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tonight the klan controversy exploding around donald trump after refusing to condemn the kkk's former leader. what he's saying now and what we found him saying years ago. plus, tensions boil over at trump's rally, and tonight some republican leaders a a scrambling to stop him. school shooting emergency. all-out chaos as police say a 14-year-old suddenly opened fire in the cafeteria. taking the stand, an emotional erin andrews tells the jury about her hotel nightmare as a stalker secretly taped her and posted the video for the world to see. craving sleep. a wake-up call tonight for millions struggling to lose weight and trying to get more rest. and hollywood rocked as controversy takes center stage at the oscars. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is ennightly news with le\ter holt. good evening. from our election
eve of super tuesday, one of the biggest days yet in the presidential contest, in an election season filled with lead-shaking moments, spray tans. the kkk and ear piece malfunctions are abeing mott topics driving the conversation about the republican race. outside of texas, donald trump seems poised to score some very big wins in tomorrow's primary contest despite some conflicting and curious answers to a question that's left him exposed over very sensitive racial ground. nbc's katy tur starts our coverage tonight. >> reporter: tensions high in radford, virginia. secret service body slamming a "time" photographer who tried to leave the campaign mandated press pen. trump on edge, too. this morning blaming his refusal to condition dem the kkk and david duke in a cnn interview on a bad ear piece. >> i'm sitting in a house in florida with a very bad earpiece that they gave me, and you could hardly here what he w w saying. >> reporter: a complaint he did not
interview. >> i don't know anything about david duke, okay. i don't know anything about what you're even talking about with white supremacy or whitesupremacists, soo i don't know. >> reporter: trump disavowed the cline's infamous former leader last week. david duke and robo calls, white supremicist movement supporting you. any words for that? >> i i disavow it and didn't know it. >> reporter: trump cited the one-time grand wizard as the reason he wouldn't run in the reform party ticket in 2000. >> david duke just joined, a got, a racist, a problem, not exactly the people you want in your party. >> reporter: since he kicked off his campaign trump has been repeatedly accused of stoking racial fears, first with mexicans and then africans and muslims. >> donald trump is doing his best to appeal to the constituency of david duke and people like david duke while pretending he heegs not doing that very thing. >> he should be more of a statesman. it wouldn't cost him anything with his supporters, and it hats chance of
republicans into his fold. >> reporter: this weekend trump championed the endorsement of alabama senator jeff sessions, the first u.s. senator to join trump, this as marco rubio got in the mud. >> how can a person with the worst spray tan in america? you know what they say with men with small hands. you can't trust them. >> reporter: hours from super tuesday and time is running out for trump's competitors to make their case. >> i will go to all 50 states and every territory.y. i will continue to speak out until i literally have no voice left. i will go anywhere to speak to anyone before i let a con artist get ahold. republican party. >> donald trump represents everything you're mad about washington, the deal-making that doesn't stand with the working men and women. >> reporter: despite it all, trump is poised to win big. >> mexico, everybody talks -- >> reporter: assou can hear, d dald trump is on s sge here in georgia behind me. this is another controversy is brewing. both rubio and cruz calling on trump to press the "new york
transcript of an off-the-record meeting after buzzfeed reported that trump may have expressed flexibility on his hardline immigration plan. lester? >> katy tur tonight, thanks. as the trump train lls into super esday full of ststm, some republican leaders are now openly expressing deep concerns about the prospect of donald trump as the party's nominee. one gop senator even saying he won't support him, and as nbc's andrea mitchell reports, the anxiety has reached a fever pitch. >> we have a movement going on. this isn't normal. >> reporter: donald trump packing in thousands on the trail agaiai today, but behind the scenes nbc news has learned trump has many top republican officials scrambling, looking for a way to block him from getting the nomination. >> a lot of people who are worried donald trump can't win in november. new poll out today that shows that he's behind hillary clinton where in almost every other poll, virtually any other republican beats hillary clinton so there's concern there. reporter: adding to
response on the ku klux klan, prompting this tweet from 2012 nominee mitt romney. a disqualifying and disgusting resesnse by real donald trump to the kkk. his coddling of repugnant bigotry is not in the character of america. >> are we choosinging a president like "american idol"? is that the system and what kind of democracy will it produce? there's a lot of people i think legitimately worried. >> reporter: one big concern for republicans, would trump at the top of the ticket, if he loses, take down with m 24 gop senatat candidates, and tonight the first republican senator to say he won't vote for trump if he's the nominee. nebraska's ben sass. in a facebook post he wrote conservrvives will need t t find a third option other than trump. >> this is a guy who says things again and again that sound a lot more like vladimir putin than abraham lincoln. >> reporter: there are two key w wries amongng many republican officials if trump gets the nomination. first, if he wins in
govern as a conservative? and, second, would he even get that far? if docrats are able to successfully attack his past statements and his business record. lester? >> andrea mitchell, thanks so much to talk about. let's bring in our political director, the moderator of "meet the press," chuck todd. chuck, if trump does well tomorrow, what are the points in whichhhey can -- other republicans can stop him? >> the only way they can stop him within the party is to deny him the delegates he needs to get the nomination. to do that, he does well tomorrow night, then it becomes imperative that they defeat trump in march 15 in ohio meaning every other candidate other than john kasich decides to campaign there. maybe rubio says i'll let kasich go there and rubio haso win his home state of florida and maybe they find somebody else to rally around and beat him in illinois and north carolina. that's the only way they can do it within the party, but if they don't succeed by march 15th, there's nothing they can do, can't deny the nomination so then it's the third-party route. i've heard rumors of finding a candidate,
there's a constitution party out there that has ballot access. if they want to start a third partrt you'd have to do it within the next couple of weeks to actually get ballot access, but this stuff is real, and it gets very real on march 16th if donald trump cononnues to ll. >> haven't eveve seen anything like it. >> not since 1860 and the wigs. the republican party was born out of another conservative party the whigs breaking apart. maybe history is truly repeating it self. >> chuck todd, thank you. on the democratic side fresh off her landslide victory over bernie sanders in south carolina hillary clinton is look ahead to super tuesday as an opportunity to pull away i i this race. nbc's kristen welker is with the clinton campaign in virginia. kristen kristen, what can you tell us. >> reporter: lester, good evening. clinton campaign officials say they feel confident heeding into super tuesday after that big win in south carolina, fueled largely by african-american support. clinn hoping to build on that tomorrow. senator sanders vowing
does have a steep climb, particularly if you look at the numbers, lester. the official nbc news delegate count shows clinton with 519 delegates and sanders with 86. if you only take into account super delegates, typically party leaders who get to choose who they will support, clinton gets 428 to sanders 21, a 20-field advantage. clinton is u u with ads in all of the super tuesday states and sanders with ads in five of them, smaller, less diverse states like colorado and massachusetts. still, sanders has a lot of cash on hand which means no matter what happens tomorrow that could allow him to stay in this race indefinitely. lester? >> kristen welker tonight, thank you. for manan of you the stations will be carrying the live hour-long editions of "nightly news" with all the results as they come in and special primetime coverage across the country starting at 10:00, p.m. eastern time. t tre were terrifying moments
school when police say a teenaged student opened fire hitting few students and injuring two others. tonight the suspect is in custody as students and their parentsope with the aftermath. nbc's blake mccoy now with details. >> reporter: it was in the cafeteria of madison junior senior high school where authorities say a student opened firir on his classmate. one student managing to call 911 from a high school. >> i'm at madison high school. there's a shooting. >> okay. >> he's got a gun. he started shooting people. >> how many people did he shoot? >> i'm not sure. he just pulled out his gun and started shooting. >> reporter: two students shot at lunchtime, two others injured in the chaos. the school put on lockdown asrantic parents raced from work. >> we had to get here. had to get to him. >> serious mindset and just trying to be quiet and keep everybody else around me safe. >> reporter: cool is in middletown, ohio, about an hour north of cincinnati.
14 and 15-year-old boys, were flown by helicopter to the hospital. >> they are bh basically stable at this time. . >> reporter: attention now turns to the accused shooter, a 14-year-old male who police say tossed the handgun as he ran from the building. he's been charged with two counts of attempted murder, a motive known at this time. >> gag to be hard for everybody to get over this. >> reporter: class has been cancelled across the district tomorrow as parentsold their kids tight. blble mccoy, nbcbc news. >> late word that sports reporter erin andrews is on the stand tonight in her $75 million civil trial. earlier in the day the man convicted of stalking andrews testified. he told the court h h he altered the peep hole on andrews' hotel door and secretly filmed her. now as nbc's morgan radford reports, it's andrews' turn. >> reportete erin andrews s sll haunted by the video that she says has damaged her career. >> i feel so embarrassed and i'm so ashamed.
chance to look jurors, seven women and five men in the eye and ll her side of the story. >> my naked body was on the front page of "the new york post" and they put bars over my body parts. my girlfriend is s calling me and telling me she was running around new york city throwing coffee on all the pains because she felt so bad. >> reporter: just hours earlier andrews left the courtroom as her stalker explained the sordid details of e day he secretly recorded her. >> i could hear the shower on in her room and i walked by. >> reporter: and michael barrett explained how he followed andrews to her nashville hotel room and altered the peep hole. >> i pulled the plug out and waited for the opportunity. >> reporter: was it your intent to hopefully get her without clothes on? >> yes. >> reporter: her mother paula also testified today describing the embarrassment her daughter continues to face. >> it's a nightmare that doesn't stop. i just kept telling her it's not your fault. you're a vicity. you've been -- you've
>> reporter: andrews devastated. >> it's so embarrassing. it was my private time. i never thought something would happen. i never thought a hotel would let somebody next to me without telling me. >> reporter: andrews says her entire life is different now and that this ordeal is always in the back of her mindnd erin says that she continues to be haunted on a daily basis, and as for barrett he lives in oregon and his internet activity is monitored by a patrol officer. lester? >> morgan radford, thank you. at the whihi house today a mememr of the elite s.e.a.l. team 6 received the medal of honor and because missions are covert and highly classified we rarely see their names or see their faces. today one stepford. nbc's jim miklaszewski has the story of his incredible bravery. >> reporter: as a navy s.e.a.l. senior chief ed buyers rarely emerges from the shadows and one of the silent warriors from
special operations force that previously took down osama bin laden, but today in a rare appearance buyers was front and center at the white house, an american hero. in december 2012 the s.e.a.l. ran a mission to rescue an american hostage joseph taken hostage by the taliban. as they approached the hideout gunfire exploded. >> it was pitch black and everything happens in a hostage rescue scenario happens really fast. >> reporter: petty officer nickless c c was first through the door and fatally wounded. >> nick died, you know, a warrior's death, died a true american hero. >> reporter: buyers was seconds behind and took out taliban shooter. he had a weapon about, you know, level, ready to shoot, and fortunately i was just quicker on the draw on that. >> reporter: buyers spotted the hostage on the floor and threw himself on top of the american. you were willing to take a bullet for that hostage? >> that's our job, yes. >> reporter: buyers
taliban fighter by the throat. >> just gave it enough time for my teammates to come i ind get in position to take care of that threat. >> in times of war uncertainty, there's a special breed of warrior ready to answer our nation's call. >> reporter: president obama presented buyerss with the medal of honor which he accepted not for himself but the entire s.e.a.l. community. >> it's for the brotherhood, it's for everything that we have sacrificed since 9/11 in defense of our country. >> reporter: jim miklaszewski, nbc news, the pentagon. there's a lot more to tell you about as we continue on this monday night. still ahead, losing sleep and gaining weight. more word on what could be fueling the junk food cravings. and rock the
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if you're one of the millions of people who would like to lose a few pounds a a are struggling, new research suggests part of the problem may be with how much sleep you're getting or not getting. one-third of adults get less than six hours of sleep a night rather than the repgd seven to eight hours. it turns out the leses we sleep, the m me we crave food and not the foods that are good for us. as nbc's tom costello reports. >> reporter: they are two of america's biggest complaints, a few extra lbs arorod the mimisectionnd not enough sleep. >> i definitely don't get as much sleep as i would like to get. some nights i do.
>> i don't get as much sleep as i would like. as soon as i wake up i feel like i'm starving and all i want is food. >> reporter: new research from the university of chicago shows it may be part of a vicious cycle. the less sleep we get the more our produce produce a chemical in the blood that increases o o cravings. the same system triggered by marijuana. cravings for the sweets, salty and fatty foods we snack on in the afternoons and evenings. >> we're actually eating more calories than needed for energy costs of being awake longer. >> reporter: previous studies have found when sleep-deprived adults got an extra hour and a half of sleep a night, the recommended eight hours, the cravings for junk food dropped. people who get less than six hours are at an increased risk of obesity. this dock >> getting 300 calories a day is two cookies in two weeks
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hollywood's biggest night a serious topic dominated the oscars. >> otherwise known as the white people's choice awards. >> reporter: from the moment chris rock took theetage he tackled hollywood's diversity controversy head on. >> hollywood is sorority racist. it's like we like you, rhonda, but you're not a kappa. >> reporter: the ten-minute opening monologue was part standup, part sermon. >> i'm a danish girl. >> reporter: and the theme continued through the night. >> he came at it straight head on, and he said everything he wanted to say. >> there was a lot being asked of him to do and to still do comedy and he really did it. >> repepter: rock also took aim as will smith and jada pinkett smith for boycotting the show saying the all-white slate of acting nominees isn't the only thing that's unfair. >> it's also not fair that will was paid 20 million f f "wild swild west" okay.
times" called it the first oscars in history that nakedly tried to do something other than hand out a bunch offold statues. >> everybody kind of needed somebody who felt qualified to call out hollywood's problems and to put them in a proper context and also allow everybody to sort of laugh. >> reporter: ratings this year were down and in a few moments fell flat including a widely criticized joke as asian kids as accountants but on this night it's the message from chris rockck >> black lives mamaer. >> reporter: that dominated the spotlight. joe fryer, nbc news, los angeles. >> before we say good night wwant to extend a big welcome to our viewers in raleigh dur hamm, north carolina. i was down there meeting our fans and wral-tv that as of tonight becomes an nbc affiliate. so happy to be all of you as part of our nbc news family and proud totoe part of yours as well and hope to see you here every night. for now that's going
i'm lester holt. good evening everyone, i'm ron steele. and 'm amanda goooman. thanks for joining us. a winter weather advisory is in effect for much of our viewing area. . let's go to storm track seven chief meteorologist mark schnackenberg now who's tracking this snow storm. from the kwwl ssormtrack 7 weather team. see the screen for your complete weather information. here is additional forecast light rain/snow mix develops this evening (7-9 pm) and transitions to all snow by 10 pm. oads will become slick by this time and remain that way hrough tuesday morning. snow continues through the night then tapers off by 6 or 8 am. snow totals range from 4- 6" around dubuque to wateeloo with 2-4" for the reststof eastern iowa north of iowa city. from iowa city south expect at trace-2". light snow or flurries ling into wednesda morning followed by
afternoon. high temperatures will be in the upper 20s and low 30s...far from the 60s we had saturday. blowing snow is expected tonight and tuesday with a north wind at 10-20 mpp the wind diminishes after 6 pm tuesday. we are tracking another chance of snow for wednesday night into early thursday morning. similar snow amounts and timing with this round of snow compared to tonight (monday night). a light rain/snow mix develops this evening (7-9 pm) and transitions to all snow by 10 pm. roaa will become slick by this time and remain that way tonight, in an emotional interview...a mother is begging for answers while searching for her