tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS March 29, 2017 5:30pm-6:01pm PDT
their own ad campaign against islamophobia. allen and veronica will be back in 30 minutes. captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: unified on the senate side. >> i have confidence in richard burr that we together, with the members of our committee, are going to get to the bottom of this. >> pelley: the bottom of russian meddling in the u.s. election. also tonight, your internet t,ovider will soon be free to sell your browsing history. >> i.s.p.s are going to turn the creepiness up to 11. >> whenever women are diminished, the entire world is diminished with them. pu pelley: a rare public appearance by the first lady. ♪ long, long time ago i can ♪till remember how that music used to make me smile ♪ >> pelley: and slicing into american pie. >> reporter: but what was the song about? ♪ bye, bye miss american pie
this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. we've known for some time that the russians meddled in the u.s. presidential election, but today we got a chilling account of one of the tactics used. the ranking democrat on the senate intelligence commit said russia paid more than 1,000 hackers to create fake anti- clinton news. the top republican and democrat on the senate panel spoke at a news conference today, and their unity was in sharp contrast to the feuding in the parallel investigation in the house. here's jeff pegues. >> this investigation scope will go wherever the intelligence leads it. >> reporter: republican chairman richard burr said the senate usmmittee is reviewing thousands of documents. both senator burr, and the top democrat on the committee, mark warner, made a public show of unity. >> an outside foreign adversary
effectively sought to hijack our iost critical democratic process, the election of a president. and in that process, decided to favor one candidate over another. >> reporter: the senators stood in stark contrast to their counter-parts in the house. the investigation there has been stalled by partisan bickering. the ranking democrat, adam schiff, has called on republican s,airman, devin nunes, to step aside, accusing him of trying to shield the white house and distract from the investigation. >> we will not take questions on the house intelligence committee. >> reporter: the senate committee will examine whether the trump campaign coordinated with the russians who carried out a wave of cyberattacks during the election. it will also investigate whether thousands of internet trolls hired by the russians manipulated the news cycle in swing states, spreading what senator warner called fake news about hillary clinton. >> we are in a whole new realm around cyber.
>> reporter: senator burr said the investigation will be fair and impartial. >> senator burr, have you personally coordinated with the white house at all? >> no, sir, i have not. and it's the relationship and the trust we have. >> reporter: scott, both senators say that part of the urgency in getting to the bottom of what happened here are concerns that u.s. allies in europe could be facing similar russian meddling in their elections. >> pelley: jeff pegues in washington. now, jeff just mentioned that the man leading the investigation in the house, devin nunes, is accused by democrats of cooperating with the white house that he is supposed to be investigating. nunes says that he met with a secret source on the white house grounds, and today, major garrett pressed the president's spokesman for details on when and how nunes was admitted and who he met with. >> reporter: do you have any information to live up to the commitment you made here on monday to provide more details
about how that happened in a process you just told us yet again is above board and totally appropriate? >> i don't have anything for you a-- on that at this time. but, again, i don't-- >> reporter: have you looked into it? >> i have asked some preliminary questions. i have not gotten answers yet, and i think-- so, no, i don't have anything further on have anything further on that. >> reporter: are you going to continue to look into it? >> the obligation is that i would look into it and i continue to do that. >> pelley: major now joins us at the white house. major? >> reporter: the white house controls all access points, and owstaffer would have had to sign off on allowing chairman nunes to entertain compound. the press secretary could, with just one phone call, find out who cleared chairman nunes to enter the white house grounds, gain access to a secure facility, and then obtain classified information. the white house's lack of interest in publicly disclosing how nunes came to be here, who he met with and the information he obtained only deepens
democratic skepticism about nunes' motives, the impartiality of his investigation, and why this white house is so conspicuously cooperating with a lawmaker investigates it. >> pelley: in our new cbs poll elt today, half of americans hld us they believe the russians interfered with the election and most of them said it was to help mr. trump. said, "cbs this morning" cohost norah o'donnell talked to the house speaker paul ryan. >> reporter: i was just listening to the senators on the senate intelligence committee, and i know you know the leading anpublican, senator burr, who uru served with. >> sure. >> reporter: and he said, "look, this is so important what's going on." they're investigating. russia was involved in a covert operation. >> absolutely, yes. >> reporter: to interfere in our election. >> they're doing it to other countries now. ma and over in germany and france. >> yes, yes. stch mcconnell, chuck schumer, and nancy pelosi and i sent a
s tter to the secretaries of state before the election saying, "heads up. be on the watch-out. something's happening. guard your data." so we all knew this before the election. we all knew russia was trying to meddle with our election, and we already know right now they're trying to do it with other countries. so the-- the-- the world's owperpower, the american government, needs to do everything we possibly can not only to undercut what they're trying to do but to uncover what they're trying to do, and help our allies prevent this from happening. i think we have a special responsibility, given our capabilities, to make sure we help our allies guard against this meddling by russia in their elections, just like they tried to with our election. >> pelley: don't miss the rest of norah's interview with speaker ryan first thing tomorrow on "cbs this morning." >> today, president trump launched a commission to fight opoid addiction. new year's governor chris
christie will run it. last month christie signed legislation that requires companies to cover l substance abuse treatment and puts a five day limit on initial opoid prescriptions, including everett, washington, claims that its heroin crisis is fueled by the aggressive distribution and abundant supply of pain pills. kenneth craig has our report. >> reporter: everett, washington, is littered with camps like this one, filled with makeshift tents and the tools heroin addicts use to get high. >> sometimes it's really difficult to stay clean. >> reporter: social worker katlyn dowd says it's become an epidemic. hejust saw-- i mean, there's a whole trail-- needles and baggies and spoons and-- >> foils, all that stuff. so there's-- it's everywhere. >> big personality. >> reporter: debbie warfield's son, spencer, died from a heroin laerdose in 2012.
t'rfield blames oxycontin. she says that's where his addiction began. ol oxycontin and heroin has taken such a toll on our family, you know, for the rest of our lives. >> reporter: the city of everett has now filed a lawsuit against the maker of the pain killer, purdue pharma. nde lawsuit claims purdue knowingly, recklessly, and/or negligently surprised oxycontin to suspicious physicians and pharmacies and it alleges purdue monitored the illegal trafficking of its pills, knew high volumes were being distributed, and didn't share the information with law enforcement. everett's mayor ray stephanson. >> i believe it's about greed, and they need to be held accountable to make our community whole. ep reporter: purdue pharma declined our request for an interview but says it has a strong record of working with law enforcement and information its provided in some drug cases has led to convictions.
in a statement, purdue told us the lawsuit, "paints a completely flawed and inaccurate portrayal of events that led to the crisis in everett." stephanson says the lawsuit is about rebuilding his community. na they give corporations a bad name, and they've affected lives. people have died, and they need to be held accountable, and i believe they will be. >> reporter: purdue also told us they look forward to presenting the facts in court. everett's mayor says if they win any money from purdue, they'll use it for treatment programs and law enforcement, scott. >> pelley: kenneth craig for us tonight. kenneth, thank you. >> we had breaking news tonight a tragedy in texas, at least 12 people have been killed today in a crash in the texas hill country. >> i'm david begnaud on a developing story out of texas. a bus has collided head on with
a pickup truck, 14 people on board that church bus 12 are dead. photographs and video from the scene show heavy damage to the front driver's side of both vehicles. debris is scat erred on the highway. the driver of that pickup truck is transferred to the local hospital. the texas department of safety is still investigating what caused the crash. those church members belonged to first baptist church in new bronfels texas. aside from the 12 who died, three others were injured. david begnaud, cbs parts of texas and oklahoma were pounded last night by tornadoes. 100-mile-per-hour wind and hail. near oklahoma city a truck was blown off the road and a driver was killed. tear lubbock, texas, three storm leasers were killed when a vehicle ran a stop sign. there is growing concern tonight that the u.s. military may be responsible for the deaths of many dozens of civilians in the tough urban combat in mosul,
iraq. byaq's military, backed by u.s. air strikes and special operations forces, is liberating the city of one million from isis. since last fall, nearly 800 iraqi troops have been killed, 4600 wounded. david martin has been look into the civilian deaths. >> reporter: american officers have now inspected the collapsed building where upwards of 100 civilians, including women and children, were buried alive. the top u.s. commander for the middle east told congress he agrees with the on-scene assessment. >> there is a fair chance that our operations may have contributed to civilian casualties. >> reporter: but general joseph votel said a march 17 air strike which targeted an isis fighting position was not designed to bring down the entire building. >> the munition that was tployed here should not have created the effects that-- that- - that have been observed. >> reporter: one possibility is that shockwaves from the
fighting in west mosul, the heaviest urban combat since world war ii, had so weakened the structure, it could not stand another blast. but how did so many civilians end up in that building? had they gone there to take shelter or had they been herded there by isis? congresswoman and former air force pilot martha mcsally: sis sis knows that they can use human shields to avoid being hit. it's their air defense system. >> reporter: american officials hesist there has been no loosening of the rules designed to avoid civilian casualties. but late last year, the authority to approve strikes was delegated to officers closer to the battlefield. that was intended to speed up the time it takes to call in a strike, but it also reduced the number of double-checks needed before a pilot can squeeze the trigger. scott. >> pelley: david martin at the .entagon. david, thank you. coming up on the cbs evening news, the first lady takes a are turn in the spotlight. urn in the spotlight.
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>> pelley: what you do and where you go on the internet is about to become even less private. errol barnett has details on a new federal law. >> they've rolled back the biggest win in consumer privacy that i've seen in years. they've just destroyed it. ll reporter: jeremy gillula with the electronic frontier outrdation is outraged by the bill which allows your online information to be stored and sold by broadband internet service providers like at&t, tomcast, and verizon, without your consent. your browsing history, online shopping habits, even apps and g.p.s. history on your cell phone can now be up for sale. >> let's say i'm on the e-bay
website and i want to buy a new camera. >> reporter: gillula, a computer scientist, shows how your online behavior is saved. >> it's exactly what your internet provider would be able to see. right here it says, "look, jeremy is searching for a new camera." we're afraid the i.s.p. will turn the creepiness up to 11. >> republican jeff flake of arizona introduced the senate bill. >> it would be like saying let's go back to the drawing board and regulate all entities the same. t reporter: companies like google and facebook already save add sell user information. flake says singling out i.s.p.s is unfair. >> you can always opt out by contact the internet service trovider and saying you don't want your data to be sold. >> reporter: but we should note, there is currently no law yquiring i.s.p.s to allow you to opt out. the decision is up to each individual company, and, scott, these businesses know your digital footprint is worth billions of dollars to expert ad agencies. >> pelley: errol barnett, thank you.
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a long, long time ago i can still remember how that music used to make me smile ♪ >> reporter: for 45 years now... ♪ i knew if i had my chance that i could make those people dance ♪ >> reporter: ...don mclean has been singing "american pie" ♪ so bye, bye miss american pie drove my chevy to the levy but the levy was dry ♪ >> reporter: and for nearly as long, people have been trying to pin him down on its meaning. but what was the song about? >> the song is about an american dream of some sort. ♪ if you believe in rock 'n' roll ♪ >> reporter: set against the 1959 plane crash that took the life of buddy holly, ritchie valens, and the big bopper, "american pie" was an eight a half minute consideration of the utcade that followed. ow it was different because of the kind of song it was, the ngngth of the song, and it entertained people, i think, on a number of levels. >> reporter: the most enduring
level is mclean's collection of lyrics, a long life of opaque llusions to the bold-faced names of the 1960s. >> there was a lot of stuff going on in the song. >> reporter: a lot. >> yeah. >> reporter: while there have been college courses taught on the lyrics of "american pie"... the man who constructed the song wants nothing to do with its deconstruction. but the quartet practicing in the park, that's not the beatles? >> no. >> reporter: oh, don. bere's a lot of people who are going to be heartbroken. >> it might be. ♪ bye, bye miss american pie >> reporter: don mclean will be singing the song the rest of his tife. have you ever performed a concert in the last 45 years where you haven't sung "american pie"? >> no. >> reporter: because they'd riot.
>> they wouldn't like it ♪ i was a lonely teenaged bronckin' buck ♪ with a pink carnation and a pickup truck ♪ >> reporter: but that doesn't mean he has to clear up any questions about... ♪ the day the music died >> reporter: the day the music died. for him, that's reason will song will live forever. jim axelrod, cbs news, new york. >> pelley: once pressed for the meaning of "american pie," don mclean said, "it means i'll never have to work again." that's all for us tonight. good night.
across california.. but it comes at price to you and me.. good evening, let's be clear, our roads suck. >> fixing the streets, a bold new plan to repair roads across california. but it comes at a price to us. good evening, i'm allen martin. >> i'm elizabeth cook. new taxes could soon be in place. kpixkpix 5's juliette goodrich on the proposed plan. >> reporter: somewhere along the road down the road we're going to pay for it whether it comes in the form of taxes or whether it comes in the form of repairs to our cars because of the bad roads. hours after chopper 5 spotted yet another chewed up bay area road, this time on redwood road in castro valley, we heard this from the speaker of the state
assembly. >> for decades the roads have been worse and money drying up. the roads suck. >> reporter: today governor jerry brown made it clear you get what you pay for when it comes to the state's streets, highways and bridges. >> this is like fixing the roof on your house. if you don't fix the leak your furniture will be ruined. your rug will be destroyed. the wood will rot. that's what it's all about. so step up and take care of business. that's what this bill is all about. [ applause and cheers ] >> reporter: but it comes with a price to us all. it would mean a 12-cent per gallon gas tax increase on an existing 18-cent excise tax on gas. and vehicle fees would go up $48 based on the value of the car. electric cars would pay $100 extra every year since they don't pay any gas taxes. all this to generate $5 billion annually for road repairs. >> i'm okay with paying a little