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they'll be released back into the wild or anywhere else they want to be released because when you are a 100-pound bear you call the shots. we're back at 6:00. tonight, the president's new threat intensifying the battle over the border. democrats push back after premium says he will shut it down. >> mexico is going to have to do something. otherwise i'm closing the border. i'll just close the border. >> after repeated threats, will he actually try to do it this time? deadly clashes in the midet. tens of thousands of palestinians turn out to mark a year of bloody protests and face off with israeli soldiers. why a new op-ed, chicago's prosecutor defends the decision to dismiss the case against . the two reasons why she says her office made the right call. camp lejeune devastated by hurricanes six months ago still in shambles.
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>> the conditions we're working in are like we're in iraq or afghanistan. >> one top official calling the situation unacceptable. the incredible friendship between a civil rights activist and a leader of the kkk. their story now a movie, and we speak with its star, taraji p. henson. and when a couple needed a surrogate to give birth to their baby, they found one very close to home. >> just so you know, i would do it in a heartbeat. >> meet the woman who gave birth to her own granddaughter. this is "nbc nightly news" wi crossing into the united states. the latest threat to shut down the brther controversial propol cut off off aid to central america. the question tonight -- does he have the authority to do it, or
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is this just political? white house correspondent kelly o'donnell starts us off. >> reporter: the race for president is already sprinting along the southern border. [ cheers ] today in el paso, democrat beto o'rourke praising his hometown's immigrant culture with an implicit criticism of president trump's immigration policies. >> let's make sure that we never take another child from another mother at their most desperate and vulnerable moment. >> reporter: at an iowa forum for democratic candidates, julian castro, once mayor of san antonio, texas, offered his prescription. >> we can have a secure border and also be compassionate. >> reporter: in south carolina today, vice president mike pence he helped trump ally graham kick off his senate re-election campaign. >> the democrats call that a manufactured crisis, but the
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only thing manufactured is their outrage. >> reporter: during his weekend stay here in florida, president trump is wielding power as leverage over countries to the south. >> i've ended payments to guatemala, to honduras and el salvador. no money goes there anymore. >> reporter: the statement department said in a statement, "we are carrying out the president's direction," swift criticism from determine leaders on capitol hill calling the proposed cuts entirely counterproductive. the president's ire is also aimed at mexico with a renewed threat to lock down the ut border. >> so there's a very good likelihood that i'll be closing the border next week and that's just fine with me. >> reporter: the president tweeted today that closing the border would be his next step saying that detention centers are maxed out. and while congress does control federal spending, when it comes to foreign aid there is latitude given to presidents to make some decisions because it's an extension of foreign policy, and
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there are disputes tonight over funding to thehr can challenge this as unlawful. it comes at an awkward time to say the at least. there are lawmakers from both parties in el salvador looking at some of the issues. one of the countries that the president wants to cut off u.s. aid. jose? >> kelly o'donnell, thank you. former vice president and potential presidential candidate joe biden is responding to allegations tonight by a democratic nevada politician that he inappropriately touched and kissed her in 2014. nbc has not independently verified the claims made by lucy through a spokesperson, biden said he didn't remember the incident though said h supported her right to share her recollection. >>e violence erupted today during protests along israel's border with gaza. ron allen reports from tel aviv. >> reporter: today like every weekend the past year, palestinians in gaza have been protesting at the border with israel demanding the right to return to what they see as their homeland.
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>> what we are calling for is not more than dignity and freedom for two million people who are imprisoned here in gaza. >> reporter: on the other side israeli troops fired tear gas and live ammunition warning the crowds to stay back. the israeli military releasing these pictures claiming they were attacked by rioters with rocks, and in this footage, bombs. today at least three protesters were killed, including this teenager shot in the face. more than 250 palestinians have died during the year of protests.iamilitants fired of air strikes. dozens of rockets into israel. israel retaliated with hundreds prime minister benjamin netanyahu even cut short a visit to washington, returning home because of the crisis, even more intense with a close national election just two weeks away. as night fell, it appeared that pleas for restraint by all sides had been answered. the confrontation less deadly and violent than feared.
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but the decades' long dispute here far from over. ron allen, nbc news, tel aviv. in venezuela tonight, deepening humanitarian and political crisis. food and water shortages and power outages have gripped the country. nbc's gabe gutierrez is in car action i can't say and has our report. >> reporter: today supporters of the venezuelan opposition rally blocking the main highway in carac "my message for the kwumpu.s.," says, "is we need help." the red cross now preparing to entertainingly difficult to find. bring supplies. the first time president nicola allow relief from an independent aid organization. the united nations says about seven million people are in dire need. >> venezuela is a big, fat mess. >> reporter: the trump administration and dozens of other countries recognize opposition leader juan guaido as the interim president earlier
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this year helping military defectors would help oust maduro from power, but that hasn't happened. on friday, this chinese plane with medical supplies landed in caracas parking next to a russian aircraft. both countries among those backing maduro as tensions with the u.s. escalate. maduro's supporters started gathering here around mid morning right near the president's palace. they blame whatever problems venezuela has not on the government but on the opposition and the united states. ro bliefrelievers. what do you think of juan guaido? this woman calls guaido a rat. many her acts of sabotage by his opponent, though he's offered no proof. >> gabe, with china, cuba, and russia so heavily invested in the maduro government, how is the trump administration responding to this crisis? >> reporter: those countries are all allies of the mafd row government. and -- maduro government. and its survival would mean russia could keep a strong a lie in the western hemisphere, in america's back yard. the white house is warning
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russia that any endincould pajz military operations here would be provocative actions, a direct threat to international peace and security. >> thank you. we are hearing more tonight from the top prosecutor in chicago whose department faced criticism for dropping all charges against jussie smollett. steve patterson reports on how she's defending the decision. >> reporter: just days after her department dropped all charges against smollett, tonight chicago prosecutor kim fox is firing back, defending her department's actions saying in an op-ed in "the chicago tribune" the decisionosece smolt one. saying the case may not have been strong enough. for a variety of reasons including public statements made about the evidence in this case, my office believed the likelihood of securing a conviction was not certain. and arguing that prosecution should be reserved for threats to the community. saying, "we must separate the
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people at whom we are angry from the people of whom we are afraid." earlier this week, fox spoke to nbc news arguing that low level class four noonies like those against smollett are often handled the same way. >>ha every day who have the same class of felony, same background engaging inhe did. >> reporter: and arguing that dropping charges does not mean he's been exonerated, he's not been found innocent. others disagree. >> of course to smollett it zone rates him. it doesn't -- exonerates him. it doesn't matter what the prosecutor's office thinks about the charges, they're dropped. >> reporter: this while chicago is demanding that smollett pay $130,000 in restitution to cover the cost of the investigation. and the president is calling for a separate investigation by the justice department. jose? >> thank you. hail, snow, and rain hit in
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el paso county, colorado. the tornado swept through a facility renting space to campers and r.v.s. you can see how the wind tossed them around. there were no reported injuries. it's not wind but wet weather and flooding still causing problems in the midwest. and there's rain on the way for the east coast. nbc meteorologist dylan dreyer has more. dylan? >> good evening, jose. we're still watching the flooding threat in the middle of the country with river flooding continuing along the mississippi and missouri rivers. more than 200 river gauges at or are above flood stage. with more rain having moved through, melting snow and ice jams, we're looking at the threat of flooding. will move east. it brings heavier rain. tomorrow we'll seal it affect the entire east coast from new england into the southeast. once it clears the area, temperatures will significantly drop. lake-effect snow will kick back in with several inches of snow possible off of lake ontario and lake erie. as for rain, especially through
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ohio, we could see one to three inches through tonight and tomorrow. jose? >> dylan dreyer, thank you so much. hurricane florence swept through north carolina more than six months ago, but the marines at camp lejeune waiting for help toy. >> reporter: six months ago, marines were training in this classroom. today, ceilings are caved in, walls a m d is florence. >> we're operational, we're here doing our work. but the conditions we're working in are just like we were in iraq or afghanistan. >> reporter: colonel brian wofford is one of the top officers. >> is this the way we want our marines and civilian marines working in these conditions? >> reporter: the brigadier general oversees all of the bases on the east coast. none of the buildings have actually been repaired since hurricane damage? >> that's right. >> reporter: the price tag to repair this hurricane damage stands at $3.6 billion. but so far, these marines haven't seen a dime. in a memo obtained by nbc news,
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marine corps commandant neller warned a lack of funds for hurricane recovery combined with negative factors including unplanned southwest border operations have imposed an unacceptable risk to marine soency. as the senate debates a disaster relief bill, north carolina senator richard burr tells nbc news, "it is unacceptable that camp lejeune and other north carolina military bases are still waiting on disaster relief we first requested last fall." the marine corps has moved money around to pay for temporary repairs like removing moldy drywall and placing tarps on roofs. but it's not just buildings on base affected. from the air, we looked down on onslo beach. >> there used to be dunes there. >> reporter: marines learn to attack from land and sea. because of erosion, training has been scaled back. >> it just becomes harder and harder, and we ask more and more of our service members and their families to accomplish the same mission. >> reporter: with so much to rebuild, marines are already bracing for the next hurricane
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season. now less than three months away. nbc news, camp lejeune, north carolina. in los angeles last night, a dramatic car chase lasted for hours. authorities say the man in this blue car rammed police cars, pulled a knife out, and drove the wrong way down the highway hitting more vehicles. then he got stopped and got out, was possibly hurt by a taser. police were later able to detain him. still ahead tonight, what happened when a kkk leader was forced to work the incredible true story coming to life on the bill screen. also, a grandmother's gift. bringing her own granddaughter into the world. [zara larsson - "wow"] ♪ ♪ baby i'm not even in a gown ♪ and the only thing u have to say is wow ♪ ♪ make you're jaw drop drop say oh my drop drop drop ♪ ♪ make u say oh my god my drop drop ♪ ♪ make you're jaw drop make u say oh my god ♪ ♪ and you never felt this type of emotion ♪
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>> when i read the script i thought it was fiction. it was just too -- it was too perfect. >> reporter: based on the true story, c.p. ellis and ann atwater were forced to co-chair a committee to resolve a crisis over where to send black students whose school was damaged by fire. in ten exhausting days, the fierce adversaries gradually found a lot in common, including poverty and then something no one expect -- ellis denounced the klan, and. two developed a remarkable friendship confirmed in a 1996 documentary. >> how would anyone believe a story like this? >> a lot of people still don't understand quite how this happened, but it did happen and we bonded. >> reporter: a bond that lasted for the rest of their lives, more than 30 years based on a willingness to listen to each other. >> oh, yeah, she's tough. always tough, always tough with love. >> i'm so happy to meet you.
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>> reporter: why is it so important to your family that your grandmother's story be told? >> she reached out and crossed lines of hatred and it's sad to say but it's something we need now. >> reporter: what is the message you hope people take from this film? >> you can't fight hate with hate. >> same god made you made me. >> reporter: believing that transformed the best of enemies into friends. >> come on, c.p. >> reporter: nbc news, durham, north carolina. we're back in a moment with big news about one of the most famous frontsmens of all time. and the mom on the a mission to provide inclusion and celebrate her culture. ♪ smooth moderate to severe lines around the nose and mouth with juvéderm® xc. tell your doctor if you have a history of scarring or are taking medicines that decrease the body's immune response or that can prolong bleeding. common side effects include injection-site redness,
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♪ ♪ lovers forever face to face ♪ that was stevie nicks last night in brooklyn celebrating nicks becomes the first woman to be inducted twice. janet jackson, the cure, radio head, roxy music, the zombies and def leppard join her. the rolling stone are the rolling stones are tour which was scheduled to begin next month. mick jagger needs to seek medical treatment for an unspecified condition but added he is expected to make a full recovery. now from rock 'n roll to nursery rhymes. if you're a parent looking for
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bilingual children's books, your options in spanish can be limited. tonight we meet one woman s ♪ >> reporter: so many of us grew up with nursery rhymes passed along to each generation through song and story carrying life lessons and culture. but this mautivsays her family felt left out. when you went to the bookshelves, what did you see? >> nothing. my children were babies and where were my latino board books with the songs i grew up. >> reporter: the venezuelan american mother of two is part of the 90% of latinos living in america who drew up speaking spanish. >> being latino in the united states, sometimes you have this feeling of like otherness and what i want to make clear to my children is that their language and their culture is apart of this american tapestry. >> reporter: the united states has more than 41 million spanish speakers, but less than 1% of all american books are actually in spanish.
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they launched a bilingual book series for kids bringing to rhymes she learned as a kid. that, as well as bilingual sing-along videos and a digital series on nickelodeon. >> i like the songs because some of them are really catchy. >> it teaches you that it's important to learn more than one language. >> reporter: has it been successful? >> we're having trouble keeping up with demand. >> reporter: what is your goal in all of this? >> i want everyone to have the option of being bilingual should they choose or having the option of celebrating culture. even if you don't speak the language, you can enjoy the music. >> reporter: meaning more exclusivi exclusivity. morgan radford, nbc news, new york. when we come back, incredible story of a modern american family and their newest member. - where's a woman's place?
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finally tonight a story about a special baby and the incredible way she came into this world for one family in nebraska, all thanks to her grandmother. here's tammy leitner. stay awake. >> reporter: for most couples having a baby can be a challenge, but for this couple having their daughter started with an unconventional offer. >> i said i would love to be your gestational carrier. i said, i love being pregnant and, you know, i said i think i'd be a good candidate.
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of course, they laughed because they're thinking "you're menopausal." >> repd grorter:dmother was a perfect candidate to be a surrogate through ivf. >> i looked at my husband and i'm like, well, i guess we're going for a ride. we're going to go forward. >> reporter: on monday, she gave birth to uma louise dougherty elig. >> the room disappeared and it was just me and her and i seriously thought my heart opened it was all going to be great because i loved her so deeply. >> reporter: creating uma was truly a family affair. matthew's mother would carry the baby, elliott's sister donated the egg and they used matthew's sperm. >> i knew that it was what i wanted to do. i wanted to help them. i was excited for them. >> oh, yeah. are you sleepy? >> reporter: the new parents plan to tell uma all about it. >> we'll answer every question totally honestly. we'll have to explain to her that some people have a mom and a dad or some people were
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ea their grandma, but this is just her normal. >> reporter: family bonds that can't be broken. >> it was an act of creation, a really imaginative one. for me, i think this is an origin story of poetry. >> reporter: tammy leitner, nbc news. and that's "nbc nightly news" for this saturday. i'm jose diaz-balart reporting from new york. i leave you with a look at the cherry blossoms in washington. thank you for the privilege of your time and good night. washington. thank a sunny weekend day... and these young people in the
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south bay.. spent it pushing for right now at 6:00, a gorgeous weekend day. and these young people in the south bay spent it pushing for an end to gun violence. the news at 6arts right now. good evening, thank you for joining us, i'm terry mcsweeney anoushah has the night off and we begin with the march for our lives. a rally was timely coming just one day after a federal judge blocked california's ban on high-capacity magazines. christie smith joins us live from san jose with more. christie? >> reporter: well, terry, there were conversations today about the judge's decision but also about what is being done at the local level. these young people say they want to reduce gun violence and come up with concrete ways to make it happen. they gathered in san jose this afternoon with the goal of curbing gun violence. >> we're tired of gun violence at schools. >> reporter: march for our lives
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san jose rally for change was led by teenagers to activism and momentum going that was built after the parkland school shooting. >> if need be, then, yeah, we want common sense gun laws and mental health such a huge part overlooked. >> reporter: after a federal judge blocked a state law on a provision


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