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capitol, illinois democrat, tammy duckworth, the first disabled veteran elected to congress knows the hardship. do you feel it in a way that maybe your colleagues don't? >> yeah, i feel it in my gut, i know exactly what the families are going through. i know just what it is like to get that phone call from the army assistance department, because my family got that call. >> reporter: they were allowed money for burial costs, it caught the attention of the majority leader harry reid. >> does not allow the death benefits for the families of the fallen, officials told andrea mitchell of nbc. >> reporter: word spread in the house republican's morning meeting. the south carolina congressman mark sanford. how is a death benefit held back in the time of shutdown? >> it is wrong and it will be fixed. >> reporter: late today i asked the house speaker. can you tell us please what you would say to military families
just denied the benefits due to the shutdown? boehner said they believed that all military families were protected with their paychecks last week, when the government signed and promised to pay, through the military act. >> we give broad authority through the department of defense to pay all sorts of bills, including this, and frankly i think it is disgraceful that they're withholding these benefits. >> reporter: the chairman that runs the armed services committee says that lawmakers will fix this tomorrow. >> they will get their benefits. >> reporter: can you promise that? >> i promise that. there is no question they will get their benefits. >> reporter: tonight, pentagon lawyers say they simply disagreed with the speaker and lawmakers and learned that the department of defense didn't have the authority to pay these benefits now. tonight, senators from both parties have written to secretary hagel, and tomorrow they are expected to pass a bill that would protect the benefits right away. >> kelly o'donnell, thank you,
of course the continshutdown continues, as we said we heard from both sides, chuck todd was there for it. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, nine days before the country runs out of its ability to borrow money and we don't appear closer to a deal, republicans continue to insist that changes to the health care law must be part of the deal. the president is willing to talk about that but only after the government is re-opened. >> the only thing that i will say is that we're thought going to pay a ransom for america paying its bills. we're willing to pass at least a short-term budget. >> reporter: hours later, speaker boehner dismissed that option. >> the president said today if there is unconditional surrender by republicans he will sit down and talk to us, that is not the way our government works. >> reporter: an angry john mccain has been there before, he
pleaded with colleagues to work something out. >> how is this going to end? we know how it is going to end. sooner or later the government will resume the functions, sooner or later we'll raise the debt limit. the question is how do we get there? >> reporter: one way out would be to take a straight up and down vote on the spending bill, without any amendments like health care, boehner says the votes are not there, but according to our numbers they are. the house has 433 vacancies, the majority to pass anything is now 217. all the house democrats are on record supporting a temporary clean spending bill. and we've identified these twenty house republicans who told us they, too, would support a bill, bringing the total to 220, three more than necessary. of course, brian, the only way to hold this premise is a vote, something the speaker has declined to do. >> chuck todd, after eight days
of this, the ripple effects of the shutdown keep rolling in. the cdc has been affected. much of staff furloughed. now, there is a recall of chicken making people sick in different states. wall street is reacting to the possibility of defaulting on the debt with next week fast approaching, the dow slid nearly 300 points today, wiping out the gains of last month. there is concern about the s&p, cnbc's maria bartiromo is talking about the default and what could happen. here in new york there is late word tonight that an undercover police officer surrendered to authorities in connection with the motorcycle gang on the attack of the driver in a range rover nine days ago. the detective was seen in the video of the attack smashing the back window of the vehicle with
the driver and his family inside. our report tonight from nbc's stephanie gosk. >> reporter: in the dramatic moments before the man was beaten before his wife and child, his wife called 911. she couldn't have known that an undercover detective was already there. but to cop not only stood by while bikers attacked the suv, he may have taken part. the video posted on line and now viewed by millions and just before lien is pulled from the car. in the moments following, the bystander was seen videotaping the scene with an ipad. sources tell us they have that video. it shows the undercover cop smashing the rear window of the suv, getting on his bike and driving off. the detective, who the nypd says was part of a sensitive undercover operation, didn't come forward until three days later. telling investigators he was there, but not involved. before the video was uncovered, the head of the new york detective's union explained the challenges of working
undercover. >> it is very difficult to lead a double life. especially for those that are in those deep, sensitive undercover positions. they must keep their assignment to themselves. >> reporter: former new york city police commissioner bill bratten says the police officers should not have taken part in the unauthorized rally. >> these are certainly nothing that the police officers or any new york city police officer should engage in. >> reporter: an undercover police officer who investigates the biker gangs in another state spoke on account of being anonymous. >> the job is very unpredictable. we try to plan, and you try to coordinate for the safety of everyone involved. and sometimes things don't go exactly as planned. >> reporter: back in new york, the criminal investigation is focused on the bikers believed to have beaten lien.
police released photos of several more people of interest, while the delivery of the undercover detective remains at issue. and more with dr. nancy snyderman, with an exclusive investigation, one of the worst outbreaks on our planet, thousands dead because of it, questions is, could the u.n. be to blame. and tom hanks, what made headlines within minutes. every year american students earn degrees in math and science.
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our chief medical editor dr. nancy snyderman recently traveled to haiti to report on the epidemic. >> reporter: this is 5-year-old christina. a cholera victim who remembers her manners, christina is one of the lucky ones, she is going to make it. but others have not been so fortunate. she lost her family members to cholera. >> i am sad, i'm really sad. >> reporter: the fever is gone, the cholera epidemic has compounded the suffering i witnessed after the devastating earthquake in 2010, since then, it has become one of the world's worst health crisis, sickening many, killing others, a
batallion of troops went to haiti. one of the peacekeeper was most likely carrying cholera, this is the site where the cholera-laden water was introduced to the country that has not seen it for years. but the u.n. has refused to respond to allegations that it is responsible for the epidemic, citing diplomatic immunity. there has been no compensation, no apology. the american and haitian lawyers will file the class action lawsuit in court tomorrow. >> the u.n. is there to fight disease and poverty, but it is a major contributor to disease and poverty in haiti, and refusing to take responsibility for it. >> reporter: what is the stance of the u.n. refusing to take responsibility for that. >> i can't answer that. >> reporter: she is one of the top officials in haiti, when
there is blame to go around, isn't it important for them to say yes, it is us? >> well, unfortunately, i can't answer that question, i think here in haiti, what is more important is to deal with health system we're in, we're improving other areas. >> reporter: little reassurance for her, whose family has received no assistance. >> it means the victims are entitled to their day in national court, if the u.n. won't give them justice within their country. >> reporter: they and others are counting on the lawsuit, hoping that the courts will finally bring justice for their families and force the u.n. to be accountable. the lawsuit also accuses the u.n. of a cover-up, saying that it willfully delayed investigation into the outbreak, and obscured the source of the outbreak. the u.n. says it does not give
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more engaged. that is because he is the new head of the national pta. we get his story tonight from nbc's gabe gutierrez. >> reporter: on a wet field in georgia, these cheers are not for the football team. >> thank you all so much for coming. >> reporter: but for the new face of the national parent/teacher association. >> that you sign up for pta unit here. >> reporter: before the image of the pta has been suburban mom. you're trying to change that perception? >> yes. >> reporter: how? >> well, i'm today's pta, i'm a working dad. >> reporter: father of two is the group's new president and the first african-american male to hold the unpaid position. >> and there are barriers in the way of education. and you have to break down those barriers. >> reporter: no stranger to challenges, thornton is an army lieutenant colonel who earned the bronze star in iraq. now retired, he trains soldiers
as a contractor at fort stewart. he said that discipline and his own struggles growing up helped him relate to today's most at-risk kids. >> when you're in poverty, it can be hopeless. >> reporter: he was 13 when his father disappeared, leaving his mother to care for seven children. >> i didn't know why. and i was angry. >> reporter: but he channelled that anger into education, and when he had kids of his own he joined the local pta and grew it from just seven parents to 400. he now wants every father involved. men make up just 22% of the dpa. >> we have family leader nights, and we're targeting community. >> reporter: the group is now providing some kids free ereaders and holding membership drives like this one. >> if we can draw them in as a whole family unit, it is very important. >> it is very important if we sustain our membership. >> reporter: a combat veteran with a new mission.
>> i'm here to serve the children of our nation. >> reporter: changing america's classrooms, one parent at a time. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, brunswick, georgia. >> and that is our broadcast on this tuesday night, thank you for joining us. i'm brian williams, we would love to see you back here tomorrow evening. good night.
is saying today. >> then, tom hanks medical diagnosis. >> type 2 diabetes. >> a dramatic weight loss from his movie roles triggered diabetes. >> she is our teacher? imagine finding out your high school teacher posed for playboy magazine. >> what are you majoring in? >> spanish. >> i heard when you turn 40 things go a little less sexual. >> america's answer to miley. >> what does she know. she is like a little kid. >> did the government shut down almost cost this reporter her life. >> we were in pretty dire straits. >> the national park she was hiking in was shut down. >> plus -- >> get away from me. >> coffee shop freakout. >> [screaming]. >> now "inside edition" with deborah norville. deborah: hello, everybody, and thank you for joining us.
it's a stunning portrayal of the late king of late night, johnny carson. a new book written by his long time attorney claims that the man that america knew as mr. nice guy on television was a supremely jealous husband who carried a gun and snooped on his wife. carson has been gone nearly 10 years the allegations are still making headlines. >> a new book depicts johnny carson as a jealous husband who was packing a pistol when he broke into his second wife's apartment and found it filled with photos of the alleged other man, football great frank gifford. these shocking allegations are in this tell all book, johnny carson, written by his lawyer henry bushkin. johnny got his gun said the headline in the post. they lived in an apartment here at the posh u.n. plaza. according to the new book she
kept a secret apartment where she had terrorists with frank gifford in this east side neighborhood. at the time gifford was married to his first wife maxine. his current wife, kathie lee gifford, made light of the story on "the today show." >> he said do you believe this? i said, tell me, it was a long time ago, did you have an affair with her. he says i can't remember. [ laughter ] >> maybe. it's not true, that particular one. although the man is capable of it. >> he writes carson took him, arthur castle and two other men to break into the apartment he thought joanne was renting on the sligh in 1970. i have reason to believe my wife is cheating on me, carson said, according to bushkin and i have an idea who the s.o.b. is that she is shacking up
with. they found photos of gifford all over the wall and the king of late night fell to pieces. he began to weep. when johnny carson's raincoat fell open, his lawyer said he was shocked to see johnny carrying a 38 revolver on a holster on his hip. he was able to joke about the heart-breaking situation while drowning his sorrows at a local bar with ed mcmahon. why frank gifford? what's that plank got that i don't have? that guy plays three positions on the field. i couldn't get joanne to go for more than two. [ no audio ]