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forget those clocks on sunday. >> for most of us, it's an enew. >> bye. breaking news tonight. it's down to the wire with president trump on a last-minute blitz, and backtracking on his suggestion about migrants throwing rocks. >> i didn't say shoot. but they do that with us, they are going to be arrested for a long time. meantime, obama follows oprah as democrats bring out star power. >> theonsequences of any of us staying home really are more dangerous. and in the closing days of the election, explosive allegations about the president being lobbed by his former right hand man, michael cohen, the two now at odds, and cohen accusing trump of repeatedly using racist language in private. tonight, his bombshell claims and now the trump team is responding. a shocking scene caught on camera. a woman arguing with a
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bus driver when the bus careens out of control, plunging off of a bridge. a woman in distress, and an african-american doctor who leaped into action to help her only to be asked repeatedly by the flight crew if she was really a doctor, even after showing her medical license. what delta is saying tonight. alec baldwin arrested after a fight in the streets of new york. we have late details. have you ever wondered how they come up with those movie ratings? tonight, a rare peek behind the hollywood curtain. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. >> good evening, everyone. with just four days presidents hitting the campaign trail today. barack obama in the south tonight hitting two key battleground states and delivering a passionate speech barnstorming for republicans again today, this time with impressive new jobs numbers at his back. the latest figures showing employers
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added 250,000 jobs last month to an already booming economy. the last employment snapshot before the vote. but the president tonight banking that immigration, not the economy, will drive gop voters to the polls. we begin with kristen welker. what's is president's strategy in these final hours? >> reporter: good evening. for president trump, it is all about energizing the base. tonight he is making the rare admission that republicans could lose the house all raising the stakes for every single rally from now until election day. heading into the homestretch in west virginia, where the president didn't spend much time highlighting the positive jobs numbers or low unemployment rate. >> they all say speak about well, we have the greatest economy in the history of our country. itinto metimes, it is talk about the economy. right? >> reporter: instead, moving on to the message he thinks will electrify his base,
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stoking fears over immigration. >> homeland security has just confirmed that members of the lawless caravan, the one you have been watching, come from 20 different countries, and include among them criminals and gang members. >> reporter: and the president backtracking from this remark. >> i told them, consider it a rifle. when they throw rocks like they did at the mexican military and police, i say, consider it a rifle. >> reporter: now trying to walk back those comments. >> i didn't say shoot. but they do that with us, they are going to be arrested for a long time. >> reporter: and the president under scrutiny for suggesting the synagogue massacre and pipe bomb threat slowed early voting momentum. >> now, we did have two maniacs stop a momentum that was incredible. because for seven days nobody talked about the elections. >> reporter: mr. trump entering his final sprint, nine rallies in eight states in the next four days. tonight, putting the focus on the fierce
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fight for the senate in indiana. kristen welker, nbc news, indianapolis, indiana. >> reporter: this is peter alexander in miami tonight. barack obama looking to lift democrats to victory casting tuesday's primaries as the most important election of our lifetimes. >> the stakes are really that high. the consequences of any of us staying home really are more dangerous because america is at a crossroads. >> reporter: mr. obama delivering a blistering attack on president trump for sending thousands of service members to the southern border to combat refugees still hundreds of miles from the u.s. >> they are even taking our brave troops away fromir families for a political stunt. >> reporter: the former president not pulling any punches. >> they promised to take on corruption. instead, they have racked up enough indictments to field a football team. >> reporter: brushing off several hecklers. >> why is it that the
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folks that won the last election are so mad all the time? >> reporter: the man who brought us obamacare, insisting the future of health care is on the line. >> when you vote, you have the power to make sure a family keeps its health insurance. you could save somebody's life. >> reporter: for democrats, it's all hands on deck. mr. obama grabbing a bite in florida. >> this way i will get like a steak dinner from them next time. >> reporter: former vice president joe biden stumping in north dakota. even oprah winfrey knocking on doors in georgia. the dems driving home a simple message, don't sit at home. vote. peter alexander, nbc news. a former confidant of president trump, his now disgraced ex-lawyer and sometimes fixer, michael cohen, is hurling some serious accusations against his former boss tonight. detailing to "vanity fair" a series of racist remarks he
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claims mr. trump uttered in private about black people in the years before the president became president. our halle jackson has details. >> reporter: tonight, the latest breakdown in a disintegrating relationship with president trump's former long time lawyer making explosive new claims to "vanity fair." the magazine says michael cohen, during the 2016 campaign, watched a rally on tv and noticed that the crowd was largely caucasian. quote, i told trump that the rally looked vanilla on television. trump responded, that's because black people are too stupid to vote for me. he describes in the late 2000s while driving through a rough neighborhood, cohen says, trump made a comment to me, saying, only the blacks could live like this. the white house did not respond to our request for comment, nor to vanity fair's. a source inside the trump administration ng cen's allegations, calling >> it is a stunning president saying. i will note, these are one on one conversations, this is cohen's recollection. >> reporter: cohen declined to be interviewed on camera
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by nbc news. and did not offer evidence to support his allegations. he shed his loyalist label this fall after pleading guilty to campaign finance violations, pinning the blame on his former boss, then candidate trump. president trump has denied allegation of racism before. >> i am not a racist. i am the least race racest -- racist person you have ever interviewed. >> reporter: more recently he tried to downplay cohen's role in his orbit. >> reporter: a relaship that's s maybe now at rock bottom. halle jackson, nbc news. president trump announced today he is reimposing economic sanctions on iran that had been lifted three years ago under president obama's nuclear deal with iran. mr. trump made the announcement in signature style, as andrea mitchell reports. >> reporter: taking a page from hbo's "game of thrones" the president tweeted sanctions are coming, confirming he is
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tightening the screws on iran as promised when he withdrew from the iran nuclear deal. >> i withdrew the united states from the horrible one-sided iran nuclear deal. and just today we imposed all sanctions that were lifted under the horrible deal. >> reporter: the sanctions kicking in at midnight sunday target iran's oil exports, banking and shipping, plus hundreds of officials, even though u.n. inspectors say iran is still complying with the nuclear deal. iran's economy, already in near collapse, as major companies have been pulling out. but the crackdown could have been tougher. the administration is giving eight countries, including japan, turkey, and south korea, more time to find other sources of oil. tonight, america's france, condemning the decision which critics say will further isolate the u.s. from most of the world. andrea mitchell, nbc news. in the race to turn out the vote on both sides, colorado, washington state, and oregon think they have cracked the code. they are the only states where voting is done completely by mail. our senior investigative correspondent cynthia
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mcfadden went to oregon where she discovered the voting by mail approach has brought together democrats and republicans. >> reporter: it is an issue that cuts across party lines. >> don't boo. vote. >> reporter: getting out the vote. >> everyone needs to show up and vote. >> reporter: the folks in oregon think they have figured it out. you have some pretty nasty things to say about the polling place. >> i think the polling place has become the single biggest voter suppression device in american politics. >> reporter: phil keysling used to be the democratic secretary of state here. dennis richardson, a republican, has the job now. and while much of the country is divided by party lines, these two are in total agreement when it comes to the state's vote by mail system. >> it's well embraced. >> reporter: they say their system gets more people voting and is also cheaper and more secure. >> you can't hack paper.
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>> thank you, sir. >> reporter: 20 years ago, oregon was the first state to adopt an entirely vote by mail system. >> got your ballots for you. >> reporter: every single registered voter in the state, more than 2.5 million, receives a ballot via the u.s. postal service. >> you don't have to ask for it. >> correct. >> reporter: you don't have to fill out a form? >> correct. >> reporter: it just comes. >> yes. isn't that amazing? it is simple. give everyone a ballot and let them decide where they want to mark it, whether to mark it at all. >> reporter: no need to worry about work schedules, child care or a voter id card. 32 states now require one. n from hundreds of secured drop sites. though you can mail it back as well. as for security, each signature is verified against voter registration cards. voters can ask for a text confirming their ballot was counted. what about voters who have died, moved, or changed names? is there a threat that someone could pretend to be them and vote their ballot? >> you bet it could happen.
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they would be committing a felony. vote by vote. this is one of the most stupid of ways to try to steal an election. >> reporter: what do you say to states considering spending a massive amount of money for new voting machines designed to tighten down security of a very leaky system in some case. >> save your tens even hundreds of millions of dollars. don't replace your aging machines. throw them on the scrap pile. go back to paper ballots. then think, hard, about abolishing the polling place and moving to a system that puts the voter first and that is going to, in every election, get far more balls. >> reporter: cynthia mcfadden, nbc news, portland, oregon. >> we hope you will join us for election coverage starting at 8:00 eastern tuesday night. a shocking scene caught on camera. a woman arguing with a bus driver when suddenly the bus plunges right off a bridge. here's nbc's janis
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mackey frayer. >> reporter: fatal argument caught on camera. the bus's black box video from last sunday shows a woman attacking the driver after he missed her stop. she smacks him with her cell phone and he fights back, then loses control and veers into the wrong lane. terrified passengers screaming. the dashboard camera of a nearby vehicle shows the bus colliding with a car and crashing through a guardrail, plunging into the river. 51 people on board, and police say no survivors. the wreckage was pulled from the river on wednesday. divers are working to find two victims still missing. there is a debate, how one argument over a missed stop with shatter so many lives. >> a gut-wrenching story.
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>> breaking news. officials say a shooter killed one person and injured six others at a yoga studio before turning the gun on himself. the studio is located in a shopping center, which has been placed on lockdown. police offered more details at a press conference moments ago. >> obviously, we're all satin saddened and shocked by the events that occurred. all indication is this is an act of a single person. there is no threat to our commute. >> the tallahassee mayorrno tallahassee tonight. has not been released. the gunman's identity stay with nbc news as we follow this breaking news. i'm kathy park in los angeles. scene in new york late tonight, as actor alec baldwin was arrested following a street fight. anne thompson has details on baldwin's brush with the law. >> reporter: alec baldwin is in trouble again. >> anything you want to say about what happened? >> reporter: the pugnacious portrayer
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of the president on "saturday night live." >> both sides hated it. i don't care. >> reporter: allegedly punched a driver who took a parking spot the 60-year-old actor was waiting for in front of his new york city apartment building. you can see baldwin ducking out of camera range in this tmz video. he is charged with third degree assault and harassment. both misdemeanors. he has a 23-year history of volatile incidents taking on paparazzi, a reporter, the police. tonight, from the man he imitates, this. >> i wish him luck. >> reporter: the president's son not as kind, tweeting is anyone shocked at this piece of garbage anymore? tonight, baldwin offers no defense. anne thompson, nbc news, new york. also tonight, a doctor comes to the aid of a sick passenger and is questioned by the flight crew. was racism involved? we take you inside the little known world of movie ratings and just who decides them. decides them. before you and your rheumatologist move
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misunderstanding that may have occurred. it is another example some say of bias against people of color. >> you don't just have to use epithets and beat people down. you can hold high the banner of skepticism about their skill, doubt about who they claim to be. that is the same kind of force. >> reporter: and tonight, celebrating diversity. what a doctor looks like is trending on social media. >> a doctor looks like me. >> reporter: kristen dahlgren, nbc news, new york. we are back in a moment with a rare inside look at how movies get rated. call again, n new york. we are back in a moment with a rare inside look at how movies get rated. allstate is adapting. with drones to assess home damage sooner. and if a flying object damages your car, you can snap a photo and get your claim processed in hours, not days. plus, allstate can pay your claim in minutes. now that you know the truth... are you in good hands?
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the incredible show of solidarity happening tonight in the bay area. a weekend warm-up is also bringing fire danger. the local areas looking at a red flag warning that )s next at 6. tonight, the last of the victims of the mass shooting at the synagogue in pittsburgh has been laid to rest. a sea of mourners turning out to honor 97-year-old rose mallinger, who was killed along with ten others as they gathered to pray. our final segment was inspired by this morning's powerful cover of the "pittsburgh post gazette." the headline, the first words of the jewish mourner's prayer. on this first sabbath
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since the shooting we asked cantor ozzy schwartz of the park avenue synagogue of new york to help us honor them by reciting the prayer. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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♪ memories be a blessing. at for ofnews, thank you for watching. and good night. just some of th
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right now at 6:00, the moment is caught on camera. just some of the shaking in a quake storm that have a lot of people alarmed in the south bay. plus, the election is days away, but tonight vandals rocking an east bay race. stern message the candidate has for whoever may be hine the attack. first, it's a showup for shah bat. the call to action, people across the bay area are answering tonight. the news at 6:00 starts now. good evening. thanks for being with us on this friday. i'm raj mathai. >> i'm jessica aguirre. synagogues across the bay area and the country opening their doors to the community. >> one week after that deadly attack in pennsylvania, people of all faiths are taking part in the weekly service. jodi hernandez is at temple
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israel in alameda with this stuchg sh touching show of support. jodi? >> reporter: that's right. it's called show up for shabbat. it begins in an hour from now. synagogues across the bay area, folks here asking everyone to join them in a show of unity. >> you look at the people who were killed and to think that anybody would see them as a threat. >> this is what people who attend the weekly prayer service at the sem am sinai will see as they arrive. they remember those killed in pittsburgh last weekend. >> you can't react in the same way. anger even though we're angry and frustrated. we have to work to build a world


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