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government shutdown, meanwhile, all sorts of people are getting cheated out of salaries, benefits, medical treatment. and now we've learned of what may be the ultimate indignity, having to do with those that fought and died for this country. amid this news, five americans were killed in afghanistan, but because of the shutdown, those five and 12 others killed in action since october first will not get the death benefits that their families are supposed to be guaranteed. we have two reports on this tonight, beginning with nbc news andrea mitchell who broke the story this morning and is here in the studio with us this evening. >> good evening, brian, we talked about the human toll of the shutdown for eight days, but amid all this pain, the fact that the families of troops killed in afghanistan are not getting their death benefits, that is truly gut-wrenching. 12 years since the war in afghanistan, far from the furloughs and fighting in
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washington, these u.s. troops have the most dangerous jobs in government. marine lance corporal collins was on patrol when he was killed. he was only 19 years old. >> it is hard knowing i won't get the phone call, and he is like, i love you mom. >> reporter: in milwaukee, as mother, shannon, grieves her loss, she and the families of 16 other service members killed since october first will not get their death benefits, $136,000 usually paid within hours of the death, transportation and funeral costs, to delaware, for the dignified burial. >> while that may not be urgent for some, but the age those kids are, the sacrifices they're making, i don't understand how this can be a benefit that is with held.
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i don't understand it. >> reporter: in kandahar province, others were killed. patrick hawkins from pennsylvania, on his fourth deployment to afghanistan, a decorated army veteran killed while trying to help a wounded soldier. jennifer mor oeeno. and cody patterson, an army ranger from oregon on his second deployment to afghanistan, special agent joseph peters, a 24-year-old intelligence officer from springfield, missouri, serving in afghanistan after two tours in iraq, father of a 20 month-old son, his wife issued a statement about the delay d benefits. yes, it is accepting because my husband died for his country, now his family is left to worry. my husband always said if something happened to him, we would be taken care of. i am a stay at home mom, which is what our husband wanted. he wanted me to take care of our
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son. andrea mitchell, nbc news new york. >> reporter: this is kelly o'donnell on capitol hill, where outrage spread quickly. >> i'm ashamed, embarrassed. all of us should be. >> reporter: as congress works with an unexpected casualty of this government shutdown. >> i would hate to look the families in the eye and say yeah, well, this is all because democrats and republicans can't agree. >> reporter: outside the capitol, illinois democrat tammy duckworth, the first disabled veteran elected to congress knows the hardship. do you feel it in a way that maybe your colleagues don't? >> yeah, i feel it in my gut. i know exactly what the family members are going through. i know exactly what it is like to get the phone call from the army assistance department. >> reporter: the military benefits also include 12 months of housing allowance and up to $9,000 to cover burial costs. "the today show" report that brought this issue to light caught the attention of majority leader harry reid. >> does not allow for the death
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benefits to the families of the fallen. officials told andrea mitchell of nbc. >> reporter: word spread in the house republican's morning meeting. south carolina congressman mark sanford. >> how is a death benefit held back in the time of shutdown? it is wrong and it will be fixed. >> reporter: later, i asked the house speaker. can you tell us please what you would say to the military families denied the benefits due to the shutdown. john boehner said he believed they had protected the death benefits when the president signed and a ordered the pay through the military act. >> we give broad authority to pay all sorts of bills, including this. and frankly i think it is disgraceful they're withholding the benefits. >> reporter: the chairman says that lawmakers will fix this tomorrow. >> they will get their benefits. >> reporter: can you promise that? >> i promise that. there is no question they will get their benefits. >> reporter: tonight, pentagon
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lawyers say they simply disagreed with the speaker and lawmakers, and believe the department of defense did not have the authority to pay these benefits now. tonight, senators from both parties have written to secretary hagel asking him to look into this. and tomorrow the house is expected to pass a new bill that would protect all of these benefits right away. brian? >> kelly o'donnell on the hill rounding out our coverage, thank you, kelly, of course the shutdown continues, and as we said we heard from both the president and speaker today starting with the presidential news conference this afternoon. our chief white house correspondent chuck todd was there for it. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian, you know nine days before the country runs out of its ability to borrow money and we don't appear to be any closer to a deal, republicans insist changes to the health care law must be part of it. the president says he is willing to talk about that, but only after the government is reopened. >> the only thing that i will say is we're not going to pay a
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ransom for america to pay its bills. we're willing to pass at least a short-term budget that funds at least the current levels. >> reporter: speaker john boehner dismissed that. >> the president says if there is unconditional surrender by republicans he will sit down and talk to us. that is not the way our government works. >> reporter: an angry john mccain has been there before. he pleaded with congress to sort it out. >> how is this going to end? we know how it is going to end. sooner or later the government will resume its functions and sooner or later we'll raise the debt limit. the question is how do we get there? >> reporter: one way out would be to take a straight up and down vote on the house regarding a spending bill without any amendments like health care. john boehner says it is not there, but our math says it is, the house has 42 members, there are 32 republicans. all the house democrats are on
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record supporting a temporary clean spending bill. and we've identified these 20 house republicans who have told us they too would support a clean bill, bringing the total to 220, three more than necessary. and brian, a little breaking news tonight. tomorrow, the president will formally announce that janet yellin, the number two official at the federal reserve will be his choice to replace the current fed chairman ben bernanke as the next chair. ben bernanke's term ends at the start of next year. janet yellin would have to get confirmation from the senate, but it would make history if she is confirmed by the feds. and the ripple effects of this shutdown keep rolling in. the cdc for one, has been affected. much of the staff furloughed. but today, they call safety recall from chicken that has now
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made over 300 people sick due to salmonella. and with next week's deadline fast approaching the dow slid nearly 160 points today, now wiping out all of its gains in the last month, there is concerns about the s&p, cnbc's maria bartiromo says that banks are reporting war rooms in case of a selloff if indeed a default is allowed to happen. and here in new york, there is word that an undercover police officer surrendered to authorities in connection with the motorcycle gang attack on the driver of a range recover days ago. the detective was seen smashing the back of the range recover with the family inside. our report tonight from stephanie gosk. >> reporter: in the dramatic moments before the bikers beat alexian lien, his wife called 911 several times, what she
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could not have known was that an undercover officer was there. but the undercover officer may have taken part in the beating. the video is showing just before lien is pulled from the car. in the moments following, a bystander was seen videotaping the scene with an ipad. sources tell nbc news they have that video. and it is showing the officer smashing the rear window of the suv, getting on his bike and driving off. the detective who was a part of a sensitive undercover operation, didn't come forward until three days later, telling investigators he was there but not involved. before the video was uncovered, the head of the organization spoke. >> it is very difficult for those leading a double life, especially those in the deep, sensitive undercover positions. they must keep their assignment to themselves. >> reporter: former new york
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city police commissioner bill bratten said that police officers never should have taken part in the unauthorized rally. >> the activities of these police officers are certainly nothing that any new york city officer or any police officer should engage in. >> reporter: an undercover detective who investigates biker gangs in another state spoke to nbc news, remaining anonymous. >> the job is extremely difficult and also it is very unpredictable. we try to plan, and you try to coordinate for the safety of everyone involved. and sometimes things don't go exactly as planned. >> reporter: back in new york, the criminal investigation is focused on the bikers believed to have beaten lien. police released photos of several more persons of interest, while revelations of an undercover detective, exposed the challenges of law enforcement's most sensitive operation. stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york. still ahead tonight for us,
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dr. nancy snyderman, with an investigation on one of the worst outbreaks on our planet. thousands are dead because of it. the question is, could the u.n. itself be to blame? later on, the revelation from tom hanks that made national headlines within minutes. hanks, what made headlines within minutes. every year american students earn degrees in math and science. but only three in ten of them are women. to have enough graduates to fill 21st century jobs... ...we'll have to solve this gender divide. let's inspire more young women to pursue math and science.
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she is going to make it. but others have not been so fortunate, dieumene bastien lost her husband, son and granddaughter to cholera. they all died from cholera. >> i'm sad, i'm really sad. >> reporter: the fever is gone. the cholera epidemic has compounded the suffering i witnessed after the devastating earthquake in 2010. since then, it has become one of the world's biggest health crises, sickening more than 50,000 people and killing more than 8,000. it appears to have started with one fateful event three years ago, a battalion of peacekeeping troops in nepal, one of the peacekeepers was most likely carrying cholera, this is the site where the u.n. dumped the cholera-laden water in one site here in haiti, introducing it to
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a place that hasn't seen it for many years. but the u.n. dismisses they were responsible for the epidemic, citing diplomatic immunity. there has been no compensation or apology. american lawyers will file a class action lawsuit in the u.s. federal court tomorrow. >> the u.n. is there to fight disease and poverty, but it is a major contributor to disease and poverty in haiti and refusing to take responsibility. >> reporter: what is the stance for the u.n. taking responsibility? >> i can't answer that question. >> reporter: she is one of the top officials in haiti. >> when there is blame to be made, isn't it inherent for an a organization to sometimes accept the blame, and in the case of the u.n. to say yes, it was us? >> well, unfortunately, i can't answer that question. i think here in haiti, what is more important is to deal with the situation that we're in. improving the health system in the water and sanitation, we're also improving other elements.
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>> reporter: little reassurance for dieumene, who says her family has received no help from the u.n. >> immunity can't mean impunity, and the victims are entitled to their day in national court if the u.n. won't give them justice within their country. >> reporter: dieumene and the other plaintiffs are counting on the lawsuit, hoping the u.s. courts will finally bring justice to their families and force the united nations to be accountable. the lawsuit also accuses the united nations of a cover-up, saying it purposely covered up the investigation and obscured the outbreak source. the u.n. says it does not discuss publicly the allegations. >> dr. nancy snyderman, just back from haiti, thank you for your reporting. and when we come back, the iron woman of her time is back in the water tonight and will be for a long time to come. and had them show us.e a r we learned a lot of us have known someone who's lived well into their 90s.
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water again, after swimming from cuba, she has now set a goal for herself, at least 40 hours in the pool, doing it to raise money for victims of hurricane sandy for the america's relief organization. while some celebrity swimmers will hop in for join her for a new laps, nyad, a native new yorker, will keep going until 8:30 thursday morning. and chosen for the honor of the run with the olympic torch, bring butane, the torch has gone out four times already since they practiced with it. thankfully, the back-up flame from the original is always kept nearby. and president obama to attend the apec summit in indonesia, where they make them wear wild shirts, this year
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because of the government shutdown, secretary of state john kerry got the nod and thus got the shirt. hardly the worst offender at the conference, which featured enough designs to make you hope they all go bowling. when we come back, we meet the commander of the troops who is now the head of the pta. ♪ canned soup? no way. ♪ mmm! this is delicious katie. it's not bad for canned soup, right? pfft! [ laughs ] you nearly had us there. canned soup. [ laughter ] [ male announcer ] so good, they'll think it's homemade. try campbell's homestyle soup. m'm! m'm! good. hands for holding. feet, kicking.
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not far from here at the new york public library, this was the final day of our fourth annual education nation summit. the gathering we sponsor every year. it gathers together teachers and students and parents and the best minds in education to talk about what so many americans identify as the most important priority faced by our nation domestically. today, much of the conversation was about parents and their role. one dad, who was present, is actively trying to get parents more engaged. that is because he is the new head of the national pta. we get his story tonight from nbc's gabe gutierrez. >> reporter: on wet fields in georgia, these cheers are not for the football team. >> thank you so much for coming.
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>> reporter: but for the new face of the national parent/teacher association. >> sign up for pta unit here. >> reporter: before the image of the pta has been suburban mom, you're trying to change that perception? >> yes. >> reporter: how? >> well, i'm today's pta, i'm a working dad. >> reporter: father of two thornton is the group's new president and the first african-american male to hold the unpaid position. >> and there are barriers in the way of education, and you have to break down those barriers. >> reporter: no stranger to challenges, thornton is an army lieutenant colonel who earned the bronze star in iraq. now retired, he trains soldiers as a contractor at fort stewart. thornton says that discipline and his own struggles growing up helped him relate to today's most at-risk kids. >> when you're in poverty, it can be hopeless. >> reporter: he was 13 when his father disappeared leaving his mother to care for seven
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children. >> i didn't know why. and i was angry. >> reporter: but he channelled that anger into education. and when he had kids of his own, he joined the local pta and grew it from just seven parents to 400. he now wants every father involved. men make up just 2% of the pta. >> we have family reading nights. and we're targets communities. >> reporter: the group is now providing kids some free ereaders and holding more membership drives like this one. >> if we can draw more of the men into it as a whole family unit it will make a tremendous impact. >> it is extremely important if we sustain our membership. >> reporter: a combat veteran with a new mission. >> i'm here to serve the children of our nation. >> reporter: changing america's classrooms one parent at a time. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, brunswick, georgia. and that is our broadcast on this tuesday night. thank you for being here with us. i'm brian williams, we would love to see you right back here
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