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place. thank you. for all of us, thanks for watching. tonight the flag fury explodes in south carolina. and a dramatic turn late today from the governor. >> it's time to move the flag from the capitol grounds. >> this as president obama stuns many by using the n word in a frank discussion about racism in america. a major break in the manhunt for two escaped murderers after weeks without a trace have authorities finally found their hiding place? we're on the front lines in the fight against isis in iraq not with the americans but with the militias backed by iran. as bitter adversaries fight a common enemy. and swift action. apple changes its tune in a hurry after one of the most powerful women in the entertainment world takes a stand over music and money.
"nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york this is nbc "nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. in a state still reeling from the massacre of nine black worshippers, the effort to remove from the south carolina state capitol grounds a racially charged symbol wrapped in a painful history gained a powerful voice today. the state's governor nikki haley, a republican joining a growing chorus of those now calling for the removal of the confederate battle flag the same flag embraced by the young white man accused in the charleston church shooting. ron allen leads off our coverage. >> reporter: few symbols in american culture evoke such intense passion. emblem of southern prides and states' rights or the scourge of slavery and racism? today governor nikki haley weighed in flanked by a bipartisan group of state leaders. >> today we are here in a moment of unity
in our state without ill will to say it's time to move the flag from the capitol grounds. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: south carolina's house and senate must approve the removal of the flag and the governor urged them to do that as soon as possible. haley previously defended the flag when running for re-election. >> i spend a lot of my days on the phones with ceos and recruiting jobs to this state. i can honestly say i have not had one conversation with a single ceo about the confederate flag. >> reporter: a growing chorus has been demanding the confederate flag's removal. hundreds at the state house over the weekend. today south carolina senator lindsey graham likely to run for president, and republican candidate jeb bush both added their voices to that chorus. today in charleston calls for a rally tomorrow at the state house. >> take away mr. roof's symbol the misguided idea of racial superiority and bigotry. >> reporter: the flag first flew atop the
dome in 1962 a symbol of defiance during the civil rights movement. in 2000 a compromise moved the flag to the war memorial on the state house grounds. defenders, few will go on camera say the issue is preserving history, not hate. >> one more step in the direction of killing the southern culture. >> reporter: pat heinz's organization is listed as a hate group by the southern poverty law center. >> south carolina is south carolina. we don't mind gradual change that's beneficial. we don't think this is beneficial, and we don't think it should change. >> this is a moment in which we could say that that flag while an integral part of our past does not represent the future of our great state. >> reporter: the governor said she hopes the flag will come down from here in front of the state house as soon as the 4th of july weekend, independence day. also later this week the funerals begin for the worshippers who so tragically lost their lives at mother
emanuel, the first set to begin on thursday. thavg that of course is the first of nine. lester? >> all right, ron, thank you. and the uproar over the events and their fallout in charleston has led president obama to talk about race in the most blunt language the american public has ever heard him do. in doing so he used a controversial word steeped in a legacy of hate to make his point. nbc news white house correspondent kristen welker has that part of the story. >> reporter: the massacre in south carolina shocked a nation and jolted the first african-american president to speak with unprecedented candor about racial tensions and gun violence. >> racism. we are not cured of. >> reporter: in an interview with podcast host marc marron a frustrated president obama used the n word publicly for the first time as president. out of sensitivity nbc news has decided to bleep out the word. >> and it's not just a matter of it not being polite to say [ bleep ] in public. that's not the measure of whether racism
still exists or not. it's not just a matter of overt discrimination. we have -- societies don't overnight completely erase everything that happened two to three hundred years prior. >> reporter: the reaction raw from south carolina today. >> he wasn't trying to sugar sugar-coat anything. >> i think everything he said was spot on. >> i really thought we have progressed beyond that. >> reporter: at historically black howard university callers took to the air waves. >> what has to change is the hearts and minds of the people. >> so true. >> he shocked us into an awareness, and i think it was so effective. as a person who is the president of the united states of america trying to lead us and guide us through these treacherous waters of race in our own time. >> reporter: in 2008 mr. obama rode a wave of hope and change into office but statistics show for african-americans significant problems remain. the unemployment rate among blacks has dropped, but at more than 10% it's still double the unemployment rate for
whites. blacks are incarcerated nearly six times the rate of whites. and while hate crimes have declined more than 2/3 are directed at african-americans. dylann roof's actions in south carolina also renewed the president's call on guns. >> i don't foresee any real action being taken until the american public feels a sufficient sense of urgency and they say to themselves this is not normal. >> reporter: as emotions run high over these issues the president is acutely aware his window for action is quickly closing. white house officials say the president wasn't planning to use the n word but has no regrets regrets, and they note he has used the word before in his book "dreams from my father." as for guns top officials indicated today there are no plans for a new legislative push before he leaves office. lester? >> all right, kristen, thank you. we'll turn now to our political director the moderator of "meet the press" chuck todd. chuck, it's become readily apparent the president's much more willing to tackle race in a way we didn't see earlier in his presidency. what should we make of
that? >> -- a decision to do this. and where he felt more comfortable doing it was right after the trayvon martin incident down in florida. from then on he has felt more comfortable. but he's still a little bit reticent. you talk to his closest friends and aides and they'll tell you he feels when he speaks on race the whole country doesn't always necessarily listen to the message that he wants to deliver. that said those same friends and aides say you know what? the most important thing is a simple presence. as one person noted to me the rising teenagers of america in 2016 will have only known an america with an african-american president, and that alone may be something of a legacy for him that matters in the future when it comes to racial reconciliation lester. >> all right. chuck todd in our los angeles newsroom tonight. thanks. tonight, 17 days since two convicted murderers broke free from a maximum security prison virtually without a trace. investigators had their first major clue as to their potential whereabouts. nbc news has learned
dna found inside a cabin deep in the woods matches the killers. now that their hiding place has been found, the manhunt has intensified around it. nbc's stephanie gosk has late details from owl's head new york. >> reporter: police say they are onto something. roughly 20 miles from the prison where the inmates escaped, more than two weeks ago. >> law enforcement is maintaining a strong and visible presence in this region and that will continue until we bring this matter to a close. >> reporter: sources familiar with the investigation tell nbc news that dna recovered in a remote mountain lodge matched both david sweat and richard matt. and the two are likely still on the run together. the owner contacted police after seeing someone run from the cabin saturday. he told restaurant owner terry bellinger what he saw. >> went inside and there was a jug of water on the kitchen table and said -- which is never there. something they don't use. >> what about the peanut butter? >> open jar of peanut butter. >> right on the table? >> on the table. >> bellinger isn't
surprised they came this way. >> how difficult would it be to search these woods here for someone? >> oh i don't know where you'd start. it's dense. >> reporter: this is the most direct way back to the prison. 13 miles of dirt road. and all along this stretch are dozens of access trails just like this one that lead to hunting cabins that are unoccupied for most of the year. >> reporter: as the investigation into the escape continues, the department of corrections announced prison officer gene palmer has been put on administrative leave in connection with the escape. nbc spoke with his lawyer. >> he has fully cooperated with law enforcement. he's answered all their questions. he's interviewed for 14 hours. >> reporter: tonight owl's head is bracing for a night of intense searching. heavily armed law enforcement are pouring into the woods. rugged difficult terrain. flushing out two convicts won't be easy. in just the last couple of hours we've noticed our own ability to move around town significantly restricted. just down the road the
fire department has been turned into a staging area with humvees, command centers, and busloads of law enforcement being brought in. turning this normally sleepy mountain town into the center of the manhunt. lester? >> all right. stephanie, thank you. it could be an extremely dangerous night ahead in the midwest, right in the bullseye of this massive storm. packing winds that blow in straight lines known as a derecho. as many as 40 million in the danger zone as the system moves east with possible 75-mile-an-hour winds, two-inch hail and the threat of even more tornadoes. nbc's anne thompson has more on that. . >> reporter: the derecho stormed across the northern plains today. as this time lapse video shows, it bought heavy rains to cedar falls, iowa sent this tree through brock burrmeister burmeister's home in minnesota, pinning the teen to the floor. >> i was pretty shook up at the time. kind of sounded like a bad dream 37. >> reporter: a close call in portland michigan people trapped inside a goodwill store where a
possible tornado touched down. >> i had a huge beam miss me by just -- >> most of the damage today was from what we call a derecho. that's a wind storm creating a swath of damage at least 250 miles. >> reporter: it produced hurricane-like wind gusts. 72 miles per hour in sioux falls, south dakota. 95 in sheldon, iowa. and an astounding 122 miles per hour in hayes, south dakota. as the storms pushed east in its wake a trail of destruction. and it's not over yet. >> we could have tornadoes in wisconsin and iowa tonight. that will head east through chicago, detroit, cleveland overnight, reform along the east coast -- >> reporter: millions tonight still in the storm's danger zone. anne thompson nbc news new york. there is alarming news this evening about an alleged isis-inspired plot to attack the u.s. a 19-year-old from north carolina justin sullivan is in fbi custody accused of plotting a terrorist act "on behalf of
isis." he allegedly told an undercover operative that he wanted to kill as many as 1,000 people either with a large car bomb or chemical weapons. sullivan's own father tipped off authorities about his son. moving now from the threat of isis at home to the battle against isis overseas. tonight we have a ground-level view in iraq with the forces on the march to try and take that territory from isis. here's the rub. they're not american or iraqi troops but rather militias trained by iran who in a twist now find themselves fighting the same enemy as the u.s. nbc's bill neilly is on the front lines on the way to ramadi. >> reporter: on the road from baghdad it's not long before the signs of battle appear. smoke from the isis front line. religious fighters armed by iran. we're with a shia militia that's pushing isis back in anbar province where a third of american troops died in one iraq war, where another is now
raging. anbar's capital ramadi fell to isis last month when iraq's army retreated. the militias aim to take it back with iran's help. these are the holy warriors of iraq that washington doesn't trust and won't support with air power. but they are effective shock troops against isis. they fought them here and won, and they're not stopping. and they say they'll go it alone. do you want any american help? >> no. >> reporter: not even air strikes? nothing? nothing? they don't all agree. >> i need more help. air strikes. >> reporter: air strikes. >> yes. >> reporter: there have been dozens of air strikes this month, but isis still holds ramadi. the militia leader tells me he'll drive them out. "we're fighting the world's battle," he says "but we don't want more american troops or bases here." suddenly a gunshot. not an isis sniper or
an assassin. just one of his poorly trained men. the commander was trained by iran and fought for iran. he's seen here bowing to iran's supreme leader. his militia, an iranian-backed weapon to gain power in the middle east. he claims he takes orders from iraq's prime minister not iran. but many fear iraq now relies on militias to beat isis and that iran may end up the winner. bill neely, nbc news, near ramadi. and in afghanistan the taliban are claiming responsibility for a brazen attack on parliament. it began when a suicide bomber blew up the outside gates. the moment of the blast caught on live tv by cameras inside while parliament was in session. an hour-long gun battle broke out as the attackers attempted to storm the building. all seven were killed according to officials. two civilians were killed a woman and a 10-year-old girl. and at least 31 injured. none of them members of parliament.
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we want to take a moment now to show you some of the incredible scenes from charleston. days after a massacre that violated a sacred place and threatened to break apart a community. thousands in charleston showed they would not be divided. here's harry smith. >> reporter: william faulkner said it best. "in the south the past is never dead. it's not even past." and so the arguments over the flag will continue. but charleston has moved on. >> we pray your blessings on them. >> reporter: what strikes us most about these last few days is the absolute absence of malice from the people of charleston. >> you are not in this alone at all. >> reporter: for years it's been well known that the most segregated places in america are our houses of worship.
yet this event laid waste to that old truth. in charleston the horror of wednesday night drew this town closer together black and white. >> we are more than just this day. we are charleston strong. and i am truly proud to be a member of that. >> reporter: and sunday night showed that no matter what your religion a faith that together we will be a better people was on display for all the world to see. thousands climbed the span of that bridge to bear witness to a better today and a better tomorrow. it was america as we wish it could be. and in charleston the people said this is in fact who we are. harry smith, nbc news. before we go as of tonight this program has a new name and i'm honored to say a new anchor. your loyalty and viewership during a difficult time has been appreciated by all of us on this
program. and i want to express my sincere thanks to my friend and colleague brian williams for his kind words of support. we hope to see all of you each and every night. that's going to do it for us on this monday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news thank you for watching, and good night. . mariah carey's romantic getaway with a billionaire. >> and his ex-wife now on "extra".." mariah carey is moving on her new life after divorce after nick. >> you have to love yourself
first. >> just how far did ozzy tycoon james packer go to get his girl? then taylor swift takes a giant battle out of apple and proves she's the most powerful woman in music. caitlyn jenner's first father's day as caitlyn. plus step-daughter kim breaks big baby news. now trending why are their moving trucks at ben and jen's trucks. the cast of "magic mike xxl" gets extra wild. jada jada pinkett smith reveals her favorite. >> people like to make their fake speech in the bathroom mirror. now on "extra" from universal studios hollywood the entertainment capital of l.a.