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tonight, flat line. the gop effort to repeal obamacare collapses. president trump now playing the blame game, saying let obamacare fail. what he could do to chip away at the law and how that could affect millions of families. child opioid death. just 10 years old. one of the youngest victims of this epidemic and a mystery how exactly did he die. a heart broken family wants to know why a police officer killed a bride-to-be who called 911 for help and why were the police body cameras off. preventing alzheimer's. news tonight in the fight against the disease. new evidence of the harm a bad night's sleep is doing to your brain. magic airfare day, the day fast approaching that experts say is the
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deals. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. it's great to have you with us tonight. the republican effort to start a new health care suffered what appears to be a fatal blow today leaving obamacare the law of the land, after republicans fail to get enough votes from their own party to repeal and replace the law. still tonight, it's democrats staring down the finger of blame, pointed by president trump who is watching one of his signature campaign promises go down in flames. as millions covered by obamacare wonder and worry if the drama is over. nbc's kasie hunt has the late details. >> reporter: after seven years of making promises, the republican effort to repeal and simult
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>> when we finally get a chance to repeal and replace, they don't take advantage of it. so that's disappointing. >> this has been a very, very challenging experience for all of us. it's pretty obvious that we don't have 50 members who can agree on a replacement. >> reporter: senate majority leader mitch mcconnell's new plan to vote to repeal without a replacement is already in trouble. three women republicans announced before lunchtime they were opposed. with just 52 republicans in the senate, it's on track to fail. >> so you are not onboard with mitch mcconnell's new plan here? >> i do not support the new plan. i think it has many of the same flaws as the old plan. >> reporter: but obamacare's insurance market has struggled. with premiums up as much as 20% just in the last year. >> let obamacare fail, it will be a lot easier. and i think we're probably in that position where we'll just let obamacare fail. >> reporter: what would that mean for the 12 million americans who buy their insurance on the individual markets?
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the turmoil in congress has insurers afraid the trump administration will cut off subsidies they receive to help prop up the markets, potentially devastating the exchanges and driving up prices. >> you can't force insurers something without giving something back. you've got to give them money, you've got to give them more customers. that's exactly what the affordable cair act does. >> reporter: now the pressure is on. a coalition of 11 governors, five democrats, five republicans and an independent, demand congress start working across the aisle to stabilize the markets and drive down costs. as millions of americans across the country wait to find out what this all means for them. mitch mcconnell tonight giving republicans an ultimatum. he plans to force them to vote early next week to repeal obamacare without offering a replacement. even though he knows that vote would fail if it were held today. lester? >> kasie hunt thank you. this evening as the president points fingers, the collapse of the gop health care
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failure to deliver on a key campaign promise, with other items on the agenda stalled and the fights don't get any easier from here. chief white house hallley jackson reports. >> reporter: the buck stops somewhere else. >> we're not going to own it. i'm not going to own it. >> reporter: that's despite gop control of the white house and both chambers of congress, and despite the president's 2013 tweet on leadership. quote, whatever happens, you're responsible. if it doesn't happen, you're responsible. >> i can tell you the republicans are not going to own it. >> reporter: it's been months since president trump hit the road to talk about the republican push to repeal and replace obamacare. never really selling the latest plan, with most americans never really backing it. not even in places that propelled the president to his election night win, so-called trump counties. there, only 12% of people supported the gop health care plan. including just one in four trump voters. in towns like wilkes-b,
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>> i just think they need to go back to the drawing board. >> reporter: matt in central virginia voted for the president in november. now he says he doesn't own it neither do the republicans. is he right? >> no, i don't think anybody can say, hands off, i'm not responsible. the administration passed in current. >> reporter: the president's forced to back down, for now, from one of his most important campaign promises with most of the rest of his agenda stuck at a standstill. there's the infrastructure plan to privatize air traffic control, stalled. plus, tough talks ahead on the debt ceiling and budget. even as aides privately push tax reform, too. multiple white house and hill sources describe an ambitious tax time line by august, with a bill ready by september. >> a lot of donald trump supporters i think by next year are going to wonder if he can't pass anything, how is he going to bring about the change he promised to make their lives better. >> reporter: an administration
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for now seeming stuck. hallie jackson, nbc news, warrington, virginia. nbc news business correspondent ali velshi joins me now. ali, if you're one of the millions who have obamacare and think it's status quo at this point, what is the reality? >> we're not clear what the president wants to have happen. he does have power. one of the lesser known provisions of obamacare is money goes from this administration from health and human services to insurance companies to subsidize them for taking on these insureds. what's happening is because of the uncertainty, even if obamacare doesn't get repealed, insurance companies are worried they'll lose those subsidies. that's why they've been pulling out of some markets. they'll increase premiums as a result of the uncertainty. you could end up with obamacare existing as the law of the land but coverage unavailable but too expensive for average people. >> ali velshi, thank you for your insight. the outraged family of an australian bride-to-be is demanding ansrs
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over why minneapolis police fatally shot her after she called 911 herself. authorities have confirmed she died from a single gunshot wound, but so many unanswered questions remain. nbc's blake mccoy now has the latest. >> reporter: half a world away in australia, a father pleads for answers. >> justine was a beacon to all of us. we only ask that the light of justice shine down on the circumstances of her death. >> reporter: his daughter, justine damond, was killed after calling 911 saturday night to report an assault in the alley near her minneapolis home. but investigators have still given no explanation as to why one of the responding officers, muhammad noor, shot her. multiple police sources tell our affiliate krtv that officer noor was seated in the passenger side of the cruiser and fired his weapon over his
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[000:07:58;00] damond. the partner appeared stunned. their body cameras were not activated at the time. >> they were driving up an alley. the victim approached the car. that's not necessarily a time you must, but frankly i think it's a time you should. >> reporter: noor was heralded by the mayor as one of the first somali-americans to join the force two years ago. administrative leave. david used to sit on the city's police review board. >> most times you can even at least imagine what the police department might say to excuse it. here, i can't even imagine what they would say. >> reporter: tonight so many questions, and no one providing answers. the last update we received from investigators yesterday afternoon, they still haven't said if they've interviewed the officers involved. lester, tonight, many
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more questions and no time line for answers. >> blake, thank you. death that's capturing attention nationwide. a 10-year-old boy who may be among the youngest to die in the opioid epidemic that has killed so many. tonight authorities are still trying to figure out a mystery of how exactly he came in contact with the powerful drug that is suspected of killing him. nbc's kerry sanders has more. >> reporter: a facebook memorial post to 10-year-old alton banks. the medical examiner waiting for toxicology tests to determine whether he died with contact with fentanyl. >> i believe this may be the youngest victim of this scourge that's occurring in our community. what a nightmare. >> reporter: investigators tracking alton's final hours of life, believing to be with friends at a nearby city pool. somewhere between the day camp here and the two-block walk to his house, young alton banks is believed came into contact with something unintentionally. a drug that may have killed him.
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but he didn't die immediately. later they saw paramedics frantically trying to save his life. >> definitely was pumping him. trying to revive him back. >> reporter: the national opioid epidemic indiscriminate. the most recent statistics say deaths are up by 72%, while deaths from heroin increased 20%. >> the most dangerous opioid out there, the amount roughly the same size of a grain of rice could be potentially deadly. >> reporter: drug paraphernalia litters the streets near alton's home. a speck of fentanyl, some powerful police drug-sniffing dogs in broward county, florida, treated for an overdose while on a case. in houston, officers no longer test in the field to prevent exposure. alton banks' death now a warning to other parents. stop curious kids from poking at what they see lying on the ground. kerry sanders, nbc news, miami. now to some other stories we're watching tonight. disgraced former
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speaker of the house dennis hastert has prison in minnesota and is in a reentry facility in chicago. he was sentenced to 15 months in prison back in april 2016 after revelations involving hush money to cover up allegations he sexually molested teenagers while serving as a coach decades ago. he's due to be released next month. now to important news in the fight against alzheimer's disease. new research presented today at a meeting of the world's top experts shows people with chronic sleep problems may have an increased risk of dementia, but they can be treated. nbc medical correspondent dr. john torres has the details. >> reporter: sleep problems plague more than one-third of adults on a regular basis, and now new evidence the consequences can be dire. three studies presented by researchers at wheaton college show sleep breathing disorders
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like snoring or sleep apnea are strongly linked to the buildup [000:11:59;00] biomarkers for alzheimer's disease. researchers found these brain changes can appear even before people start experiencing signs of dementia. >> sleep is so important. when it is disrupted, it actually increases brain damage that can really accelerate alzheimer's. >> reporter: darrell fos who has mild cognitive impairment knows getting quality shut eye is key to a clear head. >> my memory is better when i get a good night's sleep. >> reporter: but it hasn't been easy, especially since he has breathing problems and insomnia. he took action getting a c-pap machine, to help him breathe better, setting a regular bedtime, avoiding caffeine and keeping active with his wife mary, all concrete steps researchers say could delay decline. how much sleep should people be getting? >> about seven hours is sort of the magic number.
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it's not just about the number of hours, it's about the quality, making sure get that treated. >> sleeping pills are not the answer here. that's because they're meant to be used short-term and they won't correct the underlying sleep issues or medical conditions that do need to be treated. >> dr. john, thanks very much. still ahead, best time to buy. if you're still looking to book a flight this summer, we'll tell you the magic date to get the cheapest airfare possible. terrifying moments captured on a camera when a woman's bag gets caught in subway doors taking her along
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it's cooling off. it would be a great time to go travel. but with the kids tt just not very practical. >> reporter: it turns outs the end of august brings so-called magic dates when airfares suddenly drop. >> generally demand for travel is lower. you've got kids going back to school, business travel tends to slow down slightly. >> reporter: august 21st is when transatlantic tickets get cheaper. august 22nd u.s. fares go down. round trip, denver to orlando, will cost you $255 on august 18th. about $157 four days later. l.a.x. to atlanta, $330 on august 14th, $278 on the 21st. washington to london nearly $1,500 on august 14th, $875 on august 21st. meanwhile, families hitting the road are already enjoying some of the cheapest gas prices in 12 years.
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on average, saving $22 a tank, compared to just three years ago. >> gas prices are low. in fact, 35 states you can find gas price >> under two bucks? >> $1.99 or less. >> reporter: gas could go even lower this fall with cheaper winter gas at the pump. whether on the road or in the air, some of the biggest savings of the year could be just a month or two away. but only if you can get away. tom costello, nbc news, bethesda, maryland. we'll take a short break and be back in a moment with a countdown to o.j. simpson's parole hearing. what kind of life would he return to if he goes free? what kind of life would he return to if he goes free? when you have moderate to severe ulcerative colitis, the unpredictability of a flare may weigh on your mind. thinking about what to avoid, where to go, and how to work around your uc. that's how i thought it had to be. but then i talked to my doctor about humira,
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bones. video also appears to show the train operator eating at the time of the incident, which isnd he, however, says he followed protocols. we're learning more about what could face o.j. simpson if he's granted parole in that highly anticipated hearing this week that will be broadcast live. after nearly a decade behind bars for robbery, simpson still faces families who want to make sure he continues to pay. nbc's joe fryer has those details. >> reporter: when o.j. simpson fights for his release before a parole board thursday, he won't be alone. a friend or relative can testify on his behalf and one of the robbery victims plans to speak, but still doesn't know what he'll say. dan hill who has no connection to the case says if parole is granted, the board will set conditions. >> friends say that o.j. would like to live in florida if he is paroled. how likely is that? >> i think if he keeps being a model parolee,
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like he was a model prisoner, i see no reason why it shouldn't happen. has served nearly nine years for robbing two sports memorabilia dealers. during that time, a friend said simpson stayed in regular contact with all four of his kids. but if he's released, simpson will still face the $33 million civil judgment won by the family of nicole brown and ron goldman. attorney daniel petro chelly who represented the goldmans spoke to nbc for the special o.j. simpson chasing freedom airing saturday. >> the goldmans are undaunted, and they will continue to pursue collection of that judgment, i am sure. >> reporter: they won't be able to touch simpson's pensions, including his nfl pension, which scott said pays $1,700 a month. but first, simpson must win his release, a decision now two days away. joe fryer, nbc news, las vegas. when we come back, inside a super bowl for whiz kids, with the all-girl team that almost wasn't allowed to compete.
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obstacles getting to the u.s., until the president himself intervened. nbc's andrea mitchell has more. >> reporter: this was an entrance they never thought would happen. six afghan girls, all teenagers, competing with teams from 157 countries in the first international robotics competition. they arrived in the u.s. from a country where girls could not even go to school under taliban rule. and still in many places face taboos against female education. but the afghan team was determined. twice they took a bus 500 miles to the u.s. embassy in kabul for visas. twice they were denied with no explanation. after news stories and complaints from members of congress, the state department was finally overruled by a higher authority -- president trump. whose daughter ivanka showed up today to show her
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encouragement. >> i'm so inspired by what you've built here, what you're doing, and how you're advancing the rolln >> reporter: for two days they've been fine-tuning their robot, which can sort balls by color. separating blue from orange. a test they say of how machines can separate clean from contaminated water. the girls eager to prove themselves to those back home who still doubt what girls can do. why was it important for you to be here? >> it's important to be here because of showing the taliban that -- >> showing the talent and ability of afghan women? >> yes. that afghan women can make robots, too. >> reporter: with less time to prepare, the afghan team did not win top honors, but still won a prize tonight for overcoming obstacles and for their true grit. andrea mitchell, nbc news, washington. we appreciate you spending part of your evening with us. that is "nightly news" for this tuesday night. i'm lester holt.
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