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on this saturday night, immigration war. new protests nationwide over president trump's order now temporarily blocked by a federal judge. the president calls the move ridiculous, says it will be overturned. while affected travelers seize the opening and make it here on a highly emotional day. w from china. how they see us in the age of america first. a rare inside look at how china crafts its message about donald trump and sees itself as a new land of opportunity. laptop danger. the frightening scenes at a home in california as a computer repeatedly explodes and catches fire. and raise a glass to the country's first official beer historian. we catch up with her on the
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smithsonian. "nightly news" begins now. good evening. a federal judge's decision to halt president trump's order banning entry to the united states of people from seven mostly muslim countries is prompting all kinds of reactions tonight. the president promises to forcefully fight what he calls the "so-called judge's decision." this as those already holding visas rush to board flights to the united states, and thousands throughout the country protest with demands for a permanent end to the immigration executive order. we're covering all aspects of the controversy. we begin with tom costello in washington. >> reporter: jose, good evening. a dramatic 24 hours. as of this moment tonight, the obama administration rules on immigration are in effect, not the trump le
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nationwide protesting the trump rules. mere in washington, they march -- here in washington, they marched from the white house to the capitol to the supreme court. [ chants ] out in force -- >> no war -- >> reporter: across the country -- >> shame on you! >> reporter: and around the world. >> trump is like a missile ready to destroy himself and everything around him. >> reporter: another weekend of protests one week after the trump administration's travelban. >> america was made off the backs of immigrants and refugees. >> reporter: what would you like to see happen? >> i'd like to see us take more refugees. i'd like to see us be more fair, more open. >> we have to stand up. >> reporter: demonstrations comes despite a late-night federal court ruling that temporarily halts the president's restrictions. >> i'm morgan radford in front of the historic stonewall inn where crowds have gathered as parts of an lgbtq rally against
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president trump's immigration ban. they're chanting things like "immigrants are welcome here" and holding signs that say things like "together we're stronger than trump." >> reporter: what does the federal judge's ruling mean for the seven countries named in last week's immigration measure? the state department in a statement today making it clear "those individuals with visas that were not physically canceled may now travel if the visa is otherwise valid." the move has people with valid visas rushing to airports in the muslim majority countries impacted by the ban, now trying to get on flights they were barred from boarding all week. >> hi! >> reporter: including sariarafaeli. she arrived in boston to continue her studies. >> i hope this nightmare ends. >> reporter: the ban left her stuck in iran following a family vacation. [ applause ] and tears of joy for this family. >> i don't know what to say. it's just such a relief. >> reporter: welcoming iranian akre akreemkashareli also stopped from
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what's ahead for thousands more trying to enter the u.s. legally. >> it's very hard for iranians to get visas for the u.s. and then when you get it, you feel a little bit secure that you can make it to go visit your family. and then suddenly everything is like unclear. >> trump will make america great again! >> reporter: opponents of the ruling say the judge's order stops president trump from making the country safer. >> we need to address what we have in our country first. i think it's necessary, it's dangerous for americans. we want to feel safe in our own home. >> reporter: tonight especially among republicans, the polls indicate that mr. trump's travel ban remains popular as it relates to those seven countries. but as you can see, this is a very devisive issue. jose? >> tom costello in washington. thank you. for his part, president trump lost no time firing back after his immigration order was put on
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taking a to twitter several times with harsh criticism of the judge and his ruling. others defending the move. all of it adding up to a new war of words as kelly o'donnell reports. >> reporter: late today protesters gathered near a trump-branded condominium ready to march toward the president's mar-a-lago resort home, while he spent several hours at a west palm beach golf club that bears his name. fresh air after a burst of frustration vented on twitter against friday night's temporary restraining order that stops the president's seven-country immigration ban. president trump reacted pointedly. "the opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned." >> i find that a temporary restraining order is in the public interest. >> reporter: judge james robart appointed by george w. bush explained his decision with a stinging
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look and determine if the executive order is rationally based. rationally based to me means i have to found it grounded in facts as opposed to fiction. >> reporter: today democrats seized on the new developments. senator chuck schumer among demonstrators in new york city. >> dump trump! >> reporter: while the longest serving senator, patrick leahy said, "the president's hostility toward the rule of law is not just embarrassing, it is dangerous. he seems intent on precipitating a constitutional crisis." meanwhile, vice president pence visited the constitution's historical home, philadelphia. pence heaped praise on the vital role of judges but focused on the president's nominee for the supreme court. >> judge neil gore su-- gorsuch is cut from the same cloth as
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our country will be stronger with him on the supreme court. >> reporter: the impact of president trump's immigration policy certainly goes beyond u.s. borders. and it has been a part of his calls with foreign leaders. we've just learned the white house says that the refugee crisis was a part of his conversation with his counterpart in italy. president trump also expected to talk with ukraine's leader. and tomorrow itself new zealand and the secretary general of nato. jose? >> kelly o'donnell. thank you. and for more on where the court action stands, let's bring in our justice correspondent pete williams. good evening. what happens now? >> reporter: well, tonight federal border agents appear to be abiding by this court ruling explicitly. for now it's as though the trump executive order was never issued. that means that travelers who arrive from the seven countries that had been covered by the order are once again allowed to enter the united states, unless something is discovered in secondary screening which is the normal procedure. that's, again, iran, iraq, libya, somalia, sudan, syria, and yemen. for anyone i t
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visa before the trump order was issued last week, their visas which had been suspended by the executive order are once again valid. so they're being allowed to board flights that are bound for the u.s. now the trump administration is scrambling to get to the federal appeals court on the west coast, seeking a stay of the judge's ruling. if the court grants that stay, the executive order would go back into effect. that's a long shot. courts seldom grant stays like this. and this kind of on again/off again thing may continue for a while because more court challenges are in the pipeline. jose? >> pete williams, thank you. there will be much more on this tomorrow on "meet the press." chuck todd will be joined by house minority leader nancy pelosi, vice president mike pence, and house speaker paul ryan. china's relationship with president trump is a work in progress. the president and his new administration have provoked the chinese regime with their support of taiwan. their criticism of china's territorial ambitions in the
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tough talk on trade with china. the chinese government sees both challenges and opportunities in all of this. more from beijing. this is the beijing -- >> reporter: across china, the news is state controlled and monitored by censors to stay on message. newspapers here are generally a good reflection of what china's government is thinking. and at two of the leading papers where we were given rare access, a prime target these days is president trump. >> he keeps us busy, and he feeds us news every day. >> reporter: editorials warn president trump is playing with fire over taiwan and the south china sea. he's been called a rookie, immature, ignorant as a child. have you been told to tone it down in your editorials? >> no. we haven't received any order from any other
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>> reporter: donald trump has long criticized china for being unfair when it comes to trade. >> we can't continue to allow china to rape our country. and that's what they're doing. it's the greatest theft in the history of the world. >> reporter: when president trump abandoned the transpacific partnership as part of his america first promise, experts say china saw this as an opening to step up to a new position as a stronger rival to the u.s. on the global stage. >> china at the moment is trying to appear as a stable alternative to the united states given the uncertainty that is currently presented by the trump administration. >> reporter: in january, president xi jinping became the first chinese leader to address the world economic forum in davos, wooing the world as a defender of economic globalization and the environment. >> i think a lot of people believe the old world system is dead and buried. ♪ >> reporter: not everyone buys into
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globalization. its own markets are protected. its critics often jailed, and the great firewall bars freedom of access to the internet. still, the idea of eclipsing the u.s. in global power plays well here. and president trump's mission to make america great again could in the long run make china great, too. nbc news, beijing. iran defied warnings from the trump administration today and conducted a big military exercise saying it was testing missile and radar systems and cyberwarfare technology. the exercise comes one day after the u.s. inposes new sanctions on iran for testing a medium-range ballistic missile. president trump said this week iran was playing with fire. it's been a tough 24 hours for tens of thousands of people in part of north carolina where a water emergency left most without running water, including those on a big university campus. nbc's jacob rascon
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>> reporter: in this normally bustling college town, the streets were empty, and businesses closed. >> we're literally being ousted out of buildings, and the whole campus is completely shutting down. >> reporter: the university of north carolina chapel hill canceled classes and rescheduled the basketball game after more than 80,000 people in two north carolina cities were warned not to drink or use the water, period. >> i would love to have a shower. that's something i miss most. >> reporter: a 12-inch water main burst friday morning, spewing up to two million gallons of water. nearly depleting the supply a day after too much for identity theft was accidentally added to the water. officials called a worst case scenario. >> within a minute, we saw levels drop rapidly. >> reporter: as crews worked around the clock to repair the break, grocery stores and volunteers donated bottled water. >> there we go. >> thank you very much. >> reporter: neighbors helping neighbors. >> this is a really
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people out. >> reporter: then late today, good news -- >> the water is safe. we're confident in making that declaration. >> reporter: a relief for kevin callahan who says he's already lost thousands in revenue. >> it's beyond -- i can't really describe the feeling of like knowing that we'll be open for business tonight and everything moving forward will be fine. >> reporter: officials are asking residents to conserve water since the supply is still low. and tonight, a small area near the break remained under a water boil order as most look forward to the super bowl. jacob rascon, nbc news. still ahead tonight, the disturbing scenes at a home in california as a laptop computer explodes and catches fire again and again. also, a day at the museum with the woman who got the job of beer historian at the smithsonian. we're seriou you totanobody's hurt, new car. but there will still be pain. it comes when your insurance company says they'll only pay three-quarters of what it takes to replace it.
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surveillance cameras rolled. the dell laptop had been charging on the couch feet away. after blowing out the flames, unplugging the computer, and placing it on the patio, it burst into flames again. after devin thinks he's extinguished it for good, he moves close, and boom -- >> no warnings. it didn't heat up. it didn't smoke. it literally just exploded. >> reporter: the sudden combustion seems to be caused lie the lithium ion battery. the same kind found in hoverboards and cell phones that have caught fire prompting nationwide recalls. >> that's a big fire. it could have been worse. if those guys weren't there, wow. >> reporter: scientist bruce dunn is an authority on lithium ion batteries. he says cases of laptops lighting up like this are extremely rare. >> the fact that they are had it on a couch, it couldn't dissipate the heat. all the protection wasn't working. >> reporter: to minimize the rick of a fire, don't charge your laptop on a soft
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as the battle over the president's immigration order plays out in washington and far beyond, it's worth remembering that perceptions can sometimes change. that was the case in a small city in pennsylvania which decided to crack down on undocumented immigrants a decade ago. ron mott reports on what happened. >> reporter: hazleton, pennsylvania, population 25,000. good paying jobs gave way to warehousing and food processing work when the coal industry collapsed. the economic change brought another massive shift and exploding latino population from just 5% in 2000 to 37% ten years later, more than 8,000 new hispanic residents. no one knew how many were undocumented, but local leaders citing concerns about crime and cost of schools and health care passed laws in 2006 to keep those in the country illegally out of town. >> it was all about the safety of the people. you know, we-
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people if you don't know who else is here. i think that was the whole idea behind the -- the illegal immigration act. >> reporter: the controversial laws imposed fines on landlords and businesses caught hiring or renting property to undocumented immigrants and came with a swirl of national attention. >> a big night in a small town. the subject is immigration. >> reporter: but didn't stem the tide. the measures were eventually declared unconstitutional. restaurant owner debra veto who supported the voters says her own views of immigration have softened over the 20 years she's run the place. >> the tensions were high. a lot of the bad have decided to go other places. and the ones that are here seem like they want to help build community. >> reporter: signs of the times are literally everywhere in this town. the owners of this new pizza restaurant are immigrants, and they've made it very clear they're selling more than just italian food and pizza but mexican food, as well. jesse lopez was born in nicaragua.
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both legal residents, moving to town last year from long island, new york. president trump's border wall is not popular at their new pizzeria. >> i think it's very disappointing because a lot of families, a lot of immigrants, not just hispanics, from a lot of different countries come and want to build something better. >> reporter: differing political views amid an assimilation of cultures and hazleton, pennsylvania. next, we'll meet a woman who was drafted for a job in washington that [000:23:28;00] type 2 diabetes, listen up. we're not professional athletes... ...but that doesn't mean we're giving up. i'm in this for me. for me. along with diet and exercise, farxiga helps lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes. lowering a1c by up to 1.2 points. do not take if allergic to farxiga. if you experience symptoms of a serious allergic reaction such as rash,... ...swelling, difficulty breathing or swallowing,... ...stop taking and seek medical help right away.
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>> the nectar of the ds george washington loved a brewsky, brewing it in mt. vernon. so it barack obama, the first president to brew inside the white house. want even more history of the foaming arts? tap in to the smithsonian to meet theresa mcculla. >> it's always been something that americans have loved. it's always been part of the fabric of our culture. >> reporter: theresa is the museum's brand-new beer historian. don't you get to have a beer? >> i anticipate occasion and judicious tastings along the way. >> reporter: armed with a culinary arts diploma and doctorate from harvard, she will oversee the smithsonian's brewing history initiative made possible by a donation from the brewers association. >> someone over 100 years ago used this vessel to drink beer. likely after a workday as a way to relax, to spend time with their friends. just as you might today.
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>> reporter: her job -- documenting the hior brewing and the beer industry. seen here in the taps, the ads, the songs, part of the smithsonian's current collection dating back to the 1800s. even touching on prohibition times when beer was outlawed. and the celebrations that ensued when the suds flowed freely again. >> beer helps us connect with stories of immigrant farmers and workers and people who have been brewing and drinking beer throughout american history from the founding of the nation. >> reporter: museum patrons agree. >> i think beer has a very large place in american history. it has -- certainly has a place in my history. and most of the people i know. >> reporter: our national romance with the brown bottle has left me with one last question -- do you need an assistant? >> i have been offered so many assistants in the last several weeks. i'm very appreciative of that. >> reporter: to which we say cheers. kevin tibbles, nbc
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