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developing news tonight. trump transition in turmoil. the president-elect's team plagued by in-fighting. first a shake-up, now reports of a purge. what wii learned about the power struggle happening inside trump tower. all in the family. new concerns as n team has asked about top secret security clearnss for his children. should they have access to america's most sensitive information. focus tonight centering on the role of his powerful son-in-law jared kushner. an employee gunned down, flights grounded as police hunt for a killer. and hitting home. mortgage rates spiking after the election. pushing buyers to act. homeowners racing to refinance. why it's happening and what families should
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right now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. six days into the trump transition with the president-elect holed up with his team inside his tower here in manhattan, there are major signs of strain emerging. first came word of a shake-up at the top of the transition team. now word of a purnell -- purge with insiders being forced out. all of it happening as a massive test to fill cabinet jobs and preparing to take over the white house with a far-reaching federal government. it's where we begin tonight with nbc's kristen welker. >> reporter: as president-elect donald trump huddled inside trump tower with vice president-elect mike pence, signs the trump transition may be in turmoil. former congressman mike rogers, who had been advising trump on national security, abruptly announcing his departure.
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exit. >> i think he did a great job for many, many months under governor christie's leadership and we're grateful to them for doing that. >> reporter: but sources telling nbc news rogers' departure was a part of a stalin-esque purge aimed at ousting christie and his allies. sources say they're competing for trump's ear. top trump loyalist, rudy guiliani, now eyed for secretary of state. also in the running, supporter john bolton, former u.s. ambassador to the u.n. under george w. bush. >> john would be a very good choice. >> is there anybody better sfngets maybe me, i don't know. >> reporter: giuliani could face questions about potential conflicts of interest. he was paid millions of dollars as a lawyer and consultant for foreign governments. a transition official knocking that down and insisting every candidate will be thoroughly vetted. >> i do think that as a matter of course, these processes even
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seem quite so chaotic in the choices down the road. >> reporter: but tonight, democrats still pouncing on trump's pick of a chief strategist. steve bannon, former head of breitbart, with a following among the alt-right. >> this is a man who says by his very presence, that this is a white house that will embrace bigotry. >> reporter: traveling overseas, president obama didn't weigh in administration choices, but warned of the dangers of, quote, crude nationalism. meanwhile, a senior trump official tells nbc news, mr. trump received his first intelligence briefing as president-elect today. lester? >> thank you. meantime, there are new questions being raised about the president-elect's tangled web of business ties here at home and around the world. many of which remain hidden because he still has not released his tax returns. that is prompting concerns about possible conflicts of interest. there are also questions about the
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house, in particular, the strong influence of trump's son-in-law jared kushner. we have it all covered for you, starting with nbc's katy tur. >> reporter: when donald trump takes the oath of office, he'll be able to see his newest property from the capitol steps. the old post office, trump's d.c. hotel, is owned by the federal government. so trump is now his own landlord. blurred lines across a trump administration, how much will trump be involved in his own business, and how much involved in his presidency? nbc news has learned from a senior government official, the transition team inquired about top secret security clearns for trump's adult children. >> these are just regular inquiries among many that are made when folks are transitioning to a new administration. >> reporter: on the campaign trail, trump said his kids would run his company. what he didn't say, is they could get security clearance too. >> if we're concerned about the blending of
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has been the case with the clinton foundation, we should be asking questions about how president-elect trump devise his political and business interests. >> reporter: trump owns 65 properties around the world and 500 companies in 27 countries. while the president is exempt from conflict of interest laws, even the appearance of conflicts can pose problems. >> you want to know that your president is totally devoted to his decision-making in the interest of the country and personal self. >> if he wanted to rich himself, he wouldn't have run for president. >> reporter: that may be true. right now all the public has is trump's word, since he hasn't released his taxes. >> obviously the public didn't care because i won the election very easily. >> reporter: but democrats care, tonight calling for a congressional investigation into trump's finances. katy tur, nbc news, new york. >> reporter: i'm andrea mitchell. throughout a tough campaign, jared
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never far from donald trump's side. >> yard is a very successful real estate person, but i actually think he likes politics more than he likes real estate. >> reporter: so what kind of influence will the 35-year-old publisher of the new york observer wield once his father-in-law is in the oval office? once clue, kushner was conferring with dennis mcdonough. and tonight trump has asked briefing. kushner comes from a devout orthodox juror family. ivanka converted to judy yimp when they married. >> she has it in her to accomplish what she puts her mind to. >> reporter: jared took over his family's real estate business when his father went to prison in 2005, pleading guilty on tax and conspiracy charges. the prosecutor, then u.s. attorney chris christie. >> mr. kushner engaged
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co-conspirators. now kushner is at the center of the purge removing christie from the trump transition team. >> obviously his son-in-law is going to be very involved in decision making. >> reporter: but anti-nepotism laws enacted after bobby kennedy served as jfk's attorney general would prevent kushner from holding a formal job. >> that he would have a formal job and have those power is is a contradiction. >> reporter: andrea mitchell, nbc news, washington. now to a major effort under way to protect white house north, trump tower, located in the heart of new york city. it's making it a lot harder to secure than private homes of previous presidents like ken buvg port or crawford, texas. the area around trump tower is becoming a fortress tonight. >> reporter: can a 58-story glass tower
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president and his family? that's a question on the minds of many in the secret service and the new york police department tonight. william bratton was the police commissioner in new york city until a few months ago. >> they will at all times and at all costs keep the president safe. but the level of difficulty cannot be underestimated. already with the transition team holed up here at trump tower, trump has not left the building since security challenges are mounting. what if this becomes penthouse one? >> this building is going to have to be secured for four years, eight years, for as long as the president-elect lives. it's not a one-shot affair. that changes the complexion totally about how you plan security for it. >> does it make it harder? >> definitely. >> reporter: the president-elect's penthouse is on the
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trump tower. the trump website says there are 263 apartments in the building, each worth millions. below that, 26 floors of offices. on the first few floors, a variety of stores and restaurants, including starbucks, an ice cream shop and nike and gucci. still open to the public, but today, more police than shoppers. move outside and the problems multiply. from street level, discussions are under way about whether fifth avenue will be shut down when mr. trump is in residence. the side street next already closed. and questions about vulnerability from above as skyscrapers surround it. >> it's not just the president, but it's also the presidency that we're moving. we see it all the time with president obama, whenever he comes up here. it's seven to ten helicopters. it's closing down airspace. >> reporter: a senior new york police department official says that a long-term plan is still being developed, and the secret service confirms they're working with the nypd. calculating the cost
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can't be done yet, but an nypd source said it will be a very significant expenditure of taxpayer dollars. a tense manhunt is under way tonight after a deadly shooting outside oklahoma's busiest airport. the victim, an employee of southwest airlines and father to an nfl star. for panicked flyers, the entire situation has turned into a travel nightmare. we get details from nbc's gabe the oklahoma city airport is at a standstill, and an urnlent manhunt is under way. >> making sure the suspect is identified, found, and making sure he's not a danger to anybody else here at will rogers world airport is a top priority. >> a victim has been shot on the sidewalk accounted the southern gate counter. >> reporter: the gunfire erupted this afternoon in a parking lot outside of airport. one person shot. police urging travelers to shelter
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leads to a suspect, we have not positively identified the suspect. >> reporter: late today, police identified the victim of 52-year-old michael winchester, a southwest airlines employee and father of kansas city chiefs player james winchester. southwest releasing a statement, we extend our heart-felt sympathy and support to his family. meanwhile, frustrated flyers stuck on the tarmac, one tweeting, i don't understand closing the whole airport. another, this is nuts. get us out of . s.w.a.t. team has been called to the scene as the suspect remains on the loose. gabe gutierrez, nbc news. a horrifying scene today inside a utah high school where five students were injured in a stabbing rampage. police say the suspect is a 16-year-old straight-a student, went on the attack in the boys' locker room before turning the knife on himself. he sustained non-life-threatening injuries and is now in custody. victims range from fair to critical
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investigation. now to the news hitting home tonight for a lot of families. mortgage rates are spiking in the aftermath of last tuesday's election. pushing some who may be looking for a new home to act faster before they climb any higher. nbc's jo ling kent explains why. >> it's fabulous. >> reporter: jenna had no plans on rushing her house hunt. >> i've been looking for a home for about a year and a half. >> reporter: but the victory of president-elect donald trump sent her i a dream home now. >> beautiful. >> reporter: we decided to lock in immediately. >> reporter: she was right. the 30-year fixed mortgage has spiked .4 of a percent since election day. that means the payment for a $200,000 mortgage has gone up by about $56 a month. >> we've seen a sharp rise in mortgage rates over the last week because of the speculation that a trump administration is going to mean more government borrowing, more government spending and over the
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pressure also mounting for those who want to refinance. >> i'd refinance now. we don't know where the interest rates are going in the future. >> reporter: despite an increase in rates, realtors say it's still a sellers market. although mortgage rates are ticking up, they remain at hiftor ic lows. >> you don't rush to buy a house any more than you rush to get married because of a sale at the bridal shop. >> the difference between locking in last week and this week isdr dollars a month. and that difference would have made it impossible for me to move into this home. >> reporter: putting down new roots just in time. jo ling kent, nbc news, new york. still ahead, the big change coming to social media. what some internet giants are doing about all those bogus headlines crowding your feed. also fox news star
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tonight there's the nation's biggest social media sites, taking action to address some growing problems and issues. twitter announced its users will be given better tools to limit hate and bullying online. while sites like facebook and google are working to curb the exploding number of fake news stories that may be influencing users. nbc's miguel almaguer has more. >> reporter: for millions of americans, facebook is much more than just a powerful social media platform. according to one study, it's where
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turn for a source of fuse. >> i get a lot of my news from social media, like facebook, twitter, snapchat stories. >> reporter: but tonight, facebook and google are combatting a problem that's trending. fake headlines. trump winning popular vote. the clinton foundation buying arms. and pope francis endorses trump. a story shared nearly a hundred thousand times before the many sources impacted this election. you can look at that on all kinds of levels. >> reporter: facebook ceo mark zuckerberg rejected the notion fake headlines altered the election. to pull the plug on false news, facebook and google now they they'll bar fake news websites from using their websites. >> they are essentially facilitating the sharing of news globally amongst a massive, massive
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fox news anchor megyn kelly made headlines this year during her highly publicized feud with donald trump. then with reports she took a stump with the ousting of fox news chief roger ailes, who was accused by multiple women of sexual harassment. she is now speaking out. >> reporter: megyn kelly said she never wanted to become the news herself, but as he writes in her new
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>> reporter: ailes firmly denies the allegation, writing in part, i worked tirelessly to advance and promote her career. with her contract up, many wonder if kelly will stay at fox news, after a year that raised her onto an even bigger stage. stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york. >> much more of that interview tomorrow morning on "today." after a wave of pro-marijuana votes in last week's election, denver has improved a use pot in bars and restaurants. there are a few catches. customers have to bring their own weed and it can't be smoked inside. though businesses might be able to have outdoor pot-smoking areas. when we come back, dinner for 25. there's nothing more important than your health. or the freedom to choose what doctor you want to see. so if you're on medicare, consider an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like any standardized medicare supplement plan, you'll be able to stay with the doctor
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a dins report. >> reporter: this may look like a typical dinner prep. but for the young people here, it's preparation for life. >> oh, i have veggie burgers. >> reporter: kathie and david started welcoming kids into their washington home years ago. when kathie's son santiago was in middle school. >> he would bring kids home who needed a meal. >> reporter: one friend turned to many and a new tradition was born. every thursday night, dinner for kids in gathered around the table. four of the kids moved in. >> i wouldn't send one of these children to a homeless shelter or a soup kitchen. i feel leek a child deserves to have a home. >> reporter: 18-year-old ed yearby is one of them. grateful for their guidance, getting him into college this year. >> being around all these people has helped me learn to love.
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mentors like dr. michael peter, encouraging kids to dream big. >> some people used to have, some of us haven't had it either ever or in a very long time. >> reporter: to keep this going, david quit his job and started a non-profit, working with kids full time. >> a lot of these kids have parents that love them very much, but we're extra parents. >> we're the village. >> reporter: the table is full of thanks. >> you've been there for me, so i appreciate that a lot. >>ll me and tell me to be proud of what i do. >> reporter: but dinner feeding bodies and minds and most of all, nourishing spirits. rehema ellis, nbc news, washington. >> some big hearts. that's going to do it for us on this tuesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and fwnt.
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