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tonight, president trump's supreme court pick. a primetime announcement. the white house ratcheting up the drama. both finalists summoned to washington. you're fired fall out after the president dismissing the acting attorney general who refused to use his travel ban, which the white house says isn't a travel ban at all. why do they keep using the word? deadly american raid. a member of the famed seal team 6 killed along with an 8-year-old girl. the daughter of a u.s. born al qaeda leader. what happened? wake up call about all those over the counter sleep aids millions are taking to sleep. many misusing them and not knowing it. all the buzz. a boy and his princiin
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"nightly news" begins right now. good evening. it's one of a president's most impactful decisions with the ramifications being felt for generations. one that tonight, just 12 days into his presidency, donald trump is about to make. he'll be naming his choice to replace the late antonin scalia on the u.s. supreme court. tonight with his two finalists summoned to washington, d.c., the president has scheduled a primetime made for television event to reveal his choice that will add more fuel to a week already em blazed in controversy. >> reporter: president trump teased the coming attraction. >> we'll be announcing a supreme court justice who i think everybody is going to be very, very
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we'll see you at about 8:00. >> reporter: he invited both finalists to washington for the rare primetime event. two solid conservatives, neil gorsuch and thomas hardiman. mr. trump held off as long as he could before revealing his choice to them. even the chairman didn't know. >> i wish i knew. i wouldn't mind letting the cat out of bag, but i don't know. >> reporter: several officials say they heard the president will choose gorsuch but reserves the right to change his mind. he will bring a westerner sensibility to the supreme court. conservatives compare him to antonin scalia, someone he admired. >> he was a lion of the law. a roar that could echo for miles. >> reporter: he met his wife while
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thomas hardiman comes from a working class background. first in his family to graduate from college and drove for his father's taxi company in massachusetts. he married the daughter of prominent democrats in pittsburgh. whoever the nominee is is in for a tough fight. president obama's choice never got a hearing. >> we had the situation that a supreme court seat has been stolen from one president and delivered to another. that's an unacceptable thing to do. >> reporter: this is unfolding in a very unusual way. in past years the name of nominee would have leaked by now but we have gotten contradictory hints and the white house seems to relish the suspense. lester. >> we'll be back on the air in primetime in the east, 8:00, 7:00 central for the president's announcement from the white house tonight. now to the growing fall oro
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president trump's immigration border after he fired the acting attorney general. a hold over from the obama administration for refusing to defend the order last night. the white house claimed it's not a ban despite the president himself repeatedly calling it that. nbc white house correspondent kristen welker has details. >> reporter: days after president trump's immigration order, the white house still under fire tonight. house speaker paul ryan criticizing how it was handled. >> i think it was regrettable that there was some confusion on the roll out of this. >> reporter: moments later the homeland security secretary coming out to respond to critics denying reports he had not been notified ahead of time. >> i had the opportunity to look at two drafts. >> reporter: secretary john kelly saying the move that temporarily suspends travel from seven majority muslim nations is not targeting a religion but aimed at countries he says are not providing critical security information
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>> this is not, i repeat, not ban on muslims. >> reporter: the white house insisting it's not travel ban at all. >> it's not a travel ban. >> reporter: despite president trump calling it ban over the weekend. >> we're going to have a strict ban. >> reporter: and again on twitter. >> the president called it a ban. >> i understand that. >> is he confused or you confused? >> not at all. he's been very clear that it's extreme vetting. >> reporter: this after a major shake up overnight. trump ousting acting attorney general sally yates, an obama appointee, after she refused to defend the immigration order saying she's not convinced the executive order is lawful even though the justice department legal counsel signed off on it. by 9:00 p.m. yates replacement was sworn in. in an ironic twist she was pressed on how she would handle a disagreement with the presidenby
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attorney general, jeff sessions. >> if the president wants to execute or unlawful, should the attorney general or deputy attorney general say no? >> i believe the attorney general or deputy attorney general has an obligation to follow the law. >> reporter: senator sessions confirmation process is more contentious in the wake of the yates ouster. they delayed a vote for sessions and boycotted two other picks. lester. >> thank you. the trump administration deciding today to keep one of the former president obama's executive orders in place. this one protecting the rights of lgbt americans. in a statement the white house said president trump will uphold the order banning discrimination against lgbt employees working for federal contractors. there's drama swirling about president trump's choice for secretary of education as democrats raise concerns about her qualifications and now th
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a report that some of her answers appear to be copied from multiple sources without attribution. we get details from nbc chief education correspo correspondent. >> reporter: betsy devos was approved by one vote after a fiery discussion about her qualifications to be secretary of education. >> it's hard to imagine a candidate less qualified or more dangerous. >> i think she'll be an excellent education secretary because she cares about children. >> reporter: the washington post reported answers she provided to senators seemed copied almost word for word from an obama administration's official old press release writing every child deserves to attend a safe, supportive environment. >> many of the responses look copy and pasted. >> reporter: adding fuel to protests that she lacks experience. she never attended or
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public school. earlier this month she defended her commitment to improving education. >> for nearly three decades i've been involved in education as a volunteer and advocate for children and a voice for parents. >> reporter: a billionaire, she's spent millions of her families fortune in her home state of michigan pushing for charter schools. now nearly half the students in the city of detroit are in charters. some studies show they out perform public schools, michigan, overall, still ranks among the worst of the nation's schools on standardized tests. in hospital of detroit charter school, 16-year-old sierra cooper mom says her grades improved. >> she's back getting
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[000:08:59;00] school versus a public school. >> reporter: she believes charter schools and their champions should be given a chance. many disagree. the nation's largest teachers union says one million opposition e-mails have been sent to senators. the trump administration called the acquisition is that she plagiarized. nbc news is learning details about a covert operation gone back in yemen in which a member of seal team 6 and an 8-year-old girl, the daughter of a u.s. born al qaeda leader was killed. a lot of questions about what happened. our pentagon correspondent has more. >> reporter: an authorization from their new president but nbc news has learn ed from a senior military official that the pre-dawn ambush
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went wrong from the beginning. the target, not high [000:09:58;00] hard drives. the operation, months in preparation, but the squad from seal team 6 encountered arms fire. four were injured, one fatally. a father of three from peoria, illinois. an mv-22 ospry made a hard landing, three more troops were injured. the ospry abandoned and then destroyed. president trump claimed the mission was a success but forced to make the first condolence call of his presidency reaching the relatives of officer owen. >> we can never repay the gratitude we owe him, the freedom and the sacrifice he made. >> reporter: pentagon put the number of dead militants at 14. despite conflicting local reports on the
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numbers of non-combatants that were killed. among those her grandfather telling nbc news that he identified his granddaughter's body in a photo taken from the scene. the planning for this raid was started by president obama's team but the opportunity presented itself under the new administration. nbc news. now to the landmark decision bringing change to one of this nation's largest youth organizations. the boy scouts of america says the effective immediately, transgender boys can join that group that had recently banned gay scouts and leaders. miguel almaguer has the reaction. >> reporter: rooted in tradition and family value, tonight the boy
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scouts of america is reversing a century old stand, allowing transgender boys to join. the landmark decision triggering meaningful change for 8-year-old joe maldanado. >> we should be accepted just like me. they should be respected, compassioned and loved. >> reporter: after joining the cub scouts last year, christy maldanado says joe was kicked out when scout leaders learned her little boy was born a girl in 2008. >> he's no different than any other kids. it's not the kids that had an issue. it's the parents. >> reporter: christy maldanado says the scouts changed their policy after she filed this lawsuit claiming discrimination. the scouts releasing this video statement. >> after weeks of significant conversations at all levels of our organization, we realize that referring to birth certificates as the reference point is no longer sufficient. >> reporter: in recent
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years, the scouts lifted their ban on openly gay youth participating in the organization and lo for joe maldanado, this isn't about politics, it's about camping. >> i hope i get a lot of badges. i hope i learn a lot of stuff. i hope i do fun activities. >> reporter: a historic institution built on values now reevaluating its own. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. >> there's a lot more to tell you about here this evening. an important warning about the dangers of over the counter sleeping pills. do you turn to them too often when you can't get a good night's sleep? we'll talk about the potential side effects you may have never considered. also the war between two retail
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taking them? >> a couple of years. >> reporter: she's not alone. have taken over the counter sleep aids in the past year did so on daily basis. 41% said they have taken them for a year or longer. >> sometimes it can be dangerous. >> reporter: a big concern for sleep doctors. >> we know that some of the common ingredients can cause liver damage. we know ibuprofen can cause ulcers or kidney damage. >> reporter: most contain an allergy medication that makes people sleepy. okay to take for up to two weeks but potentially dangerous for much longer. in statement it was said these drugs are approved by the fda to treat occasional sleeplessness, not long term sleep
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will never forget and the principal who is getting a lot of buzz for going above and beyond for one of his students. we are introduced to them both in our inspiring america report. >> reporter: not much comes between a boy and his dog, but when jackson johnston discovered his other best friend needed support, he had a brave idea. his grandfather papa rick has cancer and was about to enter chemo, so jackson pulled out the clippers and shaved his head. >> i've always wanted to be just like him. knowing that i made him feel good when he didn't feel that well meant a lot to me. >> reporter: when the 11-year-old went back to school, some kids didn't understand. >> right off the bat i got two mean comments, hey baldy and you look like you got cancer. >> reporter: she got a call from the principal. >> do you have your clippers? i do. send them to school
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for jackson. >> stand up for them and make a difference. >> reporr: what went on. >> everybody has some kind of battle they are fighting so the message is support one another. >> reporter: in front of the whole school, jackson shaved mr. hadley's had. >> you educate the heart, i think you can educate the mind. >> reporter: and the kids were listening. >> it doesn't matter what you look like because everybody on the inside is the same. >> when someone really needs support, everyone comes together as one for someone. >> just don't judge a book by its cover because there could be a deeper story in it. >> you re-shaved it again? >> yeah. >> i should have done mine. >> reporter: sometimes life's best lessons aren't just found in a book. get well soon papa rick. nbc news, iowa. >> that's going to do it for us on a tuesday night. i'm lester holt for
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