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breaking news tonight. history in cuba. the american and cuban president side by side. an angry raul castro challenged over human rights raising president obama's arm in an awkward embrace. trump's secret meeting with top republicans as hillary clinton and elizabeth warren go on the attack against him. airporbust. 60 pounds of cocaine found hidden in carry-ons after a woman ran from screeners. you won't believe who investigators are looking for. hitting back. serena williams leading the charge against a powerful tennis executive who said women players should get on their knees and thank the men. and getting money. even with bad credit or debt piling up, how people are getting the loans they need at rates they can
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actually afford. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt reporting tonight from havana. good evening. it has been a day rich in historic symbolism, brass tacks diplomacy and the reality of erasing half a century of mistrust will be you have to. president obama who reminded us today said he was born the year of the bay of pigs invasion met face-to-face on cuban soil with 84-year-old cuban president raul castro. esit's the first meeting on cuban soil since diplomatic ties were re-established. afterwards they emerged for what turned out to be a tense give and take with the press, ending with this awkward clasping of the hands showing this relationship is still very ma
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our andrea mitchell was among the few called on at the press conference and joins me now. it was uncomfortable to watch this. >> reporter: it was uncomfortable it's clear raul castro does not do press conferences. that's was part of it. the two leaders agreed to disagree on the u.s. and cuba, chiefly the u.s. trade embargo which president obama would like to end and cuba's treatment of dissidents, testing the boundaries of a new relationship. it was a day of historic firsts. the handshake on cuban soil. ♪ the cuban military band playing "the star spangled banner." >> this is a new day between our two countries. >> reporter: but raul castro's blistering criticism of the u.s. trade embargo and social policy did not feel new. >> translator: we find it inconceivable that a government does not defend and ensure the right to health care, education, equal pay. >> reporter: after pressure from president obama, castro did take questions from the press, a rare occurrence, but when a cuban-american reporter asked about cuba's political prisoners.
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give me a name or names. >> reporter: it is an issue overshadowing the visit. >> there were dramatic arrests of peaceful protests, the ladies in white. what signal does that send? >> if i engage, frankly, clearly stating what our beliefs are but also being clear that we can't force change on any particular country, ultimately it has to come from within. >> and president castro, what is the future of our two countries given the different definitions and different interpretations of profound issues like democracy and human rights >> reporter: it's not correct to ask me about political prisoners in general. please give me the name of a political
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with this that's enough. >> reporter: some say mr. obama is normalizing relations too quickly. antonio was detained briefly during sunday's protests. the president's argument is if i come, if we talk, i can make progress. >> the american government is giving too much to the regime and the regime is telling clearly we are not going to move. >> reporter: clearly this is a relationship that is a work in progress, but there are new business deals today in the works for american firms here. starwood today, carnival cruise lines expected soon. a lot going on. lester. >> the two will be together at a state dinner later on. >> exactly, tonight. >> andrea, thank you very much. as events continue to unfold here, it is a very busy day in the race for president. donald trump convening a secret meeting of top republicans in washington, speculations swirling as hillary clinton unleashes a stinging attack on trump over support for israel and elizabeth warren unleashes an attack of her own using trump's own words against him. we have ll
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starting with nbc's katy tur. katy, what's the latest? >> reporter: donald trump is on stage behind me in washington addressing the country's largest pro-israel lobbying group. it's his chance to prove that he has international credibility after a day spent trying to prove that he has political credibility in the town he wants to call home. mr. trump goes to washington, spending the day in the nation's capital. this morning attending an off-the-record meeting with, quote, influential republicans including newt gingrich, senators jeff sessions and tom cotton and former representative bob livingston. >> he's getting most of the votes and for me that's very, very important. i want to see the people heard, and i want to see donald trump president. >> reporter: the gathering was hoped to mend fences with the establishment, but house and senate
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ryan tell nbc news they were not invited. paul ryan didn't know about the meeting. they said they weren't invited. was that on purpose? >> no, not at all, not at all. we're very inclusive, and frankly jeff and some of the other people just invited a small group. you have a lot of people out there that you think are against me and it's just politicians. they want to make a deal. >> reporter: addressing reporters at his under construction hotel trump who has been criticized for being out of his depth internationally was trying to clarify his positions. >> this is how we're going to get our wealth back. >> reporter: outlining a non-interventionist platform, even questioning the country's long-standing involvement in nato. >> i think we have to reconsider, keep nato but maybe we have to pay a lot less towards the nato itself. >> that's not a serious proposal because we want friends, we want allies who are legally committed to come to each other's self-defense. >> reporter: the gop front-runner addressing aipac tonight as his campaign continues to address ongoing violence at his rallies. another protester sucker-punched over the weekend, this time in arizona. katy tur, nbc news, washington. >> reporter: this is peter alexander in
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washington where donald trump faces today one of his toughest challenges yet. >> as a lifelong supporter and true friend of israel. >> reporter: aipac bills itself as america's bipartisan pro-israel lobby drawing speakers from both sides of the aisle. its theme tailed come together and some here blame trum for inciting violence and hatred. >> this is not who we are. as people of faith we do not believe in divide and conquer. >> reporter: trump has previously raised concerns among american jews, first with his casual remark. >> look, i'm going to negotiate like you folks, we're negotiators. >> reporter: then saying he wanted to be unpredictable in his approach to pursuing middle east peace. >> let me be a neutral guy. i'm going to give it a shot. >> reporter: hillary clinton slamming that strategy without mentioning trump by name. >> we need steady hands, not a president who says he's neutral on monday, pro-israel on tuesday and who knows what on wednesday. israel's security is non-negotiable. >> reporter: anoth
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elizabeth warren, on twitter branding trump a loser. trump this afternoon accusing warren of dividing the country. here today's attendees want more details from the front-runner. trump this evening looking to silence his skeptics. eight months till november this primary season already beginning to feel like a general election. peter alexander, nbc news, washington. a manhunt is on for a newly named suspect allegedly linked to the paris terror attacks, and he's identified as a potential accomplice of salam abdeslam who had been on the run for months. now we get a striking new look at the moment abdeslam was taken down last week. nbc's keir simmons has more. >> reporter: stunning images of the moment when europe's most wanted terrorist was captured. this is salam
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abdeslam, a senior belgian judicial source could be firming to nbc news. the dramatic video shows his safehouse surrounded by police. he bursts out and runs down the street. officers open fire. shot in the leg, he is led away. and tonight police launching a new manhunt for another suspect, najim nashwari, described as dangerous, his dna reportedly found during recent raids at locations housing explosives. belgian officials admitted despite arresting abdeslam who helped drive suicide bombers to the paris city stadium, they far from solving the puzzle of how isis pulled off the paris massacre. abdeslam reportedly telling interrogators he was preparing more attacks. filmed from a rooftop the arrest of abdeslam fleeing from this doorway shot here on the sidewalk raises multiple questions. why did it take four months to find him, and how many others are planning attacks? intelligence failures before the p
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attacks include allowing known isis operatives to return to europe, buy guns and prepare explosives. the agencies that fail to track him now scrambling to find other isis recruits. >> to my mind this does strike me as an intelligence failure. abdeslam has been able to hide out roughly for four month in the middle of belgium. >> reporter: abdeslam's lawyer says he is talking, but he is fighting extradition to france. last time he was there he was orchestrating a massacre. lester? >> all right. keir simmons tonight, thank you. back in the u.s., to an investigation at los angeles international airport where a person thought to be a jetblue flight attendant took off running after being selected for a random secondary screening. it happened on friday, and investigators say today she left behind her shoes and a bag with 60 pounds of cocaine. nbc's tom costello has details. >> reporten
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neatly wrapped and stacked bricks of cocaine, 60 pounds of it, confiscated after a flight attendant allegedly tried to get through a security checkpoint in terminal four. police say the suspect not in uniform flashed a jetblue i.d. but was randomly selected for a secondary screening. that's when she grabbed her bags and began running from the checkpoint, but she quickly dropped the bags, kicked off her gucci shoes and then ran down an up escalator. last seen outside the building running towards terminal five. experts say the fact that she got away and the cocanadian nearly got through are a big red flag. >> today it's employee smuggling drugs. tomorrow it could be be a employee smuggling guns. the day after tomorrow it could be employees smuggling a bomb. >> at l.a.x. known crew members are not required to go through the same full screening passengers do, but they can be pulled aside randomly. fearing an insider threat like the one that may have brought down a russian jetliner last fall,
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[000:11:58;00] long called for many more random checks of all airline and airport employees. jetblue says it's cooperating with investigators. police are still looking for the suspect and whether she planned to meet anyone on the other side of the checkpoint. meanwhile, the l.a.x. airport police union says the case underscores why all airline employees should be required to go through full security. lester? >> all right. tom costello, wild story. a rough start to spring for millions of americans hit with a nasty snow storm right as things are supposed to start warming up. ugly conditions have prompted officials to cancel school in boston. that's where we find nbc's miguel almaguer. hi, miguel. >> hey, lester, good evening. today's early spring storms delivered had a late winter blast. millions waking up to
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steady snow an treacherous road conditions from [000:12:59;00] bus were sliding all over the road. at cape cod this nor'easter clipped the coast, but this was no knockout punch. last year at this time homes were igloos. this season though in part because el nino blew in warmer temperatures out east, boston had the warmest december on record. the city was buried under 108 inches of snow last season and this year only 25 inches. this is what it looked like this morning where we're at. now tonight a much different scene. the snow is all but evaporated. still in places like the plains and in other parts of the midwest they are bracing for more wild weather in the days ahead. lester? >> all right. miguel almaguer, thank you. still ahead tonight, banking on your potential. we'll talk about the new way people are scoring loans and slashing their bills. also, superstar serena williams firing back after a tennis official lobs remarks that many call sexist.
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dream and today two years after defecting he got a hero's welcome as he practiced for tomorrow's exhibition game. speaking to us through a translator. >> it's wonderful, i'm so appreciative to be here in my home breathing in the cuban air. it's a huge deal for me. >> in ballparks and dusty fields across havana. junior, you play every day? >> yeah. >> passion for the sport runs deep, often driven by a shot at the majors. what's your favorite team? >> yankees. >> we love baseball since we are little boys. we, you know, watch baseball on tv and we listen to radio and people play baseball and it's part of our tradition already, you know. >> there are currently around 18 players in major league baseball. until now defecting was the most common route to the majors, but the u.s. has announced changes that could soon provide a legal path for american teammates to directly sign cuban players, putting the next generation of cuban athletes on a whole new playing field. >> we'll great some day, cuban players can play in the major league baseball but legally. >> do you think he'll make it to the major leagues? >> maybe, i hope so. >> noah, who is coached by his father, says when his time
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comes he'll be ready. >> how good are you? >> really good, yeah. >> one localas are 11 million people living in this country, and he expects about 11 million to be watching the game tomorrow between the rays and the cuban national team. that's going to do it for us on a monday night from havana, cuba. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. when you build one of the biggest retail businesses in america, you spend a lot of time working closely with elected officials. from secretaries to presidents you learn what works in government and what doesn't. and if you're david trone you take those lessons all the way to congress. you pledge to take nothing from pacs or corporations because the only special interest
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