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tough sale, booing breaks out as mitt romney goes before the naacp making his argument he can do a better job for african-americans than president obama. where is he? the mystery surrounding jesse jackson, jr., the illinois congressman missing in action for over a month. tonight the an as to where he's been. the next wave of tsunami debris headed for american shores on top of what's already washed up. what's still out there en route here? tonight we've gone out to see for a closer week. insult to injury, the real story. the horse named i'll have another and why he wasn't allowed to run after the triple crown. what americans have said are the most memorable moments in
television history. the most memorable moments in television history. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >> announcer: from nbc world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. good evening, it's a part of campaigning and a part of governing. you sometimes have to appear before audiences that may not agree with you on everything and may not seem like a good fit. it happens. because there are all kinds of vote irs in this country with all kinds of views, it's going to happen. we saw it happen today when mitt romney did something the president isn't doing this year. he and before the naacp convention. the response from the audience there wasn't always warm. it's where we begin tonight with nbc's peter alexander on the campaign trail covering mitt romney. peter, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening to you. this is far and away the most pro obama crowd mitt romney has spoken to all campaign season. while his advisers admit they would never expect all african-americans to agree with
all of mitt romney's policies, they admit they were pleased by the reception here. it was a gutsy claim from mitt romney. >> if you want a president who will make things better in the african-american community, you are looking at him. you take a look. >> reporter: just consider the audience, the naacp, the nation's premier civil rights group. tasha from ohio compared today's setting to a lion's den. >> i thought it was extremely encouraging that president hopeful romney even came. >> reporter: four years ago then candidate of obama won 95% of the black vote. today romney asked for a fair hearing. but on several occasions heard the crowd's dis approvapproval. >> the president says he will do those things. he has not, cannot, will not. his last four years in the white house prove it definitively.
to do that, i'm going to eliminate every nonessential expensive program i can find. that includes obama care. i'm going to work to reform and save -- >> reporter: naacp delegate teresa haley explained what she wanted to hear. >> what we don't like is calling it obama care. it's a plan for everyone. >> reporter: still simply by showing up with his message of job creation for the african-american he's hoping to pry away some voters. >> reporter: i'd give the president a c plus. he could have been more effective. in terms of jobs. >> reporter: the black vote is particularly crucial in key swing states like virginia and north carolina where president obama won by just 14,000 votes in 2008. >> that i hope to represent all americans of every race, creed, and sexual orientation. from the poorest to the richest and everyone in between.
>> reporter: moments after romney finished, the obama campaign denounced his economic policies as devastating for the african-american community. still, as romney left the stage, at least half the room gave him a standing ovation. president obama will not be here for this year's convention. instead vice president joe biden will address the room tomorrow. the democratic challenge, it's very clear, try to regain that enthusiasm among african-american voters they had four years ago. this is a group among whom every little bit of erosion could cost the obama campaign dearly. >> peter alexander on the trail in houston te, texas, starting off tonight. there's a mystery talked about mostly in washington all the way west to chicago. jesse jackson, jr., the son of the civil rights leader, has been missing away from his job for the past four weeks and not heard from. tonight we have learned more about where he is and where he's
been. our report from nbc's andrea mitchell. >> his namesake is both a blessing and a curse, jesse jackson, jr.. >> he is my father and my friend, i now present to you the reverend jesse jackson. >> reporter: born at the height of the civil rights movement, raised in politics by his famous father, once a rising star. now missing in action, not seen since june. battles an ethics investigation, a failing marriage and his parents say physical and mental pain. >> we hope he'll be fully restored to his health. he's going through a tremendous challenge. >> reporter: friends and colleagues say he was far from chicago's south side, being treated for alcoholism at a facility in arizona. and there are legal issues. the younger jackson has denied he tried to get convicted former illinois governor rob blagojevich to appoint him to president obama's senate seat in
exchange for money raised by a one-time fund-raiser. >> everyone who is going to be amazed at just how innocent i am. >> reporter: last month he was indicted on unrelated charges. today democratic leaders signal their time and patience could be running out. >> i think congress jackson and his office and his family would be well advised to advise the constituents of his condition. he's obviously facing a health problem. >> reporter: at shawn's fadz 4 days, people are asking questions. >> we elected him and there's nowhere to be found. >> i need to know what his illness is. is it mental, physical? >> even fellow democrats on capitol hill are getting impatient. it's been a month now since he's been seen and there's business to be done. >> tonight jackson's wife texted nbc chicago that her husband is, quote, not in rehab. a good friend told nbc this has
all come down on jackson like an avalanche. there is a good possibility he'll have to resign. >> andrea mitchell in our washington newsroom. thanks. in congress, house of representatives, there's been another vote to repeal president obama's health care law. kelly o'donnell, our correspondent on the hill covering it all for us. kelly, what's going on there? >> well, brian, this was the 33rd time that the house voted to repeal or cut funding for the president's health care law. this is key. it was the first time since the supreme court upheld the law as constitutional but did say that the individual mandate, the requirement everyone buy insurance is a tax. that word tax gave new political fuel to house republicans who wanted to compel democrats to vote on this issue, to be on the record. will they support this new health care tax as defined by the court. this will play out in all of their campaigns. it's a big issue for the fall, but the practical effect brian is senate democrats it won't go
anywhere there. it's about taking a stand and both parties did that today. >> kelly o'donnell, thanks. from washington we go all the way west now. hate happened again. another american city is broke, barely able to make payroll. it has declared bankruptcy. it's the third city in california to take this drastic step in just two weeks' time. tonight some people are warning the same perfect storm that hit san bernardino could hit a lot of other american cities. our report tonight from nbc's mike taibbi. tuesday night another depressing city council meeting with bad news from city manager andrea miller. >> we have an immediate cash flow issue. >> followed by the worst news that seeking bankruptcy was the only way the city can even meet its payroll in the next few weeks. city services have already been trimmed. with temperatures in the mid-90s, will public pool hours be cut back. will seniors like ollie williams
learn there will be fewer hours and fewer programs at the funded senior citizen center. >> they can't do away with these centers either. these people need somewhere to go. >> mayor morris doesn't have the answers yet. >> you don't know and the citizens of this city won't know for a while exactly what the impact is going to be? >> that's true. >> the signs have been there for years, declining revenues in the deep recession and skyrocketing cost, mostly for city employees and their pensions. in may this region had the third highest foreclosure rate in the country. city unemployment stood at 15.9%. >> people are not working. they are not paying taxes. they are not shopping. >> they are losing their homes. >> 5,000 homes in foreclosure. >> similar problems force stockton into bankruptcy, a city of merely 300,000 and then tiny mammoth lakes said it couldn't pay its bills. get used to that story line says business professor. >> it's a microcosm of every other city in america.
san bernardino or des moines, wherever it is, your services are going to be cut. your police and fire, schools, garbage collection, potholes. >> reporter: for now there will be no changes in essential city services, san bernardino firemen battled brush fires earlier this week. but their pensions and police pensions and all city salaries will now be vigorously challenged. mike taibbi, nbc news, san bernardino. frightening scene in columbus, ohio this morning when a freight train carrying ethanol derailed, exploded. one person living nearby said it looked like the sun had fallen to the ground. fire crews let it burn itself out, all they could do. homes were evacuated. two people suffered minor injuries when it was over. we've been reporting on the growing wave of debris in the pacific from last year's tsunami in japan. we have seen soccer balls and boats, a motorcycle, even a giant dock come on our shores. tonight we're being told it's
just the start. there's a lot more out there. also tonight we want to take you with the scientists to see what that next wave is up to, the wash on american shores. our report from nbc's miguel almaguer. >> reporter: the hunt is on. it only takes minutes for this research vessel off the coast of california to find what it's looking for. >> a wrapper, styrofoam. >> reporter: much of the debris here is small, the size of confetti. >> when we talk about a poison pill, this is what we're talking about. >> reporter: further out at sea, researchers say the great pacific garbage patch is a debris field too large and scattered to measure. >> big chunks of trash that are floating out in the ocean are creating new kinds of habitat, as if it's a coastal zone in the middle of the deep ocean. >> reporter: the pacific garbage patch has been growing for 40 years. but now debris from the japanese
tsunami is also caught in the swirling mass of ocean currents. >> it's going to add an enormous amount to the garbage patch that's already in existence out there. >> reporter: though scientists believe most of the estimated 1.5 million tons of debris will never make it to shore, it's what is arriving on our shores that's cause for concern. we're seeing more of it every day. in alaska, buoys and bottles. in washington state a small skiff with a load of barnacles. this pier in oregon arrived carrying marine life. they treated this find as an archaeological dig, parts of a japanese home, a toilet, fertilizer. the cleanup could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. >> we are in for a steady dribble of tsunami debris over the next few years.
>> reporter: the environmental cost remains unknown. hundreds of millions of organisms, some invasive species arrive ashore on the debris. >> all kinds of life. >> reporter: this just the first wave in a tsunami of trash churning in the pacific. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. still ahead along the way for us tonight, new theories about whether there's more to the story whaf really caused a favorite contender to drop out of the last leg of the triple crown. later the magazine that america grew up with, if only norman rockwell could see it now. [ male announcer ] this is rudy. his morning starts with arthritis pain. and two pills. afternoon's overhaul starts with more pain. more pills. triple checking hydraulics. the evening brings more pain. so, back to more pills. almost done, when... hang on. stan's doctor recommended aleve. it can keep pain away all day with fewer pills than tylenol. this is rudy. who switched to aleve. and two pills for a day free of pain. ♪
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it was the day before last month's belmont stakes, final race in the triple crown, the race so many people hoped would win it all suddenly retired from racing. people were pulling for that horse and the news crushed a lot of hopes and dreams. but now we're learning the horse named i'll have another may have
had health problems long before he disappeared from racing, a notion his trainer vehemently denies. the story from our senior investigative correspondent lisa myers. >> reporter: i'll have another shocked us in the derby. >> i'll have another, kentucky derby. >> dazzled in the preakness. then the heartbreaking news, the horse would not run for the triple crown or ever race again because of what his trainer called a freakish injury. today "the new york times" citing partial medical records from the new york racing commission reported the horse had a history of ailments well before he was retired in june. the records also obtained by nbc news list osteoarthritis and chronic active tendinitis. another veterinarian who reviewed the records say the problems appear to have been been going on for some period of time. the horse had been given
powerful anti-in flam stories to reduce dis comfort. >> that suggests this horse has been training and racing with these conditions in two miss tissues that areness for horses to stay safe and run. >> i 100% guarantee with 100% certainty while i'll have another was going through the triple crown run he was 100% pain-free and sound and doing brilliantly. >> doug o'neill who has been cited for drug violation wall street other horses says anti-inflammatories are legal like advil or motrin. it raises questions about the horse racing injury, whether horses are given drugs to run with pain for bigger purses with sometimes catastrophic consequences. according to the analysis, 24 horses a week die on u.s. racetrack. just this winter 20 horses died
at a racetrack, twice as many as last year. they dispute the figures. >> the injury rate for horses is gradually going down over time. in fact, the better data we have shows it's slowly creeping down. >> reporter: for the winners, there is life after retirement. i'll have another was just sold to a breeder in japan for $10 million. lisa myers, nbc news, washington. up next here tonight, a new look at what might have been the shortest fourth of july celebration in recent history. [ male announcer ] wouldn't it be cool if we took the nissan altima and reimagined nearly everything in it? gave it greater horsepower and best in class 38 mpg highway... ...advanced headlights... ...and zero gravity seats? yeah, that would be cool. ♪ introducing the completely reimagined nissan altima. it's our most innovative altima ever. nissan. innovation that excites.
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it's definitely a name from the pretwitter era, the saturday evening post is still publishing, but all those past issues and famous norman rockwell covers might have been lost to history but for the hard work of some people who wanted to save them and share them. nbc's kevin tibbles reports tonight on a new era for a traditional american favorite. >> reporter: the saturday evening post is a time capsule of who we are and where we've
been. >> it's realtime coverage of realtime events taking place that very few other outlets in the united states have a perspective on. they just simply weren't there. >> reporter: this granddaddy of american magazines dates back nearly 300 years. first published in the 1720s by benjamin franklin. by the 1950s, it reached 6 million households every week. >> the magazine that america agree up with. >> we turn to the post for dispatches on the civil war, lincoln's assassination, two world wars, and rosie the riveter, civil rights, medical breakthroughs, the kennedy assassination and, of course, all the iconic covers of norman rockwell. >> what i guess this place? it's like a treasure trove. >> you look out, see 100 years of american history. >> history till now has been stored in a dimly lit warehouse in danger of fading away. now archivists are busy scanning
every issue back to 1881. the publisher says they will put it all online. >> even trying to find these old magazines now is a hard thing to do. you go to libraries, they are gone. >> reporter: today the magazine publishes bimonthly, still snapshots of history. still, the post hasn't always got it right. >> the beatles, they will never be anything. they are a fad. >> reporter: the saturday evening post has been anything but a fad. we'll soon be able to discover how often things change and how often they stay the same. >> if you think this country is teetering on the edge, can you come back here and read this and you realize, we've been through it before. >> reporter: the american evolution once again at your fingertips. kevin tibbles, nbc news, indianapolis. that is our broadcast on a wednesday night. thank you for being with us. i'm brian williams. as always, we hope to see you