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>> pelley: trump under fire from his own g.o.p. supporters. >> this is one of the worst mistakes trump has made. >> pelley: but he's not backing off his attacks on a mexican- american judge. also tonight, fighting isis. >> reporter: we're just on the from the lines of the iraqi special forces as they're moving into fallujah. they just cleared this area a few days ago. >> pelley: a tropical storm eclipses the florida sun. outrage over a light sentence for sexual assault, and father's sympathy for his guilty son. and the wit and wisdom of the poet of pugilism. >> ali fights great. he's got speed and endurance.
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if you plan to fight him, increase your insurance! captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. tonight, donald trump is standing by his attack on the mexican-american federal judge who is presiding over the trump university fraud cases. in insisting that a latino judge cannot be fair, trump is picking a fight with exactly the voters he needs in november: latinos. major garrett reports the man who will soon be the head of the republican party appears to be threatening its chances for the white house, the house, and the senate. >> he's somebody who is proud of his heritage, and i think that's great. >> but you're saying it's a barrier to him doing his job. >> to be fair, he's not treating me fairly. >> reporter: judge gonzalo curiel was born in indiana to mexican parents who became american citizens. >> we're going to have great borders. we're going to have the wall. >> reporter: donald trump, who
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wants to build a wall on the u.s.-mexico border, argues curiel's heritage compromises his independence in the lawsuits. >> i'm just confused how-- what his mexican parents have to do with that. >> excuse me. i want to build a wall. i don't think it's very confusing. >> reporter: this made republican leaders, who had begun to rally around the presumptive nominee, recoil. >> people are disturbed that you would want to dismiss a judge based on his ethnicity. >> he needs to stop staying it. that man is an american. >> i don't condone the comments. >> i completely disagree with the thinking behind that. >> i couldn't disagree more with what he had to say. >> reporter: maine republican senator susan collins has yet to endorse trump. >> it was an appalling statement for donald trump to have made. completely unacceptable, and he owes the judge an apology, and he owes the american people an apology. >> reporter: nebraska senator ben sasse tweeted trumps attacks are "the literal definition of racism." even for former speaker newt
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gingrich, long a trump ally, it was too much. >> this is one of the worst mistakes trump has made. i think it's inexcusable. >> reporter: trump appeared most unnerved by gingrich's criticism. >> reporter: this afternoon in a call with close supporters, trump doubled down and encouraged them to robustly defend his view of the case. even trump loyalists admit too the campaign staff is too small and management chaotic. scott, today's conference is a classic example. trump told supporters to discuss the pending lawsuit freely, the exact opposite of what his own campaign staff had been telling them to do. >> pelley: major garrett in the washington newsroom tonight. major, thank you. well, hillary clinton needs just 23 more delegates to clinch the democratic nomination, and she'll have them before the sun sets in the golden state tomorrow. here's nancy cordes. >> well, tomorrow is a really big day, everybody.
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>> reporter: clinton is on the cusp of a milestone that eluded her eight years ago. >> how old are you? >> i'm 27. >> reporter: she needs to win just 3% of the delegates up for grabs in six states tomorrow. >> i am obviously really excited about that, but i'm not letting myself focus on it yet because i want people to come out and vote tomorrow, particularly here in california. >> reporter: the white house press secretary signaled today the president could endorse clinton as early as wednesday. >> certainly somebody who claims a majority of the pledged and super delegates, you know, has a strong case to make. >> reporter: and that is putting additional pressure on senator bernie sanders, who vowed as recently as this weekend to take his fight all the way to the democratic convention. but he sounded more circumspect today. >> let's assess where we are after tomorrow before we make statements based on speculation. >> reporter: sanders still insists he can convince unbound super delegates to change their
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minds because he polls better than clinton against donald trump. >> we have seen a little bit of momentum. i think there are four super delegates in three or four states who have come over to us. >> reporter: but he trails by 500. >> vote for hillary! >> reporter: and as clinton noted today, she has won three million more votes than sanders nationwide. >> super delegates have always followed the will of the voters. i expect them to do the same this time. >> reporter: cbs news has confirmed that president obama called sanders yesterday and they spoke for 30 to 45 minutes. sources would not characterize the conversation. but, scott, to the extent that anyone can convince sanders to wind down his quest, the president does have more influence than most. >> pelley: nancy cordes, thanks. bob schieffer has covered every presidential election since 1968, and he thought he had seen it all. bob? >> reporter: scott, i cannot remember a primary season ending in such gloom.
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when a political party's bigwig spend the last weekend of the primary season, as senate republican leader mitch mcconnell, house speaker paul ryan and former speaker newt gingrich did, that is criticizing, correcting and trying to separate themselves from the guy who has just wrapped up their party's nomination, you know the party has a problem. when the "wall street journal," a powerful voice of conservatism, finds it necessary-- their words-- to separate the odious from the just obnoxious in the republican candidate's message, you know it is a big problem. just when leaders were trying to begin a healing process, trump's attack on that federal judge of mexican heritage and new mexico's hispanic governor caught all of them by surprise. they all remember candidate barry goldwater's opposition to the 1964 civil rights act turned blacks against the republican party not just in '64, but for decades. now they're wondering if trump's
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hostility to hispanics could have the same long-term impact. republicans have their candidate, scott, but they can't figure out what to do with him. >> pelley: and how about the democrats? >> reporter: well, i tell you, they're probably in better humor than the republicans, but with polls showing voters dislike mrs.clinton as much as they dislike mr. trump, no one is doing handsprings over there. >> pelley: the wisdom of bob schieffer in campaign 2016. bob, thanks so much. >> reporter: thank you. >> pelley: the stakes in this election are high with both syria and iraq fighting for their lives against the extremists of isis who are expanding their tyranny. the next few weeks will be high risk for u.s. forces and others fighting isis because today is the start of the muslim holy month of ramadan. it is a time that isis has used to justify large attacks. today, iraqi forces pressed their assault on the city of fallujah. with the help of u.s. air strikes and iranian troops, iraq
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is trying to prove it can retake a major city from isis. charlie d'agata is covering the battle that has trapped 50,000 civilians. >> reporter: the battle to retake fallujah is being fought on the dusty back roads of the city. we're just on the front lines of the iraqi special forces as they're moving into fallujah. they just cleared this area a few days ago. ( gunshot ) they say the entire thing is mined with homemade bombs. [ gunfire ] these u.s.-trained counter- terrorism forces have met unexpectedly fierce resistance, but the man in charge, lieutenant general abdel wahab al saadi, appeared relaxed in a baseball cap and t-shirt. he told us u.s. air strikes have made the biggest difference. how important is that support? >> it's very, very important. >> reporter: just as we were speaking, we saw that air power in action. are those air strikes? >> yes. >> reporter: who is it? >> u.s.a. >> reporter: u.s.a. air strikes?
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>> yeah. >> reporter: after two weeks of fighting, iraqi security forces and iranian-backed shiite militias have started to make headway. over the radio, general ali jamil hears of an attack under way. "car bomb, car bomb," shouts an iraqi soldier. within minutes, jamil hears that his soldiers have opened fire and blew it up before it did any harm. car bombs aren't the only threat. new video released by isis shows heavy fighting in the city's neighborhoods. we weren't out of reach, even a mile away, as we heard the snap of a sniper's bullet whiz by. ( gunshot ) >> sniper. >> reporter: a reminder of the threat soldiers face with each step forward. those weapons aren't just pointed at iraqi soldiers, scott. commanders told us isis fighters have opened fire on civilians
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trying to flee the city and some have been shot dead trying to get away. >> pelley: charlie d'agata reporting from baghdad tonight. charlie, thanks. this evening, the governor of florida has declared a state of emergency in half of the state. tropical storm colin is lashing the gulf coast with high winds and heavy rains. watches and warnings extend all the way to the outer banks of north carolina. david begnaud is in clearwater, florida, for us tonight. david? >> reporter: scott, tropical storm colin is expected the make landfall here along the gulf coast within the next two to three hours. here on clearwater beach where we are, these relentless rain bands have brought with them wind gusts of nearly 50mph. significant flooding has been reported in cedar key, florida. also in the tampa bay area, we're getting reports of flooding nearly seven inches in the last 12 hours. a funnel cloud touched down on bonita beach today. no matter where you lived in florida, you saw rain today that's parts of this tropical system. florida's governor has declared
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a state of emergency in nearly half the counties in the state. and along the beaches, red flag warnings have gone up, but that has not deterred tourists and thrill seekers. scott, this storm tonight is starting to pick up speed, and we're told remnants could be over south carolina as early as tomorrow morning. >> a storm we'll be watching. david begnaud reporting. david, thank you very much. today, the national portrait gallery honored muhammad ali by placing this photograph of the champ in the museum's "in memoriam" space. the picture was shot in 1970 by the legendary canadian portrait photographer yousuf karsh. ali's body was returned last night from arizona, where he died friday night, to his hometown of louisville, kentucky. fans have created a floral shrine there at the muhammad ali center. ali's family announced today that a traditional muslim prayer service will be held in louisville on thursday at freedom hall. the funeral is the next day, friday, a funeral planned by ali
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himself. the speakers will include former president bill clinton, comedian billy crystal and ali's widow, lonnie. lonnie was ali's fourth wife, and for the last three decades she was in his corner as he fought his toughest battle. jericka duncan is in louisville. >> reporter: as muhammad ali's wife, caregiver and protector, friends say lonnie ali also had the heart of a champion. >> we're with muhammad 24/7. i have my sister helping, my nephew helping. and it's really all three of us. >> reporter: the two actually met over 50 years ago. this picture shows a six-year- old lonnie with a 21-year-old ali, the man who would eventually become her husband. a family spokesperson and long- time friend bob gunnell. >> the only thing that lonnie has ever said, and i think it's accurate, she said to me, "i've loved that man my entire life." she literally has loved muhammad
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ali since they met when she was six years old. >> reporter: in 1986, two years after the three-time heavyweight champion announced he had parkinson's disease, they got married. they later adopted a son, ali's ninth child, assad ali. late today, he visited the memorial for the first time since his father's death. can you talk to us more about what your mother's impact has been on your father's legacy? >> can't really put into words what she's done for him and for our family period. like i said, she's all of our rock. she was, there you know, when he was at his lowest and brought him back up. >> reporter: the late ed bradley spent time with the couple for "60 minutes." >> he is very aware of his time here on earth, and he has sort of planned the rest of his life to do things so that he is assured a place in heaven. >> reporter: people shouldn't feel sorry for him? >> absolutely not. absolutely not. >> reporter: when the champ's
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final round came, he was surrounded by his children, and perhaps his most loyal fan, his wife. lonnie, who has a masters degree in business, didn't only handle her husband's health but his wealth, too. scott, she was very instrumental in creating the center that bears ali's name. >> pelley: jericka duncan in ali's hometown of louisville. jericka, thank you. well, ali had a way with words, and we will hear them a little bit later in the broadcast. but coming up next, a young woman's powerful message to the college student who sexually abused her, when the "cbs evening news" continues. dentures look clean, thoughr in reality they're not. if a denture were to be put under a microscope, we can see all the bacteria that still exists on the denture, and that bacteria multiplies very rapidly. that's why dentists recommend cleaning with polident everyday. polident's unique micro clean formula works in just 3 minutes,
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was done. here's john blackstone. >> reporter: at his sentencing on three felony counts of sexual assault, brock turner could have gone to prison for 14 years. instead, he will spend just three months in the county jail. turner is a former stanford university swimming star. his 23-year-old victim, who is not a stanford student, is anonymous. but her emotional 12- page statement to the judge is quickly coming to represent every woman sexually assaulted on campus. she wrote, "i don't want my body anymore. i was terrified of it." she admits to drinking too much at a fraternity party and blacking out. she was discovered nearly naked on the ground behind a dumpster. turner claims she consented. she wrote, "his attorney constantly reminded the jury, the only one we can believe is brock because she doesn't remember." that helplessness was traumatizing. addressing her attacker she said, "you took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time,
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my safety, my intimacy, my confidence, my own voice." >> her words resonated with people, not just locally in our county, but all across the nation and all across the world. >> reporter: alaleh kianerci was the prosecutor in the case. >> i cried. i felt like i didn't do my part in representing her interests in the case because of the slap on the wrist sentence that the defendant got. >> reporter: the sentence came after brock turner's father made his own appeal to the judge. "his life will never be the one that he dreamed about. that is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action." >> this sentence is making all women at stanford less safe because it's sending the message to women students, if this happens to you, you're on your own, and it's sending the message to potential perpetrators, from the judge, i have your back. >> reporter: turner has begun serving his sentence at the county jail. the judge is now facing a recall petition. and, scott, stanford university issued a statement saying it did
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>> pelley: no charges will be filed against the mother of the three-year-old who fell into the gorilla exhibit at the cincinnati zoo. zookeepers shot and killed the rare gorilla to save the boy. today, the prosecutor said the mother was minding three other children and the three-year-old just scampered off. the 72nd anniversary of the d- day invasion was commemorated today. in washington a wreath was placed at the world war ii memorial. and veterans now in their 90s gathered in normandy, where more than 160,000 allied troops landed in 1944 to establish the
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western front to bring an end to hitler's tyranny. more than 9,000 members of the invasion force were killed. well, the army has established a new beachhead. it won, last night, the miss u.s.a. pageant. deshauna barber is a 26-year-old lieutenant in the army reserves. she plans to use her title to support veterans' causes. when asked about women in combat, she said, "we're just as tough as the men." the best of the verse from muhammad ali when we come back in a minute or three. three. to do one thing & another. only at&t has the network, people, and partners to help companies be... local & global. open & secure.
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>> yes, i'm the only poet in the fight game today. the only prophet. don't be surprised by nothing i do. this kid fights great. he's got speed and endurance, but if you sign to fight him, increase your insurance! this is the legend of muhammad ali. the most popular fighter there ever will be. he talks a great deal and brags indeed of a powerful punch and blinding speed. this brash boxer is something to see, the heavyweight championship is his destiny. i told you all that i was the greatest of all time. i'm still the greatest of all time. never again make me the underdog until i'm about 50 years old. then you might get me. i'm going to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. his hands can't hit what his eyes can't see. oh, rumble, young man, rumble! >> ♪ no i won't be afraid ♪ no, i won't be afraid >> i'm not going to help nobody get something the negroes don't have. if i am going to die, i'm going to die right here, fighting you. you my opposer when i want
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freedom. you my opposer when i want justice. you my opposer when i want equality. you won't even stand up for me in america for my religious beliefs. and you want me to go somewhere and fight and you won't stand up for me at home. regardless of the world and the pressure, i made it an easy night, because allah has power other all things. if you believe in him, nothing, even george foreman will look like a baby. >> i whupped him so bad, he had to go to the hospital, and i'm still pretty. most of all i'm pretty. most fighters are ugly. i know i'm a nice-looking man. you don't have to tell me. i'm pretty. i've wrestled with alligators. i've tussled with a whale. i done handcuffed lightning and put thunder in jail. you know i'm bad. i've murdered a rock. i injured a stone. and i hospitalized a brick. i'm so bad i make medicine sick. i can drown a drink of water and kill a dead tree. wait until you see muhammad ali! >> pelley: and for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night.
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>> good evening i'm elizabeth cook. >> and i'm ken bastida. right now we are in san francisco for a big concert at chrisy field and bill clinton has 15 stops in just 7 hours. first, lest go out to joe vazquez at crissy field. >> reporter: ken, look behind me. this is the rock the vote rally for bernie sanders. dave matthews and bernie sanders himself will eventually take the stage, and people have been lining up here at crisy field. a huge show of enthusiasm and the latest polls show clinton and sanders are in a dead heat in california. sanders has spent quite a bit


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