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on this saturday night. death of fidel castro. the passing of a dictator whose half century rule over cuba brought the world to the brink of nuclear war and forced generations of cubans to flee shores. the eruption of joy by cuban-americans and the starkly different reaction to the president and the president-elect. severe weather could mean a treacherous trip for those heading home after the long holiday weekend. and the digital front line. how google joined the fight against isis using their latest technology as a weapon.
right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. >> good evening. fidel castro who turned a small caribbean island into an american foreign policy obsession is being remembered as a oppressive tyrant and savior of his people tonight. the very contradiction that defined his 50 years of rule. in havana where a nine-day mourning wept in the streets after news of his death broke. and people in little havana in miami celebrated. fidel castro goes to his grave as a dynamic figure of the cold war who once nearly nudged the u.s. and russia into a nuclear war. our team is reporting from around the region. we begin tonight with nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell. >> good evening,
cuban-americans are lined up to go to cuba or greet relatives visiting from the island. no place in america has been as affected by fidel castro's nearly 50-year reign as south florida. he's revealed by many exiled during his reign. even in his hay day he was admired by many around the world. to his followers, he was just fidel. to his enemies a feared dictator. one of the world's last communists. th brand began life simply. the ill legitimate class of a landowner. he graduated with a law degree and doctorate. tried running for the national assembly in 1952 until bautista ceased power and cancelled elections. in 1953 castro lead a rebel group and failed. castro ended up in jail for two years. until an amnesty when he went into exile.
brother raul, and fellow revolutionary. on new year's day 1959 they toppled but a but a tease draft. "meet the press" in april of 1959. >> i am not a communist. >> reporter: almost from the start castro confiscated the property of the weal nationalized u.s. oil refinery and signed a pact with the soviet union. john f kennedy ordered the cia to invade cuba at the bay of pigs >> wednesday, april 19th -- >> reporter: the resulting debacle helped castro consolidate power. by then declared a socialist he dramatically improved health care and literacy.
super powers to the brink of nuclear war. >> requiring a full retaliatory response from the soviet union. >> reporter: until jfk's hard line got the russians to pull back. for 25 years, moscow helped castro arm latin america. but with the end of the soviet union, cuba's economy imploded. on makeshift boats, ou fled the oppressive regime. in 1999, a custody battle over 6-year-old elian gonzalez became the symbol of america's struggle with castro. in 2006 fidel castro temporarily turned over power to raul castro. two years later he stepped down and succeeded by his brother. he wrote columns about his life's experiences.
pope benedict's visit in 2012 and president xi jinping in 2014. this past march fidel castro was nowhere to be scene during president obama's meeting with raul castro. fidel castro wrote an editorial saying we don't need the empire to give us anything. fidel castro never tolerated free election or dissent but gave his people better health care and education. still, his real legacy may beholding power for nearly half a century. longer than any other modern leader. we went to cuba in 1999 to cover the anti-u.s. protest during the fight during elian gonzalez. in my first interview with fidel castro and over the years in many interviews, he was argumentative, he would talk all night, he would debate. he was on the internet even though his people could not, for the most part, be on the internet. he followed our newscast. he told me what he
politics, in fact, continued for many years. his final newspaper column was against the u.s. election only two weeks ago. >> andrea mitchell, thank you. back in the u.s. the news of fidel castro's death was largely met with celebration. it was a festival-like atmosphere in miami's little havana neighborhood with an eruption of joy pouring into the streets. kerry sanders has been there for all of it. ? ? celebrations cuban style. >> it's opportunity! we're free! >> reporter: more than a million people waited fidel castro's death. >> i would call him a dictator. thug. murder. he's our version of hitler. >> reporter: the party began in the early morning hours on
famed -- even miami's mayor born in cuba himself showed up. >> they came because they want to celebrate. not the death of a human being but the death of a dictator. >> reporter: he fled cuba in 1961. she was 5 years old. her father and mother died in the united states in exile. >> those are tears of -- >> joy and sadness at the same time. >> reporter: cubans continue to escape the communist island more than 46,000 coming to the united states in just the last 12 months. it is the oldest cuban-americans who best remember what they lost when fidel castro rose to power. dr. garcia's father lost his farm and future. >> they took everything. they took everything from my father. >> reporter: the question now? what happens next? >> hopefully we'll have a future democracy in cuba and i'll be able to go back and visit the
>> reporter: tonight here in little havana is filled with thousands of people. it'll be a party that will go on for hours. most people here found out about fidel castro's death on social media. but in a nod to the old school, "the miami herald" rehab -- ran a special edition. it brought to the forefront difficult relationship with cuba. president-elect trump seems to have a different view. ron allen has more from the white house. >> reporter: today vastly different responses from the president and president-elect. in a statement, mr. obama extending a handle of friendship to cuba. avoiding any mention of fidel castro's
countries. >> reporter: mr. obama offering condolences to castro's family. from president-elect trump, first a blunt tweet. "fidel castro is dead"! then a statement recalling a brutal tick th or it with a legacy of firing squads. >> we'll cancel obama's one-sided cuban deal. >> reporter: mr. trump threatened to undo obama's orders. and allow more travel and trade between cuba and america. stea obama administration as congress refuses to lift a 50-year embargo on cuba. top republicans calling on mr. trump who vowed to repeal mr. obama's policies to take a hard line because the castro family remains in charge. >> don't expect fidel's death to usher a new chapter, a happy chapter of freedom. >> reporter: around the world, the communist revolutionary allies weighing in on his death.
true and reliable friend of russia. here in washington, congress has no intention of lifting the sanctions while the obama administration and the final weeks continues trying to deepen america's new relationships with cuba we fidel castro's death, cuba higher on president-elect trump's agenda. >> ron allen at the white house. thank you. stay with nbc news and msnbc for continuing coverage for death of fidel the ground in cuba starting tomorrow morning and through the week leading to the funeral next weekend. if you thought the presidential election was behind us, word came today from the hillary clinton campaign that it will back the state-wide election recount effort put on by third party candidate jill stein in three key battle ground states. kristin welker has more. >> reporter: good evening. it started when a group of computer
lawyer, said they found voting irregularities in three states and that's what is prompting this. and the three states donald trump has a combined margin of victory of about 100,000 votes. today, on medium secretary clinton's lawyer posted that the campaign has received hundreds of messages, e-mails, and calls urging her to do something, anything to investigate claims that the election results were hacked and altered in a way to disadvantage secretary clinton. clinton's campaign lawyer also stressed they have not found any evce democrats are skeptical after u.s. officials said they uncovered evidence of russia hacking the e-mails during the campaign. president trump vacationing here in florida. noting that secretary clinton conceded on election night. you may recall in the weeks leading up to the election, it was donald trump who said the entire system is rigged. that is why this is getting so much attention and one of the reasons why
frustrated because right now secretary clinton leads donald trump by more than 2 million votes in the popular vote. >> kristin welker, thank you very much. a quick programming note. much more on that recount plus a look at the trump promises tomorrow on "meet the press." the army corps. of engineers ordered activists at the site of the dakota access pipeline to shut down one of the camps. increased violence between protesters and police combined with harsh winter according to the federal agency. in a statement a triable chairman expressed disappointment but insisted, "our resolve to protect our water is stronger than ever." the long holiday weekend comes to a close tomorrow. for many americans it means time to start packing for the drive or flight home. dylan dreyer has us covered on travel conditions across the country and the potential trouble spots. >> we're keeping an eye on spots around the country for travelers on sunday.
west coast. we're looking at heavier rain up-and-down the coast. that stretches from seattle to l.a. also, snow through the mountains. mountain passes could be tricky, too. a cold front will bring heavier downpours from minneapolis to st. louis. it's not until late in the day on sunday. hopefully if you're traveling early you shouldn't have too much trouble. that will be an area through the midwest we're watching sunday. it's out through the rockies and extending over s city where we could see minor delays with the snow coming down. minneapolis we could see some delays later in the afternoon. if that front moves in a little bit sooner. also, l.a. we could see some isolated delays. mostly because of the occasional showers and gusty winds we're expecting. it you're driving, we could be slow going on i 80 and i 70 and i 15 in the pacific northwest as the storm system continues to make the way on shore. >> dylan dreyer, thank you. still ahead tonight, google versus
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9:00 to 5:00. traded seasonal jobs for a lifestyle change. >> we were both in corporate 60 to 80 hours a week. when we leave dolly wood, they close it up. >> reporter: they are embracing the work campers. some are retired. >> so far we've been up the east coast from florida to maine and back. >> reporter: now in texas the leonard family is camping until christmas. david makes $11.25 an warehouse and daniel home schools their children. >> reporter: how long do you think you'll keep doing it? >> as long as we can. as long as life lets us. >> reporter: at dollywood the part-time jobs end next month. >> we're living on 20% and we haven't starved yet. we haven't gone to bed hungry. >> reporter: a craving for something different as work camps trade money for
[ laughter ] janet shamlian news. that will do it for us on this saturday night. i'm lester holt from nbc news. thank you for watching and good night. s. right now at 6:00, effort to recount votes in wisconsin gets major support while also facing some serious backlash. good evening, am katie crowther.
join efforts to push for recounts in several key swing states including wisconsin. the clinton team says it's been quietly investigating accusations of vote tampering and has received hundreds of requests to support a recount. a campaign lawyer says they had not found any evidence of hack. yesterday green party candidate jill stein and another third party candidate raised enough funds to file the requests for a recount here in wisconsin. supprs conference at milwaukee city hall talking about the importance of investigating the possibility of voting fraud. >> we're saying we gotta take a look to make sure it didn't happen and that it can't happen in the future. >> reporter: we spoke with several voters to get their thoughts on the recount, and it's split. many say it's time to put the polarizing presidential race of 2016 in the rear-view mirror while others say a recount