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in the running, surprisingly strong poll numbers give michele bachmann a boost as she formally launches her bid for the gop presidential nomination today. washed away. floodwaters bury 4,000 north dakota homes and threaten two nuclear plants in nebraska. and surf's up, a frisky shark shows one florida surfer how to really catch a wave. captioning funded by cbs and good morning, everyone. appreciate you joining us. i'm terrell brown in for betty nguyen. congresswoman michele bachmann formally launches her bid for the republican presidential nomination today and she'll do it in the city she was born, waterloo, iowa. the des moines register poll,
former massachusetts governor mitt romney came in first by over one point over bachmann. businessman herman cain came in third. tara mergener is in washington. good morning to you. >> bachmann is kicking off in her campaign in familiar territory and on the heels of encouraging news. michele bachmann is hoping her hometown roots will help steer her to the white house. >> everything i needed to know i learned in iowa. >> reporter: this morning the minnesota congresswoman officially kicks off her campaign for the republican presidential nomination with a rally in waterloo, iowa, her birthplace. "the des moines register" released a poll showing her neck in neck with former massachusetts governor mitt romney among likely caucus goers. >> you may have heard there's a straw poll coming up in august. that's not a small deal. that's a big deal.
>> reporter: analysts say bachmann's bid is a critical test to see how far the tea party movement can go. the congresswoman is running on promises to cut spending, shrink the government and repeal president obama's health care overhaul. >> this is the obama deficit, obama debt, due to obama spending. >> reporter: sunday the mother of five continued blaming the president for the country's economic woes, but she also came under fire for comments she made about him in 2008. >> would you wish you had put it a different way when you said he had anti-american views? >> oh, sure. there's a lot of things i wish i would have said differently, of course. >> reporter: bachmann will get her chance to chart a new path starting today. after iowa she heads to new hampshire and south carolina, terrell, also some key states. >> tara mergener in washington for us this morning, tara, as always thank you. to the wildfires now in the southwest. one is threatening the los alamos national laboratory. it's where the first nuclear weapons were developed. the fast-moving fire forced los alamos to close.
meanwhile, authorities have gained the upper hand on three major fires in arizona. the los alamos fire started sunday about 12 miles from that lab. it's grown to 3,500 acres. some evacuations have been ordered. in arizona the giant wallow fire near the new mexico border is nearly 80% contained. federal officials say flooding from the missouri river poses no new threat to two nuclear power plants in nebraska. the cooper plant south of omaha remains dry but the four calhoun nuclear station by omaha is surrounded by water. a berm protecting the calhoun plant has collapsed. an off site power supply is providing electricity. the head of the nuclear regulatory agency visited the plant yesterday. >> all the plants in the u.s. have been designed to deal with what we think are the largest historic possible floods and this plant is designed to deal with a flood at a much higher level than we're seeing right now.
>> the cooper plant remains dry and authorities expect the barriers to hold. to the devastating flooding in north dakota now. the flooding in minot looks like it's peaked. more than 4,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed. jamie yuccas of our minneapolis station wcco reports. >> reporter: despite losing their home to floodwaters, josh hawkins and his wife angela consider themselves fortunate to have somewhere to stay. >> we kind of figure we'll be here until at least september, october maybe depending. >> we have no idea how long we're going to be here, so. >> reporter: angela is two weeks from delivering their second child. >> our family is safe, the baby will have a place to go when he or she is born. ♪ we are waiting >> reporter: their pastor, andy perry is also displaced after his home went under water. >> going through this has been worth it because it is drawing
us closer together and reminded us of what is truly valuable. >> reporter: the river is flowing fiercely at six feet above major flood stage through the neighborhoods in minot. people who evacuated their homes can't get close enough to see how bad the damage is and it could be weeks before the river drops to a level that allows them access. over at minot's municipal auditorium the red cross shelter, some of the 11,000 evacuees have fewer choices. >> here we are until we find a place to stay for a while and then decide what we're going to do. >> reporter: as for the levee system, protecting the city of minot, we witnessed firsthand as the army corps had to patch a steady leak on the wall just beyond this bridge. while it's sunny right now, any rain could weaken those walls, making their job a lot harder. jamie yuccas for cbs news, minot, north dakota. federal prison officials decided to forcibly medicate the suspect in the tucson shooting rampage with anti-psychotic drugs. jared loughner has been declared
mentally incompetent and a danger to himself. loughner pleaded not guilty to the shootings that killed six people and injured 13 others, including congresswoman gabrielle giffords. about two dozen children and adults were injured sunday, their school bus collided with a car and overturned on a highway in central pennsylvania. they were on their way to a summer church camp. nobody was seriously hurt. police say it's too early in the investigation to see if charges will be filed. five passengers remain unaccounted for after friday's crash between a truck and an amtrak train in nevada. police say some may have walked away without checking in with police. six people including the truck driver were killed. safety records show the trucking company had a poor safety record. in the world of public security, the public seeking hacker group lulzsec says it's time to say bon vie yanlg.
our planned 50 day cruise has expired. if anything, we hope we had a microscopic impact on someone, somewhere, anywhere. arrest warrants could be issued today for libyan leader moammar gadhafi. the internot criminal court in the netherlands may charge him with planning attacks on rebel civilians. rebels control the eastern third of libya and part of the west. they claim will be advancing on the capital. gadhafi remains defiant to demands he must step down. first lady michelle obama is back in washington this morning after a week-long goodwill visit to africa. mrs. obama's itinerary included a visit to a south african game preserve. daughters sasha and malia, their two cousins and their mother were on the trip. during the visit mrs. obama promoted education, hiv awareness and youth leadership.
this morning, did tsa screeners finally go too far with their patdowns. plus a dog whose looks are meaner than its bite, we're talking much, much meaner. first scott pelley with a preview of tonight's "cbs evening news." the facility is supposed to help veterans so why are some parts being leased to private businesses? we'll show you how the vets are fighting back tonight on the "cbs evening news." s." for pain relief, so, you know... ♪ just use new bengay cold therapy. it relieves pain with a blast of cold. you are so smart. [ male announcer ] new bengay cold therapy. the same technology used by physical therapists. it's a cloud of depression. and although you've been on an antidepressant for at least six weeks, you're frustrated that your depressive symptoms are still with you. seroquel xr, when added to an antidepressant, is approved for the treatment of major depressive disorder.
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outrage this morning after tsa airport screeners pat down an elderly woman with cancer, they forced the 95-year-old to take off her adult diapers. she was leaving florida a week ago saturday for what could be her last trip to michigan. the agency says "tsa works with passengers to resolve security alarms in a respectful and sensitive manner, we have determined that our officers acted professionally and according to proper procedure." >> "cbs moneywatch" time. gas prices drop and "cars 2" refs up at the box office. susan mcginnis is here. good morning to you. >> tokyo's nikkei down 1% today. hong kong's hang seng lower and oil fell to $91 a barrel. today wall street gets the may personal income report, last week stocks finished mixed after a brutal session on friday. for the week the dow is down more than 0.5%, nasdaq gained almost 1.5%.
gas prices have shifted into reverse. according to aaa, the nationwide average for a gallon of self-serve regular about $3.58. this is about a dime cheaper than two weeks ago. prices are expected to keep on dropping especially after the white house tapped the strategic petroleum reserve last week. analysts are thinking prices could fall another 50 cents a gallon or more. today the supreme court takes on sales of violent video games to children. specifically, the court's going to address the constitutionality of banning the sale or rental of ultraviolent games to kids. california wants to ban the sale to anyone under 18 but federal judges have ruled that violates the first amendment. lots at stake for the industry with more than 46 million u.s. homes having a video game system. at the movies, "cars 2" cruised past the competition. the animated sequel from pixar won the box office race. ticket sales were $68 million, this is the 12th time that pixar
has had a number one movie. behind "cars 2" was "bad teacher" in second place and last week's number one "the green lantern" slipped to third. some video history made auction history. the iconic leather jacket worn by michael jackson in "thriller" probably the most famous music video of all-time sold this weekend for $1.8 million. this is way above the pre-auction estimate of $3,000 or $4,000 and came on the second anniversary of the death of the king of pop. some of those proceeds will go to the animal reserve where michael's two tigers live. that song will be in our heads all day. >> all morning long and the moves, too. susan mcginnis here in new york, thank you, susan. some amazing video in florida, a spinner shark jumps over a surfer and someone caught it on video. you can see the shark spinning as it flies through the air
behind the surprised surfer. it was probably hunting for fish and had no intention of hurting that surfer so we think anyway. in the canine world, a new champion of sorts, yoda, this 14-year-old chihuahua mix, patchy fur and bloodshot eyes was crowned the world's ugliest dog in california. she was a rescue. her owner found her abandoned behind an apartment building and admits she thought the dog was way rat at first. she also said she wasn't surprised yoda took home the prize and you can probably understand why. lord, that's an ugly dog. coming up on your monday morning weather forecast and in sports a slugfest in texas and a fan gives a helping hand to the wrong team. depression is a serious medical condition. i feel like i have to wind myself up to deal with the sadness, the loss of interest, the lack of energy. [ male announcer ] ask your doctor about pristiq -- a prescription medicine proven to treat depression. pristiq is thought to work
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here's a look at the weather in some cities around the country. 86 and sunny in new york today. thunderstorms and 90 in miami, thunderstorms and 80 in chicago. dallas, 100, sunny and windy. los angeles partly cloudy and 81. time for a check of the national forecast. latest satellite pictures shows storm clouds racing across the northern plains into the great lakes and showers are starting to move toward the pacific northwest. later today expect severe thunderstorms from the great lakes to the central plains scattered storms will form in the southeast and rain is moving into the pacific northwest. in sports this morning a baseball game with a football sized score.
the rays evan longoria smashes this one deep to left, against the astros in the sixth. it looks like it bounces off the wall, initial ruling a single but a video replay shows a fan touching the wall. in the ninth he nails another. tampa bay outslugs houston 14-10. great pitching in philadelphia. roy halladay struck out four, fifth complete game. philadelphia over the a's 3-1. some great defense forces extra innings in seattle the mariners taking on the marlins, the wild throw in the tenth during an intentional walk that brings in the winning run. seattle tags florida 2-1. in golf, a new record for 22-year-old yani tseng, the youngest player ever to win four lpga tour majors. when we come back the look at the top stories and the
bipartisan battle to raise the nation's debt limit. why the latest round of talks have hit a brick wall. sports, sponsored by touch of gray, gets rid of some gray, never all. [ female announcer ] a fiber that is taste-free, is a welcome change. a fiber that dissolves completely, is clearly different. benefiber. it's the easy way to get more fiber everyday. that's the beauty of benefiber.
resumes today for more victims of a fiery crash between an amtrak train and a truck. why investigators are focusing on the background of the trucking company. plus... the high court... set to decide on violent video games today. who wouldn't be able to buy them... under the proposed law. and a 95-year- old woman.. forced to take off her diaper at the airport. how the tsa is defending its actions. join us for cbs 5 early edition ... beginning at 4:30. ,,,,
on the "cbs morning news," here's a look at today's weather. much of the southern plains in the southwest will be hot and dry, it will be pleasant in the northeast. the central and northern plains could see several rounds of severe weather. rain showers return to the northwest later in the day. here's another look at this morning's top stories. water levels appear to be falling in minot, north dakota, but the town has been swamped and 4,000 homes damaged in nebraska, floodwaters topped the berms surrounding one nuclear power plant and another is threatened. officials say there is no danger. congresswoman michele
bachmann, a tea party favorite, officially kicks off her presidential nomination in iowa. bachmann came in close second in a poll in iowa. president obama meets with leaders of the senate to talk about the confrontation over raising the debt limit, facing an august 2nd deadline to work out a deal. the latest round of talks have run into a brick wall. whit johnson reports. >> reporter: when democrats proposed cuttings in popular tax breaks for wealthier americans and corporations last week, republicans left the bargaining table. >> throwing more tax revenue into the mix is simply not going to produce a desirable result, but it won't pass. >> reporter: bipartisan talks to increase the nation's debt limit have hit a wall. >> we're not going to let the middle class carry the whole burden. we will sacrifice but they must be in on the deal. >> reporter: the deal is a package to reduce the deficit worth roughly $2.5 trillion in exchange for an increase in the debt ceiling. without it, come august 2nd, the u.s. government could be unable to pay its bills for the first
time ever. for this deeply divided congress, last-minute fixes have become the norm. >> all those in favor of the bill as amended say aye. >> reporter: back in april a government shutdown was avoided with an hour to spare. this time analysts warn the 11th hour may be too late. >> as we approach the deadline the concerns grow that the congress won't cut a deal. the bond market may start to panic. >> reporter: which means u.s. bonds may start selling at less than face value, making them an undesirable investment and throwing u.s. and world markets into shock, all this before august 2nd. >> u.s. bonds are the foundation of the global financial system. if the united states waivers at all, the system comes apart. >> reporter: with the world watching, president obama is jumping into the ring. monday, he's called senate leadership from both parties here to the white house, hoping to find common ground. the house of representatives is on recess for the next week and a half. whit johnson, cbs news, the white house.
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you can see it right there. thousands celebrating gay pride in new york on sunday. the parade was especially joyous this year after friday night's historic decision in new york to become the sixth state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriages, the decision in new york didn't come easy. seth doane reports on how the historic decision was made. >> the sun was shining a little bit brighter today. >> reporter: new york gay pride comes every june but revelers told us this year feels different. >> early this morning, cameo came to my bedside and asked me if i would remarry her in the state of new york. >> reporter: the same-sex marriage bill passed the state senate by four votes. sparking applause. and heated debate. >> if you could wrap up, we give you two minutes. >> reporter: a change of heart
by republican senator mark grisanti, a catholic. >> i cannot deny a human, a taxpayer the same right i have with my wife. >> reporter: his colleague, republican senator greg ball, was not convinced. >> i was not sent to albany to vote on or to push an agenda of extreme social issues. >> reporter: but back in his home district, brian shearant had lobbied senator ball. he's been in a relationship for 15 years with his partner, ken whisenberg. they have two adopted daughters. it's estimated that 27% of same-sex couples have at least one child. at the core what is this about for you and for your family? >> for me it's about protection, $40 marriage license can do what 10,000 in legal fees in terms of wills and trusts can't do. >> reporter: it's something his partner, a tax lawyer, knows well. in. >> in new york state 750 laws are impacted by the single word
marriage so that changing that definition so that it includes gay couples means you don't have to amend 750 laws in new york. >> reporter: the bill governor andrew cue woe know signed gained support only after religious groups received guarantees that they would not be forced to perform same-sex marriages. still that wasn't enough for some. >> we all have the right to our religious views but don't have the right to change the meaning of marriage. >> reporter: that expanded definition of marriage is most certainly being celebrated at the stonewall inn, considered the birth place of the gay rights movement. the state of new york is estimated an additional $184 million may be pumped into the state's economy in same-sex wedding related spending. seth doane, cbs news, new york. coming up later on "the early show" the latest on the battle for libya and possible arrest warrant for dictator moammar gadhafi. plus republican presidential candidate tim pawlenty on how he plans to overcome sixth
place finish in the new iowa straw poll. inside the legendary cafe in nashville that discovered superstars like garth brooks and taylor swift, all that coming up on "the early show." that will do it for this monday morning edition of the "cbs morning news." appreciate you watching as always. i'm terrell brown. take care, everybody. have a great day. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com
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