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chuck today and david gregory, who by the way will moderate a special edition of "meet the press" tomorrow morning, "who is paul ryan?" 9:00 a.m. eastern, that's 6:00 a.m. in the west for early risers, given our olympic sunday broadcast schedule. and still ahead, as we continue on a saturday night from london, another big day for the u.s. women, faster and stronger than before, now more decorated than some countries competing here. and later, it's one of thes most closely guarded secrets as we just discussed, every four years, but was everything about today's romney rollout as carefully planned? it's the little things in life that make me smile. spending the day with my niece. i don't use super poligrip for hold because my dentures fit well. before those little pieces would get in between my dentures and my gum and it was uncomfortable. even well-fitting dentures let in food particles. super poligrip is zinc free. with just a few dabs,
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these games, which nicely brings chris jansing along with us tonight. good evening. >> good evening, other great day for the americans. if u.s. women were a country, they would be third in the gold medal standings. in one women's relay that you won't see until tonight, well, you're not going to believe the finish, and in the midst of it all, a big debate about u.s. women's basketball. here's the question. >> maya moore on the run. >> reporter: who is the real dream team? tonight u.s. women's basketball laid impressive claim to the title. >> parker catching and finishing. >> reporter: already leading at the half, they came back and put on a clinic for the win over france. >> you can stamp the gold medal, "made in the usa." >> reporter: their victory adding to an extraordinary legacy. usa women have now won 39 consecutive games in the olympics, five consecutive gold medals. it's getting to be a habit. >> i think that our success here kind of speaks for itself. >> reporter: it's not just the
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record number of gold medals american women have won that's impressive, the diversity is mind-boggling. they rowed faster, jumped higher, kicked more intensely, shot more accurately and shattered world records. women swimmers alone won 15 medals. the gymnasts, too, five medals. they did it better than anyone else in the world, on sports' biggest stage. what does it mean to you to know you are the best in the world at something? >> it's really special. we want other people's daughters to emulate us off the court as well as on the court. >> reporter: there is a theme that runs through all this success, lessones for the millions who have watched these phenomenal achievement with awe and wonder, one from a 17-year-old boxer from flint, michigan, who started a whole new chapter in america's olympic boxing history.
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z>> boxesing is not just a man' sport. >> reporter: allyson felix worked her way through three olympic games to impressively win olympic gold. >> you keep grinding it out and eventually it might come together. >> reporter: tonight it came together again when she ran the second leg of the 4x400 team that absolutely crushed the competition, her third gold medal of these games. at every turn we watched a struggle rewarded. the stereotype smashed. >> it doesn't matter how we look when we win the gold medal. we just won the gold medal. it doesn't matter, you know what we wear. we're a part of team usa and there's no greater color than the american flag. >> reporter: they take home gold and leave a legacy. >> that's pretty awesome, to be able to look up to somebody, a girl on their team, somebody been a four-time olympian and know that i could be that girl or woman or whoever. i could be that olympian. >> and the guys aren't done winning medals yet other.
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tomorrow the other dream team, u.s. men's basketball and news flash, they're the favorite. >> i've heard of that. quick check on the medal count by the way with one day to go the u.s. is in the lead, team usa of course badly wants to be at the top of that medal count and beat china, when the flame here is extinguished and these games are over. we are back in a moment with tonight's spectacular show in the sky, and how nasa says you can help them. to the olympic games. getu ♪ you can't wish your way onto the podium. ♪ you can't buy it or hope for it. ♪ it's not enough to dream about it. ♪ luck didn't get me to london. i swam here.
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there's been another attack on american service members in afghanistan, it happened last night in helmand province, where three u.s. marines were shot to death by an afghan worker on a military base. earlier on friday, three other marines were killed by an afghan policeman. both attacks carried out by supposedly friendly afghans who then turned on u.s. forces. a still unfolding story in neighboring iran tonight, where two strong earthquakes, a 6.4 and a 6.3, struck the northwest part of the country today. iranian media reports say at least 180 people were killed, more than 1,300 injuries, those are early reports. at least half a dozen villages were said to be levelled while 60 other communities suffered widespread damage. an enormous sink hole in
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politics, and the scrutiny is already ramped up now. events like today in norfolk, virginia, are all about the details. starting with the unambiguous battleship backdrop, very little goes unplanned at these events including romney's appearance, tie, rolled up sleeves, no tie and ryan, jacket, no tie. by the way the last team to use a boat backdrop was bush/quayle back in '88. team romney did a brilliant job at faking out the media, though the media hate to admit it, reporters staking out ryan's wisconsin home were convinced he was hold up inside, until he showed up in virginia. there will be the inevitable professional sniping in the world of political advance teams, where crowds are supposed to fill in any gaps, and everyone is expected to be enthusiastic and not otherwise occupied. the whole idea of a big vp
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rollout is still new in the modern era. vice presidential candidates used to be decided by the party and the ticket got smooshed together. fdr barely knew harry truman before they ran together. speaking of fdr his early vice president, john nance garner was the last house member to be elected vp, and that was 80 years ago. if elected, while ryan wouldn't be the youngest ever vp, he would be the first from wisconsin and the first named paul, and on social media, where folks gathered to talk about today's selection, the talk was about the hair of both gop candidates. as laura ingraham put "romney-ryan was the best hair since kerry-edwards." of course that's where the comparison ends. as they say, let the games begin. it's perhaps fitting as these games get set to wind down, the campaign gets set to enter a whole new phase and we'll, of course, be there to cover it
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all. that is "nbc nightly news" for this saturday tonight. olympic coverage tonight 8:00, 7:00 central in prime time. i'm brian williams reporting again tonight from london. lester holt will be here with you tomorrow night. we'll look for you from new york on monday. enjoy the rest of your weekend. good night. -- captions by vitac -- mitt romney's plan: huge tax cuts for millionaires, tax breaks for oil companies and corporations that ship jobs overseas, adding trillions to the deficit. president obama's plan: a balanced approach that asks the wealthy to pay a little more,
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eliminates tax breaks for outsourcing and oil subsidies, cuts government spending, and reduces the deficit by four trillion.


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