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tonight, plagiarism bombshell. the trump campaign in crisis, stunning similarities between melania trump's convention speech and michelle obama's speech from 2008. at some points, nearly word for word. tonight a wild race of denials anding aizations. major news drama, with donald trump set to officially become the nominee. ax x attack horror, aboard a busy train, a man goes on a rampage, randomly slashing passengers, calling himself an isis soldier. and fox news's legendary ad
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an alarming rise in one of the most aggressive and deadliest kinds of cancer, doctors calling it a wakeup call for men to be screened. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: the republican national convention, this is nbc "nightly news with lester holt" reporting tonight from cleveland. good evening. with the melania trump plagiarism controversy buzzing around this convention hall, including some late new developments, a traditional rite in american political conventions is under way, behind us the roll call of the states is being taken right now. delegates of the republican national convention are formally voting on the nomination of donald trump as their party's presidential candidate. we can listen in a little bit. i think this is hawaii. >> the great state of hawaii, donald trump, 11 delegates. cruz, 7. and marco rubio 1. >> the state of new york is hoping to be
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native son over the top here shortly. but trouble has been brewing on the floor tonight. some donald trump resisters are making their feelings known. peter alexander, what's happening there? >> reporter: this is always a pageant of party, fervor and state pride, colorado one of those states that may have tried to cause a raucous tonight, potentially trying to embarrass the trump cam pain. but the majority of these delegates into to donald trump but not making a fuzz, means the anti-trump movement has fizzled. this is the moment when the republican party tries to present themselves as united. working their way through the room, alphabetically, as they get close to that 1237 magic number, they will skip ahead to the state of new york, where donald trump's son, donald jr. will put donald trump over the top. >> the unexpected controversy that erupted l
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melania spoke at the convention, her words to the crowd were largely well received until it became apparent not all of them may have been her words, but rather those spoken by michelle obama eight years ago. there is important late new information breaking in the story. let's get more from nbc's hallie jackson. >> reporter: the candidate to rarely minces words, now under fire for his wife. >> donald trump needs to use the line, you're fire. >> reporter: donald trump's campaign pushing back on plagiarism charges. >> there was nothing that she did in that speech that she felt was anybody's words but herself. >> 90% of the speech was different than michelle obama's speech. >> that was michelle obama's 2008 speech, strikingly similar when you listen to it side by side. >> you work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond that you do what
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>> reporter: donald trump told matt lauer-- >> i wrote it with as little help as possible. >> reporter: campaign sources tell nbc news a staff member was assigned to oversee each family member's speech, melania's the most important. but jared hill thought it sounded familiar. >> i had a double take, of that sounded really weird. why do i know those words from michelle obama and that kind of set it on a track to figure out what it is. >> reporter: his tweets about the speeches spreading fast on social media. trump supporters say it wasn't plagiarism, just common klee slays. >> john legend said work hard, twilight sparkle from "my little pony" said this is your deem. >> reporter: the campaign trying to stay on message. >> the speech itself was graceful. but now we're not talking about the speech. we're talking about the process by which the sp w
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that indicates the campaign is not ready for prime time. >> reporter: after night one's grand entrance, the grand slam was supposed to be to show trump's softer side and to try to show women he's a better advocate for them than hillary cli clinton, highlighting the mother of a victim of the benghazi attack. >> how could she do this to me? how could she do this to any american family? >> we need to get our country back. we're headed in the wrong direction and he is the man to bring our country back. >> reporter: for trump, racing to lock up conservative support, those are the words he would rather be talking about. sources close to the campaign tell nbc news the trump team fired matthew sully, a professional speechwriter to write melania trump's speech. none of the portions in question, the changes occurring after the speech was delivered to the campaign. two more family members are set to take this stage tonight, all of it, lester, occurring against the backdrop of all of this, donald trump now being
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delegates as the republican nominee. >> let's bring in chuck todd and savannah guthrie. savannah, this campaign has breezed past a lot of controversies, why is this one so difficult to get past? >> i think they are making it more difficult for themselves. in the best-case scenario, you have somebody who made a very sloppy mistake, maybe it raises questions about the competence of the campaign that nobody caught it. but today, to have an array of different republican surrogates come out and tell people with a straight face they didn't care what they clearly can hear, when you have portions of a speech that are almost identical word for word, now you add a question of the credibility of the campaign, on top of the confidence. people know what they heard, and i think they would be willing to forgive it. but for the campaign surrogates who say, this wasn't listed, this wasn't a mistake, your ears are deceiving you, i think they compounded their problem that a story
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that could have been over by breakfast time compounded tonight. >> this process, the actual nominating process takes place, even this hasn't gone without controversy. >> it's actually been smoother today than yesterday. but the other issue here, this could have been a speed bump, a little hiccup and they move on, but it's been emblematic of this entire convention. and the vp rollout. that said, a little preview of tonight. i call it establishment tonight. you're going do see actual elected republicans quietly make their case for trump. are they making the case for trump or just against hillary clinton? we did not hear a lot of pro trump speeches last night. we heard anti-clinton speeches, he needs some trump system tonight. tonight we're learning new details about a terrifying attack on a train, an afghan teenager pledging allegiance to isis, attacking passengers with a knife and an ax, nbc's bill neely on the
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>> reporter: holding a knife and calling himself an isis soldier, this 17-year-old promised a suicide mission. then with an ax and a knife, he randomly slashed passengers on a train, shouting god is great. five people were badly injured before he was shot and killed. german intelligence say he made no direct contact with isis. though in his apartment, police find a handmade isis flag, and a letter he'd written suggesting he had been radicalized recently. he lived at this center with other refugees, after apparently traveling alone from afghanistan last year. it's just the latest terror attack stunning europe. from the man near paris, who stabbed to death two police officers last month. to the truck driver in nice, who killed 84 people. killers who appeared from nowhere, for intelligence agencies, attacks that are almost impossible to predict or prevent. bill neely, nbc news, london. back here at home,
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#. >> thank you. >> reporter: a dangerous job where uncertainty is the only thing that's certain. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. tonight 20th century fox news is swirling amid news that roger ailes has been ousted. the company says an ongoing review is being held against ailes who has been a towering force for republican politics for decades, even before the existence of fox news. nbc's cynthia mcfadden has late details. >> reporter: reports circumstance mg -- circling tonight that ceo and chairman roger ailes is out. this after a publicized claim of sexual harassment by gretchen carlson, who says that ailes fired her in june after she rebuffed his advances, an allegation that ailes denies.
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into the political power house it is today with revenues over a billion dollars. >> there's been a detailed fox news that ailes does not have his fingers on. he is the person who is most central to his organization and the product it produces. >> reporter: ailes' rise included working as a media consultant with a mt. rushmore of republican presidents, richard nixon, ronald reagan and george h.b. bush. but as the founder of fox news, he solidified his reputation as a king maker, working closely with rupert murdock, the executive chairman of 20th century fox. >> it's always been a good working relationship. roger ailes provides the one thing that
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most and really can't do without which is money, an enormous amount of money. >> reporter: a year ago murdock put his sons in charge of fox news, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told nbc news, the brothers wanted ailes out even back then. today the drudge report released a document that is reportedly the $20 million separation agreement between ailes and 20th century fox. the document was almost immediately taken down. the company followed with a statement tweeted out shortly after. roger is at work, the review is ongoing, the only agreement that is in place is his exi existing employment agreement. still ahead here tonight, a new warning about an alarming rise in a deadly form of cancer soaring 72% in the last decade. are the screening guidelines that millions trust to blame? also terrifying moments as a crane collapses on a busy bridge that more than 100,000 use daily. these feet learned the horn from my dad and played gigs from new york to miami. but i couldn't bear my diabetic nerve pain
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[000:26:58;00] >> reporter: on the second floor of a parking garage, the future is here. >> we have 30 million subscribers. every channel as a different audience. >> reporter: the digital universe, made up of dozens of booths. >> two and three people who are following the presidential candidates on instagram are voting age millennials. >> reporter: in the last 24 hours, 8.5 million americans have posted more than 30 million opinions on face book alone. >> in the last 30 days, 27 million people have talked about mr. trump. >> reporter: at google, second by second snapshots of what the voters are thinking. >> people are searching donald trump and police, donald trump and race issues. >> reporter: four years ago, data such as this had a 36-hour lag time, now it's mere seconds. what about people who are reading this and say at the end of the day, i'm going to vote with my heart, not with my head. >> that's the one thing that we don't know. >> reporter: much of social media is
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apolitical. they serve up the social media to expand their social views. >> we have over 2 million facebook likes, so we have been growing like crazy, mostly because we articulate news and information that people can't get elsewhere. >> reporter: until recently, candidates depending on newspapers, networks and commercials to get their message out. donald trump has combined rallies with conventional media, and the new forms, especially twitter. the question is, can he keep it up and tweet his way to the white house? >> our tom brokaw reporting tonight. that's going to do it for us for now, i'm lester holt, i'll see you tonight at 10:00 p.m. eastern, 7:00 pacific for prime time coverage of the republican national convention. for all of us at nbc news, i'm lester holt,
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thank you for watching and good night from cleveland. camera. access. >> that your word is your bond. >> that your word is your bond. >> i wrote it. and you do what you say. >> that you do what you say you're going to do. >> with a little help. >> you were the first person who

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