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tonight the growing firestorm over two words by president trump -- go back -- before a congresswoman he targeted hitting back after his tweet that's been wide she slammed as racist. the president saying they should go back to the country they came from even though three were born here. >> this is his plan to pit us against one another. >> as the president doubles down. if> they're free to leavhey want. and if they want to leave, that's fine. and if they want to stay, that's fine. reporter: new details surface as jeffrey epstein's accusers confront him. the intriguing evidence, the diamonds, the cash, the passports that prosecutors say they found. as tensions with iran escalate, my interview with th yo nu're playing with fire here? what he said about
iran's nuclear program and the potential for war. breaking news. after a desperate fosearch, a woman d alive after disappearing three days ago from a california campsite. we'll have late details. and on prime day, amazon's biggest event of the year -- >> amazon! >> why se made it a day of protests against the retail giant. this is "nbc nightly news" with lester hol >> good evening. president trump's message, america love it or leave it. doublingown upon harsh words to four liberal democratic congresswomen, all women of color, all anic izeritth ei cs,ho ries.c a demeaning phrase ten used by racists. today the president ushing off the storm of criticism his words created, but not letting it go the four women targeted by the ngresident speakiut just a short time ago. our hallie jackson has late details. >> reporter: a unid front late today from em the freshmen docrats attacked by the
president as he fans mehe flames of racial resent. >> this is his plan to pit us against one he an >> this is a distraction, and we should not take the bait. >> he does not know hoto defend his policies. so what he does is attack us personally, and that is what this is all about. >> i urge house leadership, many of my colleagues, to take action to impeach this lawless president today. >> reporter: alexandria ocasio-corlhan omar, rashida tlaib, and ayanna pressley, four outspoken newly elected lawmakers make up the so-called squad, singled out though n by name by the president who tweeted sunday they should go back to their home countries. deploying a racist trope meant to marginalize people of color. only omar was born elsewhere, in somalia, all four are.s. citizens. >> these are people that in my opinion ountry.ur >> reporter: the president looking to exploit the democratic
divide between progressives a derates, not bothered by the cricism and not backing down. asked at thehite house if he's concerned people see his comments as racist and that white nationalists seek common cause -- i >>t doesn't concern me because many peopleag ree with me. all i'm saying, they want to leave, they can leave. >> reporter: gle ership silent so leadership select so far, although at least 17 republicans have denounced the esident's comments. >> i think those tweets are racist and they're also inaccurate. >> reporter: most other republicans stopping srt of calling the remarks racist. >> what was said and what was tweeted was destructive, was demeaning, was disunifying, and frankly, it was very wrong. >> reporter: some republicans are defending the president tonight. and house speaker nancy pelosi plans to force a vote on thr sitions with the symbolic resolution. if the president had hoped to divide democrats, the opposite appears to be unite against him. lester? >> hallie jackson at
the white house. thanks.> ile all that was going on, the trump administration opened a new front in its ive to limit the number of people ng the southern border into the united states by making it much harder to request asylum. our gabe gutierrez has that story. >> reporter: tonight the trump administration is ormaking it harder migrants to seek asylum in the u.s. the new rule means migrants coming from central america can't seek asylum here if they didn't do so first in mexico. today in atlanta new protest over rates targeting undocumented immigrants. the govement has not released numbers. >> the i.c. raids were very successful. me>> reporter: it co as the battle over the border iensifies. >> well, it was definitely overwhelmed. >> reporter: today we spoke exclusively with e aaron hall, thchief border patrol agent in el paso. he oversees the station in cli, texas, where allegaons of uncrowded and unsanitary conditions drew international outrage. what happened? >> it's a volume issue.
want to hold that many people in our short-term facilities. >> reporter: even at this point you dispute the characterizaon of the care the children were receiving inside the clint facility? >> absolutely. we've added showers. we've added laundry facilities. we provide clean clother for them to wear. >> should this not have been added months ago before it got that bad? >> well, keep in mind, it's the u. government. we have an entire contracting process. the illegal alien trfic is always going to be one step ahead of our ability to respond. >> reporter: as for the policy changes, the chief says he does believe they will help reduce the flow of migrants here, but critics are expected to challenge the new rules in court. lester? >> all right.an thyou. tonight, a judge here in new york is weighing whether to grant bail for wealthy financeer jeffrey epsteiwho was accused of abusing underage girls. in dramatic moments as two of epstein's accusers confronted in hiourt. stephanie gosk was there. >> reporter: there was a lot more in jeffrey epstein's $77 million mansion besides hundreds of photos of young women, according to prosecutors.
the fbi found piles of cash, diamonds, and an expired foreign passport fm the 1980s with epstein's photo, but under a different name. his residence listed as saudibia. together with at least $500 million in wealth, prosecutors told t federal judge today epstein is an k.extreme flight r while two of his accusers testified is that he is a rto the public, as well. >> these were girls who were procured, transported across state lines, kept under supervision. >> reporter: courtney wild says she was 14 when she was abused. annie farmer, 16 when she says she met epstein. >> there is a real g anger presented, and hearinrectly from the victims, the only way that anyone's really going to undersnd what it really means. >> reporter: federal prosecutors also alleged epstein paid $350,000 to co-conspirators to
influence them. epstein's defense argued there was no evidence the money was a bribe. his lawyers say they will fight the sex trafficking charges and offered up conditions for bail, including house arrest. also pointing out epstein is not accused of committing any crimes after serving la3 months for sex-d charges in florida over a decade ago. the judgwill rule thursday whether to grant bail. >> i know when this case was filed there was an appeal for potential victims to comeorward. have they heard from any? here in new york . they've heard from several. also in new mexico, they've heard from several. jeffrey epstein owns a sprawling ranch there.ei thr names will be forwarded to federal prosecutors who say their case is growing stronger by the day. >> all right, stephanie gosk, thank you. there's brea news tonight in california after a search stretching four days. shed man who va while walking her dog at a campground has remarkably been found alive.
nbc's miguel almaguer with the details just coming in. >> reporteonight, the miraculous rescue of cheryl powell, finally surrounded by family again. mhe 60-year-old who wentsing in central california's white mountains found alive just hours ago. three days after she vanished in the wilderness. >> i was screaming, i had a whistle. i was pounding on my horn. it was the most panicked time in my life. >> reporter: just before she was found, cheryl's husband, joe powell, had nearly given up hope. on friday he was turning the family jeep around after they picked this remote campsite. his wife waiting with their dog up the hill, vanishing minutes later. after he called police, he made the desperatea for help. >> cheryl, please, come back to me. stay strong. please come back to me. please. >> reporter: scouring the mountains for dayswi th no sign of powell, this afternoon rescue teams suddenly came across the family dog 2.5 miles from where cheryl was last seen. then came the news --
they found the 60-year-old, dehydrated, resilient, strong, but exhausted. >> everyone's so happy and so ecstatic. >> reporter: tonight her family back by her side. details of her survival and three nights in the wilderness just coming to light. clhat some are calling a miraon the white mountains. miguel almaguer, nbc news. another story developing late in californiaa massive house explosion that rocked a neighborhood in riverside county east of los angeles. officials say a gas company woer was killed in the blast while crews were working to repair a damaged gas line. 15 people were injured. authorities still looking to account for one of the people o lives in that home. tonight, millions are under flash flood watches as the remnants of barry continue to lash the south. the storm moving into arkansas and in louisiana leaving behind a disaster. nbc's kerry sanders is there. >> reporter: the only way to get to the breached levee in myrtle grove is by air boat.
when the lailed saturday -- >> you can see we have a break in the levee -- >> reporter: the floodwaters rose more than five feet. here it spilled over.nc sihurricane katrina in 2005, the federal government has spent more than $14 di billion rebuil louisiana's levees. so far, not here. the federal funding to replace this levee has been on the books for more than two years. the holdup -- red tape. touring the breached levee, louisiana'sgo rnor said that intergovernmental red tapeust end. >> the complaints of the residents are well founded, they have a point. >> well, they took water across their property. i'm not going to ever say that they're not well founded. i'm just -- we're going to have to do everything we can toge t the construction complete. >> reporter: with 20 weeks left in the hurricane season, the fearonight, could this happen again to another levee in the next hurricane. kerry sanders, nbc news, myrtle grove, louisiana. with his country the u.s. still locked in a bitter standoff, iran's foreign minister has
arrived in new york telling me in an exclusive interview late today that iran is not looking for war and invites the u.s. r toejoin the nuclear agreement. how close are we to war do you think? >> well, we're not close to military war, but as i've sa before, sanctions target ordinary leitizens, civilians, peopho need medicine, people who need special treatment. iran is pushing back, crippled by harsher new american sanctions after the u.s. walked away from the nuclear deal. iran now increasing its uranium enrichment beyond the previous limits, not enough for a nuclear weapon. muhammad javadzarif was one of the e architects of th original deal. are you afra that you're playing with fire here? >> i think the united states is playing with fire. we have an agreement, and that agreement
includes remedies once one side of the agreement starts violating it. >> und those circumstances you're free to do whatever, is that your interpretation? >> not whatever, but we agree to start partial implementation. >> can you reverse this? >> of course it can be reversed within hours. we are not about to develop nuclear weapons. had we wanted to develop nuclear weapons, wwould have been able to do it long time ago. >> push nearly came to shove last month after the iranian shoot-down of an american drone that the pentagon claims was in international airspace. the iranians say it was in theirs. and then there were those mysterious attacks on petroleum tankers near the strait of hormuz. the u.s. ordered video mhat points to iran. do youn your denial that iran was involved? >> obviously we would not be targeting a japanese tanker while the japanese prime minister was meeting th our leader. those pictures that the u.s. navy put out don't prove anything, first of all. we were involved, our
navy was involved in rescue operations around the ships. >> let's talk about the amerrone that was shot down. . i understand the u.s and iran differ as to where thatircraft was. i want to ask you about why do you think the president took his finger off the trigger, called off a retaliatory air strike? >> i think you need to ask him. my analysis is that cool heads prevailed. people cto the conclusion that this will not be a limited operation. >> intnational monitors say iran was complying with the nuclear deal. president trump, however, complained it di't address iran's ballistic missile program or its support of militant groups across the middle east. why not take an opportunity to find some way to take the air t of this standoff? >> because once you start accepting demands, there's no end to it. >> zarif says if the trump administration were to lift sanctions it has imposed, then
room for notiation is wide open. is there a face-saving offer that iran would accept? >> i think in any negotiations you need to find a win-win situation. otherwise, you'll end up with a lose-lose situation. >> the trump administration has threatened to impose economic sanctions on ut zarif himself,or now has settled for severely restricting his movement in new rk yoo just a few locations. ea still ah tonight, the deepening mystery after a prominent african-american community leader is found dead in her own trunk. her family's desperate plea for answers. also, the protests by amazon employees as it hol one of its biggest events of the year. and 50 years after man landed on the moon, we take you inside mission control just as it was on that day. stay with us. iust ast was on that
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demand bogs down its website, warehouse job, calling for safer workplace conditions and less strenuous standards to meet the huge demands of free two-day shipping. >> there's all this pressure to perform and meet productivity uates. it'snbelievable. >> reporter: what is the rate that you have to hit? >> we have to pick 332 items per hour. >> lots of workers feel like they are disposable. >> reporter: these workers pick and pack orders at this minnesota fulfillment center. >> if you don't work nienough, 200, 400 u per hour, you will get written up at the end of the week. and if you get so many write-ups, you lose your job. >> reporter: activists d unions also joining the protests, marching outside the new york apartment of amazon ceo jeff bezos. amazon which last year increased its minimum wageo $15 an hour responded to the protesters, telling us >> we're actually really proud of the working conditions that we provide. it's a quality, safe, comfortable work environment. we value direct
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day in 1969. here's tom costello. >> reporter: it was one of the most defining moments in human history -- >> the eagle has landed. >> reporter: with houston mission control at the center of the action. >> rocket tranquility, we copy you on the ground. you got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. we're breathing again. thanks a lot. r >>orter: gene krantz was just 36 years old and the flight director in charge. is was your seat. >> yes. is was my seat. >> reporter: 50 years later, he's back in mission control, restored to the way it looked on that day, july 20th, 1969. does this look the way it did 50 years ago? >> it's overwhelming, frankly. >> reporter: his kent cigarettes are here, but no ashes. researchers poured over film and countless photos before precisely placing each chair, , ach cofe cup, pencil cola, ash tray, and slide rule. much of it found sitting in nasa st
age rooms. a few vintage pieces including a corner coffee pot they found on ebay, an $8 million fund-raising effort to turn this national historic landmark into a museum. >> it's probably one of the most important and historic places on earth. and so we felt very compelled to make it be just as perfect as we can. >> reporter: gene krantz became more famous when he ordered failure is not an po option on "allo 11" also in this room. >> i think it's a message for young people who have a dream to do something ult, to step up to great responsibilities. >> reporter: history itself was written here by everyday people who accomplished the extraordinary. tom costello, nbc news, houston. >> what an amazing look back. we're going to uc h more on this thistoric anniversary all is week on "nightly news." we hope you will join us. and that is "nbc nightly news" for this monday. i'm lest holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching. have a great night, everyone. have a great night, everyone.