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war. breaking news. , fter a desperate searcha woman found alive after goisappearing three days a from a california campsite. we'll have late details. and on prime day, amon's biggest event of the year -- >> amazon! hy some made it a day of protests against the retail giant. this is "nbc nightly news" with lest holt. >> good evening. president trump's message, america love it or leave it. doling down upon harsh words to four liberal democratic congresswomen, all women of cor, all american citizens, whom he told over the weekend to go back to their home countries. a demeaning phrase often used by racists. today the president brushing off the storm of criticism his words created, but not letting it go the four women targeted by the presidensp king out just a short time ago. our hallie jackson has late details. >> reporter: a united front late today from the freshmen democrats attacked by the president as he fans
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the flames of racial re ntment. >> this is his plan to pit us against one another. >> this is a distraction, and we should not take the bait. >> he does not know how to 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 impeh this lawless president today. >> reporter: alexandria ocasio-cortez, ilhan omar, shida tlaib, and ayanna pressley, four outspoken newly elected lawmakers make up the so-called squad, singled out though not by name by the president who tweeted sunday they o should go back t their home countries. deploying a racist trope meanto marginalize people of color. only omar was born elsewhere, in somalia, all four are u.s. citizens. >> these are people that in my opinion hate our country. >> reporter: the president looking to exploit the democratic divide between
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progressives and moderates, not bothered by the criticism and not backing down. asd at the white house if he's concerned people see his comments as racist and that white nationalists seek common cause -- >> it doesn't concern me because many people agree with me. all i'm saying, they want to leave, they can leave. >> reporr: gop leadership silent so leadership select so far, although at least 17 republicans have denounced the .president's comments >> i think those tweets are racist and xenophobic they're also inaccurate. >> reporter: most other republicans stopng short of calling the remarks racist. >> what was said and what was tweeted was destructive, was demeaning, was disunifying, and wa frankly, it very wrong. >> reporter: some republicans are defending the president tonight. and house speaker nancy pelosi plans to force a vote on their positions with the symbolic resolution. if the president had hoped to divide de crats, the opposite appears to be happening as they unite against him. lester? >> hallie jackson at the white house. than.
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while all that was going on, the trump administration opened a new front ints drive to limit the number of people crossing the southern border into the united istates by making much harder to request asylum. our gabe gutierrez has that story. >> reporter: tonight the trump administration is making it harder for migrants to seek asylum ie u.s. the new rule means migrants coming from central america can't seek asylum here if they didn't do so rs fiin mexico. today in atlanta a new protest over rates edtargeting undocument immigrants. the government has not released numbers. >> the i.c.e. raids were very successful. i >> reporter:comes as the battle over the border intensifies. >> well, it was definitely overwhelmed. >> reporter: today we hapoke exclusively with aaro, the chief border patrol agent in vel paso. he orsees the station inlint, texas, where allegations of uncrowded and unsanitary conditions drew international outrage. what happened? >> it's a volume issue. we don't want to hold that many people in
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our short-term facilities. >> reporter: even at this point you dispute the charterization 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 we have an entire contracting process. the illegal alien traffic 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 llenge the new rules in court. lester? >> all right. thank you. tonight, a judge here in new york is weighing whether to grant bail for wealthy financeer jeffrey epstein who was accused of abusing underage girls. in dramatic moments as two of epstein's accusers confronted him in court. stephanie gosk was there. >> reporter: there w a lot more in jeffrey epstein's $77 million mansion besides hundreds of photos of young women, according to prosers.
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the fbi found piles of cash, diamon, and an expired foreign passport from the 1980s with epstein's photo, but under a different name. his residence listed as saudi arabia. together with at least $500 million in wealth, prosecutors told the federal judge today epstein is an extreme flight risk. while two of his accusers testified that he is a risk to the public, as well. s >> these were girl who were procured, transported across state lines, kept under supervision. >> reporter: courtney wild says she was 14 when she was abused. rmer, 16 when she says she met epstein. >> there is a real danger presented, and hearing directly from the victims, the only way that anyone's really going to really it >> reporter: federal prosecutors also alleged epstein paid $350,000 to co-conspirators to influence them.
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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, includinhouse arrest. also pointing out epstein is not accused of committing any crimesfter serving 13 months for sex-related charges in florida over a decade ago. judge will rule thursday whether to grant bail. >> i know when this case was filed there was an appeal for potential victims to come forward. have they heard from any? st>> they have, le. here in new york they've heard from several. also in new mexico, they've heard from several. jeffrey epstein owns a sprawling ranch ere. their names will be forwarded to federal prosecutors who say their case is growing strongerthe day. >> all right, stephanie gosk, thank you. there's breaking news tonight in california after a ar se stretching four days. a woman who vanished while walking her dog ampground has remarkably been found alive. nbc's miguel almaguer with
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the details just epoming in. >> rter: tonight, the miraculous rescue of cheryl powell, finally surrounded by family again. the 60-year-old who nt missing in central california's white mountains found alive just hours ago. three days after she vanished in e wilderness. >> i was screaming, i had a whistle. o i was poundingmy horn. it was the most panicked time in my life. >> reporter: just before she was found, cheryl's husband, joe powell, had near given up hope. on friday he w turning the family jeep around after they picked this remote campsite. his wife waiting with inheir dog up the hill, vaniminutes later. after he called police, he made the desperate plea for help. >> cryl, please, come back to me. stay strong. please come back to me. please. >> reporter: scouring the mountainfor days with no sign of powell, this afternoon rescue teams suddenly came across the family dog 2.5 miles from where cheryl was last seen. news -- me th they found the
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60-year-ol , ehydrated, resilient, strongt exhausted. >> everyone's so happy and so ecstatic. mi> reporter: tonight her back by her side. details of her survival and three nights in the wilderness just coming toight. what some are calling a miracle on the white mountains. guel almaguer, nbc news. another story developing late in california, a massive house explosion that rocked a neighborhood in riverside county east of los angeles. officials say a gas mp coy worker 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 t people who 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 disastenb s kerry sanders is there. >> reporter: the only way to get to the breached levee in myrtle gve is by air boat. when the levee failed saturday --
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>> you can see we have a break in the levee -- >> reporter: the floodwaters rose more than five feet. here it spilled over. since hurricane katrina in 2005, the federal government has spent more than $14 billion rebuilding louisiana's levees. so far, not here. the federal funding to replace this levee has been on the books for more than two year the holdup -- red tape. touring the breached levee, louisiana's governor said that intergovernmental red tape must end. >> the complaints of the resints are well founded, they have a point. >> well, they took water across their goroperty. i'm nog to ever say that they're not well founded. i'm just -- we're going to have to do everything we can to get the construction complete. >> reporr: with 20 weeks left in the hurricane season, the fear tonight, could this happen again to another levee in the next hurricane. kerry sanders, nbc news, myrtle grove, louisiana. with his country and the u.s. still locked in a bitter standoff, iran's foreign minister has arrived new york
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telling me in an exclusive interview late today that iran is not looking for war and invites the s. to rejoin the nuclear agreement. how close are we to elar do you think? >> w we're not close to military war, but as i've said befo, sanctions target ordinary citizens, civilians, ople who need medicine, people who need special treatment. >> iran is pushing back, crippled by harsher new american sanctions after the nu.s. walked away from the ear deal. iniran now increasg its uranium enrichment beyond the previous limits, not enough for a nuclear weapon. muhammad javadzarif was one of the architects of the original deal. e you afraid that you're playing with fire here? i >>hink the united states is playing with fire. we have an agreement, and that agreement
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includes remedies once one side of the agreement starts violating it. >> under those circumstances you're free to do whatever, is that your interpretation? >> not whatever, but st we agree to art 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, we would 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 at the pentagon claims was in international airspace. the iranians say it was in their and then there were those mysterious attacks on petroleum tankers near the strait of hormuz. the u.s. ordered video that points to ir. you main your denial that iran was involved? >> obviously we would not be targeting a japanese tanker while the japanese prime minister was eting with 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
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rescue operations around the ships. >> let's talk about the american drone that was shot down. i understand the u.s. and iran differ as to where that aircraft was. i want to ask you about why do you think the president took his finger off the trigger, called off a retaliatory air ttrike? >> ink you need to ask him. my analysis is that cool heads le came to the conclusion that this will not be a limited operation. international monitors say iran was complying with the nuclear deal. president trump, however, complained it s didn't address iran' 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 out of this standoff? >> because once u start accepting toemands, there's no end t. >> zarif says if the trump administration were to lift sanctions it has imposed, then roomor negotiation
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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. enotherwise, you'll d up with a lose-lose situation. >> the trump administration has threatened to impose economic sanctions on zarif himself, but for now has settled for severely restricting his moveme in new york to just a few locations. still ahead tonight, the deepening mystery after a prominent africaamerican community leader is found dead in her own trunk. her family's desperate plea for answers. also, the protests by amazon employees as it holds one of its biggest events of the year. and 50 years after man landed on the moon, we take you inside missi control just as it was on that day. stay with us. iust ast was on that
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we are back with a murder mystery gripping t city of baton rouge, louisiana. the founder of an african-american history museum found un dead in the trof her own car. here's nbc's morgan chesky. >> reporter: in baton rouge, it's the growing question in a disturbing crime -- who would target the beloved community leader sadie roberts-joseph. >> it's horrible that e somebody would com sadie and kill her and put her in her own trunk. >> reporter: her family tells nbc the 75-year-old was last seen 11:30 friday morning dropping off a batch ofread at her sister's home. she wasn't seen again until two hours later when police found her body in the trunk of her own car. the coroner listing the cause of death as traumatic asphyxia, including suffocation. >> our detectives are working overtime. they're exhausting every investigative lead. and i know that this community will step . >> reporter: the smiling face of roberts-joseph known for decades. the mother of two rights, founded the
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tonight amazon is rolling out deep discounts, a blockbuster event that has a lot of customers e cashing in, but th day is also being marked by protests over what some employees say are unsustainable conditions. here's jo ling kent. >>eporter: tonight on one of the biggest shopping days of the year, some amazon workers are striking for chge. as amazon rolls out hundreds odeals and
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demand bogs down i website, warehouse workers walked off the job, calling for safer workplace conditions and less strenuous standards to meet the huge demands of free two-day shipping. su> there's all this presre to perform and meet productivity rates. it's unbelievable. >> 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 fulfilent center. >> if you don't work enough, 200, 400 units 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 and unions also joining the protests, marching outside the new york apartment of amazon ceo jeff bezos. amazon which last year increased its minimum wage to $15 an hour responded to the protesters, telling us -- >> we're actually g eally proud of the workinnditions that we provide. it's a quality, safe, comfortable work environment. value direct dialogue and conversation with our employees always to find ways to improve
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it. >> reporter: but some employees aren't buying it. amazon tells us that this walkout will not impact their shipping promises to customers. prime day ends tomorrow, and it's already on track to bring in an estimated $5 billion. lest lester? >> thanks. when we come back, we'll take you inside "apollo 11's" mission control just the way it was 50 years ago. control j control j t i don't know what's going on. control j t i've done all sorts of research, read earnings reports, looked at chart patterns. i've even built my own historic trading model. and you're still not sure if you want to make the trade? exactly. sounds like a case of analysis paralysis. is there a cure?s td ameritrade'trade desk. they can help gut check your strategies and answer all your toughest questions.ct sounds perfe see, your sti ss level was here ant you down to here, i've done my job. call for a strategy gut check with td ameritrade. ♪ cookie dough ninja. licka
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>> 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. op> rocket tranquility, we cy you on the ground. h you got a buncof guys about to turn blue. in we're breathg again. thanks a lot. >> reporter: gen krantz was just 36 years old and the flight director in charge. this was your seat. >> yes. this was my seat. >> reporter: 50 years later, he's back in mission control, restored to the way it looked on thatay, 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, each coffee cup, pencil, rc cola, ash tray, and slide rule. much of it found sitting inasa storage rooms. a few vintage pieces including a corner
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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 perfect as we can. reporter: gene krantz became more edfamous when he order failure is not an option on "apollo 11" also in this room. >> i think it's a message for young people who have a dream to do something difficult, to step up to great responsibilities. >> reporter: history itself was written here by everyday people who accomplished the extraordin tom costello, nbc news, houston. >> what an amazing look back. we're going to have much more on th historic anniversary all this week on "nightly news." we hope you will join us. and that is "nbc nightly news" for this monday. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching. have areat night, everyone. have a great night, everyone.
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teve: how y'all doing? how's everody? [cheers] i got to talk to you about something, man. i was reading this thing. there's a survey out that talks about the most uncomfortable places to flirt. they've actually found the most comfortable places to flirt. they mentioned the hospital waiting room, a funeral, an underwear section at a store or if you're on a date with someone else. those are the four most uncomfortable places to flirt. so i want to break down a couple of these places that ain't a good idea to -- first of all, the hospital waiting room. i think that's the best place to flirt. hell, you're in there for 29 hours. [applause]
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beds everywhere. you might talk yourself up on a little something. [applause] tell a man something about this funeral home. is a funeral really, really a bad place to flirt? audience: yes. steve: come on. who don't want to be held? you're in here grievin you're crying. uncle willy gone. you don't want nobody to hold you? man, i se am going to miss uncle willy. you too? me too. [applause] another place that they say is not a good place is at the


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