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i'm jacqueline london. up next nbc night"nbc nightly n lester holt. we'll see you back here at 11:00. tonight, history and high drama, a critical night as hillary clinton delivers the most important speech of her life. what will she say to convince the country? and can she top the president who brought the house down? no laughing matter. donald trump says he was being sarcastic when he asked russia to hack hilla clinton but critics say words matter. tonight a new controversy is brewing around his wife melania ♪ ♪ new zika alert. new cases and fears they may have been acquired here, not overseas, for first time. one major city halting blood donations immediately. murder mystery shocker. charges dropped against the man convicted of killing government intern chandra levy. if he didn't do it,
who did? "nightly news" begins right now. from the democratic national convention, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt, reporting tonight from philadelphia. good evening. coming off that soaring and passionate endorsement speech by president obama, tonight it is hillary clinton's turn to tell her own story to this convention and to america. a speech she hopes will put not just a period on this week but an exclamation mark as she heads into the thick of the campaign. like donald trump clinton arrived at her own convention with high negative approval numbers. it will be the proverbial elephant in the room when she takes the stage this evening. how will she address it? nbc's andrea mitchell has details. >> reporter: the torch is passed. tonight it's her turn. after that embrace and the most ringing endorsement any president has given a possible successor in modern history. >> there has never been a man or a woman, not me, not bill,
nobody more qualified than hillary clinton to serve as president of the united states of america. >> reporter: now it's on her. new images of clinton with the president backstage. then watching him deliver his speech. she's been preparing hers for weeks. but afterwards went immediately into rewrite. her top challenges tonight -- make the case she can be trusted. in our latest poll, donald trump beating her on honesty by 2-1. she'll acknowledge the problem tonight, as she did recently. >> a lot of people tell pollsters they don't trust me. >> reporter: she knows she has to work on that? >> she will acknowledge there's a lot of voters out there that are probably not all that enthralled by donald trump but may remain skeptical of her. >> reporter: her second challenge make a sharp contrast with trump's message, what the campaign says is his focus on himself. >> i alone can fix it. >> as i recall we had a revolution to make sure we didn't have someone who said i can
fix it alone. >> reporter: but perhaps clinton's biggest challenge, not being overshadowed by the powerhouse lineup that has already gone. her husband, with his personal storytelling. >> in the spring of 1971, i met a girl. >> reporter: michelle obama. >> what i admire most hillary is that she never buckles under pressure. >> reporter: and president obama. >> you can't afford to stay home just because she might not align with you on every issue. you've got to get in the arena with her because democracy isn't a spectator sport. america isn't about, yes, he will. it's about yes, we can. >> reporter: right now the campaign knows these rates could go either way. tonight a critical moment to have the stage to herself and millions watching. >> what hillary clinton needs to do marry a biography with what she wants to do
as president. it sounds easy, but it's never come easy to her. >> reporter: and one more challenge for clinton -- when voters say they want change, how can she persuade them she isn't the status quo? lester. >> andrea mitchell on the convention floor, thank you. hillary clinton's speech tonight will be tough to top the stemwinder delivered on her behalf by president obama. she needs him to help her win in november and he needs her to help cement his legacy. all that converging in a rousing rebuke of donald trump and an appeal to republicans from the stage behind me. here's peter alexander. >> barack obama. >> reporter: it was one of the biggest speeches of his life, and this one wasn't about him. >> tonight i ask you to do for hillary clinton what you do for me. i ask you to carry her the same way you carried me. >> reporter: a speech to preserve president obama's legacy in the hands of a trusted heir, but in this chaotic campaign year
there were other goals, too. with donald trump subpoena a controversial candidate, the president wasn't just targeting democrats. tonight our exclusive interview with his speech writer cody keenan. was this speech in part intended to reach out to disaffected voters and moderate republicans? >> it was an attempt to reach out to everybody, really. >> reporter: still recent polls show many republicans remain up for grabs. 60% of them dissatisfied with their nominee, which is why the president made this unmistakable name drop, a signature phrase from a republican icon. >> ronald reagan called america a shining city on a hill. >> reporter: and it wasn't just the president. clinton's running mate tim kaine appealing to republicans. >> if any of you are looking for that party of lincoln, we've got a home for you right here in the democratic party. >> reporter: democrats also inviting former new york city mayor and former republican michael bloomberg. >> trump says he wants to run the nation like he's running his business? god help us.
>> reporter: keenan trading six drafts with the president who stayed up till 2:30 thursday morning revising his remarks after watching his wife. >> because this right now is the greatest country on earth. >> like any potential marriage. they make each other better. >> reporter: did it work? republican voters today responding. >> his description of the last eight years didn't fit reality, but he sure got you into the magic of his words. >> it was pandering to try to make me fear to vote for hillary out of fear of donald trump. >> thank you. >> reporter: after a historic night the president confident the case for clinton was made. when it was done, what did he say? >> he said, i think that worked. >> reporter: that's it? >> that's it. you know. >> reporter: peter alexander, nbc news, philadelphia. also part of the full-court press tonight is former and perhaps future first daughter, chelsea clinton, who has grown up, quite literally, before our eyes. now a mother herself, hoping to reveal a side of her mother that the country might not know.
nbc's kristen welker has her story. >> reporter: the world has watched her grow up from a preteen at the white house to becoming a mother of her own. and tonight chelsea clinton will step into an even brighter spotlight, introducing the most important woman in her life -- her mom. telling matt lauer. >> i'm going to try really hard to not cry. i think my heart will burst. this election is so important to me because i'm now a mom. >> reporter: clinton has been a strong presence on the trail. but during tonight's speech, chelsea will leave the policy behind and get personal. >> i just hope that people understand even a little more when i'm done than when i started about why i love her so much and admire her so much. >> reporter: the 36-year-old who now helps run the clinton family foundation was born into the world of politics. as a child, the public only caught a few glimpses of her like during the 1992 democratic national convention. but in 1998 with her parents mired in the lewinsky scandal,
chelsea became a political force of her own, walking hand in hand and humanizing one of their toughest moments. >> proud to be my mother's daughter. >> reporter: chelsea's challenge tonight -- softening the image of her mother, who is struggling with historically low favorability ratings. >> chelsea's going to beam with pride about the accomplishments of her mother and the historic nature of tonight's speech. >> reporter: and the bar is high. her friend ivanka trump drew rave reviews after introducing her dad last week. >> you will never again have to worry about being let down. >> reporter: the bitter battle between their parents has clearly taken a toll. >> i don't expect her to always have to defend her father. my mother's not engaging in divisive rhetoric. >> reporter: chelsea now becomes first person ever to have both parents nominated for president, already making her own mark on history. kristen welker, nbc news, philadelphia. we do hope you'll
join us tonight along with chuck todd, savannah guthrie, tom brokaw and our entire team. our primetime coverage starts at 10:00 eastern, 7:00 pacific here on nbc. donald trump trying to calm the youp roar over his wish for russia to hack his rival hillary clinton. trump now saying he was merely being sarcastic. questions are being raised about melania trump's past on the heels of her plagiarism scandal. we get all that from hallie jackson. >> reporter: tonight two kinds of defense for donald trump. first on his invitation to russia to hack hillary clinton. >> russia, if you're listening, i hope you're able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing. >> reporter: now, with new fallout, a new explanati explanation. >> when i'm being sarcastic with something -- of course i'm being sarcastic. >> reporter: but for presidents, even a joke can have real
consequences as ronald reagan learned in 1984. >> i've signed legislation that will outlaw russia forever. we begin bombing in five minutes. >> reporter: he wasn't serious, but the soviet union was. >> resulted in a soviet red alert. >> there just isn't much room for error. that's why matters of international relation have to be conducted with due seriousness. >> reporter: trump also facing fire about something else. charges his wife didn't actually get the architecture degree she claimed in her online biography. those questions surfacing after her convention speech in which she used some of the same lines michelle obama did in 2008 and the college graduation claim appearing in the official rnc program. her bio and the rest of the website now redirecting to her husband's. mrs. trump tweeting her site didn't accurately reflect her current business. >> i grew up in slovenia. i went to school there. i started design and
architecture. >> reporter: the trump campaign declining to comment on the college claims or release documentation backing them up even after trump himself back in 2012 offered a reward for anyone who could provide president obama's documents, his college transcripts and his birth certificate. donald trump tonight speaking here in iowa hinting at attacks to come across the aisle. telling the people here that he wanted to hit the speakers a tt democratic national convention so hard for what he described as the lies they're telling about him. >> hallie jackson, thank you. let's turn to the new alert over the zika virus. health officials are investigating more cases of the investigation suspected of being transmitted by mosquitoes for the first time in the united states. the continental u.s. a potential game changer in the fight against zika here and it's resulted in the fda halting blood donations in parts of florida. nbc's kerry sanders has much more on this for us. >> reporter:
scientists fears about zika in the united states appear to be coming true. today federal officials say four new cases turned up in cases in south florida and there's growing evidence they were transmitted by mosquitoes in this country. >> we were fairly certain that this would ultimately happen because we have so many travel-related cases in the united states. >> reporter: the fda told blood donation centers in miami-dade and broward counties to cease collecting blood immediately until they're able to test each individual unit of blood collected. in south florida most of the donations are collected by an organization called one blood that says as early as tomorrow they will begin testing all of their blood donations for the zika virus. so far more than 1600 people diagnosed with zika in the continental u.s. including more than 400 pregnant women, but those cases were contracted by people traveling into the u.s. from other countries or puerto rico. aggressive mosquito control efforts now under way as pregnant
women and their doctors are on edge. >> if in fact the cases do turn out to be confirmed thab been acquired from the mosquitoes, this is no longer a warning. >> reporter: it's an urgent call for people to be on the lookout for any zika symptoms and take action to protect themselves against mosquitoes. kerry sanders, nbc news, miami. a startling sight when sparks dpan shooting out of an engine a passenger captured on a cell phone video. the flight was forced to turn around and land safely. the airline says the engine was not on fire, explaining those sparks are indications of what they call a compressor stall, a disruption of air flow in the engine. an emotional day in baton rouge, louisiana, as vice president joe biden joined hundreds of others to honor three law enforcement officers killed by a gunman in a shocking ambush over a week ago. attorney general loretta lynch was also on hand at the mel moral for officers matthew, gerald and montrell jackson and
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before 9/11 when the country was consumed with the disappearance of government intern chandra levy. now all these years later prosecutors are dropping charges against the man once convicted in her death. our justice correspondent pete williams has late details. >> reporter: with no one convicted, chandra leavy's murder remains a mystery, killed while jogging in 2001 at age 24 in washington on an internship. at first police focused on a congressman, gary condit, who had an affair with her, but he was ruled out. seven years ago prosecutors charged ingmar guandique, and served a prison sentence for attacking two other women in the same park where her body was found. guandique was convicted in 2010 but was given a new trial when his lawyers said a key witness lied in court. now with his retrial scheduled to start in october, prosecutors are dropping the case. in a statement they cite unforeseen developments that were
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>> reporter: doug ekely was bill clinton's roommate at yale law school and remembers bill and hillary being partners for a mock trial. they won. >> hillary much more analytic, articulate. bill much more kind of aw shucks. >> reporter: and whatever else can be said, that partnership still going. historians will one day write about this night, part of the arc of america's 240-year experiment. from suffragettes to the men and women who saw that to lead half t -- leave half the people, the female people on the political sidelines was a cost that the nation could not afford. love hillary clinton or hate her, tonight says something about what our children and grandchildren will study in school and argue about for years to come. cynthia mcfadden, nbc news, new york. that is going to do it on this thursday night. for now, i'm lester holt. i will see you tonight at 10:00 p.m. eastern,
>> the president passes the baton. can hillary clinton take it to the finish line? tonight she steps to the mic to accept her party's nomination for president. >> i ask you to carry her, the same way you carried me. >> it's the democrat's final night in philadelphia and nbc 10 special coverage starts right now. you're watching nbc 10 live from the democratic national convention. >> good evening, everyone, i'm jim rosenfield, our final light at the rosen center in south