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> > > tonight, just eight days until the election and the white house feeling the impact of another covid outbreak. President trump holding three rallies in pennsylvania and joe biden also paying a surprise visit to that key battleground. mike pence on the trail. After five of his aides tested positive, the president again claiming the u. s. is rounding. The turn on covid after his chief of staff, ...
said we're not going to control the pandemic and what jared kushner said today about black americans. >, >, >, plus the tight race here in nevada. As we kick off our series `` across america. >, > >. The final showdown over amy coney barrett. the confirmation vote in a bitterly divided senate, > > >, the explosive covid surge.

Even the smallest communities, now feeling the impact hospitals at the brink and the new warning. The danger covid poses to your heart. > > >. The massive new wildfires 60,000 people ordered to evacuate santa ana winds, super charging the flames and grounding the air attack. > > > hurricane zeta gaining strength as it takes aim at the u. s al roker, with the ne track. > > >, the first murder hornets nest Found in the u. s. inside the mission to destroy it, > >, > and nasa's discovery on the moon and what it could mean for the future of space travel >, > >. This is `` nbc nightly news', with lester holt reporting tonight from nevada. > > good evening from nevada, where we're starting our `` across america' journey tonight, hearing from voter in key states in this last week before the election and here in las vegas. More than anything, it's about lost jobs, we'll have those conversations in a few minutes, but first the final stretch to november 3rd, with all roads tonight winding their way back to the pandemic.

Two candidates, two glaringly opposite: visions of the reality this country faces and its ability to affect the outcome. hallie jackson begins our coverage. > >, reporter the politics of the pandemic tonight. Central to the closing arguments for both candidates. > >. It'S ending anyway. we're rounding. The turn. it's ending anyway, > >. Mr. president, you have to have a little bit of shame just a little bit of shame, because people are dying.

> > reporter president trump tripling down on pennsylvania with three rallies, there. few masks and no social distancing. joe biden in the state. , taking aim at these comments from the president's chief of staff, slamming them as surrender to the coronavirus. > >. We are not going to control the pandemic. We are going to control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics. , > >. I have been saying for months as you well know that he waved the white flag all the way back then. The white house is coming right out now and admitting what i said months ago was absolutely true.

> > reporter the president today arguing it's biden. Surrendering. > > he's waved a white flag on life. He doesn't leave his basement. > > --, given up on controlling the virus, > >, absolutely the opposite. > > reporter, while president trump insists the pandemic outlook is looking up. What'S up is the number of coronavirus cases across the country and around the white house. five people tied to vice president pence now tested positive, including his chief of staff. pence, who tested negative today, is on the campaign trail despite the exposure to the virus, his office, Citing cdc guidelines for essential workers. team trump, boosting spending on ads to win over black voters, efforts, perhaps complicated by the new comments from the president's senior adviser and son-in-law about many black communities. > >. One thing we have seen in a lot of the black community, which is mostly democrat, is president: trump's policies are the policies that can help people break out o the problems they're complaining about, but he can't want them to be successful more than they want to be Successful > >, reporter top civil rights lawyer, be crump slamming what he called jared.

Kushner'S blatant disrespect and lack of understanding. The white house says: critics are taking kushner out of context. the campaign rhetoric intensifying with just over a week until election day, already record, turnout for early voting in person and by mail white house celebration happening right now. Here is honoring. The supreme court confirmation tonight of amy coney barrett a month after her nomination and an event at which 14 people later tested positive for covid, lester, >, >, all right hallie thank you. just in the senate, holding that vote on confirming amy coney barrett as the next Justice of the supreme court. our kasie hunt joins us now from the capitol. How did it play out > > reporter lester good evening, the senate tonight voting largely along party lines to confirm, judge amy coney barrett to fill the late justice, ruth bader ginsburg's seat on the supreme court just one month after president trump announced he planned to nominate. One republican susan collins of maine voted against putting barrett on the court.

Every democrat opposed her over concerns of abortion and particularly health care, with the court expected to hear a case that could decide the future of the affordable care act just days after di election. But there's nothing democrats could do to stop the nomination and her confirmation, with only republican votes, was the most partisa confirmation in supreme court. History. lester > >, all right, kasie hunt on capitol hill for us, thanks. , >, >, >, there's a new fire emergency in southern california, driven by winds, gusting to almost 100 miles per hour. Hour. , tens of thousands of people forced to evacuate miguel almaguer is on the front lines. > > reporter. It'S not just the size and power of these wildfires exploding out of control today, but the epic winds, fanning them, creating the perfect recipe for disaster fighting flames and southern california's notorious santa ana winds. Today, the critical air attack was grounded after gusts reached 96 miles an hour outside los angeles. the power of a category 2 hurricane > > attention attention > > reporter this was the race to escape, as over 90,000 were forced to evacuate, irvine even firefighter struggling to Stand their ground two in critical condition: bracing for an unprecedented wind event across the state, more than a million have had their power cut, to prevent the very kind of disaster that could unfold tonight on the heels of what's been a historic and deadly wildfire season. The winds fanning these flames are expected to last another 24 hours.

lester > > miguel, you and your team stay safe. , >, > > from fires to hurricane zeta, takin, aim at the gulf coast yet again and a record breaking season. al roker joining us. al. What are you seeing? > > lester tropical storm watches hurricane watches, up from louisiana all the way to the panhandle of florida, with a category 1 storm. 80 miles per hour, moving northwest at 10 miles per hour after hitting the yucatan tonight. It gets out into the gulf bringing heavy rain, making landfall late wednesday night with flooding, rain, storm surge and then races up into the northeast, with heavy rain and wind as well. storm surges anywhere from 2 to 6 feet. All the way from louisiana to the panhandle of florida. rainfall amounts locally up to 6 inches through the mississippi river valley, but all the way up into the northeast. heavy rain as well. lester > > boy.

What a season it's been. all right. ! Thank you! Al. > > >, while the president says we're rounding the corner with the coronavirus. It is exploding in many parts of the country, tonight. hospitalizations up 40 % in the last month. rural areas being hit, especially hard. gabe gutierrez is in south dakota > > reporter tonight. The covid crisis is ravaging many smaller communities for the first time. > >. We have a certain percentage of the nursing staff, our physician staff, all of our staff that are out either quarantining or sick with covid > > reporter the dakotas lead the u. s.

in coronavirus cases per capita cases in at least 42 states are up 10 or more In the last 2 weeks. > >, so now we are at the highest baseline. We have ever been, which is really quite precarious. No matter how you look at it, it's not good news. > > reporter across the country about 41,000 people are now hospitalized a 40 % jump in th last month, > >. We have cared for them for so long and we truly do love them and we miss them. > > reporter in el paso, texas, hospitals are full. Shea acosta is battling the virus and struggling to breathe. > >. I do worry because there are no beds right. Now. > > reporter, but in rural carter county montana, there is only one hospital which doubles as nursing home.

There are no icus. An the closest ventilator is 120 miles. Away. How worried are you about flu season? > >? I'M scared to death. scared to death. > > reporter the facility is overwhelmed and burning through ppe. > >, because we're so small, it seems like we are on the back of the priority. List. > > reporter across the midwest growing concern about the toll on young people. at the university of dayton. Freshman michael lang died of covid complications.

> > he'll be lookin down on us, so --, but he's 18. he's way too young way too young. > > reporter here in south dakota covid hospitalizations hit a record for the second straight day: lester > >, all right. Gabe gutierrez thank you. > > >, our `` across america' journey begins in a city. Tha stood among the most vulnerable, where the covid shutdowns began. the life, blood of las vegas, its hospitality and entertainment industries abruptly up ended by the virus. Tonight we hear from workers and business owners who hope thry path to recovery starts in the voting. Booth crowds have returned to the iconic vegas strip, but in other parts of sin city it's a different story. Perhaps no battleground state is still reeling from the covid shutdown. Like nevada, with a 12.

6 % unemployment rate, the second worst in the country. , and so it's where my journey begins talking to people here about jobs, about the economy, who they think is best positioned to lead us in a path to recovery. My first stop failing business. We meet myrna donato at the used bookstore she's owned for nearly 40 years, so you're calling it quits > >, i'm calling it quits. our wonderful governor, shut us down for two months and a small business canno survive with being shut down for two months. > >. Reporter your customers must be disappointed. > > they've devastated, as i am because some of my customers go back 39 years. , > > reporter myrna told us she is voting for president trump. > >. I really believe that he has america's best interest at heart.

and he wants to keep the small businesses going. He knows what it is like to make payroll. > > reporter across town we meet this couple. Javon was furloughed from his job at a hotel, restaurant. > >, i'm trying to jus put in jobs like 30 40 times a day to find something. > > reporter they have an 8-year-old daughter with special needs and javon's unemployment benefits recently ran out. Are you making really hard choices on a daily and weekly basis? > >? We have lost our vehicle. , we had to choose between paying the car note and keeping a roof over our head. > > reporter the andersons are both democrats, leaning, they say towards joe biden. > >.

I like his professionalism. I like that he's, had experience in the white house, as vice president. - > >. If you were sitting here talking to joe biden and president trump, what would you want to tell them right now? > > consider our family think about it on a personal level as if it was happening to you or your son, daughter, sister or brother, and how would it make you feel if they were struggling, day-to-day. > > reporter a major flashpoint for both candidates, those continuing Covid restrictions. > >. I will end this. I will make sure we have a plan. > >. All he talks about is shutdowns. No, we are not going to shutdown.

> > reporter, citing improving covid numbers. Last month, bars were allowed to reopen in nevada at 50 % capacity. How long were you actually closed? > >, we actually were closed twice > > reporter we spoke to bar owner derrick stonebarger. , > >. I was living my american dream and it was just literally just taken away. > > reporter, who says he's slowly bouncing back. > >. We took a loan and that's something that i never expected to do, but we're going to be able to crawl back from that. As well, i'm optimistic about the future. > >, reporter derrick is voting for biden and now regrets his vote for president trump in 2016. > >. I know now that that was a mistake.

I mean you need somebody with a clear plan and leadership. > > reporter then there's stewart sobak, who runs an annual car show it was supposed to be this weekend. But, like so many big events here, he was forced to cancel it. > >. It was a huge letdown for everybody involved, everybody. > > reporter. He believes president trump will help bring his business and its jobs. Back. > > before covid the economy was great. I want to see the economy come back.

I want to see las vegas come back and i think he's the man to do. That. > > join us tomorrow night on the journey `` across america' talking to voters in wisconsin. > > >. Amid the record early voting turnout, we are seeing there's a danger that thousands of mail-in ballots won't be counted. cynthia mcfadden on why they get rejected and what states are doing about it. In tonight's `` vote, watch. > > reporter tonight, the 1 % that may matter. That'S a conservative estimate of how many mail-in ballots will be rejected in the swing states like north carolina, where polls point to a neck and neck battle. > >. Traditionally, north carolina only has a 3 % to 5 % participation in absentee by mail and we're projecting to be somewhere between 20 to 30 % of voters who will use that voting, method. > > reporter? That could mean thousands of ballots rejected.

This really matters. Doesn'T it > > it absolutely matters. ? We definitely want to reduce our rejection. Rate. >, >, reporter and they've taken many steps to do so. Voters whose mail-in ballot has been rejected will be notified and given the chance to fix or cure it, voters can track their ballot online, and this year north carolina has two extra weeks to process mail-in votes before election day. Other battleground states are not so lucky. in pennsylvania and wisconsin they're expecting a huge increase in the number of mail-in ballots from 2016. There are tracking systems, but no requirement in either state to notify voters if their ballot is rejected when mail-in ballots are rejected.

Most of the time it's because they arrive late, many swing states are trying to help by extending deadlines. in north carolina by an extra nine days. But voter error is harder to fix in north carolina. Voters must have a witness sign their ballot, but many don't. > >. This comes down to a question of experience. > > reporter professor daniel smith tracks absentee ballots in realtime. > > you're voting by mail is like hopping on a harley and think you can zoom off into the sunset, but there are a whole set of rules and regulations. You need to know. > > reporter this year. He says there is evidence, rejection rates may double or even triple. , > >.

Thus far, we had 97 % success rate with the absentee by mail ballots being completed properly, the envelope materials and so forth, which is you know we consider to be very good. > > reporter professor smith points out a troubling reality. black voters in north carolina are having their mail-in ballot, rejected 200 % more frequently than white voters. 3 % of african-american ballots cast by mail have been flagged as a problem: > > yeah. ,. 8 % for white voters. So far, those numbers are going to continue to go up as voters wait and make mistakes. > > reporter explain that to me. > >. We'Re not sure why there's a discrepancy? Bu, there's nothing about the process that you know favors one race over another. > > reporter.

Does it concern you > >? It concerns me any time we are not able to count a voter's ballot. , > > reporter she points out. Every one of the voters will be contacted and given a redo to fix their ballots. , don't be surprised if many states end up in court arguing about what ballots can be counted. lester > >, cynthia mcfadden thank you. , > > > in just 60 seconds. On the trail of the so-called murder hornets > > > back now, with the first nest of so-called murder hornets found in the u. s. gadi schwartz goes inside the mission to destroy it. > > reporter in washington state the search for an invasive species. By what looks like invaders from space, an army of biologists, honing in on murder, hornets, donning, futuristic protective suits and armed with plastic kitchen wrap a 2x4 and a high-tech vacuum. > > there's a lot of hornets in there.

, > > reporter their marshmallowy armor and face masks extra protection against the giant asian hornet packing a massive stinger and the ability to spit venom. a dangerous species known for decapitating bees by the thousand and taking over their Hives found in a tree. , it is the first murder hornet nest to b discovered in the united states. , how they zeroed in on the colony borders on sci-fi. > >. By using the radio signals that these things send out, we can track where they are in space. > > reporter for weeks, researchers were frustrated, >, >, careful, careful. , > > reporter trying to tie tin trackers on the hornets, with dental floss losing some in the process until finally success. > >, all right. > > reporter. For now, scientists are hoping that th population of murder hornets, is isolate to a small area in the pacific northwest, but it might not be the only one > > we found one.

But who knows what else is out there: > > reporter gadi schwartz, nbc news. , > > > up next, the alarming new covid heart warning. > > > back now with a new warning about a surprising complication from covid-19 heart damage, anne thompson. Now, with the critical signs > > reporter getting covid this summer changed 66-year-old mary brooks' life. , > >. I only expected it to attack my lungs, not my heart. > >, reporter hospitalized for three days brooks developed. A heart flutter went home and a week later suffered heart failure. > >. It was like a domino effect for me. > > reporter today, new york's mt. sinai hospital reported 63 % of hospitalized covid patients studied had heart damage, leading that could lead to heart attacks.

Pulmonary embolism and heart inflammation. We know that covid is a disease of the lungs, but how does it impact the heart > >, first directly, by spreading from the lungs into the heart, and the second is indirectly by causing a whole body, inflammatory response that can damage the heart. > > reporter? In washington, dr. cyrus hadidi sees this in patients both with a history of heart trouble and those without. > >. Most concerning for us is that we see many patients who are young healthy and have never had preexisting heart conditions. > > reporter the warning signs, heart, palpitations and extreme shortness of breath. Medication is helping brooks. > >. I feel fine. > > reporter, as researchers try to figure out if covi damage to the heart is permanent. anne thompson, nbc, news.

, >, > > up next a discovery that has a lot of people over the moon tonight, > > > a big announcement today from Nasa and tom costello tells us how it could change the future of space, travel. > > reporter today's announcement is a stunner water molecules in the lunar soil right there in a sunlit crater. We have known for years that water exists in ice form on the moon's dark polar caps, but to find traces of water in sunlit areas could mean a potential water source for future astronauts. > >. We now know that water is not just constrained to these cold dark places and that it's actually possibly more widespread than we originally thought. > > reporter the water molecules are thought to come from micro, meteorites that bombard the lunar surface. The question now is there enough water for humans and how accessible is it after a 50-year absence? The next astronauts are set to return to the moon in 2024, tom costello nbc news, washington. >, > >, that's `` nightly news' for this monday from las vegas. Thank you for watching everyone, i'm lester holt. , please take care of yourself and each yourself and each other.

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