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from the other candidates. >> we don't need an apprentice in the white house, we have one right now. >> reporter: trying to claw their way into the spotlight. while trump hit back, it was fiorina who was the biggest hit. so confident, she skipped the usual ritual of spinning reporters afterwards. her mic-dropped moment with momentum on her side. nearly 23 million people watched the debate. cnn's highest rated show ever, about as many viewers as "american idol's" first season's finale. the person taking credit is donald trump. >> halle jackson, thanks. let's drill down on two of the key exchanges from last night's debate that are generating a lot of talk today. one concerning a major fight brewing over funding for planned parenthood. the other about childhood vaccinations. tonight andrea mitchell taking a closer look how the candidates address those issues and how their answers stand up to the facts. >> reporter: hillary clinton in new hampshire today, down
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in the polls, reaching out to women voters. after a fierce attack from carly fiorina targeting planned parenthood. >> mrs. clinton, can you respond to carly fiorina calling you a liar last night? >> reporter: it was one two of hot button issues in the debate. >> i dare hillary clinton, barack obama to watch these tapes. watch a fully-formed fetus on the table. its heart beating, its legs kicking. >> reporter: today the women's health group said fiorina was a liar saying "your claims are completely false." the group says the videos were heavily edited and one fetus came from a pennsylvania woman who miscarried and they charge only to cover cost to provide fetal tissue to medical researchers. clinton responded late today on cnn. >> i think we ought to be very clear that planned parenthood has served to provide health care, necessary health care, for millions of women.
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hot button debate issue, a wildly discredited charge that vaccines cause autism. >> a beautiful child went to have the vaccine and came back and a week later got a tremendous fever, got very, very sick, now is autistic. >> reporter: dr. bene carson a pediatric surgeon rebutted that. >> we have documented proof there is no autism associated with vaccinations. >> reporter: consider republicans in congressing threatening to shut down the government this month over planned parenthood funding. this issue is not going away. >> andrea mitchell, thanks. going into the debate there was an expectation it would be make or break for some of these candidates. let's bring in the moderator of "meet the press" chuck todd in detroit tonight. is there a clear separation of the field based on what happened last night? >> look, i think we
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are starting to see a separation. it's more at the you are going to see more jumbling at the top. winner. i won't be surprised if she spikes in the fund-raising. donald trump will position. ultimately this debate is going to be known as the debate where the rest of the field said we are tired of being in donald trump's shadows. they were comfortable going after him. we could see the slow leak in the trump balloon. it may not be today or tomorrow, but in a few months. bene carson did not help himself. he had a good exchange with trump there as andrea mentioned. he had a bigger opportunity and missed. the rubio and cruz, they stayed forward. they kept going. i think they are neigh good shape. there were four candidates i was watching closely, christy, walker, huckabee and rand paul. of those four who desperately needed a good night, only chris christie got the night he needed to get the fund-raising dollars to stay in this race. >> chuck todd, thank you. a very closely-watched decision today by the
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federal reserve. one that affects millions of american homeowners and people considering other big purchases. the fed said today the cost of borrowing is going to stay exactly the same for now, near zero. that could all change very soon. tom costello has details. >> reporter: it's good news if you have an adjustable rate mortgage, credit card debt or thinking about buying a car. no rate hike at least not for now. the fed has kept interest rates low to pull the economy out of the great recession. commit has since rebounded. unemployment rate down to 5.1%. economic growth, a very robust 3.7%. fed chairman janet yellen said today there is too much global economic volatility, especially in china for the u.s. to raise rates now. the dow jones industrial average lost 65 points today but is down more than 1,000 points from its high this year, largely because of china. since u.s. inflation is in check right now, the fed doesn't seem to see a need to raise rates now, but it
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could in the coming months. >> tom costello, thank you. now to the disaster in chile. a deadly 8.3 magnitude earthquake rocking the south american country last night. so strong it raised tsunami fears here in the u.s., a hemisphere away. gave gut rez >> reporter: hundreds in emergency shelters. salvagia's left of her dream home. nothing prepared you for this? >> nothing. >> reporter: this is the community near the s about a million people evacuated the coast fearing a tsunami. the small town saw a 15-foot wave leaving mangled. >> translator: the quake didn't do that much damage, this man said, it was the water
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that destroyed part of our lives. the tsunami fanned out over much the pacific which sparked advisories along the coast of california and hawaii. the powerful tremor during the evening commute also rocked high rises in chile's capital santiago. >> this is an quake. >> reporter: on social media, panic moments. as the quake rattled doors and nerves. >> have you felt anything like that before? >> not even in california. u.s. handle the big one? it's a weak-up call, says dr. lucy jones of cal tech. buildings that are going to kill people. they're still there. we know the infrastructure that's going to come apart. nothing is being done to strengthen it. >> reporter: chile is prone to earthquakes. in 1960, the most powerful one ever recorded on earth, 9.5, killed thousands of people. five years ago, another one 8.8 killed more than 500. but the country has updated its building codes and warning systems, which may
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have saved lives. to show how powerful this water was, it ripped off homes off its foundations and tossed them into neighbor's yards. tonight there are more concerns about aftershocks and the waters prompted evacuations as far away as japan. about 10,000 miles away. >> gabe gutierrez in chile, thank you. big headaches today for a lot of travelers flying american airlines. the company hit with a computer system outage that grounded flights out of big hubs. it's the latest in a series of such outages airlines. kevin tibbles tells us >> reporter: travelers on american airlines today hit with a different type of turbulence. flights in chicago, miami and dallas hours. the culprit, a flich in the airlines' computerized reservation system. >> it's all crazy and hectic. going on. it's frustrating. getting aggravated. >> reporter: by the
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time it was corrected, 291 flights had been delayed and six had been canceled. many disgruntled passengers took to social media trying to find out if and when they were going to get off the ground. technical hiccups seem to be on the rise when it comes to flying. in july, 3,500 united flights worldwide were disrupted with the airline blaming a network connectivity issue. >> the key thing is trying to solve and communicate it quickly. what they have to do is ensure the passengers are well informed when something like this happens. >> reporter: today's computer problems could not have come at a more inopportune time for american. just next month the company plans to merge all of its online reservations with us airways. lester? >> kevin tibbles in chicago, thank you. judge. >> in california tonight, the death toll now is five from wildfires burning in the northern part of the state. authorities said today they found two more bodies in burned-out homes.
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rain is helping crews gain ground on two major fires that destroyed more than 700 homes. the forecast is for more dangerous conditions ahead. in utah, officials say they recovered the last body of seven hikers killed when flash floods swept through zion national park. the group of hikers set out on monday before park officials closed the canyons. there was no way to warn them once the water quickly began to rise. in europe today, thousands na of desperate refugees broke through police barricades, not in hungary which closed its borders but croatia. they crowded on to trains and buses heading north. many were injured and crushed. officials said more than 9,000 people entered the country in recent days and warned that the country was, quote, absolutely full. there is a lot more to tell you about here tonight. the multibillion gamble in the arctic where temperatures are
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to show for it. tonight the company's president tells cynthia mcfadden why he believes the big gamble is worth it, as many claim it cannot be done safely. >> reporter: anger, outrage and claims of hypocrisy over the obama administration's decision to let shell explore for oil in the arctic. inside shell's command center in anchorage, they are focused on the race to see if their $7 billion gamble on oil here is going to pay off. this is realtime? >> this is realtime. >> reporter: the president of shell invited us to see their alaska operations. there's got to be a big pay-off to justify a $7 billion investment. >> the potential scale of these resources is enormous. >> reporter: some say up to 13% of the world's undiscovered oil is in the arctic and with climate change and more and more melting ice, that oil is now more accessible than ever. locals here are divided about drilling. this man was the mayor
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of alaska's north slope for years. what was your campaign slogan? >> no drilling offshore. now not only no, but hell no. >> reporter: other leaders say they need the tax revenue and other money new oil discoveries would bring to their struggling community. barrow is up here. >> we are quite a ways offshore. >> reporter: in the vast remote arctic, the closest coast guard station is a week away. the government is requiring shell to bring its own emergency fleet. 28 vessels including the rigs. >> we have the ability to respond to a spill within an hour, which is unmatched anywhere in the world. >> reporter: you're willing to stake your reputation and that of your company on. >> my reputation is staked on that. the reputation of the company is staked on that. >> it's always been a spin is that we have enough safety controls to make sure it doesn't happen. didn't they use that "exxon valdez"? >> reporter: imagine
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>> there is no oil spill technology in the world that can take care of a spill up here in the arctic, period. >> reporter: period. >> period. >> reporter: shell believes it does have such technology and has convinced this man drilling is safe and will bring much-needed cash. >> we see people wanting to save the world at the expense of the people of the arctic. something's wrong. >> reporter: at the end of the day, is this really about money for shell in. >> this venture has to be a commercial venture for us or it wouldn't make sense to pursue it. it's not only about that. it's only a commercially viable operation if we have that collaboration with the local communities. >> reporter: securing that support may be even harder than finding oil. if shell does find oil and decides it would like to go forward and extract it, there is another whole round of government approvals needed. if they are allowed to
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finally tonight, our "making a difference" report. the story of a war-time bond that knows no limits. a family caught up in the flood of refugees moving through europe, but they have a very good friend here in the u.s. helping them and fighting to bring them here. a friend who doesn't know the meaning of retreat. here is nbc's rehema ellis. >> the immigration liaison. >> reporter: aaron is a retired ed ed marine on a personal mission.
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he is determined to get his afghan interpreter here to america. >> we develop a brotherhood you find yourself in combat with. >> reporter: when aaron returned home to missouri, sami stayed in accountable but the taliban found out he worked with the americans and put a price on his head. >> income afghanistan is being in a big prison. >> reporter: with his wife he fled to turkey, but they wouldn't let him stay. and sami, his wife and 10-month-old daughter were forced to move on to greece where they were swept up in europe's refugee crisis. over the last several weeks, they made an arduous 1,500 mile journey from turkey to greece, macedonia, serbia, hungary, austria and finally germany. they had little food and slept on train tracks. when aaron recently learned about sami's polite, he immediately set out to help. >> he served the united states and u.s. marine corps just as much as any other marine has. >> reporter: the
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mission is now urgent. >> if they send me back to afghanistan, my life will be finished. >> reporter: aaron and his fellow marines are raising money to help sami and trying to get his family a special visa to bring them to home. >> starting off in my house, my family is the absolute way to ensure his safety. >> reporter: honoring a brotherhood formed on the battlefield, determined to leave no man behind. rehema ellis, nbc news, new york. and that will do it for us on this thursday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us here at nbc news, thank you for watching and good
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carly fiorina's epic face off with donald trump. >> everything you didn't know about the woman who stole the
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show now on extra. donald, duck. carly takes aim. >> i think women all over this country heard very clearly what mr. trump said. >> everyone is talking about the break out star. >> her rise to power, family tragedy and her take today on the gop debate. >> plus jimmy's new hillary donald farce. >> and then the agt judges talk trump. >> i guess orange is the new black. >> i guess they haven't got howard for long. done? >> did sandra bullock really ask him to bless her new boyfriend. >> and rehabbing off the wagon and out of control after dark. >> hot couples news. christie brinkly on another date with john mellencamp. >> tracy's got the world
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according to wendy. who she's blasting. >> i think it's stupid, tracy. >> now from the entertainment capital of la. >> hey everyone, coming up, jessica al baa ba speaks out. >> and a crazy new video. but first the most talked about woman in america today. carly fiorina was in an all boys club and she came out swinging. i was there. those faces. this face-off. the gop debate show down, could she become the new front runner? >> everyone is talking about the night's break out star. >> what happened? >> you got schooled last night. >> carly fiorina taking on strump. >> quote, look at that face. >> i think women all over this country heard very clearly what mr. trump said.
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>> her drop the mic line followed by 13 seconds of applause. >> i think she's got a beautiful face and i think she's a beautiful woman. >> only to slam the former hp ceo 25 minutes later. >> she can't run any of my companies. >> carly firing back as it was the most watched program in cnn history. >> you were forced to file for bankruptcy not once, not twice, four times. >> after the debate, pure chaos. trump sticking to his guns. >> she had a little bit of a tough time but i think she's a very nice woman. >> we're proud to be here and we think he did a fine job. >> i didn't have one. >> and current number two in the polls, dr. ben carson. >> people are saying carly's the big winner of the night? >> she did a good job. >> is the the break out star? >> to me she is.


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