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coming up in 30 minutes. >> see you then captioning sponsored by cbs >> we'll see what happens with mr. bannon. >> mason: today, we saw. ese president presses control- alt-right-delete and gives his chief strategist the boot. igso tonight, barcelona marches in defiance of terrorists as more arrests are made in a widening plot. >> this is all for the lovely eclipse! >> mason: eclipse fever. >> there's no way of actually counting how many people will come. we know there will be a lot. >> mason: and steve hartman. how do you honor your number one friend? >> by god, it was right there. i said, "this guy was the greatest plumber ever. this is what we're going to do." >> mason: may he rest in peace. ( toilet flushing )
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this is the "cbs evening news." >> mason: and this is our western edition. good evening, i'm anthony mason. there was another shake-up at the white house today. chief strategist steve bannon is out. he joins chief of staff reince priebus, national security adviser michael flynn, and press secretary sean spicer as original team trump members shown the door. bannon's departure came as president trump was sequestered at camp david for national security meetings. margaret brennan now on how it all went wrong for a darling of the right. >> reporter: in an interview with the weekly standard, steve bannon says his exit means, "the trump president that we fought for and won is over," but he said he is now free to crush the opposition. white >> reporter: white house press secretary sarah sanders said that chief of staff john kelly
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and strategist steve bannon mutually agreed on his exit. but sources tell us that the president had grown frustrated by bannon's rising profile and recent publications describing him as the mastermind behind mr. trump's campaign. the president's irritation was clear during tuesday's explosive press conference. >> but mr. bannon came on very late. knowknow that. i went through 17 senators, governors, and i won all the primaries. mr. bannon came on very much later than that. >> reporter: bannon was one of the first white house staff members hired, and he arrived with a nationalist agenda, playing a key role in the controversial travel ban. shortly after the president's inauguration, he described himself as part of a new political order. >> if you think they're going to give you your country back without a fight, you are sadly mistaken. every day-- ( applause ) every day, it is going to be a fight. >> reporter: his prior work at breitbart news, which has lent editorial support to the white supremacist movement, made him a daghtning rod for criminal. on breitbart radio in 2015, mr.
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bannon interviewed mr. trump about immigration and described himself as having more hard-line views. bannon was unafraid to feud with other white house officials, particularly the president's son-in-law jared kushner, economic adviser gary cohn, and national security adviser h.r. mcmaster. just this week, bannon seemed to undermine trump administration foreign policy when he said in an interview, "there's no military solution to north korea." as for bannon, he has already rejoined breitbart news and even as for ban non-he has already rejoined breitart news and joined an executive meeting there this afternoon. he says he's going to go to war on behalf of the president, but as one official said to me, "others might need to duck." anthony? >> mason: margaret brennan with the president in new jersey. thanks. bannon's departure comes as the president continues to take heat for his handling of charlottesville.
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on facebook mitt romney wrote, "mr. trump caused racists to rejoice, minorities to weep, and the vast heart of america to mourn." romney said the president needs ong dmit he was wrong and apologize. a number of charities that had toanned to hold fundraisers at mr. trump's mar-a-lago club in palm beach have pulled out, including the red cross, the american cancer society, and the salvation army. di turn now to john dickerson, onr chief washington correspondent and anchor of e nae the nation." john, what does it mean that bannon is gone? >> well, it means that the person who was closest to the ideological heart of the trump movement is now out of the white house. at dwhat did that mean? that meant on issues like immigration, trade, taxes, where bannon's view was different than the orthodox republican view. that's now no longer got a champion in the white house. and the same on foreign policy. he was against the kind of adventurism that we've seen in previous republican politics. he also was the one who encouraged the president's counter-punching instincts. he was a risk taker during the campaigns.
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and what it means now that he's out is he's a bit of a norm breaker. he likes to break rules. now that he's out, he may very well become a fierce opponent of the white house from the outside. >> mason: an opponent of the president, do you think? >> an opponent of the president those who don't believe in unfettered free trade, those who want to close down the borders, who don't believe in comprehensive immigration hoform. eveaking on their behalf and challenging the president to live up to his promises, which is part of what he thought he was doing in the white house. >> mason: so how does this affect the president's agenda, if at all? >> well, the president said he was going to run the white house like a business, and so this business has had a lot of turnover. it's almost like he's had a hostile takeover of his own eraff. he'hat's difficult with the president because you're already kind of behind when you get into thewhite house. you've got a full plate, and you're not working with your staff yet. now he's got to develop a whole re nstaff. that's hard to do while you're also trying to launch an agenda. >> mason: john dickerson, >>anks. >> thanks, anthony. >> mason: sunday on "face the nation," john will talk to tim
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kaine of virginia, and tim scott of south carolina. authorities say terrorists who ies cked two cities in spain yesterday apparently were planning a larger, more sophisticated assault. at least 14 people, including one american, were killed, and more than 130 injured. investigators are trying to determine whether the driver of a van that ran down pedestrians on the crowded sidewalks of barcelona was among a group of terrorists killed hours later in a separate attack. isis has claimed responsibility. seth doane begins our coverage. >> reporter: more arrests were ma made today to jeers from onlookers. in all, four suspects have been detained following the twin- vehicle attacks, one down a busy barcelona street, the second 75 miles south in the beach town of cambrils, spain. this police document reveals the young faces of those believed to be behind these attacks and on
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the run. one is just 17 years old. sources tell cbs news that the terrorists were planning a larger attack, possibly a vehicle bomb using gas canisters, all being constructed in a house just down the street. the house exploded wednesday. it was leveled and the explosions were so strong, this neighbor showed us how it broke the glass in her window. spanish police theorize that after the explosives prematurely ignited, the terrorists then went to plan "b." the next day, a van was driven down the tourist-packed las ramblas in barcelona, swerving to hit as many people as possible. and eight hours later, terrorists in another car in cambrils rammed into more pedestrians. one woman died in the attack. >> it was just going up and down the street like ranting, raving. >> reporter: fitzroy davies was at a nearby bar and took this cell phone video when he saw one of the five terrorists taunting rs.icers.
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>> i thought i was watching a film, one of them horror films. orteeporter: a waiter near the scene told us he saw terrorists wearing what looked like explosive belts. ute suicide vests were fakes but did manage to instill fear. the five attackers in the car here were also carrying knives and axes, but the police acted quickly and shot them dead and that limited the damage they could do. anthony. >> mason: seth doane on the spanish coast. thanks, today, spain began three days of mourning for the victims. they were from all parts of globe, the youngest just three years old. here's debora patta. >> reporter: citizens of 34 nations were killed or injured when the van plowed through crowds in one of barcelona's most popular tourist areas. among the dead, american jared tucker. who was on a honeymoon with his wife, heidi. they were married a year ago and
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had been saving up for their dream holiday ever since. his father, dan, spoke to cbs news in san francisco, saying tucker's wife had been asked to identify his body at the morgue. >> i mean, that's the first time first tir been to europe. just at the wrong place at the wrong time, and it just-- it's hard to understand how-- how that can possibly happen. >> reporter: alex lucre of new york city arrived at las ramblas in a tour bus, just as the terrorist began his rampage. >> upon impact you just start teeing bodies and you start seeing people sprinting. and you could tell, like, that was the definition of fear. >> reporter: and courage was tested beyond all limits. 35-year-old italian bruno selftta died as he threw himself between the careening white van and his two young children. this little boy, seven-year-old australian julian cadman, is missing. he was separated from his mother who was critically injured in e e attack. frantic appeals for his safe return have flooded social
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media. back on the promenade, there was open defiance, hundreds marching in the streets chanting, "i am not afraid." and later, at the makeshift memorial, there were prayers and there were tears. the crowds have returned to las ramblas, a testament to barcelona's resilient spirit. this is a city that refuses to be cowed by an act of terror. anthony. >> mason: debora patta in barcelona. thank you. with europe already on edge, a man went on a stabbing rampage in finland today. he attacked eight people in the city of turku, before police shot him in the leg and arrested him. two of the victims died. finnish authorities have not determined if it was terrorism. tre in the u.s., a funeral was held today for one of the two virginia state troopers killed last weekend in the
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charlottesville helicopter heash. berke bates had been assigned to record aerial footage of the white supremacist rally that erupted in violence. the married father of two died the day before his 41st birthday. birt officials are investigating whether the chopper had a mechanical problem. also today, the mayor of charlottesville called for an emergency session of virginia's legislature to allow the city to remove a statue of confederate general robert e. lee. plans to scrap the monument drew white supremacists from across the country. demonstrators from the alt-right are expected to face off against counter-protesters in a number of cities this weekend, including boston. demarco morgan is there. demarco. >> reporter: good evening. barricades are up and security plans are in place. boston officials say they are ready and prepared for tomorrow's so-called free speech rally as thousands of protesters, consisting of white supremacists and counter-
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protesters, are expected to show up in boston common. boston's police commissioner said they will deploy hundreds of officers and security cameras. they are warning protesters that violence and vandalism will not be tolerated, and anything that could be used as a weapon is prohibited. on sunday, police in laguna beach, california, say they are also getting ready for another white supremacist/counter- protest rally that was scheduled before what happened in charlottesville, virginia. anthony, tomorrow's protest omght here in boston starts at 12:00 noon. >> mason: demarco, thanks. and coming up next on the cbs evening news, madras, oregon, becomes a mecca for eclipse watchers. or alater, steve hartman with a watery requiem for a plumber. watery requiem for a plumber.
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pills block one and 6 is greater than 1. flonase changes everything. >> mason: it's still three days till showtime for the sun and the moon, but the audience is already filing in. here's jamie yuccas. >> this is all for the lovely eclipse. >> reporter: the narrow roads through some central oregon towns are already a parking lot. this is what eclipse watchers are facing heading towards prineville, but amid the throngs of people, a sense of calm 30 miles away in madras, oregon. it's these clear skies that have solar eclipse experts picking madras as one of the premier viewing locations in the united states. >> i guess i would say it's a sleepy, agricultural town.
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t reporter: not anymore, by the morning of the eclipse, madras, population 6,200, could grow to as many as 200,000. lisa vitimo was hired two years ago as madras' eclipse planner. >> there's a hustle and a bustle and kind of an excitement and an anticipation. >> reporter: and you're probably going to get those last-minute people who, "oh, i'm so close. i'm just going to go to madras and see it in totality." >> and we will get those. there's no way of actually counting how many people will asme. we know there will be a lot. >> reporter: they're already coming in droves. madras municipal airport normally gets three fights an hour. planes are now arriving every three minutes. at this r.v. park, where all the spaces sold out months ago, the party has already started for nths group who drove in from washington state. who's here to party? raise their hands. >> we're here. >> reporter: who is here to see the eclipse? never have so many come here all at once, so no one's totally sure what to expect. madras' mayor royce embanks:
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>> we will do what we can and we will keep people safe and hopefully they'll be happy and they'll go home and tell good things about madras. >> reporter: you can find just about anything in terms of eclipse merchandise here in town including, of course, yes, eclipse beer, but, anthony, with a million stargazers set to descend on the state of oregon, safety officials are asking people to stock up on food and water. >> mason: jamie, i'm looking forward to an eclipse beer. up next, exactly how the eclipse will unfold and your chances of seeing it.
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>> mason: joining us is lonnie >> mason: joining us now is lonnie quinn, chief weathercaster for our flagship station here in new york, wcbs. lonnie, the eclipse is monday, what can people around the country expect to see? >> it's going to be a big event. it will depend, really, on where you live. now, we have set up our old model solar system, and we know the earth revolves around the sun, the moon revolves around the earth, but occasionally they fall into alignment. and when the sun hits the moon and casts its shadow on the earth.
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you get a couple of things. most of you arg penuma. it's a partial shadow. it's a little sliver of the sun you are going to see, but some of you are going to see the smaller umbra, and that's when the moon totally blocks out the sun. it's called totality. and the area that that umbra hits is called the path of totality. and on monday, is stretches from oregon to south carolina. and if you're in that path, you will literally see daytime turn into night time. the temperatures are going to drop, and stars will even be visible during the daytime. that's the only time that you don't need the protective glasses. and in the medium-gray shaded area, about 90% of the sun is going to be covered. you're going to see the sky dim a bit, and temperatures are going to dip a bit, that includes places like seattle, denver, and atlanta. in this lighter-gray shaded areas, at least three-quarters of the sun will be covered in places like san francisco and philadelphia. so i think the big question is what is the weather going to be like along that path of totality? and what i've done is i've put together a little list of where i think the best viewing is going to be and where some of the problems could exist. but really, the best-looking
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spot could be out in the pacific northwest. madras, oregon, clear skies. totality for you about two minutes long, 10:19 to 10:21 in the morning. sun valley, idaho, a great shot for you as well. nashville, tennessee, it looks great. the problem spots, potentially lyoblematic, grand island, nebraska; st. joseph, missouri; charleston, south carolina. potentially too much cloud cover to get a nice clear shot of that eclipse. >> mason: lonnie quinn with those magic planets. thanks, lonnie. cbs news will bring you a live coverage of the eclipse on monday in a two-hour special beginning at 1:00 p.m. eastern time. two college students scored an astronomical bargain at a thrift store in orlando, florida. they found six vintage nasa flight suits buried in a box and purchased them for just 20 cents apiece. experts later determined the suits were worn by shuttle astronauts in the 1980s and are worth at least $5,000 each. now all they need is a spaceship. up next, steve hartman with a suitable send-off for a plumber. ber. plumber.
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>> mason: we end the week with a >> mason: we end the week with a tribute to a baseball fan. steve hartman wrote this ode "on the road." >> reporter: at the old durham bowl stadium in durham, north carolina, tom mcdonald is closing in on closure. for the last nine years, this retired new york city transit authority worker has been oraveling to baseball stadiums across america as a tribute to his closest friend from childhood. >> one of my very best friends. >> reporter: a plumber and devoted baseball fan named roy riegel. roy died in april, 2008. >> and it was opening day, you know. that hit me good. so...
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"i came home..." >> reporter: tom wrote a poem honoring roy. >> "i heard you kept on sleeping. a final opener, indeed." >> reporter: but it wasn't enough. he needed to do more, so he asked roy's mom for some of his ashes, put them in an old planter's peanut can decorated ut c ticket stubs and made a plan to sprinkle the ashes in plll parks all over the country. the first stop, the old metrodome in minneapolis. >> it was indoor, and i said what can i do, i can't pour powder. and i got it, it was right there. i said this guy was the greatest plumber ever. this is what we're going to do. >> reporter: here is where this story takes an elbow turn. >> i could almost hear him laughing. oingid okay. >> reporter: yes, tom decided the best way to honor his friend was to let him loose in the plumbing. he has hauled roy to 13 different ballparks, including city field where their beloved new york mets play in the queens neighborhood of flushing.
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>> even though it ends up where it ends up, for those few moments, it's in the ballpark, you know, right. if you throw them on the field where do they go? they get blown away. they're not there after a day or two. they're blown away at some point. so what's the difference, really. >> reporter: i have to admit, at first i found the whole thing a little sacrilegious, until we tagged along for the final flush in durham. tom had on his microphone and it picked up nothing but sincerity. ( crying ) >> oh, wow. >> reporter: which is why, hithough i can't speak for roy's whereabouts tonight, i can tell you that tom, least, is in a much better place. >> i think we kind of turned it around, yeah. >> reporter: steve hartman, "on the road," in new york. >> mason: and with that, this show goes down the drain. that's the cbs evening news. i'm anthony mason in new york. thanks for watching this week. i'll so you first thing tomorrow on "cbs this morning saturday" for the eclipse monday. have a good night. captioning sponsored by cbs
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captioned by media acce crissy field. a militia group-- known for being heavily armed has confirmed it's coming to town. we begin with a new twist in the fight over a planned political rally at crissy field. the group known for being heavily armed is coming to town. i'm allen martin. >> i'm veronica de la cruz. they are known as the oath keepers, a group of ex-police officers and military men who often show up rallies armed. they are adding a new element to the debate about an upcoming "patriot prayer" rally. >> reporter: san francisco city leaders, dianne feinstein, nancy pelosi, all asking the u.s. park service to rescind a promise for a rally planned at crissy field a week from tomorrow. the rally is on and this militia will be there, too,. >> reporter: they call themselves oath keepers ex- military and law enforcement officers who claim to keep the
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peace at potentially violent events. this is founder stewart rose speaking at a protest in boston in may. >> we're all in this together. a lot they declare they going to use force and violence which we disagree with. >> reporter: they are often heavily armed like we saw in ferguson and they plan to attend next saturday's pate prayer event at crissy field. san francisco mayor ed lee sounded the alarm. >> they are known to carry arms in a public way! obviously, um, that instills in us yet again the need to reevaluate this particular rally because it is more threatening than we have ever saw! >> reporter: police chief bill scott confirmed while open carry weapons are not permitted, concealed weapons are allowed at crissy field if a person has a proper pe


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