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till iowa. also the fight night fallout. donald trump declares victory and ignites a new firestorm with a controversial comment about ted cruz. captured. after that daring jail break, a dangerous escapee turns himself in. two more on the run as a jail employee is accused of aiding the escape. we're at the outbreak epicenter of this zika pandemic where the virus is spreading explosively. children and families living in fear. and a dramatic takedown on camera. anti-government protesters. a chase, a crash, and the moment fbi agents opened fire. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: this is nbc nightly news with lester holt. reporting tonight from des moines iowa. >> good evening. three days from a critical vote here in iowa, and the hillary clinton camp finds itself back under the cloud of the e-mail controversy.
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secretary clinton told me in an exclusive interview here in des moines today that there is nothing regarding the e-mail investigation that should cause voters to have any concerns, the state department confirmed for the first time that some of the e-mails found on clinton's personal e-mail server from her days as secretary of state contained information so secret, it fell into the highest level of classification. nbc's andrea mitchell has details. >> reporter: as hillary clinton was campaigning in iowa, the state department dropped the e-mail bombshell. for the first time labeling 22 e-mails from her private server top secret. the highest level of classification as demanded by the intelligence agencies. >> none of this traffic was marked classified at the time it was sent. >> just minutes earlier, lester had asked clinton about how the e-mail investigation might affect her campaign. >> anything could happen. indictments could happen. why shouldn't people, if they weigh the electability question,
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hanging over your head as you march forward. >> because the facts have remained the same. there was never any information sent or received that was marked classified to me. >> for people who are watching this play out and know the republicans will come at you on this with an open investigation, shouldn't people have some concern? >> no, they shouldn't, lester. i just don't see it as anything that will in any way cause any voter to -- a voter with an open mind to have any concerns. >> reporter: clinton's campaign called it a bureaucratic turf battle. >> these e-mails should be released to the public can view them. this is an example of overclassification run amok. >> reporter: jush tweeted marco rubio rubio said. >> this is unacceptable. this is a disqualifier. >> bernie sanders' campaign says he stands by this. >> the american people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn e-mails. >> thank you.
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me too. >> reporter: the state department won't be releasing these e-mails now and may never, but this reignites the e-mail issue just as the voters are about to have their say. lester. >> all right, andrea. the timing of all this hardly ideal for the clinton campaign as she tries to break out of a dead heat here in iowa with bernie sanders over these next three days. in our wide-ranging conversation today, secretary clinton vowed she wouldn't go negative on sanders, but she is eager to point out their differences. >> who has the achievable plans that can actually make a difference? who can beat the republicans? these are the kinds of issues that i think as we go forward, people are going to say, hey, she's given me a specific set of ideas. she's told me what it's going to cost. it's not pie in the sky. it can actually deliver for my family, and i think that's what people are looking for. >> is senator sanders speaking in pie in the sky terms? >> well, i think now that his policies have come under closer
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press and others, he's having to answer some questions. >> and now bernie sanders is trying to place the scrutiny on clinton too. his new ad this week, not mentioning her by name but taking clear aim at her paid speeches to wall street banks. >> how does wall street get away with it? millions in campaign contributions and speaking fees. >> the fact that you're in a virtual tie here, does that signal that this attack is gaining traction? >> i -- i don't think so. i don't think so. i think that, you know, i'm going to remain positive. and it's a little disappointing that senator sanders is trying to go negative. he's trying everything instead of trying to answer the legitimate questions that people are asking about how you fund a $15 trillion health provide free college for everybody, all the things he's being asked. instead, you know, attention. that is a time-worn politician tactic. >> one of sanders' sharpest jabs just on
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>> my opponent is not in iowa tonight. she is raising money from a philadelphia investment firm. [ crowd booing ] >> you went to philadelphia this week. fund-raiser with a financial firm as the backer. was that a mistake? >> no. i mean i am proud to of support across the country. i did go. >> but did it play to his narrative about you? >> well, only if you think his narrative is correct, which of course it isn't. look, we both have stood up to wall street. i stood up before most people stood up back when i was a senator. we both have plans. mine is more expansive, tougher, more effective, comprehensive. >> i want to ask you about a moment at the town hall. a young man, bernie sanders supporter, stood up and said, young people don't trust you. >> i've heard from quite a few people my age that they think you're dishonest. >> when he said that, i winced, and i was wondering, you've obviously been in
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do you get your feelings hurt sometimes? >> well, of course. it's not pleasant to hear that. i have led a very public life now for 25 years. i've been subjected to all kinds of attacks, and in large measure because of what i stand for and what i fight for. but i'm going to answer questions regardless of where they come from or who poses them. >> what frustrates you the most about perceptions about you? >> you know, i don't even think about that anymore. i did for a long time. you're human. it is painful. it can be hurtful. and it's especially so for your family and your friends, who are just so hurt for you. but i'm -- i have no reason to think that i'm going to be given any break. i don't expect that. i expect i have to bring my best to this campaign like i've brought my best to everything i've done. and i think i have a
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people. i'm just going to do what i think is right for the country and let the voters decide. >> her chief opponent, senator sanders, told me on wednesday that with a good turnout, he will win in iowa. secretary clinton says she doesn't make predictions and won't be doing so here. meantime on the republican side, it's shaping up to be a wild fight to the finish with donald trump declaring victory today for not showing up at the debate while his chief rival in iowa, ted cruz, tries to brush off headlines of a rough night on that stage. nbc's hallie jackson has details. >> reporter: with 72 hours left, 24 stops by republicans in iowa today. but to front-runner donald trump, the only numbers that matter here are his own polling. >> i think we're going to do really well in iowa. >> reporter: trump so confident about iowa, he's in new hampshire today, looking further north to hit ted cruz. >> ted cruz is an anchor baby in canada. >> i like donald, and he's welcome to say
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>> reporter: his campaign, meanwhile, serious about turning out caucus goers. >> hi, this is rebecca. i'm with team cruz. >> reporter: on the trail, cruz working to dismiss headlines about his rough night at the gop debate. >> my focus is on talking to the voters directly. >> reporter: cruz shrugging off criticism he missed an opportunity as trump flipped screens and split attention, hosting his own rally. >> i didn't want to be here. i have to be honest. but you have to stick up for your rights. when you're treated badly -- >> still mad at moderator megyn kelly. >> let's address the elephant not in the room tonight. >> trump, three miles from center stage, was the center of a attention early on. >> everyone on this stage is stupid, fat and ugly. and ben you're a terrible surgeon. now that we've gotten the donald trump portion out of the way -- >> reporter: but it's trump who, for now, looks smart for skipping out. the republican race has turned into a fierce battle for second place. so when ted cruz took
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without standing in donald trump's shadow, he really did not rise to the occasion. >> reporter: and while jeb bush run praise for seeming solid. >> this is not about our pedigree. this is about people who are really hurting. >> reporter: so did marco rubio, hoping for a strong third. reading a supporter's card to a fired up crowd. >> friends don't let friends vote for trump. >> reporter: the rubio campaign is prepared for af long haul, betting someone will eventually emerge as the anti-trump option. who will that will be probably won't be clear until after the new hampshire primary, where the establishment candidates are making their stand. and in a telling move, jeb bush, chris christie, and john kasich will not appear at events here in iowa the night of the caucuses, lester. instead they'll be in the granite state. >> hallie jackson, let's bring in our political director, the moderator of "meet the press," chuck todd. back to the clinton e-mails, it's a scandal that won't go away.
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>> you know, that's unclear, but i will say this. timing and innuendo are not her friend here. just 72 hours before caucus night. just when democrats are having this conversation about electability, i was at a sanders event today. bernie sanders spends because he thinks that issue has been hurting him. been making that issue. but then here comes this e-mail issue. here comes real questions. there's uncertainty. you should see the words top secret, but we don't know much about it. that's what frustrates the clinton campaign, lester, is they feel as if once all of it is out, it will be easy to explain. right now, 72 hours before the caucus, it isn't. i've talked to plenty of democrats that are undecided at events for clinton and sanders, who say to me, you know, one of the hesitations on clinton is this stuff that's always around her. well, emails is part of that stuff, and frankly right now, it looks like a bit of a mess for the clinton campaign to explain. they can explain it away, but the timing is rough. >> all right. chuck, thanks.
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jam-packed show from iowa including interviews with ted cruz, marco rubio, and bernie sanders sunday morning on "meet the press." in california tonight, several new twists in that intense manhunt after a daring jail break. one of the three inmates has turned himself in. two more on the run, and authorities have made a surprise arrest now, accusing a female prison employee of helping them break free. nbc's miguel almaguer has the new developments. >> reporter: after a week on the run, today bac duong arrested, one of the center of a massive dragnet, giving himself up. >> bac duong contacted a civilian on the streets of santa ana and stated he wanted to turn himself in. >> reporter: tonight the search continues for the other two escapees and this van. investigators saying duong test drove the for sale vehicle and never returned. >> it is very, very important that we
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>> reporter: investigators say the men had help. arrested, nooshafarin ravaghi ravaghi, an english teacher at the jail, who they say brought in maps shadowing images of the jail rooftop that may have helped the inmates escape. reminisce interest of joyce mitchell in the new york prison escape last year. >> there was some written correspondence. that would obviously go beyond the teacher-student relationship inside custody that we could expect rsh the jail break reads like a hollywood thriller. the inmates cut through steel, snaked along plumbing ducts, passed pass razor wire. >> it's crazy. >> reporter: during the search, several gang members have been arrested. there's been overnight raids. a hundred thousand dollars reward and a
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tonight an update from the sheriff's department here at the county jail. they say those two suspects, those two inmates are believed to be armed and dangerous. they're warning the public not to approach them. meantime, they believe they are still with that white cargo van. they may be living inside it. tonight, for our viewers in northern and central california, it's believed those inmates were last in the san jose area and may next be headed to fresno. lester. >> miguel almaguer, thank you. still ahead tonight, the fbi releases dramatic video showing the deadly takedown of an
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protester in oregon. . a striking fbi video has now been released showing the exact moment when a confrontation confrontation turned anti-government protesters and law enforcement in oregon. this comes while a from that group continue their occupation at a federal wildlife we get the latest from nbc's joe fryer. >> reporter: dramatic video shot from an fbi plane shows what happened along a desolate highway as authorities tried to arrest leaders of the wildlife refuge occupation. law enforcement says for nearly four minutes, driver lavoy finicum and his three passengers sat in this white truck, refusing to surrender. then the truck took off. one minute later, authorities say they opened fire as the truck drove toward a roadblock, veering left, nearly hitting
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finicum quickly exited, his hands in the air at first. the fbi says on at least two occasions, he reached his right hand toward a jacket pocket. that's when state troopers shot and killed him. authorities say finicum did have a loaded semi-automatic handgun in that pocket. scott reitz, an expert on use of force, analyzed the video. >> if you're an individual and the officers reasonably believe there's a high probability that you're armed, they do not have to wait to see a weapon being produced. >> reporter: but finicum's family believes the shooting was not justified saying egg does not appear to be imposing any real threat or danger. three weeks earlier, the rancher said he'd rather die than go to jail. just four activists remain saying they'll only leave if they're not arrested. terry foreman occasionally visited the refuge. his assessment of the lingering group. >> they don't have any leadership. they don't know what they're doing frankly. >> reporter: the fbi says negotiators are working around the clock, hoping for a peaceful resolution.
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burns, oregon. we're back in a moment at ground zero of the zika virus outbreak with one of the families forever impacted by the
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disease. the summer olympics will open later this year in brazil, a country that is now ground zero for the zika virus today the international olympic committee said it's confident that rio environment when the games begin. our rehema ellis traveled to the zika epicenter far north of rio to meet a family coping with the severe birth defect linked to the virus. >> reporter: 2-month-old felipe rocha is the yupgest of three children but the littlest member is facing the biggest challenges. he's one of more than 4,000 babies diagnosed with micro sefly in brazil since october. born with an abnormally small head and brain damage,
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by the zika virus. >> what do the doctors tell you about his development? his mother says she doesn't know if felipe will ever walk or talk or how long he'll live. but his family takes it one day at a time, hoping he will defy the odds. many of these children struggle with building muscle tone, so his father, julio, works hard to move his legs and strengthen his body. feeding is another challenge, so they also closely monitor his weight. for babies with microcephaly, there is no treatment or cure. julio, a craftsman, and fer unanimous da, a government worker, didn't know there was a problem until her five-month checkup. now that she's learned about the zika virus, she wonders if there could have done differently. i can see it in your eyes. >> you love him 9
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>> felipes struggles are hard on the whole family, including his grandfather, fernando. fernando tells us that while his grandson's future is uncertain, one thing is for sure. he will always be loved by his family. rehema ellis, nbc news, brazil. and when we come back here tonight, how do the people here in iowa feel about becoming the center ring of a media circus every four years?
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out. finally tonight, the buzz, the excitement when the circus comes to town. the campaign circus, that is, and the media side show that goes along with it. descending on iowa every four years, a boone for the economy and a source of pride for the first state to vote as tom brokaw, who's covered every iowa caucus since 1980, reports. >> thank you so much. >> god bless the great state of iowa. >> bernie, bernie! >> reporter: this is iowa on television. the opening act for presidential politics. but this is the real
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the state's famous farm economy, including ethanol, the corn-based fuel. surprise, the state is also a leader in insurance and financial services. a homegrown supermarket chain is one of the fastest growing in the nation. the unemployed rate here is under 4%, and that's without the gold rush that comes every four years. from around the world, more every year, the media pour into iowa with money to spend on everything. hotels, temporary hires, car rentals, restaurants. always, but i think it's more about the prize. >> didn't i interview you four years ago? booming business mocking the caucuses and the intrusive press. sorry to interrupt your meal, but are you alive, and do you have election? >> i suspect that hillary is not going benghazi, benghazi, benghazi. political candidate come in which is i think because some of
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but we get all of the staffers. >> reporter: it's not just an economic that makes iowans determined to remafn the opening act. >> they're gracious hosts when it comes to don't see anybody has why they shouldn't continue to be first. >> this popular des moines steakhouse is the unofficial clubhouse of the media and political, serving unheaping platters of local favorites with sides of political gossip and handicapping, much of it on generous expense accounts. this is the real meaning of the phrase, cash crop. however, the election turns out. tom brokaw, nbc news, des moines. and that will do it for us on this friday night. i'm lester holt reporting from demines moines. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good
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right now at 6:00, with talk of the raiders coming to las vegas what would it really mean for our city and for sports betting? the fans are weighing in. stickups are happening more and more and local business owners are enough is enough after a pawnshop was terrorized. [ applause ] a lot of local veterans are happy to see this dirt fly. groundbreaking underway for something that's been in the works for almost a decade. he told us they were coming. now here is the proof. that's the las vegas casino. he tweeted out with mark davis, the owner of the raiders. even though the raiders' management was in town we're a long way whether they will ever call las vegas home. good evening, thank you for joining us.
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