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impossible for a socialist to win in a state like missouri. >> but former president bill clinton in new hampshire today steering clear of the s-word. borrowing for the 2008 clinton playbook saying he is uneluktable and just can't win. >> the real question is who can win the election, who is prepared to do the job, who could make real change. >> reporter: could the socialist line of attack backfire. >> a lot of those voters are capable of looking past the socialist label. >> reporter: hillary clinton taking her own shot at sanders today in an interview. >> in some of the comments that senator sanders has been making there is room for disagreement and even concern zblshlgt the current gop game plan, build up sanders. the republican national committee tweeting during last week's democratic debate, i feel the burn. >> they are trying to prop up bernie sanders and they would rather run against him. >> the clinton came
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getting jittery with polls slipping. a dead heat in iowa. sanders in the lead in new hampshire. today the campaign down playing any nervousness to andrea mitchell. >> we have a candidate who is leading throughout the country. she is leading in all of the super-tuesday states by a significant margin. >> reporter: the big question for sanders, could he turn support among young first-time voters and victory in the early voting state. and sanders will try to build on that before kicking off a two-day campaign swing through new hampshire tomorrow. meanwhile the rnc is down playing suggestions they are trying to influence the democratic primary, write in part tonight, quote, do we want to rub against sanders. sure. but we'll gladly take clinton any day of the week. lester. >> thank you. another wild day on wall street. stocks plunging over 500 points before gaining back some of the ground lost. the dow finishing down 249 points as the price of oil continues to tank. while that is good news at the gas pump,
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it is bad news for a major sector of the u.s. economy. where businesses are hurting. nbc's olivia sterns has the latest. >> reporter: tonight the markets continue their slide, plunging more than 500 points on a volatile day of trading. the dow and nasdaq both touching the lowest points since august. >> it was a good deal of anxiety throughout the morning. >> reporter: what is behind the drop? for one the china economy is slowing and nobody is quite sure exactly by how much. also driving the sell-off, concerns over the price of oil. a sign of economic world. plummeted, down nearly years. today closing below $27 a barrel. >> there is a lot of oil everywhere on the planet. the saudis are producing a lot and we and we have the iranian oil coming online. so there are more price declines to come. >> the impact on the u.s. economy is mixed.
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of gas, the nationwide average is half of the price of a gallon of milk. americans are also saving on heating oil and airline sales. but on the flip side, more than 250,000 people lost energy-related jobs last year. and for many, there is less money in the bank. since last november, the average american has lost about $9,500 in his or her 401(k). even so, experts say don't panic. >> you have to look at your plan. there is a huge opportunity here in some great, great american companies to >> reporter: and lester, buckle up. is back. so we could get back to used to seeing big swings in the market like we saw today. at least until the price of oil starts to stabilize. lest >> thank you. and a late development in the story we've been following here. michigan governor rick snyder has released his e-mails related to the toxic water crisis
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in flint, a day after he apologized and vowed to fix it. he faces to resign -- qualifies to resign as the people of flint suffer with the uncertainty of when clean water will flow from their taps again. kevin tibbles has more. >> reporter: late today, the michigan governor, after angry protests over his handling of the flint water crisis released more than 200 pages of e-mails in an attempt to show what he knew and when he knew it. >> you deserve better. you deserve accountability. you deserve to know that the buck stops here with me. governor's top aide wrote to him last months after tests first revealed lead, saying the responsibility for the water crisis lies with county. but said the state should speak up to avoid the narrative that the state is ducking responsibility. the governor said he acted when he knew. and was legally permitted to do so.
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house approved his request for $28 million to help pay for emergency water supplies and lead testing in the schools. too little, too late, said this mother of three. >> sorry is not going to bring us freshwater every day. >> reporter: she said it is like living in the third world with no clean water. >> brush my teeth, wash my face, i got to cook breakfast, lunch and dinner and make kool-aid twice a day. >> reporter: she said her doctors told her her two-year-old has developed a rash from washing with tap water. >> are you worried about their future? >> yeah. i don't want my kids to have mental or anger problems or none of that. >> but when the water mi an unknown. even the flint mayor today couldn't offer much hope to weary residents. >> we don't know when we'll have clean water again and that is why this is such a tragedy. >> reporter: donated water is arriving from across the country. today singer cher who
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was raised in nearby detroit partnered with a water company to donate 35,000 bottles. >> >> reporter: this woman who is now bathing her baby in bottled water, said her children deserve the real apology. what the e-mails also show is that the governor took a much more proactive role in this after september 30th of last year. even at one point asking his staff to check out health status of two young children found with elevated levels of lead in their blood. >> kevin, thank you. 20 people were killed when a gunman stormed a university in northwest pakistan. there are conflicting claims about whether the pakistani taliban are responsible. there were four of the attackers. they were all killed as the military closed in. police say they were all wearing explosive vests but only one managed to detonate. now to more from our rare access inside iran where the lifting of nuclear sanctions have quickly set in motion big economic changes.
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but changing the culture of mistrust is a much different story. as our chief foreign correspondent richard engel explains, from tehran, many in iran continue to view america as the enemy. >> reporter: the nuclear deal lifted sanctions and expectations too. but to those who think washington and tehran have completely turned the page, not so fast. only hours after the deal was implemented, washington imposed new sanctions on the defense sector. a response to an iranian missile test. and today this statement from the ayatollah, iran's supreme leader, praising the detention of american sailors. in another letter, he also warned his government to guard against deception and breaches of promises by arrogant governments, in particular, america. iran's foreign minister, the man who negotiated the deal with secretary of state john kerry echoed his leader today in switzerland.
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>> i think they should learn that they cannot impose their views on others through sanctions and >> reporter: on the streets of tehran, the writing is on the wall. this recently-hung billboard evoked the jeema. are shown standing on a pile of dead muslims. a clear message to everyone here that america remains very much an enemy. the supreme leader instructed iran politicians to be vigilant and watch for any cheating on the and if they see it, to call the whole thing off. richard engel, nbc news, tehran. still ahead tonight, more about fear in pregnant women. of the urgent questions you may have about where women could travel, and risks to their unborn babies and what to do if they are experiencing symptoms.
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the centers for disease control is urging doctors nationwide to closely monitor patients that traveled to the caribbean or latin america. areas where the veeka virus is spreading unchecked putting unborn children at risk. there are several cases reported now in the u.s. we have details from
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doctors, be on the lookout for signs of the zika virus in pregnant women who returned from countries or territories that health agencies are urging women who are pregnant who are hoping to become pregnant to avoid. tara pierce is 34 pregnant. even though she loves traveling with her husband, she is york. >> i would definitely not be looking to travel to any of the affected areas because i don't want to put the baby at risk. >> reporter: researchers believe the zika virus could cause microencephaly, abnormally small heads and brains. but it is not clear which trimester they are most at risk. in new york, this doctor is telling patients to stay away from the region. but if they can't, cover up and wear mosquito repellant. >> the deet stray is safe for women in appreciation and we are telling them to use the deet and stay inside and travel outside to a minimum.
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>> so far the cdc is way of 12 adults who have returned with the virus over the past year. including two pregnant women in illinois and one in hawaii. now they are closely monitoring women who return from zika hot zones. the good news is the virus brings mild symptoms. once you had it, you should not get it again. >> you are immune. and if you decide to get pregnant years in the future, there is no cause for concern. >> reporter: but with the brazil carnival and the olympic games, the fear is it could spread with the mosquitos and victims arriving at u.s. airports. tom costello, nbc news. when we come back.
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astronomers think they may have discovered a new planet in our solar system. it is believed to be up to ten times bigger than earth and as far as 100 billion miles away. way past pluto, which lost status as a planet in 2006. and for the first time in a decade, could you see mercury, venus, mars, saturn and jupiter, all five
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aligned in the predawn sky from now until february 20th. it is official, the national ocean antic and atmospheric association announcing 2015 was the hottest year since record keeping began in 1909. ten months had record high temperatures. the record warmth was broadly spread around the world with 15 of the 16 warmest years on record occurring since 2001. when we come back, why one father is so grateful that jamie foxx, after the actor
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finally tonight, usually when actor jamie foxx leaps into action, there is a director on hand to yell cut. but now the star is being hailed as a real life hero for saving a man in a trapping burning car outside of his los angeles home. morgan rat ford has the details. >> reporter: a pickup truck slams into a ditch and rolls several times. >> someone is trapped? >> reporter: frantic calls for help and an unlikely hero. >> i don't like at it as heroic, i just like at it like -- i just
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had to do something. >> reporter: something that made all of the difference. >> i hate to say it, but a couple of cars drove by and didn't stop. >> he was here for my son. and he saved his life. >> i get here aptd truck is over on its side and in flames. >> reporter: 32-year-old brett kyle trapped. >> i had the seat around my body and my neck and couldn't get out. >> reporter: foxx and another bystander cut him free as the flames drew closer. >> as we pulled him out, the truck goes up. i saw you got angels around you. >> reporter: and beside him. >> i think we all hope that we could do something when the time is there. but the question is, is do we? >> reporter: speaking from the hospital, the victim in shock. >> just the fact that one human being willing to help another one means a lot to me. >> just the idea that someone would do that is so much more than i could fathom. so i just -- it is all
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tears of joy. >> reporter: and gratitude. >> come by any time. >> reporter: morgan radford, nbc news, los angeles. and that will do it for us on this
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it's thursday, january 21st, coming up on "early today," an historic noreaster bringing as much as two feet of snow and others will see a chance of rare january tornados. stocks plunge even deeper as oil drops to prices not seen since 2003. hillary clinton is facing the prosspect that bernie sanders might beat her. and releasing emails related to the toxic water cries. fireworks for all the wrong reasons. and snow boarders facing possible criminal charges.
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"early today" starts right now. good morning. the biggest storm in a century. that's what some cities face this weekend is a monster winter storm makes its way into the eastern part of the country. as much as two feet of snow in some areas. president obama's motorcade got backed up as eslick roads delayed the commander and chief's return to the white house. and as winter attempts to catch up on what has been a pretty mild season so far. nbc meteorologist bill karins is tracking the storm. >> overnight, minor changes but significant too. storms trending further south and a little colder. and the forecast is now looking worse for areas of tennessee, kentucky and our friends in north carolina. so, this is our european
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two feet snow back up to washington d.c. but notice now, you're talk about a six inch snow possible into northern mississippi. that's a big deal in the south and a crippling storm where they don't have the equipment to deal with it. and our american model pinpointing the same area from roanoke to washington d.c. and still a possibility now all of a sudden of one to two feet in the mountains of north carolina. so, winter watches from memphis philadelphia. and washington d.c. and baltimore included in blizzard watch. and now new york city is under a blizzard watch, only expecting a possibility of six to ten inches at most. and as far as the snow, the bull's eye, to d.c. predicting possibly the second greatest snowfall in washington d.c.'s recorded history. >> we're getting a real winter
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they say money cannot buy happiness and it can't buy support either. they show that republican are frontrunners donald trump and ted cruz have spent more than $8 million in tv ads combined. this compared to 91 million spent in support of marco rubio and jeb bush. and chris christie and john kasich, that number jumps to 14 times that of outsiders, trump and cruz. speaking of senator cruz, he doesn't have a fan in former presidential nominee, bob dole. he said he questions cruz's loyalty to the republican party and said it would suffer quote cat clizmic and wholesale losses. the former kansas senator was
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says has the right personality, although he remains a jeb bush supporter. carry sanders has more from the campaign trail. >> reporter: >> there is an assault on christianity and an assault on guns and everything. >> reporter: donald trump. >> and we're going to stop the assault. >> reporter: and sarah palin. >> thank you so much, oklahoma. >> reporter: the former vice presidential candidate saying trump will give the u.s. military what they now lack. >> let them do their job and go kick isis -- >> reporter: that military theme turned personal for palin. >> i guess the elephant is in the room. >> reporter: the enthusiastic crowd fell silent as she explained her oldest son, track, a veteran was charge would domestic violence.
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>> but they come back a bit different, hardened. the question though, it comes from our own president where they have to look at him and wonder, do you know what we go through? >> reporter: with the stop here at oral roberts university and liberty university. >> we're g christianity christianity. >> reporter: his focus is now on the evangelical support. while palin may anoint trump with some she's not universally loved by trump supporters. >> i never liked her. i don't like her. >> so, does the indorsement hurt trump in your view? >> the people i've talked to, i think it hurts. >> reporter: nbc news, tulsa.n new hampshire, feeling the burn. hillary clinton surrogates ramping up their attacks, bernie sanders as an unelectable socialist.
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impossible for a self-declared win in a state lie missouri. >> reporter: but bill clinton steering clear of the "s" word unelectable and can't win. >> the real issue is who can win the it election, who'so the job, who can make real change. >> reporter: could the socialist line of attack backfire? >> a are going to be capable of looking past that label. >> reporter: the republican national committee tweeting during last weekend's debate, i feel the bern. >> they're trying to prop up bernie sanders. >> reporter: the clinton campaign getting jittery with polls showing her lead a dead heap in iowa. the campaign down playing any nervousness to andrea mitchell. >> we have a candidateughout the country.
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she is leading in all the super
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