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tonight, 1 week after that deadly tornado strike the people of joplin pray for the victims and president obama con soles survivors as he tours detective nateed neighborhoods. step of the way until joplin is restored and this community is back on its feet. we're to the going anywhere. >> mitchell: i'm russ mitchell. also tonight, hitting the road. sarah palin rideses into washington as part of operation rolling thunder. does it signal her entry into the growing republican field? >> and back from the brink, bald eagles soar again over catalina island decades after the pesticide ddt destroyed their habitat. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with russ mitchell.
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>> mitchell: good evening. it has now been 1 week since that devastating tornado rolled through joplin, missouri and today the town got a visit from the president and there were new signs of hope. here are the latest numbers. 139 people died in last sunday's tornado and the number of people unaccounted for is down to 40. ben tracey is in joplin tonight with the latest. good evening. >> good evening, russ. president obama was on the ground here for about three hours today in joplin to see all of this firsthand. and he offered help to this town where at churches like this one, it was anything but a normal sunday. >> so this is your house. >> yeah, this is the front entrance. >> reporter: one week ago father monaghan survived the tornado. >> inside that door. >> reporter: inside his bathtub. >> i said you know, lord if this is the end, can we speed it along. >> reporter: father justin lost his house and his place of work. st. mary's church was ripped apart. >> you are looking back there, the altar and sanctuary would have been where they're standing.
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>> reporter: today the members of st. mary's joined st. peter's down the road for mass. >> our masses are the same no matter where we are in the world. so that's no problem. it is the fact that we're not here. >> reporter: that's the kind of loss president obama saw up close today, comforting the victims and thanking the many volunteers. he spent about 45 minutes touring the disaster zone and talking with officials from fema. >> this is a national tragedy and that means there will be a national response >> ♪ there's a dawn in every darkness ♪ >> reporter: at the city's memorial service the president made a promise. >> the cameras may leave, the spotlight may shift, but we will be with you every step of the way until joplin is restored, and this community is back on its feet. we're not going anywhere. >> reporter: the memorial service began and ended with a prayer from a certain irish priest. >> father monaghan i'm so glad you got in that tub.
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>> reporter: one who knows something about loss. >> we say yes, and ask you to continue to bless us and to dream new dreams as we move forward at this time. >> reporter: they're already at st. mary's. their spirit may be bent, but it is far from broken. and there is one part of their church that still stands. a symbol and a starting point for a new beginning. >> and that will stay. whatever else is built, that cross will stay. >> reporter: this cross has become a real symbol here in joplin not just for the people at st. mary's but really for everyone in town because they're looking for hope when there could be so much despair. >> mitchell: ben tracey in joplin, missouri, thank you. and now to politics with the republican presidential hopeful field growing by the week, sarah palin is out and about this weekend which is raising more questions about her intentions. witt johnson has more on the
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former aslaska governor's day in the nation's capitol and where she could be headed. >> reporter: sarah palin roared into washington dressed head to toe in black and leather. >> bristol's riding, piper's riding, todd's riding. >> reporter: the former alaska governor started her day at the pentagon followed by a wave and a cruise over memorial bridge. then some handshakes at the korean war memorial. >> it is a debt of gratitude we owe our veterans. they are who secure and have secured our freedom. >> reporter: the rolling thunder biker rally is typically a nonpolitical event honoring america's veterans. and palin's presence here has come with some mixed reviews. >> this right here is about unity and i don't hear that coming from sarah palin. >> she's awesome. she needs to be here more often. >> reporter: palin has not announced her candidacy for president but she's sending signals. >> i do have the fire in my belly. >> reporter: today she launches her multistate campaign style bus tour starting in washington going up the east coast and then reportedly to the key primary state of new hampshire. >> we know that our best days
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are yet to come. >> reporter: in a recent cbs news "new york times" poll, 51% of likely republican voters viewed her favorably but among all likely voters, the number drops to 26%. still her former running mate thinks she has a chance. >> can she beat barack obama? >> of course she can, she can. now whether she will or not, whether she'll even run or not, i don't know. >> reporter: a guessing game either way with the whole country along for the ride. witt johnson, cbs news, washington. >> mitchell: and for perspective on sarah palin's appearance today and the overall republican race for president we are joined in washington by political analyst john dickerson. good evening to you. >> good evening, russ. >> mitchell: is sarah palin really testing the waters or just reinforcing her brand? >> she is testing the waters. she's out delivering her message and seeing what kind of a reception she gets. and if she does want to run there is no better way to do it then present yourself as simply
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answering the call of a popular groundswell. if in the end she decides not to, her brand is in good shape, she becomes the most sought after endorsement from other republicans which means she'll have a lot of power within the republican party. >> mitchell: we heard john mccain say he believes sarah palin could beat barack obama in a general election of course. but let's not go that far. let's go to the nomination. does she have a chance of even getting the nomination? >> she has a core of supporters in the republican party but outside of that devoted core she has some difficulty. one she is very unpopular among independent voters. and so in a general election, she would have a very tough hill to climb. that worries some republicans. but also her favorable numbers, the number of people who think of her favorably in the republican party has been going down. one thing to test from this bus tour is if she's able to improve her image just within her own party that will give us some indication. if she can't do that, she's not going to be able to do it in the cut and thrust of an actual campaign. >> mitchell: let's talk about wild cards, texas governor rick perry says will think about running, rudy giuliani not in
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the race either yet he is ahead in at least one poll. what does that say to you? >> it is just another sign that republicans are unhappy with the field as it is set right now. what some strategists worry, though, is when people like governor perry say they'll think about it, it forces republicans to wait again a little bit more and not focus on the current field. >> mitchell: john dickerson, as always, thanks a lot. on this memorial day weekend the bodies of u.s. servicemen killed in afghanistan have been returned to dover air force base in delaware. air force staff sergeant joseph hamski was killed by an i.e.d. on thursday. army sergeant thomas bohall was killed in a separate attack. afghan officials and nato air strike aimed at taliban insurgents hit two civilian homes in helmand province last night killing two women and 12 youngsters. for more on the attack we are joined by mandy clark embedded with u.s. troops in afghanistan. and mandy, first up what can you tell us about that attack? >> well, russ, it appears that
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late last night a u.s. base came under attack and the marines stationed there called for backup. coalition forces launched an air strike to repel the attack but the provincial governor said two homes took a direct hit. and killing those women and children. now the afghan president hamid kharzai has issued a scathing statement saying the attacks was a big mistake. and he said the u.s. and nato forces have to stop arbitrary and unnecessary operations which he said are killing civilians every day. >> mitchell: mandy, the way things stand right now, would it be possible for afghan forces to take control? >> well, the short answer, russ, is no. the u.s. has poured many millions of dollars in the training and equipping of afghan forces but they're simply not ready to take on the insurgents on their own and the u.s. has already started limiting their use of night raids because of the risk of civilian casualties when it comes to those operations.
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>> mitchell: mandy clark in afghanistan, thank you. and in a statement this afternoon, the white house noted president karzai's concerns about civilian casualties, adding, quote, those are concerns that we share and take very seriously. end quote. and the battle for libya, cbs news has learned that eight high ranking military officers including four generals have left libya for an undisclosed european capitol. they intend to officially announce their defection from the qaddafi regime tomorrow. how the maker of a popular drug tried to block a cheaper generic alternative. and betty white. i'm sorry, betty isn't here. [ male announcer ] with outstanding performances by the bettys. if you're 50 or over but hesitant to join aarp because you think it makes you old, i have a very important message: [ all ] get over it!
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>> mitchell: finally on this memorial day eve, america's national bird is flying high again over a west coast island that d.d.t. pollution drove them from 40 years ago.
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dedicated rescuers deserve all the credit as john blackstone now shows us. >> reporter: 22 miles across the sea from los angeles, catalina island has a reputation for romance. it's also the adopted home of the american bison. but another american icon that is native to catalina hasn't done as well. >> bald eagles. >> by the early to mid 60s they were all gone from catalina and the california channel islands. >> reporter: for 15 years peter sharp of the institute for wildlife studies has been working to bring bald eagles back to catalina, a project that lately has been having some notable success. >> we spend a lot of the early portion of the year scanning the coastlines for just any activity. >> reporter: to get an even closer look at the island's growing eagle population, sharpe has set up remote cameras looking into the nests. >> it saves us a lot of time. it gives us more information on what is going on at the nest.
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>> reporter: not only can he monitor how the adults are caring for the fast-growing chicks, he streams the whole eagle cam reality show live on the internet for anyone to watch. >> they're seeing things that until five, ten years ago, most people never got to see. >> reporter: all the more impressive because eagles were once in so much trouble here. the natural beauty of the island and the ocean here hides something ugly. until the 1960s the pacific off southern california was a dumping ground for thousands of tons of waste, contaminated with the pesticide ddt. for decades the ddt made the birds egg so thin the shells would break before hatching. so sharpe team hatched them in incubators and hand raised the chicks until they were strong enough to be returned to the nest with their parents. >> the adults did most of the work. but we did the stressful part. >> reporter: over the last five years, ddt levels have dropped
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enough that the eggs can survive in the nest. when the chicks are eight weeks old, almost big enough to fly, sharpe climbs into the nest to tag the young birds. with only seven breeding pairs on catalina, every eagle is important to the recovery. and especially important to sharpe who hand-raised some of the birds who are now raising their own young. >> i guess i have a little bit more attachment to these because i'm a grandfather now. >> reporter: he's also pleased that nature here no longer needs quite as much help to do what comes naturally. >> john blackstone, cbs news, catalina island. >> mitchell: and that is the "cbs evening news." later on cbs, "60 minutes." thanks for us this sunday evening. i'm russ mitchell, cbs news in new york. hope you're having a great holiday weeken good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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