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this sunday night, democratic drama at the party tries to unite on the eve of its convention. the party chair steps down amid-controversy over e-mails krit al of bernie sanders. while donald trump weighs in on the democratic ticket and defends his own view of america. fire fight, the battle to contain a massive wildfire in california that exploded in size. destroying homes, threatening thousands and smothering much of the region in smoke and ash. preventing alzheimer's, tonight the promising new evidence it may really work. and the new hacking threat, how criminals are now catching up to the newest identity technology. how vulnerable are
"nightly news" begins right now. >> this is ""nbc nightly news"" with lester hold reporting from the democratic national convention in philadelphia. >> good evening, oon the eve of their big convention shs the democratic party has been rocked by a bomb shell tonight. the head of the democratic national committee debbie wasserman schultz resigning under fire all in the face of an uproar over a batch of e-mails. those e-mails are breathing new life into lingering tensions for the bernie sanders/hillary clinton primary battle. tonight the turmoil is rapidly eroding the unity that democrats were hoping to project this week. andrea mitchell has late details for us. >> reporter: tonight protesters of every type converging on philadelphia. bernie sanders supporters not ready for hillary clinton. >> it depends on if she change hearse persiv
win over supporters. debbi wasserman shults will not preside over the convention and resign her post when it's over. she had just appeared on saturday in miami. but she's out after a fire storm over party e-mails posted by wisconsin i can leex saying they favored clinton including sanders isn't going to be president. a staffer suggesting they play out that sanders is not a religious jew writing, i think i read he's an atheist. >> it's something we have all known all along. that it's been corrupt and hiding things and pushing for hillary. >> my guess is that secretary clinton had something to do with that. >> reporter: the clinton campaign blaming russia for hacking. >> the russians are releasing these e-mails for the purpose of helping donald trump. >>
trying to protect the convention starting tomorrow. so far, it's not working out as planned. another source for progressives, the selection of tim kaine. >> his political views are not my political views. he's more conservative than i am. >> clinton repeatedly portraying tim kaine as a progressive. >> he's a progressive. a great fighter for progressive causes. he's a progressive. >> tim kaine getting rave reviews from key democrats and telling "60 minutes" he's ready to defend clinton. >> when i see this crook hillary, it's just ridiculous. it's beneath the character of the kind of dialogue we should have. >> late tonight bernie sanders reacting to the party shakeup says party leadership must remain impartial in the nominating process, something he says did not happen this year. whether that's enough to prevent a protest here
remains to be seen, lester. >> ann drew dree ya, thank you. donald trump is paying close attention to what's asks happening here. and he defended his own performance at the republican convention and what some have characterized as his stark view of america. more on that tonight. >> reporter: wasting no time late today, donald trump trumting the shakeup tweeting, i always said debbi wasserman shulz was overrated. >> the choice of tim kaine was a slap in the face to bernie sanders and everybody. i was shocked. i love it from my standpoint. >> reporter: tweeting his prediction, the bernie people will fight, the gop nominee now looking to stir up democratic dissatisfaction a day ahead of that con vngs and do some cleanup after his own. on his proposed temporary muslim ban
really rolling it back. >> you could say it's an expansion. i'm looking now at muslims. remember this. i'm okay with it because i'm talking territory instead of muslim. >> those who call his prime time speech dark -- >> his speech is being described as dark and angry. >> doom and gloom. >> mad max america. >> reporter: trump says his message is actually sunnier than people think. >> to e me, it was an optimistic speech. bl what makes it optimistic? >> because we're going to solve the problems. sure, i talk about the problems. but we're going to involve the problems. >> reporter: more than half of republicans say trump's convention message made them feel hopeful, but a third of independents said they felt scared according to a new poll. those numbers show a bit of a bounce for donald trump ticking up above hillary clinton. that support coming from voter who is are undecided just last week. and expect to see the donald trump and
pence in those battleground states over those next few days. they will campaign together in virginia and north carolina before splitting up later in the week acknowledging they don't want to see the national spotlight to hillary clinton and the democrats here in philadelphia. trump's team hoping to turn the page past their own convention's missteps. >> thank you. with the battle lines drawn as this convention is about to get underway, let's bring in chuck todd. this was supposed to be the contrast of the republicans. they party of unity here. we're seeing the cracks tonight. the head of the dnc announcing her resignation. bernie sanders feeling slighted. might we see a ted cruz moment here? >> i u don't know. bernie sanders in the interview i had with him this morning said this is not going to change his support of hillary clinton. so he doubled down on that. he also said that he believes it's very important to defeat dth dlt. so i u don't think we're going to have that.
tomorrow night? how does he make that case? it's a very important speech. tomorrow is very important for hillary clinton if this convention is going to get off to a good start. we saw what happened in the first day of the republican convention and does feel like on the eve, we could have that moment. that said, talking with actually sanders campaign manager rlier today he said the best way to unify the party has just happened. the debbi wasserman shulz resignation. they finally got some retributi retribution. they got her resignation. >> as thousands of delegates and protesters converge on this convention, they are under the watchful eyes of a massive security option on high alert for terrorism, including the possibility of a lone wolf type attack. gabe gutierrez has more on the security challenges and precautions.
>> reporter: from environmentalists to bernie sanders loyalists, thousands of protesters are converging on philadelphia. security around the convention tightening, officers on high alert for much more than protesters after terrorist attacks across the globe. today philadelphia's police commissioner said the city has updated its security plan adding more barricades following the recent truck attack in nice, france. >> it makes you think in ways you never thought before. >> reporter: authorities are also trying to strike a softer tone this year. compared to the 2000 republican national convention here. >> we will be a lot more patient and tolerant with otpresters and demonstrators, but some of the planning didn't change, but the world changed. >> reporter: following the attacks in dallas and baton rouge against police officers, the most urgent concern for law enforcement may be the threat of a so-called lone wolf. >> this is one that i think really keeps security professionals up at night. >> reporter: jack is a former dut
department of homeland security. >> how do you protect against that? >> very difficult. to my right is independence hall, where the constitution was signed. there's a lot of ic iconic value and symbolic value. if you're a terrorist, we have seen they take great interest in landmarks and iconic value. >> reporter: tonight a show of force in the birthplace of american democracy. the police commissioner says there's been no credible threat yet against the city or convention. as for these demonstrators, no arrests or citations so far. but authorities here hope much like the republican convention, this all stays peaceful. >> gabe gutierrez in philadelphia, thank you. north of los angeles, an army of firefighters are struggling to contain a huge wildfire that's forced at least 1500 people to evacuate their homes and it still poses a big threat this evening. gadi schwartz has our report.
[000:09:58;00] volcanic from afar and up close the smoke suffocating and unbearable. the inferno threatening hundreds of houses. homeowners did what they could being forced back. >> over in that yard there. >> reporter: with paul daniels held the fire off just long enough. >> we'll get it wrapped up quick for you. >> firefighters showing up at the last minute. >> get that it thing wrapped around. >> saving the daniels home. >> reporter: others not so lucky. through the night 18 houses were incinerated by flames. the blaze growing to about 22,000 acres, more than 1600 firefighters called to the scene with only 10% containment. one person found dead inside a scorched home. >> this is a very serious fire. when we tell people to evacuate, they need to evacuate. >> reporter: today crews are still dousing hot spots and defending
neighborhoods from the ground and while the fire sent up smoke and ash, plooums now reaching los angeles, nevada, the iconic vegas strip with brown haze. there are over a dozen other wildfires stretching resources thin in california during a blisters heat wave. at one point in the heat of the day, a large fire in los angeles called for hundreds of firefighters to be deployed. the flames creating another ominous smoke plume. >> we don't want to lose anymore lives than we did yesterday. >> reporter: fire officials warning residents all over the state to be prepared for what could be an endless summer of high heat and explosive fire. today once again temperatures are expected to reach the triple digits. we're going to see a cooling trend a little later this week, but there's no release from the dangerous winds or the dry conditions that make this a possibility
every day. lester? >> gadi schwartz, thank you. much of the country remain in the grip of the so-called heat dome bringing dangerously high temperatures from the plains to the northeast. as you can see, it will be much the same tomorrow. the heat index will make temperatures in the 90s feel like 100 degrees or higher. more than 90 million people are under excessive heat advisories. things should cool off by midweek. it could have been a lot worse for russia today. the international olympic committee deciding against total ban of russia in the rio olympic games. but with allegations of state-sponsored doping, the ioc set the bar high. miguel almaguer has more on today's decision. >> going to get a russian gold medal. >> reporter: while today's decision doesn't ban russia from rio, its athletes, including those who took home gold in london will need to prove to their individual sports federations that they
are clean of doping to compete in the summer away. the ioc president says any athlete named in russia's state-sponsored doping scandal will not be allowed to compete. >> we decided that the presumption of innocence cannot be applied to russian athletes. >> reporter: with the road to rio complicated by today's move, many officials are outraged saying after russia's doping scandal was confirmed by an independent investigation just d days ago, only a blan ban of russia was acceptable. >> the new dimension of doping is a level of corruption we can't tolerate. >> athletes from around the world expressed surprise and disappointment over the decision. will clay took home silver and bronze in london and will compete in rio. >> it questions the integrity of the olympics as a whole. the olympics is supposed to be a very pure sporting event. it's a bit unfair. to know that you might
be >> reporter: with russia's track team already banned from competition for doping, russian officials praise the ioc's decision. tonight their gymnastics team is headed to rio joining more teammates will compete under a cloud of controversy. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. reduce iing the risk of alzheimer's with brain training. we'll tell you about some promise iing new findings. [000:14:35;00] ♪ ♪ ♪ get your sneaker game on at kohl's.
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>> my husband went and he kept saying there's rioting in the streets. glad you're not he. her 16th convention. she's seen a lot of history along the way and this one she knows won't disappoint. >> what will it be like to hear a woman nominated as the democratic nominee? >> it means more than i can possibly describe. >> the 1960 convention in los angeles was pretty important to her too. but for a different reason. >> it is time for a new generation of leadership. john f. ken difs the presidential nominee and worked to have the speech outside at the los angeles coliseum instead of inside at the sports arena. >> bobby kennedy looked at me and said you have lost your mind. we're going to take them out. it's never been done. i said that's why we should do it. >> 1984 she chaired the convention and was
gifted a piece of the podium and still keeps at home. 2008 was bittersweet >> i accept your nomination. >> she had hoped it would be hillary clinton accepting the nomination. >> we didn't make it. i was excited for obama and loved him as a president. >> in 16 conventions, this 85-year-old has left her mark in many ways, but what happens this week she believes will be hard to top. >> you want us to look back and see this as a historic. >> it's historic automatically because of hillary. but i would like it to reflect the belief of our party and what she believes in. >> she's like a walking political history book. we'll be here all week to bring you the happenings here. but for now, that's going to do it for us on a sunday night. i'm lester holt.
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