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putin praising donald trump, and trump praising putin. trump's controversial words about russia's president. the winter storm and 80-car pileup. as millions prepare to travel for the holiday. the tearful police chief, and the 15-year-old hero. the football star, killed as he saved others. and developing now, the fbi joining the hunt for the wealthy teenager on the run. authorities asking now, did his mother help him escape? good evening. from new hampshire, it's great to have you with us on the eve of the democratic debate. just hours before greeting the candidates on the stage behind me, a major political firestorm. the drama unfolding right here tonight. bernie sanders, it has been learned that members of his team
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confidential information. tonight, one of sanders' staffers fired. and sanders suing the party. after party leaders saying what his team did is no different than robbing a house. and late today, hillary clinton's team weighing in. and cecelia vega right here in new hampshire with me tonight. >> reporter: tonight, accusations of political spy games. bernie sanders' campaign on the defensive after staffers accessed hillary clinton's confidential voter files. >> in the heat of these campaigns, sometimes young people make misjudgments. >> reporter: the punishment swift. the democratic national committee cutting off the sanders campaign's access to its massive database. tonight, outrage from team sanders. that dnc database is the lifeblood of any campaign, a massive list of voters' names, addresses and past voting habits. each campaign can add their own data for their eyes only. how people might vote, whether they will vote at all, which voters they want to win over. but wednesday, a software glitch allowed up to four sanders
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confidential files. and for 40 minutes, they searched through them 25 times using phrases like "turnout" and "primary priority," looking up clinton's information on crucial states like iowa, new hampshire and south carolina. while some say it's the equivalent of a football team ripping a page right out of the opposition's playbook, the sanders staffer involved says he did nothing wrong. >> you're saying you never actually saw any of the data that belonged to hillary clinton? >> we didn't use it in any way that we felt could benefit the campaign. >> reporter: yesterday, he was fired. but the story doesn't end there. late today, the sanders campaign filed suit against the dnc, accusing the party of trying to help clinton by cutting sanders off from those crucial voter lists. >> this is unacceptable. individual leaders of the dnc can support hillary clinton in any way they want, but they are not going to sabotage our campaign. >> reporter: tonight, i spoke
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wasserman schultz. they say that the dnc is in cahoots with hillary clinton, and this proves it. and to that, you say what? >> well, it's baffling that a campaign that inappropriately accessed and took information that belonged to another campaign, for what purpose i don't know, it's baffling that they would be accusing us. >> and what are you hearing from hillary clinton's campaign? they just wrapped up a phone call with us. the campaign chairman calling this an egregious breach. you know it will come up on the stage behind us tomorrow. >> cecelia, thank you. and a little more than 24 hours from now, the candidates will be right here to debate
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new polling shows that for viewers at home, terrorism is the number one issue. just today, president obama addressed the challenge of lone wolves being radicalized. >> you have isil trying to encourage or induce somebody that may be prey to this kind of propaganda. and it becomes more difficult to see. >> and i want to bring in martha raddatz, who will be moderating with me right here tomorrow night. and as millions gather for christmas, they will be talking about terror on the home front. >> and both of us covered the terror attacks in paris and san bernardino. you went to san bernardino. i've been on the front lines of the fight against isis. those subjects will indeed come up tomorrow night. >> a lot of questions ready to go. and we hope you'll join us
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as we moderate the democratic debate. 8:00 p.m. eastern, 7:00 p.m. central, right here on abc. on the republican side tonight, donald trump back in the headlines after his eye-opening response to russian president vladimir putin. who is now praising trump. tonight, trump returning the favor. but making headlines with what he said. david wright on the trump campaign tonight. >> reporter: today, a mutual admiration society for two political strongmen. [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: after vladimir putin praised donald trump as, quote, "undoubtedly a bright and talented person." >> when people call you brilliant, it's always good. especially when the person heads up russia. >> reporter: jeb bush tweeted, "a true freedom-loving conservative wouldn't be flattered by praise from a despot like putin. #chaoscandidate." >> at least he's a leader. unlike what we have in this country. >> but again, he kills journalists that don't agree with him. >> well, i think our country
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joe. so, you know -- there's a lot of stupidity going on in the world right now, joe. >> reporter: that outraged the 2012 nominee mitt romney, who tweeted, "important distinction -- thug putin kills journalists and opponents. our presidents kill terrorists and enemy combatants." but dr. ben carson seems okay with all this. >> if somebody is going to pay you a compliment, you take it. not a problem. >> reporter: and that seems to be how trump sees it, too. david wright, abc news, new york. >> david, thank you. we move to other news. and a chilling timeline coming into focus after the terror arrest linked to the horror in san bernardino. enrique marquez, a childhood friends of syed farook. the two men had allegedly planned to attack a community
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did their friends and families know? here's david ross. >> reporter: the san bernardino terror plots took shape in a place of small town, middle-class values. in this quiet residential block, where officials tonight say, as in almost every homegrown terror case, someone had to know what was going on. >> there were individuals in the community, who saw someone going towards this path of violent extremism and didn't say anything. >> reporter: the timeline to terror began at least eight years ago when syed farook, then 22, got his then 17-year-old neighbor enrique marquez to convert to islam. marquez was known to friends as a hapless dupe, a big fan of this punk rock band, interviewed on local tv news after running to rescue a friend's dog. >> i'm really out of shape. >> reporter: beginning around 2011, farook began to radicalize marquez, using the videos of another american, the terrorist recruiter anwar al awlaki. >> we have chosen the path to war.
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early 2012, farook got marquez to buy these two assault rifles. and then they hatched their plots to attack the community college they both attended, and open fire on rush hour traffic on the nearby 91 freeway. but they got cold feet and called off the attacks. still, farook kept planning to kill. and in 2013, he found a new partner in terror. his pakistani-born wife tashfeen. and she was on a mission. tonight, authorities continue to look at the close-knit families of those two men, who say they had no idea about a terror plot. >> thank you. and we turn to the winter wallop in the northwest, heavy rain and snow. images coming from michigan, an 80-car pileup. whiteout conditions, slick roads there as we head into the
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horizon. and a deadly landslide in oregon. the garage of this home swallowed whole. those storms on the move tonight. rob marciano has the forecast from the studio in new york. rob? >> the wet weather continues across the west. today's storm getting into the sierra nevadas. another one coming to the pacific northwest tomorrow night. more wind and rain, could see four to five inches or more of rain. more landslides possible. and the cold air pouring into the northeast finally. the lake effect snows causing whiteout conditions across michigan. buffalo to syracuse, some snow as well. the cold air going all the way to the south. windchills on saturday, 8 degrees in chicago. below freezing in atlanta and memphis. and the cold won't last long. christmas eve, temperatures 25 to 30 degrees above average. white christmas will be hard to come by, even in new hampshire, david. >> rob, thank you. now to a tragedy in tennessee making headlines this evening. a 15-year-old, a popular high school football player, risking his life to protect three young girls as gunshots rang out.
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and the emotional moment you're about to see. the police chief fighting back tears. here's ron claiborne. >> reporter: police say a group of teenagers had gathered on the front porch of this house when several gunmen approached. >> male on the front porch, possibly been shot. >> reporter: the police chief became emotional describing how one of them dove to protect three friends. >> zaveon dobson, a 15-year-old fulton high school student and football player, was struck and killed after he jumped on top of three girls to shield them. >> reporter: at one point, the chief struggling to keep going. >> sorry. to shield them from the shooter. >> reporter: those others were not hit by the gunfire. tonight, the fulton high school team putting out this photo honoring their fallen teammate. >> this was a fine, fine young man, who is a success story. >> reporter: one of the alleged gunmen was shot and later died.
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three shootings overnight were apparently gang related. leaving one young man with a bright future dead, killed trying to protect three friends. >> ron, thank you. overseas, escaping isis. the u.n. predicting a record 60 million people around the world, displaced from their homes this year. including millions trying to flee the terror group. an american husband and wife, on a mission to save nearly 150 refugees in iraq. and it was harrowing. elizabeth vargas was there in iraq. >> reporter: 149 christians running from isis in iraq, leaving the refugee camp they've called home for more than a year. they're christian refugees from qaraqosh. living peacefully until their churches were torn down, their homes seized. >> they pulled down the cross and put the flag of isis over our church.
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fled in chaos in one night. and now, it's finally time for them to start a new life in europe. largely thanks to this joseph and michelle assad, an american couple that came to iraq to help these refugees. >> it's heartwrenching to watch them say good-bye to each other. >> reporter: those leaving, lining up to take a bus to the airport, while the families left behind watch tearfully. and as the lights dim, they take off. 149 grateful souls, leaving behind the familiar and the fear for a new life ahead. elizabeth vargas, abc news, iraq. >> and we'll have much more of elizabeth's gripping report, escaping isis, tonight on a special edition of "20/20." we turn to the economy. wall street in a free fall tonight. the dow closing down more than 360 points. one of the key factors remains
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but her story had another level of pure inspiration. my interpreter was by far the strongest person i've ever met. >> reporter: a tribute to her and the heroes in all our lives choosing to do the extraordinary from "day one." >> george asked me once who i made movies for. and it was a tough question but what he was getting at is that you have the ability to convey the emotional experience, these sublime moments beyond explaining, and i really hope that emotional journey comes through in the film of kind of what it's like to go to war. >> and so we choose hank hughes and george lgeorge lucas for helping him. and right here tomorrow night on abc, the democratic debate from new hampshire. as you can see, we're ready for the candidates, and martha raddatz and i will b right here tomorrow night. 8:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. central. i'm david muir, thank you for watching, and we'll see you
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video of an attack inside caesars palace that put a man in critical condition. we just got our hands on this video a short time ago and wait till you see how it all plays out. keep your eyes on the guy walking up the hallway. you see a couple of shady characters come up behind him and then - bam.

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