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sometimes i'm right and i can be wrong . >> axelrod: and the music teacher who has generations of students singing her praises. >> everything has changed in my life because of her. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news." >> axelrod: good evening. i'm jim axelrod. when president obama returns from his hawaiian holiday vacation tomorrow, he will begin his final year in office with new action on gun control. this past year, the f.b.i. conducted more than 19 million background checks for firearm purchases. the president wants to expand background checks, and the executive orders he intends to issue do not require approval from congress. buttals kris van cleave reports, republicans aren't waste anything time voicing their disapproval. >> reporter: the president's promise of action on gun control prompted immediate push-back
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>> well, i don't like it. >> reporter: donald trump speaking to john dickerson, moderator of "face the nation." >> i'm going to have to take a look at it, but i don't like changing anything. right now they have plenty of rules and regulations and they should be looking at mental health. we should be building institutions for people who are sickos. >> reporter: senator marco rubio pledged to undo the obama reforms on day one. jeb bush posted this campaign video criticizing president obama. >> why don't you focus more on keeping weapons out of the hands of islamic terrorists and less on keeping weapons out of the hands of law-abiding americans. ( applause ) >> reporter: srces tell cbs news, president obama is considering an executive order expanding the definition of who is a gun seller to include people previously considered collectors who sell more than a certain number of firearms in a year. that could increase the number of transactions requiring background checks. also being considered is
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and track of lost or stolen guns. the n.r.a. calls it nothing more than a political stunt and will do nothing to increase public safety. >> executive action is better than no action. >> reporter: jon summers from the brady campaign. can those type of actions result in less gun violence? >> all we're talking about is keeping the guns out of the hands of dangerous people, people we all greece grae shouldn't have them. >> reporter: the president's previous executive actions on gun control have had limited impact. jim, to over-ride after executive order would require a veto-proof majority in congress, action by the supreme court, or an executive order from the next president. >> axelrod: kris van cleave, thank you very much. let's bring in john dickerson now. john, we just heard from mr. trump on gun control, but he's your guest tomorrow morning on "face the nation," and you cover plenty of other topics. >> that's right. we talk about the state of the campaign. we talk about the decision he would make as president in the oval office, the role of women in the workplace, and what he thinks about being the star of a
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me ask you about a video that's been put out by al-shabaab. this is an isis-affiliated terror group. and in the video they use you, donald trump, a clip. >> donald j. trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of muslims entering the united states until our country's representatives can figure out what the ( bleep ) is going on. >> reporter: and then the video goes on and says, "the west will eventually turn against its muslim citizens." they're saying to muslims either you join jihad or leave the united states because of what mr. trump is proposing. >> look, it's a problem. i bring it up. other people have called me and they say, "you have guts to bring it up because, frankly, it's true," but nobody wants to get involved. now people are getting involved. people are that on different persuasions thoon me right now, john, are saying, "you know, maybe trump isn't wrong. we want to examine it." >> reporter: donald trump's big strength is his bluntness.
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but when it comes to being commander in chief, bluntness can have consequences and this is an example of that. but there's beeny no evidence so far that this is hurting trump. it's been the story of the campaign so far that people have said his big mouth will get him in trouble but his supporters have stuck with him, and even those who are concerned that if he's president these kinds of remarks will hurt america overseas, they say when he's elected, he'll have people around him who will help shave off the rough edges, jim. >> axelrod: john dickerson, thank you very much. of course, you can see much more of john's interview with donald trump it. morning on "face the nation." tonight, missouri's governor jay nixon is asking for federal aid to deal with historic mississippi river flooding. flood warnings are now in effect all the way from north of st. louis, down to memphis, tennessee. tonight, david begnaud is in cape girardeau, missouri. >> reporter: the mississippi river has never reached this level in cape girardeau, missouri. 48.86 feet.
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to a flood wall built to withstand water up to 53 feet, but there is no flood wall to defend the neighborhood of red star. water street has taken on a whole new meaning where homes and cars are under water. steve cook is the city's public works director. >> you just wonder if you'll ever see anything like this in your lifetime. >> reporter: the so-called great flood of 1993 devastated this same area. back then, hundreds of people lived here, but moved away after the federal government offered them buy-outs. some people stayed, and they are the ones under water tonight. joe uzoaru is the 63 councilman here. >> this is a 500-year flood plain. it's odd that it happened twice so closeogether. >> reporter: downriver on the illinois side of the mississippi river, governor bruce rauner says water has overtopped levees. >> hundreds of families have been requested to evacuate. unfortunately, the majority of families that we've contacted so far have said they don't want to evacuate. they want to stay with their home. >> reporter: in the community
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bigham family,y,hich has refused to leave. >> that's a whole family right there. there are six kids race razeed in that house. >> reporter: can the big said he and his siblings will defend the family home that's been here since 1959. in previous years, they built a flood wall, but the water is seeping in, so they've added a barrier of 70-pound sandbags plus eight pumps that are running. it is a family fight against a powerful river. >> you are worriri about everything you've t and everything you're going to lose. >> reporter: back here in cape girardeau, the mississippi river crested two days earlier than expected. it crested last night. and tonight, it is falling, but slowly. jim, the river won't drop below major flood stage until at least thursday. >> axelrod: david begnaud in the historic floodwaters of missouri. thank youou california has its own severe weather worries tonight. four el nino-fueled storms are on the way. as carter evans reports, the impact of el nino can already
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>> reporter: the significant snowpack measured in california's sierra nevada this week is a welcome sign but going from severe droughts to flood and mudslides is also a currence says climatologist josh willis. >> we definitely see big extremes whenever there's a giant el nino like this. >> reporter: the latest satellite image showing the warming of water in the eastern pacific is almost identical to the 1997 el nino, which caused significant flooding across much of california. this el nino is already sponsible for the warm northeast winter and deadly weather in the south. >> during el nino years we tend to see a very active december and tornadoes late in the year. >> reporter: the weather phenomenon is also causing flooding in south america and drought-related famine in parts of africa. but the worst is yet to come, saysys oxfam.
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million people will require humanitarian assistance as a consequence of el nino in 2016. >> reporter: and in drought-stricken california, el nino's rain will only be welcome if it doesn't come all at once. carter evans, cbs news, los geles. >> axelrod: saudi arabia executed 47 people today, its largest mass execution since 1980. jonathan vigliotti has more on the consequences of one execution in particular. >> reporter: this morning, saudi state-run television reported all 47 men killed in today's mass execution were members of al qaeda, including prominent shi'a cleric nimr al-nimr. but the charismatic rleader was known by his followers as a peaceful reformist who opposed violence. news of the cleric's death sparked a wave of protests around the region. in the iranian capital of
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the saudi embassy and set it on fire. in neighboring bahrain, protests turned violent. and in saudi arabia, theor nimr's home in the eastern providence, both men and women took to the streets chanting. iran used their state-run news to condemn nimr's death. >> despite international calls for his release. >> reporter: nimr rose to prominence after demanding more rights for the shiite minority in the sunni-ruled saudi kingdom. he was shot and arrested in 2012 during antigovernment protests that erupted as part of the arab spring. today marks the largest mass execution on a single day in the country in the past few decades. saudi officials defended them as an objective and legal way to ensure justice. but as the protests grew this afternoon, the european union warned nimr's death could have dangerous consequences for a region already fraught with
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iran's foreign minister said killing nimr will cost saudi arabia dearly. jim, more protests are already scheduled for tomorrow in iran and several other countries. >> axelrod: jonathan, thank you. nearly 200 muslim employees at a cargill meat packing plant in colorado are out of work tonight. as jericka duncan reports, they were fired for walking out after a dispute over prayer breaks. >> reporter: praying five times a day is a must for many muslims, but tony aiden says missing even one of those prayers over a break time dispute caused him and many others to walk away from his job at this cargill meat packing plant in colorado. >> it doesn't matter if a don't have a job. my religion is more important. >> reporter: cargill spokesperson michael martin says prayer is allowed but he said a misunderstanding of company policy came on december 1 1 when 11 w wkers asked for a b bak to
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>> coming from that specific work area would have disrupted the workflow, so the supervisor told the employees they could go pray, but they would have to go in smaller numbers than 11. it would have to be three at a time. >> reporter: that following monday, nearly 200 employees from the muslim community didn'n' show up to workor three consecutive days. the company fired them all. >> there are times when accommodation is not possible, but in the overwhelming majority of instances, we do everything we can to ensure that we do accommodate employees. >> reporter: jaylani hussein represents 150 workers who are now without work. >> now w are getting supervisor who are telling our clients to go home if they wanted to pray. they are denied their basic right to practice their faith reasonably with-- at their employment. they seem to be losing one of the most basic fundamental rights. >> reporter: cargill is now
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those who walked out. areaeahave been set up at cargill since 2009 to accommodate anyone who requested time to pray. the council oil american islamic relations is hoping to reach an agreement with cargill, jim, so those fired work cers return. >> axelrod: jericka, thank you. now to pryor, oklahoma, about 50 miles east of tulsa, where a group of teenagers was up to some old-f-fashioned new year's mischief-- ringing doorbells and running away. suddenly it got very serious when one of the homeowners shot one of the kids. marlie hall tells us why the shooter may not face charges. >> reporter: cole peyton started 2016 in a hospital bed. police chief steven lemmings says the 14-year-old was shot while pulling a neighborhood prank. >> we have had some reports of some k ks running around neighbhbhoods, ringing d drbells and running. >> reporter: at about 1:30 a.m. on new year'say, authorities got a call involving peyton and two friends.
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were trying to break, and so he fired shots at him, striking him twice. >> reporter: police say the they found peyton on the shooter's front porch, struck in the arm and stomama. sasantha perry is a neighbor.r. >> it's just kids being kid right there. i mean, i don't think there should have been anything like that involved. >> reporter: police say peyton and his friends were unarmed and did not try to break into the house. oklahoma's stand your ground law allows the use of deadly force, only if there is reasonable fear of imminent peril. >> that's where the district attorney's's g gng to have to decide whether the homeowner could use deadly force in that situation. >> reporter: cole peyton is a fresh map football player, wrestler, and honors student. he remains in a hospital tonight in stable condition. marlie hall, cbs news, new york. >> axelrod: coming up on the cbs evening news, new year's
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declare a state of emergency. but the one the governor declared recently was a little different. the cause wasn't a natural disaster. as chip reid shows us, hawaii's homeless crisis is out of control. >> reporter: this is the hawaii you usually see on tv. kirk caldwell is the mayor of honolulu. >> as you can see, things look out as perfect ass paradise caca be. >> reporter: but just down the street is this, hawaii's crisis of homelessness. >> people want to come to paradise. they get here with a job, but they find it's really hard to live here. buying a home is super expensive, renting a place is very, very expensive. >> reporter: many end up on the streets, on beaches, in parks, and in tent cities. there are now more than 7,000 homeless in hawaiai the highest per-capita rate in the nation. about 5,000 of those are packed into honolulu. many struggle with drugs, alcohol, and mental illness. mayor caldwell says the city is
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about 500 homeless were moved into housing over the past year, but recently the number of homeless families has been soaring. a family of six lives in this van the parking lot of elizabeth's episcopal church in honolulu. what is the hardest part about living this way? >> reporter: how do they study? >> reporter: onena, who did not want her face on camera, says her husband works full time at a high-end restaurant for minimum wage but not nearly enough to pay rent here. >> they've done everything right. they struggle. they work, and there is no housing. >> reporter: father david gierlach helps the family survive. >> it's a government problem, and the government has to step up and help fix it. >> reporter: father gierlach says he'd like to see a homeless encampment right here in the heart of waikiki.
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tourist industry and the politicians to do more for the homeless. jim. >> axelrod: chip reid, thank you very much.
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now to a new perspective on retirement. on new year's e, the legendary heavy metal band motley crue played their last show on what was billed as their farewell tour. drummer tommy lee made what he hoped to be his big entrance and got stuck upside down. it took about five minutes to get him down. less than two weeks now until the 2016 academy award nominations are announced. among the "a" listers sure to be watching actress kate winslett, who could well be nominated for her role as an aide to steve jobs in the movie "steve jobs." winslet already has one oscar, best actress for "the reader" in 2008. >> i know that those nasty bullies are still out there, and there i am with a big gold statue in my hand. i mean, that's a pretty great fist-pumping moment. that's a lovely message to say to those bullies, where are they? where are they? >> axelrod: you can see my
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whose students sing her praises. >> in 1973, i met the principal, and she said, "we need something different here." when i find myself in times of trouble >> without misstrictland, i don't know what we'd be. >> she is just amazing. >> everything has changed i i my lili because of her. let it b b ( bell ringing ). >> it's important for a child to create on whatever level they're on. shake it up baby now shake it up baby >> singing, dancing, acting, working together to do something wonderful. looked so good >> you may think that it's a music class. you just learn music, nothing else. this little light of mine >> but it's about a community. >> kindness towards friends, it's about working as a team.
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i had grown up very afraid to perform. if you're on stage, you have to be energetic. and it wasn't until i had this teacher that said, "you understand how to make the music. now just do it." >> the thing stathandz out is her passion for the kids. >> it's making me a better person. >> that you can believe in yourself. >> and never give up. this is my message to you, you, you >> it's imptant for a child to feel good about who they are. my goal here is to have children feel as confident as i had become. >> she's always going to be there for you when you need it. foras long as as i shall live >> she pushes those people u u this little light of mine
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>> the thing about teaching in this way is that every child shines in some way. let me little light shine ( cheers and applause ). >> axelrod: and that's the cbs evening newswsor tonight. i'm jim axeleld in new york.
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