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the tree. >> thanks for joining us. breaking news tonight. the critical vote as he we come on the air. house democrats taking the next major step toward the impeachment of president trump the scathing intelligence committee report laying out their case the president accused of soliciting foreign interference from ukraine in 2020. an unprecedented campaign of obstruction and endangering national security the president overseas at the nato summit in the uk, atteent with the queen how he is firing back. also breaking, the major shake-up in the democratic presidential primary race kamala harris announcing she is dropping out why she told supporters she is suspending her campaign the frightening attack at a school, a student stabbing a resource officer that officer then shooting and injuring the teen the second violent incident at a
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wisconsin school in as many days. the controversy erupting over the new ad from the exercise bike brand peloton >> first ride. i'm a little nervous but excited. let's do this. >> why this commercial is triggering such fierce backlash. the fbi warning over the big ticket items so many of us bought on black friday and cyber monday is your smart tv spying on you? how to protect your family and the price you pay. travel tuesday is taking off the best vacation deals you can get right now. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt good evening democrats tonight have laid out the gauntlet spelling out in detail the likely impeachment charges against president trump. after weeks of hearings, the hous intelligence committee today released its impeachment report it offers new evidence it says shows the president abused his power by soliciting foreign countries to help him winreelection and the wage an unprecedented campaign to obstruct congress our peter alexander has details. >> reporter: tonight
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house democrats mapping out their case for impeachment in a 300-page report, accusing president trump of abusing his power by pressuring ukraine to help benefit his reelection, and in obstructing congress' efforts to investigate. the evidence of the president's misconduct is overwhelming, the report reads, and so too is the evidence of his obstruction of congress >> first of all, this is not about ukraine this is about our democracy. and if we don't care about this, we can darn well be sure the president will be back at it doing this all over again >> reporter: democrats arguing by pushing for investigations into the bidens and the 2016 election while military aid was being withheld, the president placed his own personal and political interests above the national interests, and in the process endangered u.s. national security highlighting president trump's recent public calls for ukraine and china to investigate biden, the report warned that continued solicitation of foreign interference in a u.s. election presents a clear and present danger
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the report names more than 500 times rudy giuliani, the president's personal lawyer, who witnesses say mr. trump directed to be his point person on ukraine and reveals new phone records obtained by the democrats showing a flurry of calls between giuliani, the white house, and others, including devin nunes, the top republican on the intelligence committee, who clashed with democrats throughout last month's hearings also in those calls, a mysterious contact referred to only as 1. >> certainly the phone records show that there was considerable coordination among the parties, including the white house. >> reporter: today's report also spreads a wide net, describing what it calls a month-long campaign driven by president trump, identifying some of the most senior administration officials, including the vice president and secretary of state of being either knowledgeable of or active participants in an effort to extract from a foreign nation the personal political benefits sought by the president. the white house tonight attacking the
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report as the ramblings of a basement blogger straining to prove something when there is evidence of nothing. president trump in london today for the nato summit, blasting the impeachment investigation, saying he did nothing wrong >> and this is what you're going to impeach the president of the united states of the republicans have never been stronger, never been more unified. the democrats have gone crazy >> and peter, the house intelligence committee i know is voting on that report tonight. so what happens next in all this? >> reporter: lester, tonigh that report is being delivered to the house judiciary cotethe committee tht would draft articles of impeachment then tomorrow they will host a hearing with constitutional experts to discuss whether the president's actions amount to high crimes and misdemeanors lester >> all right, peter, thank you. we'll have special coverage of the impeachment hearing tomorrow morning starting at 10:00 a.m. eastern time and while the impeachment battle grinds on to its next phase, the president was battling on a different front today in london in a remarkable confrontation with another world leader kristen welker is
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there tonight. >> reporter: tonight president trump trying to project business as usual on the world stage while democrats focus on impeachment back at home the president marking the 70th anniversary of nato, attending an event hosted by the queen. the pomp and pageantry capping a tense first day at the summit with the president picking a fight with french president emmanuel macron the discord on display when the president suggested european countries should do a better job of taking back captured isis fighters, many which he argued come from france >> would you like some nice isis fighters i can give them to you. you can take every one you want >> let me tell you, your number one problem are not the foreign fighters this is the isis fighters >> reporter: macron confronting the president with the cameras rowog,d leader the back and forth started earlier in the day when the president slammed macron for saying nato is currently experiencing brain death, a criticism in part
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after president trump pulled troops out of syria. >> i think that's very insulting to a lot of different voices you just can't go around making statements like that about nato. >> reporter: it's a remarkable shift in tone for the president after he has frequently criticized the nato alliance. >> i'm going to tell nato you got to start paying your bills. we're the schmucks that are paying for the whole thing. >> reporter: and tonight the president is trying to distance himself from the scandal that is rocking the royal family with prince andrew embroiled in the controversy with accused sex offender jeffrey epstein. the president was pictured with the prince during his last visit to the uk this summer, but today insisting -- >> i don't know prince andrew. >> reporter: also tonight, the president rattled global markets by saying he might not reach a trade deal with china until after next year's election and simply he announced he'll hold the next g7 summit at camp david after scrapping plans to have it at one of his properties in florida. lester >> kristen welker,
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thank you. for a time she was in the top tier of democrats vying to replace president trump, but senator kamala harris' campaign has bee losing steam in recent months and tonight she has called it quits. here is andrea mitchell. >> reporter: she launched her campaign with more than 20,000 supporters in oakland, a rising democratic star >> let's do this >> reporter: kamala harris, the telegenic california senator and former state attorney general rocketing to the top tier of a crowde field by taking on joe biden in the first debate. >> there was a little girl in california who was part of the second class to integrate her pick school. an she was bussed to school every day, and that little girl was me >> do you feel that you've toppled the front-runner >> i don't know. i'll leave that to the pundits. >> reporter: but president trump with a month later, double-talk on this plan. >> reporter: by ican-october she wa americans, polling only 5% with black voters recently compared to 43% for biden, by the last debate vying for
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attention. >> i have more peopl supporting me in the black community. the only african american woman that has ever been elected to the united states. >> that's not true the other one is here. >> reporter: tonight praise from other democrats. >> she is a first rate intellect, a first rate candidate, and it's a real competitor >> sometimes campaigns have a way of tearing people apart or breaking down friendships. for us, it's brought us closer. >> andrea joins us now. andrea, it's worth noting that harris dropped out today, but not before issuing a parting shot about who is left. >> indeed. she said in the end she could not compete with two billionaires, lester, two billionaires now in the race, tom steyer and mike bloomberg they have unlimited campaign money. >> andrea mitchell, thank you. also breaking for the second time in as many days, a shooting today at a high school in wisconsin officials say an armed student attacked the school resource officer in oshkosh, prompting him to shoot the student.
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nbc's ron mott is there tonight. >> reporter: tonight another wisconsin high school is reeling after an officer-involved shooting, this time oshkosh west >> i have a very bad wrist injury that is bleeding very bad. i got one student i believe is shot. >> reporter: police say a 16-year-old student armed with a knife attacked a school resource officer. >> initial reports saw the student produced a weapon and stabbed the officer, at which time the officer fired on the student, striking the student one time >> reporter: officials say the officer and student sustained nonlife-threatening injuries. >> i was really scared because i didn't really understand what was happening. >> just being told to run isincary but at lea w safe >> reporter: parents rushed to a nearby middle school to reunite with their children eric epps overcome with emotion >> it's a call you don't want to get, but i mean, hopefully, you know, no one has to die from this and the officer recovers >> i think that what he did was very heroic. >> reporter: 90 minutes away, authorities in waukesha said a 17-year-old student
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shot by sergeant brady esser there on monday was angry and pointed a pellet gun at a classmate's head officers rendered aid to the suspect who is officials say is in stable condition tonight. >> most people run away from danger law enforcement officers run towards danger especially when someone is threatening our children >> reporter: classes here in oshkosh ar canceled tomorrow as another wisconsin community comes to grips tonight with gunfire at school. lester >> all right, ron mott, thanks tonight we want to tell you about an alarming and deadly situation that's been unfolding over the last couple of weeks in another part of the world, inside iran authorities have been waging a brutal crackdown on rare anti-government protests, with hundreds of people reported killed. richard engel reports on what's behind the violence >> reporter: it's the most intense and deadliest crackdown against protesters in iran in four decades more than 200 people rights groups say shot dead by security it's using deadly last
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force. state tv saying iran had no other choice, describing the protesters who rioted in 100 cities after iran abruptly increased gas prices by 50% last month as violent fire-setting hooligans, confronted for the sake of public order. iran said the demonstrators, primarily un- or underemployed young men had attacked banks, government offices and mosques. president trump today gave the demonstrators supported them from the beginning. >> reporter: but the world has seen very little of all of this. few journalists allowed to work in iran, and the government shut down the internet to prevent word from spreading or getting out. lester >> richard engel tonight, thanks. back here at home tonight, millions are digging out after that powerful storm slammed the northeast. tens of thousands are still without power, and a number of schools were forced to close today. states of emergency have been declared in several upstate new york counties where
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some areas got nearly 30 inches of snow. there is growing backlash surrounding nbc's hit show "america's got talent" after the sudden departure of judge gabrielle union amid reports of a behind-the-scenes racially charged conflict here is nbc's blayne alexander. >> so incredibly proud. way to go. >> reporter: tonight nbc's "america's got talent" is under growing scrutiny after actress gabrielle union's abrupt exit. the actress's team is meeting with nbc representatives this week as the network through counsel investigates reports of a toxic work environment and racially insensitive situations at the show variety, the first to report union's departure afjuy union was told over half a dozen times that her hairstyles were too black for the audience the magazine describes a different instance with guest judge jay leno according to the article, union was present when leno told a joke about asians that union argued might offend the staff
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and audience of "agt." she urged producers to report it to human resources at nbc, but it was never escalated. the joke never aired the comedian this week -- >> i love gabrielle union. she is a great girl. i really enjoyed working with her. >> reporter: julianne hough, the show's other female judge is also leaving but describes her time at the show as wonderful. now former judge howard stern is taking aim at the show and its executive producer >> this is the ultimate example of a boys club. >> reporter: nbc and the show's production company say they remain committed to ensuring a respectful workplace for all employees. union did not respond to nbc's request for comment, but last week on twitter thanked her supporters now all eyes on a reality show drama playing out in real life blayne alexander, nbc news and another controversy erupting you may have heard of tonight over the new holiday ad from luxury exercise bike brand peloton, that some say sends the wrong message. we get that from nbc's stephanie gosk >> ready
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>> now >> a peloton >> reporter: the ad is called "the gift that gives back." >> i'm a little nervous, but excited let's do this. >> reporter: but on social media, it's being ridiculed as cringe worthy, sexist and tone deaf. it begins with a man giving a woman a brand-new peloton bike, used for at home indoor cycling the woman chronicling a year of punishing workouts. >> five days in a row. are you surprised? i am. >> reporter: in the video diary she later shares with her partner. >> a year ago i didn't realize how much this would change me. >>ter:he 30-second ad prompting backlash online. why is that already fit rich woman the center of this ad? another writing nothing says maybe you should lose a few pounds like gifting your already rail-thin life partner a peloton. >> all men are not jerks. there was no language that said it's because she needs to lose weight or diet there is a hyper sensitivity around
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that. >> reporter: some online agreed. i don't get the outrage. many reasons people work out like stress reduction and mental health peloton did not respond to nbc news' reques for comment. nbc's parent company comcast is an investor in the company >> 6:00 a.m. >> reporter: tonight it's unclear if the ad will have any effect on sales of the bike, which retails for more than $2,000. stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york we've got a lot more to tell you about tonight. just ahead, is your new smart tv listening in and maybe watching you? the fbi's new warning about spying and cyber stalking and how you can protect yourself also on this travel tuesday, we uncover the best ways to score big savings on airlines, hotels and vacations this holiday season and beyond we hope you'll stay with us. my parents never taught me anything about managing money.
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this holiday season, but those deals may cost you your privacy. tonight the fbi is warning your tv can be a playground for a hacker at the low end of the risk spectrum, they can change channels, play with the volume and show your kids inappropriate videos in a worst case scenario, they can turn on your bedroom tv's camera and microphone and silently cyber stalk you. smart tvs are equipped with microphones, often on your remote that let you control the device with your voice. here's the thing some experts say that mic is always on, always listening >> the security and privacy ramifications of that are huge, and many consumers just don't realize how much data they're giving up to use the new features. >> reporter: a 2018 consumer reports investigation found millions of smart tvs had security flaws, but it's not just hackers that may be after your information. a recent study found that many devices automatically sent data to amazon, facebook and netflix do you believe that these companies are profiting off of your
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data >> absolutely, absolutely turn off viewer information services you can also disable the microphone on some models you can and as the fbi suggests, you can put black tape over the camera a low tech option to protect your privacy gabe gutierrez, nbc news, new york up next for us tonight, vacation bargains we'll tell you where to find the best deals at unbelievable prices
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with black friday and cyber monday behind us, travel tuesday took flight today with big travel deals. vicky nguyen has the price you pay. >> reporter: from cruises to hotels and airfares, there are more vacation bargains today than black friday and cyber monday combined. >> a lot of these carriers and hotels are really trying to incentivize travelers to book their travel after the holiday season has already passed. >> reporter: consumers see an average savings of 40% on airfare as several international and domestic carriers slash prices
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a cross-country ticket from san diego to newark just $89. so what if you bought your tickets on cyber monday and found it cheaper today? there is hope. you can change or cancel your reservation without cost as long as you call the airline within 24 hours. other ways to save, set alerts using apps like hopper and kayak for destinations you're interested in visiting and do your research. by tracking the prices of your flight, you'll know when to buy several hotel chains are offering deals through the month. if you're not sure you want to commit, celebrity cruises offering $25 deposits for booking through mid 2021 and if you're in the market for a very last-minute trip, check flight deals over the next two weeks. businesses trying to capitalize on this season of spending, hoping travel tuesday is here to stay. vicky nguyen, nbc news, new york all right. up next for us, how a teen internet sensation is using her sudden fame in an unexpected way
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on this giving tuesday, we've got the story of a teenager who suddenly became a celebrity on social media and decided to use her stardom for good gadi schwartz has tonight's inspiring america. >> okay, ready >> reporter: like millions of kids around the world, 15-year-old charli d'amelio's favorite ne pastime is making up dance moves for the social media app tiktok and the amount of teens watching charli's videos is staggering more than 7 million viewers and growing. and now her big sister tiktok as well a little nerve-racking for charli's parents >> charli and dixie are everything we just want to make sure they're protected. >> reporter: with all the sudden attention
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has come a unrelenting barrage of bullying and a stream of cruel comments that would crush anyone. so a lot of the comments are negative. as a big sister, i bet that just enrages you. >> it's frustrating because they don't know her >> we're doing this to have fun and we shouldn't be doing it if no one i enjoying their lives. >> reporter: but instead of pulling the plug, charli sees it as a chance to do some good, setting up a meet and greet to raise thousands for charity, supporting those with special needs. >> she is so nice and so positive and she doesn't care about all the likes and stuff. >> i haven't stopped filing since it started. >> reporter: charli is happy to use her 15 seconds of fame to give back one tiktok at a time. gadi schwartz, nbc news, norwalk, connecticut. >> that's a great move that's "nightly news." i'm lester holt. thank you for watching, everyone, and good night
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right now at 6:00, kamala harris is out. the california senator no longer in the race for the white house. the mistake one prominent supporter said her campaign made. >> more wet weather is on the way. we have the updated forecast. >> first, protecting renters, new strict action san jose is about to take to get land lords to follow the law. the news at 6:00 starts right now. good evening thanks for joining us. i'm jessica aguirre. >> and i'm raj mathai. it's happening as we speak. the san jose city council is voting on a big change in how it treats land lords. >> city leaders say renters are more vulnerable than ever and it's ready to protect them. scott budman joins us from city hall with the latest.
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scott. >> reporter: they're talking money, jessica. in fact city leaders like a financial incentive to make sure land lords follow the law. renters love the idea. the land lords tell us it's another layer of bureaucracy that won't do a thing. like many young renters, this woman feels vulnerable in a tight market and likes the idea that the city of san jose is looking out for her. >> to have that protection would be wonderful. >> reporter: in fact san jose is thinking about protecting its renters. city council meeting tuesday to consider levying fines against land lords starting at $500 if a land lord breaks the law, by for example not following the j


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