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captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: no evidence from the white house. the president offers no proof to back up his claim that he was wiretapped by president obama. also tonight, republicans announce their long-awaited replacement for obamacare. the travel ban take two. >> with this order president trump is exercising his rightful authority to keep our people safe. >> pelley: and in our climate diaries we join the hunt at the bottom of the world. >> this hunt isn't about killing whales. it's about trying to save them. this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. today the president was out of
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sight after he insisted over the weekend that his phones had been tapped by president obama. president trump offered no basis for four twitter posts on saturday. they included, "how low has president obama gone to tap my phones during the very sacred election process? this is nixon, watergate, bad or sick guy." spelling and punctuation are the president's. the claim, which mr. trump described as a fact, was repudiated by the f.b.i. director and the former director of national intelligence. since his inauguration, mr. trump has continually stamped rumors with the seal of the president, including millions of illegal votes for hillary clinton, terror attacks no one knows about, and describing the news media as "a great danger to our country." but today the wiretap claims seem to cross a line. democrats and republicans called
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on mr. trump to provide evidence. margaret brennan leads our coverage. >> i have recused myself. >> reporter: it began with attorney general jeff sessions' decision thursday to recuse himself from any investigation of russian meddling during the campaign after revelations he spoke twice with russia's ambassador to the u.s. last year. >> mr. president, do you still have confidence in your attorney general? >> total. >> reporter: mr. trump strongly disagreed with the attorney general's decision. that same day, conservative radio host mark levin accused the obama administration of using what he called "police state tactics. >> the incredible scandal is the obama administration was investigating top officials in the trump campaign, maybe even trump himself, during the course of the election. >> reporter: breitbart, formally run by stephen bannon, also published those claims on friday. then early saturday morning president trump posted four tweets.
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"terrible. just found out that obama had my wires tapped in trump tower just before the victory." a spokesman for president obama called the accusation false and said, "neither president nor obama nor any white house official ever ordered surveillance on any u.s. citizen." james clapper, the former director of national intelligence told nbc that no such warrant existed. >> i can deny it. >> reporter: yesterday the white house in a statement called for congress to investigate. today adviser kellyanne conway said the president was basing his statement on a variety of sources. >> and the president, based on his information and belief has said that he was surveilled. we appreciate the fact that the intelligence committee in the house and senate may, in fact, combine their investigations or expand them to include this. >> reporter: scott, the white house refused to say whether the president privately consulted advisers or president obama about these serious allegations before publicly posting them on his twitter feed. >> pelley: the white house
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describing this as the president's belief but offer no proof. margaret brennan at the white house. well, if mr. trump's phone were tapped, a warrant from a federal judge would have been required for either a criminal investigation or a counterintelligence case. the judges who rule on intelligence warrants sit on a secret court called fisa, named for the foreign intelligence surveillance act. jeff pegues continues our coverage. >> reporter: law enforcement sources say f.b.i. director james comey was angered by the president's twitter posts. he took the unusual step of asking the justice department to publicly refute the claims, but so far d.o.j. hasn't acted. >> we don't know how president trump knows any of this. >> reporter: cbs news contributor fran townsend led the justice department's fisa unit. she believes comey is still rebuilding confidence in the bureau of its handling of the clinton private e-mail server investigation.
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>> i think director comey has learned his lesson from the end of the presidential campaign that his making public statements about investigations has not gone very well, so it's natural that he would seek to have the justice department refute this. >> reporter: the relationship between the intelligence community, including the f.b.i. and the trump white house has been strained. just last month it was the f.b.i. that declined a request from the white house to push back on reports that there were constant contacts between trump associates and russian operatives. the f.b.i. counterintelligence division is investigating those communications. several trump associates are under scrutiny, including former national security adviser mike flynn, one-time campaign chairman paul manafort, foreign policy adviser carter page, and adviser roger stone. >> the likelihood that there is a counterintelligence investigation by the f.b.i. against one or more of those individuals that could, in fact,
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support a request by the court for a fisa warrant i think is pretty good. >> reporter: in order to listen in on their conversations, the justice department must provide a federal judge with enough evidence to warrant a wiretap. scott, the president cannot legally order the surveillance. >> pelley: jeff pegues for us tonight. in other news today, the president signed a new travel ban to replace the one that touched off chaos at airports until a federal appeals court shut it down. six predominantly muslim nations are targeted but now iraq is off the list. we have more from jan crawford. >> this revised order will bolster the security of the united states and her allies. >> reporter: secretary of state rex tillerson called the ban vital to strengthening america's security. >> to our allies and partners around the world, please understand, this order is part of our ongoing efforts to
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eliminate vulnerabilities that radical islamist terrorists will exploit for destructive ends. >> reporter: the new order represents a sharp contrast from the president's first effort both in substance and its rollout. signed in january in front of cameras to take effect immediately, it caused chaos in airports and concerns about civil liberties. federal courts quickly blocked it. for today's signing, the white house only released a official photograph while tillerson, attorney general jeff sessions, and head of homeland security john kelly laid out the rationale for the new order, which will take effect in ten days. >> there should be no surprises in the media or on capitol hill. >> reporter: the ban temporarily bars new visas from six countries for 90 days while the administration reviews vetting procedures. it does not include iraq. unlike the first order, it also does not apply to lawful permanent residents or people
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from those countries who currently hold valid visas. it also suspends for 120 days the nation's refugee program, not indefinitely as the original order did for syrian refugees. and it does not include the provision that would have prioritized christian immigrants from affected countries. but critics say it still amounts to a muslim ban and they will challenge it in court. critics also say it doesn't target countries like saudi arabia, which was home to most of the 9/11 hijackers. but, scott, the white house says the six countries in the order are either state sponsors of terrorism or have lost control to terrorist groups like isis or al qaeda. >> pelley: jan crawford, thanks. in his address last tuesday, mr. trump said the vast majority of individuals convicted of terrorism and terrorism-related offenses since 9/11 came here from outside of our country, and the attorney general repeated that today. but it turns out the facts tell
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a different story. a study by fordham university school of law says 78% of isis- related prosecutions in the u.s. involve american citizens, and 53% of al qaeda related cases involve people born in the u.s. now to breaking news. late today republicans released details of their long-awaited replacement plan for obamacare. and nancy cordes is following this. nancy? >> reporter: scott, lawmakers across the capitol tonight are pouring through this 66 page bill that was just released by republican leaders. and some key details are still missing am but here's what we can tell you. the bill would provide tax credits to help americans buy insurance. full credits would go to individuals making under 75,000 a year or families making under 150, and the credits would begin to taper off for people making
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more than that. now how generous are these tax credit? how do they compare to obamacare's tax credits? that i can't tell you because the congressional aide who were briefing reporters wouldn't say. there would be a freeze in enrollment in medicaid and a cap on medicaid grants to states. no taxpayer funds, they tell us, would go to plans that cover abortion. now comes the hard part, in addition to figuring out some of these numbers. they're also going to have to convince republicans across the spectrum, all ready tonight four gop senators have put out a statement saying that they are worried that the plan doesn't provide enough stability and certainty for individuals and families who are in the medicaid expansion program. then there are other republicans who are going to argue that this plan is too generous. that it is essentially obamacare like. and so scott this is just the first step in what is going to be a very intense battle. >> pelley: nancy cordes on
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capitol hill. a great deal more about this on cbs this morning tomorrow. >> tonight, the battle to liberate iraq's second largest city from isis has reached a critical stage. iraqi troops backed by u.s. air strikes and american special operations forces are moving into the western part of mosul. holly williams is there. #r. >> reporter: isis is-- pounded by iraqi mortars. as brig deer general-- can smell victory. he estimate there are only around 2,000 isis-- left in the city. >> how many. >> they don't have a chance. >> they don't have a chance. >> no. >> it has taken four months of bloody fighting to get here. 350 yards from an isis position where extremists were burning tires today to try to hide their location. the u.s. military is also now inside mosul.
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this camera shy marine special operations team was 600 yards from the front line. with their backs to the wall, isis militants were sniping at iraqi soldiers. and deploying their favorite weapon, suicide car bombs laden with explosives and shielded with homemade armour. the general's men stopped this car bomber three days ago with a rocket-propelled grenade. his blackened corps is still sprawled on inn the dirt. >> how many people can you kill with one of these suicide car bombs. >> if they are outside, in an open area t will kill more than ten. 50 injured. >> six days ago the fighting was in the street where 12 year old girl and her younger brother live with their parents. >> we couldn't even come to the door, she told us. we all hid in one corner. children who don't flinch at the sound of gunfire in a city
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smashed beyond recognition. it's the price they're paying here in iraq to defeat isis. holly williams, cbs news. >> pelley: as he left office, president obama warned president trump that the most immediate foreign threat is nuclear-armed north korea. today the north launched several missiles in what it called a simulation of an attack on u.s. military bases in japan. david martin is at the pentagon. >> reporter: at first u.s. satellites detected only one launch. later analysts concluded north korea had actually fired five medium range missiles simultaneously. one failed in the first minute, the other four flew to their maximum range of 600 miles, landing about 200 miles off the coast of japan. these were not nuclear capable missiles and not very accurate. but they were relatively small and mobile. and caught u.s. intelligence by surprise.
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and they were fired in a barrage intended to overwhelm a missile defense system. it's not the first time. last september north korea launched three missiles in rapid succession and released a video to prove it. this latest test occurred just as the u.s. and south korea were beginning two months of annual military exercises. north korea always reacts angrily and u.s. officials expect to see more missile launches in response. over the past three years, the u.s. has used cyberattacks and electronic warfare in an attempt to disrupt north korean missile tests. but officials said they had only limited success in part because north korea's use of mobile miss ills has increased their ability to conduct tests with little or no warning. north korea has always been considered a rogue nation but a pentagon official told cbs news, quote, there is definitely a sense that its current leader kim jungun rises to a new level
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of irrationality and unpredict ability. and that has caused great concern. scott? >> pelley: david martin at the pentagon. coming up next on the cbs evening news, the philadelphia soda tax. sales fizz el and so do jobs. later, scientists on the trail of the killer whale. ssolving the instant it touches your tongue.
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>> reporter: brockway claims soda sales have fallen 45% since the tax was imposed. pepsico plans to lay off at least 80 workers. philadelphia's 1.5 cent per ounce sugar distribution tax is one of the highest in the country. a typical 12 pack of 12-ounce cans before the tax was $5.58 is now $7.74. 20 ounce soda is now up 30 cents to $2.18. brockway says if the tax goes away, the jobs will come back. is it a political game? we are certainly not using this as a game or a fear-mongering tactic. this is reality. >> this is the beginning of the process. >> reporter: but philadelphia mayor jim kenney says politics are at play. >> talk about using their employees as pawns. i always thought they sunk to a low, but this is a new low. >> reporter: kenney says the city has taken in nearly $6 million from the tax to help pay for pre-k programs and hire around 250 people.
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>> especially kids living in struggling neighborhoods, they need this help, they need this connection and we're not going to let them down. >> reporter: philadelphia's one of several cities to pass a sugar tax recently. scott, chicago will become the largest city to do so come july 1st. and the beverage industry is warning of job losses there, as well. >> pelley: demarco morgan, thanks. up next, a sharp reaction to ben carson's remarks about slavery. ben carson's remarks about slavery. and clearer skin. this is my body of proof that i can take on psoriatic arthritis with humira. humira works by targeting and helping to block a specific source of inflammation that contributes to both joint and skin symptoms. it's proven to help relieve pain, stop further joint damage, and clear skin in many adults. humira is the #1 prescribed biologic for psoriatic arthritis.
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this hunt, though, isn't about killing whales. it's about trying to save them. >> one of the reasons we study top predators is to understand the health of the ecosystem that helps support them. >> reporter: an ecosystem that is changing. john durban and holly fearnbach, modern whale hunters, using modern gear, a camera mounted on a drone to give the whales a health check-up. and finding some are in trouble. >> she's very, very thin. you can see her ribs really clearly. she's lost all of the fat along her entire body. >> you're looking at a dying whale. >> and she has a dependent offspring. once the female dies, she will lose her calf. >> reporter: it's too early to know why it's happening, but the prime suspect, antarctica is warming up. >> there is a problem with fewer seals. >> less ice, fewer seals, is that a leap? >> reporter: holly and john have had to cobble this process
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together. she works for a marine animal welfare organization called sr3. he works for noaa fisheries. they get transportation in antarctica the with lindblad. >> this is the seventh year in a row we've conducted research. >> reporter: and it's the long- term commitment that's important. >> we're studying animals that live as long as we do. to understand them and get enough opportunities with them, it takes multiple years. >> reporter: right now, though, even the short-term commitment is in doubt. mark phillips, cbs news, antarctica. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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ads-up to get kpix5 news begins at 6:00 with word that people in the south bay should have gotten word to get out before flooding. it turns out san jose has access to technology to send out text alerts to everyone. good evening i'm veronica de la cruz. >> and i'm ken bastida. so why didn't the city use it? >> we received no warning, no notice or anything that we have the flood coming in. >> reporter: that's because the city of san jose relied on an emergency system to antiquated that it guaranteed that folks were not warmed before the catastrophic floods. >> there's no doubt that the system failed and we need to
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fix that. >> reporter: they have technology that requires you to sign up before receiving that very same information on your cell phone. >> there's limitation to the systems, that has historically limitations to the system that does require volunteer registration process. we've done a number of things to try to increase the number of registration. >> reporter: in a county of nearly 2 million, only 58,000 have signed up. that's less than 3%. the city could have sent a warning using the federal warning system the same one used for advisories. it would have reached people's cell phones whether or not they signed up but the city never asked and the message was never sent. >> thousands of our residents have more than frustrated they're angry. and they have every right to be angry. the warning system that was in place was not adequate. >> reporter: in san jose, devin feeley. new at 6:00, a bay area family filing

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