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breaking news tonight. protests at the white house and across the country as the first paychecks e now cut off. pay stubs showing zero dollars for federal workers. this government shutdown hitting so many families hard. u >>erstand what's at stake. i understand. i understand that it'sger than just my paycheck. but it is myaycheck. >> tonight, president trump at the border and his claim today t just not true. >> i would say mexico's going to pay for it obviously i never said this and i never meant they're going to write out a chec >> but that was exactly his campaign plan he ran on. >> they may even write us a he check byime they see what happens. in also breakg, the president's former lawyer, rechael cohen, will testify publicly before ss.
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posing with halls of smuggled contrand, government workers from across the country took to the streets to draw attention to thsir own more immediate cris. paying the bills. tom costello starts our ra coge. >> reporter: from d.c. to utah k to ken thousands of demonstrators were today demanding an end to the shutdown. >> hut the shutdown now! >> reporter: working without pay, 3,000 air traffic controllers whose jobs a already stressful. today received their first pay statements, zero dollars. >> on behalf of more than 61,000 pilots of the airline pilots association, we stand in h solidarity wu. ne reporter: pilots and flight attendants today jd hundreds of controllers on capitol hill. among them newark controller bill striffl worrying about paying the bills. >> we have themortgage, car loan, cell phone, electric, gas, you know, utilities.on
now 't have -- we don't know what it's going to cost usb once the bs here. >> reporter: back home in new jersey, bill's wife teresa isth expectinr first child next week, a daughter. >> it couldn't be any worse timing. we want to be focusing on bringing the baby moment, not worrying about when and if he's going to get paid. >> reporter: working without a pay, 51,000 ficers, 4,000 national weather service employees, 13,000 fbi agents. the agents union warned today with 5,000 fbi employees on furlough, national security and investigations are at risk. is new mexico, though, nasa contractor jimmy c isn't getting paid but says he doesn't care >> because i stand behind my president.at i believe e's doing is right. i believe we need the border wall. >> reporter: in utah, single moh shelris, an irs worker with three kids, has a tough choice to make. are you going to pay fo medication? or are you going to pay for laundry detergent? >> reporter: tomorrow the shutdown continues. tom costello, nbc news.
j of course nt those federal workers going without pay. so many others who do business with the government or rely on its services are caught in the pinch too. today i heard stories from a cross-section of those impacted. tonight they're caught in the middle. e going to look on your bank statement and there's not going to be anything there? >> probability, yes, there won't be anything there. i take care of my four children. my fiancee. it's scary to know where my next pay is coming from. >> reporter: we met shabe esquirdo, tsa training instructor at jfk rport. he says his kids are having the toughest time. >> i have an 11-year-old and she asked me, she id, daddy, will you ever get paid again? >> reporter: chris dwyer works for hud, a military veteran and a vet of other shutdowns, now he and his family again on the edge. >> i understand at's at stake. i understand. i understand that it's bigger
than just my paycheck. but it is my paycheck. yes, i will be hurting after two checks. >> at some point will you have to find other rk? absolutely. n mean, you know -- unemployment will eventually t. >> do you feel like pawns in all this? >> oh, yeah. ju>> reporter: and it's no federal workers taking a hit. 25% of the government is closed. >> in this building we'd be able to make up to 10,000 barre year -- >> reporter: including the agency that would give michael roosevelt a license to expand his brewery. when should shutdown happened, ird you for a moment think this could impact youtly? >> the first week or, so i didn't give it much thought. >> reporter: now all that new equipment gathering dust. s >> what banking to lend me money, after the first time they lent me money, i wasn't able to y it? >> do these ever work, these shutdowns? >> no. >> from your experience? >> the only people who get hurt is the american public. >> as anger grows, president
trump visited the border today to push for thell while questions arise abouthether the steel slatsce he's most ly proposed will do the job. nbc's peter alexander has been traveling with the president. >> reporter: from president d trump, a show ll aimed at creating urgency to get his long-promised border barrier built. >> they ne need a wall.they if you don't have it, it's going to be nothing but hard work and grueling problems. and by the way, and death. and death. a lot of death. >> repter: praising those on the front lines. >> they have done a fantastic job. never so many apprehensions ever in our history. fa >> reporter: i, nationwide, apprehensions are way down from their peak in the early 2000s. about that signature campaign promise -- >> who's going to pay for the wall? >> mexico! >> when i say mexico's going to pay for the wall, do you think they're going to write a check for llion or $10 billion or $5 billion or 2 cents? no. ey're paying for the wall in a great trade deal. ep >>ter: in this 2016 memo candidate trump said he'd compel
mexico to make a one-time foyment of $5 billion to $10 billion to the u.sthe wall. >> they'll pay. they'll pay in one form or another, they may even write us >> reporter: the president putting the focus not on federal workers who won't get a paycheck tomorrow but on families whose loved ones were killed by undocumented immigrants. what my family's going through right now, i do not want any other family, la enforcement person, to go through that. >> reporter: president trump warning if the stalemate sticks, he'll declare a national emergency. >> f this doesn't work out, probably i will do it. i would almost say definitely. >> reporter: tonight the g esident perhaps signalina longer shutdown, canceling his trip to davos, switzerland, still more that 10 days away. peter alexander, nbc news, mcallen, texas. i'm jacob soboroff at the border. this iman obtned exclusively by nbc news shows how vulnerable president trump's wall could be. it's the result of a departmentf omeland security test
ordered by this administration. eight prototypes were cr ted to help the president determine what kind of wall to bui. military and border patrol we tasked with breaching them using various tools. the president says his decision was a compromise. >> it will be a steel barrier rather than a concrete wall. >> reporter: thisteel slat saw.otype sliced with critics of president trump's border policy say no barrier, including steel just like this, will do anything to solve the humanitarian or security crisis. before he headed here today the president disputed that and responded to nbc news' reporting. >> that's a wall that designed by previous administrations. >> reporter: while previous administrations did use the design, the prototypes were built during the trump administration. all eight were bached during sting. dhs says while the design currently being constructed was informed by what we learned in ypes, it does not replicate those designs. tonight more questions about the oflnerability of any type border wall.
jacob soboroff, nbc news, hidalgo, texas. with the president at the border there are late turns in e fight back in washingt over the president potentially declaring a national emergency and going around congress to get the boer wall money. kristen welker has details. >> reporter: tonight president trump says he might do it. >> i have the absoluteht to declare a nation emergency. the lawyers have so advised me. >> reporter: an administration official tells nbc news, white house lawyers are now preparing the legal justification. >> we're either going to have a a compromise, because i think a compromise is a win for everybody, or i will declare a national emergency. >> reporter: democrats already threatening legal action. t >>raises a serious constitutional issue that can be only resolved in the courts. >> reporter: many republicans ti urging c. >> i don't want to see a declaration of national emergency. >> reporter: late today republican lindsey graham accusing democrats of refusing to negotiate and saying the president should use ecy powers to fund the construction
of the wall. there have been 58 national er ncies declared since the national emergencies act was passed, giving presidethe to authorito around congress in a crisis.th everything froe iran hostage crisis to 9/11. it's a two-step process. first a president declares a national emergency. but in order to redirect ex prting funds, the president then has to cite the specific emergency powers he's activating. >> might that be challenged in court?pr ably. who will prevail? that's aery difficult question. courts are relucnt to second-guess presidents about issues such as this one. >> reporter: three u.s. officials tell nbc news one on oprepared for the president, to use the army corps of engineers and their funding, including some which had been set aside for disaster relief, to build 315 miles of border wall. lester? >> kristen welker at the white house, thank you. it's hard to bree through utdown drama consuming washington but the news late today that president trump's aw
formerr, michael cohen, will testify publicly before coress did just that. as pete williams reports, it be coulne of the most dramatic moments of the trump presidency. >> reporter: michael cohen has age ed to appear before a ho committee february 7th, a month before he reports to prison. it's a powerful sign that democrats now control the housee calling as tir first blockbuster witness the man whoa it was his duty as donald trump's lawyer quote to cover up his dirty deeds. cohen says he'll give a full and credible account of the events which have transpired. he'll undoubtedly be a about efforts to build a trump tower in moscow he now says went on well into the campaign, and out arranging hush money payments to two women who claim they h affairs with mr. trump, something the president has denied. since pleading guilty last h, moohen has said he wants to turn his life around. >> i am done with the lying. i am done being yal to president trump. >> reporter: but asked today
about his former lawyer testifying, the president, who has called cohen a not very smart liar, expressed no concer >> i'm not worried about it at all, no. >> reporter: house democrats will push to question cohen in a closed session too. n pete william news, washington. tonight, controversial republican congressman steve king under fire for asking how the term "white supremacist" became offensive. remarks some in his own party are now calling racist.hu nbc's kasi confronted him about those comments and has the details. >> reporter: in an interview withthe new york times," republican congressman steve king defending what he called the culture of america, white nationalist,hite supremacist, western civilization, how did that language become offensive, king asked, according to the paper. liz cheney, a member of house republican leadership, slamming re comments tweeting they quote abhorrent and racist. >> how could you not understand that was offensive? >> what i was really talking about was the continuation of applying labels onto people as freely as they are.
i reject white nationalism, i reject white supitmacy. not part of any of ideology. i reject anyone who carries that ideology. >> why did you say it? >> that was in the context of a long interview with "the new im yorkes." >> reporter: in a written statement king said, "under any fair political definition i am simply a nationalist." but he did n misquoted. >> did the "times" misquote you? >> i don't think i can answer that clearly. i'll just say i have responded n to this and i you understand where i stand. >> reporter: just last year king tweeted this photo from his annual pheasant huntg different breeds of dogs indicated diversity. his rhetoric seems to be catching up to him. yesterday a prominent iowa republican announced he's running against king in next year's primary. kasie hunt, nbc news, capitol. to the alarming new report abt the opioid crisis. the cdc warning overdose deaths among women, especially middle-aged women, are skyrocketi. nbc's katie beck has the story in our "one nation overdosed" series. >> reporter: dustin lost his er mopeggy, too soon.
she died in 2014 at 56 years old. >> she was prescribed something. thathe was told was safe and okay to use. >> reporter: oxycontin for a knee injury turned to ippling addiction. her last years of life spent desperate for the drug and withdrawn from her family. >> she was alone when she died. she was not doing well, obviously, physically or mentally. >> reporter: women like peggy thd.face of an alarming tren overdose deaths among women ages 30 to 64 soaring. 260% up in the last two decades. the biggest spike in middle-aged men. >> it is our moms, aunts, grandparents, colleagues, the people we go to work out with. f>> reporter: while men a more likely to die from an overdose, numbers show women more at risk than ever. experts say a population often reluctant to ask for help. >> the last thing that any woman i've ever met wants to say is,
i'm imperfect. i'm not okay. >> reporter: his advice, keep trying to get them the help they need. >> even though my mom's story ended in a tragic way, there are other stories that don't. >> reporter: katie beck, nbc news. to pennsylvania and the cold case kidnapping that was cracked lter 20 years. dna evidence finalding to a suspect being charged. here's nbc's ron allen. >> it's a whirlwind of emotion. >> reporter: pennsylvania state police trooper jeffrey brock says the kidnapping and rape of a little girl haunted him for 20 years. he carried a picture of the unnamed 10-year-old, snatched at gunpoint on her way home from school, raped, and left aldee by the si of a road. >> i jusnever forgot her. >> reporter: in custody now, timothy david nelson, age 50, caught police say with the help of new technology. i ba2004, the suspect's dna, preserved from the crime scene on a paperag, was matched with
other cases in the national database. it wasn't until last month, nearly two decades later, a special fbi unit was able to lift a fingerprint from that old evidence and called brock to say they had theiran. >> i don't know what to say. >> reporter: police say nelson had been arres another state. he faces 23 charges, including kidnapping, rape, indecent assault. h brock sashared the news with the victim and her family. >> it's the closure that i -- if i helped in that, then it's all worth it. >> reporter: se 20 years later, finally, case closed. ron allen, nbc news. also tonight, are you on the keto diet? why a celebrity trainer is sounding an alarm. shocking video, a baby wandering alone near a highway and who came to the rescue. built too small... this is kind of awesome? how long are we here?ar
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