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tonight, an unprecedented move, president trump using his power to take revenge on a critical voice.st pping the security clearance of a former cia director, john brenham responds to nbc news. >> i've seen this type of behavior and actions on the part of foreign tyrants and desp i never ever thought i would see it in the united states. >> the white house putting her big names on notice. >> a shocking big scene caught on camera. a mass overdose, > a shocking .scene caught on came a mass overdose, dozens of people screaming dropping in the grass and a
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frantic emergency response to save them. back to school in parkland mons after the massacre that sparked a national movement. students return under national security changes. >> our nbc news exclusive, twitter jack dsey as controversy swirls over his punishment for conspiracy theorist alex jones. >> we put him in a time-out removing his ability to tweet for a time period. >> is a time out enough. the soaring cost of insulin, people rationing their -s liing meds. s pleading for help. we asked the drug company what is being done? >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening, evyone. it looks a lot like payback foformer senior government officials who have spoken out against president trump. the president yanking the security clearancefo foer cia boss john brennan today accusing him of using his access to sew division and chaos and several others access to classified materials could be
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coming to an end, too. our kristen welker explains what is behind it. >> reporter: unprecedented, president trump tonight revoking the security clearance of one of his harshest critics, career intelligence official and cia director john brennan who is also an nbc news analyst. press secretary sarah sanders reading a statement from the prident in which he accused brennan of erratic behavior and abusing access without nc offering evi >> mr. brennan has recently leveraged his status as a former high-ranking official with accs to highly sensitive information to make a series of unfounded and outrageous allegations and outbursts about this administration. eporter: he called mr. trump a trader and danger to the country and responded
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forceful. >> revoking my his way of trying to get back out me. but i think i have tried to voice the caoncerns of millions of ans, and this is not going to deter me at all. r orter: the white house also announcing it's reviewing the security clearances of intelligence and law enforcement officials many tru critics involved in the russia investigation including fired fbi director james comey onand obama's natial security advisor susan rice and former director of nationin lligence james clapper who called the move an infringement of first amendment rights. >> isn't it also an attempt to curtail their freedom of speech blizing them for being critical on television? >> not at all. the president has constitutional responsibility to fi protect clas information and who has access to it. >> reporter: the backlash was fierce. >> these people were being singled out to ither clearances revoked or in the process being revoked nixon-type practices
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of trying to silence anyone willing t criticize this president. >> reporter: so why now? well, the white house n't say but officials here are eager to turn the page on multiple controversies. hir. trump's omarosa accuseof using the "n" word and his former campaign chair on trial. >> as that plays out, the fate of president's former campaign chairman is t to be in the hands of a jury. closing arguments now wrapped up in the triaof paul manafort in virginia. jurors will begin rating in the morning, manafort if convicted faces the rspossibility of y behind bars. now to the frightening scene caught on camera, a mass overdose involving zens of people. emergency responders rushed to help some of aihem and in so cases to resthem. now investigators are trying to figure out what exactly they took. we get the latest from nbc's n allen. >> reporter: a massive emergency response in a city park, frantic efforts to save lives.
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police say dozens of si victims overdong on what authorities suspect is a synthic street drug called k or synthetic marijuana. people blacking out, panicking, this man csfled when paramedi arrived. ateast 40 victims taken to hospitals in less than 24 hours. some in critical condition. >> there were some unconscious. some were nauseous. lethargic, some in respiratory duress. >> reporter: at one point a press ence interrupted by an emergency call. >> we're getting another call of a person. >> reporter: authorities say the outbreak struck first near the city's main green and went across new haven. police have a suspect in custody. >> i believe he may have been trying to give this out as samples to people to get them addicted. >> you've been in law enforcement for awhile this is intee. i've never seen anything like this in my 21 ars. >> reporter: synthetic marijuana is plants sprayed with chemicals marketed as an
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alternative to pot. there was a warning about synthic rijuana laced with rat poison sickening hundreds and killing nine people. in this case authorities believe whatever caused today's overdoses may have been laced wian pioid. authorities are still getting calls and made a second arrest. they don't know how much of e tainted drug was distributed across the down industry >> ron allen in new haven for us, thank you. an emotional day at stoneman douglas high in park land, florida as a new school year begins six months after a gunman killed 1 students returned today to a very different campus after a $6.5 million security upgrade. nbc's taitner with that story. >> reporter: students arrived for the first day of school at margry sneman douglas high school to find the school transformed into a secure fortress. >> mixed feelings.
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it's -- there is a fine line between security and over prective. >> reporter: beefed up security is new surveillance cameras, automatically locking doors, a new fence surrounding the campus, 15 security staff and restricted visitor to one entrance screened by a video intercomystem. >> it's a bittersweet day. everyone is glad tt back and be reunited but six months away om the tragedy which feels like it happened yesterday. >> reporter: 16-year-old hailey sheppardaid last year she would break down walking near the school and couldn't bear to go inside but today with her service dog at her side, she returned to school. >> it was good. it was a little intense being back and so many people there at once. >> reporter: an intense new normal for these students who have already survived so much. tammy leitner, nbc news. the vatican and pope francis under fire tonight for staying silent 2 hours after that bombshell grand jury report we told you
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esbout last night. it acche church of protecting over 300 predator priests in pennsylvania over a period of decades. nbc's ann thompson with reaction tonight from survivors. >> reporter: in today's painful htheadlines, tonig survivors of priest sexual abuse see a glimmer of hope. >> if this report does not eliminate the statutes of limitatihat will it take? >> for mark, it's a crusade. he was raped by a priest. >> victims should have any amount of time to come forward when they are ready. ep> reporter: the grand juryt detailed a bunch of alleged crimes. a priest that abused five girls in one family, one raped 15 boys and still another accused priest who left the clergy and the diocese recommended h for a job at walt disney world. is this just a pennsylvania problem?
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nk no, i don't t it's a pennsylvania problem alone at all. >> reporter: mike was one of the boston globe spotlight reporters that uncovered the web of deceit in that city's archdiocese. >> this is the same old story. hethe depravity is same. the criminality is the same. the determination to cover up is the same. pe>> reporter: from francis whose compassion around the world, not one word at yeoday's audience. he prafor the victims of the bridge collapse but no mention of the victims here or in chile. an omission new york's cardinal timothy dolan says shouldn't be misinterpreted. >> we actually know how furious the pope is about it and frustrated about it. >> reporter: many of the faithful are frustrated, too, shatted by this latest breach of trust. ann thompson, nbc news, new york. now to an nbc news broadcast clusive. a week after several tech giants removed talk show host and conspiracy theorist alex jones from their
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er platforms, twis suspending his ability to tweet for a week. the company has been criticized for not a harder stance against jones who previously called the sandy hook school massacre a hoax. today jack dorsey told me why his company is alow taking action. well jones on twitter posted this week what essentially is a video calling for people to get their battle rifles ready against the media saying it's time to e act, it's got to done now. >> people need to have their battle rifles everything ready at their bedsides and you got to be re y. >> sent a chill up my spine, how about yours? >> it did. there is a number of actions that we believe help a call to incitement of violence e and those are things that we need to make sure that we are taking action on. >> you've taken action against him in this instance. can you tell us what it is? pu >> i believe w him in a time-out, removing his ality to tweet for a time
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period. >> that period just seven days and presumably after that, jones will be back. a time-out seems min compared to the implications of someone suggesting a to arms against a particular group in this case, the media. how do you respond to that? >> well, i feel any suspensionwhether it be a permanent or temporary one and make someone think abou actions and behaviors. >> you think alex jones will change his behavior? based on a time-out? >> i don't know, i'm speaking more broadly tool. utilize this we have found that it does have the potential to change impact and change havior. >> it's twitter's first move to mute jones since the major social media peers restricted or removed him from their platforms exposing dorsey to broad criticism while winning him conditional praise from jones. are you comfortable with the idea that to r some on the ght, the extreme that you're a hero?
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>> i'm not. i don't agree with the actions that are employedhe behaviors employed. >> so that a boy from alex jones is not something you wish to have? >> no, it's not something i was expecting or need. >> jones has become a symbol for the dehumanizing speech that invaded social media, something dorsey has vowed to better police. do you have regrets about how you acted in terms of some of the sandy hook allegations ho that it was ? >> i do feel terrible gt what the rents had through and, you know, i think we have felt behind and we have lt that we moved too slow in a lot of our actions. orsey says the aim is consistency in how they enforce the rules. >> do you make exceptions for high-profile individuals in terms of of your rule service? >> no. we hold every account to the same standard t same rules. >> the president of the united states yesterday called a woman omarosa that dog. would that violate your terms of service?
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>> so we do have a terms of service around public interest we believe it's ss. important for the world to hear directly from global leaders how they think and how they treat the people around them. >> you don't make a distinctioover policy, talking abtat s or tariffs versus calling a person a dog? >> we make an understanding of who is actually saying that and whether they ea are a globalr, whether they are a public figure and whether this is something that should be reported onnd ould be talked about. >> in addition to improving the health of conversations on inwitter, the company is als war against bots, the fake users to steer opinions during the 2016 election. >> we started with, you know, a real focus on one core fundamental human right of freedom of expression but over time we have realized that that right has been weaponized.
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>> jack dorsey tells me twitter now challenges0 million accounts a week to determine if they are real people or simply bots. there is more ahead for the missing mom mystery, the desperate search for a pregnant woman and her two young daughters after she dsuddenly sappeared. what her husband told police. the soaring cost of insulin, one mother's outrage after the heartbreaking tragedy involving her diabetic son. before you and your rheumatologist move to another treatment, ask if xeljanz xr is right for you. xeljanz xr is a once-daily pill for adults with moderate to severe ra for whom methotrexate did not work well enough it can reduce pain, swelling and further joint damage, even without methotrexate. xeljanz xr can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis. serious, sometimes fatal infections, lymphoma and other cancers have happened. don't start xeljanz xr if you have an infection. tears in the stomach or intestines,
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we're back now to talk about the skyrocketing cost of insulin, the life-saving medication that milli americans rely on to control their diabetes like mancations, the price has jumped dramatically in recent years out of reach for many families.me hat turned to rationing their daily dose to afford it but that can have devastating consequences as tom costello reports. >> reporter: 26-year-olds are not supposed to die because they don't have insulin. e,but without insu alex smith couldn't tofford the $1300 a montontrol his diabetes. so he tried rationing his insulin, emptyle found near his
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body. >> i was so heart broken just to see he resorted to those type of measures. >> reporter: 7 million americans depend on insulin to control their blood sugar but with few competitors, the price skyrocketed to $21 in 1996 to $320 a per vile tod many require several each month. after spending $524 on two viles for her daughter, a frustrated doreen's tweet went viral. i left the pharmacy and sat my car and cried. i don't have the money. i have love and worry 24/7. a study finds one in four diabetics cuts back on insulin because ofost. stly middle class americans with limited insurance putting themselves at great risk. >> over time if the blood sugar is not in check, it leads to blindness, kidney disease, nerve disease, amputations. >> reporter: president trump prised to bring prices down but
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the hhs secretary came from insulin maker eli lilly that doubled prices from 2011 to 2016. in a statement lily says in the last 18 months, we have introduced a number of initiatives to help reduce the amount people pay at the pharmacy and provide access tr income people with diabetes but for alex smith's mother. >> the child that i gave birth to,y flesh and blood, i lost him because of pharmaceutical greed. rte tif tbre. tom costello, nbc news, washington. we'll take a short break here. when we come back, one family's happy homecoming thanks veterans that lent a helping hand. those who serve is next. intelligence, covering virtually every part of your manufacturing business. & so this won't happen. because you've made sure this sensor and this machine are integrated. & she can talk to him, & yes... atta, boy. some people assign genders to machines. and you can be sure you won't have any problems.
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finally tonight, it's been nearly a year sinricane harvey damaged homes and apartment buildings in houston. going to be the same but a group of veterans is leading the charge to give families back what they lost. we get their story in tonight's those who serve. it's an emotional homecoming this family feared might never happen. their houston home of 20 years destroyed when hurricane harvey hit last year. it took on nearly two feet of water but with no flood insurance, the family unable to rebuild. >> we never thought in a million years we would have been in this situation and it was horrible. >> that's when team rubicon stepped in, onthe asly dis response group led primarily by military veterans with the help
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of more than 100 volunteers, the non-profit reconstructed the house from the ground up. >> i told each a every one of my angels, i said y'all always have a home here. >> reporter: they committed to finishing 100 homes in the miouston area by 2020 for es in need. it's all completely free. t's been a huge honor to work in this house every day because this family, they stand for courage, hope and love. and it's just amazing that we could give that back. >> it's good for the members of team rubicon, too, giving them a new calling after their militaryrv e. >> there is a sense of fulfillment and purpose i get from helping other people. >> it means everything to me to help families rebuild after harvey. >> heroes answering the call to serve. >> we could start new from right here. thank you. >> no matter when and where the mission takes them. good for them and those houston families and glad we could share that story.
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we appreciate you spending part your evening with us. that is "nightly news" for this wednesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us here at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night.
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