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>> all right, glenn. that's the news at 6:00. thanks for watching. >> up next, "nightly news" with lester holt. breaking news tonight, the white house putting iran on notice. national security adviser michael flynn accusing the iranians of defying the u.n. did they do it? the trump administration not taking military options off the table. breaking rarngs. republicans abandon's the republicans pick to lead the schools. her nomination in jeopardy. go nuclear after a primetime surprise, president trump says take drastic measures to get his supreme court confirmed. buyers beware. thieves are trying to steal your money. new fertility tests to help struggling couples get pregnant. and shaking it up. an elementary school teacher inspiring america. "nightly news" begins
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right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. the white house tonight is putting iran on notice and taking no option off the table in response to iran's test this week of an unarmed ballistic missile calling it a violation of a u.n. nuclear accord, a provocation and destabilizing. but the surprise warning delivered by the president's national security adviser today threatens to put the administration at odds with other members of the u.n. security council, which contrary to the white house, has not thus far declared the missile test a violation. white house correspondent kristen welker has late details. >> reporter: a surprise at the white house briefing. president trump's national security adviser michael flynn unleashing a stern warning to american adversary iran. >> as of today, we are officially putting
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iran on notice. >> reporter: at issue, a series of provocations, including iran launching a ballistic missile test on sunday. flynn accusing iran of violating a u.n. resolution on ballistic missiles even though the u.n. is still assessing the situation. late this afternoon, a senior administration says they are considering retaliating and wouldn't rule out economic sanctions or even military action. >> iran continues to threaten u.s. friends and allies in the region. the obama administration failed to respond adequately to tehran's ma line actions. >> reporter: iran said on tuesday it wasn't a violation and would never use its ballistic missiles to attack another country. the state department nbc news it was informed about flynn's statements ahead of time but not fully briefed. this happened an hour before president trump's new secretary of state was confirmed. national security experts warn, escalating tensions with iran could have serious consequences. >> i just think that
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while we need to be very tough-minded and contain iran, there are more ways to achieve this objective than starting out the administration on such a bell lee koes threatening way. >> reporter: president trump railed against the obama administration for not being tougher with tehran and today's actions could be indicative of a new tone. >> the statement is a signal of that rupture, that change in policy towards a more confrontational, a more aggressive stance towards iran and its activities. >> reporter: late tonight, military officials say the military has not changed its posture and response. the white house giving no indication of how long its review process will take or when it could decide to take action. lester? >> kristen welker, thank you. as all of that played out, president trump left the white house today for a time today accompanied by his daughter ivanka to travel to dover air base where the president paid his respects and witnessed the somber final
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homecoming of chief special warfare operator william ryan owens. the body of the navy s.e.a.l. from peoria, illinois, returned to the u.s. today, just days after he was killed during a military raid on an al qaeda-affiliated base in yemen, his death the first u.s. known combat casualty since president trump took office into tonight, the full-court press is on for the white house to get neil gorsuch confirmed. democrats are promising a fight and perhaps a filibuster. today, president trump said if democrats do that, republicans should take drastic measures. our justice correspondent pete williams has details. >> reporter: now the hard part, neil gorsuch began looking for support today in a fractured senate. >> because this president has started out in such a fundamentally undemocratic way, we have to examine this nominee closely. >> reporter: president trump said it's fine with him if mitch mcconnell allows gorsuch to be
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confirmed by a simple majority instead of a filibuster 60 votes. >> it's up to mitch, but i would say go for it. >> reporter: the trump administration labored to build suspense for last night's announcement. >> was that a surprise? >> reporter: to maintain secrecy, gorsuch met the white house team in a supermarket parking lot and landed in washington and stayed with a friend. >> i pledge if confirmed i will do all my powers permit to be a faithful servant of this great country. >> reporter: neil gorsuch is married with two daughters and would be the first protestant on the court. conservatives like his record siding with the hobby lobby owners saying that it violated their religious freedom. a study by three scholars concludes he'd be further to the right on the court than justice scalia was but a conservative
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leader who advised president trump on the nomination disagrees. >> he is fair-minded, impartial in the sense that he grounds his judicial decision making on the constitution and the laws. >> reporter: the gorsuch confirmation hearing will begin in six weeks. >> if confirmed, it will be whisker close whether he gets to supreme court by the very last oral arguments of the term or several high-profile maybe five to four cases are waiting for him. >> reporter: gorsuch aide says one of his first calls after getting the nomination was to merrick garland, the federal judge here in washington who was nominated by president obama to succeed scalia but never got a hearing. lester? >> pete williams at the supreme court, thank you. let's turn now to a cliff hanger over president trump's pick to lead the nation's schools, betsy devos today losing support from a pair of critical republicans. her nomination to be education secretary now appears to be in jeopardy and vice president pence might need to step in to
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keep it from going into defeat. kasie hunt it on the hill for us. >> reporter: president trump's pick for secretary of education suddenly in jeopardy tonight. >> i will not, i cannot vote to confirm her. >> i cannot support this nominee. >> reporter: republican senators susan collins and lisa murkowski announced they can't support betsy devos. >> i have heard from thousands, truly thousands of alaskans who have shared their concerns about mrs. devos as secretary of education. they've contacted by phone, e-mail, in person. >> reporter: this sent republicans scrambling on capitol hill because without these two, they have just 50 votes. so with 46 democrats and 2 independents expected to vote no, for the first time in history, they could have a tie. vice president mike pence would be forced to break. >> i was trying to get to yes. i couldn't. >> reporter: she spent millions of her personal fortune promoting vouchers and charter schools.
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>> you never attended a k-12 school, correct? >> correct. >> and you've never taught at a k-12 school, correct? >> i have not but i've mentored one. >> reporter: and raising new questions about her qualifications. the white house says that is character assassination and they are 100% certain she will get confirmed but republicans have had to delay the confirmation of jeff sessions as attorney general because they are going to need his vote as senator to confirm devos. lester? >> kasie hunt for us, thank you. th sewift and dramatic remaking of policy by the new administration is shining attention on a member of the president's inner circle who was often seen but rarely heard from publicly. chief white house strategist and former breitbart ceo steve bannon is raising eyebrows now with a move to join the president's top foreign policy advisers and late today the white house responded to the controversial past remarks about islam. andrea mitchell has
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details. >> reporter: he's at the president's side in nearly every photo op. right there at the signing of those executive orders he helped craft. chief white house strategist steve bannon aside from the family, first among equals in president trump's power circle. >> what bannon wants, nothing short of a revolution, a populist nationalist revolution in the united states. republican in name but trump in style. >> reporter: bannon's influence stretching from politics to foreign policy. the former head of the controversial website breitbart whose published headlines like birth control makes women unattractive and crazy. now on the national security council principles committee. >> he's got a tremendous understanding of the world in the geopolitical landscape. >> reporter: surprising a retired general. how unusual is it that steve bannon has a seat at the table? i>>hi tnk it's unprecedented in at least over the last two administrations. >> reporter: bannon often described as brilliant but his power alarming,
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critics cringe at his past as dark and warning the media to keep his mouth shut, fingerprints on much of what the president has done thus far. listen to bannon on breitbart in 2015? we need to put a stop on refugees until we can vet. >> why even let them? >> reporter: his anti-islam rhetoric. this afternoon prompting the press secretary to say the president does not agree. >> he understands that it's not a religious problem, it's a radicalization problem. >> reporter: people close to the president say behind bannon's influence, he and president trump share the same instincts, the ultimate outsiders now on the inside. andrea mitchell, nbc news, washington. we are keeping a close eye on a tense stand off playing out this evening at a state prison in delaware where inmates have been holding a number of guards hostage for hours, at one point smoke was rising from the prison and a local paper received a call from a man claiming to be one of the hostages who relayed demands. authorities have that prison surrounded. there's a new
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alert tonight about identity fraud with a he had looking cybersecurity group warning that i.d. theft jumped to a whopping 16% last year. while those new credit cards with embedded chips have helped cut down on credit card fraud, determined criminals have just found new ways to steal. here's nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: it happens every second of every day in america, someone's personal identity is stolen. last year, 6 out of every 100 consumers were victimized while new chip credit cards have cut down on in-store fraud, criminals have simply changed their strategy. >> they went from targeting the retailer and their brick and mortar stores to the retailer's dot-com sites. >> using my information, they attempted to open almost 30 accounts, 10 of which they were successful at. >> reporter: so-called account takeover fraud was up a whopping 61% last year. a criminal hijacks a
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victim's account information, then orders new credit cards. also in 2016, a 40% jump in card not present transactions with criminals using stolen credit cards to make online purchases. because so many people use the same user names and passwords, cyberthieves will steal that from a social media site and try it on online banking and shopping and credit cards. >> so don't reuse a password. don't use the same password for your bank as your retail shopping and e-mail. >> reporter: more advice, use long passwords, song lyrics and numbers and even mixing languages. sign up for transaction and fraud alerts by your bank and use two-step authentication log-ins that text you codes. geri uncovered leads to track down her thieves but an overwhelmed police department told her it doesn't have the resources to go after the thieves. tom costello, nbc news, washington. still ahead
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just four days until super bowl li and this year two guests of honor will help kick it off. former president george h.w. bush and wife barbara bush will perform the coin toft at nrg stadium in their home town of houston. they were both recently hospitalized. the former president just released on monday. he tweeted this out today, saying he's getting fired up for sunday. more than 100 million are expected to tune in to super bowl. there will be plenty of things to get your attention off the field. as our kevin tibbles explains, one ad already viewed by millions is causing quite a stir in these politically charged times. >> you don't look like you're from around here. >> reporter: the fable story of the american dream selling that american football staple, beer. >> welcome to america. >> reporter: budweiser's super bowl ad portrays the journey of the company's founder who
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left jernl knee for the united states in 1957, making his way to st. louis and meeting his future partner, anheuser. at a time when immigration is on the minds of many, this american tale struck a nerve on social media. well-done budweiser. i can't watch your commercial without crying. for others, it fell flat. "this bud's no longer for me. it's activists juice." but budweiser says the ad was a year in the making adding, "we did not set out to create a piece of political commentary however we recognize you can't reference the american dream today without being part of the conversation". >> i do not think you're going to see a lot of politics in the super bowl this year. people would really like to sort of take a break and enjoy the super bowl and enjoy some ads that they find either humorous or nostalgic.
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>> reporter: another brand, weathertech, will once again air an ad touting its made in america products, another issue in the news. but from the brewery that gave us singing frogs, puppies and, of course, clydesdales, a taste of the past with a present day twist. kevin tibbles, nbc news, chicago. one of last year's super bowl performers had not one but two surprises for fans today. beyonce posted a picture on social media showing her with a baby bump and a message saying, "our family will be growing by two." a hint that she and husband jay z will soon welcome twins and daughter blue ivy is about to become a big sister. when we come back, i use what's already inside me to reach my goals. so i liked when my doctor told me that i may reach my blood sugar and a1c goals by activating what's within me
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amazing way to relate to his students and many are taking note of his big heart and memory, viewed on social media more than 21 million times so far. our gabe gutierrez has our "inspiring america" report. >> let's get it. let's go. >> reporter: at charlotte's ashley park elementary, attendance is quite the show. >> personal handshakes. we pride ourselves on high expectations in the classroom and meaningful relationships. >> reporter: one after another, after another, at least 40 handshakes, each is unique with the students. >> it really just started with me wanting to bring some joy to my students and now it's blown up. >> reporter: how do you remember every single one? >> at this point, it's muscle memory. we do it so much every day, i do it with them at lunch, at recess, when they come to my class. >> reporter: he may have a famous name but he's one of a kind. he grew up in queens, new york, yet he's a huge cleveland cavaliers fan and got
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the idea from watching lebron james pregame handshake rituals. this is more about a handshake. >> it's definitely more about a handshake. it's about impacting the student in a positive way. >> reporter: the students here are mostly lower income. he's just making sure they get a fair shake. >> they come from situations that may not be ideal. >> reporter: i feel like i'm welcomed in his class. >> you come in and get excited and do a handshake and then you can be all ready. >> reporter: in his second year of teaching, he seems to have found his calling. >> i feel like this is probably the number one job in america. >> reporter: a few moments with him, and you notice a lesson for us all. >> never underrate the value of relationships with anyone. >> reporter: a true educator with just the right touch. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, charlotte. give him a hand, america. pretty good. that's going to do it for us on this wednesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for
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watching and good night. beyonce pregnant with twins. >> her big announcement after days of clues now on "extra." ♪ extra, extra >> beyonce in a bronze veil hands on her new baby bump. she and jay confirming twins on the way.
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what she told average about her family plan. >> big families swamp everything. first lady lan melania refu to live in the white house? spotted in new york with reports she's ditching d.c. for new york. bethenny frankel's ex, jason hoppy, the first sighting since he was charged with stalking and harassing her. >> the ordeal that was horrendous. stoo why their feud is about to get way nastier. "bachelor" villain corrine debating bad girl behavior. >> don't you think you were crazy? >> opening up to ellen why the sex-crazed contestant says she has no regrets. >> i'm in houston on super bowl countdown. my new interview with erin andrews about overcoming cancer and getting ready to tie the knot. >> my nan is the best. and bill maher's presidential week in review.


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