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>> no. >> we didn't bring them. >> you're on your own. >> have fun! ♪[ music ] captioning funded by cbs good morning it our viewers in the west. thursday, may 11th, 2017. welcome to "cbs this morning." former fbi director james comey sends a farewell letter to agents urging them to continue upholding the constitution. conflicting stories emerge about what led to his firing. we'll talk to white house spokeswoman sarah huckabee sanders. vladimir putin tells cbs news moscow had nothing to do with comey's firing. we'll talk to elizabeth palmer about her rinkside chat with the russian president. >> what wit ill take to stop nearly 30 billion robo calls a year. the new fcc chairman offers his plan to fight the number one consumer complaint. >> we begin with today's "eye
opener," your world in 90 seconds. because he wasn't doing a good job. very simply. he was not doing a good job. >> questions swirl around the firing of james comey. >> this is an effort by the trump administration and the president himself to thwart or undermine this investigation. >> he encouraged them to complete this investigation. there's no evidence of collusion. let's put it behind us and move on. >> that's nonsense. the investigation is barely beginning. >> this is a moment where the russians are coming. >> there is no getting through to these tin foil hat conspiracy liberals on the left. they're detached from reality. >> a controversial monument coming down in new orleans. the city is removing statute of confederate president jefferson davis. >> people are very angry and i think it split the city apart. >> education secretary betsy devos getting a chilly reception during a commencement ceremony.
>> if this behavior continues your degrees will be mailed to you. violent protests rage on in venezuela as the country struggles with a deepening economic crisis. >> construction of an italian rail line gets derailed by a massive train collapse. >> all that. >> incredible rescue from china. >> motorcyclist crashing into a truck catching fire lives to tell about it. >> and all that matters. >> how will the firing of james comey affect u.s. russia relations? >> one on one with putin rinkside. >> the question looks very funny for me. don't be angry with me. we have nothing to do with it. >> on "cbs this morning." >> keep your eyes on anderson cooper. look closely. >> thanks for the trip down memory lane. i was on your show often last fall saying we were going to win michigan and how we were going to do it. that was fun. here's what happened today. >> let's watch it again. >> so many americans are feeling that exact emotion that today,
apple added this to the iphone. >> this morning's "eye opener" is presented by toyota. let's go places. welcome to "cbs this morning." president trump and the white house are still working to explain the president's firing of fbi director james comey. comey himself is telling friends and former colleagues not to get worked up about it. in a letter obtained by cbs news comey says i have long believed that a president can fire an fbi director for any reason or for no reason at all. he also said the american people should see the fbi as a rock of competence, honesty, and independence. >> sources confirm to cbs news that comey had asked the deputy attorney general for more resources to help the fbi investigation of russian interference in the election. the justice department denies that. margaret brennan is at the white house.
good morning. >> good morning. well comey's misstatements to congress last week and his comment that he was made nauseous by the idea he tipped the election did not endear him to president trump. and that was just the latest irritant in a relationship already troubled by his refusal to back up the president's wiretapping claims. pack at his virginia home on wednesday, former director comey sent a message of encouragement to fbi colleagues following his abrupt dismissal. i'm not going to spend time on the decision or the way it was executed. i hope you won't either. it's done. i will be fine. asked why he fired comey president trump gave a terse reply. >> because he wasn't doing a good job. he was not doing a good job. >> reporter: the oval office meeting with henry kissinger surprised reporters. they expected to see russian foreign minister sergey lavrov.
the press wasn't allowed in for that meeting. our only glimpse from these photos posted by the russian government showing mr. trump smiling and chatting with lavrov, and ambassador sergey kislyak at the center of the firestorm that led to former national security adviser mike flynn's ouster. the meeting with the russian diplomats had been arranged at the request of vladimir putin. beforehand lavrov feigned surprise at the news of comey's surprising. >> was he fired? you're kidding? you're kidding? >> the white house admitted wednesday that the president had long been considering ousting comey. deputy attorney general rod rosenstein and attorney general jeff sessions met with the president monday. they discussed comey's recent stumbles during capitol hill testimony and recommended his firing. the white house says that the president told rosenstein to put his concerns in a memo released tuesday that cited comey's handling of the hillary clinton e-mail investigation as grounds for dismissal. rosenstein on the job just two
weeks is a trump appointee, confirmed with broad bipartisan support. gayle, he's now at the center of this controversy. margaret thank you. comey's firing has democrats demanding a special prosecutor investigate any links between the trump campaign and russia. president trump calls the democrats' response a disgrace and posted a video on twitter showing how they also wanted comey to go. >> i think it would not be a bad thing for the american people if he did step down. >> do you believe james comey should resign, senator reid? >> of course. >> did you want to see him gone? >> so it's absolutely true that democrats have been very critical of james comey and many of us did call for his resignation. >> democrats insist there are too many unanswered questions about the firing. nancy cordes is on capitol hill where comey's temporary replacement has arrived. nancy, good morning. >> good morning. his name is andrew mccabe. he's now the acting fbi director. and he's testifying here before
the senate intelligence committee in a hearing that has just gotten under way in the place of james comey. now the official title of this hearing is worldwide threats. it's a long-planned hearing. inevitably senators are going to want to talk about what has become the latest partisan flashpoint. >> director comey kind of became an shissue himself so it's with the president's authority and role to do this. >> reporter: republican leaders standing by the president's move. >> so we have now, mr. president, democratic colleagues complaining about the removal of an fbi director whom they themselves repeatedly and sharply criticized. >> reporter: in the face of a deafening drum beat from democrats. >> it is time for a special prosecutor. >> special prosecutor. >> a special prosecutor. >> republicans can call for a special prosecutor to be appointed that will not be able to be fired by this president. >> reporter: democrats argue everything about comey's firing was unorthodox, from the way he
was informed. >> the president's one page letter was xlooelcompletely biz >> reporter: to the timing. >> you can't fire the investigator when he's investigating your administration. >> reporter: they found an ally in the republican chairman of the intelligence committee. >> the timing and the reasons for this decision did -- made little sense to me and i don't think i've heard anything since last night that would clarify that in any way. >> reporter: richard burr insists a special prosecutor would only get in the way of the investigation he's already conducting. he and his democratic counterpart have asked comey to meet with their committee next week in a closed session. >> i think james comey ought to have if not his day in court at least his day on the hill to be able to lay out his side of the case. >> reporter: before this hearing this morning the senate intelligence committee announced that it had issued its first spooen for documents belonging to the fired nsa michael flynn. these are documents that he has refused to hand over and some
members of this committee, norah, even joked that perhaps the newly fired james comey might make a great investigator for this committee as it continues its work looking into the russia connection. >> all right. we'll see about that. thank you so much. inside fbi headquarters the acting director is pushing agents to focus on their work. andrew mccabe has taken over the russia investigation as comey's replacement. president trump met with mccabe for a second time yesterday to discuss the bureau. there are reports that morale has take an hit after comey's firing. jeff pegues outside fbi headquarters in washington, good morning. >> good morning. the white house isn't waste anything time. it is moving quickly to find an interim fbi director until the president chooses comey's permanent replacement. the firing stunned the fbi which is right in the midst of this russia investigation. one of the most important in its history. acting director andrew mccabe at least one of five people who have been interviewed at the
justice department for the job of interim director of the nib. according to sources, the way comey found out about his dismissal surprised some inside the bureau. he was visiting the los angeles field office talking with agents when news reports flashed on tv screens that he had been fired. many field agents also received the news through the media. >> he was no longer had the confidence of the president or the rest of the fbi. >> reporter: some bureau agents and employees tell cbs news they took issue with spokesperson sarah huckabee sanders' claim that comey lost the confidence of rank and file fbi employees. timothy murphy a former deputy director of the fbi. >> director comey was well liked by the employees. you may have had a number of employees in the organization that may have disappeared greed with his approach and handling of the e-mail investigation but he built up a lot of goodwill in the fbi about the way he treated people, respect for the employees of the organization. >> reporter: law enforcement sources tell cbs news the fbi
russia investigation had been picking up speed in recent weeks. fbi agents in the u.s. and overseas have been intensely focusing on following the money. trying to identify who might have paid hackers involved in russia's campaign to interfere in the 2016 election. murphy says a change at the top should not affect any ongoing investigations. >> the bureau will carry on its mission like they have for the last 100 years. i have great confidence in that leadership in the bureau and they will be working together to keep the fbi intact. >> reporter: but whoever president trump chooses to permanently lead the fbi, can influence any investigation by adding or pulling resources and that's why the firing this week set off alarms here in washington, not only on capitol hill, but in the halls of the fbi as well. charlie? >> thanks, jeff. white house deputy press secretary sarah huckabee sanders is in washington. good morning.
>> good morning. great to be with you guys. >> let me begin with a yes or no. will the president visit the fbi building and talk to the agents today or tomorrow? >> i believe that it's very likely that that takes place some time in the next few days. >> can you tell me whether the deputy attorney general threatened to resign because he felt like he was being used in the search for an explanation for the firing? >> i'm not aware of any conversation that took place about that. what i do know is that this was an action that the president took, that the president wanted to take, and frankly had been considering since november. >> let me ask you, you said specifically yesterday, that it was the deputy attorney general's memo that left the president with quote/unquote no choice but to fire comey. is the explanation different today? >> not at all. i think that the president, this was something frankly after wednesday's testimony, he was very engaged on and certainly i think had been pushed to the point where he was ready to make
that decision. he had a conversation on monday with the attorney general and the deputy attorney general and asked them for their thoughts, their feedback. they laid out a lot of the reasons that you see reflected in that memo. but this was certainly something that the president had been, again, considering since he had been elected back in november. there was a consistent erosion of confidence by the president and director comey's ability to do this job. >> there's still questions about the explanation that the white house is giving. "the wall street journal" is reporting this morning that the former attorney general was receiving daily updates on the russia investigation and that furth further for comey was concerned about information showing potential evidence of collusion. is that why he was fired? >> not at all. once again, i think we laid it out very clearly yesterday, and again, a lot of process of this, the director took steps that
basically went around the chain of command within the department of justice. his testimony last week was all over the place. he had to issue corrections. when you become a bigger distraction than you are able to carry out your job as director comey had been, inning it's time for us to move forward and look for somebody that better fits that role. >> he was poor at communications and that's why he was fired? >> that's not the only reason. let's not forget that there was a near uprising after comey from members of the fbi, this isn't just about the president losing confidence, the rank and file members within the fbi had lost confidence in the director as had a lot of -- >> you know that's being disputed by cbs news -- >> on both sides of the aisle. >> sarah, that's disputed by cbs news in terms of the conversations they've had with the fbi. i've heard that from a number of people both former agents and others. that there was not that significant dissension. >> well we've heard from quite a few from our side as well. again, this is something both
democrats and republicans on both sides of the aisle had been questioning whether director comey should be in that job. i find it quite interesting that a lot of people that are attacking the president for the decision he made this week, were the very people demanding that this decision be made several months ago. >> how do you convince the country that there is not a constitutional crisis coming up and this had nothing to do with the russian probe of which the attorney general has recused himself? you have to convince the country that's the challenge you have. >> look, any investigation that was taking place on monday is still taking place today. nothing has changed. >> you support that and -- and the fbi director's request for more funds to carry out that investigation? >> i'm not aware of any request for additional funds. that's something you would have to ask the department of justice. what i am aware of is that any investigation that was taking place has not stopped. frankly, we're ready for those things to go forward and come to their full completion so we can
all move on and we'll continue to see because we're extremely confident that when this comes to conclusion that everyone will continue to see what they've been seeing and saying for the last 11 months, there was no collusion between the president and russia. >> why not appoint a special prosecutor to make sure that everybody is satisfied there was no collusion here? take it away from any kind of partisan conflict and give a special prosecutor the authority to discover all the facts? >> it's not necessary. you have groups looking into this, the house committees, the senate committees, deputy attorney general through the fbi, there are already looking at this. i don't think that it's necessary to bring another individuals. >> why not have an independent counsel and prosecutor who can handle this -- >> they can come at this from both sides. house and senate members democrats and republicans looking at this. >> sarah huckabee sanders thank you for joining us this morning. >> thank you for having me. new orleans overnight removed a second of four confederate monuments in the
city. crews took down a statute of jefferson davis. police flooded the area to separate the rival protesters. michele is at the site where the monument stood more than a century. good morning. >> bear witness to an action conceived two years ago after the rashly motivated -- racially motivated shootings of nine people in south carolina. that state removed its most visible symbols of the confederacy, a tougher task for this city to do so. this morning, crews dismantled the statute of confederate president jefferson davis removing it from the spot it stood more than a century. >> these particular monuments were put up by a particular group of people for a particular purpose. >> and the purpose is? >> well the purpose was to whitewash history and to tell a sanitized version of the confederacy. >> reporter: the monuments built to memmalize robert e lee,
jefferson davis and p.t. beauregard in the years followed the civil -- following the civil war. >> they're not necessarily heros of mine or anybody. >> reporter: still businessman frank stewart took out a two-page ad in a local newspaper advocating the statute should remain. stewart did back the removal several weeks ago of the liberty it monument. a monolith celebrating an ann ti police riot by white supremacists in 1874. >> they're part of history and i don't think that anybody should have the privilege of changing history. history is truth. >> reporter: many are on the sidelines watching the heated rhetoric. nghana lewis is an associate professor of a african-american studies at tulane university. >> it is primarily our inability to have honest dialog about race. >> will these monuments being taken down, make a difference? >> if we're not going to commit to the dialog it's not going to
make a difference. >> reporter: just yesterday, a judge denied the latest effort stall the removal of these statutes on the grounds that at least one of them wasn't owned by the city. the mayor called that a hail mary pass that didn't work. >> such an interesting debate there. thank you so much. education secretary betsy devos is responding to students who booed during her commentment address in florida. many graduates turned their backs on devos yesterday at bethune-cookman university. they were upset because earlier this year devos caused an uproar when she called his her toically black university pioneers in school choice. after yesterday's speech devos respects people who attended including those who demonstrated their disagreement. our elizabeth palmer spoke to russian president vladimir putin about the sudden firing of james comey. ahead, why putin,,
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elizabeth palmer about how she got the interview with crews are looking into two fires in brentwood. this is a kpix 5 morning update. >> good morning, it's 7:26. i'm kenny choi. crews are looking into two separate car fires in brentwood. they happened only minutes apart around 3:30 this morning. the first one was on hollow brook court and the second was on highland way. it's unclear what sparked the fires. it is "bike to work" day. energizer stations will be set up throughout the bay area. it's estimated about 62,000 people use their bikes as their primary way to get to work. stay with us, traffic and weather in just a moment. ,,,,,,
lower deck. speeds below 20 miles per hour. traffic is backed up along northbound one. so give yourself some extra time if you are heading there. still a very slow ride as you make your way across the bay bridge. and there's our friend the spider. we are in the red 45-minute ride from the maze into downtown san francisco. brian? >> that's why they call it a webcam. they build a little house out there! overcast today. a look at the bay bridge it's cloudy from san francisco down along the shoreline. here's why. low pressure in the gulf of alaska and cold ocean temperature means that we have a chilly sea breeze that is keeping us no warmer than the mid-60s today. 10 degrees below average for parts of the bay area. 66 for livermore today, 68 in san jose. forecast "stratus quo." low clouds in the morning, more sun for friday and saturday and then a chance of rain tuesday. ,,,,,,,, et by comey's
firing. another contentious town hall meeting. >> my question to you, how long are you and your fellow republicans going defend this american nightmare? you, mitch mcconnell. come on. open your eyes. >> folks, i didn't come here to defend our president tonight. came to answer your questions, and i hear all of the angst in
this room, but -- but -- but when i drive across the pine barrens, there will be people that totally disagree with you. totally. >> that was representative tom mccar thursday who was drowned out by constituents. he played a key role in gets health care passed. his town hall lasted nearly five hours. i give him a lot of kudos. that's dmork in action, hearing from the people you represent. the firing of james comey sent shock waves around world, particularly in russia. cbs correspondent elizabeth palmer got a rare chance to speak with president putin. she's there talking with him before he plays hockey. it's an interview you'll see
only on "cbs this morning." good morning. >> reporter: good morning. we were in the town of sochi where the russian olympics were held just as the president prepared to play in russian hockey. >> reporter: russian president vladimir putin came down the hall, game face on, the make a political point. >> how will the firing of james comey affect u.s./russia relations? >> translator: there will be no effect. don't be angry with me. he's acting in accordance with his competence and in accordance with his law and constitution. what about us? why we?
you see i. going play hockey. >> reporter: president putin plays a good defensive game of hockey on the ice and on the stage. in this case, it's a charm iing defense. also there, the controversial russian ambassador sergey kislyak whose contact with the trump team were being investigated by the fbi under the now james comey. back at the hockey rink, kremlin spokesman led us off to a back room to insist one more time that russia has been unfairly blamed for meddling in u.s. affairs. this cloud of suspicion around russia and russia's intentions has just got thicker. how do you repair your reputation? >> well, actually we are extremely sorry about that. some political finglitolitical
stagts and other countries around the world, they have all of a sudden chosen a way of earning domestic political points by creating an external threat. >> reporter: the high-level diplomatic contact between the trump administration and them continue tofrmtd secretary rex tillerson is in alaska. kremlin already this morning has said it's cautiously optimistic about u.s./russian relations in light of the last 24 hours. gayle? >> elizabeth, it's always fascinating to see because we don't usually get this story. >> we were here to speak with the russian spokesman. he was here because he was playing in the hockey tournament. we asked if we could pose a question to the president and they said yes.
they physically positioned us where i could approach him when he came onto the ice. this was carefully thought out. russia wanted to send a message to the united states. >> ca >> carefully thought out indeed. in fact, it was president putin who asked president trump to invite sergey lavrov to the meeting which is on the front pages of newspapers all aunld around the world. what do you think the hope is? >> they want to be seen as partners with the united states. it would be very popular here in russia, and the endgame, of course, is to get those sanctions lifted as soon as possible. >> elizabeth palmer in sochi,
russia. thank you. there's been an interesting piece ow how much of it could have been. koit vuld be a security breach. >> you could have inserted a listening bug. >> having covered a number of white houses, usual only white house photographer takes a photo and white house decides which picture to put out. it sends a message around the world and this time the russians got it first. here's look at other headlines. "new york times" ports president trump made a phone call to the new south korean president. they pledged cooperation. they agreed to hold a summit in washington at the earliest opportunity. >> the "hartford courant" reports that aetna will be pulling out of two states where
it's been selling obamacare health plans. that's delaware. they project they will lose hypothesize $200 million. it lost over 700,000 members from 2016. the olympian in washington state reports rick perry is investigating the tunnel collapse. workers began filling a hole. the hole was discovered yesterday. officials say there was no release of radiation and no one was hurt. robocalls are the number one federal complaint. ahe ahead, the chaerman shares the latest efforts to crack down on nearly call as year. we invite you to download the cbs podcast.
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called spoofing when scammers make it appear as if robocalls to others are coming from your phone, making actual scammers nearly impossible to track. >> it's frustrating. there's nothing you can do to prevent yourself from being a victim to this spoofing. >> why is it taking all of these people, the government and the companies so long to fix this? >> it's exceptionally complicated. >> new fcc chairman says tackling those scams is a top priority. >> it's our number one area of consumer complaints. >> is robocalls. >> row bowl calls. they're up 2.5 billion. >> this is susan from credit car release. >> last year the s.e.c. had a report. in a report last month the group said it's working toward fixes
like developing a standard authentication technology to verify exactly where calls come from. that's currently not possible since any call can go through multiple networks. do you have a deadline for >> we certainly want them to work as quickly as possible. some are difficult because it's highly technical areas. >> do you think this problem will get solved without significant pressure from the government? >> so far, no. >> tim marvin is with the consumers union which started a campaign two years ago to get the phone company to stop robocalls. >> they have made small technolodge cool progress but it isn't enough. >> in fact, former chairman said last year they should offer phone blocking services now at no cost.
>> will you insist that they offer free blocking for consumers. >> that's what we're open to doing. >> you say open. >> there are questions of legal thought that we're working out. in some cases we don't necessarily have the authority to mandate something but from a consumer perspective, i think it's a good idea. >> whatever the hurdles, peter clark said companies should be doing more. >> you know rng you see all these line items for fees, fees, fees. i would assume i'm paying the companies to implement fixes. >> the s.e.c. is considering a proposal to block companies they know are unassigned, but, of course, that might encourage more spoofing of numbers that people actually use. right now several call blocking apps are available. you might be able to reduce the
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california governor jerry brown is planning to reveal his revised state budget proposal later this morning. it w good morning, it's 7:56. i'm michelle griego. california governor jerry brown is planning to reveal his revised state budget proposal later this morning. it will launch a five-week sprint to the finish line for state lawmakers who face a june 15 deadline to pass the budget. tomorrow is car flag friday in honor of the golden state warriors. you can get a free flag at the warriors team store at oracle or in walnut creek. they are also available at dunk contest stores in san mateo and burlingame but only while supplies last. stay with us, traffic and weather in just a moment. ,,,,,,,,
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♪ good morning to our viewers in the west. it is thursday, may 11, 2017. welcome back to "cbs this morning." ahead, we'll talk with republican senator rand paul about the firing of james comey and what he thinks about the russia investigation. but first, here's today's "eye opener" at 8:00. >> comey comments that he was nauseous by the idea he tipped the election, did not endear him to president trump. >> acting fbi director testifying here before the senate intelligence committee in the place of james comey. >> the firing stunned the fbi which is right in the midst of this russia investigation. one of the most important in its history. >> how do you convince the country that there is not a constitutional crisis coming up and that this had nothing to do
with the russian probe? that's the challenge you have. >> any investigation that was taking place on monday is still taking place today. >> always interesting to see an interview with vladimir putin. how did you get this story? >> after a little back and forth it positioned us where i could intercept. and the russians wanted to send a friendly message to the united states. >> our local news channels here in l.a. went to live helicopter coverage of james comey car. >> this is the 105 freeway, they're headed to the airport. >> kind of waiting to see if we could get a glintion of him. he's a very tall man. >> like democracy is crumbling all around us, but the real disaster is the backup on the 405. >> i'm charlie rose with gayle king and norah o'donnell. the acting fbi director is testifying right now before the senate intelligence committee. >> it's andrew mccabe's first
public comments since president trump fired comey. >> do you commit to informing this committee of any effort to interfere with the fbi's ongoing investigation into links between russia and the trump campaign? >> i absolutely do. >> mccabe and the nation's top spies are testifying about global threats. >> rand paul supported ousting fbi director comey. he was the only no vote during comey's 2013 confirmation. senator paul joins us from the capitol. good morning. >> good morning. thanks for having me. >> it is quite unusual to fire an fbi director. it's not unprecedented for the reasons should president trump have had a replacement in mind when he did it? >> you know, i don't know that. but i would say bill clinton would be the precedent. i guess that was the last president who fired an fbi director. >> after an ethics investigation. >> is it okay with you that attorney general jeff sessions who had recused himself from the investigation was pretty much involved in the decision to let james comey go. does that square with you?
>> you know, i think we probably never had someone fired where both sides actually really agreed with the firing more than you would imagine. almost every prominent democrat in the country has called for comey's ouster. most democrats felt like he insinuated hillary clinton's guilt and then did not indict her. most republicans felt like, well, you know, with all of the evidence of her guilt and with him saying so much in the press conference about what she did wrong, why didn't he indict her? i don't think you have had an fbi director where both sides actually were very unhappy with him. harry reid called for her ouster. >> excuse me for interrupting you, but three's not the question. >> chuck schumer said he lost confidence in him. i think it's the question. both sides had lost confidence in him. i think that's why he's gone. >> no, the question is is it okay with you to have attorney general jeff sessions be involved in this decision when he had recused himself from the investigation. >> well, the hierarchy is that the fbi director works for the
department of justice and works for the attorney general and assistant attorney general. i think you go through the normal process to review a work record before getting rid of him. i think they dismissed comey on without going through that process i think the left wing media would have been up in arms too. no one is looking at the hypocrisy of the democrats who clamored for his -- i mean, moveon.org has a huge petition to get rid of him. we do what the left wants and now they can only complain. make up stories about how it means oh, the end of the republic. but i think it's far from that. >> no, senator, it's clear people on both sides wanted him to go. the question has been about the timing of it. that's all. >> i know. but the explanation is a reasonable one. the explanation they needed to go through the work review of his -- and have someone evaluate it from his boss' point of view
and they were delayed by democrats for months. we had the slowest approval of a cabinet really in the history of our country because of partisan differences. so sessions was delayed and then so was his assistant when they finally got in place, they did a review. and i absolutely believe from the election there's been discussion of letting comey go because nobody's been happy with him. i have been unhappy with him because of his concerns about privacy but also with concerns about investigating the orlando killing. i think the fbi dropped the ball. there were many warning signs that could have led to the stopping the orlando shooting. and i think the fbi would never admit that they made any mistakes in that. i think we're unwilling to really improve the process. >> an important point. senator, i know you're on the senate foreign relations committee. i want to get your take on what occurred in the oval office yesterday. president vladimir putin asked president trump to invite the foreign minister and the ambassador into the oval office. these are the only pictures that were released. that came from the russia media. what's your take? >> i'm not sure what the point is.
or what your question is. >> what do you think of inviting the russian foreign minister and the ambassador into the oval office? >> i'm a big proponent of diplomacy as opposed to war and any time we can have relations even with our adversaries is a good idea. the worst part of washington is you know i was at a meeting yesterday with general mcmaster and the national security council. every republican and democrat want to increase troops in afghanistan. there's very few voices here who don't want more war so when donald trump does something that shows he's entertaining diplomacy as to that war is the answer we should stand up and cheer. because there's too many democrats and republicans who want more than anything than professional war. >> you think us have sha -- russia can be our friend in afghanistan? >> i think a realistic approach is that russia is our adversary, but they're not going away.
they've been in syria for 50 years. they have a naval base there. that's the realistic point of view. and i think trump's administration is leaning more towards realism neoconservatival of george w. bush. so i'm hopeful. >> thank you for your time. >> thank you. ten time grammy winner john legend wants to inspire change. ahead he opens u,,
chris stapleton is enjoying the perks of sudden fame. ahead, he tells anthony mason how he and his wife are building on the success of his first smash album. you're watching "cbs this morning." but that doesn't mean we're giving up. i'm in this for me. for me. along with diet and exercise, farxiga helps lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes. lowering a1c by up to 1.2 points. do not take if allergic to farxiga. if you experience symptoms of a serious allergic reaction such as rash, swelling, difficulty breathing or swallowing, stop taking and seek medical help right away. do not take farxiga if you have severe kidney problems, are on dialysis, or have bladder cancer. tell your doctor right away if you have blood or red color in your urine or pain while you urinate. farxiga can cause serious side effects including dehydration, genital yeast infections in women and men,
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♪ we know that right now the struggle for freedom and justice is real. we lived in the most incarcerated country in the world. there are more black men under correctional control today than were under slavery in 1850. when people are marching with our song, we want to tell you you we are with you. we see you and we love you and march on. god bless you. >> thank you. >> that is john legend addressing mass incarceration in america in his acceptance speech. in the latest issue in town and country magazine he shared his latest look. we sat down with the ten time grammy award winning before his upcoming tour and he opened up why in is important to him on a personal level. >> i think when people hear criminal justice reform i think
a couple of things happen. either they're passion that nat and engaged, or their eyes glaze over, or it involves race and it scares people. what do you say to really make people understand why you feel so passionate and committed to it? >> we are the most incarcerated country in the world. we are 5% of the world's population. and we have 25% of the world's prison population. that means we lock up people at a higher rate than any other country in the world. ♪ >> i do think things are changing in this country as people are paying attention. don't you? >> i think it's actually been bipartisan. >> in 2015, r&b superstar john legend launched free america. an initiative focused on bringing awareness and change to issues involving mass incarceration. >> every time we lock someone up it's a choice we're making. we're saying we're going to invest dollars into keeping people into cages or we could have invested that money into making our communities better,
making them safer, healthier, better educated so they were never in trouble in the first place. so many communities and families have been destroyed. i personally have seen the effects of incarceration on my own family. >> what do you mean by that? >> my mother had an issue with drugs when i was younger. and she was in and out of jail during myteenage years. teenage years. >> i never heard you talk about it. >> i've talked about it in the context of when people have drug problems. we know the opiate crisis is affecting millions of americans. we don't need punishment. we need help. >> he recently launched unlock futures, a program that will invest in business and entrepreneurial ideas for those released from prison. >> we're going to provide money for entrepreneurs who want to come out of prison and change
their lives. we want to given them a chance to innovate, to work, to create jobs for themselves and other people in their community. >> so you're not giving them just a job, but a chance of owning their own business. >> slooul. >> you made the "time" 100 lift. harry bellefonte wrote your intro. what do you think about that? >> i was relate honored. i've never him for years. i was inspired for years, even before that. he's done some amazing things. he's made a lot of great music and entertainment but throughout his career, he was for criminal justice. he's always been an example of an artist who used his platform to make change and i look at that kind of artist as an example for me, of the kind of artist i want to be. >> legend recently released hiss fifth studio album "darkness in
light." he calls it his best and most personal. he says he's excited to share it with fans on his upcoming tour. he and his wife chrissy teigen are traveling the old-fashioned way. touring a bus. >> i've been on a tour bus since the start of the business. it's a very luxurious tour bus. >> it's sort of like a rolling home. >> yes, exactly. now it has a crip. >> that's for 1-year-old baby luma. legend said being a dad has given politics a greater purpose and he's enjoying every single step of first-time parenting. >> what's your favorite nickname for her? >> i call her luna a lot. i don't want to overnickname her
because her name is her name. with call her luna, lulu, looney tuns sometimes. >> do you have makeup song? >> oh, my god. my worst and best song is the same. >> okay. i want to hear a few bars nt somebody's got a stinky booty her name is lulu ♪ ♪ somebody's got a stinky booty and somebody's got to clean it up ♪ >> we talked with christy opened up about postpartum. he's glad she did that. he thinks it can help other people. he's very involved in this criminal justice system. it mean as lot to him. >> he's an incredible artist and thinks so deeply about it.
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nearly 3 million teenagers own families. 31% are corrected with friends that e have not met in person and 32% have been contacted online by a complete stranger. a district attorney has posted videos like this one to highlight smartphone dangers like this one. she was also featured in the "48 hours" episode "killer apps." welcome to the table. good morning. >> thank you. >> how did you come to attention? >> i got a call from a friend. she was very upset.
her daughter had taken inappropriate photos. she had a vault app that she had hidden all these photos to share. she told me i have to tell everybody. i made a video anand since then i've started educating parents. >> you say parents are clueless. >> absolutely. i'm in law enforcement and i'm a step behind. when i speak to kids,'ll find out about a new app i didn't know about the day before. >> let's help educate parents. one of them is yellow. >> yellow. it works through snapchat. i call it the tinder for teens. if you've got tinder for dating, now you've got tinder for jeans. continued der only requires you to be 12 plus. but yellow is supposed to be
17-plus. kids can go on there and meet people. the problem you've got to give them your location and it matches you up with various people. you don't know the people you're talking to, whether or not they're actually who they say they are. >> and what about lively? >> any type of app that's going to allow you do have video at any time because you don't know what your kid's going to see. do you monitor what your child watches on tv? yes. but are you watching what's on their phone. >> they say they strongly encourage parents to review and adjust privacy settings. does that help? >> no. each app that goes through the apple store gets a rating. >> what's the highest rating?
>> 17-plus. >> safe? >> you need to be 17-plus. but there's nothing that keeps you or makes you proof that you're 17 or older. you have kids -- you're not supposed to be on facebook unless you're 12. >> what's a parent to do? sfwhoo you set the settings in iphone. a lot of parents don't realize you can go in your child's iphone and turn it off. let me show you. you go into your settings and go into your general button, you're going to put restrictions. it's different than the password you give your child. always know your kid's passwords. this is different. i can turn off their cam rachl they no longer have a camera. i can turn off their ability to install apps. >> you can make decisions. >> i can even say i'm not going to let you have an app that's
not rat held today to decide where to install freeway cameras. the state is pledging the funds eded to install th good morning, it's 8:235. i'm kenny choi. a special meeting today to decide where to install freeway cameras. the state is pledging the funds needed to install them along two highways between richmond and antioch after dozens of shootings have been reported there overfew years. ac transit will keep buses running to oakland hills schools. last night board members voted to approve a funding extension for another year. the transit agency didn't get specific about the extension but says that ousc contributed money as well as made changes to school schedules for efficiency. raffic and weather in just a moment. ,, ,,,,,,,,,,
good morning. here's a look at your traffic. expect delays if you are heading through oakland along 880 in both directions. we are tracking a very slow ride. a crash southbound right near the coliseum. emergency crews are just arriving. no lanes blocked. about an hour from 238 to the maze. bay bridge toll plaza, still a parking lot, 45 minutes from the maze to downtown san francisco. "slow, stop, go"! and your drive times are in the red along 880, highway 4 out of
antioch into hercules. and that eastshore freeway 40 minutes from the carquinez bridge to the maze. that's a check of your traffic. let's check the forecast now with brian. good morning on this thursday morning. we're going to be five to 10 degrees cooler than we should be for mid-may with low pressure in the gulf a chilly sea breeze, the combination means, numbers will be chilly. partly cloudy and cool for us today the a little more sun than tomorrow and saturday and chance of rain tuesday. the forecast highs for today just 58 in san francisco. 66 in livermore. 68 degrees in fairfield. san jose 68 degrees. extended forecast, a little more sun tomorrow and into the weekend. but not much warmer. in fact, by tuesday, we may have a sprinkle or two. ,,,,,,,,
welcome back to "cbs this morning." let's take a quick check of the green room. walter isaacson is in there all alone. hi, walter isaacson. >> how are you? >> we're over here, turn over here. how would you describe the great walter isaacson? >> they're writing a biography of leonardo da vinci. >> it's coming out in october. he'll have to come back to the table. >> a true wise man. we'll talk average
airfare fell 8.5% and there was an improvement in on time performance. >> "the wall street journal" reports the united states ran a budget surplus of $182 billion in april. part of the reason, a shift in timing on tax collection and refunds during the last fiscal year. but the long-term deficit is projected to rise on weak corporate profits. slow global economic growth and a rice in spending on medicare as the population ages. the stock price of snap fell more than 20% yesterday after the company's disappointing quarterly report. the firm posted a net loss of more than $2 billion loss. the "san francisco chronicle" reports on a legal settlement with former oakland raider cheerleaders. nooerm 100 women are sharing $1.25 million. the class action lawsuit says the team failed to pay them
minimum wage over time or expenses. it'd 4red to other i'ms to be paid. walter isaacson has made a career about the best selling innovators about iconic figures like steve jobs, ail brt einstein and benjamin franklin. now he's the host of a new podcast. it's called trail blazers and each episode talks about twhoes revolutionized and changed lives. welcome back. >> thank you. i was following in your foots p footsteps, trying to follow all forms of media. >> why did you decide to do that and what are you offering that others are not? >> i've not paid too much attention to podcasts. i even seen people do it. like you, i try to learn each new form of media. i opened the drawer and had a little blackberry you had to wind up.
as they came along, they said, we want to do a podcast that tells the stories of disruption and innovation. i thought, that helps. podcasts can save storytelling. >> one of the books you've written is called "the innovators," i think. >> yeah. you think, okay, i've written about it. i should try it first hand. >> "t'd the "innovators" talking about it. that ends when inns were replaced by standardized hotels because we got the automobile. i want to show how the history of disruption occurs and that's sort of best done through story-telling. >> can i say this, walter. your great storytelling begins
on ipad. i like what you said. 2000. a man and woman do something gross. >> it goes viral because they put the video up. >> then patrick doyle comes in and says we have a problem here and he does something that nobody has ever done before. he admitted we made mistakes and totally changed the company around. >> it's very important in this digital age when things go viral, here's a mistake and here's how we're going to fix it. what he also does, he's not just a put cheese on top of a bread company, he's technology. you can tweet in a pizza. i remember in 1994 -- this how old i am -- i remember first thing you could order online. the first thing you could order was pizza. before amazon. >> but patrick even says we're a tech company that happens to do pizza, which i never thought of it that way shoo i think every industry has to start thinking about it.
we're a tech company that happens to run an airline. what you're doing is customer relations and this is how the disruption happens and all these industries that we talk about. people who did it and dell technologies, they kind of produced it very well. e don't e take any credit for that. they're like let's bring podcasts to the next level. sorry, norah. >> hi. netflix, one of the true disrupters of our time. i have forgotten we used to get the disks in the mail and they were able to change so quickly. >> they disrupted themselves. >> gayle makes a good point. i remember when steve jobs did with the ipod to the iphone. what reed hastings was able too do is based on -- he would come to your house. he said streaming is coming
along. let's cannibalize our own business to make sure no one else does. >> we don't have much time left. you're from new orleans and you went on for a scholarship. there's a great controversy. >> i saw michelle miller's piece. i think mayor landrieu has done a good job. some of these monuments were put up in the 1880s and 1890s. he was taken down last night. they were put up to send a signal after reconstruction. i think new orleans has always had a main diversity and michelle miller being someone from new orleans, being married to a former mayor, e it gave us certain things. i think it's included that we're moving them and that maw yore is doing it methodically.
>> good to have you here. >> good to be hire. >> are you coming back in october many. >> if you bring me back to talk about leonardo do vinci, i can tell you what he did. >> he did so many things. >> the connection to the science and art was key to it 500 years ago and today. >> we'll see you in october. >> we'll see you in october, sooner, i hope. "trailblazer" is on sale now. country grammy winner chris stapleton said he's still adjusting to becoming a star. >> i'm still adjusting. i remember having someone tune guitars for me. that was a moment. that was a moment. >> it's the little things that it's the little things. >> it's a new found luxury you're living with. >> for sure. >> nice when your dream comes
if you love country music, you know that voice. that's country music star chris stapleton performing in georgia last weekend. he's on tour to promote his second album. go, chris. stapleton's "traveler" has sold 2 mullion companies. he invited anthony mason into the national studio where he's been pouring himself into his music. good morning. >> good morning. only three have sold more, adele, drake, and beyonce. ha tells you kind of company he found himself in after his solo debut with a surprise smash and why the expectations were so high for his follow-up album. ♪ >> reporter: to make his new record, chris stapleton returned
to rca studio a in nashville where elvis and dolly parton recorded. >> why did you come back here? >> i always loved it here. i love places that have history in the sense that you feel responsible to it. >> yes. >> does that make sense? >> yeah. you've got to live up to something. >> or at least try to. ♪ >> reporter: stapleton also has to live up to his own success. it was here in studio a that he recorded "traveler," the record that literally changed his life. >> how would you strieb what happ happened to that record? >> lightning in a bottle stuff, man. ♪ >> reporter: the best selling country album of 2016, "traveler" earned two grammys
and a bucket load of academy music awards, now some on display at a new distribute at nashville's country music hall of fame. >> it's just really weird, man. >> this? >> yes. >> stapleton was seeing the skpiblt for the first time. >> things like this maer a whole lot. >> they do. >> it was validating in a lot of ways. >> to be with people you respect. >> to be with people i respect. >> the son of a kentucky coal miner, stapleton moved to nashville in 2001. >> what were you hoping for? >> well, the instant i found out that somebody would pay you to sit in a room and write songs and play guitar all day, i thought, man, that's the job for me. i'm going to figure out how to do that. >> reporter: and he did. more than 50 of his songs have been recorded by other artists
including adele. ♪ >> reporter: george strait, and tim mcgraw. for years stapleton would write day and night. >> because i just loved it so much and i love it that much still. i just don't do it as much. >> what did you love about itsome. >> plucking something out of the air, waiting on something to be there that wasn't. >> reporter: it wasn't until the release of "traveler" in 2015 that stapleton went out on his own, but not exactly solo. his wife morgan sings harmony with him. what has morgan been for you during all of this? >> she's my partner in life and
business and on stage in every possible way, shape, and form. she believes in me more than i to a lot of times. >> they met working at adjacent publishing houses in nashville. he asked her over to co-write one friday night. >> we didn't write anything that evening. we wrote since. >> you wrote a whole new story. >> we wrote a whole new story. >> reporter: the success of traveler has lifted the 39-year-old stapleton onto a much bigger stage. >> we're still adjusting as far as touring goes. like i remember the first time i had somebody tuning guitars for me. that was a moment. it was like, oh, man, this is the greatest thing on earth. it's one of the best feelings ever. >> it's the little things. >> it's the little things. >> a new found luxury you're
living with. >> for sure. >> yeah. >> reporter: the singer who started out playing in bars is selling out amphitheaters and arenas but is still trying to make them intimate. >> how do you do that? >> i stand there and play and set up like we basically set up in a club and we don't change that. >> and you pull the audience into you. >> hopefully. but i don't know if i'm doing the other stuff. i don't know of entertaining any other way. does that make sense. >> have you thought about a light show? lasers, anything like that? >> lasers are cool if you're into that. there's a time and place for that. >> i don't see you as a laser guy. >> we don't have any lasers, but i'm not saying never. >> stapleton says his recording sessions were so fruitful they had enough songs for two records so from a room, volume 2 will
come out later this year. >> i love this guy. >> so do i. i love his music and his story. >> i love that he loves his wife and sees has her as a true part >> eightnd brings a lot of success. >> they remind me of old country. it's not like the pop country of today. >> people like waylon jennings. >> it's unanimous from the table, with love chris stapleton. >> yes, thank you, chris. >> we do. >> you can see more on cbsnews.com and check out a special "cbs this morning" podcast. you'll see songs he's given to other artists. a gelden retriever has given a lot summit.
to his adventurous name. huckleberry found his way on his family's roof where he likes to sit and bark at joggers running by. the roof is only a few feet from the ground. his owners say he got so much attention only five people would knock on the door to say they're worried about him. they say, he's okay. he's not allowed on the roof when they're out. >> that must be very low to the ground. how great is chris
rallying.. for incarcerated women. they want to make sure they are 's day with thei good morning, it's 8:55. i'm kenny choi. today supporters are rallying for incarcerated women. they want to make sure that they are able to spend mother's day with their children even if they don't have money for bail. they are supporting a bill that would eliminate the bail requirement for nonviolent offenders. california governor jerry brown planning to reveal his revise the state budget proposal later this morning. it will launch a five-week sprint to the finish line for state lawmakers who face a june 15 deadline to pass a budget. and there are going to be a lot of bikers out there today on "bike to work" day. energizer stations will be set up throughout the bay area. it's estimated that 62,000 people use their bicycles as their primary way to get to work. stick around; we'll have weather and traffic in just a moment. ,, ,,,,,,,,,,
good morning. time now 8:57. here's your traffic update. we continue to traffic delays for drivers making their way through oakland. a live look at 880, that northbound side jammed in the red 40 minutes from 238 on out towards the maze. we continue to see "slow, stop, go" in the red, 40 minutes for drivers making their way from the maze into downtown san francisco across the bay bridge there. and your drive times continue
to show speeds in the red for 101 from hellyer to san antonio. hat's a check of your traffic; over to you. and we have a mostly overcast start to our thursday morning. the sun will come out later but the temperatures continue unusually cool with that deep low over the gulf. the ocean is very chilly this morning. you combine that with a sea breeze and it is just going to be below average and then next tuesday, that low sinks into northern california. by tuesday we might get a sprinkle or two. for today partly cloudy skies. this afternoon, readings only in the mid-60s. extended forecast we have more sunshine for tomorrow. but don't forget early next week, maybe a sprinkle or two. ,,,,,,,,