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a special kpix 5 newscast at 9 a.m. followed by the u.s. open starting at 9:30 women's semis today. enjoy, everybody. good morning to our viewers in the west. it is friday, september 5th, 2014. welcome to "cbs this morning." celebrating joan rivers. >> a u.s. air strike targets a top leader of the terror group isis. >> plus there is drama in the sky. the fbi order that let a united pilot to tell his passengers a lie. but we begin this morning with a look at today's "eye opener," your world in 90 seconds. >> she was to say some things that were unbelievable. >> we lost a comedy legend. >> people el that you could say were ground-breaking talents. joan rivers was one of them. >> remembering a comedy pioneer. >> joan rivers died a week after going into cardiac arrest at a
medical clinic. >> rivers is known as the queen of the barbed one-liners. >> what are you wearing? get a ring, he's rich. >> angelina jolie's lips just exploded. >> i am the neighbor who says what you're thinking, that you go, oh, did you hear what she said? >> moments ago ukraine and pro-russian rebels have signed an agreement on a cease-fire in eastern ukraine. >> the final hours of the nato summit and a new round of russia could be announced today. >> leaders putting together an international coalition to confront isis. >> the third american diagnosed with ebola has arrived in nebraska. dr. rick sacra treated at the nebraska medical sgler. former governor of virginia bob mcdonnell and his wife were found guilty. the couple faces decades potentially behind bars. >> this fight is far from over. >> an active volcano -- >> lava threatening a rural community less than a mile away. >> the cobra that authorities
desperately wanted to find in florida is caught. >> all that. >> there goes marshawn into the end zone again for a touchdown. seattle dominates. winning the 2014 opener. >> roger federer down 2-0 came back to advance to the u.s. open semifinals. >> and all that matters. >> that woman looks way out of her depth over there. >> when the anchor of a leading tv news shows uses sexist, personally offensive language, it's important to step up and say that's not okay. >> on "cbs this morning." >> thousands of fast food workers taking to the streets. >> the people say they want higher wages and the drive-through workers, well, no one could understand what the hell they said. >> this morning's "eye opener" is presented by toyota. let's go places. welcome to "cbs this morning." joan rivers spent most of her 81
years breaking down barriers and making people laugh. this morning her peers and fans remember a biting wit that made her one of the most influential comedians of her generation. rivers died thursday, one week after her heart stopped during minor throat surgery. >> new york state health officials are investigating the outpatient clinic that performed the procedure. this morning people are leaving flowers at the entrance of her manhattan apartment building. nancy o'dell, co-host of "entertainment tonight" is with us. nancy, good morning. >> good morning. there is such sadness and such shock here in the entertainment community because joan rivers was such a strong woman. i mean she never stopped working, she never stopped fighting. so we were all taken aback quite a bit when she lost that biggest battle yesterday afternoon. >> wearing a bikini go wading and the top gets wet first. you go -- >> gravity just starts to go, doesn't it? >> joan rivers made everybody laugh, especially her fellow
comedia comedians. >> and i have sex appeal still, but i just don't use it. i think it's wrong. >> reporter: hollywood is grieving, remembering joan for her fearless ability to make fun of anything, including herself. >> my mother used to buy bathing suits with blow holes in them. >> a real pioneer for other women looking for careers in stand-up comedy. >> her comedy, it felt so out of the bounds and people were just blown away. >> she's -- right now as at her most vital. >> she really was. >> i mean oh, my god. i tuned into "fashion police" every friday because they were the most hard-core jokes on tv. >> reporter: rivers died thursday afternoon at mt. sinai hospital in new york. she was surrounded by friends and family. her daughter issued a statement. "my mother's greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. although that is difficult to do right now, i know that her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon."
shortly after her death, the tributes began. >> she earned the right to say whatever she wanted. she reinvented herself all the time. that's something that's very admirable and honorable. >> this is who i am. >> this is why you're still single. >> reporter: from kathy griffin, a legend, a friend, a mentor, an icon and wildly funny. and ellen degeneres, joan rivers will always be a pioneer. she paved the way for a lot of comedians. i'm very sad she's gone. >> we make people happy. it's a calling. >> reporter: i looked up from her. i learned from her. i loved her. i liked her. and i already miss her very much. from barbra streisand, i am so upset by her passing. she was too young and still had much to do. nancy reagan called her a dear friend. i doubt there's anyone who hasn't laughed at her or with her until they cried. today our tears are those of sadness. >> let's give her a nice round of applause and a standing ovation.
>> reporter: at the laugh factory in los angeles, the comedians paid tribute to joan by leading the audience in a final round of applause. and, you know, joan would have loved that. she loved this business. she loved show business. she loved her production and melissa knew that. being the sweet daughter that she was and as close as they were, she did something very kind for her mom. when she was taken off life support, she never woke again so they moved her into a private room to make her more comfortable. melissa called in her good friend, preston bailey, who was the designer at her wedding, to decorate the room because her mom did love a production. so it was filled up with flowers and plants and bows and having known joan personally, i know, charlie, she would have loved that. >> nancy, thank you so much. joan rivers believed she was successful because she always said what everyone else was thinking. she never stopped. >> hi, i'm joan rivers and today we are going to be discussing nudism, so get undressed all of you out there. >> sheez a brash, comedic style
all her own. >> the girl has to be the one that's bright and pretty, intelligent. a good sport. howard johnson's again? hurray! >> she rose to be the first lady of stand-up, credited with influencing generations of female comics. >> a man, he's 90 years old, he's not married. he's a catch. >> the daughter of russian immigrants, joan rivers was born in 1933 in brooklyn, new york. she attended barnard college and went on to blaze a path for women in comedy. >> i go to the salvation army and get a lot of tambourines and a great bed. the only trouble is the neighbors always know who you are. >> after nearly a decade bouncing around the comedy cellars of new york, she made her debut on "the tonight show" in 1965 and immediately became a favorite of late-night giant johnny carson. >> you look very snappy. i saw it.
>> do those say hello, sailor? >> in 1983, rivers was named the first permanent guest host of "the tonight show," but her relationship with carson was shattered years later when rivers signed on with fox to host a rival late-night show without telling carson first. >> he never spoke to me again. he took it as a complete betrayal. and i look back and i think maybe i should have just gone and asked him. >> rivers' late-night show was cancelled after just eight months. three months after that, joan's husband of 22 years, edgar rosenberg, who was a producer on the show, committed suicide. in a 2010 interview, she described to me her continued anger towards her husband. >> i loved my husband, but i'm still so angry at him. he just -- it's like samson, he brought down the -- he brought down the temple. >> rivers' income nosedived but
she rebounded with a new syndicated show and won a daytime emmy for outstanding talk show host in 1990. >> two years ago i couldn't get a job in this business. i could not get a job. >> then the woman whose self criticism was a hallmark of her humor, reinvented herself for a new generation, as a red carpet fashion guru. >> well, i know you didn't like what i wore last year. >> no. i'm not crazy about this year either. >> do you feel better this year? >> you should be collecting dr. kevorkian's people. >> the 81-year-old worked a grueling schedule to the end on several reality shows. her beloved daughter, melissa, alongside her. >> nobody has ever died from getting squished. the closest they ever game was john goodman's wife. >> joan rivers was to the end an entertainer. >> is show business the whole thing of your passion? >> it's -- i understand when people say -- i don't mean to sound so egotistical, it's like
a nun's calling. i never could ever think of doing anything else. when i could put two thoughts together as a child, that's where i was going. i didn't know how i was going to get there, but that's where i was going. >> show business. >> show business. >> wow. >> her humor was sometimes so out of bounds because it shocked you at first, but then it made you laugh so hard. >> exactly. she said what we were thinking in some cases. but it reminds me with the death of robin williams and now joan rivers how much we appreciate people who make us laugh. >> indeed, absolutely. yeah. and she said that's one of the key parts of life. she said life is so hard unless you laugh. >> we will have more on the life of joan rivers, including her very candid comments about dying. that's ahead on "cbs this morning." in wales, the u.s. and nine other nato countries are coming together to fight isis in iraq. this morning there are signs of a major victory against the terror group as president obama meets with nato allies. ukraine's president and pro-russian rebels say a
cease-fire in ukraine will start at 8:00 a.m. pacific time. major garrett is in wales where the president is scheduled to speak in just about 90 minutes from now. major, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the u.s. and europe will hit russia with another round of economic sanctions over ukraine. nato will step uneasily into the military battle with isis, and a u.s. air strike may have killed a top isis figure in iraq. isis commander abu bakr al baghdadi may have lost a top lieutenant. a u.s. bombing raid near mosul killed abu hajar al sufi. deputy national security adviser ben rhodes, brother of cbs news president david rhodes, said the u.s. is investigating reports of al sufi's death. >> we are very careful not to make declarative statements until we know with certainty that someone like that, who's a very high value individual in the organization, has been taken out. any time that there's a leader taken off the battlefield in a terrorist organization like that, it does have an impact on
their ability to operate as effectively as they did before. >> reporter: president obama huddled with european leaders and jordan's king abdullah about military moves against isis. nato will pledge military assistance but specifics will come later. the white house conceded destroying isis is a job likely to fall to the next president. >> it's clearly going to take a very long time to ensure that you've eliminated that threat. >> reporter: mr. obama's described goal of making isis a manageable problem contrasted sharply with vice president joe biden's promise the u.s. would follow isis to the gates of hell for executing two american journalists. >> you understand the difference between manageable problem, gates of hell. >> well, i think the difference is when you look at the phases here, there's an initial phase where you have to degrade an organization. you have to squeeze them. you have to put in place a structure that can then defeat them. we've done this. >> reporter: in what could be a significant shift, the white house says it is now seriously considering sending lethal arms
to ukraine, a proposal that has the backing of the top democrat on the armed services committee. nato will increase its military assistance to ukraine and the european union has authorized an economic aid package valued at 15 million euros. there's word that an air strike killed the leader of the al shabaab terror group. somalia's prime minister announced the death this morning. an american doctor infected with ebola arrived this morning in nebraska. a police motorcade escorted rick sacra. he'll be treated in an isolation unit at the nebraska medical center in omaha. the doctor became infected in the virus in liberia, where he was delivering babies. sacra volunteered to go to liberia after two other american his wife, debbie, spoke to a doctor who helped sacra board a plane yesterday for the trip back home. >> he said that rick is clearly sick, but that he was in very
good spirits and he was -- and he walked onto the plane. so we are really encouraged by that news and looking forward to reuniting with him. >> sacra is only the third american to be infected with the virus. and he was once a rising star in the republican party, even a potential presidential candidate, but this morning he's a convicted felon. a jury found former virginia governor bob mcdonnell guilty yesterday on corruption charges. they also convicted his wife. chip reid is in washington with the emotional end to a month-long trial. chip, good morning. >> reporter: well, good morning. emotional is right. the mcdonnells apparently were stunned by the verdict. the crying in the courtroom began with the first call of guilty and continued as the clerk read that word over and over again. as he left the court house, a grim bob mcdonnell told a mob o officials are iesrepo remains in therts,remas in the
counts of corruption. his wife, maureen, who also went, fared only a little better, guilty on eight counts of corruption and one count of obstruction. they were convicted of accepting about $170,000 in gifts and low-interest loans from businessman jonnie williams, including $15,000 for a daughter's wedding reception and expensive equipment and rounds of golf for mcdonnell and his sons. the prosecution successfully argued that the mcdonnells returned treturned the favor by their positions as governor and first lady to promote williams' diet supplement business. >> are you shocked? >> yes. >> reporter: mcdonnell's attorney says he intends to appeal. >> we're very disappointed but not deterred. this fight is a long way from over. >> reporter: on the stand for five days, mcdonnell argued that he could not have conspired with his wife because their marriage was so broken they barely spoke.
he also blamed his wife for accepting many of the gifts, leaving him in the dark. attorney hampton dellinger says the verdict sends a strong message to public servants who are living the high life. >> today's verdict was a wake-up call for every politician. if they're not in it for the right reasons, they ought to get out of public life and fast. >> reporter: before this scandal broke, mcdonnell was a rising star of the republican party, a family values conservative who was on the list of possible running mates for republican presidential candidate, mitt romney. he was even mentioned as a future presidential candidate himself. sentencing is scheduled for january 6th and the mcdonnells can't appeal until after they are sentenced. if this case is not overturned on appeal, the mcdonnells could be looking at many years in federal prison. charlie. >> chip, thanks. we're getting word this morning of a security scare involving a delta airlines flight. the plane bound for amsterdam was ordered back to the gate while taxiing at kennedy airport in new york last night.
passengers say someone carried a knife aboard. video from the plane shows officers in the aisle. the tsa is not saying how the knife got past security. passengers report a flight attendant saw the knife just before takeoff. that passenger was taken off the plane. no word if the passenger is under arrest. and nearly three months after the death of a georgia toddler, a grand jury in cobb county returned an indictment against his father. joss tin ross harris faces eight counts, including three murder charges. >> he is accused of intentionally leaving his son, cooper, in the back seat of the family's suv on a sweltering day. cbs legal analyst rikki klieman is here. she worked as a defense lawyer and prosecutor. good morning. >> good morning. >> is this the indictment you expected? >> i think it's much larger than we expected. three alternative theories of murder. we certainly expected the premeditated. did not necessarily expect felony murder on two theories and they added in the sexual
exploitation of a minor and the exchange of pictures of genitals. >> i want to get to those texts in just a minute. what is malice murder? >> that is the top count which could mean the death penalty could be instituted, we'll know that in two or three weeks from the georgia prosecutors, that's what we thing of as premeditated, intentional murder. he planned this. he searched on the internet about child deaths. he searched on the internet about wanting a child-free life. he had the child in a car seat that was too small and facing the other way. he took out an insurance policy on the life of the child, unheard of for the caregiver to take out an insurance policy on a child. >> they can't prove premeditation, what are we looking at? >> we're really looking at a very, very theory for the prosecution. the underlying felony, we think of felony murder is you commit a robbery and someone dies, that's the felony. here the underlying felony is child cruelty, including two
theories of that. one being negligent. he just left the child in the car for seven hours and somehow forgot. >> and the sexually explicit texts? >> well, the texts are to make him look like a creepy guy. they want him to look like a bad guy. and the texts are involving a 17-year-old girl. that's not good. >> and the wife? >> the wife is still fine. the wife has not been charged. unless she says something incriminating at some point, i don't expect her to be charged. >> thank you. the seattle seahawks kicked off the nfl season with a reminder of why they are the reigning super bowl champs. the team unveiled its first super bowl banner in franchise history at a pregame ceremony last night, and they haven't lost their touch. the seahawks dominated the packers in the season opener, winning 36-16. and we are counting down to the start of thursday night football here on cbs. the first game is just six days away. you can see the steelers and the ravens thursday here on cbs. >> looking forward to that. it's 7:19. ahead on "cbs this morning," an
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francisco could cave in at y time. good friday morning, everyone. 7:26 your time. i'm frank mallicoat. here's what's happening around the bay area right now. a burned-out building in san francisco could cave in at any time. firefighters still on the scene this morning. the five-alarm inferno tore through a building on mission street between 22nd and 23rd streets yesterday. four injuries were reported. all of those were smoke inhalation. california highway patrol is paying tribute to a slain officer this morning. a memorial dedication is scheduled at 11 a.m. for officer kenyon youngstrom. he was shot and killed two years ago during a traffic stop on interstate 680 in alamo. this morning's ceremony will be at the elks lodge in walnut creek. stay with us. traffic and weather in just a moment. ,, ,,,,,,
good morning. all lanes are back open in berkeley. westbound 80 at gilman, we had been watching a three-car crash, had been blocking a couple of lanes. all lanes are back open. we are still very big delays from richmond but seeing in at the bay bridge. for a while traffic was light all bottlenecking in berkeley and richmond but traffic is filling in approaching the bay bridge toll plaza, just stacked to the overcrossing. that's "kcbs traffic." here's lawrence. all right. a lot of clouds out there right now. but lots of sunshine and we head toward the afternoon. typical summer pattern outside right now. clouds early on over russian hill and the golden gate bridge. but by the afternoon, sunshine and some warm temperatures away from the coast. 70s and 80s inside the bay. 80s and low 90s well inland. and mid- to upper 60s toward the beaches. maybe slightly warmer tomorrow and then cooling down more clouds coming our way on sunday and monday. ,,,,
i was watching our friends over at "cbs this morning," we love those guys. one reporter's very first day on the job, everything went great. >> chris, we just heard during the break that this is your first day of work. welcome. what a story you have. >> this just out. >> we were cracking up too, norah. >> i was, of course, in raleigh for the debate and we were sitting there watching it and we were howling with laughter, it was so great. you guys both have good zingers at the end. >> he said i'm outta here but he had a great first day and we're glad he's part of the family. welcome back to "cbs this
morning." coming up in this half hour, the moms taking on a supermarket chain over guns. we'll look at the group behind a controversial new ad campaign. plus they prey on our fear of the irs. scam artists bilk millions from unsuspecting taxpayers. the scheme you need to watch out for. "the new york times" says al qaeda set up a new branch of its terror group in india. al qaeda leader made an announcement yesterday. yesterday. he vows to renew the al qaeda activity on the continent. some think it's to gain attention back from isis. apple is beefing up security. ceo tim cook says apple will i someone tries to change it. password alerts also restores icloud data on a new device or logs into icloud for the first time. >> a judge ruled that gross
negligence by bp caused the massive oil spill. the explosion in 2010 led to the largest oil spill in u.s. history. bp stock dropped nearly 6% on the news. >> stocks are slowing down. employers added 142,000 positions in august. that is the smallest number in eight months. the unemployment rate fell to 6.1% and economists say fewer americans are looking for work. "the tampa bay times" says florida state university is taking a closer look at the allegations of sexual assault against star quarterback jameis winston. two years ago winston was accused of rape by a female student. the state prosecutors investigated but no charges were filed. the school is required to conduct the investigation under the title ix gender equality law. now this incredible story. some in-flight drama for
passengers. their flight left the washington area but jeff pegues is at dulles national airport in virginia. jeff, good morning. >> reporter: well, good morning. most of the passengers on board that plane had no idea what was really going on. the united jet was two hours into its flight, about 35,000 feet over canada, when it was ordered back to the u.s. it should have been a routine flight for 180 passengers bound for beijing thursday. little did they know they were in the middle of a custody dispute. the united airlines flight departed virginia's dulles international airport at 12:39 p.m. when it reached canadian airspace, the fbi ordered the boeing 777 back to virginia after learning a kidnapping suspect was on board. flight 897 landed back at dulles five hours after its departure. once at the gate, passenger lane bailey says the pilot made an
announcement. >> suddenly there was this announcement for three individuals to please get off the plane, go to the gate. finally they did stand up. >> the incident stemmed -- according to law enforcement sources a child was traveling with his mother. the child's father, an american citizen, alerted the fbi, fearing the mother was taking the child to china with no plans of returning. at the airport the mother was taken into police custody on attempted kidnapping charges. the child was safely returned to his father. it started to make sense to the passengers on board. >> the pilot came on and said we are experiencing a mechanical problem. then he came back on saying he felt that was the big thing to do given the circumstances of a potential abduction. >> reporter: had the plane
landed in canada or china and the fbi not enter veintervened,y have turned into a protracted international custody battle. in 2009 david goldman's case sbru international attention after his son, shawn, was taken to brazil. after a five-year legal battle he regained custody of his then 9-year-old. so the fbi knew that it had to move quickly to prevent that kind of scenario in this case. later on today, the child's mother is expected in a virginia courtroom. charlie. >> jeff, thanks. this morning a closer look at the mothers that are taking on one of the nation's biggest supermarket chains. kroger allows customers to carry guns into its stores. as we first reported yesterday, the mothers advocacy group is trying to use kroger's own rules to shame the company. kroger shows us how the gun control advocates aren't stopping there. >> reporter: this group has targeted other businesses before, but this is the first
time that they have taken out full-blown newspaper ads like this one right here that ran in "usa today" yesterday. these ads are running in a half dozen newspapers across the country. the ads feature a series of striking images. armed shoppers standing next to customers breaking kroger's store policies. the caption reads "one of them isn't welcome at kroger. guess which one." it's the most aggressive attempt by the group called moms demand action. their goal, to draw attention to what they say are weak gun control laws. >> the ads portray what is real, which is you are allowed to bring a loaded assault rifle into a kroger, but you're not allowed to bring an ice cream cone. >> reporter: more than 40 states allow people to openly carry guns, although some require special permits or licenses. moms demand action, which is backed financially by former new york city mayor, michael bloomberg, insists it is not against guns or the second amendment, but believes people
shouldn't be allowed to walk around grocery stores with loaded weapons. gun rights activists argue the campaign is not based on reality. >> these are deceptive ads that attempt to try and paint everybody in a very odd corner. but the fact is they're isolated incidents. in most cases, firearms are used very judiciously, quietly. >> reporter: in a statement kroger said our long-standing policy is to follow state and local laws. we know our customers are passionate on both sides of this issue and we trust them to be responsible in our stores. the chain is the latest business to come under fire by the group, which also mounted pressure on target and starbucks. eventually both companies asked their customers not to bring firearms into their stores. >> hopefully kroger will respond quickly and we can move on to other companies and other laws and policies. but, you know, we aren't going away. >> reporter: now, the group isn't just limiting itself to
newspaper ads, it's also bought billboard space in cincinnati, ohio. that, of course, is the home of kroger's headquarters. gayle. >> all right, jan, thank you. pope francis showed off his social networking skills in his first google hangout where he took video questions from students around the world. >> what we'd really like to know from you is specifically how the program will help us bridge gaps between the youth in various countries today. >> the pope's program focuses on using technology, arts and sports to promote social interaction. the professor of theology at the university of notre dame says the pope understands the power of the web. >> all of these questions about peace and education and social justice, he seems to be suggesting by doing things like this, by having google hangout and building camaraderie among people from different nations that we can sort of solve the world's problems using technology. >> but not even the pope is immune to those glitches.
the video dropped out during yesterday's chat and the screen froze while he was talking. but the link was quickly restored. is just like usit's t is just like us h,n't get any m can he? >> so true. the more you hear about him, the more you like him and want to hear about him. >> he gets it. >> he does. ahead, a sophisticated scam targeting taxpayers like this woman. >> the only thing that was going through my mind was, okay, my house will be taken away and i'll be going to jail. i was -- i was just scared and mortified. >> why the irs is taking it personally. that's next. and monday on "cbs this morning" can you believe it's been nearly six months since flight 370 disappeared off the face of the earth. we'll look at what's being done to solve the greatest aviation disaster in history in modern times. you're watching "cbs this morning." ♪
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♪ >> ready three. cue charlie. >> when the irs comes calling, taxpayers might get nervous. an ongoing scam is capitalizing on that fear to steal victims' life savings. >> it started months ago and the perpetrators are still at large and now 90,000 people across the country have reported these very hoax calls. that includes an actual irs agent. nancy cordes is outside the irs headquarters in washington. nancy, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. and here's how the scam starts. a victim gets a call on a phone from someone claiming to be from the irs saying they owe thousands of dollars in back taxes and have to pay up right away while they're still on the phone, and people all across the country are falling for it. >> i just felt stupid. i just felt dumb founded that this happened to me. >> reporter: sheila so from los
angeles returned a phone call from what she thought was the irs. >> i didn't think that the irs would tell me a lie. >> reporter: the caller told hershey owed $30,000 in back taxes. in a second call he threatened to freeze her bank accounts and put her in jail if she didn't pay. >> the only thing that was going through my mind was, okay, my house will be taken away and imagining myself going to jail. i was -- i was just scared and mortified and i didn't know what to do but to follow his instructions. >> reporter: sheila is one of thousands of victims who have been told to purchase these money cards, load them with cash and provide the con artist with the code on the back. the scammer can then cash out without being traced. >> is this scam growing or shrinking? >> the scam is definitely growing. >> reporter: terry lemons is the chief of communications at the irs. >> what's really different about this one is the aggressive nature of the phone calls.
people calling and threatening to bring out local police, threatening deportation. these are not things that the irs does. >> reporter: he says victims who are often immigrants or elderly have lost more than $5 million since the sophisticated scam started. they say the original scam artists and several copy cats mask their identities with false phone numbers from los angeles or washington, d.c. some calls even show up as internal revenue service on the caller i.d. >> we have seen year after year at the irs these scams morph and they change and the scam artists move around. they're not easy to catch. >> reporter: sheila was not able to get any of her money back. she lost all $30,000. and federal investigators are looking into this, but they say that these scammers change their phone numbers so frequently, it's really difficult to track them down. so, gayle, they say the best they can do for now is just get the word out. >> you have certainly done that. thank you, nancy.
i can see how some people could fall if your caller i.d. says irs. >> absolutely. >> and then an irs employee falls for it, these guys are good. >> yeah. i think the thing to remember is if the irs says you owe money, say i'm happy to send the check directly to the irs. you just let me know or send me a statement in the mail from the irs. >> that's good advice, norah o'donnell. those cameras are very hard to find but the search for another kind of snake is finally over. see how some people are now laughing about a cobra that put famili,, starting out with a lot of clouds around the bay area. the sea breeze carrying the clouds even in some of the valleys this morning into san jose. we have some mostly cloudy skies. but toward the afternoon, we
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♪ good morning to our viewers in the west. it is friday, september 5th, 2014. welcome back to "cbs this morning." there is more real news ahead including a look at joan rivers and her daughter melissa. they talked about everything, including dying. but first here's look at today's "eye opener" at 8:00. >> there is such sadness here in the entertainment community. we were all taken back when she lost that biggest battle yesterday afternoon. >> what's the biggest regret for you? >> the biggest regret -- i don't think i have any. how's that? >> the u.s. will hit russia with another round of economic sanctions. nato will step uneasily into a military round with isis. >> the third ebola victim will be treated in an isolation unit
at the nebraska center in omaha. >> the mcdonnells were parentally stunned by the verdict. the crying in the courtroom started with the first call of guilty. >> most of the passengers on board hat no idea what was really going on. >> an alleged kidnapping case forced a plane to return hours after takeoff. >> here's how the scam starts. a victim gets call on the phone from someone claiming to be from the irs saying they owe thousands of dollars in back taxes and have to pay up right away. >> i think the think to remember is if the irs says you owe money, i'm happy to send the money directly to the irs. >> if she was here she'd want me to say, oh, my gosh, jimmy, i love your hair. you have to tell me where you bought it. that's for you, joan. i'm charlie rose with gayle king and norah o'donnell. the comedy world is remembering joan rivers this morning with gratitude and a smile. rivers died thursday at a new
york city hospital. she was 81. >> she used her sharp tongue and even sharper wit to make it big. she never stopped working until a week ago. that's when her heart stopped at a doctor's office. her mourners include barbara streisand, nancy reagan, and even prince charles who wrote this morning she will be hugely missed and utterly irreplaceable. >> i spoke with joan rivers four times on my pbs program. she talked frankly and freely about her life and career, the good and the bad, and always making people think and laugh. >> when you told your parents that you wanted to be on stage -- >> yes, an actress. >> -- they said what, why not be a doctor. >> a doctor, a lawyer which my sister was. anything that they could understand. >> because they thought the life would be too hard for you? >> they thought there was no life. my father was a doctor. every time a hooker or a prostitute came in, he said, what do you do and they said i'm
an actress. >> you knew him as a tot. >> i knew him as a tot. he came in and sent me a note, saying you're right, they're wrong. i kept that note. >> you believed it. >> honey, that went into my bra and stayed there for three years. and then when i got on the carson show, he sent me a telegram saying i told you so, lenny bruce. that just -- he, my generation was george carlin, richard pryor, all that group. he was the god for us. he was the one we all aspired to be. >> because? >> because he spoke the truth. >> yeah. what is it about you, you think, that gives you this tenacity to survive and to bounce back? >> two things. >> fear. >> fear -- no. truly. truly. you know this business. the tenacity is i never thought that i'm so terrific that anything's beneath me. truly, i've never been the one to say that's not my job, i'm a
star, i don't do that. that has never, ever crossed my mind. okay, that's number one. number two is i have to make a living and i go to make a living and this is what i do. >> did you spend a lot of time thinking about what you could have been, which is johnny carson's successor, and how you blew that opportunity? >> i never allow myself to think what could have been because you can't change things. >> right. >> i never -- what happened -- get it out of the way, move forward. >> what is your talent on stage? >> i think i am the neighbor that says what you're thinking. >> yeah. >> you know, that you go, did you hear what she said? it's true. >> that's right. >> i think that's who i am on stage. >> it's so great to see you, it really is. >> it's always great to see you. >> what thrills me most about this is it gives people a chance to understand and see, you know, it reminds us of how good you
are. >> it reminds me of how great an interviewer you are. it's like sitting here and talking to a friend. >> the nicest compliment of all. she was always so funny. they have her best jokes. my best birth control is to leave the lights on. my breasts are so low i can have mammogram and a pedicure at the same time. i like that one. she cracks you up by saying what people are thinking. >> what people are thinking. in her final years her and her daughter made a powerful team. they held nothing back two years ago on their reality tv show "joan & melissa rivers," actually talked about dying. >> i've had an amazing life. if it ended right now, amazing life. if something happens, things are fine and life is fine. and you've been just great. you've come through so much. and how lucky we are. how lucky we are.
every minute, this has been my life. >> nancy o'dell. >> that was two years ago. it was so touching to see that. >> so touching to see that. nancy o'dell is with us, co-host of "entertainment tonight." nancy, good morning. >> good morning, charlie and norah and gayle. that emotional moment is just more evidence of that incredible relationship that melissa and joan had. how comforting to melissa to have that piece of video right there. at the time joan was actually planning on having plastic surgery on her neck and the irony of that is melissa was concerned over the health risk of her 78-year-old mother undergoing a procedure, something she had become so well known for. and the two, they work sod closely together on a number of projects over the years. melissa producing and costarring in many of them. and they were fixtures on the red carpet. i saw them so many different times on the red carpet, covering everything from the oscars to the grammys. you can also see that joan kept such a positive outlook about
her life, feeling very lucky for all the years of success and the longevity she's had in the business. in fact, melissa said on thursday her mother's greatest joy in life was to make people laugh and you get the sense that joan wanted to bring people that joy every time that she could, even after she had died. in fact, she actually wrote about her death in a 2012 book. she said, quote, when i die, i want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action. i don't want some rabbi rambling on. i want meryl streep crying in five different accents. i want a wind machine so that even in the casket my hair is blowing just like beyonce. come on. she wants her hair to be blowing in the casket like beyonce. and she said she wanted a toe tag with harry winston diamonds. that is classic joan. >> that's so true. it's ironic she died yesterday on beyonce's birthday.
we've been hearing all sorts of tributes coming in. what stories have you been hearing in los angeles about joan rivers today? >> everyone remembering the life of laughter she brought. we talked so many celebrities after her passing. sarah jessica parker being one. she was the one who challenged joan to the als ice bucket challenge, one of three people. we asked sarah why she challenged her to do the ice bucket challenge, why she chose joan. she said, actually because i knew she would make something so serious so funny in a good way and that's what i think everybody remembers about joan, that she could take a very serious situation and make it very funny. her funeral is scheduled to be on sunday in new york city. and i can imagine it's going to be of a celebratory nature with lots of laughs because that's the way she would have wanted it. >> what i loved about her and her career, she kept coming back. notwithstanding a lot of challenges, she kept coming back and was down that until the end. >> she was so relevant. >> that's right, nancy.
thank you, thank you. >> all right. and "entertainment tonight" will have much more this morning on the life and legacy of joan rivers so check your local listings. the newest kennedy honorees include another ground breaking female comic. we're talking about lillie tomlin now. she is on this year's list. it was announced just yesterday. tom hanks, yay, also will be honored along with patricia mcbride and two musicians sting and al green. reverend green they call him now. that will happen in washington later this year. and you can watch the kennedy honors right here december 30th on cbs. >> always love those. ahead on "cbs this morning," cosmo jumps into politics, but ,
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leave it to "cosmopolitan" magazine to do this, hints to sex it up and steal katy perry's flat abs tip. it believes it's crucial to women. >> cosmo is ready to make endorsements just like newspapers. cosmo votes goes on sale monday when beyonce asks you to save the date. that would be november 4th. welcome back to studio 57. >> thank you. >> a lot of people who read cosmo has stories like ten craziest sex moves i've ever used or should use. >> and you should use them. i want you all to try them when you go home tonight. >> you're telling us about sex moves to use. >> which issue is this? >> this is one of the best cover lines. 24 big bang moves that you've
never thought of. i got up to 11. >> and you're exhausted. >> where were you, norah? >> so anyway -- >> from sex now to endorsing candidates. why? >> well, i think that it's interesting because everyone says, oh r, cosmo is doing politics. cosmo has always been interested in issues that impact women's lifestyles. there are two issues we feel strong about and readers are. it's equal pay for equal work which you would think in 2014 it would be done and also access to great health care and contraception because if you're a magazine like cosmo and we want people to have a great sexy fun lives you need to think about contraception because niegtser men nor women want to have baby every time they have sex. >> that is true. >> i'm sorry to say but it is true. so when we look at the political landscape, this is an important election. when you look at college
intakes, 52% of college intake is young women. none of them are coming out of college and say, oh, i'd love to earn 23% less than the guy who studied next to them. none of them are going into the office and say, please pay me 26% less. >> the difference, joanna, you're getting into the endorsement business. that's new. i'm curious, what does it take to get a cosmo endorsement? what what are you looking for. >> all need to take sex positions and report back. >> that will have a political impact too. >> it might get people working together. >> i was going to say. i think we might get cross-poll nei nation across the house. there are several key races. one with thom tillis and kay hagan. you look at a character like thom tillis who actually kills equal pay, the equal pay bill in his state and he supports
personhood which actually means that they want to take the iud out of circulation for women. now, the -- out of circulation for couples actually because men get benefits from the iud too. so those are candidates we want you to know will have an impact on your life if they win. >> and this is so interesting because in the debate one of the things that was so interesting to me that thom tillis the republican said is women should have more access to contra spgs including over-the-counter contraception. i was taken aback because i've not seen him take that position but it was clearly to close a wide gender gap in that state and there are other republican candidates who say there should be more broad access to contraceptive. >> yes. i think the contraception you can buy over the counter without your doctor being involved is less reliable. of course, you can use condoms but it is not as reliable as something like the iud which is much easier to use. >> or the birth control pill. >> of course. the pill. and you have the governor's race
in wisconsin where the governor there, the male governor. >> scott walker. >> thank you. scott walker. i was making sure i didn't exchange him with something else, introducing sonograms for women wanting abortion. these are life-changing choices for women and we want them to know about it. >> joanna, the obvious question comes are you only going to be endorsing democratic candidates? >> no. interestingly, i don't think this is as much about democrats and republicans as it is generational, that young women and young men are all looking across the spectrum of these candidates and thinking who are the people who understand science. you remember the last election, the crazy comments from troy aik aiken, the women who get raped can't have abortions. we were having a conference to discuss it in november at the lincoln center. >> thank you, joanna coles.
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♪ welcome back to "cbs this morning." coming up in this half hour, supermodel, actress, mom, now amber valletta is adding a new title to her bio. recovering addict. lee woodruff is in our toyota green room. she talk with amber about a secret hidden for many years. a business opens its business for free. jamie wax takes us inside a production where the audience is the star. that's ahead. right now it's time to show you some of this morning's headlines. usa today looks at bizarre fallout from the celebrity photo hacking scandal. a florida exhibit will feature those nude images. the pictures will be life size and unaltered. the artist calls the show a reflection of who we are today. we all become users and in the
end we become used. >> i don't know about that. >> that's wrong. >> capital "w" wrong. >> i agree. seattle's offer was mixed in with green. green bay jerseys at the game between the seahawks and the packers. they were on the lookout for unruly fans at centurylink field. "the new york times" say a colorado ski resort town is being used for a beer ad but many locals don't want to raise a glass. the streets and light posts were painted blue to promote bud light. a thousand young adults are flying in for the stunt. anheuser-busch paid the town half a million dollars but one resident calls it vulgar and cheap. >> always great place to ski. and the "washington post" says a minor league hockey team plans to wear uniforms based on the puffy shirt "seinfeld" episode.
the names of the characters will be on the back of the jerseys during the game in november and most of the clothing will be auctioned off for charity. good way to get attention. >> now that's funny. two decades ago amber valletta was one of the world's most recognizable faces. the supermodel appeared in fashion campaigns with the likes of kate moss, christie turlington. she's been featured on the cover of "vogue" 16 times but even with her fame, vallett kept something very hidden. something you'll see only on "cbs this morning." >> well, it's easy to look at this stunning model and actress, amber vallett, and assume her life has been charmed. but just this summer amber admitted during her rise to fame in the 1990s, she was a drug and alcohol addict. >> i hit my bottom when i was 25. i hit my bottom. and i remember it very well.
i think when you come to a point and you look in the mirror and you can't say anything nice to yourself, that's a real problem. >> at 25 years old, amber vallett's career had hit a high. but behind the glamor and makeup she was keeping a serious secret. >> the first time i tried cocaine, i was in it. first time. and the last time i used, i -- let me just put it this way. i hadn't slept in awhile. i ended up going to st. vincent's alone and walking home alone after they released me the next day, and that is not a good feeling. >> but that's not where it began. discovered by a tulsa modeling agency at 15, amber valletta was swept up in the hay day of 1990s fashion. she landed a "vogue" cover at 17 and by 18 she ended up in europe running around with a high society crowd. >> what did that feel like to rule the world? >> i mean, i didn't think about ruling the world, but i just --
it was like being in a sorority, you know. we were like college age and having great time and a lot of fun. >> reporter: appearances on mtv's "house of style" catapulted her into the pop culture stratosphere. >> i work a lot, maybe too much. i need to slow down. >> reporter: the money and access began to flow and so did the drugs and alcohol. were friends and family saying to you, you've got an issue we need to talk about it? >> nobody really came out to me directly except my mom. she gave me a pretty strong lecture. i think my real friends were just over it. they were far and few anyway. >> reporter: it wasn't uncommon for amber to show up high for a million-dollar photoshoot. she soon sought help. and in 2000 after living sober for just one year gave birth to her son. >> i still work as a model from time to time. >> reporter: amber has lived in
recovery for the past 15 years, turning 40 this year prompted her to share her story. why now? why come out now with your sobriety? >> i believe that addiction is still considered something shameful and that if you had the willpower you could fix it, and that's just not true. it's time to lift the veil. >> reporter: what did it feel like to do that? >> it felt like a relief because i've guarded it so privately in the public so it was like really exposing myself. this is really who amber valletta is. >> reporter: since day one she has been honest with her son. addiction runs in the family. yet this mom acknowledges her boy is headed into the vulnerable adolescent years. how will that go with your son and you, do you think? >> i mean, i know he's going to experiment. i mean, i kind of hope he doesn't, but he has such intense
information about it and he's seen it really up close. but i also don't want to be like the crazy parent that's like, you know, hovering and watching and not giving him his space because i'm afraid if i don't allow him to do and make mistakes, he will also push against me. >> reporter: what would amber valletta tell her younger self now? >> don't be afraid to be strong, bold, care less about what people think. >> reporter: yet despite 16 covers of "vogue" and her status as a fashion icon, bringing attention to her status as an addiction will be her proudest. will this be the most you've accomplished in your life? >> absolutely. i want to tell people they have nothing to be ashamed of. come out of the darkness.
come into the light. you can recover from this disease and you don't have to be a prisoner to something. >> reporter: amber told us she wished she had just one more year in tulsa before modeling. she's an avid reader. we spent a lot of time talking about books. she might be writing one. i think she should. one thing she would tell aspiring models today is finish high school which i think is very wise advice. >> i think it's great speaking out. somebody looking at her right now will say that happened to you? and it will help others in ways she can't manage. >> and she's already gotten that reaction coming out. you've come out of it. >> she came out of what? >> drugs and alcohol. everything, she says. >> which is a remarkable presence today. >> my gosh. she's beautiful inside and out. she was amazing. >> lee, thank you so much. and shakespeare wrote all the world's a stage. now his words are getting a modern spin, you could say. jamie wax is in new york central park. >> reporter: what happens in
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jamie wax sat in on rehearsals on the latest project. it's expanding on its 60-year tradition. jamie's at the park. jamie, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. new york's public theater has inspired shakespeare in the park productions throughout the world and attracts some of the theaters most notable actors but its public works project promises to end the summer on a high note. blurring the line between actor and audience in what may be the most literal interpretation of public theater. at new york city's public theater, an ambitious production of shakespeare's "the wind's tale" is taking shape. among the country's hottest directors, the play presents both a unique opportunity and real challenge. >> it's the scene right before you, david and sebastien. >> reporter: working with professional actors -- >> did we get sebastien the prop
>> -- and first-time performers alike. >> i feel like you should enter in a way that -- >> reporter: is this daunting? >> oh, it's exciting. daunting and exciting, yes. >> if you would have looked at hit and spit at him he would have run. >> reporter: this public works initiative is the newest project for the organization synonymous for shakespeare in the park. it attracts 3,000 fans each summer and draws an a-list talent. anne hathaway, al pacino. >> it's the best stuff. >> reporter: james earl jones also appeared in 1962. what importance did it play in your overall career? >> it helped resolve how much i loved the business. and not just the business but the art. working there confirmed the love for me.
it was not conventional. it was free theater. you were there because you loved it and because they loved it. >> reporter: presenting professional shakespeare to the masses was initially the vision of the late producer and director joseph papp. he talked with cbs producers in 1959. >> the philosophy has always been to reach the greatest number of people regardless of their ability to pay with the classics. ♪ >> reporter: this weekend's three performances of "the winter's tale" will close the summer at the theater with all seats expected to be filled by a non-paying public. >> when i'm able to see how hungry people are for this, how much -- because it's not about money. it's about how much of your time you're willing to give up to hear these stories. it's immensely uplifting. >> reporter: oscar eustis is the
creator of its public works project. ♪ which features tony-nominated actors like fitzgerald and community directors. as a nonprofessional actor to be able to work alongside so many incredible new york professionals, what does that feel like? >> it feels amazing. every time i'm here i'm learning something new and every time i wake up, i wonder what am i doing. >> reporter: she takes the stage tonight among some 200 fellow new yorkers.w news is breaking out again this morning and president obama is about to talk about it. he is in wales at a summit for nato in response to russia's
military incursion in ukraine allies have agreed to set up a group. at the same time a cease-fire was announced between ukraine and pro-rebels 47 minutes ago. also at the summit, the u.s. said it's putting together nations to confront the threat known as isis and isil and operating in iraq and syria. that is the group that beheaded two american journalists. the coalition will not be providing ground forces to that effort. bob schafer is here. >> if we are to judge by what
secretary of state kerry said a while ago, the president will put a much harder edge on his response to isis. he's been under intense criticism, as you know, for at first saying we had no strategy to deal with isis and then for saying he hoped to degrade it to make it, quote, a manageable problem. today secretary of state kerry said, look, there is no containment. that is not our policy. he said to leave and allow isis to stay in place and these are his words, would lead to leave a cancer in place which could come back to haunt us. so my guess is, judging from that, the president is going to kind of bring some clarification to what he has been saying about what he responds -- what he intends to do in response to isis. secretary of state kissinger told me earlier this week that the united states should have hit hard and maybe for several
days, isis at every point we could find and then step back and decide what our strategy from there on is going to be. so i think that's probably where you are going to hear the president start today. we will also get some details on this strike force that the nato group is planning to put in place that has been talked about for a long time. they finally agreed to it today. and also the cease-fire, scott, that has just gone into effect in ukraine, the russians and the ukrainians agreed to it, and that's good news on the surface. i guess the bad news is that the russian troops are frozen in place inside ukraine. so there's a lot of work to be done on this, but at least as we understand it, the shooting has stopped. >> bob, as we watch the podium here in newport, wales, at the
nato summit, we are waiting for the president to walk out and we are expecting him at any moment, and you were mentioning isis will be on the agenda as the president takes questions. we are now seeing the president's remarks being placed on the podium, which means the president will be following shortly. bob, there has been a lot 6 concern about isis fighters with u.s. and european passports coming back into the west. tell us more about that. >> it's not just americans, scott, but also a thousand europeans fighting with the militant groups, and there are some with two groups. all of these folks have papers that allowed them to travel back to their countries and one of the most urgent matters here is to track who these people are and prevent them from coming
back. one thing that secretary kerry and his partners agreed on this morning is to try to attempt cut off the flow of foreign fighters. there's some 12,000 foreign fighters in syria, and some 1,500 or so from western nations -- >> bob, here is the president of the united states. >> let me begin by thanking my great friend, prime minister cam camron for hosting this event. it's a great honor to be the first sitting u.s. president to visit wales. we have met at a time of transition and a time of testing. after more than a decade, nato's combat mission in afghanistan is coming to an end. russia's aggression in ukraine
is at peace, and the threat from isis poses a danger. first and foremost we reaffirmed the central mission of the alliance. article 5 inshrines our solemn duty to each other, an armed attack against one shall be considered an attack against them all. this is a binding treaty obligation. it's nonnegotiable. here in wales we left absolutely no doubt, we will defend every ally. second, we agreed to be resolute in reassuring our ally. rotations of additional forces throughout eastern europe for training and exercises will continue.
naval patrols in the black sea will continue. and all 28 nato nations agreed to contribute to all of these measures for as long as necessary. third, to insure that nato prepares for any conten skwrupb see, we have a new readiness action plan. the alliance will update the defense planning and create a new highly ready rapid response force that can be deployed on very short notice and increase nato's presence in eastern and central europe with equipment and training and exercises and troop rotations and a $1 billion contribution to this plan from the u.s. the nations have pledged to increase investments in defense and move towards investing 2% of their gdp.
it will help nato invest in critical capabilities including intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, and missile defense, and this makes clear nato will not be complacent. we will rise to meet the challenges that we face in the 21st century. fifth, our alliance is fully supported in ukraine's sovereignty, and its right to defend itself. to back up this commitment, all 28 nato allies will now provide security assistance to ukraine, and this includes nonlethal support like body armour and fuel and medical care for wounded ukrainian troops as well as assistance to help modernize ukrainian forces including logistics and control. and today the united states and
europe are finalizing measures to deepen and broaden our sanctions across russia's financial energy and defense sectors. at the same time we strongly support conflict in one country. the cease-fire today can advance that goal, but only if there is follow-through on the ground. pro-russian separatists must keep their commitments and russia must stop its violations of ukraine's sovereignty. nato's combat mission ends in three months and we are prepared to transition to a new mission, to train and advice and assist afghan forces. both presidential candidates
pledged to sign the bilateral security agreement that would be the foundation of the continued cooperation, but as we know the outcome of the recent election must be resolved go we continue to urge the two presidential candidates to make the compromises necessary so afghans can move forward. finally we reaffirmed the door to membership remains open to nations that can meet our high standards. we agreed to expand the partnership that makes nato the hub of security. we want to make sure our forces continue to operate together and will create a new initiative to help countries build defense capabilities, starting with georgia, jordon and libya.
already allies have joined us in iraq where we have stopped isil's advances, and we equipped our iraqi partners and helped them go in offense, and nato has agreed to provide assistance to those on the frontlines and key nato allies continue to confront the threat. secretary kerry will now travel to the region to continue building the broad-base coalition that will enable us to ultimately destroy isil. taken the progress we made in wales makes it clear our alliance will do whatever is necessary to protect our citizens. so with that, let me take a few questions. i will start with julie pace of
the associated press. >> reporter: i wanted to go back to the situation in ukraine. if the cease-fire takes affect and appears to be holding with you and your european counterparts back away from the sanctions that you prepared or do you think it's important to levy them? can you say specifically what u.s. contributions will be in terms of troop members and equipment? will it be close to what you announced announced. >> based on past experience, also stkeptical, and the separatists will follow-through and the russians will stop violating ukraine's sovereignty, so it has to be tested. the europeans are discussing at this point the final shape of their sanctions measures, and it's my view if you look at the
plan, it will take some time to implement, and as a consequence for us to move forward based on what is currently happening on the ground with sanctions, while acknowledging that if in fact the elements of the plan that has been signed are implements then those sanctions can be lifted is a more likely way for us to insure that there is follow-through, but that's something that obviously c consult with our partners. i want to point out the only reason we are seeing the cease-fire is because of the sanctions that have been applied and the threat for more sanct n sanctions that have isolated
russia in a way we have not seen in a long time. the path for russia to re-join the community of nations that respect international law is still there, and we encourage president putin to take it. but the unity and firmness that we have seen in the trance atlantic alliance in supporting ukraine and applying sanctions has been, i think, a testimony to how seriously people take the basic principle that big countries can't just stomp on little countries or force them to change their policies and give up their sovereignty. i am very pleased with the kind of work that has ukraine, and i think u.s. leadership has been critical throughout that process. with respect to the rapid
plan we put forward, i announced $1 billion in our initiative. a sizable portion of that will be devoted to implementing various aspects of this readiness action plan. we've already increased, obviously, rotations of personnel in the baltic states, for example. we have the air policing, we have the activities that are taking place in the baltic and the black sea, but this allows us to supplement it. it allows us to coordinate it and integrate it further with additional contributions from other partners. what it signifies is n.a.t.o.'s recognition that, in light of recent russian actions as well as rhetoric, we want to make it