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the cbs news with scott kelly is up next. news, weather, always at our website. to >> i continue to believe mr. trump will not be president. >> pelley: also tonight, violent weather , including >>tornado on an interstate. >> it was, basically, like the y: ester" movie. o, pelley: extreme weather is being fueled by el nino, and tonight we'll look at the effects from the u.s. to africa, where millions are threatened enth famine. >> people haven't been able to plant the crops that they need to survive. >> pelley: and, it's show time for america's top dogs. >> it doesn't get any better. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. late today, the president weighed in on the political phenomenon that is donald trump.
president obama was answering a question at a news conference t day, and he did not mince words: >> i continue to believe mr. trump will not be president. and the reason is, because i have a lot of faith in the american people, and i think they recognize that being president is a serious job. it's not hosting a talk show, or a reality show. it's not promotion. it's not marketing. le's hard. >> pelley: well, republicans tre also hard on trump today. nicki haley, the governor of tuth carolina, said she will not endorse trump before the primary there on saturday. in fact, haley said trump is everything a governor does not want in a president. major garrett is with the trump campaign in south carolina. tjor? >> reporter: scott, we asked the campaign for reaction, and
donald trump told me the following directly: all of this came at the end of a day with attacks among all the e publican candidates. >> i've never seen a human being lie so much. he lies about everything. >> reporter: it was another dpants on fire" day in south carolina, as both donald trump and marco rubio accused ted cruz of being dishonest. >> i hate to say it about a person, but actually, during the debate, rubio called him a liar, sp i felt a lot better. >> he spent the last two weeks literally just making stuff up. >> both donald trump and marco rubio have this very strange pattern, where if you point to their actual record, if you point to the words that come out of their mouth, they don't respond on substance. they just scream, "liar, liar, liar." >> reporter: in a lengthy facebook post, trump contends cruz misled voters by quoting past positions on abortion and health care. trump now describes himself as iso-life and against obamacare.
rubio told us cruz distorts on many fronts: rs didn't tell the truth about ben carson in iowa, he's not telling the truth about my position on marriage, on planned parenthood. he even has an ad pulled down by the stations because they were untrue. >> reporter: trump has also questioned ted cruz's mental realth. >> ted cruz is desperate. look, he's a-- i think ted is a very unstable guy. >> reporter: the texas senator zelled for increasing the size of the u.s. military in a speech aboard the u.s.s. "yorktown." we asked cruz about trump's "unstable" charge, as he walked off the wwii aircraft carrier: >> major, the reason donald insults is because he can't defend the substance. he can't dispute substance because it's his own words. >> reporter: jeb bush tweeted this picture of an engraved firearm he received at a gun show here. scott, jeb bush was trying to explain his love of the second amendment, but his tweet was met mostly with mockery. >> pelley: never seen a primary like this. major, thank you very much. the latest cbs news poll shows trump is leading his closest
rival in south carolina, ted cruz, by better than two to one. yn the democratic side, hillary clinton leads bernie sanders by 19 points, as both of them court s.rican americans. here's nancy cordes. >> and we pray for bernie sanders. >> reporter: as one candidate met with black ministers in columbia, south carolina, the other sat down with civil rights leaders in harlem, both of them trying to send the same message. >> my campaign is really about breaking every barrier. >> reporter: today, clinton proposed a $2 billion plan to esform school discipline policies that she says are failing black students. >> and we will dramatically rspand support for guidance counselors, school psychologists, and social workers. >> reporter: sanders focused on black incarceration rates. >> tell me why in the richest country in the history of the world, why we should have more
people in jail than any other country on earth. anyone tell me why? ( applause ) >> reporter: clinton is leading among south carolina african americans by nearly 40 points. she sought to cement that advantage today by implying bynders is new to the fight for racial equality. >> you can't just show up at riection time and say the right things and think that's enough. we can't start building relationships a few weeks before a vote. ( applause ) >> reporter: he argued the civil rights movement inspired his fight against wall street greed. >> but people didn't cower. people didn't back down. people kept going forward. epat, my friends, is courage. up reporter: both candidates bring up race more frequently than then-senator barack obama , d back in 2008. perhaps, scott, because he was n l too aware back then of the biases that clinton and sanders are highlighting now. >> pelley: nancy cordes for us tonight.
nancy, thank you. fi the supreme court today, the chair filled by justice antonin scalia for nearly 30 years was draped in his honor. scalia died apparently in his sleep over the weekend at the de of 79. rlnate republicans want to delay replacing scalia for nearly a year so the next president can make the choice. but today, mr. obama said he plans to follow the constitution. >> historically, this has not been viewed as a question. there's no unwritten law that says that it can only be done on off years. that's not in the constitutional text. i'm amused when i hear people who claim to be strict interpreters of the constitution suddenly reading into it a whole series of provisions that are not there. there is more than enough time
for the senate to consider, in a thoughtful way, the record of a nominee i present and to make a >>cision. >> pelley: the president this afternoon. ew to the weather. severe storms pummeled the east coast today. snow and flooding rains were in the north. the south woke up to thunder, lightning, and twisters. ter:d begnaud is there. hr reporter: at least four iddladoes barreled through south florida in the middle of rush hour this morning. 86 to 110-mile-per-hour winds i-pped the top off this 18 iteeler on florida's busy i-95 in miami, tossing the big rig on its side. david matienzo was on his way to n hi. >> it was basically like the "twister" movie. that's basically, the best way i can describe it. all of a sudden, something like a metal sign, just like bam, like flash, hit the front of my car and shattered the window. >> reporter: these strong gusts tore roofs off buildings. uprooted trees, and tossed some on to houses.
i.power line snapped, starting a fire in this residential area of miami. this same storm system also spawned an ef-3 tornado late yesterday in century, florida, that's on the alabama border. the over 135-mile-per-hour winds flattened cars and destroyed homes. southern mississippi was also opt. in copiah county this home was olmolished. ilcolm erwin lives nearby. >> it sounded like a low-flying jet. it really did. er reporter: here in miami, those 100-mile-per-hour winds tossed this tree like a toy. m ok at the base. i'm 6'1", and it's nearly enough to swallow me. scott, tornadoes here are not , so, but forecasters say ulcause of el nino, south florida could get more tornadoes marc like they did today well elle the month of march. >> pelley: david begnaud, wianks. these wild weather swings that , 've seen are caused, as david said, in part by the phenomenon known as el nino. to 's the warming of the pacific that leads to drought in much of africa and storms and
high temperatures on america's west coast. we have two reports on this ounight, beginning with ben tracy in southern california. th reporter: this is winter on une west coast, with temperatures running 15-25 degrees above normal, it looks and feels more like july than february. >> it is so hot outside. it's crazy. we're just kind of embracing it and going with it. >> wow, look at this. >> reporter: californians were expecting this-- nonstop rainstorms fueled by one of the largest el ninos on record. but after heavy rains last month, southern california is on a hot and dry streak. it's been 15 days since a drop of rain fell in los angeles. nasa climatologist bill patzert n mously called this massive band of warm water in the pacific ocean a godzilla el nino, predicted to drench drought-ravaged california. is this godzilla more bark than bite?
>> el nino remains immense. it's had a powerful impact over the last six months. and even this winter, all the volatile weather we've had across the united states, the fingerprint of el nino is on all these events. i reporter: turns out, the el stno is so big, it shifted the jet stream further north, thlowing storms to batter esrthern california and the kecific northwest. rain-soaked cliffs near san n drcisco have been dropping .nto the ocean. but these northern storms are tiso dramatically boosting nlifornia's snow pack, now the deepest it's been in more than a decade. spring snow melt will help fill the state's depleted reservoirs and provide 30% of california's water supply. the temperature hit 90 degrees here today in los angeles, and that is a new record for this note, but forecasters say they coill expect those el nino rains and cooler temperatures to hit xts angeles and, scott, they say that will happen in the next couple of weeks. >> pelley: ben tracy for us tonight. enn, thank you.
well, there has been precious nittle water in southern and eastern africa where el nino is scorching the earth. the u.n. says as many as a dr million children are at risk of starvation. many are in the tiny nation of lesotho, and we sent debora patta there. >> reporter: dawn breaks over ha khabele. villagers hope for rain, but it promises to be another scorching day. 70-year-old malepota makara wakes her five grandchildren, eost of them orphaned by aids. it doesn't take long to get the three eldest ready for school. that's because there is nothing to eat. like everyone else in the village, makara's crops have failed. "it is painful," says nine-year- old litipitso, "to go to school without food." "this drought," his grandmother explains "is more severe than i have ever seen."
makara knows instinctively what experts have confirmed-- this is the strongest el nino on record in southern africa, delaying the rains and putting 14 million aiople at risk of starvation. ntpitiful burst of rain in recent days has coaxed out some greenery. it's a cruel illusion, as it's isme too late. this should be lesotho's rainy season. normally i wouldn't be able to stand here because i'd be waist high in water. instead this river bed is bone dry. s n. humanitarian coordinator yolanda dasgupta is worried at what's ahead. >> the rainfall has been delayed to an extent that people haven't been able to plant the crops opat they need to survive. so we're looking at people having not enough to eat, at least until 2017. >> reporter: at school, makara's grandchildren get their one meal
of the day-- a bowl of watery porridge and some corn. s t as the country's grain supplies run out, schools are worried they will have to stop their feeding schemes. water is a concern, too. lesotho's government trucks illiver water to the villages but it's not enough. a nearby dam has a two-week supply left before it, too, runs dry. at home, makara manages to manages to scrounge for a few unripened peaches for the younger children, and later when the brothers and sisters return, she rests for the first time. there is no supper once again. "if i can just give them food e d love," she sighs, "then they will be fine." lesotho desperately needs at least $27 million to feed people ey the brink of starvation, but they are battling to attract the attention of international donors, scott, who are already
over-stretched dealing with other global crises. p pelley: remarkable reporting from debora patta tonight, who is back in johannesburg. deborah, thank you. in just a moment, what you need to know to prevent deadly accidents at rail crossings. and, private letters reveal a close relationship between a pope and a married woman, when the cbs evening news continues.
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who would become pope john paul ii, began to collaborate with anna-teresa tymieniecka on a translation, something more than a book happened. liey wrote to each other for the rest of their lives, his letters recreated in a bbc documentary. their relationship would test the cardinal's vow of celibacy. particularly, he says, the words, "i belong to you." malina malinovsky brokered the sale of the letters to the polish national archive. >> i do believe she completely fell in love with him during the first phase of their relationship. >> reporter: they didn't just dite. they spent private times together, at her property in vermont, skiing in poland. in the old communist days when he was in krakov, she had her letters hand delivered to him, so party officials couldn't use the whiff of scandal to undermine this popular priest.
even when he became pope, he didn't stop. >> "i am thinking about you. he wrote, in my thoughts i come to pomfret-- her house in vermont-- every day." when he died, friends say, but the vatican won't confirm, she was at his bedside. the pope's letters are now public. hna-teresa tymieniecka's letters to him have not been published. what a story they might tell. mark phillips, cbs news, london. >> pelley: and we'll be right back. pelley: and we'll be right back. lawyer so i asked about adding once-daily namenda xr to her current treatment for moderate to severe alzheimer's. it works differently. when added to another alzheimer's treatment, it may improve overall function and cognition.
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r pelley: tonight is the grand finale of the westminster dog show, a super bowl without the r.ilgating, just the tail. epre's don dahler. >> reporter: rumor has it-- >> there you go! >> reporter: the german shepard named rumor is favored to win fro in show tonight. e e four-year-old female from wisconsin wowed the crowd yesterday, taking best of breed r,nors. tr owner, kent boyles. what's the difference, if you can put it into words, between a d ue champion dog and just a really well-trained dog? >> well, she's very close to the breed standard. she's aesthetically a really beautiful animal and good attitude. she loves the show. >> reporter: and most of the 3,000 dogs do seem to enjoy the attention, the primping, and the cheering crowds. judge michael faulkner has been involved with show dogs since he was nine years old. hearing the cheering, what is it about dogs that makes this event so big?
>> that bond between dog and man is so important, and then you add competition and applause and glamour and, you know, it doesn't get any better. >> reporter: the seven new breeds in this year's competition raise the number to 197, and include some faces and hairstyles many fans have never seen before. it took jackie walker over 10 shars to get french herding dogs, berger picards, into the big show. what kind of process does it take to get a breed accepted? nt it's been a very long one. e ere are many different steps ifat you have to go through, putting on different shows and r:sts. >> reporter: all to reach the er rmate test-- performing in f e center ring at westminster. t t in the midst of the pomp and eageantry, what is sometimes lost is why we love these animals so much. dogs just being dogs. s n dahler, cbs news, new york. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night.
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