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weekend. >> you have to get the appointment, though. >> make your plans now. it's almost saturday. tonight, outrage over a vulgar attack on ivanka trump. >> do something about your dad's immigration practices, you feckless [ bleep ]. >> comedian samantha bee apologizes and the white house condemning the show. is there a double standard after roseanne's infamous firing? a summit cliffhger. kim jong-un's right-hand man comes to the u.s. with a secret message for trump. the president's new trade war with some of our closest allies could have a big effect on the price you pay for many of the things you buy. nbc news exclusive, bill cosby's accuser, the woman who sent him to prison breaks her silence about that attack. >> i was crying out inside in my throat, in my mind for this to stop and i couldn't do anything.
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is the president about to use his pardon power on a pair of famous "apprentice" alums? his new comments after pardoning a conservative provocateur today. and meet the teenager who begged her favorite band to cover one of her favorite hits. the song soaring to number one. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. i'm savannah guthrie in for lester. tonight, the culture war, as in what goes in our culture and what doesn't? two days after the comedian roseanne was fired for her racist tweet, a left-leaning cable comedian samantha bee has -- is under fire and apologizing for a brutal attack on the president's daughter and senior adviser ivanka trump. should she lose her show? if not, where is the line? nbc's ann thompson starts us off. >> reporter: tonight, comedian samantha bee under fire. she still has a show and roseanne barr does not,
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raising the question is there a double standard in the media when it comes to slurs? on her program last night, bee used the vulgar word to describe presidential adviser and daughter ivanka trump. >> do something about your dad's immigration practices you feckless [ bleep ]. he listens to you. >> reporter: in the wake of barr's racist tweet which got her fired, conservative critics pounced including white house secretary sarah sanders who called bee's comment vile and vicious and not fit for broadcast. liberal women took offense. chelsea clinton saying it is grossly inappropriate and flat out wrong to talk about trump or any woman that way. this afternoon bee apologized to ivanka trump. it was inappropriate and inexcusable. i crossed the line and i deeply regret it. and tbs, which ran the prerecorded show, said those words should not have been aired. it was our mistake,
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too, and we regret it. it did not cancel bee's show as it did with roseanne barr. >> samantha bee does not have a job because roseanne barr has shown over the years shown these -- incorrigiblity with these offensive statements and samantha bee has not. and tonight barr said i only care about apologizing for the hurt i unwittingly and stupidly caused. what slurs deserve more than just condemnation. savannah, while samantha bee may still have a show tonight, she's losing sponsors. auto trader and state farm have suspended advertising on her show. auto trader saying the comments were offensive and unacceptable. >> ann, thank you very much. now to the summit suspense. is it on or off? kim jong un's former spy chief and right-hand man is here in the u.s. for a flurry of critical meetings and that's
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not all. he came with a secret message in hand to deliver to president trump from the north korean dictator himself. our chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell with the late developments. >> reporter: high stakes meetings in a new york high rise. secretary of state mike pompeo face-to-face with kim jong-un's right-hand man and former spy chief about to go to the white house bringing a letter from the north korea leader. >> a letter will be delivered to me from kim jong-un. so i look forward to seeing what's in the letter but it's very important to them. >> reporter: a frantic dash on three fronts towards a likely june 12th summit. here in new york with u.s. diplomats at the dmz and a third american team in singapore. tonight, pompeo saying they are making real progress. >> our two countries face a pivotal moment in our relationship in which it could be nothing short of tragic to let this opportunity go to waste. >> reporter: who is kim jong-un's point man? seen at last week's meeting between north and south, sitting behind ivanka trump at the winter olympics. kim yong chol has been an enemy
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of the u.s. for decades ordering the hack of sony pictures for a film ridiculing the dynasty. sanctioned for exporting weapons, requiring special permission even to enter the u.s. now north korea's top negotiator but is the north willing to give up their vast nuclear program, thousands of workers, thousands of sites in exchange for progress with the west? the president suggesting it could take more than one meeting. >> it's going along very well but i want it to be meaningful. it doesn't mean it gets all done at one meeting. maybe you have to have a second or third and maybe none. >> nuclear experts say it could take 15 years to disarm north korea. saying we need to be confident we're not sending the president into a buzz saw but all signs are they are planning to risk it. savannah. >> we shall see, thank you. just as the president tries to make peace with north korea, what is shaping up to
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be a trade war as the white house slaps massive tariffs on several nations today. it could mean the price of many, many things you buy is about to go up. our white house correspondent kristin welker has the dollar and cents. >> reporter: tonight, triggering a trade war. the u.s. announcing harsh taxes on steel and aluminum imports, now the retaliation from some of america's closest allies already underway. mexico vowing to slap fees on american pork, fruit and steel. europe threatening tariffs on everything from whisky and motorcycles to denim and cigarettes and a dollar for dollar response and calling the u.s. move an affront. >> in particular an afront to the thousands of canadians who have fought and died alongside their american brothers in arms. >> reporter: and now, u.s. consumers and businesses bracing for impact. >> it could lead to higher prices on everything from beer
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to automobiles and that could mean job cuts at some companies. >> reporter: brent bible is a soybean and corn farmer in indiana whose products are sold in all of the targeted countries. bible supports the president but not this latest move. >> the farmer is being drafted as a soldier in the trade war. we're not really being given any weapon to use on the front line and we're very vulnerable to price fluctuation. >> reporter: stocks dropped on the news which comes after the trump administration failed to reach trade deals with those key allies. the white house wants less imported steel and aluminum and more of those products made at home, arguing american-made materials are critical to national security. are you sparking a trade war with these new tariffs? >> no, i think the president is protecting american aluminum and steel. >> reporter: for the president, it's a campaign promise kept tweeting late today fair trade but many in his party are critical. house speaker paul ryan saying today's actions targets america's allies when we should be working with them.
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senator ben sass simply called it dumb. savannah? >> kristen welker at a rainy white house. thank you. will president trump use the powers of his office to pardon martha stewart, the president floating that idea along with possibly commuting the sentence for rod blagojevich, after another pundit who pleaded guilty to making an illegal campaign contribution. nbc's peter alexander with the story. >> reporter: the president considering clemency for stars, martha justice for obstructing justice and lying to federal investigators and rob blagojevich found guilty of corruption in 2011. president trump arguing both celebs with ties to "the apprentice" were treated unfairly. he said both were
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treated unfairly. stewart used to be my biggest fan and insisting blagojevich said something stupid many other politicians say. it comes after the latest controversial pardon, dinesh d' dld souza, posting this photo of president obama appearing to take a picture with a selfie stick, writing you can take the boy out of the ghetto. the writer and film maker pleading guilty to finance fraud complaining he was targeted by the obama administration for his conservative views and the judge found no evidence of that. mr. trump tweeting he was treated very unfairly by the government. >> what my case shows in miniature is the way obama and hillary, too, have gangsterized the politics. >> reporter: is the president sending a signal to those wrapped up in the russia investigation? >> each of the president's actions on pardons should be judged on the merits.
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>> reporter: still, there is a pattern. >> president trump has abandoned the vetting process that his predecessors have used to ensure that the pardon process isn't used just for political purposes. >> reporter: for president trump, star power and a potentially partisan push, peter alexander, nbc news, the white house. now to the manhunt for a cop-killer. police in tennessee frantically searching for a man they say gunned down a fellow officer. the search in the second day. neighborhoods being warned there is a murderer on the loose and tammy leitner has the story. >> when i got to the scene, i knew then that it wasn't okay. it wasn't good. >> reporter: one of their own dead, sparking a statewide manhunt for this man, 31-year-old steven wiggins, wanted in connection with the murder of sergeant daniel baker. >> steven wiggins can be anywhere. we don't know where he is. >> reporter: the search stretching into day two. complicated by tennessee's dense woods and muddy terrain. >> 911, what is your emergency? >> dixon county's 911
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director says wiggins killed sergeant baker and stole his gun and vehicle. do you have any reason to believe the suspect was monitoring your own police traffic from the car he had stolen? >> everything we were saying on that radio channel was probably being heard by the suspect. >> reporter: that's when wiggins reportedly ditched the car and his girlfriend erica castro miles, who police say was an acomeless. castro miles was later found hiding under a home and charged with first-degree murder. the manhunt continues for wiggins with police warning the community he's armed and dangerous. as this close-knit town mourns the loss of an officer, a military hero, a friend and a family man. >> he was proud to be a father. he really was. >> reporter: police have received hundreds of tips that have taken them all over the state and out of state but so far, none of those tips have lead them to steven wiggins and tonight the reward has been increased to $35,000. >> tammy leitner, thank you. there is a severe weather
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threat across six states from north carolina to maryland. some 14 million people under flash flood watches tonight in virginia one person has been found dead and another is still missing after their car was swept away. first responders carrying out a number of swift water rescues there today and in north carolina, two people were killed when a mudslide hit a house and triggered a gas explosion. now to a disturbing trend as we approach the 2018 midterms. the surge in candidates running for office with white nationalist messages. at least eight have been identified by an organization that monitors hate groups. that's more than any election in modern history. morgan radford traveled across the country to talk with candidates why they believe they can win on a platform of prejudice. >> hi. my name is art jones. >> reporter: arthur jones is running for congress in chicago's third district. do you think you have a shot at winning? >> listen, i wouldn't be in this if i didn't think i could win. >> reporter: he's one
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of eight white nationalists running for statewide office according to the southern poverty law center. >> i consider myself a white racialist. >> reporter: he denies the holocaust ever happened. >> 6 million jews, ridiculous. >> reporter: he's campaigning to keep chicago's neighborhoods 90% white. >> most white people want a white neighborhood. >> reporter: do you think a black person is genetically inferior? >> the average iq of a black person is 20 points lower than a white person. >> reporter: i went to harvard. >> you got a lot of white blood in you, too. >> reporter: some white blood. i'm african american. >> that's where your intelligence is coming from i think. >> reporter: you think it comes from my white side? >> i think so. >> reporter: 20,000 people voted for jones. he ran uncontested and he'll be on the republican ticket in november. anti-hate groups say the number of white
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nationalist groups running for office this year is higher than ever before, including candidates like patrick little. >> this monstrous nature of the jewish people must be known to the public. >> reporter: you think jews are behaving as monsters? >> as a group they are behaving as a monster, 100%. >> reporter: little is running against dianne feinstein in california and blames jews for america's problems. >> committed terrorist attacks against this country. >> reporter: he claims president trump is speaking to people like him. >> he dog whistled about globalist. i didn't understand he was talking about jews until after the election. >> reporter: the state and republican party says they want nothing to do with him or jones. >> this should be a wakeup call. if these candidates come out from under the rock, they need to be repudiated at the ballot box. >> reporter: but their supporters say they are not going anywhere. >> it's not because we're a racist, it's because we feel marginalized and we're the ones being oppressed. >> reporter: now they are gearing up for a battle on the
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ballot. morgan radford, nbc news. still ahead, an nbc news exclusive, the first interview with the lead accuser in the bill cosby trial breaking her silence about the night that disgraced comedian sexual assaulted her. and then the song topping the charts and the teen super fan that made it happen in the nightly spotlight.
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back now with our nbc news exclusive. for the very first time the lead accuser in the bill cosby trial is breaking her silence. andrea constand is speaking out about the night she says cosby sexually assaulted her and reveals why she was so wary at first to go to the authorities. constand, her mother, also spoke with nbc national correspondent kate snow. >> reporter: for 13 years, andrea constand has not talked publicly about the night bill cosby drugged and sexual assaulted her. in 2004, cosby, who was given andrea career advice invited her
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to his home. it was on that visit that he handed her three pills. within minutes, she says she could no longer walk. cosby helped her to a couch and then assaulted her. what is your mind saying? >> my mind is saying move your hands, kick, can you do anything? i don't want this. why is this person doing this? and me not being able to react in any specific way. so i was limp. i was a limp noodle. >> reporter: the story still upsets her mother, gianna. did he say anything? >> no. no, he said nothing. that i could recall. i was in and out of consciousness. >> reporter: and you don't remember being able to speak? >> inside, i was crying out inside in my throat, in my mind for this to stop and i couldn't do anything. >> reporter: did you tell anybody else about what had happened at the time? >> i did not. >> reporter: why not? >> i didn't think anybody would believe me. it was bill cosby. it was dr. huxtable.
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i thought i was the only person that he did this to. who is going to believe me? >> ultimately, she did end up telling authorities, savannah and became the lead witness in the trial convicting cosby. in court his defense team insisted he never assaulted her and plans to appeal. andrea said she went through all of this because once she learned that there were other women, she felt that she had to stand up for all of them. >> incredible to hear from her after all this time, kate. thank you so much. you can see more on a special edition of "dateline" tomorrow night at 10:00, 9:00 central. coming up, an emotional tribute to a fallen hero and the newborn daughter he never got a chance to meet.
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i call it like i see it. the race for governor has turned into a scam. gavin newsom's trying to elect a republican who was endorsed by trump. and villaraigosa's being bankrolled by a handful of billionaires. it's everything that's wrong with politics. and none of it is helping struggling families. here's my pledge to you. i'll keep our budget balanced. invest in affordable housing. fight for universal healthcare. and stand up to donald trump. as governor, you can trust me to do what's right- because i always have. caught on camera in oregon. the boise, idaho black
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knights football team on their way home when they spotted an overturned car with people trapped inside. the boys jumping into action banding together to pull a man out and lift up the car to cut a woman free from her seat belt, pulling her to safety as well. now a wild goose chase on the field at last night's tigers/angels game. the grounds crew tried to chase the bird off but when it looked like it was flying away, it smacked into a scoreboard and landed in the stands. fortunately, the bird was okay and released outside the park. a really touching tribute to a fallen american hero. a photo has gone viral showing the newborn daughter of army specialist chris harris cradled by his fellow soldiers. he was killed in afghanistan last year one week after he learned he was going to be a father. harris' wife invited the comrades to join into a special photo shoot in his honor. coming up next, the song request that turned into a social media sensation. nightly spotlight is next. youtube shooting.
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what the shooter talked
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to employees about -- the day before. plus, complaints of animal abuse after someone saw an incident like this. why the facility claims it )s nt what it looks like. finally tonight, rock stars don't always take requests but one teenager got her favorite band to cover one of her favorite songs by using the power of social media. here is joe fryer with our nightly spotlight. ♪ >> reporter: in mere seconds, that distinctive keyboard will take you back to 1982 when the band toto released "africa." ♪ it's going to take a lot to take me away from you ♪ >> reporter: though it hit the charts 21 years before mary was born, she took a liking to the song after hearing it on the netflix show
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"stranger things." ♪ >> reporter: in december, she created a twitter account devoted to convincing her her favorite band wheezer to cover the song. >> i thought it would be funny and people would get a kick out of it if i told weezer to cover "africa." last week the rock band finally responded to mary's challenge performing the popular tune "rosanna." ♪ >> reporter: days later, the group unveiled this. ♪ >> reporter: a version of "africa" that quickly reached number one on the itunes charts. >> it does blow my mind. i didn't think they would actually end up covering it one day. >> reporter: steve luca had a message for mary with help from a special guest. >> thank you, mary for put this crazy toto-weezer
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thing together. it's number one. the guys and i freaked out. >> that is crazy. >> reporter: a teenager that found her voice in a retro classic. joe fryer, nbc news. amazing, that's nightly news for thursday night. i'm savannah guthrie in for lester. i'll see you bright and early tomorrow morning on "today." for all of us at nbc newsnow: good evening and thanks for joining us. i )m jessica aguirre. an the new at 6:00 starts right now. thanks for joining us. i'm jessica aguirrery. >> and i'm rob mathai. he came she came to the headquarters the day before the shooting. >> christie smith with more on what we uncovered. >> reporter: we're told she did
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come by the youtube campus and spoke briefly with the employees. they say she inquired about employment and about 24 hours later she was back with a pistol. san bruno police unveiled a timeline of events now saying that on april 2nd, the day before the shooting, nasim entered there. she asked for directions to the main office where she was seeking employment. the police found her sleeping in a car at a walmart parking lot. latzer the same day the 39-year-old went to a gun range and then arrived back at the youtube headquarters and walked in through a parking lot on bay hill drive toward a court yard. an employee asked for a company i.d. she reached into her purse and

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