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tonight, violent protests. police firing water cannons and pepper spray. protesters hurling projectiles in germany where president trump has arrived for a highstakes summit and his first one on one meeting with vladimir putin. burning up. dozens of wildfires raging. thousands under mandatory evacuations in the west with scorching temperatures fueling the flames. and an earthquake rattling the region. deadly epidemic. some hopeful news today from the cdc in the battle against america's opioid crisis, but there are still some very troubling trends. rent your ride. if your car is sitting idly in the driveway, why not make extra cash from it? and league of their own. how teams of kids are honoring fallen heroes and inspiring america. "nightly news" begins
[000:00:59;00] from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is nbc "nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. i'm savannah guthrie in for lester. on the eve of a major summit of world leaders in germany, tensions spilled into the streets. protests of the g-20 meeting turned violent just as the top leaders from around the globe were arriving including, of course, president trump, who tomorrow will come face-to-face with the shrewdest of adversaries, russian president vladimir putin. our team is in place tonight. and in a moment, we'll look deeper into the diplomatic high wire act facing the president. but first, the fiery protests providing a dramatic backdrop. nbc's keir simmons starting us off from hamburg, germany. keir, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, savannah. right now there are still police on the streets of hamburg.
at least 15 police officers were injured a violent backdrop to the g-20 meeting. and there could be further disturbances with 100,000 protesters expected over the next two days. tonight chaos and violence in hamburg. as you can see, there are now clashes between protesters and police. protesters in black masks throwing bottles and rocks. police in riot gear using smoke bombs, pepper spray and water cannons to disperse the crowd. there you can see one of the smoke bombs that has gone off in the middle of this crowd now. now, further back, the german riot police are lined up, moving in to cordon off this anti-g-20 protest. we are right in the center of it. and they are clearly determined, the german authorities, to prevent -- to prevent these protesters from
even staying here. 12,000 people shed up to the welcome 2 hell protest just hours before 20 world leaders including president trump and the leaders of britain, france and russia, meet blocks away. many here protesting capitalism and globalization. >> we are not happy with what their policies stand for or what they're doing. >> reporter: hamburg already on virtual lockdown with 20,000 police officers on hand to secure friday's g-20 summit meeting. police said the clashes again are anarchist protesters refused to remove their masks. besides an arrest taking place, one of a number that we've seen here. tonight, authorities in germany bracing to even bigger showdowns tomorrow. keir simmons, nbc news, hamburg. the protests may be the backdrop, but the president's meeting with russian president vladimir putin tomorrow is the main event. and the president today had some unusually harsh words
for russia while still stopping just short of accepting the conclusion of this country's intelligence agencies that it was russia who meddled in last year's presidential election. nbc's chief white house correspondent hallie jackson now with the back and forth. >> reporter: on the world stage, the president's world view crystalizing with this ominous warning -- >> the fundamental question of our time is whether the west has the will to survive. >> reporter: that nationalistic speech warmly received in warsaw, is part of an overseas trip that so far has become a tale of two trumps. on one hand, the president talking tough on russia. >> we urge russia to cease its destabilizing activities in ukraine. >> reporter: on the other, declining to say for sure moscow meddled with our election even in the face of overwhelming consensus from the u.s. intelligence community. will you once and for all, yes or no, definitively say that russia interfered in the 2016 election? >> well, i think it was russia, and i
think it could have >> reporter: that caveat creating the kremlin's opening to deflect blame just one day before that critical first face-to-face between presidents trump and putin. your intelligence agencies have been far more definitive. they say it was russia. why won't you agree with them and say it was? >> i'll tell you, nobody really knows. nobody really knows for sure. >> reporter: that's not what u.s. intel agencies found. >> the intelligence community including the leadership under president trump has been fairly clear that this attack and the campaign to undermine credibility in the election was driven by russia. >> reporter: the president taking the unusual step of blasting another u.s. president on foreign soil. >> why did obama do nothing about it from august all the way to november? >> reporter: the obama administration sanctioned russia for its election interference and the former president described confronting
putin personally back in september. and on north korea, [000:05:58;00] delivering a warning, saying he's considering something severe but again not specifying what exactly that action might be. savannah? >> hallie jackson, thank you. so just what is president trump about to enter into as he sits across from russia's cunning and calculating leader? nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engel with insight into that from people who have tangled with putin before. >> reporter: for president trump, meeting president putin may be a way to thumb his nose at critics to show he's not scared of the multiple investigations into his inner circle's ties to the kremlin, but for russians who have tried to stand up to putin, trump is being played and has been from the start. >> he's definitely playing into putin's hands. >> reporter: garry kasparov is a putin critic and iconic russian chess grand master.
he says putin's no strategist but understands power. >> he's a dictat dictators by definition don't play chess, i feel i have to defend the integrity of my game. i would rather say he's playing a poker game. >> reporter: he's a poker player. >> he's a poker player, a card player, a gambler. >> reporter: a gambler who keys in on his opponent's weaknesses. putin has gone out of his way to flatter president trump. >> trump psychologically would be the ideal counterpart with his massive ego, with his rejection of the rules. >> reporter: while trump wears his emotions on his twitter feed, putin, the former kgb colonel, has the ultimate poker face. american presidents have thought they could read him before. >> i was able to get a sense of his soul. >> i found him to be very smart. >> reporter: but failed. former ambassador to russia mike mcfaul has been in the room during highstakes meetings with
president putin. >> putin loves intelligence data. he does his homework of the people that he deals with, including most certainly president trump. >> reporter: and this time there are likely to be only six people in the room, according to a u.s. official familiar with the planning, trump, putin, secretary of state tillerson, the russian foreign minister and a few translators. so we'll see what they say. >> indeed we will. richard engel, thank you. and a programming note, be sure to watch the first installment of richard's special series "on assignment with richard engel" that airs tomorrow night at 9:00 eastern on msnbc. with president trump on the world stage the senate republican leader raised new doubts today about his ability to get the healthcare bill passed. others faced protests in their home districts over the repeal and replacement of obamacare. nbc's kasie hunt now
with the backlash. >> reporter: tonight congressional sources tell nbc news a vote on the healthcare b in kentucky today senator majority leader mitch mcconnell acknowledging he might not get the 50 republican votes he needs to pass the bill. >> if my side is unable to agree on an adequate replacement, then some kind of action with regard to private health insurance market must occur. >> reporter: he can only move two votes or the bill will fail and there's still a major divide within the republican party. shelly moore caputo back home in west virginia today where thousands rely on the medicaid expansion. >> i still have pretty serious questions. >> reporter: dozens of protests around the country. outside senator jeff flake's tucson office, two people arrested. one referring to the shooting of steve scalise. saying, you know how liberals are going to solve the republican problem? they're going to get better aim. republicans struggling
to make good on a simple campaign pledge to repeal and replace obamacare. >> god forbid they or get hit by an 18-wheeler -- sir, i'm happy to answer you, but -- >> reporter: pennsylvania senator pat toomey bluntly acknowledging last night -- >> i didn't expect donald trump to win. i think most of my colleagues didn't. we didn't expect to be in this situation. >> reporter: after abruptly canceling a vote last week republican leaders went back behind closed doors adding billions more in funding for opioids and allowing people to use health savings accounts to pay their premiums, but it might not be enough to get the bill over the finish line. kasie hunt, nbc news, new york. there is concerning news tonight about congressman steve scalise who was wounded last month when a gunman opened fire during congressional republicans baseball practice. scalise underwent surgery today to treat an infection after he had to be readmitted to the intensive care unit at a washington, d.c., hospital. officials there saying
the procedure went well, but he remains in serious condition tonight. there's a dangerous combinatio across several states in the west tonight where a large earthquake also struck today. first responders facing a number of unfolding emergencies including mandatory evacuations now in colorado. nbc national correspondent miguel almaguer with what's at stake. >> reporter: this is what crews call unprecedented fire conditions -- flames leaping 125 feet into the air wednesday. so close to homes in breckenridge, colorado, evacuations remain in effect for 463 homes. >> we were on alert, yes. and we're still on alert. >> reporter: today some progress and relief for jay beckerman who's owned the blue river bistro for 17 years. >> we haven't really seen anything quite as close as this. >> reporter: with 37 large wildfires burning across 11
states, resources are taxed across the region. in los angeles, 100 fires sparked by the fourth of july. crews on the lookout for new fires ignited today. all of this comes as the west faces a stifling heat wave. 18 million are under advisories and record highs are all in the forecast. with heat and fire torching the region -- >> we are having an earthquake. >> reporter: montana faced a different state of emergency. a 5.8 quake, the biggest here in nearly 60 years rattling stores, homes and nerves. >> i didn't know it was going to be this bad. >> reporter: tonight, earthquakes, heat and fire. the west rattled in more ways than one. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. as this country battles the opioid drug crisis, the cdc reported today that far too many people are still being
prescribed those highly addictive painkillers and for too long. the warning came despite the fact that [000:12:58;00] prescriptions was down actually over a five-year period. nbc's stephanie gosk with the details. >> reporter: in the war against opioid abuse, a key defense is making sure some patients don't get prescriptions in the first place. in a report released today, the cdc says the number of opioid prescriptions in the u.s. dropped nearly 20% between 2010 and 2015, but the levels are still way too high. >> enough for every american to be on opioid medications round the clock for three weeks. that's just too much. >> reporter: based on the county by county study, the most prescriptions were written in low-income white communities with high unemployment, but there are examples of successful efforts to cut down on opioids. >> things like a broken leg or things like a kidney stone don't always require opioids.
there are things we can do that are just as effective. >> reporter: the emergency department in new york city started a program to replace the dangerous painkillers with [000:13:59;00] there may be people who think, oh, an alternative, that's not going to work for me. >> there are people who are resistant to this. it takes sitting with them and explaining to them the risk of the medication and the advantages of the alternative medication. >> reporter: the cdc guidelines say that opioids should never be taken for long-term conditions like arthritis and back pain and should be used cautiously for acute pain, from things like surgery or late-stage cancer. there are signs the medical community is listening, but undoing the damage has only just begun. stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york. and still ahead for us tonight, the newest way to hit the road. think of it as airbnb but for your car. it does save a lot of money. also, on the auction block. items that used to be president trump's real estate empire. e
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instead he said i'm going to change this community. >> reporter: cops became coaches. >> it's not all about winning and playing baseball. it's to keep children safe and get away fr >> reporter: eventually some of these uniforms became these. >> a lot of us kids that didn't have no direction, we didn't have nowhere to go, this was our safe haven. >> reporter: carlos now patrols the same streets he grew up on. 35 former players now work on the force. after 9/11, other fallen officers' names were added to the jerseys. >> we're playing for people that were heroes of the community. >> reporter: like joann and michael williams' son. >> it makes it all worthwhile. >> reporter: honoring the fallen with the ultimate flattery. >> if i don't become a professional baseball player, i want to become a police officer. >> reporter: cops and a community now all on the same team.