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tri-valley 80 degrees. >> i try to look at the band but there are four stages, i don't know which one to hit. >> so many. thanks for joining us. on our broadcast tonight, he's out. scandal takes down the man in charge at the v.a. tonight, now what? how to get veterans the care they were promised. big deal, $2 billion for the l.a. clippers as reports continue to swirl about team owner donald sterling, one of the richest men in the world has stepped up to take over. hillary's book, the chapter on benghazi has been leaked to the press, alswhat about the politics of promotion? is hillary clinton sending a message about her next chapter? and giving back and giving away a fortune. tonight, our first chance to hear from the young m.d. who is the other half of facebook's power couple. "nightly news" begins now. >> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. good evening.
the people who know eric shinseki, former four-star army general, wounded, heavily decorated in vietnam, one of the few generals to stand up to george w. bush. the people who know him predicted he would do the right thing out of a sense of duty. today shinseki stepped down tendering his resignation to the president who said he accepted it reluctantly. the man at the top of the v.a. has paid with his job. and in the meantime, veterans are not getting the medical treatment we promised them as a nation. and something is badly broken within the v.a. and it needs fixing fast. it is where we begin again tonight, nbc's political director and chief white house correspondent, chuck todd. chuck, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. it's been a grueling week of increasing political pressure from members of his party, so the president finally acquiesced and in his words, regretfully accepted the resignation of
hhis embattled v.a. secretary. in announcing his departure, the president went out of his way to praise him. >> i am grateful for his service as are veterans across the country. i think rick's judgment that he could not carry out the next stages of reform without being a distraction himself. so my assessment was unfortunately he was right. >> reporter: it was only in april that reports of veterans possibly dying while waiting to be seen at a v.a. medical center in phoenix began to surface nationally, leading to investigations over whether staffers deliberately put the right wait times. a grilling on capitol hill and eventually hundreds of calls for shinseki's resignation. 90 minutes before his final meeting with the president as v.a. secretary, shinseki apologized publicly. >> so given the facts i now know i apologize as the senior leader of the department of the veterans affairs. i extend that apology to the people whom i care most deeply about. and that's the veterans of this great country.
>> reporter: but the issue of wait times is not new. it's been detailed in multiple reports dating back to 2004. today the president received yet another report indicating that 64% of v.a. medical facilities are still falsifying medical appointment dates. the president laid the blame not on individuals but on the system. >> in some of these facilities, you've got computer systems for scheduling that date back to the '90s. >> reporter: deputy v.a. secretary sloan gibson was named acting head of the v.a. today. the search for a permanent replacement for the white house will take weeks. chuck todd, nbc news, the white house. this is kelly o'donnell, today in homestead, florida, the shakeup brings a mix of relief and worry for veterans at american legion post 43. >> he needed to resign. and it wipes the slate clean. >> there's going to be problems
that they just don't know about yet. >> reporter: while organizations that represent veterans say their next mission is to keep pressure on for real reforms. >> the question becomes whether or not the president really puts enough effort and energy into breaking the system and rebuilding it. >> reporter: on capitol hill as house members headed home for the weekend, tammy duckworth, a double amputee is ready to turn the page after shinseki. >> i thank him for stepping aside. >> reporter: while speaker john boehner who had not called for shinseki to step down made the president's leadership the issue. >> one personnel change cannot be used as the excuse to paper over a systemic problem. >> reporter: v.a. care is in greater demand than ever before. consider the complicated needs of ageing vets from the vietnam era and younger iraq and afghanistan veterans who survived the battlefield but need ongoing care. nearly 9 million are enrolled at the v.a., a jump of 1.7 million over the past decade.
but outpatient visits to v.a. doctors and clinics soared. the v.a. reports over 50 million visits in '83 but over 84 million in 2012. >> everybody is being over worked ask that's, to me, that's the main issue. >> reporter: with all of that strain, the veterans we talked to and lawmakers here say the va needs a deep management overhaul that could actually change the culture inside that huge bureaucracy, brian? >> kelly o'donnell on capitol hill, chuck todd at the white house before that. thank you both. the president accepted another resignation today. jay carney has chosen to leave what has always been one of the most pressure-filled jobs in washington, that of white house press secretary. he had a briefing interrupted by the boss today. carney's leaving after three years on the job. the president said today he's losing a man who became a close friend. carney was formerly a veteran writer at "time" magazine. he'll be replaced by that man, deputy press secretary josh earnest. tonight our interview with
edward snowden, his first on american television continues to reverberate from washington to moscow. last night, we told you about the nsa's public release of one of snowden's e-mails. now snowden himself is firing back saying that is not the whole story. our report on this again tonight from our chief foreign affairs correspondent, andrea mitchell. >> reporter: firing back at the nsa today, edward snowden is standing by what he told brian, that he is a whistle boer whistle-blower, not a traitor. >> i raised these complaints not just officially in writing through e-mail to these offices and individuals but to my supervisors, to my colleagues, in more than one office i did
it. i did it in hawaii. >> reporter: the nsa said thursday it found one e-mail from snowden asking for clarification on a legal issue, not whistle-blowing. asked to comment today snowden responded to nbc news saying the nsa's new discovery of written contact between me and its lawyers after more than a year of denying any such contact
existed raises serious concerns. calling the nsa release incomplete, snowden added, the fact is that i did raise such concerns both verbally and in writing and on multiple continuing occasions. as i've always said and as nsa has always denied. still the white house is challenging snowden's credibility. >> he was not trained as a spy. we have no idea where that assertion comes from. and has edward snowden done damage? he's done immense damage. >> reporter: and john
kerry's blistering comments to chuck todd this week -- >> you can go back to the pentagon papers with dan ellsberg and others who stood and went to the court system of america and made their case. edward snowden is a coward. he is a traitor and he has betrayed his country. >> reporter: daniel ellsberg, the vietnam-era whistle-blower leaped to snowden's defense today. >> secretary of state kerry's characterization of snowden was
actually despicable. he knows that he could not get a fair trial, and i fully agree with him. >> reporter: in fact, brian asked snowden about it. >> you hear often in the united states why doesn't he come home and face the music. >> when people say, why don't you go home and face the music, i say you have to understand that the music is not an open court and a fair trial. >> reporter: that doesn't preclude, of course, talks that could still come over a deal with snowden. but administration officials say tonight that the first move is his. brian? >> andrea mitchell in our d.c. newsroom tonight. andrea, thank you. a high-profile billionaire making a play for the l.a. clippers tonight. steve ballmer who ran microsoft will buy the team for an astounding $2 billion. a move that may finally lift the cloud over the team since owner donald sterling was heard making racist comments. we get our report tonight from nbc's miguel almaguer.
>> reporter: it's the record-setting deal that has everyone talking. >> the one thing diminishing the brand is out, and that's donald sterling. >> reporter: a $2 billion agreement to sell the franchise to this man, former ceo steve ballmer, seen here in his microsoft days. the blockbuster deal that needs nba approval was reached overnight. i intend to do everything in my power to ensure the clippers continue to win and win big in los angeles. michael thompson played in the nba. >> it's great for the clippers. they have a fresh new start under a guy who has deep pockets, who can treat his employees and his players in a first-class fashion. >> reporter: the potential sale comes after donald sterling's racist comments. the nba banned him for life, fined him $2.5 million and began to force him out of the league. with the nba awaiting sale documents, donald sterling is suing the league for a billion dollars in damages.
sterling's estranged wife, shelly, says she's now acting as the sole trustee. i'm delighted we're selling the team to steve. he'll be a terrific owner. the sterlings bought the team 33 years ago for $12.5 million. >> financially, he's a winner. but he's got a reputation that's really destroyed. when his obituary is written, this will be the lead. >> reporter: tonight, the stage is set for ballmer to take over the clippers. a new owner with a fresh start and plenty of enthusiasm. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. as congress prepares for new hearings on the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, a preemptive strike tonight from hillary clinton. it's a chapter, a whole one from her new book aimed at deflecting the criticism that is certain to emerge from those hearings as she plans for a possible run for the white house. our report tonight from our national correspondent, kate snow.
>> reporter: if anyone knows how to maximize publicity for a new book and potential presidential campaign it's team clinton. today, an unannounced meeting with booksellers in new york. earlier this week, select pages released and this video. >> at the end of the day, we're only as strong abroad as we are at home. >> reporter: and now a key chapter leaked on the attack on the american consulate in benghazi, the most criticized event of hillary clinton's tenure as secretary of state. >> she doesn't want to take responsibility for this issue. >> reporter: nbc news has obtained guidance being sent around prominent clinton supporters on plans to defend clinton. >> if there are any doubts hillary clinton was thinking about not running for president, i think they have been erased. maybe she doesn't run at the end of the day but this is someone who's certainly checking all the boxes to be able to do so. >> reporter: here is what she writes about benghazi, i will not be a part of a political slugfest on the backs of dead
americans. it's plain wrong and unworthy of our great country. clinton emphatically repeats much of what she told congress last year. >> with all due respect, the fact is we had four dead americans. was it because of a protest or because of guys out for a walk one night that decided they would go kill some americans? what difference at this point does it make? >> reporter: despite the best efforts of officials from across our government, she writes, there will never be perfect clarity on everything that happened. she said she never saw requests for more security before the attack. republicans today called that a glaring failure in leadership and house speaker john boehner said clinton's book will not put this issue to rest. >> it's clear to me and has been clear the american people have not been told the truth about benghazi and we're committed to getting it. >> reporter: the congressional hearings have not yet been scheduled. but secretary clinton seems to be trying to get ahead of critics. and yesterday she lunched with president obama who today said if hillary clinton does decide to run, she would be very effective.
brian? >> kate snow on hillary clinton. kate, thank you. as always. still ahead for us on a friday night, a new way to avoid what can be a painful side effect of cancer treatment offering new hope to a lot of families along the way. and later, what all these people were searching for at night with flashlights in a public park in los angeles.
our health news concerns the progress doctors have made treating breast cancer but a big worry that persists nonetheless for younger patients and survivors, whether they will be able to have children after chemotherapy. we get more on the hope front tonight from our chief medical editor, dr. nancy snyderman. >> reporter: christi and bubba were college sweethearts who married and dreamed of having a big family. but after their daughter lauren was born, christi was diagnosed with breast cancer. >> there was no option for me to do anything but to figure out how to beat this and beat this
the best that i could. >> reporter: chemotherapy can lead to menopause and infertility so she joined a trial at md anderson cancer center, testing a drug called zoladex. >> the main goal of the study was to see if an intervention could reduce the risk of developing ovarian failure of receiving chemotherapy for early stage breast cancer. >> reporter: researchers studied over 200 women of childbearing age with early stage breast cancer. the kind that's hormone receptor negative. all got chemotherapy and half got zoladex. the results were striking. the zoladex had better ovary function and more successful pregnancies. three years after christi's chemotherapy ended, she got pregnant. they had a boy alexander. then everett, then lucas. cancer specialists expect this
research to help family planning part of the conversation of comprehensive cancer treatment. what do you want young cancer patients to know about when they go into talk to their doctor? >> we're able to mitigate, limit the expected side effects and one of the feared side effects is one we have a tool to talk about. >> reporter: for this family and for so many others, it's more hope for a good life even after a cancer diagnosis. dr. nancy snyderman, nbc news, new york. when we come back tonight, a beloved american performer performing in a way we've never seen quite before.
gridlock. teacher layoffs. and a 60 billion dollar budget deficit. that's what john perez faced when he became speaker of the california assembly. so he partnered with governor brown to pass three balanced budgets, on time. for the first time in thirty years. today, the deficits are gone and we've invested an additional 2 billion dollars in education. now john perez is running for controller, to keep fighting for balanced budgets. democrat john perez for controller. as we prepare or coverage of next week's 70th anniversary of d-day, marking the trip for many surviving world war ii vets, there is a startling new look at world war ii in color
about to be released on blu-ray disk filmed by a young george stevens. his son found the old film in the attic. it's remarkable seeing general patton with his pearl handle revolver or the first shot fired from sea on d-day. tom brokaw will report on this new-color film this sunday on "meet the press." responding to a court order in europe, google is giving users the right to be forgotten. makes you wonder if it will come here some day. google has 90% of the search business in europe and must respond to requests to remove inadequate or irrelevant search information on individuals that request it under european privacy laws. the millionaire hiding cash sending clues to whereabouts in social media expanded his give away zone from the san francisco bay area south to l.a. where people were seen flocking to a public park last night with flashlights in search of the latest cash drop. in news about daughters, the
association for psychological science says girls who grow up in households where they see dad splitting the domestic work of dishes and laundry and cleaning and such are much more likely to pursue jobs and careers not along traditional gender lines. what they see their dads doing is often a marker of their ambitions in life. and first daughter, malia, obama, has attended her first high school prom to her father's amazement, seeing her in heels for the first time. it is not known if she went with a group or with a date. but everyone said the same thing -- pity the date who is the subject of all that attention from the united states secret service. and it's only a short video on social media. we hinted at this earlier. there is dick van dyke in a clothing store doing such a dick van dyke thing dancing and recorded and posted to the web by his wife. dick van dyke still getting it done at age 88. when we come back here tonight, she married a man known
woman who's starting to make her mark on the world in a big way. priscilla chan is doctor, she is a resident in pediatrics and happens to be married to facebook founder, mark zuckerberg. today they announced a gift of $120 million for the schools in the bay area. and she granted her first television interview to our own savannah guthrie. >> i grew up the child of two immigrant parents who left their home country in refugee boats. my parents worked incredibly hard. my mom working two jobs my entire childhood. my grandparents not speaking english so it was my job for as as long as i can remember to interpret for them and navigate. >> reporter: mark and priscilla were married in 2012 in a small ceremony in their backyard nine years after meeting at a harvard party. what was your first impression of him? >> i thought he was just this
really interesting guy who maybe wasn't that studious. >> reporter: really? >> yeah, on our first date he told me that he would rather go on a date with me than finish his take-home midterm. the type "a" first child in me was appalled. i was like, what? you have to go home. but turns out he was just trying to convince me to spend more time with him, and we've been growing up together ever since. >> reporter: even married to one of the most famous men in silicon valley, priscilla manages to avoid the limelight. do you get recognized on the street? >> no. i will get recognized if i'm walking beast. >> reporter: beast is the couple's sheep dog with his own facebook page. how is mark with the dog? >> the dog is his second priority after facebook. >> reporter: where do you fall? >> probably after the dog. he spends probably 30 minutes every day talking to me whether or not, you know, our dog is really happy and satisfied. >> reporter: what do you think about the hoodie. are you pro-hoodie? >> oh, the hoodie.
the hoodie is -- it's okay. i'm pro-hoodie. he wears a fresh hoodie every day. as long as it's appropriate for where we're going. >> reporter: what zuckerberg and chan most want is to use their fortune to make their mark in the world. >> i see myself as someone who is learning to work with kids and work as a doctor. and i do a lot of unglamorous things in my everyday life. we are just so lucky that we get to do what we both love. and that's been the greatest privilege. >> our thanks to priscilla chan along with savannah guthrie. and that is our broadcast for this friday night and this week. thank you for being here with us. i'm brian williams. lester holt will be here with you this weekend. we hope to see you back here on monday night. in the meantime have a great weekend. good night.
nbc bay area news starts now. right now at 6:00, fremont police say you're looking at a thief helping herself to a package outside someone's front door in the middle of the day. city leaders have a pricey new way to catch her and others like her. >> the person who took that package likely doesn't live in fremont. that's why police want to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars
on a new high-tech system to nab this suspect and others. we take a look at the crime fighting proposal. >> steve says he was shocked when he watched this video shot by his own surveillance camera outside his fremont house. it shows a woman carrying mail, she puts it down and picks up the package left on his doorstep. she calmly walks off with the box. >> i just felt violated that someone would actually come and take my things. >> reporter: it all happened around 3:45 yesterday afternoon. his next door neighbor was home at the time but didn't see the woman. she was stunned when she later saw this video. >> it's just shocking that someone can be so brazen that they think they can walk up to someone's house and grab the package, and this person that did it looked very comfortable, like she's used to doing this. >> reporter: steve said he reported the theft to the police. in