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americans. last week the democratic controlled senate passed a bill allowing tax breaks for the richest americans to expire. today the president campaigned in florida and virginia. mitt romney is in colorado and our susan mcginnis is in washington to start us off this morning. susan, good morning to you. >> good morning, terrell. yeah, both candidates spending the day today campaigning in key battleground states. and from the results of this latest new survey, it's easy to see why. president obama is shaking lots of hands these days. but nearly every handshake is taking place in a few critical swing states. a new poll from quinnipiac university, cbs news an "the new york times" shows the president has a clear lead in three key battleground states, pennsylvania, florida and ohio. the president campaigned in ohio yesterday and unleashed a new attack on mitt romney's tax plan citing a study from the nonpartisan tax policy center, the president says romney's tax plan would provide big tax cuts
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for the wealthiest americans, as much as $250,000 for multimillionaires and that those would be paid for with tax increases on the middle class. >> guess who gets the bill for these $250,000 tax cuts? you do. >> the romney campaign dismisses the study as a liberal attack. >> liberal policies don't make good jobs. >> the poll does show an area where mitt romney could gain some ground on the president. but to do so, he'll have to focus on a key demographic. >> mr. romney's single biggest problem, electorally, is women voters. >> the poll bears that statement out. in florida, romney trails president obama with female voters by 7 points. in ohio, the gap jumps to 21% and in pennsylvania, it's 24 percentage points. if there's good news for romney, it's that there are still more than three months left to election day.
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>> a month in politics is an eternity. i guess three months is three eternities. >> a lot can happen in three eternities. >> cbs news is tracking the presidential election through these surveys over the next three months. the next one coming out with "the new york times" and quinnipiac university will cover colorado, wisconsin and virginia. terrell? >> we'll be looking forward to it. susan mcginnis in washington for us. this morning. the faa is investigating a near collision in the skies over washington's reagan national airport. on tuesday, air traffic controllers dealing with bad he weather changed the path of planes coming in or leaving the airport. pause of a miscommunication, the controllers cleared outbound flights to head in the direction of incoming planes. the jets came within about a mile and a half or 12 seconds from each other. controllers, once realizing the mistake, had the incoming jet turn off to avoid disaster. overseas this morning, security forces in afghanistan thwarted what they believe was a widespread attack on the capital.
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police killed seven suspected insurgents. the attack was aimed at three areas of kabul, including an area housing foreign embassies. a gun battle broke out. five suspects blew themselves up. police found three cars of explosives, ammunition and rocket launchers. the general assembly is expected to vote calling on bashar assad to step down. the vote largely symbolic. the general assembly has no way to enforce that measure. it will call on the syrian army to stop shelling on rebel forces. there's been heavy fighting in aleppo. an update on the bombing in bulgaria that killed five israelis. this computer generated image was released of the sue said attacker. so far the bomber hasn't been identified. israel blames iran in the lebanese militant group hezbollah. "moneywatch" time now on a thursday. the post office fails to make an important delivery. chick-fil-a restaurants are packed.
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ashley morrison with more. good morning. >> good morning, terrell. worldwide investors are watching europe today. the european central bank is meeting to discuss ways to prevent the debt crisis from spiraling out of control. the head of the ecb has vowed he will do whatever it takes to save the euro. one course of action could be a bond-buying program lowering borrowing costs for struggling economies. it was a mixed day for the asian markets. the nikkei went up a fraction and the hang seng dipped almost 1%. economic news from ben bernanke and the federal reserve. they wrapped up a two-day policy meeting. growth had slowed over the first half of the year and job creation was weak. and they said they would probably keep interest rates near zero until 2014 and signaled a willingness to step in if the economy does not improve. markets didn't like what the fed had to say. the dow dropped 38 points and stayed under 13,000.
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while the nasdaq fell 19 points. dozens of stocks on wall street saw sharp swings in prices because of a technical glitch. it happened during the first hour of trading. it follows a computer problem that plagued the opening hours of facebook's ipo in may. for the first time in its history, the united states post office defaulted on it loan from the treasury. it missed a midnight deadline to pay $5.5 billion to the government. that money is required to pay future retirement benefits for postal employees and another $5.6 billion is due in september. and you might have noticed your local chick-fil-a was doing brisk business on wednesday. supporters of the conservative leaning chain flocked to restaurants on what was dubbed chick-fil-a appreciation day. chick-fil-a came under fire when the company's president said the chain does not support same-sex marriage, gay rights marriage and others called for a boycotts of the restaurants. i have not had chick-fil-a in a long time. >> but i almost wrecked my car
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trying to get the chicken minis they have for breakfast in the morning. >> i have no doubt. >> pretty bad. ashley, good to see you. thank you so much. take a quick break. when we come back, massive flames from a raging wildfire threatens homes in southern california. threatens homes in southern california. try this. it's oikos greek yogurt. it's creamy, nonfat, and it turns the next person you see into john stamos for five seconds. honey! i think i'm getting burned! heh! eat. ♪
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welcome as it may be, additional federal aid may be coming too late for farmers and ranchers. you know better than anyone what severe drought does to drops and livestock. karen brown got a first hand look from a hard hit cattle rancher in arkansas. bill pruitt has been raising cattle with love and pride for years. >> every day, it's like a grandchild basically. >> which is why it's breaking his heart to see them go. >> you used to have how many? >> 234. >> 234. and how many do you have left? >> i've got 112. >> the drought has killed the grass and forced pruitt to start using up expensive winter hay. so he's selling off cattle. >> it's just a hard feeling. but you know that they'll be better off down the road where there's going to be plenty of grass for them. >> at the arkansas cattle auction, it's a buyer's market. owner randy goodman is selling more than twice as many cows as usual. and they're going for a third less than the normal price.
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>> a lot of the cattle has went to slaughter. that's sad. >> the lucky ones find homes in other states. gerald knapp drove 260 miles from oklahoma. when he waves his card, it means he's bidding. >> did you just buy a cow? >> yes. >> did you get a good price? >> yes. >> knapp had to sell off his own herd during last year's drought. now he's rebuilding. >> all i can hope for is next year it won't be this bad. >> all this selling means less cattle for next year. that could drive up beef prices as much as 5%. by then, some ranchers will be out of business. bill pruitt says he won't be one of them. he'll survive this drought and rebuild in better times. karen brown, cbs news, arkansas. in wetter news, a tropical depression has formed in the atlantic east of the caribbean. forecasters at the national hurricane center in miami say it could strengthen to become a named tropical storm later today. storm watches are posted for the windward islands.
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including barbados, martinique and others. up next on your thursday morning, your weather forecast and in sports, we'll wrap up wednesday's results at the london olympics. plus, the president's message to u.s. women gymnasts on winning the team gold. the team gold. maybe you can't. when you have migraines with fifteen or more headache days a month, you miss out on your life. you may have chronic migraine. go to to find a headache specialist. and don't live a maybe life. boost your training routine with an avocado kick. it's a game changer. [ male announcer ] so is the tasty turkey avocado. tender turkey breast and smooth avocado on freshly baked 9 grain wheat bread. just sounds good doesn't it? i'm lapping it up.
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let's check your national forecast. relentless heat continues in the southern plains and most of the lower mississippi valley. highs range from 100 to 115 in oklahoma, texas, arkansas and in western tennessee, mississippi and louisiana. the central plains and much of the ohio valley will be uncomfortably hot. a few thunderstorms likely in the great lakes. from southern new england to the virginia, most of the west will be dry. in sports, another gold-plated day for u.s. olympic swimmers. nathan adrian won the 100-meter freestyle by .01 of a second. he's the first u.s. swimmer to win the event since 1988. american women set an olympic record in winning the relay. rebecca soni won a race in the 200-meter breaststroke setting a new world record in the process. she'll swim for gold in the event today. away from the pool by the way, american gymnast danell leyva rallied to take the bronze in
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the men's all-around competition. mariel zagunis was eliminated from women's fencing without a medal. also yesterday, president obama called u.s. women gymnasts from air force one to congratulate them. on their team gold medal and mentioned it at a campaign stop in ohio. >> so i told these young ladies as i was congratulating them, how do you not bust your head every time you're on that little balance beam? i couldn't walk across that balance beam. so anyway, we could not be prouder of them. >> so true. isn't it? >> after five days of olympic competition, here's the medal count. china leads with 30 total medals, including 17 gold, the u.s. in second. 29 total, 12 gold. japan is in third with 17 total. two gold. one more olympic note. four women's doubles badminton teams one each from china and indonesia and two from south korea have been disqualified for throwing matches. the highly ranked teams deliberately hit bad shots by
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to gain the round robin tournament system by losing early matches. they set up easier opponents for their approach to the medal rounds. of all places to cheat, why would you cheat at the olympics? when we come back, another look at this morning's top stories and the store clerk who never saw this coming. what happened and why he's lucky to be alive. chili's lunch break combos are a sizzling deal, starting at 6 bucks. try our new lunch-size chicken fajitas, sauteed onions and peppers topped with grilled chicken, served with soup or salad. chili's lunch break combos, starting at 6 bucks. but what about your wrinkles. neutrogena® rapid wrinkle repair. it has the fastest retinol formula available. it's clinically proven to visibly reduce wrinkles in just one week. "why wait if you don't have to." rapid wrinkle repair.
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here's another look at the weather in some cities around the country. in d.c., partly cloudy, 91. thunderstorms in atlanta, 96 degrees. thunderstorms in st. louis, 100. afternoon thunderstorms in denver, 91. and in seattle, mostly cloudy skies, 70 degrees. top stories now on a thursday morning. during a campaign visit to ohio, president obama blasted mitt romney's tax plan as unfair to middle class americans. romney launched an ad challenging the president's auto industry bailout. tomorrow, the u.n. general
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assembly is scheduled to vote on a resoluion calling or syrian president bashar assad to step down. it also demands that the syrian army stop using artillery and helicopters to attack rebel positions. president obama is urging lawmakers to pass a new internet security bill to protect the u.s. from cyber attack. experts warn the computer networks controlling vital systems like electrical grids are vulnerable. but the bill senate sponsors don't appear to have enough votes for passage. before congress takes its summer break. bob orr explains the threat. >> after 24 years with the fbi, many spent as the top cyber cop, shawn henry has come face to face with the internet threat and he's worried. >> is a serious cyber attack against some critical system in the u.s. inevitable? >> i think that it is very, very likely. >> near term? >> i'm quite frankly surprised it hasn't happened yet. >> every day, u.s. government and private computer systems are being probed by cyber thieves and state-sponsored hackers from
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china and russia. >> there are estimates that there are attempted breaches in the millions of times per day. they'll just continuously knock until they find an edge to get in. >> do they get in? >> they get in regularly. >> in 2011, henry led the fbi in breaking up an international hacker ring that had infiltrated 4 million computers, including some at the u.s. space agency nasa. the head of the u.s. cyber command estimates corporate and government losses may already total $1 trillion and many companies don't even know they've been hacked. >> when i was with the fbi our agents routinely went out and knocked on the doors of major companies and told them that their networks had been breached and the reason we knew their networks had been breached was because we found their data outside their network in the course of another investigation. >> senator joe lieberman is behind the new bill aimed at tightening cyber defenses.
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>> you've seen what the government analysts say about this. how grim is the picture they paint? >> well, the picture is dangerous. somebody can attack us through cyberspace and really do as much or more damage than the terrorists did on 9/11 by knocking out the power grid for weeks, by incapacitating all of our banks. >> lieberman's bill seeks to protect those critical networks by encouraging companies to share sensitive threat information and requiring them to report all cyber attacks. >> i think our time is running short and i think it's important that people take this seriously today. we can't wait for the physical implication. >> despite the dire warnings, some businesses oppose the new cyber bill calling it more unnecessary government regulation. lieberman may not have the political muscle he needs right now to push the measure through. bob orr, cbs news, washington. an accident that nearly killed a texas convenience store clerk was caught on camera. the video just released.
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the clerk, seen standing here behind the counter when a car smashes into the store, sending him flying. this happened in a town northwest of houston. the driver a 36-year-old woman is free on $100,000 bail. charged with drunk driving. you think? this is something you don't see every day. a huge rv crashed into a backyard pool in massachusetts. police say the driver had a medical emergency and a neighbor pulled him from the water. in belarus, two generals have been sacked of a a teddy bear invasion. on july 4th an advertising plane got through the heavily guarded airspace and dropped more than 750 cute, cuddly bears. each with a slogan supporting human rights. the leader named europe's last dictator tried to cover up the incident but it became viral. he fired the nation's air defense chief and the head of the border guard service. mad because he's embarrassed. coming up on "cbs this morning," the latest on the investigation into the three commuter jets that just avoided a midair collision. i'm terrell brown.
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this is the "cbs morning news." brown. this is the c"cbs morning news." try this. it's oikos greek yogurt. it's creamy, nonfat, and it turns the next person you see into john stamos for five seconds. honey! i think i'm getting burned! heh! eat. ♪ tastes pretty good, huh? ♪ best yogurt ever. yeah! [ men grunting ]
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so this seemed like a jolly good idea. london mayor boris johnson riding a zip line where a crowd was watching the olympics on live tv. about three quarters of the way down, the mayor stopped zipping and wound up dangling 30 feet above the ground. someone finally got a rope and pulled him down. he's enjoying that way too much, way too much. history is about to be made at the olympics on saturday a double amputee will race against the world's best runners. his nickname is blade runner. his legs are made of carbon fiber. as mark phillips tells us, some complain he has an unfair advantage. >> of all the battles athletes fight to get to an olympic games, none has been greater than those fought by oscar pistorius. he's the only athlete here who
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doesn't just take off his street shoes and put on his track shoes to run. he takes off his street legs and puts on his track legs. they call him the blade runner. born with deformed limbs, his running blades may be the most controversial pieces of equipment in sports. >> if it was such a technologically advanced piece of equipment that many of the people you interview claim it is, why isn't anybody running close to the times on it? >> that's the point. as long as he was running on the paralympic circuit, nobody complained. but now that he's won a court battle and can run against able bodied athletes, the question is not whether the artificial legs slow him down but whether they speed him up. he finished second in italy. >> got two weeks to london to sharpen up. i'm happy with that. >> not just the blades are an issue. some say he's also lighter without lower limbs and so, potentially, faster. >> that debate will always be
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alive and will always be a percentage of people that have their opinion that think i shouldn't be able to run. but my job is not to entertain that. my job is to train harder. >> there's another criticism that pistorius is a novelty act, a distraction, an idea rejected by friends, a silver medalist at the atlanta games. >> i don't think it's a sideshow. i don't think people are tuning in just for the value to see -- i don't want to say freakshow because that's wrong. i think they're tuning in because they're seeing an athlete who good on him is fast enough to compete. >> oscar pistorius won't win any medals. getting here was his victory. apart from the big track stars, he may be one of the most watched athletes at these games. mark phillips, cbs news, london. and coming up after your local news on "cbs this morning," we'll take a look at how olympic medal winners could be facing a huge tax bill from the irs. plus, gender politics in the race for the white house. why president obama polls better
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than mitt romney with single women. actress rashid a jones on making a screen debut and working with snl andy samberg. that's later on "cbs this morning." that will do it for "cbs morning news" this thursday. appreciate you watching. i'm terrell brown. take care everybody. i'm terrell brown. take care everybody. have a great day. -- captions by vitac --
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morning. in this thursday august 2nd. time now is 429.
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were early today. but morning you guys. we have a great day ahead of you. we have plenty of sunshine and a hot day coming ahead rich's is starting to weaken a bit. that is going to drop a little bit heading toward the weekend. so far we are doing pretty well. no major oxidants to report. we have some overnight roadwork between san raphael said sausalito. will have a check with mass- transit coming up. it is 430 now. several cisco police may be soon allowed to use a weapon


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