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tonight, confirmation showdown, as donald trump picks the powerful ceo of exxon mobil, with close ties to vladimir putin, to be america's secretary of state. tonight, concerns being raised even by big-name republicans, setting up a critical fight. horror in aleppo. with the war-torn city on the brink of falling, terrified messages coming from inside. a frantic exodus to escape the slaughter. car talk. the new plan to change the way we drive. imagine your car connected to every other car around. sensing a potential accident before you even have time to react. dangerous appliance recall. the largest of its kind in history. in millions of kitchens, do you have one of these in yours?
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trail, and inspiring america. "nightly news" begins right now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. after a lengthy and very public casting call through the lobby of trump tower, the president-elect ended the suspense today over one of the most coveted jobs in his administration. an oil company ceo to be his secretary of state. with no government experience, rex tillerson, the exxon mobil boss, is being praised as a seasoned international deal maker in business, and it is those business connections, specifically his ties to russia, that are raising the most serious concerns about him tonight. and putting trump at odds with members of his own party. nbc's kristen welker starts us off with the latest. >> reporter: tonight, president-elect donald trump, likely setting up his first
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own party, officially tapping rex tillerson to be his secretary of state. touting what he calls tillerson's deep understanding of geopolitics. the pick of the exxon mobil ceo, praised by republicans, including condoleezza rice, who has business ties to exxon, but also others like bob corker. still some key gop senators wary of his ties with russia. marco rubio saying, he has serious concerns. trump's team, digging in. >> he's very good at being a diplomat, and e put oil in all freedom-loving democracies across the world. and yet rex tillerson was able to make this work. >> reporter: and it comes on the day of what is perhaps mr. trump's most surprising meeting at trump tower yet. kanye west. >> we've been friends for a long time. >> reporter: west, uncharacteristically tight-lipped right now. >> i just want to take a picture. >> reporter: it's not clear if west will have a role, but
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be energy secretary, the agency he famously forgot during a presidential debate while listing the departments he'd eliminate. >> the third one, i can't, sorry. oops. >> reporter: trump also saying his adult sons will, his business interests, and no deal will be done during his term in office. >> these things have a cumulative effect. it would serve him to be more transparent, the more the better. >> reporter: tonight a top telling nbc news, mr. trump has tapped former navy seal ryan zincy to serve as interior secretary. their trump will appear in wisconsin later tonight. lester? >> kristin, thank you. back to the tillerson pick, reaction has been swift and loud. how the close ties to vladimir putin will
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confirmation fight. andrea mitchell was the first to break the news about the tillerson pick over the weekend. good evening. >> good evening. donald trump said he wants his secretary of state to reverse what he called years of misguided foreign policies. hiring him because he's an outside with no experience in diplomacy. in rex tillerson, trump has found someone like himself, no government experience, a successful businessman, whom trump aides praise as trumpian. >> i have tremendous respect for him. he player. >> reporter: born in wichita falls, texas, from engineer to chairman and now ceo, now dealing with foreign governments in nearly 50 countries. but it's his ties to one country now under the microscope. >> my relationship with vladimir putin, which dates back almost 15 years now, i've known him since 1999. and i have a very close relationship with him. i don't agree with everything he's doing. >> reporter: improving
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trump campaign promise. >> wouldn't it be great if we actually got along with russia? >> reporter: but tonight, they're pointing to opposition to climate change rules. >> coziness with vladimir putin is very alarming and should have eliminated him frankly. >> reporter: some republicans critical too after tillerson received a friendship medal from putin. >> when he gets the friendship award from a butcher, quite frankly, it's an issue that i think needs to be examined. tillerson is a past president of the boy scouts, embracing their decision to allow gay scouts and leaders. >> he wrestled with it, he prayed on it, and he ultimately decided, i have to do what's good for the boys. >> reporter: his loyalty to scouting shaped his values. >> we have a duty to this country, as citizens, to participate in our government. >> reporter: a texas oil man who, if confirmed, will test whether its skills as a global business
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diplomacy. andrea mitchell, nbc news, washington. >> reporter: i'm richard engel in moscow, where the kremlin couldn't be happier with the way trump's cabinet is shaping up, especially with rex tillerson as potential secretary of state. vladimir mill of is a former russian minister of energy. >> it's absolutely a gift for putin. >> reporter: tillerson is best known here for making a deal with an oil giant called rosneft. that's its headquarters over there. just over the moscow river fromhe kremlin. and analysts say the company is like a cash cow for president putin and his inner circle. mickel, an energy analyst says the dividends earned by rosneft end up in one place. >> this is the personal purse ear wallet of the russian president. >> reporter: and that wallet could grow significantly. and tillerson is at the center of it. exxon mobil and
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deal in the arctic, russia values at $500 billion. a deal so important, after it, he was given the russian medal of friendship. but the deal is on hold because of u.s. sanctions. >> obviously the conflict of interest is something that is written on mr. tillerson forehead. >> written on his forehead? >> written on his forehead. >> conflict of interest some. >> yes. >> as far as russia's concerned? >> hundred percent. >> reporter: as secretary of state, tillerson will be able to push for the lifting of the sanctions against ss richard engel, nbc news, moscow. now to the brutal four-year-long battle for aleppo that appears to be near its end this evening, the russian government, allied with the syrian regime, said today that military action has ceased in eastern aleppo, claiming syrian forces have taken control of the city from rebels. as our bill neely reports, civilians are still scrambling to get out of aleppo, amid horrifying reports of executions. >> reporter: they
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today. thousands, fleeing aleppo's last battleground. the young and sick, the old and helpless, besieged for months, trudging from the ruins of their homes. they've fled a relentless onslaught by regime and russian forces, crushing what's left of the rebel east. but not everyone escaped. terrified civilians, sending what they called their last messages. >> the assad milits away. no place now to go. it's the last days. >> reporter: no word tonight of one child, 7-year-old bana, whose latest message read, this is my final moment to either live or die. the horrors are clear on aleppo's streets. shelling and air strikes, claiming hundreds of lives. we can't verify this video, or many claims,
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militias are executing civilians in cold blood. >> they've been going door to door, executing people on the spot. >> reporter: president assad's troops are celebrating victory, over this symbolic city of the revolution, and denying they're committing atrocities. as soon as people heard we freed this area, he says, they feel safe. but few can be safe. even as the regime boasted that aleppo's rebels have stopped fighting, that they'll be allowed to leave, where, and that the battle here is over. the exodus of misery isn't over. nor is this war in so many places beyond aleppo. bill neely, nbc news, beirut. switching gears and back in this country on the weather front tonight, things are about to go from frigid to worse for nearly 30 million people. a temperature plunge below to zero -- below zero in several places and more snow.
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latest. it is still pretty slick outside. >> reporter: as temperatures plummet across the country, blizzard conditions in indiana, blamed for this multi-car pileup. elsewhere, a few close calls. in michigan, slick streets sent this school bus off-road. ? minnesota, a driver was pulled from her suv after it slid into a frigid pond. a dog in illinois found itself in a similar jam. >> nothing else was going through my mind except saving my dog. >> reporter: the bitter cold snap is expected to last sel in wisconsin. over the next week, 1 in 7 americans feeling the bite of sub zero frost. >> in some cases, it's going to feel like it's 40 degrees below zero or more. parts of the midwest are going to stay below the freezing mark for at least two weeks. >> reporter: in chicago, residents are preparing to hunker down indoors. >> probably get two, three more bags of salt. ? ? >> reporter: outside, vendors at this market protecting against
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warm? >> heaps of layers. >> reporter: millions bundled up and bracing for another brutal arctic punch. chicago and other areas could see some of their coldest temperatures in two years with this system. the forecast windchill tonight as low as 8 below zero. tomorrow, twice as brutal, 16 below. lester? >> ron mott, thank you. now the developing news that could change the way all of us drive, the government plan to require cars to talk to each other, using wi-fi to avoid collisions might not see coming with our own eyes. nbc's tom costello explains. [ sirens ]. >> reporter: it happens every 15 minutes. someone dies in a traffic accident. but traffic safety regulators say vehicle-to-vehicle, or v-to-v technology could prevent up to 600,000 crashes. here's how it works. using wi-fi connections, your car would be in touch with every other car in a 300 radius, even cars
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information about umcoming cross traffic that isn't stopping, warning that cars ahead have hit brakes, or of an approaching ambulance, of an accident ahead, or slow-moving traffic. you would get visual or audible alerts. our automatic braking might kick in. >> the car can have a 360-degree field of vision, if you will, electronically and sense other cars out of our line of sight as drivers. >> reporter: connected vehicles could if it sounds like science fiction, audi is already rolling out technology that tells drivers how soon upcoming traffic lights are about to change. the key is to coordinate all the technology, so different car makes and models are talking to each other, on the same frequency. >> human beings are fallible and while technology has its challenges, it has the greatest potential to save lives. >> reporter: the obama administration wants to require new cars to come with v.-to-v. in just a few years, but
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along? today the automotive industry would only say it's studying the proposal to see how it complements other advanced safety systems that are starting to be included. but some day, your car's wi-fi chat with other cars, could keep you alive. tom costello, nbc news, washington. president obama united with vice president biden today for what may be the final bill signing of their administration. the president approved a massive bipartisan medical research bill that inclus billions for the cancer moon championed by bide whose son buied cancer lastear. our ter deralexan has mo. >> reporter: in a city bay porized by polics, a rare moment ofunity. a powerful tribute to joe bid career, and beau biden memory. >>oddi willing, thisill will literally save lives. >> reporter: the $6 billion ll invests in a cancer research moon shot and pays to fight other diseases and opioid abuse.
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>> i think the senate came up with a better name when they named it after beau biden. >> reporter: remembering the life of the vice president's son who died of brain cancer in 2015. this effort has reinforced the bond between two men -- one who lost his mother -- >> she was two and a half years younger than i am today when she passed away. >> reporter: the other who lost a son. >> i know he loved you, and you were wonderful to beau. channeling his grief into hope. >> how many times have you heard a patient say, doc, can you give me just three more weeks, so i can walk her down the aisle? or just give me another two months, it's my first grand baby. >> reporter: what's likely the last bill-signing of this presidency, building a legacy meant to last. peter alexander, nbc news, washington. another day, another record close on wall street. the dow creeping ever closer to 20,000
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an update on a story that touched so many of our viewers. last year, we met a girl on a mission to give hundreds of under-privileged kids a gift to open at the holidays. it was a pretty big dream, but this year, she's dreaming bigger. much, much bigger. our jacob rascon has more in tonight's "inspiring america" report. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: we met faith russell at the finish line, the determined young girl born with spina bifiwho wasn't running five ks every month, for operation christmas child. shoe boxes filled with notebooks, toothbrushes and toys sent to children around the world, who would otherwise go without presents. faith would invite everyone to her races on one condition. they had to bring shoe box supplies. >> i just want kids to be happy. and to have hope. >> reporter: they filled 500 shoe boxes last year. and then faith had more faith.
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you said what? >> i would do 20,000. >> reporter: word spread about faith's new goal, to neighbors, churches, and more than a dozen companies. >> wow, we have been working on this for at least eight weeks. it has taken a village. >> reporter: you're not surprised one bit that we're here today? >> no. >> reporter: they've packed 20,001. faith's final box sent to colombia and 13-year-old lisete, you are loved, faith wrote in a >> gracias. >> reporter: what's the point of all of this? >> i just want to let them know they're not forgotten and they're loved and they know about god. >> reporter: the true meaning of christmas, if you ask faith. i'm almost afraid to ask if you have another goal. >> i don't know. >> reporter: 20,000 is good. we're happy? >> yeah. >> reporter: in the end, as the russell family likes to say, they may not come in first, but faith
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jacob rascon, nbc news. >> the power of dreaming big. good for her. that's going it do it for us on this tuesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watchi >> announcer: right now, from milwaukee, this is today's tmj4, live at 6:00. >> wind chills throughout southeast wisconsin about toit extremely dangerous levels. >> chief meteorologist john malan here to tell us how cold it's going to get. >> john: shannon, it's cold already as far as air temperatures. seven in fond du lac, six in sheboygan. nine in milwaukee. seven in researcher seen. four in kenosha. four, lake geneva. temperatures dropping very rapidly around here. and those wind chills, they're dropping rapidly, also. 9 below zero right now in
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port washington, 5 below zero. burlington, whitewater and also up in fond du lac. how far out in advance can we look at the wind chills to see how dangerous they will get? 10 below zero in the morning hours. during the day, approaching advisory levels, and then they will hit advisory levels wednesday night and right on into the early part of thursday. so we'll be watching that carefully, and then after the cold, we'll be talking another snow event. i'll tell you when all that arrives coming u minutes. >> too soon for it to be this cold. >> shannon: with the cold, temperatures in our area, warming centers are in full effect. >> live in downtown milwaukee with more on how the city is preparing. brandon? >> reporter: steve and shannon, the city and county is asking for help, needing more warming centers for those in need. >> the need for warming centers and shelters is particularly acute this time of year.


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