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plugging white house leaks. the president's new communication director threatens to take drastic action to stop secrets from being spilled to the press. >> if you are going to keep leaking i will fire everybody. >> tonight, a human trafficking tragedy. at least nine people are dead. they were found inside the back of a sweltering tractor-trailer. >> a high-stakes showdown in kentucky. will it become the nation's first state without an abortion clinic? >> why are people lining up to get inside this italian prison? would you believe it's the food. >> how is it to have all of these folks here tonight? >> freedom. >> announcer: this is the cbs "overnight news."
welcome to the "overnight news," i'm elaine quijano reporting from washington, d.c. it was a busy sunday for president trump's new communications director. he made the round on the morning programs threatening to take drastic action to stop leaks to the press. the president's new messenger hired friday fielded question as but mr. trump's son-in-law and senior adviser jared kushner. he has meetings with congressional intelligence committees investigating the trump campaign relations with russia. errol barnett is at the white house. >> if you are going to keep leaking i will fire everybody. just very -- >> president trump's appointed communications director hit the airwaves today promising to forcefully stop leaks and put the administration back on message. >> if the president operates off the balls of his feet. an aggressive guy, the reason why he won the presidency. and so, we are going to come up with a strategy that is going to knock people's socks off. >> he also acknowledged mr. trump has privately discussed
presidential pardons but said they won't be necessary. >> he has done absolutely nothing wrong. no need for him to pardon anybody. >> reporter: the president's family and associates are facing increasing scrutiny as part of multiple investigations into potential collusion with russia during the election. former campaign manager, pa ande all agreed to answer questions from congress. >> there is a great many questions we will have more mr. kushner. >> ranking democrat, adam schiff wonders why the president told "the new york times" it would be a violation if the special counsel looked into his finances. >> the president is worried that bob mueller will be looking into allegations that the russian maze have laundered money through the trump organization. that is really something in my opinion he needs to look at. >> reporter: republican senator susan collins. >> i understand how difficult and frustrating this
investigation is for the president, but he should not say anything further about the special counsel, his staff, or the investigation. >> reporter: on the legislative front, congress agreed to pass a sweeping sanctions bill against russia, for its role in election interference and the annexation of crimea. the bill would also require congressional approval for president trump to lift or ease sanctions. today the white house sent conflicting messages on whether the president intends to sign that bill. elaine. >> thanks, errol. let's bring in chief washington correspondent and face the nation host john dickerson. john, what do we know about anthony scaramucci's approach to his new role? >> to be publicly warrior for the president and to say, that really nothing needs to be changed. then how to change some things. and he clearly is just a booster for the president, that's part of what his role was in conversation. i think, then the real question
will be, will he amplify the president's voice already pretty amplified in this presidency or take those moments where the president has interrupted his own agenda and keep the president from doing so. a lot of people have tried. we'll see if the new communications director can do it. >> the president's son-in-law, jared kushner speaks with committees this week, donald trump jr. and former campaign chairman, paul manafort, speaking to senate investigators this week as well. what is at stake in the appearances? >> what's at stake is the big and the little. so the big is obviously any new information related to connection with russians trying to interfere in the election if anything comes out along the lines, this is a huge blow. now the question whether it will stay behind closed doors or leak. in the little what i mean is, there have been, lots of different stories on some of these things. at least four about the meeting with some one advertised as a russian government agent with the president's son. if there is a fifth version, or if there is a sixth version, then it, it goes to what is
already a pretty damaged credibility on the part of the president and his entire campaign. always new information kind of dribbling out. it may not be the big information, but it, lends to, this notion of, really, a lack of credibility. and that hurts the entire administration, not just on this investigation but on everything else they're trying to do. >> john dickerson. thank you so much. >> officials made a horrific discovery overnighten a wal-mart parking lot in san antonio, texas. eight people dead in the back of a sweltering truck. the victims of a human trafficking tragedy. at least one other person died at the hospital. mark strassmann is at the scene. >> shortly after midnight, a wal-mart employee called 911 after some one approached him in the parking lot and asked for water. fire chief charles hood said inside a semitruck behind the store, san antonio paramedics found several dozen overheated people in crisis. >> you have eight patients that were deceased.
we had another 20 patients that were either, in extremely critical condition or very serious condition and they have been transported to a number of hospitals. >> temperatures in the crowded 1 wheeler climbed well above 100 degrees. no air conditioning, no water. everyone alive inside had a heart rate above 130 beats per minute. >> they were very hot to the touch. the people were in the trailer without any signs of any type of water, so you looking at a lot of heat stroke. lot of dehydration. >> in a statement, u.s. attorney richard durbin called it alien smuggling venture gone horribly wrong, all were victims of ruthless human smugglers indifferent. homeland security investigated at least 2,000 human smuggling incidents in 2016. resulting in more than 1500 criminal convictions. the truck driver has been arrested and will face federal charges. police chief william mcmannis
says cars picked up some people inside the trailer before authority arrived. others escaped into a forested area nearby. >> anybody who sees anything like this, people being transferred out of a trailer or transferred from some vehicle to another vehicle, then theyed into to call 911. >> 17 dehydrated people went to local hospitals in a life threat tenning condition. elaine, police are looking for more suspects by studying wal-mart surveillance tapes. they show cars, picking up people at the truck, before paramedics arrived. mark strassmann. thanks. >> the cbs "overnight news" will be right back.
>> announcer: this is the cbs "overnight news." a high-stakes showdown under way in kentucky. a christian fundamentalist group is frying to close the state's last abortion clinic. anna werner is there. >> reporter: elaine, this spot in downtown kentucky has become the center of the abortion debate in the united states. because if this clinic closes, that would mean that kentucky would be the first state in the country without an abortion provider in a nation where abortion is legal. kentucky's governor is openly anti-abortion, and state law requires abortion clinics to be licensed and have a relationship with a hospital for emergencies. it is a standard the clinic says it has met for years, but in march, the state said there were deficiencies and threat tuned yank the clinic's license.
with no license it would close. the aclu sued on the clinic's behalf. a trial scheduled on mat question for september. but abortion protesters aren't weight. this week they're beginning a campaign against the clinic, its doctors and others and planned to picket the clinic and locations including the doctor's homes. now back in may, some 19 people were arrested for trying to block access preventing patients from getting into the clinic. now a federal judge has ordered that there be a buffer zone around the entrance to the clinic. and that's where, a lot of the tension might take place here. basically that black and yellow tape going around the entrance to the clinic. there is going to be a hearing tomorrow on, how long that buffer zone will remain here. elaine. >> anna werner, thanks. severe downpours triggered flash floods in northern kentucky saturday night. the rushing water left a pile of vehicles in mayesville. no one was hurt. more than a dozen rescued from
flooded homes and cars. >> fire fight ears cross boston battled an eight-alarm fire today in massachusetts. an apartment complex under construction went up in flames. officials say there were several explosions. five buildings collapsed. there were no injuries. the cause is under investigation. it has been an extremely busy wildfire season in the west. more than 4.5 million acres burned in the u.s. so far this year. that's up nearly 60% from last year when 2.8 million acres were destroyed by late july. more fires broke out this weekend. here is mireya villarreal. >> reporter: firefighters pulled water lines into backyards and launched an aerial assault to protect homes from fast moving flames in highland, california. >> just started. just now started. >> reporter: homeowners hosed down their property as the blaze rolled down the foothills of the san bernardino mountains. >> there he goes making that drop. >> at least the third fire to
target this area east of los angeles in the last month. several wildfires erupted across the west on saturday. including one in washington and another in colorado. back in california, we hiked along with chief ken crimenski and his firefighters on the front lines of the detwiler fire which devoured 76,000 acres. this is still an important part of fighting the fire though you don't see flames around. >> right. exactly. real important part. a gust of wind. it ignites on the other side in the green. and can start up and race, continue to race on. >> evacuation orders lifted in the town allowing some people to return home. >> i mean, loss for word, the firefighters, can't express enough gratitude. >> reporter: the fire did destroy over 60 homes, burning brush eerily close to yosemite national park. park fire fighter, nancy felipe. >> certainly an unpredictable
season. hard to say dpaexact plea what l happen. this is the start of our first big one. we in past years have always had something near yosemite, in yosemite, around yosemite. it is just a very unpredictable thing. >> reporter: picturesque parts of the park have been blurred by heavy smoke. a lingering reminder of how devastating these fires can be. mireya villarreal, cbs news, mariposa, california. an icon of the political crisis in venezuela was injured this weekend during a violent protest in caracas. ♪ >> willie ortiaga has become famous playing the violin as thousand take to the streets against the venezuela president. he was hit in the face by shrapnel yesterday. he vows to return to the protests. about 100 people have been killed in the unrest since april. protesters accuse the venezuelan president of turning the country into dictatorship and ruining
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dozen police friday. the area in southern afghanistan, is now controlled by the taliban. u.s. marines recently returned there after several years to help drive them out. charlie dagata visited the troops. >> reporter: the last time u.s. marines were here, a force of 20,000 all but drove the taliban out of their stronghold of helmand province. back then, brigadier general roger turner was a colonel. >> did you think you would be back here? >> no i didn't. really didn't. i left here in 2012. and we knew that the mission was going to end in, 2014. so, i, i didn't think i would be back here no. >> reporter: this time his mission is dramatically different. in command of just 300 marines, training afghans to fight for themselves. we joined them as they flew over what is once again, taliban held territory. because not long after the
marines pulled out, the taliban swept through helmand recapturing territory, u.s. forces fought and died for. with 349 american lives lost. >> this one of my positions. we can't give the location but this used to be a u.s. marine base. how hard of a fight do you think this is going to be? that fight will now be led by afghan brigadier general who stressed the urgent need for increased american support to defeat the taliban. this war is not just ours, he said, it is a war against international terrorism. we need america's advanced technology and more forces to fight with us. but general turner said marines' role is to train, advise and assist, the priority is to get afghans to do the fighting. >> i don't know that having marines moving behind them is something we really need to do. >> recapturing and holding on to
taliban held territory is a task afghan forces must take on themselves. and eventually, on their own. the afghans are making progress this week. they captured a strategic town, near the provincial capital with the help of u.s. forces. the question now is whether they can hold on to it, and, and for how long. charlie dagata, cbs news, kabul, afghanistan. still ahead -- prison food redefined. we'll vi
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it's vegan! and it's organic! we take you to a unique restaurant in the hills of tuscany, inside a prison and meals are served by those serving time. seth doane checked it out. >> reporter: in a 13th century fortress on the hill top of a tuscan town preparations were under way for a rather unlikely dinner. armed guard kept watch above. as the meal was laid out in the courtyard. as rosario compario served proseco also serving a 26 year sentence for murder. how is tight have all the folks here tonight? [ speaking italian ]
>> reporter: freedom, yes, it is a prison in voltare italy, it is home to some of the country's hardened criminals. on eight nights a year, host to a dinner where the prisoners do all right work. designed to raise money for charity, build skills, and give inmates a chance to interact with those on the outside. in the kitchen, these criminals, who admit they have made bad choices in the past are focused on the future or at least the next few hours. the pasta was thrown into the pot at 20 minutes to 10:00, this is italy after all. [ speaking italian ] then mixed with a delicate parsely sauce. and he is in for aggravated murder. this is where we are, so this is where we must grow, he said. it is like a plant, it grows where it is planted.
[ speaking italian ] the food got good reviews. but the real draw was the novelty. how is it to be having dinner inside a prison? >> it is very strange. because, we don't know if, if we come and if we come back. ♪ joking aside, by the end of dinner, curiosity had given way to connection. and for a moment inside this prison -- the walls seemed to disappear. seth doane, cbs news, voltare, italy. up next -- a whale of a comeback. humpbacks are now a common sight in the waters off new york city.
we end in the waters off new york city where humpback whales have made a remarkable come back. jeff glore has the story. >> reporter: the american princess set sail on a whale watching expedition. >> a friend of mine said do you know there is a whale watch out of razor point. my question to her was are you high? katherine granton is a naturalist who studies whales. she is seeing more humpbacks
swimming through new york harbor. when you think of new york city, we think empire state building, statue of liberty. we don't think whales. >> we should. >> john cronin, a renowned environmentalist and professor at pace university. >> the humpback whale does not know it is swimming through a city. that's what makes this an amazing place. >> reporter: a whale sighting may look like acrobatic, the whales set against the skyscrapers. this whale is lunge feeding, attacking fish. and the president of the nonprofit gotham whale those fish are thriving because the water is cleaner. >> one of the things that brings everything together is this food chain. >> reporter: quite a change from the 70s and 80s when cronin knows the waters were waistland. as the first hudson river keeper, he patrol for pa luters. >> now, it is how much wetter? >> we are seeing rejuvenation. >> reporter: spawned by decades of clean-up which began with the
passing of the clean water act in 1972. >> we shouldn't be cutting back the epa, which provides the funding and the technical expertise to clean up the nation's waterways. >> still the cleaner water has lured back the fish that whales like feast on. >> this whale is distinctive it has a patch on the left side of the cheek. >> patchy also has a distinct injured dorsal fin, probably knocked off by a boat in the busy shipping area. >> as human activity and whales come together there are some concerns. >> there are obstacles to navigate. given that hump bakes were on the endangered species list a year ago the recent sightings are a sign. >> hope this is in indication not just for water quality of new york but we are making the progress nationally. jeff glore, cbs news, new york. >> that's the "overnight news" for this monday. from the bureau in washington, d.c., i'm elaine quijano.
welcome to the "overnight news." i'm michelle miller. we begin this morning with the opioid crisis gripping the nation. the centers for disease control and prevention calls opioid addiction the number within health crisis facing the nation. more than 100 people overdose every day from heroin, fentanyl or opioid drugs. just last week, a 10-year-old boy in miami was found dead with the drugs in his system. the midwest is ground zero for the epidemic. ohio for instance reported more than 4,000 unintentional drug overdoses last year. that number is expected to rise. battling this epidemic set a financial strain on a ohio
community. a local lawmaker wants police to stop saving the victims. >> we were along for the ride as first responders in middletown, ohio made their way to a fifth overdose call in just over an hour. >> last thing the chief said when we walked out. there is a bad batch. >> that's correct. it seems that, you know the dealer may have made his rounds. and various people are starting to fall out now. >> reporter: on this call we saw a woman turning blue on the ground outside her friend any house. medics worked quickly and were able to save her. at least for now. >> what is it like for you to see her like this? >> it is breaking my heart. she just -- that is, just told me overdosed two months ago. how many more times not going to make it. >> caller: calls like this have risen. last year, middletown, ems made 532 runs for opioid overdoses. this year they had more than 600 runs through june. they're using more naloxone to
counter effect of drugs. city leaders say they surpassed the $11,000 they spent on treatments last year and are on pace to spend more than $100,000 this year. >> my issue we are going to run out of money. city councilman, is proposing a three strikes plan. those who overdose once or twice, would have to perform community service and pay off the cost of the emergency response. if they don't, there might not be a response the third time. >> my message to addicts, yeah, stay away from middletown. we might not show up to treat you. >> that's harsh. >> it is reality. >> who are we to dictate who is saveable and not saveable. >> reporter: middletown ems saved shelley thompson's life when she overdosed on opioids in 2015. >> yeah, i was two minutes away from not being able to be here. she tells us she has been clean ape year and a half and insists any threat to withhold ems service won't deter addicts. >> the addict is not scared.
you know, they're hopeless. helpless. we need to help these people. not more death. >> we need to be more involved. >> the police chief has his own proposal. he would like to arrest overdose patients and file criminal charges. which the government would drop if the patient agrees to get help. it is unclear how well this would work. a study last year found little evidence that compulsory drug treatment is effective. what gives you confidence that forced treatment would be effective. >> can't tell you it gives me a lot of confidence. better than what we are doing now. we are doing nothing now. >> reporter: later that afternoon, middletown first responders raced to another call. this time, saving a man who overdosed in a store parking lot. they say it goes on like this all day. >> i am a city counselor. my job is to make sure this city can continue off to function and provide services to its citizens. at the rate we are going we have got to do something. >> are the wheels turning for change? >> i think the wheels are
turning. it hit a point where it has to change. people are forced to make change. >> 2 1/2 years after the united states and its allies ended formal combat operations in afghanistan, american boots are back on the ground in force. they have been ordered back into helmand province where the taliban is back in power. charlie dagata is with the american troops. the last time marines were here, a force of 20,000 drove the taliban out of helmand province. back then, brigadier general roger turner was a colonel. >> did you think you would be back here? >> i didn't. really didn't. left here in 2012 we knew the mission would end in 2014. didn't think i would be back here, no. >> this time his mission is different. in command of 300 marines.
training afghans to fight for themselves. we joined them as they flew over what is once again, taliban held territory. because not long after the marines pulled out, the taliban swept through helmand recapturing territory, u.s. forces fought and died for. with 349 american lives lost. >> this one of my positions. we can't give the location but this used to be a u.s. marine base. how hard of a fight do you think this is going to be? that fight will now be led by afghan brigadier general who stressed the urgent need for increased american support to defeat the taliban. this war is not just ours, he said, it is a war against international terrorism. we need america's advanced technology and more forces to fight with us. but general turner said marines' role is to train, advise and assist, the priority is to get afghans to do the fighting. >> i don't know that having
marines moving behind them is something we really need to do. >> recapturing and holding on to taliban held territory is a task afghan forces must take on themselves. and eventually, on their own. the afghans are making progress this week. they captured a strategic town, near the provincial capital with the help of u.s. forces. despite his party's landslide loss in recent elections, president nicholas maduro is vowing to rewrite the constitution to cement his power. the country is in chaos and a lot of people just want to get out. our correspondent met up with many of them on the border of colombia. at this border checkpoint, luggage is the easiest we to spot venezuelans looking for a new life. marcos gonzalez crossed into colombia with his wife and son. >> translator: this is real
life. >> reporter: tens of thousands cross into colombia even just for the day in search of food and work. but now they're fleeing the deadly fighting between the venezuelan military and protesters who blame the government for the country's economic collapse. jose oripesa, fled leaving behind his wife and two children because he feared becoming a political prisoner. >> translator: because i see children who have nothing to eat, people who are hungry, elderly knocking on my door for coffee or food. medicine is also in short supply. on the colombian side of the border, the main hospital used to see one or two venezuelan women a week for prenatal care. now its up to five or six a day. some have crossed to give birth. dr. juan montoya is the hospital general manager. we can't keep treating venezuelan patients and not being reimburse heed said.
♪ ♪ >> announcer: this is the cbs "overnight news." an unlikely pair of doctors attacking blindness in the third world. one is from the ivy league. the other from the mountains of tibet. but together they have restored sites more than 150,000 people and the doctors they have trained have helped 4 million more. bill whitaker has their story for "60 minutes." >> reporter: one by one the patches are peeled away and the world comes back into focus. you are witnessing the moment when the people in this room realize they can see for the first time in years. can you see my fingers? their eyes and their faces begin to light up, with a quiet sort of joy and wonder at the gift of
sight. as they look around, they see who changed their world. with an operation the day before that took just minutes. the doctors are eye surgeons and now they're lifesavers. to hear the doctors speak, they are the beneficiaries. >> what is it like when that bandage is taken off? and that person sees for the first time, sees you? >> i have seen it thousands of times. but every time there is a new tickle there. and -- i feel like my battery has been recharged. >> i get such a thrill when people don't expect or realize they're going to have their sight restored. then the transfor mags when nma. n, the moment and then the smile. >> umant uuh hadn't seen for two
years until this moment. >> you are welcome. >> reporter: others blind for decade. they all had cataracts, milky white build-up of protein that clouds the lens of the eye. in the u.s. they mainly afflict the elderly. removing them a routine operation. here in burman, known as myanmar, cataracts go untreated and blindness is a way of life. >> it is a buddhist population. they're very fatalistic. they're very accepting. and there is all most an acceptance that you get old, hair turns white, your eye turns white, and then you die. and the idea that you can actually have your sight restored, has not really permeated all levels of myanmar society. >> reporter: what does that tell you about the state of eye care here? >> will a place we can make a difference. >> reporter: burma is one of the poorest countries in asia. slowly emerging from the darkness of decades of
dictatorship. after years of trying, tabin and ruit were permitted to bring their treatment here. we met them in tangi, in central burma where the lack of care led to some of the highest rates of cataracts in the world. through radio and pamphlets and conversation word of the doctors' visit spread. hundreds of burmese who lost their sight found their way to the hospital with the help of care givers, many trekking for days. here, cataracts are not just a mall malady of old age taking the sight of young, by infection and malnutrition. by the time the doctor scrubbed in the corridors were choked with people hoping to have their sight restored. >> is it ever daunting you. look out there and see that line of people? all who need this surgery. >> it is daunting, worldwide
basis. maybe a long line. but each individual person i am going to gift best care i can. >> the doctor set a rapid pace. he repaired an eye. the patient got up. the next patient was ready on an adjoining table. just minutes an eye. then on to the next. >> the doctor performed the delicate surgery just feet away. >> want to take a look. see how nice and clear that was. four, five minutes. and going from total blindness to great vision. >> wow. >> they kept up the pace until 7:00 in the evening. >> all most like an assembly line. but it sounds too mechanical. this is people's eyes you are dealing with. >> people's lives. once someone goes blind in the developing world their life expectancy is one third that an aging health peers. for a blind child the life expectancy is five years. office in the developing world
it takes often a person out of the work force or a child out of school to care for the blind person. when we restore sight to a blind person we are freeing up their family and restoring their life. >> reporter: among the throng waiting to have their lives restored, we found kanchi. her son, a farmer had been her eyes and devoted caretaker since cataracts took her sight. 15-year-old yanu had been blind since age 7. he was overwhelmed but grateful. >> thank you he said. the doctors heard that a lot. in four days in tangi with the help of local doctors they were training they performed 503 cataract surgeries. her eyes now bandaged, kanchi waited with her son. >> you are going to be performing as many cataract surgeries as the hospital does normally in a year?
>> we are basically here to ignite fire. ignite fire of the possibility of doing high quality, high volume cataract surgery. it is still possible. >> you want to ignite a fire here. >> ignite a fire here. >> as long as he can remember, he has been burning to change the world around him. he grew up desperately poor in this village, with no electricity or running water, high in the him lay ymountains the nearest school was a 15 day walk away. his illiterate parents saw education as the way out for children. the grip of poverty and poor health was too string to escape. his younger sister, with whom he was very close, died of tuberculosis. >> i saw her pass away in front of me. and then -- there is a very
strong determination from inside that maybe this is the profession i should take. and make health care at a level for my countrymen. >> reporter: that determination took him to medical school in india. he came back to nepal an eye doctor committed to bringing modern care to remote mountain villages. the documentary out of the darkness showed them carrying equipment on their backs, his team, hiked for days. his goal, as revolutionary as it was simple. to cure blindness in the third world. ith a quick cheap technique to remove cataracts. soon, the medical world took notice. and so did a young jeff tabin. >> i imposed myself on sandek and came to -- to work in nepal. >> what did you think of him when he first showed up? >> a bit scared in the
beginning. he had tremendous energy. he would never get tired. energy in working. energy in eating. energy in drinking. energy in talking. you know? >> reporter: it was like being hit by a human avalanche. fitting since jeff taben's passion was mount nearing more than medicine. he had raced through yale, oxford and harvard medical schoolable. he had made his name as one of the first people to climb the highest peak on every continent. he met dr. ruet and thought he found his next challenge. ruet was skeptical. this frenetic young man had the same dedication to opthalmology he had to adventure. >> i sent him to -- to a hospital in eastern part nepal in the middle of summer. i said he is not going to survive there. >> during the summer in the monsoon it's quite oppressive. sort of 100 degrees, 105, with a 99% humidity, and lots of
mosquitoes. >> you sent him to a difficult place on purpose. >> difficult. definitely. yeah. >> did you know he was testing you? >> no, i thought he sent me there because there was so much need. i scratched my mosquito bites and was excited to go to work there were all these blind people that, that, you know i could make a differencen their life. >> he won you over? >> yes, yes, definitely. >> reporter: their relationship has grown from teacher/student to collaborators and friend. like yin and yang these opposites complement each other. they created the himalayan cataract project. started at the hospital in kathmandu. they perfected the procedure called small incision cataract surgery. just one small splice the cataract comes out. a new man made lens goes in. no stitches required. quick and costs $20. >> how does the quality of care, you are providing here, compare
to the quality of care you would be able to provide in the u.s. >> for these advanced cataracts, i am performing the same quality of surgery i would be doing in america. >> reporter: the doctor spent most of the year at the university of utah, where cataract surgery costs a couple thousand dollars an eye. he might do four or five a day. here, he does that many in a half-hour. removing cataracts he would never see in the u.s. because they would never go untreated so long. >> you can see the full report on our website, not all fish oil supplements provide the same omega-3 power. megared advanced triple absorption is absorbed three times better. so one softgel has more omega-3 power than three standard fish oil pills. megared advanced triple absorption.
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scott kea from audi. >> we need definitions. government and states to set laws that are united and unified around this. need little less ptbarnumism. >> 23 states and district of columbia have laws on the books about self driving cars. >> as this technology gets on the road we want to make sure it is safe. it truly is ready for, for primetime. >> the concept behind the bill is to try to make, create certainty, clarity, and so that people know what the rules are going to be. >> reporter: that could happen in the coming days. republican senator, john thune and gary peters plan to present rare bipartisan legislation setting standards for safety, cybersecurity and guidelines for accident liability if no one is driving. >> do you feel deadline pressure to get this done. >> only a matter of time. the horizon is coming quickly at us. i think we have to be prepared for that. >> hopefully all get around the fact that this is incredibly exciting technology that literas
president trump threat tenning a trade war with europe and that could cause a hangover in bourbon country. mark strassmann reports. >> reporter: if you love bourbon, this is heaven, heaven hill, the world's largest, privately owned and operated bourbon maker. in warehouses like this there are 1.2 million barrels of aging american whiskey just at this one distillery. suddenly this industry's growth market which is overseas is a growing worry. aging well is what bourbon is all about. and no question, america's native spirit is a survivor. it outlived the whiskey rebellion, the civil war and prohibition. 95% of bourbon today is made here in kentucky. but increasingly enjoyed around the world, places 4,000 miles
away like 65 and king, a bar in london. >> the bourbon sales are spiking. >> undeniable. people abroad love bourbon. >> a bourbon authority wrote bourbon the rise, fall and rebirth of american whiskey. >> for the first time you have foreign markets getting the opportunity to consume bourbon and what that has done it created an 8.5 billion industry here. >> reporter: bourbon's overseas market alone is worth $1.5 billion. if president trump imposes tariffs on steel imports, the european union has threatened retaliatory tariffs against specific american products. like bourbon. >> the europeans have looked hard at what might hurt most. >> nicky price british economist who follows the eu. >> they have found one that they believe would have emotional appeal and maybe therefore, change the mind of president trump. >> reporter: why target bourbon? the eu is serving up a stiff
shot of hardball politics straight up. >> majority of it is made in kentucky. well who is in the kentucky? senator mcconnell. they're going to press where it hurts. >> reporter: senate majority leader mitch mcconnell's home state voted for president trump by a 2-1 margin last november. 17,500 people work in distilleries along the famed bourbon trail. some of them could have jobs on the line. >> seems to be bit of an are inny. uniquely american industry, the american first policies could come back and bite the >> no doubt that president trump's trade policies could hurt bourbon. the job broet hgrowth unlike an else in kentucky. if we start seeing tariffs come on to bourbon. i really thing bourbon jobs could be lost. >> all of the bourbon has to age at least two years, some of it for 23 years. so another trade war worry for this industry is counterfeit bourbon, cheap liquor made overseas with the name bourbon
slapped on the side. >> that is the "overnight news for this monday. for this monday. from the cbs broadcacaca captioning funded by cbs it's monday, july 24th, 2017. this is the "cbs morning news." human trafficking tragedy in texas. nine people die in a sweltering trailer packed with people. and president trump makes another health care push. it could be overshadowed by the russia investigation. today jared kushner will be questioned by the senate intelligence committee. good morning from the studio