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employee is accused of aiding the escape. we're at the outbreak each center of this zika pandemic where the virus is exploding. children and families living in fear. and a dramatic takedown on camera. anti-government protests, a chase, a crash and the moment fbi agents opened fire. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt reporting tonight in des moines, iowa. >> good evening. three days from a critical vote here in iowa, and the hillary clinton camp finds itself back under the cloud of the e-mail controversy. minutes after secretary clinton told me in an exclusive interview here in des moines today that there is nothing regarding the e-mail investigation that should cause voters to have any concerns, the state department confirmed for the first time that some. e-mails found on clinton's
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days as secretary of state contained information so secret they fell under the highest level of classification. nbc's andrea mitchell has details. >> reporter: as hillary clinton was campaigning in iowa, the state department dropped the e-mail bombshell. for the first time labeling 22 e-mails from her private server top secret, the highest level of classification as demanded by the intelligence agencies. >> none of this traffic was marked classified at the time it was sent. >> reporter: just minutes earlier lester had asked clinton about how the e-mail investigation might affect her campaign. >> anything can happen. indictments could happen. why shouldn't people, as they weigh the electability question, worry about this hanging over your head as you march forward? >> because the facts have remained the same. there was never any information sent or received that was marked classified to me. >> for poem who are watching this play out and know the republicans will come at you on this with an open investigation,
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>> no, they shouldn't, lester. i just don't see it as anything that in any way will cause any voter to -- a voter with an open mind, to have any concerns. >> reporter: clinton's campaign called it a bureaucratic turf battle. >> these e-mails should be released so that the public can view them. this is an example of overclassification run amok. >> reporter: the republicans are pouncing. jeb bush treated we need a president who can be trusted to keep our secrets secret. obviously that's not hillary clinton and marco rube crow said -- >> this is unacceptable. this is a disqualifier. >> reporter: bernie sanders' campaign says he stands by this. >> the american penal are stick and tired of hearing about your damn e-mails. >> thank you. me, too, me, too. >> reporter: the state department won't be releasing those e-mails now and may never, but this reignites the e-mail issue just as the voters are about to have their say. lester? >> all right, and iia. the timing of all this hardly ideal for the clinton campaign
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dead heat here in iowa with bernie sanders. over the next three days. in our wide-ranging conversation today secretary clinton vowed she wouldn't go negative on sanders, but she is eager to point out their differences. >> who has the achievable plans that can actually make a difference? who can beat the republicans? these are the kinds of issues that i think as we go forward people are going to say, hey, she's given me a specific set of ideas sleep. 's told me what it's going to cost. it's not pie in the sky. it can actually deliver for my family and i think that's what people is looking for. >> reporter: is senator sanders speaking in pie in the sky terms? >> well, i think now that his policies have come under closer scrutiny from the press and others, he's having to answer some questions. >> reporter: and now bernie sanders is trying to place the scrutiny on clinton, too. his new ad this week, not mentioning her by name, but taking clear aim at her paid speeches to wall street banks. >> how does wall street get away
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millions in campaign contributions and speaking fees. >> reporter: the fact that you're in a virtual tie here, does that signal that this attack is gaining traction? >> i don't think so. i don't think so. i think that, you know, i'm going to remain positive, and it's a little disappointing that senator sanders is trying to go negative. he's trying everything instead of trying to answer the legitimate questions that people are asking about how you fund a $15 trillion health care system, how you provide free college for everybody, all the things he's being asked. instead, you know, he's trying to divert attention. that is a time worn politician's tactic. >> one of sanders' sharpest jabs just on wednesday. >> my opponent is not in iowa tonight. she is raising money from a philadelphia investment firm. >> you went to philadelphia this week. you spoke at a fund-raiser with a financial firm as the backer. was that a mistake?
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i mean, i am proud to have such a broad base of support across the country. >> but it -- it d it play to his narrative about you? >> only if you think his narrative is correct which, of course, it isn't. we both have stood up to wall street. i stood up before most people stood up back when i was a senator. we both haveexpansive, tougher, more effective, comprehensive according to people like paul krugman. >> i want to ask you about the town hall the other day. a young markings bernie sanders supporter stood up and said young people don't trust you. i've heard from quite a few people my age that they think you're dishonest. >> and when he said that i winced, and i was wondering you've obviously been in tough battles, political battles. do you get your feelings hurt sometimes? >> well, of course, it's not pleasant to hear that. i have led a very public life now for 25 years. i've been subjected to all kinds
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because of what i stand for and what i fight for, but i'm going to answer questions regardless of where they come from or who poses them. >> what frustrates you the most about perceptions about you? >> you know, i don't even think about that anymore because i -- i did for a long time. you're human. it is -- it is painful. it can be hurtful, and it's especially so for your family and your friends who are just so hurt for you, but i'm -- i have no reason to think that i'm going to be given any break. i don't expect that. i expect i have to bring my best to this campaign, like i've brought my best to everything i've done, and i think i have a track record of getting results for people. i'm just going to do what i think is right for the country and let the voters decide. >> her chief opponent senator sanders told me on wednesday that with a good turnout heel win in iowa. secretary clinton says she doesn't make predictions and won't be doing so here.
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it's shaping up to be a wild fight to the finish with donald trump declaring victory today for not showing up at the debate while his chive rival in iowa ted cruz tries to brush off headlines of a rough night on that stage. nbc's hallie jackson has details. >> reporter: with 72 hours left, 24 stops by republicans in iowa today, but to front-runner donald trump the only numbers that matter here are his own polling. >> i think we're going to do really well in iowa. >> reporter: trump so confident about iowa he's in new hampshire hit ted cruz. canada. >> reporter: just laughter is what you take away from it. >> i like donald and he's likes. >> reporter: his campaign meanwhile serious about turning out caucus growers. >> this is rebecca with team cruz. >> reporter: on the trail cruz working to dismiss headlines about his rough night at gop debate. >> my focus is on talking to the voters directly.
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criticism that he missed an opportunity as trump split screens and split attention hosting his own rally. >> i didn't want to be here. i have to be honest, but you have to stick up for your rights. when you're treated badly. >> reporter: still mad at moderator megyn kelly. >> let's address the elephant not in the room tonight. >> reporter: trump three miles from center stage was the center of attention early on. >> everyone on this stage is stupid, fat and ugly and, ben, you're a terrible surgeon. now that we've gotten the donald trump portion out of the way. >> reporter: but it's trump who for now looks smart for skipping out. >> the republican race has turned into a fierce battle for second place so when ted cruz took that stage last night without standing in donald trump's shadow he really did not rise to the occasion. >> reporter: and while jeb bush won praise for seeming solid. >> this election is not about our pedigree. this is an election about people that are real hurting. >> reporter: so did marco rubio in iowa hoping for a strong
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into second today reading a supporter's card to a fired up crowd. >> don't let friends vote for trumpet so much wisdom, yeah. >> reporter: rubio campaign is prepared for a long haul betting someone will eventually emerge as the anti-trump option, but who that will be probably won't be clear until after the new hampshire primary where the establishment candidates are making their stand, and in a telling move jeb bush, chris christie and john kasich will not appear at events here in iowa the night of the caucuses, lester. instead, they will be in the granite state. >> all right. h ha llie jackson, thanks. let bring in our political director and moderator of "meet the press," chuck todd. back to the clinton e-mails, a scandal that won't go away but does it resonate with voteers? >> you know, that's unclear, but i will say this. timing and innuendo are not her friend here. just 72 hours before caucus night, just when democrats are having this conversation about electability, i was at a sanders event today. bernie sanders spends a lot of time on it because he thinks
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hillary clinton has been making that issue, but then here comes this e-mail issue. here comes real questions. there's uncertainty. you see the words top secret but we don't know much about it. that's what frustrates the clinton campaign, lester. they feel once all of it is out it will be easy to explain, but right now 72 hours befor the caucus it isn't, and i've talked to plenty of democrats who are undecided at events for clinton and sanders who say to me, you know, one of the hesitations on clinton is this stuff that's always around here. e-mails is part that have stuff, and frankly right now it looks like a bit of a mess for the clinton campaign to explain. they can explain it away, but timing is rough. >> all right, chuck. thanks. we'll be watching your jam-packed show from iowa including interviews with ted cruz, marco rubio and bernie sanders sunday morning on "meet the press." in california tonight, several new twists in that intense manhunt after a daring jail break. one of the three inmates has turned himself in.
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authorities have made a surprise arrest now accusing of a female prison employee of helping them break free. nbc's miguel almaguer has the new developments. >> reporter: after a week on the run todayback duong arrested, one of three dangerous inmates at the center of a mavis dragnet giving himself up. bac duong contacted a civilian on the streets of santa ana and stated he wanted to turn himself in. >> i got something going on in this parking lot here. >> reporter: tonight the search continues for the other two escapees and this van. investigators say duong test drove the vehicle and never returned. >> it's very, very important that we locate this van. >> reporter: investigators say the men had help. arrested nooshafarin ravaghi, an english teacher at the original county jail who they say brought in maps showing images of the jail's roof top that may have helped the inmates escape.
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a, quote, personal relationship with inmate hossein nayeri, reminiscent of the joyce mitchell prison escape last week, authorities the mastermind of the jail break. >> there was written correspondence. that would obviously go beyond the teacher-student relationship inside custody that we would expect. >> the jail break reads like a hole wood thriller. the inmates gut through steel and snaked along plumg ducts and rappelled six floors using bedsheets. >> just like "shaw shank redemption," it's crazy. >> during the search several gang members have been arrested. there's been overnight raids, a $200,000 reward and a plea for the public's help. the two men missing are wanted for murder, kidnapping and torture. they are said to be dangerous and quite possibly armed. after seven days tonight they are still on the returns and they may be extremely desperate. lester. >> miguel al mag yes, thank you. still ahead tonight, the fbi
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>> reporter: dramatic video shot from an fbi plane shows what happened along a desolate highway as authorities tried to arrest leaders of the wildlife refuge occupation. for nearly four minutes driver lavoy finicum and his four passengers sat in this white truck refusing to surrender and then the truck took off. one minute later authorities say they opened fire as the truck drove towards a roadblock veering left nearly hitting an agent. finicum quickly exited his hands in the air at first, but the fbi says on at least two occasions he reached his right hand towards a jacket pocket. that's when state troopers shot and killed him. authorities say finicum did have a loaded semiautomatic handgun in that pocket. scott reitz an expert on force. >> if you're an individual and the officers believe there's a high probability that you're armed they don't have to wait to see a weapon being produced. >> reporter: finicum's family
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zika epicenter far north of rio in a town called recife to meet a family dealing with the birth defect linked to the virus. >> reporter: 2-month-old felipe is the youngest of three children, but littlest member of this family is facing the biggest challenges. he's one of more than 4,000 babies diagnosed with microcephaly in brazil since october. born with an abnormally small head and brain damage believed to be caused by the zika virus. what do the doctors tell you about his development? his mother fernanda says she doesn't know if felipe will walk or talk or how long he'll live, but his family takes it one day at a time, hoping he will defy the odds. many of these children struggle with building muscle tone so his father julio works hard to move his lengths and strengthen his body.
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years, a boon for the economy and a source of pride for the first state to vote as tom brokaw, who has covered every iowa calkes since 1980, reports. >> thank you so much. >> god bless the great state of iowa. >> bernie! bernie! >> reporter: this is iowa on television. the opening act for presidential politics, but this is the real iowa, big ag, they call it, the state's famous farm economy, including ethanol, the corn-based fuel. surprise. the state is also a leader in insurance and financial services, a home-grown supermarket chain is one of the fastest growing in the nation. the unemployment rate here is under 4%, and that's without the gold rush that comes every four years. from around the world, more every year, the media pour into iowa with money to spend on
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hires, car rentals, restaurants. >> the money is nice always, but i think that's more about the excitement and the pride. didn't i interview you four years ago. >> reporter: mike draper has a booming business mocking the caucuses and the intrusive press. sorry to interrupt your meal, but are you alive and do you have an opinion on the election? >> i suspect that hillary is not going to come in here and buy benghazi, benghazi, benghazi. >> we never had a political candidate come in which because some of the stuff is a little too edgy, but we get all. staffers. >> reporter: it's not just the economic month that makes iowans determined to make the opening act. >> they like being first and are gracious hosts when it comes to being first, and they don't see anybody has made had a very good argument why they shouldn't continue to be first. >> reporter: this popular des moines steakhouse is the unofficial clubhouse of the media and political tribes serving up heaping platters of local flavors with sides of political gossip and
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generous expense accounts. this is the real meaning of the phrase cash crop. however, the election turns out. tom brokaw, nbc news, des moines. >> and that will do it for us on this friday night. i'm lester holt reporting from des moines. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. commonwealth. changes that could impact gun sellers. plus ... campaign fever in iowa ... as the presidential candidates gear
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