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tonight, the final-week frenzy. after days on defense, clinton comes out swinging, and trump responds, as both campaigns hit the home stretch. tonight the battleground map, where it stands, with time running out. gas shortage fears. a massive explosion knocks out one of the biggest pipeline supply over a dozen states drivers could end up paying the price. windows warning. microsoft's new alert to customers about hack attacks linked to russia. and tonight what nbc news has learned about putin's efforts to rid russia of a big american name. the pot vote. marijuana on the ballot from coast to coast. red states, blue states, supporters of legalized weed, hoping to turn them green. and hot in
fever, can they win it all? "nightly news" begins right now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. seven days to go until election day and both hillary clinton and donald trump are on the offense and on message. clinton trying to pivot from the surprise fbi e-mail probe, to make an appeal to women voters, while trump is reneng and there's less time in this race than those seven days may suggest due to early voting now under way. a record 26 million americans have already voted, that's twice as many than we saw at this point four years ago. in a few minutes, chuck todd will update us on the state of the race, but first to the campaign trail, starting with andrea mitchell in florida. andrea, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. this is not where the clinton campaign expected to be with
again tonight back in florida, trying to distract attention from the e-mail controversy by revving up their attacks against donald trump. tonight hillary clinton under renewed fire over her private server, going back on offense, targeting donald trump. >> he does not have the temperament to be our commander in chief. >> reporter: behind the scenes, the clinton team says they see no slide in their polls from the e-mail controversy, but they're still nervous. to on trying to galvanize a key part of the base, women voters. even bringing former miss universe alicia machado to the rally today. describing how she was insulted by trump. >> he says to me, miss piggy, miss housekeeping. it's really clear here that he does not respect woman. >> he has spent a lot of time, demeaning,
>> reporter: but new uncertainty over the e-mail fall-out. 26% of independents in one survey saying it makes them less likely to vote for clinton. and top aide huma abedin, again out of sight today. her lawyers saying she doesn't know what's on that laptop. as clinton's husband and other supporters spent another day going after the fbi director. >> people who do this for a living have evaluated these charges and found them falling flat. >> you don't announce and sae there, oh, maybe there's not, but we'll let you know in a few weeks or so. >> reporter: in battleground florida, the race is tight, with trump supporters showing up at clinton's rally. gone is clinton's hope of closing with a positive message, at least for now. the campaign strategy, to counteract the e-mail scandal by staying on the attack. andrea mitchell, nbc news, sanford, florida. >> reporter: this is
any more than we can trust her with classified information. >> reporter: donald trump and running mate mike pence, hoping to bring republicans home. >> i will ask congress to convene a special session so we can repeal and replace. >> reporter: and gain ground with their opposition to obamacare. >> the case has never been stronger for repeal. >> reporter: operatives say team trump has a golden opportunity, a chance for a triple play, tagging clinton on the revival of the fbi investigation into her e-mail server. contributor and current dnc chair, donna brazil gave clinton questions before a cnn debate, and the rise of obamacare premiums. rigged system themes that play into their change narrative. >> they will say anything and do anything, and cling to their power and prestige at your expense. >> reporter: today the campaign announced a $25 million ad buy, a closing message in 13 states. 12 of which president obama won in 2012.
>> i think they're listening to the voices in their head. they're listening to what their agenda item might be and ignoring the actual data on the ground. and that's always dangerous. >> reporter: but more hurdles. a glaring snub from paul ryan, the leader of the republican party, who is still not campaigning with trump, even in his home state of wisconsin tonight. though ryan says he did vote, he didn't even say donald trump's name. >> i'm supporting our entire republican ticket. >> reporter: john kasich wrote in john mc underscoring a risk in -- rift in the gop that even disdain for hillary clinton can't mend. outside of philadelphia today donald trump said he'd replace obamacare with health care savings accounts. though he said he would call a special session of congress to repeal it, that's not as easy as it sounds. even if democrats do lose the senate, it's likely they'll still have enough votes to block that legislation. lester? >> all right, katy tur
williams in washington. pete, what's the latest you're hearing from your sources on the status of the review of those e-mails? >> well, despite a round-the-clock effort, they say investigators are nowhere near being finished analyzing the e-mails found on neath wiener's laptop. a senior official says the work is going smoothly, no technical problems, but that progress is slow. there's no answer yet to one big question. how many of the of the tens of thousands already checked by the fbi in investigating the clinton e-mail server. fbi director james comey and attorney general loretta lynch had a brief private meeting yesterday. justice officials say both agreed on the need to move quickly to get the e-mail work done. a senior official tonight says there's just no way to tell how long this is going to take, no progress bar at the bottom of the computer screen. they say it's impossible to know whether we'll have answers by election
campaign is finally over, it all comes down to the map and mining the 270 electoral college votes needed to win. after a series of october surprises, the picture is in flux, as we hit the november home stretch. where do things stand right now? no one better to ask than our political director, the moderator of "meet the press," chuck todd. chuck, lay it out for us. >> a week ago, we were talking about a potential democratic wave. but with the fbi reug nighted, it's possible that clinton's path to 270 has narrowed. this was the map before the fbi announcement. clinton looked to be over 270. now, let me walk you through it. the toss-up state is nevada. after that, everything is moving from her column to toss-up. north carolina, new hampshire, cloird, wisconsin, seem to be the states that have moved into toss-up. look what that does. she needs now a path to 270. trump meanwhile feels good about georgia,
there's a path for him. florida, north carolina, ohio, and iowa. look where that would put him, 259. he still needs another state. i don't buy colorado for him. that's still in the blue column. he still needs to break through the big blue wall of the midwest. michigan, pennsylvania seem out of reach. wisconsin may be out of reach too, but without it, he doesn't have a path. with it, he could get to 270, lester. >> thank youuc tonight in alabama, following a deadly gas line explosion. the blast happened not far from a major rupture just a few weeks ago, and it's sparking new fears of yet another spike in gasoline prices for a large part of the country. nbc's gabe gutierrez has the latest for us. >> yes, we're going to start evacuating the command area. >> reporter: the massive fireball could be seen for miles. >> this fire's getting out of hand.
alabama's gas explosion is being felt across the country, multiple states braces for higher pump prices as a result. the blast, unlike anything conner farmer and wes davis had ever seen. >> when you're standing right here, and you're looking at 400-foot flames coming up and smoke on top of that, it was terrifying. >> reporter: as they rushed to the site, they helped two men covered in gasoline. >> had a couple of grown men who were obviously in shock. >> reporter: colonial, the company that owns the pipeline, calls it a tragic accident. one worker killed, when an excavator struck the line, igniting the blaze. >> i've been working for colonial for 38 years, and the contractors that we have are like family. you never want to go through that. >> reporter: the explosion only miles from a leak just a few weeks ago on the same line which stretches from texas to new york harbor, providing 40% of the east coast fuel. that pipeline supplying millions of customers throughout the east coast is right here, underneath this land, stretching right through shelby county.
prices. analysts expect that again. >> certainly a very critical situation in terms of gas prices rising likely in the southeast. but even in the great lakes, this really could impact gas prices in most areas east of the mississippi. >> reporter: tonight, colonial has re-opened one of the two lines it shut down, but says the other will stay out of commission for days. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, helena, alabama. investigators are trying to figure out what caua bus and a transit bus earlier this morning in baltimore. six people were killed, including the school bus driver. officials say there were no children on the bus at the time. officials say they're looking into when the -- whether the school bus driver suffered some sort of medical emergency before striking a pillar and plowing into oncoming traffic. a hacking alert tonight, concerning software giant microsoft. intelligence sources tell nbc news, hackers previously linked to
windows operating system for cyber attacks. the same group u.s. intelligence believes is responsible for hacking the democratic national committee. as nbc news senior investigative correspondent, cynthia mcfadden, explains, microsoft has been in the kremlin's crosshairs for quite some time now. ? ? >> reporter: over the last several months, vladimir putin has engaged in a series of provocative moves, according to the u.s. government, from u.s. election to nuclear sabre-rattling. relations between russia and the u.s. are at a low point. >> i think we're at the lowest ebb since the end of the cold war in terms of our relations with russia. putin is an old kgb officer who views the world as a zero-sum game. between russia and the united states. whatever is good for the united states is bad for russia and vice versa. >> reporter: and now russia is opening up a new front -- going after american
vladimir putin is specifically targeting software giant microsoft. why? not only because they are the most prominent american company in the i.t. space, but they are also known to the russian people and businesses as an easily understood collaborator with u.s. intelligence. in a statement to nbc news, microsoft says, we don't spy on anyone. we don't work with any government to spy on others, and we never would. all foreign software, in both the government and in state-controlled companies. and it's already begun. with the moscow city government weaning itself off microsoft, to be replaced by russian products. if putin gets his way, microsoft office and windows will be banned. >> it's a signal that the russians really mean business now about nationalizing the internet and making sure they can
aware that microsoft products, like all software, can be used as weapons in cyber warfare. just before christmas last year, according to a sensitive u.s. homeland security document, obtained by nbc news, the russians used microsoft office attachments to shut down the ukraine electrical grid. the kind of thing russia is worried about the u.s. having the ability to do to them. to further make their point, last week the russians also banned linkedin, the social buying. >> this may also feed into russian hostility or paranoia towards america and its products. so part economic message, part shot across the bow, part attack on american i.t., part protectionism, but all, i think, very consistent with the kind of escalation we're seeing from putin. >> so far, putin's actions are not affecting microsoft's bottom line. in the last couple of weeks, microsoft stock peaked at an all time high. lester?
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this year. but state officials are still trying to measure the social costs. now five other states are voting on legalization next week. none bigger than california. here's harry smith. >> this is breakfast made with mother's love, right? >> reporter: jennifer tejada is a california mom who is worried about election day. >> this is the reason for prop 64. >> reporter: because her state is voting on the legalization of recreational marijuana. >> it will certainly be more prevalent, and it will be more challenging for our ki nevada, massachusetts, and maine all have legal cannibis on the ballot. potentially joining legal marijuana states oregon, washington, colorado, and alaska. >> everybody knows anyone wants it can get it today. >> reporter: california lieutenant governor gavin newsome says it's time to stop criminalizing a substance so many people use. >> i don't want to see people, particularly african americans and latinos disproportionately targeted.
california said yes to medical marijuana 20 years ago. making a doctor-recommended high easy to come by. today's dispensary is more starbucks than head shop. it sparked ceo eric pearson is all for legalization. >> we're coming out of the closet, making it normal and approachable. >> reporter: if california's prop 64 passes, and you're 21 or older, you can buy marijuana from a licensed vendor, no questions asked. and you can grow your own, up to six plants and that worries jennifer tejada. who along with being a mom -- >> bye. >> love you. >> reporter: -- is a police chief in the bay area. >> i think we're going to have a lot of people who are driving under the influence of marijuana. a lot more traffic collisions where people die, lose their lives. >> reporter: but polls show a huge shift from just ten years ago. today a majority of americans want pot legalized. >> if california votes yes, it's legitimately the beginning of the end of the war on marijuana in the
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back now with a look inside a place we rarely get to see. when you think of the white house, your first thought probably goes to the oval office, the east room. but then there is the private part of the white house, the residence. except the people who live there. currently the obamas, who gave the folks at architectural digest a peek. here's nbc's anne thompson. >> reporter: the white house, part office building, part museum, but always home to presidential families. this month, architectural digest takes readers to the second floor where the obamas live. a series of rooms designed by michael smith of los angeles, with obama touches.
treaty room, and one of the president's grammy awards. in the old family dining room, a painting by alma thomas, the first art work by an african american woman to be displayed in the white house. the most famous address in america has long been a national fascination. in 1962, jacqueline kennedy took the country on a televised tour of her restoration efforts. >> this is one of the only two remaining mantels in the white house from 1817 after the fire. ep the people. eisenhower played cards in the treaty room. the obamas watch tv. in the solarium, what the nixons called the california room, ike barbecued, caroline kennedy went to school and betty ford made christmas ornaments. the obamas chose a stylish but relaxed home, rooms giving us a view of the private sides of very public
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finally tonight, fans in cleveland are hoping it's all over except for the celebrating after tonight, as the world series moves back to their home turf for game six. the indians lead the chicago cubs, 3-2, and nbc's ron mott is there. >> reporter: the script is set, the scene ready. and on a balmy november day in the 70s in cleveland, the action is sure to be hot when the indians and chicago cubs play ball in game six of the world series. fans here, primed and pumped for a championship celebration at home. >> why is this the year and not the cubs' year? >> it's the young guys, they got a team, they got the chemistry. >> it's over!
cavalier dreams for the indians too. >> pretty special year, yeah, it's great. >> reporter: but since the cavs won on the row, it's been 52 years since any major cleveland sports team has become champs on home turf. dating back to the browns nfl championship. there's no substitute for the electricity that flows on the street when the home team gets top billing like the indians did in 1920. >> i hope they clinch it. >> reporter: 104-year-old indian super fan nana is gearing up for a potential nail-biter. >> i'm hoping and praying that they do get the win. >> reporter: for the cubs, trying to break their own 108-year drought, chicago fans in cleveland, down but not out. >> a w. >> the w, here it is. >> reporter: how nervous are you? >> we are a little nervous. >> reporter: so the writing's on the wall. >> i wrote, go cubs.