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breaking news tonight. dramatic finish. can cruz and the stop trump movement score a big win in wisconsin this evening, and can sanders beat clinton as insiders tell nbc news of a power struggle inside the trump campaign. anti-gay uproar, this time in mississippi as the governor signs a bill that some say is about religious freedom but others say is a license to discrinate. the hunger games, the new weight loss procedure unveiled that makes your body think you're full and help you lose those pesky pounds. no surgery needed. was it the greatest ending ever? a buzzer-beater for the ages and a hero's welcome as the crowd goes wild. and the verdict from marcia clark herself on the smash hit series making millions see the trial
of the century in a whole new way. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. we begin tonight with voting under way in wisconsin's presidential primary, and we may soon know whether the stop trump movement's wisconsin gambit will work. ted cruz has remained ahead in the polls going into today's election and the stop trump effort has placed a big bet that wisconsin is the place that can begin to turn trump's fortunes around, and tonight multiple sources inside the trump campaign and close to the candidate tell nbc news there is deep concern about the front-runner's inner circle and their level of experience. nbc's hallie jackson has details. >> reporter: this is where donald trump will be stopped if the never trump movement gets the win it needs from ted cruz. a top aide privately predicting to nbc news a double-digit win.
>> we're going to win here in wisconsin will have a powerful effect nationwide continuing to unite republicans. >> a win for ted cruz tonight has more to do with trump's weaknesses and the terrible week he's had than it does with cruz really rising or shining in the spotlight. >> reporter: outside anti-trump groups spending four times as much as the front-runner as they try to make today a turning point helped by people like enrique, a peruvian immigrant who got his citizenship in order to vote for the first time today, voting against trump. >> i really feel that he's trying to divide people. >> reporter: if trump loses, maybe more pressure on what nbc news has learned is growing frustration and infighting in the campaign. for months the campaign motto, let campaign motto let trump be trump has worked well, but now some loyalists fear that strategy is haunting the campaign. multiple sources on trump's team and close to the candidate now
he's too insulated by a handful of aides. certain people don't want to lose power, one source said. that inner circle includes embattled campaign manager corey lewandowski. campaign sources question whether he can stand up to trump, telling nbc news they think he lacks the authority to ensure his billionaire boss beefs up on policy. among those angered by lewandowski, members of trump's family. now with plans to pivot to more formal policy speeches, trump's dismissing talk of turmoil today. >> we're doing really well. i had not heard anything about the inner fighting of the campaign, but, you know, we have a very successful campaign going, and i think we're going to keep it going. >> reporter: steadfast still in support of his campaign manager and the rest of his team. trump's appeal tested tonight in this badger state battleground. the results here will marinate for the next two weeks until new york's primary, there and in the following five states trump
[000:03:58;00] important for cruz to win in wisconsin to prove he can compete in the east. lester? >> hallie, there is plenty of drama to go around in wisconsin. we're watching the democratic side as well. polls showing a close race between hillary clinton and bernie sanders. the sanders campaign hoping to pull off another win and up the pressure on clinton heading her home state of new york. nbc's andrea mitchell has late details. >> reporter: bernie sanders counting on wisconsin. >> we are hoping that here in wisconsin that there will be a record-breaking turnout. >> reporter: behind in delegates, needing a big win tonight to build momentum for the bigger prize, new york two weeks from now. that's where hillary clinton is today, ignoring wisconsin going after donald trump. >> i wish he'd get out of one of his towers and actually walk the streets. >> reporter: but even on "the view" questions about being quote inauthentic. >> i don't understand that. i don't understand that because i've been
pretty much the same person my entire life for better or worse. >> reporter: that inauthentic charge partly because of a sanders attack that's sticking. the contrast between clinton's claims about small donors. >> our campaign depends on small donations for the majority of our support. >> reporter: and the reality. her ties to big money. the secrecy of those goldman sachs speeches and now her closed-door campaign fund-raisers. we talked to sanders today. >> the reality is that the majority of her money, her total money, comes from wealthier people. >> reporter: in fact, only 19% of clinton's donors give less than $200, while 66% of sanders' donations this year are from small donors. he says averaging just $27. isn't it a big contrast? she has to go to rich people's living rooms. he just says, you know, send the money in and he gets millions online. >> we're very proud of the number of small dollar donors that we have to our campaign as well. >> reporter: tonight jane sanders telling kasie hunt she's not
sure their donors would help clinton. >> there are a lot of people that are getting involved for the first time in the democratic party. the question is can he convince them to believe in someone else if he -- if he's not the nominee? >> reporter: a clinton spokesperson says tonight that he assures sanders and clinton will come together to defeat the republicans, and tonight hillary clinton is doing exactly what barack obama and all the republicans have done, relying on the high dollar fund-raiser this time in the bronx. lester. >> andrea mitchell tonight, thank you. a major controversy is brewing once again in the south as another state passes what it's calling a religious freedom law in the wake of last year's supreme court decision to legalize same-sex marriage, but critics see it as a thinly veiled license to discriminate against gays and lesbians. nbc's janet shamlian has the fallout. >> reporter: the announcement from mississippi governor phil bryant came on twitter and facebook. despite calls for a veto, he signed the state's controversial religious rights bill,
allowing businesses, churches and others to >> it simply protects someone's religious views against the state's interference. >> reporter: reaction is swift on social media. i've never been more disgusted in the state of mississippi, but also support. how is passing the bill considered hate? tonight the aclu saying it will serve as the magnolia state's badge of shame. others calling it sanctioned discrimination. >> mississippi needs only to look as far as north carolina to see how damaging discrimination can be to a state's representation and to a state's economy. >> reporter: paypal today cancelled plans for a 400-job expansion, citing north carolina's new law limiting protection for transgender people. and atlanta joins a growing list of cities and states banning publicly funded travel there. but in georgia a religious liberty bill was vetoed after big
companies threatened to take business elsewhere. >> i believe it is about the character of our state and the character of our people. >> reporter: in the wake of last year's landmark decision legalizing gay marriage, showdowns in a number of states. mississippi's law takes effect in july. janet shamlian, nbc news. also in the south an unprecedented move, alabama lawmakers are acting to impeach governor robert bentley amid the scandal over bentley's alleged affair with an aide and complaints he misused state funds, but governor is fighting back and vowing to defend himself. we get the details from nbc's kerry sanders. >> reporter: for the first time in alabama history today the process to impeach the state's governor began. >> we're looking at at this governor who has essentially betrayed the trust of the people of alabama. >> reporter: in response, the 73-year-old governor issued a statement promising to vigorously defend himself. second-term governor robert bentley is accused of using state resources to further
an alleged affair with former top political aide rebecca mason. leaked audio tapes are believed to be the now divorced governor talking to his alleged mistress. >> let me kiss that left ear, okay. >> reporter: governor bentley has denied a physical affair but has apologized for make inappropriate comments. >> i did it. i did it, and that's why i ask the people of this state to forgive me because they are a forgiving people, and they know god's grace. >> reporter: this scandal exploded after the fired top law enforcement official here raised questions about the governor's alleged relationship and important misuse of state resources. >> this is not about the governor's personal conduct. this is about the allegations against him including that he obstructed justice within the alabama state law enforcement agency. >> if you're in favor vote aye. >> reporter: ironically house members who may eventually vote on impeachment are the same politicians who re-upped the speaker of the house despite
his indictment on 23 counts of ethics innocence has yet to go on trial, and among the witnesses who could be called in that case, governor robert bentley. >> alabama's partly embarrassed by it and also partly used to it. it's just part of the circus that goes on here. >> reporter: tonight a special house investigative committee will be formed to look into the allegations which means a vote on impeachment could still be weeks away. kerry sanders, nbc news, montgomery. the scandal over what's believed to be the biggest data leak in history may have claimed its first political casualty. iceland's prime minister says he's asked another official to take over his office for now after the so-called panama papers exposed his link to a secret offshore company. the papers leaked from a law firm revealed billions allegedly hidden by the rich and powerful. back here at home, san francisco's now the first city in the nation to require six weeks of fully paid parental leave. workers in california
are already eligible to receive 55% of their pay for six [000:10:58;00] this new measure requires employers in san francisco to pay the other 45%. now to the shot heard round the world being called one of the greatest finishes ever, and it was the reason neighbors across the country were woken up out of sound sleep by the screams of millions who couldn't believe what they just saw. tonight the celebration is far from over at villanova, and nbc's ron mott is there. >> it's paige of a balance. puts it home. >> reporter: zero to thrilling in 4.7 seconds. north carolina trailing late ties the game. >> trying to go length of the court. >> enter kris jenkins, already a big man on villanova's campus and then this. >> gives it to jenkins for the championship! yes! >> reporter: tonight he's the biggest of them all in one of the most fantastic finishes in ncaa history.
>> when they all followed the ball, i just knew if i get in his line of vision then he'll find me. >> how about this. [000:11:58;00] wild. back home, bars and even basketball hall of famer charles barkley. the vice president cheered, too, if out of duty for his wife's alma mater. >> even if i didn't like villanova, i would have rooted for them because i wouldn't have wanted to slept alone. she's a diehard fan. >> reporter: dr. biden sharing with nbc news this exclusive message for the team. >> congratulations. you were spectacular! >> reporter: and with classes cancelled for the day. >> look at that. they are going to fire hoses. >> reporter: the boys in be showered with a hero's welcome. >> i can't believe that he made that final shot. i can't believe that we're national champions. >> i'm losing my mind. this is unbelievable. >> best moment of my life. >> reporter: a storybook ending for kris jenkins whose mom asked melody and nate britt sr. to help raise him. they assumed legal
guardianship in 2007. for the britts the championship was an emotional tug-of-war, kris on one side and their other son nate britt jr. playing for in the end both joy and pain and two brothers, keepers. a cold night here but a lot of warm hearts behind me. they just heard from their team. the last time villanova was on top of the college basketball world none of the players on this team was even born. that was 31 years ago, 1985, and that team pulled off a pretty big upset, too, over georgetown. being here, lester, i think is probably another night of partying on the agenda. >> well, i hope they enjoy it. i don't know what was more fun to watch, the shot or the reactions in the stands, but thank you for that report. still ahead tonight, we'll talk about the new war on weight, the new one-hour procedure that could become an alternative to gastric bypass helping people shed pounds without surgery. also, caught on camera, that dramatic exit by a flight attendant that shocked those on board her plane.
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>> i don't think patients should expect at this point to go to their local interventional radiologist to have this procedure >> reporter: but cheryl says she's not quite as hungry and when she is she's making healthier choices. >> just happy just to be lighter and not just in weight but spirit. >> reporter: something her whole family is celebrating. have you noticed a difference in cheryl since her procedure? >> yes, i have. >> reporter: cheryl says she's happy to be a pioneer in the new front to fight the war on weight. morgan radford, nbc news. we're back in a moment with a medal winner that proves that heros come in all shapes, sizes and even species. ♪ ♪ for your retirement,
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a smash hit series in which viewers already know what's going to happen, and millions are set to tune in anyway. that's because "the op simpson" on fx has given both those who lived it and those who didn't a textured look at the role of racism and sexism in the so-called trial of the century. nbc's cynthia mcfadden was in the courtroom for every day of that trial, and today she talked to lead prosecutor marcia clark to get her verdict on the series. >> reporter: will you be watching tonight? >> i can't resist. even though i know how it ends. >> reporter: marcia clark was a star in the l.a. prosecutor's office when she was asked to lead the double murder case against o.j. simpson, but it didn't go as planned. >> i wasn't sure i would be able to watch it, to be honest with you. >> we're taking him to trial. >> reporter: but she has and says sarah paulson's portrayal captured not only what happened but how she felt. looking back clark says the sexism is obvious.
>> you anticipate that we can hear what she has to say in one day? >> i would expect so, your honor, barring any acts of god or further child care crises from miss clark snore in the >> reporter: in the film they have you crying in the office one night. >> i'm not a public personality. this isn't what i do. >> reporter: is that a scene that really happened? >> i didn't go up and exactly slide down the wall and cry and i felt like to about every day. >> reporter: clark says from the start the issue of race hung over the courtroom. >> the jury was not subtle. i could tell that they were resisting everything that we were doing. >> reporter: she says the reason in part was the simmering racial tension in l.a. after the acquittal of four white cops seen beating rodney king a few years earlier. 53 people died in the ensuing riots. >> people didn't appreciate to what degree the rodney king riots mattered. >> reporter: johnnie cochran understood and
made race the narrative of the defense. did johnnie cochran and his team play unfairly? >> of course they did, but that's what they always as hard and as fast as they can. it's up to the judge to stop them. >> reporter: but she says judge lance ito didn't. >> i see you sent me a fan letter today? >> what's that? >> that's arsenio hall. >> he was much more interested in playing to the media and his own celebrity than he was about making sure that the case was run appropriately. >> reporter: clark is now a writer. her new book out next month. >> it's crime fiction because i'm done with reality. >> reporter: she ended her career as a prosecutor the day of the verdict. >> i walked out, and i never went back. >> reporter: justice was not done? >> justice was certainly not done. >> reporter: cynthia mcfadden, nbc news, new york. >> that will do it for us on a tuesday night. i'm lester holt.
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