unfolding this evening in north dakota on the ground and in the air. armed soldiers and police in riot gear and military humvees clashing with protesters refusing to clear private land. and determined to stop the construction of a pipeline. it has been a tense day. fires set, tires slashed, highways blocked, and now there is word off rests. we get late details from nbc's
>> reporter: tonight near cannonball, north dakota, a tense face-off between army of police, and native american protesters blocking highway 1806 trying to shut down construction of a controversial oil pipeline on private land. officers in armored vehicles wearing riot gear are pouring in with air support. battle lines drawn, now making arrests. >> we are trying to avoid the confrontation. they drew the line in the sand and blocking the bridge in the path of the pipeline, months of tension have escalated. some promise a fight to the end. >> there is no fear here. we know we have the moral high ground. and that we are doing what's right. >> reporter: the nearly complete dakota access oil pipeline will cross four states. connecting north dakota and illinois, with some 1,200 miles of pipe.
oil a day. >> we are going to take our stand. we are staying here. >> reporter: the pipeline runs adjacent to the standing rock sioux reservation where native americans say the project is destroying sacred sites and could pollute the missouri river, a clean water source for millions. >> this its about protecting water. that's a good thing. and it needs to be protected. >> reporter: with nearly 300 arrests since august, the protest has become a ve uh native americans in modern history. tonight, no comment from the oil company. as celebrities and activists arrive in north dakota, vowing to fight on while facing arrests and a growing army of police. miguel almaguer, nbc news. now to the sexual assault allegations rocking one of the top colleges. filed more charges against a student at the university of
police call a disturbing discovery in his apartment. nbc's gabe gutierrez has details for us from madison. 20-year-old alec cook walked into a wisconsin courtroom facing new charges. now 15 counts involving five women including sexual assault, strangulation, and false imprisonment. his attorney denies them all and says the encounters were consensu consensual. >> our client has been essentially slaughtered by the people. >> chris vanwagner revealed a page from the black book police found at cook's apartment with names of women he met. the search warrant said it included disturbing statements of kill and sexual desire. but vanwagner argues that is a stretch and the scribbled word is no proof his client stalked any one. >> you tell me what it means? doesn't apare to mean anything. >> reporter: the allegations date back to march of last year.
police said cook choked and assaulted her for more than two hours at his apartment on october 12th. as news of his arrest spread around the university of wisconsin, more women came forward, one claiming cook inappropriately touched her repeatedly in a ballroom dance class. >> what is most disturbing about this case? >> i think it is probably the sheer number of victims. >> reporter: this woman runs dane county rape crisis center which is counseling at least one of the women. >> he individually got to know the women sexually assaulting them. >> reporter: in high school in minnesota cook played the guitar and voted class clown. he had no criminal record other than an arrest for underaged drinking. >> he has been painted as the face of evil in madison and now across the entire nation, across the globe. that's wrong. >> reporter: the judge here today set cook's bail at $200,000. he remains band from campus.
so many candidates. so many events. so much provocative speech. adding to the strain on the agents is this. many of them are not getting paid for all of the overtime they're putting in. there are calls for congress to fix it. we get the story from our justice correspondent pete williams. >> reporter: it is not a 9:00 to 5:00 job safe guarding presidential candidates on the road. and keeping alert for potential trouble in boisterous crowds. not to mention the core mission president. unlike most federal employees, secret service agents do get overtime. but a third of them maxed out months ago at about $160,000. because of salary caps, they have been putting in brutally long hours with no extra pay. >> there is no reward to the family. you are not seeing any income of coming in out of it. all of the thing that are broken in the house aren't getting fixed. so there is a major morale issue for that. >> reporter: the numbers are staggering. agents are now protecting 26
families, four former presidents, and some other top u.s. officials. and they have provided security at more than 7,000 events here and overseas this year, screening more than 8 million people. this year's been especially taxing, the poe lit cal conventions, the u.n. general assembly and year of unusually harsh rhetoric with threatening images displayed openly, some seeming to advocate violence. and hiring freeze limiting the number of agents. >> as many of them president. if they will take a bullet for the president, we ought to be able to properly compensate them. >> some in congress now working on a fix so secret service agents won't have to work overtime for nothing. pete williams, nbc news, washington. still ahead here this evening -- caught on camera. the takedown on a massive phone scam. thousands of americans ripped off to the tune of $300 million. how you can avoid the same kind of fate. also it has long been considered an easy way to treat a common illness.
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federal prosecutors today charged 61 people in this country and overseas with running a scam that featured callers pretending to be from the irs demanding money. authorities say it was wildly successful, tricking more than 15,000 people out of hundreds of millions of dollars. we get the story from nbc's
>> reporter: marci ralph of brookville, maryland vividly remembers the call. a message saying she owed money and threatening legal action. >> in that moment it is pretty scary. >> reporter: investigators say hers was one of millions like this one. >> this call is officially a final notice from irs, internal revenue service. the reason of this call is to inform you that the irs is filing a lawsuit against you. >> reporter: this southern california woman who didn't want to be identified said she paid up after being told she arrested. >> they were filing action against me. and that i was -- going to have law enforcement dispatched to my place of business. >> this criminal network used a variety of schemes to trick, frightened individuals, over the phone, by tapping into their worst fears. >> the calls came, investigators say from a call center in india. on the other end they say two dozen people in eight states arrested today and charged with collecting the money and sending
india. in all, the justice department says the scheme victimized 15,000 people in the u.s. and took in more than 300 million dollars. >> the scammers in this case and in so many cases like this, are convincing. they are menacing and ruthless in their pursuit of their victims. >> india is cracking down too, arresting dozens earlier this month. accused of running a nearly identical scam. the important things say federal officials is that the government will never phone asking for cash. if you get a call look that, just hang up. stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york. when we come back -- is this what your laptop has been missing. the new feature apple unveiled that has the a lot of people talking. impressive linda. it seems age isn't slowing you down. but your immune system weakens as you get older increasing the risk for me, the shingles virus.
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finally tonight, with both halloween and the election just around the corner, many neighbors are decorating their homes this year to make a political statement. and it is giving a whole new meaning to election scare tactics. here is kevin tibbles. >> reporter: watch out kids. halloween is going to be very scary. while you for votes. from montana to michigan. the bone yard at nina horowitz's los angeles home is filled with her political poltergeist. >> trump is scary. it is halloween. >> reporter: in ohio, hillry is the spooky one-on-one front lawn. the trump train derails the clinton platform. in connecticut there is the wall. >> my big goal in this is to get
doing that. hiss professor of american history is so fed up his annual display is a monument to the ghouls and goblins of politics. so in order to get to the candy -- >> you got to have a passport. do you have your passport, kevin? >> reporter: to get the candy. bernie behind bars. hillary riding a donkey. and his nemesis, donald trump, blowing smoke. is this the >> he is the scariest presidential candidate i have ever seen. >> what's scarier for you, halloween or politics? >> politics. >> reporter: for fright night this year, carving up pumpkins and politicians. kevin tibbles, nbc news, west hartford, connecticut. that's going to do it for us on a thursday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news. thank you for watching and good
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