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tonight, backlash as president elect trump picks his powerful inner circle, lifting a man with ties to white nationalists into the heart of the white house. protests erupt as president obama weighs in on the new a father found guilty of leaving his young son to die in a hot car. a dramatic conclusion to a case that shocked the nation. exploding wildfires spreading across the south. thick smoke blanketing cities. is someone setting them intentionally? "making a murderer" twist. after a trial millions saw as a miscarriage of justice, tonight a man locked away as a teenager is ordered
bags. the new way to fly without worrying about your luggage ever getting lost again. "nightly news" begins right now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. more pieces of the trump white house are coming together tonight, including one whose pick is sounding alarm bells among those who had been hoping for a less provocative tone. the president-elect tapping bannon, one of the controversial architects of his no-holds barred election campaign, leaving washington with bated breath as the incoming president's choices and words foretell what the next four years will look like. there's also developing news coming in about the president-elect's children that is likely to raise a few eyebrows. nbc's hallie jackson is standing by in washington with the late details. hallie, what have you
has learned he's asked for family members to get security clearances before the inaugural. this is unprecedented and a sign of just how important trump's children would be in his new administration. now, beginning to take shape. from pennsylvania avenue to fifth avenue, the trum transition, now full throttle. at trump tower, the president-elect fielding a call from russia's vladimir putin, saying he looks forward to a strong and enduring a relationship eyed skeptically by some national security experts as trump works to pick his own national security adviser and others in his administration. but perhaps no pick will be as controversial as the one he's already made. steve bannon, as chief strategist. defended today by trump's new chief of staff, reince priebus. >> he was a force for good on the campaign at every level that i saw, all the time. >> reporter: before joining trump's campaign, bannon ran breitbart news, saying
conservative extremist movement with ties on white nationalism. bannon's critics, lashing out today. pointing to breitbart headlines, like one calling a conservative columnist a renegade jew, and gabrielle giffords a human shield. president obama dodging a question late today. >> it would not be appropriate for me to comment on every appointment that the president-elect starts >> how you doing, sir? >> reporter: rudy guiliani defending bannon today. >> i find him to be a very, very decent, very good, extremely smart man, and a very loyal and patriotic american. >> reporter: bannon and priebus helping to shape the future president's policies. >> reince priebus is the good angel and steve bannon is the bad angel, and which one of these two critical players in the trump white house wins out is going to decide the shape of trump's presidency. >> reporter: the
on some of those proposals, like on health care, and on immigration, but on abortion rights, no leeway on row v. wade. the president-elect has not revealed any other cabinet or west wing picks yet, but two sources familiar with the decision-making say radio host laura ingraham is a leading contender for the press secretary job. she's not commented publicly. >> hallie jackson, thanks. late today, the man who president-elect trump will replace out. president obama held his first news conference since one of his most vocal critics will replace him in the white house. >> reporter: tonight president obama opening up about his successor and the first meeting in the oval office. >> we had a very cordial conversation. that doesn't surprise me. >> reporter: with protests nationwide revealing his advice to the president-elect. >> i did say to him
important to try to send some signals of unity and to reach out to minority groups or women. >> reporter: but when asked if he still thinks donald trump is unqualified, he dodged. >> he successfully mobilized a big chunk of the country to vote for him and he's gonna win. he has won. i don't think he's ideological. i think ultimately he's pragmatic in that way, and that can serve him well as long people around him. >> reporter: and with trump hitting 133 battleground stops in the last 100 days, versus hillary clinton's 87, many democrats, nbc news has learned, including bill clinton, say hillary clinton did not reach out enough to white working class voters. tonight, president obama implicitly agreed. >> we have to compete everywhere. we have to show up everywhere. i won iowa not because
spent 87 days going to every small town and fair and fish fry. >> reporter: other democrats agreed. upon tonight a scramble to take over as dnc chair. an early favorite announcing this afternoon, keith ellison, the first muslim congressman. >> how we all going to pitch in to fix this party to make working america know that the democratic party is absolutely on their side. >> reporter: as the president leaves tonight for his last foreign trip, he said he will european leaders donald trump told him he will not pull out of nato. one campaign idea that mr. obama says his successor will not fulfill. lester? >> andrea, thank you. anti-trump protests continue to swell. today high school students from washington, d.c. to los angeles organized large-scale walkouts. tens of thousands took to the streets this weekend. some demonstrations have turned violent with hundreds of
campaign was a vow to bring jobs back to america and now fulfilling that promise is job one for the incoming administration. tonight, our kevin tibbles takes us to a company in the midwest where workers are putting a whole lot of hope into what the president-elect said on the campaign trail. >> reporter: when carrier air conditioning told its 1,400 employees it was shutting down -- >> to move production from our facility in indianapolis to monterey, for donald trump in the election. >> we're bringing jobs back to our country. we're not going to let carrier leave. >> reporter: many at carrier are counting on him to keep his promise. >> put your money where your mouth is. simple as that. >> reporter: across from the plant, sully's bar and grill, where workers after their shift say they have high expectations for the president-elect. >> we want you to do what you said you're going to do. we're going to hold you accountable. >> reporter: just down
rex plant, makes ball bearings, it too is moving to mexico. 350 jobs lost. but trump's threat to make companies that leave pay fines, may not help. >> in the end, manufacturing in the united states, a lot of it is going to be relocated to lower cost countries and i'm afraid that's just a fact of life. >> reporter: in a statement, carrier says it's trying to ease the workers' transition, providing three years advance notice of the move, and by funding some carrier workers see politics at play. >> they can say whatever needs to be said to get people's vote, especially in a time like this when we're all losing our jobs. >> if he can come here and save these 1,400 jobs tomorrow, i'll gladly vote for him again. >> reporter: many of these workers say they took a gamble on trump and are hoping the pay-off means winning back their jobs. kevin tibbles, nbc news, indianapolis.
case that shocked the nation. a father accused of murdering his young son by intentionally leaving him inside a hot car to die. nbc's gabe gutierrez has late details. >> we find the defendant guilty -- >> reporter: justin ross harris in a georgia courtroom this afternoon, showing no emotion after being convicted of an unthinkable crime -- murdering his 22-month-old son cooper by leaving him to die in a sweltering suv on purpose. >> anybody who could evidence showed that he did this intentionally, he has malice in his heart. >> reporter: the case had riveted the nation. harris told police he forgot to drop off his son at daycare, and drove straight to work, not realizing cooper was strapped in his car seat for seven hours. harris' reaction caught on dash cam when police arrived. >> oh, my god, what have i done? >> reporter: in a trial filled with dramatic testimony, prosecutors argued
and the responsibilities of being a parent. alleging the 35-year-old was exchanging explicit text messages with multiple women, including an under-age girl, the day cooper died. >> there was no doubt the defendant lived a double life. >> reporter: the defense insisted he may have been a bad husband, but cooper's death was a tragic accident. >> we've never once ever wavered in our absolute belief that he's not guilty. >> reporter: harris's if loved their son. >> i knew that this wasn't something that was done purposefully. >> reporter: harris faces life in prison, he'll be sentenced next month. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, atlanta. now to wildfires burning out of control across the south. thousands of fivers -- firefighters are working to contain them. residents are warned to stay indoors as investigators try to figure out if someone is setting them on
there's fire, there's smoke. so much of it, health officials in macon, north carolina, today, handed out masks to residents, choking on the nasty air. >> my allergies bothering me more than normal. >> reporter: air quality alerts in place from charlotte, to atlanta, to nashville. a view from nasa reveals the extent of the smoke. the fuel for the fires, tinder, dry brush. more than 70 wildfires now burning in the region, some of which investigating as arson. >> this is one of the worst conditions for wildfires north carolina's ever seen. >> reporter: making it especially difficult to control, low humidity, gusting winds, and record-breaking drought. weather stations in alabama are expected to mark 58 days wout a drop of rain tomorrow. in fairly, caroline kruger says it's the same. >> we've had some dry spells, but this year has been unbelievable. >> reporter: dangerous smoke and haze is expected to last at least through the end
news, miami. there is sad news to report tonight, gwen ifill, anchor of you news anchor and washington week on pbs and a former nbc news correspondent has died after a long battle with cancer. she was just 61 years old and many around here have lost a good friend and a treasured colleague. while the world of journalism has lost a trail blazer. nbc's pete williams has >> reporter: one of the most successful african american women in journalism, co-anchor of the pbs news hour and moderator of the network's washington week. >> the greater vulnerability was on things like the tax return. >> reporter: she start as a newspaper reporter in boston where she faced racism on the job. she moved on to the baltimore evening sun, the washington post and the new york times before joining nbc news in 1994, to cover
lady, and their political supporters. >> reporter: then came the switch to pbs in 1999. >> washington week. >> reporter: for what became washington week with gwen ifill. >> as we welcome governor palin and senator biden. >> reporter: widely respected for her reporting, she moderated the vice presidential debates in 2004 and 2008. president obama, one of the rising black figures she wrote especially powerful role model for young women and girls. >> reporter: her clear-eyed reporting brought dozens of awards, but she was proudest of the women and minorities she inspired. pete williams, nbc news, washington. we'll take a break here. in a moment, just in time for thanksgiving, travel rush. the new innovation that could make the huge headache over losing your luggage a thing of the past. also the crime
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murderer." it involved the younger man accused of taking part in a grisly crime, whose trial was seen by millions of netflix viewers as a miscarriage of justice. tonight brendan dassey has been ordered set free and nbc's blake mccoy has the story. >> reporter: "making a murderer" captivated viewers, and tonight, one of the men at the center of the netflix documentary is being ordered free by a wisconsin judge. brendan dassey, confessed to helping his uncle, steven avery, photographer teresa halbach in 2005. the taped interrogation raising eyebrows for many. >> if -- brendan, if you're not -- look at me. if you're not sorry, i can't help you. >> reporter: a judge this summer taking a fresh look at the case believes that confession to be coerced. pointing out, dasy was only 16 years old, had significant intellectual defects and no prior experience with law enforcement.
happens. and when it does, it's usually because a new killer was found or new evidence appeared. instead, this documentary, this movie, exposed fundamental problems in the original trial. >> reporter: avery, who is also serving a life sentence, has filed his own appeal, while law enforcement has openly questioned the accuracy of the documentary. >> i call it a movie, i don't call it a documentary, because it doesn't share all the facts. >> reporter: "making a murderer" now helping blake mccoy, nbc news, chicago. by day, she serves on the supreme court. by night, she's the opaera's newest star. justice ruth bader ginsburg made her debut this weekend at washington, d.c. kennedy center. a long-time opera fan. she has appeared in productions before, but this was her first speaking rowe. we should add, no singing was required. when we come back, how some young poets are making the day a
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are finding a pleasant surprise on their windshields, courtesy of some creative young minds, part of our inspiring america. here's joe fryer. >> reporter: we see so much this world through the lens of a windshield. who knew a car window could offer a fwrimer of peace too? >> do you ever field weird doing this? >> yes. >> reporter: alex lewis may look suspicious hop scotching from parked car to parked car. don't worry, he' he's sharing poems. >> words are incredibly powerful. they have the opportunity to build people up, or tear them down, to give hurting humans life, or breathe life into dead dreams. >> reporter: it's a small thing, but it has a lot of power. >> absolutely. >> reporter: lewis came up with car window poetry after moving to colorado springs this year. he gathers writers to craft the tiny notes. enlisting creative talent from schools. >> i love that, man. that's really good.
at odyssey elementary. >> you're inspiring people and making them feel good. >> if you don't feel like the star of the show, make it your own. >> reporter: each kid a little poet who knows it. >> be yourself because you're special. >> kids have just a different way of seeing the world, and they're able to see the beauty in it. >> reporter: for those on the receiving end -- >> brought a little smile to the face. >> reporter: -- poems are a simple surprise. >> it says, you have magic no matter what. share it how sweet. >> reporter: it's a movement lewis hopes will grow. >> there's so much negativity. so a little bit of positivity goes a long way. >> reporter: a space typically reserved for unwanted parking tickets, now filled with welcome words of kindness, free of charge. joe fryer, nbc news, colorado springs. >> some words to live by. that's going to do it for us on this monday night. we want to leave you tonight with images coming in from around the world of super moon, the closest it's been since 1948. live look right now at