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is 21 by super bowl sunday. >> can't wait for that. thanks for watching. next is "nbc nightly news." see you tonight at 11:00. >> announcer: this is nbc news "nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. i'm savannah guthrie in for lester. it is over for now. congress has come to an agreement to reopen the government but for just under three weeks and with the sticking point, fate of young immigrants known at d.r.e.a.m.ers unresolved. what changed and how do we know we won't end up right back here? capitol hill koe correspondent kasie hunts starts us off. >> reporter: the house voting to make it official to reopen the government at least for now sending the bill to the president's desk. that sets up an incredibly contentious
debate over beer immigratii immigration. that could have us back where we were in three weeks. >> yeahs 81, nays, 18. >> reporter: democrats taking the deal after a three-day shutdown protecting the so-called d.r.e.a.m.ers t. is a good solution. >> reporter: the government stays open three more weeks. the children's health insurance program fully funded for six yours years after mitch mcconnell made a public pledge. >> this immigration debate will have a level playing field at the outset. >> reporter: the only real change from sunday -- democrats decided to trust mcconnell after a day filled with anxious questions. federal workers showing up to offices uncertain what the morning would hold. >> got a mortgage. i feel like i want to go to work. >> please, good et it together. everybody. because -- i don't have too jobs like some people do. i have one job. >> reporter: national
parks like the statue of liberty shuttered over the weekend. states forced to foot the bill to open today. the dramatic turn of events playing out in the halls of capitol hill. >> are you considering changing your vote? >> we'll hear where we are. >> reporter: a bipartisan group of senators huddling in susan collins office in the morning. pessimistic at first. >> senator, can you get it done today? >> i don't know. >> reporter: hours wore on. >> almost 11:00 a.m. will the government reopen by the end of the day? >> i hope so. if it doesn't, i don't know where we go from here because we're so, so very close. >> reporter: about 90 minutes later it was done. the difference -- >> leader mcconnell made a clear public commit on the floor of the senate. we won't be able to move forward if we don't trust each other. >> reporter: the government reopening, just three more weeks, when the fight plays out all over again. kasie hunt, nbc news, the capitol. this is kristen welker. tonight, the uncertainty for
d.r.e.a.m.ers has only deepened. >> we're not pieces on a chess board. we're human beings. >> reporter: this is one of nearly 700,000 d.r.e.a.m.ers, undocumented immigrants brought to the u.s. illegally as children. the bill passed today doesn't directly address the issue of daca, the program that protects them. he says both parties failed him. >> we are disappointedone to republicans, they keep playing games trying to pass some sort of immigrant policies against not only undocumented students, youth but families, and second, too, democrats couldn't hold the line. they couldn't say, we want this now. >> reporter: a federal judge ordered the administration to keep daca going, even though the white house wants to shut it down in early march, and if it ends, the d.r.e.a.m.ers, some who have been here decades, may be departed. under today's deal, republicans are pledging they'll allow a vote on the issue next month, if it's not resolved by then. today president trump hosted key democrat and republican lawmakers at the white
house to start negotiations. but with a lack of trust on both sides -- >> negotiating with president trump is like negotiating with jell-o. >> i wouldn't say it's the highest level of trust. >> reporter: immigration deal, among the largest legislative challenges. the president has said d.r.e.a.m.ers have nothing to worry about. >> is is that still the case? >> i think we've been pretty clear that we want to find a solution on the daca program. >> reporter: if daca ultimately gets rescinded it will be hard for president trump to escape the blame since he's also said supportive things about it. the white house says the president is trying to end a program former president obama had no authority to start in the first place, savannah? >> kristen welker, thank you. this brings us to chuck todd, moderator of "meet the press." back to the shutdown. what happened? did democrats lose their nerve? has anything fundamentally changed in fiterms of where the fights and battles
are? >> reporter: nothing changed. football terms. a false start. by the democrats. the tactic might be an effective tactic but timing was poor. didn't have leverage now. no sense of urgency and democrats had no explanation as to why have this fight now instead of in four weeks? you can make a case in four weeks for them to draw these lines in the sand, but the republicans line was simply, we need more time to negotiate, and as far as the public was hearing, sitting there, what's wrong with that? doesn't seem unreasonable. i do think this, savannah. we will go right back to where we were over the weekend in about three weeks. i think we're still a long way away, and if anything, president trump has to feel good about one thing. the democrats showed their cards. at a minimum, already knows he's going to get his wall from democrats if he gives them daca. and that in itself is already a small victory for this white
house. >> we may be having this very conversation in a few weeks. chuck, thank you. now to our nbc news exclusive inside north korea. lester holt has extraordinary rare access at a time of global anxiety over the north's nuclear program, but the question tonight -- what are the chances for new nuclear talks after surprise news that north and south korea plan to compete together in the upcoming winter olympics? we get more from lester in north korea's capital, pyongyang. lester, good evening. >> reporter: savannah, good evening. even as north korea celebrates its new sense of cooperation with the south it's making it clear the nuclear program is not a part of those talks or even on the table. a senior government official telling us tonight the country plans to build on the success of its recent missile tests and says it is a nuclear power now and wants the u.s. to understand that if it feels its sovereignty or dignity were to be threatened,
only thing would respond with those weapons. meantime, i spoke with a member of the olympic committee here in north korea who says north korean athletes are excited about competing with athletes from the south. when i asked him about whether there are issues integrated the teams, this close to the olympics, less than three weeks away, he said, the sense that they have a shared language and a shared heritage will go a long way. savannah, we'll have more of that interview tomorrow night on "nightly news." send it back to you now. >> all right, lester. thanks. again, much more of lester's reporting from north korea tomorrow right here on "nightly news." back in this country, there is a major blizzard rolling through the midwest causing near whiteout conditions in parts of kansas, nebraska, iowa and minnesota, and as you can imagine it is snarling travel both on the road and in the air. highways shut down in kansas and south dakota. flights delayed, and ca canceled in denver and minneapolis. tonight a frantic
search to find five people missing after a massive explosion at a drilling rig. crews digging through the smoldering wreckage looking for signs of life. nbc's gabe gutierrez has more. >> reporter: tonight, thick, black smoke is billowing into the air near quintin, oklahoma, after a fiery explosion at an oil and natural gas drilling site. >> we have a gas well explosion in quintin on baskin road. >> reporter: now the search is on for five workers authorities say are still missing. 17 others escaped. one of them with burns, flown to the hospital. >> numerous fire departments throughout the county still down there working, and fighting fire and doing everything they can to secure the well. >> reporter: the drilling company patterson uti says it's cooperating with first responders at the scene. the fire is now contained and crews are letting it burn itself out. >> i can't put a time frame on it, but it's going to be a very long process. >> reporter: so far no word on what caused the blast.
families wait for word about the missing. gabe gutierrez, nbc news. we turn now to the flu epidemic that is already three times worse than this time last year and showing no signs of letting up anytime soon. and this year it's been deadly even for healthy people. not just the elderly or those with weak immune systems. nbc's anne thompson went to the front lines in this emergency talking with doctors to find out why. >> reporter: this 10-year-old, a fourth grader, loved hockey and the outdoors -- mourned today in connecticut. a victim of the swift and increasingly deadly flu. >> he was a strong, vibrant energetic kid. >> reporter: an active child dies just three days after feeling ill. it caught him off guard, his mother told "time" magazine. one of the healthy lives ended by this flu. >> why is it that someone who seems healthy can die so quickly from this
disease? >> sometimes this -- this year's virus seems to be very strong and there are times when the body's own immune response is sometimes too vigorous. >> reporter: creating what doctors call a cytokine storm. it makes you sicker resulting in shock, sepsis and organizer failure. >> leadsed bodies to damage its own organs. >> reporter: this emergency room in brook llyn reports a 30% spike. every part of the continent under siege. new orleans, emergency rooms at capacity. dramatic jumps in the numbers of deaths. five times as many in california as compared to last year. nearly ten times in indiana. a deadly outbreak in which being healthy offers little immuni immunity. the best defense, doctors say, is still the flu vaccine.
anne thompson, nbc news, new york. tonight, new fallout for usa gymnastics, members of its board of directors stepping down as the sentencing hearing for former team doctor larry nassar stretched into a fifth day. in court more accusers bravely came forward to confront nassar about the abuse suffered at his hands. details from nbc's kevin tibbles. >> reporter: another day of emotional, heartbreaking accounts of abuse at the hands of disgraced former usa gymnastics doctor larry nassar. >> larry nassar, i hate you. >> reporter: this 15-year-old, emma ann miller says after years of abuse her mother is still being billed by michigan state university. >> msu sports medicine charge immediate for those appointments. my mom is still getting billed for appointments where i was sexually assaulted. >> reporter: when reached by nbc news, a spokesperson for michigan state said former patients of nassar who was fired in 2016 will not be billed.
nassar, who is 54, pleaded guilty to multiple counts of child sex abuse. part of his plea deal includes having to listen to his victims. to date, as many as 150 accusers came forward. krystal wakeman says she was 16 when abused and told her mother at the time. >> she didn't believe me because my sister had been going to him for years. >> reporter: some accusers have blamed organizations like msu and usa gymnastics for allowing nassar to operate unchecked for so long. including olympic gold medallist aly raisman. >> how are we to believe in change when these organizations aren't willing to acknowledge the problem. >> reporter: usa gymnastics said they reported nassar soon after learning of the allegations. today in the wake of this scandal, three of its executives resigned. kevin tibbles, nbc news. there are new rules in the air tonight for cargo coming to the u.s. from six airlines operating in the middle east. the tsa says while
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