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forward with a vote on the president's $1 trillion infrastructure plan. despite a vow from progressives to tank it unless a larger $3.5 trillion plan to expand the social safety net is passed first. negotiations coming down to the wire our late reporting from capitol hill also tonight the grim milestone. 700,000 deaths in the u.s. from covid. across the country, enforcement of vaccine mandates is being stepped up and just days before it takes effect, a new legal challenge to new york city's teacher mandate. powerful testimony. lawmakers sharing deeply personal stories about abortion the emotional moment one congresswoman broke down in tears. the new warning on the border why a potential record surge of migrants may be coming the stunning images, the new eruption in one of the world's most active volcanos. caught on camera, the airline passenger out on the wing and what happened next and just in, the nfl's big
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announcement the all star lineup for the 2022 super bowl halftime show. this is nbc "nightly news" with lester holt >> good evening. congress stepping away from the cliff tonight racing to beat a midnight deadline. both chambers voting today to avert a shutdown and fund the government through december 3rd shortly before we came on the air, president biden signing the bill into effect tonight, however, the country still facing potential fiscal peril and defaulting on loans if congress can't raise the debt limit soon another big vote in the offing our team is standing by garrett haake starts us off and, garrett, this vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill has turned into a real cliff hanger. >> reporter: it has, lester this vote was originally
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scheduled to be held on monday. tonight negotiators from the house, the senate and the white house behind closed doors scrambling to find some kind of compromise to move the president's agenda forward after a week of infighting among democrats. >> the bill is passed. a shutdown crisis averted tonight. >> the motion is adopted. >> reporter: the house and senate easily passing a bill to fund the government through december hours ahead of a midnight deadline but now the divide deepening among democrats, still struggling to pass president biden's signature spending plan. key moderate senator joe manchin wants to pass $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill first, making clear he won't support the president's $3.5 trillion climate and social policy slamming it as fiscal insanity that could lead to a, quote, entitlement mentality, arguing for the price tag to be cut by $2 trillion. >> i've never been a liberal in any way, shape or the form i guess for them to get theirs, elect more liberals. but don't -- i'm not asking them
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to change. i'm willing to come from zero to $1.5 >> reporter: but progressive democrats in the house have been threatening to vote no unless the senate comes to an agreement on the larger spending plan. >> senator manchin also said if progressives want a bigger number, they should elect more liberals >> i can't tell the senator what to say, obviously. all i can say is that we said we're going to stay here all weekend if we need to to see if we can get to a deal. >> reporter: speaker pelosi taking manchin's concerns in stride. >> does that sound like someone who is open to further negotiation? >> yes we're talking about substance. we're not talking about rhetoric and we're not even talking about dollars. we're talking about what is important in the legislation. where can we find our common ground >> reporter: but later another top democrat uncertain about the vote on the bipartisan bill >> reporter: house moderates still believe they can send the infrastructure bill to president biden tonight. >> i know people are going to press the yes button
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we're going to get this done. it is critical to the presidency and critical to the president's agenda. garrett, i know you and your colleagues are tracking a lot tonight. any progress on t negotiations over the debt limit, which allows the government to keep borrowing money? >> reporter: not really, lester language that would have suspended the debt limit through the end of next year was stripped out of the house that passed the house and senate today to fund the government now just 18 days left to default and no clear on how to do it. >> garrett, thank you. tonight president biden struggling to break that impasse among democrats and unite them behind his agenda. kelly o'donnell is at the white house, and, kelly, we haven't seen much of the president today. >> reporter: that's right. the president had been intentionally out of sight most of this week, lester, hunkered down making calls from the oval office, even after-hours calls from the residence aids say four top advisers are staying close, giving him frequent updates the president is wanting policy experts at the ready to answer specific legislative questions raised by lawmakers he's trying to persuade.
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the stakes could not be higher for the president who has not yet shown that he can get his own party to deliver on his promised agenda. lester >> kelly o'donnell at the white house. thank you. a new and stark reminder of the pandemic's toll today. deaths in this country now topping 700,000. think about that 700,000 according to an nbc news count. this comes as vaccination deadlines approach prompting many to get the shots. here's gabe gutierrez. >> reporter: as los angeles now considers one of the country's strictest covid vaccine mandates for indoor venues and san diego approved a new one for students and staff, supporters of the crackdown say they're working. >> it was the right thing to do. i will stand with that it was hard to do, though it's hard to force people to do something that you truly wish they would do voluntarily. >> reporter: nationwide, while some major companies are firing employees for refusing to get vaccinated, the vast majority of workers have chosen to comply. and one medical system
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in kansas city, missouri, less than 1% of employees lost their jobs at houston methodist, about half a percent did. in north carolina novant health also said 99% of its staff have gotten vaccinated or approved for medical or religious exemptions what was your biggest challenge in getting employees to comply? >> it was the need to provide them with straightforward accurate scientifically based information knowing that they were constantly bombarded with the misinformation of social media or other platforms. >> reporter: but more legal challenges are underway today a new york supreme court five health care workers and the state legislature argued the state's mandate is invalid. >> it is all being done through executive orders, executive fiat which compromises the legitimacy of a lot of these vaccine mandates. >> reporter: next month could be the biggest test yet as other vaccine deadlines are fast approaching
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october 15th for city employees in chicago and for the nation's second largest school district, los angeles. right now about 1 in 5 employees there, some 12,000 workers, have not gotten their first dose the district already has 2,000 vacancies. >> and, gabe, there is some breaking news about the mandate in new york city schools. >> that's exactly right. a group of new york city teachers asked the u.s. supreme court to step in and block the mandate. it's set to start being enforced on monday. >> gabe gutierrez. thank you. powerful and deeply personal testimony by members of congress today about their own abortion experiences as the battle intensifies over restrictive new abortion laws being passed in this country hallie jackson has the story. >> reporter: the emotion obvious. even before congresswoman corey bush spoke a single word, revealing publically for the first time her own experience with abortion, describing being raped on a church trip after high school.
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>> i found out that i was nine weeks pregnant, and then there the panic set in how could i make this pregnancy work my abortion happened on a saturday i felt alone, but i also felt so resolved in my decision choosing to have an abortion was the hardest decision i had ever made, but at 18 years old, i knew it was the right decision for me. >> reporter: her testimony coming during a congressional hearing led by democrats, several of whom shared their own stories meant to highlight the need to fight new restrictive abortion laws, like the one in texas that effectively outlawed abortion after about six weeks, before some women even know they're pregnant what do you get out of sharing your testimony and sharing your story today? what do you hope happens for them >> well, what i really hope is that people across the country understand how close we are to losing this incredibly important and necessary constitutional protection that we have >> i'm hoping that every time we speak and we're vulnerable in this way, it changes hearts and minds. >> reporter: a
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majority of americans support legal abortions in all or most cases, but one abortions rights group says lawmakers in 11 states hope to use texas as a blueprint for similar restrictive abortion bills. republicans who oppose abortion rights vocal like congresswoman cat described her own mother's decision not to terminate her pregnancy. >> i would not be here had it not been for the very brave choice that my mother made 33 years ago. there has been a lot of talk about justice here today. what about the justice for those unborn all the little girls that never had a shot. >> reporter: as for what's next, a key supreme court decision with the justices. this term set to take up a challenge to roe v. wade that could overturn that landmark decision protecting abortion rights. lester >> hallie jackson, thank you. we're monitoring the crisis at the border tonight. a warning this evening that as many as 400,000 migrants, an unprecedented number, could
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cross into this country this month. julia ainsley has more on this. >> reporter: after those dramatic scenes at that crowded migrant camp under a border bridge in biden administration is preparing for a more massive surge in october up to 400,000 migrants crossing the border, which could be a record nearly doubling the stunning numbers we have seen the last two months, which were a 21-year high the new surge likely officials say because of a court order due to start tomorrow listing a covid restriction known as title 42, which had allowed officials to quickly deport most asylum seekers during the pandemic homeland security secretary alejandro mayorkas saying he thinks it is critical. >> that is an authority that the centers for dez control determined to still be necessary given where we are in the ark of the pandemic >> reporter: in del
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rio, border authorities were taken by surprise by a surge of mostly haitian migrants who came from south america. 5,000 were deported back to haiti. but the administration released most into the u.s., around 13,000, asking them to report to an immigration center to start asylum hearings. tonight immigration advocates say it's time to end title 42. >> it is blatantly illegal under u.s. and international law and it caused enormous harm to hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers. >> reporter: late tonight a federal court allowing the biden administration to keep using title 42 >> julia, thank you. in 60 seconds facebook's defense after harsh criticism in congress that its instagram app contributes to mental health issues in kids and the spectacular new eruption of hawaii's kilauea volcano.
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while senate democrats and republicans were united today on one thing, their
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strong criticism of facebook after the company's own research suggested instagram can be harmful to the mental health of teens. here's tom costello. >> reporter: on capitol hill, facebook and its instagram app under blistering bipartisan condemnation. >> facebook knows that its services are actively harming young children. >> how can we or parents or anyone trust facebook? >> have you quantified how many children have taken their own lives because of your products? >> reporter: facebook's head of global safety appearing remotely and on the defensive after "the wall street journal" revealed internal facebook research found 1 in 3 teenage users says instagram has contributed to their own body image issues, eating disorders, anxieties and depression 13% of british users and 6% of american users trace those thoughts to instagram use.
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though facebook insists far more teens benefit from the social connections. >> more of them found their than harmful. >> reporter: but 20-year-old grace park believes the constant instagram posts contributed to her own anxiety and eating disorder in high school. >> everyone else is way skinner and way prettier and has nicer clothes, and that also hurt my own self-confidence about my own body which led to me practically starving myself for like a year. >> it makes them feel like they're on shaky ground and they can't possibly keep up with their peers or anyone else and it just makes their insecurities snowball at a time when they're very vulnerable. >> reporter: facebook paused a plan to roll-out instagram to even younger kids 8 to 12 as congress considers legislation to limit their ability to target kids. lester >> all right tom, thank you a fiery show in hawaii, the eruption of one of the
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world's most active volcanos right now the threat level is low to nearby communities, but as we saw in 2018, that can quickly change miguel almaguer as the stunning new images >> reporter: in a dazzling display of mother nature's beauty and fury, hawaii's kilauea volcano has suddenly rumbled back to life shooting fountains of fire five stories high >> thought i'd stop by and check it out >> reporter: these gushing geysers of lava have not boiled over the 4,000 summit of over kilauea's crater as this caldron of lava ensues, infrared images captured it filling the container floor. right now safe for the public with thousands expected to race to kilauea's rim for a peek inside one of the world's most active volcanos. >> kind of what we expect right now as the entire volcano repressurizes after the 2018 eruption >> reporter: that 2018 eruption
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became one of the most destructive in modern history at hawaii's main island for weeks we catched it spill lava, destroying some 700 homes. today the biggest threat is vog or volcanic smog, but that could quickly change. >> we're excited, as we always are, but we're also cautious >> reporter: tonight caution and brewing concern as authorities hope trouble doesn't boil over. miguel almaguer, nbc news. amazing pictures up next for us, just revealed the music superstars who will perform at the next super bowl halftime
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just in this evening, the nfl announcing an all star lineup for the super bowl lvi halftime show. it will feature hip hop and r&b legends dr. dre, snoop dogg, eminem, mary j. blige and kendrick lamar, all on stage for the first time live right here on nbc sunday february 13th. a shocking moment caught on camera at the miami airport. a passenger on an american airlines flight that had just arrived from columbia walking on the wing after police said he opened the emergency exit and jumped out the man who has not been publically identified was arrested and may face federal charges. now to our series one nation
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overdose and troubling new data on the opoid crisis. it shows latinos face some of the highest spikes in overdose deaths in the country, while up against significant roadblocks to get treatment morgan radford has more >> reporter: every morning, beverly starts her day here, at an opoid addiction treatment center just north of boston what would have happened to you if you hadn't come here you don't think you would have survived and she is one of the lucky ones fighting to survive an opoid epidemic made worse by the pandemic when the pandemic hit and everything fell apart. she couldn't find help in spanish until she came here, just one of two bilingual addiction centers in the state. and nationally the opoid deaths among latinos have increased nearly 4% since the pandemic
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here in massachusetts, latino men have the highest rate of opoid related deaths of any race or ethnicity some things that he says it made worse by a lack of resources. do you think it is more difficult for latinos to get professional help? it's difficult because of the language barrier it's difficult to find translators. and experts agree. with covid latinos are disproportionately impacted similarly, you know, the stigma in the latino community has always been a problem. a stigma that beverly hopes other latinos will soon overcome what would you say to other latinos who are still
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fighting sometimes you may get tired, but it's worth it. the fight is worth it. morgan radford, nbc news, roxbury, massachusetts. up next for us tonight, the couple giving new meaning to the family style meal and inspiring america.
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if you've got kids in college, then you know that meals are a big priority,
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something well understood by a couple in raleigh, north carolina here's emily >> reporter: this is saturday in the sullivan household. pampering meatballs, roasting peppers, hours long prep work before tom and rachel's adopted family of nearby college students descend on their raleigh home, a tradition resurrected by this sophomore whose parents hosted rachel when she was in school. >> every time my husband cooks a meal, he makes a meal as well. >> reporter: as kevin's visits increased, so did the views on tiktok and with it requests from other students hundreds of other students seeking out healthy food, something the sullivans know a lot about. the couple follows a strict diet to counteract rachel's hormonal disorder and helping her get pregnant the sullivans offer a taste of home. >> i can name a hundred reasons why the kids come through, and they all have their own and it's unique to them, and there is so many that i think it just naturally makes it go.
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>> reporter: and during the pandemic, these moments are precious. >> like i can genuinely tell it's making an impact on people's lives, and that's awesome. >> reporter: including yours. >> including mine, yes. >> reporter: local vendors, big brands, famous chefs now helping the viral effort grow. >> i think we always come back to the phrase it takes a village. we wouldn't be able to do this on our own. >> reporter: turns out the sullivan's recipe for family was just missing a few hundred college kids nbc news raleigh, north carolina and that's "nightly news" for this thursday, a reminder there is an all new episode of "nightly news" kids edition. it's a good one. thank you for watching i'm lester holt. please take care of yourself and each other good night
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>> next on nbc bay area news tonight, tens of thousands of marijuana plants, row weather watches, $10 million in cash, all found in several illegal pot grows in the bay area. tonight, the paper trail investigators are now following in this historic bust. vaccine mandates and your kids. one bay area school district is weighing its options. right now on requiring eligible students to get the shot in order to continue coming to campus. we're live


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