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good morning to our viewers in the west. it's tuesday, october 17th, 2017. welcome to "cbs this morning." breaking news, president trump says his nominee for drug czar has pulled out following a "60 minutes"/"the washington post" investigation. a whistle-blower claims tom marino sponsored legislation that weakened the dea's power to control opioid drugs. there are multiple reports that the isis capital raqqah has fallen. holly williams is there where u.s.-backed forces are celebrating. women around the world say me too online revealing how they endured sexual harassment or assault. gretchen carlson is in studio 57 with her playbook to help women
fight back. dozens of cities are competing for amazon's new led quarters and 50,000 new jobs. the areas with the best chances of willing and some say it's not worth the price. we begin with a look at today's eye opener, your world in 90 seconds. we're probably now i think at least as far as i'm concerned closer than before. >> the president plays both sides with mcconnell and bannon. >> i have a good relationship as you know with steve bannon. i like steve a lot. steve is doing what steve thinks is the right thing. >> standing next to mitch mcconnell as he's saying it. >> winners make policy. losers go home. >> time is up for isis in raqqa. >> u.s.-backed kurdish forces retaking the isis stronghold. tom marino is no longer being considered to be the president's drug czar after a "60 minutes"/"the washington post" investigation. troubles continue to mount for harvey weinstein. the weinstein company board is
discussing a potential sale. scientists have for the first time detected a collision of two collapsed stars resulting in the huge shock wave that rippled across the universe. more people are getting to go home in northern california. >> firefighters say they're making progress but the danger is far from over. >> all that. >> yankees win it as the big raymond clark broke through tonight. the yankees are on the board in this alcs. >> and all that matters. >> senator john mccain is taking the nation to tank for what he calls half-baked spurious nationalism. >> we will not thrive in a world where our ideals are absent. we wouldn't deserve to. >> on "cbs this morning." >> these guys are incredible. the fraternity is the university of central oklahoma, posted this video of their homecoming routine on facebook and will raise money for the special olympics and this is how they're getting the word out. >> this morning's eye opener
presented by toyota, let's go places. >> welcome to "cbs this morning." charlie rose is off so jeff glor is with us. good to have you here as you wake up in the west we have breaking news from washington. congressman tom marino, president trump's nominee to be federal drug czar has now withdrawn his nomination. >> an investigation by "60 minutes" and "the washington post" highlighted marino's role in the weakening of the drug enforcement administration's control over opioid drug distributors. the president said yesterday he would look again at this issue. >> i did see the report. we're going to look into the report. we'll take it very seriously because we're going to have a major announcement probably next week on the drug crisis and on the opioid massive problem. >> representative marino sponsored a law limiting the dea's enforcement power that took effect in 2016. more than 64,000 americans died
that year from drug overdoses, most from opioids. nancy cordes is on capitol hill. nancy, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. here's what the president tweeted a short time ago. marino has informed me that he is withdrawing his name in consideration as drug czar. tom is a fine man and a great congressman. but an increasing number of democrats had been pushing this president to choose someone else to represent the nation's fight against drugs. >> tom marino going to be the drug czar. he's going to do a great job. >> reporter: as recently as last week president trump was touting his pick to lead the nation's drug control effort. but in the wake of the "60 minutes"/"the washington post" investigation, he acknowledged he was having second thoughts. >> we're going to look into the report. we're going to trach it seriously. >> on monday west virginia democrat joe manchin sent a letter to president trump urging him to pull marino's nomination. >> there's nobody in my state going to believe that he is going to be sincere or be effective. >> it's disturbing.
>> reporter: lawmakers are struggling to figure out how they unwittingly passed a bill weakening the dea. >> those in favor say aye. >> reporter: the 1 1/2-year-old law maybes it harder for officers to block suspicious shipments of opioids that can fuel addiction. >> there should have been a giant flashing red light. >> reporter: claire mccaskill introduced a bill to repeal the law. >> i think it's fairly clear some of them were trying to work with the drug companies. >> reporter: but utah republican orrin hatch defended the law and his role in writing it. >> anyone who claims i or anyone else steamrolled dea and doj on this bill is either ignorant or woefully misinformed. >> reporter: and other sponsors said they got mixed messages from law enforcement. california democrat judy chu said when she met with the acting head of the dea he insisted the bill would not negatively impact their work. one republican author of the
bill, tennessee congresswoman marsha blackburn says if it has had unintended consequences they should make changes right away so there is now mounting bipartisan agreement that something is going to have to happen in the wake of this "60 minutes"/"the washington post" investigation. >> thank you very much. we wanted to find out just how much the pharmaceutical industry spends lobbying members of congress. a center for responsive politics spent close to $250 million last year. that surges to nearly $2.5 billion over the past decade. the industry consistently ranks at the top when it comes to money spent on lobbying gun rights last year totaled $10.5 million, that is just about 4% of what the pharmaceutical industry spent. >> we're following more breaking news, a dramatic turning point in the fight against isis. u.s.-backed forces in syria are celebrating the defeat of isis in its former stronghold of raqqa.
multiple reports that the city has fallen and fighters as you see are dancing and chanting in the streets. >> losing raqqah is a major blow for isis, the terror group once called the city its capital. holly williams is inside raqqah with the military gains and the challenges ahead. holly, good morning. >> reporter: good morning from the very heart of raqqah. this place used to be an ordinary traffic circle but then isis turned into a place where they carried out public executions. they posted the evidence of those horrific killings on the internet. now, the circle was retaken by these u.s.-backed syrian forces last night and yesterday we witnessed them on the streets of raqqah celebrating. they were in a victorious mood after a four-month-long battle. it is a bizarre feeling to be here because during the three plus years that isis was in control of raqqah, if i had somehow made it into isis territory, i would almost certainly have been taken captive and very likely killed.
now, there are thought to be isis fighters still lurking and building -- in buildings and tums here in raqqah and it could take months until the city is finally cleared of explosives that were laid by isis. then they will somehow have to find a way to rebuild this shattered city where there is hardly a building that is unscathed. some buildings like this one over here have been left to pulver advise by fighting. others like the one behind me have been flattened by u.s. air strikes. nearly all of the residents from raqqah perhaps all of them have now left the city and many are in refugee camps. it is a terrible irony that in order to retake raqqah from isis they've had to destroy it. gayle. >> that is ironic, yet still cause for celebration there. thank you very much, holly williams reporting from syria. president trump wants to show the world that he can work with senate republican leader mitch mcconnell. the two men met reporters in the rose garden yesterday after a white house meeting. the president said he and mcconnell are, quote, closer
than ever before. they appeared after mr. trump's former chief strategist steve bannon declared a season of war against the gop establishment. major garrett was in the rose garden yesterday asking questions. major, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, just over a week ago a senior senate republican described in white house as an adult day-care center, meaning president trump and the national majority leader mitch mcconnell needed a unity photo-op and needed it badly. wasn't easy, what with the president's good friend steve bannon waiting in the wings with threatts of political rhett tri bewkes against mcconnell and other supposedly wayward republicans. >> steve is very committed. he's a friend of mine and he's very committed to getting things passed. >> reporter: that steve is steve bannon, the exiled white house chief strategist president trump likes to use against senate republicans. >> it's a season of war against a gop establishment. >> reporter: the main target, senate majority leader mitch mcconnell. >> reporter: the donors are not happy and left you. we cut your oxygen off, mitch.
>> reporter: for the president he is a threat he can deploy before his cab knelt. >> i know how he feels. depends who you're talking about. there are some republican, frankly, that should be ashamed of themselves. >> reporter: then ignore less than two hours later. >> the republican party is very, very unified. >> reporter: mcconnell scorned by the president in august -- >> i'm very disappointed in mitch. >> reporter: now a potential man of the hour. >> we have's been friends for a long time. >> reporter: and with mcconnell with no other chase playoice pl long. the commander in chief was also asked why he withheld public comment on four u.s. soldiers skilled in ang ambush nearly two weeks ago in niger. the president said letters will soon be sent to the families. he then said this about his predecessors. >> if you look at president obama and other presidents, most of them didn't make calls, a lot of them didn't make calls. >> reporter: officials for president obama, george w. bush and clinton told cbs all three made calls to family of the fallen. mr. obama's attorney general
tweeted, stop the damn lying. you're the president. white house press secretary sarah huckabee sanders said president trump, quote, wasn't criticizing pretty sesers but stating a fact. she said previous presidents have used calls, visits and letters to console grieving military families. the point the president was making, she said was that he hadn't called every single family that was grieving. >> all right, major, thank you very much. senator john mccabe is warning against american isolationism. the arizona republican made the remarks during his acceptance speech for the liberty award that honors a lifetime of sacrifice. joe biden presented the award in philadelphia. >> to fear the world we have organized and led the three quarters of a century to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain the last best hope of earth for the sake of some
half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems. [ applause ] >> mccain who is being treated for brain cancer spent 22 years in the navy and was a prisoner of war in vietnam. the weinstein company's board of directors is expected to meet today to discuss the company's possible sale amid the scandal surrounding ousted co-founder harvey weinstein. billionaire tom bar rack has emerged as a potential buyer. more than 50 women accuse harvey weinstein of sexual harassment or assault. bianna golodryga shows us how they cast out on the company. good morning. >> reporter: a big day for the company. harvey's brother bob weinstein spent the weekend condemning harvey and insisting he wasn't going to unload the company they built together. but it appears the other two remaining board members have other ideas and are desperately seeking a way out.
as the number of harvey weinstein's accusers grows, the studio he founded is in financial freefall. >> the weinstein company as it is has just become so toxic that they can't continue business. >> reporter: ben frittez spoke an official who estimates the company could be worth $300 million. last year harvey weinstein estimated his company was worth at least $700 million. due to a powerhouse library that includes the film's lion, "the imitation game" and "project runway." >> time is up. >> reporter: a private equity firm offering a buy-out that would save the weinstein company. >> it's probably declining in value every day. it's important as these accusations come out. >> reporter: board members refuse to say what they new about his behavior. >> it was the easy option to turn a blind eye.
>> reporter: behavior ivana lowell who dated harvey's brother bob began writing about in 2010. >> that's harvey and that's how he is and that's how everyone in the office i think felt. people were very scared of him and everyone was scared they could lose their job. >> reporter: like any good screenplay, the weinstein company's possible sale comes with a twist. the man at the helm of colony capital is tom bar rack. >> i have only amazing things to tell you about donald. >> reporter: a close ally of president trump. >> can only imagine that tom barrack is a supporter. >> reporter: harvey weinstein continues to deny any allegations of nonconsensual sex. he has also had a previous business relation with barrack. bar rack was one of the investors who bought the weinsteins' previous company miramax from disney in 2010. the big question does remain what did the board know and
when? >> all sorts of plot twists with this sad saga. >> thank you. the death toll is still rising from northern california's massive wildfires. 41 people confirmed dead. they range in age in 14 to 100. among them is a driver whose truck overturned while delivering water to the fire lines. the wildfires destroyed some 5700 homes and businesses. we have more from santa rosa where a husband held his wife for hours in a pool trying to keep her alive. maria, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. search and recovery crews going through burned out homes like this, they're looking for victims and any sort of hazardous material that might make it dangerous for people to return home. we spoke with one woman whose parents took refuge from the wildfires in a swimming pool for several hours. one of them did not make it out alive. >> it was escape or die. >> reporter: monica berriz
smelled smoke. >> there were 30-foot flames on both sides of the house. >> reporter:s of it was after midnight. the firestorm made visibility so poor she couldn't see her parents' car got stuck behind her forcing the couple to flee on foot into a nearby pool. >> it was just a miracle that my father survived it. i wish my mom had had the stamina to make it just a little bit longer. >> reporter: armando suffered second degree burns holding on to his wife of 55 years in the pool for at least five hours until her lungs gave out. >> she passed so peacefully in his arms and he was so pleased that it wasn't anything but peace. >> reporter: carmen is 1 of more than 40 confirmed deaths from the wildfires. 71-year-old daniel southard sent a text message to his son who lost his mother at the age of 2 just before the fires broke out.
leroy and donna halbur just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. at 14 cai shep period was among the youngest victims. his family members badly injured. the search continues for dozens of people still missing. >> maybe they ran out of the house and are at a neighbor's house. we're just trying to give a good show row sweeping before we allow the general public back in. >> reporter: there are more than 100 people still unaccounted for as crews search to through this rubble. they are being careful about when and where they bring out cadaver dogs. they want to make sure this process is safe for everyone. >> very tough story. thank you very much. maria. there is an update to our cbs news investigation into complaints over carbon monoxide in ford explorers. the center for auto safety is urging ford motor company to recall more than 1.3 million explorers. now, this comes just days after ford announced it's offering free inspections and repairs to reduce the potential for exhaust
to enter vehicles but the company insists this, its explorers are safe and said the offer was, quote, for customers' peace of mind, kris van cleave has the latest. chris, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the center for auto safety is calling on ford to recall all of its 2011 to 2017 ford explorer suvs. an issue we've been reporting on for months. the national highway craft safety administration is investigate more than 2700 complaints about possible carbon monoxide seeping into the cabin of explorers. that includes reports of 41 injuries and three accidents that may also be linked. in july, police in austin, texas, parked more than 400 explorers after two dozen officers were found to have carbon monoxide in their blood. across the country, ford has been repairing the explorer police cruisers at no cost but the company says that issue is separate from the complaints in civilian nod models and was due
to modifications after they were purchased like installing emergency lights. responding to the call for a recall, ford said the company is confident in our current methods for quickly identifying and addressing potential vehicle issues. so instead of issuing a recall, ford is going to send letters to owners of 2011 to 2017 explorers encouraging them to bring the vehicles in for inspections and possible repairs. >> chris, thank you very much. the wi-fi network in your home may have dangerous security problems. ahead, the newly discovered flaw that opens almost every wi-fi connection to hackers. but first it is 7:19.
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a fast-moving fire that started overnight is forcing evacuations in the santa cruz mountains. the be good morning, it's 7:26. i'm michelle griego. a fast-moving fire that started overnight is forcing evacuations in the santa cruz mountains. the bear fire has grown to more than 125 acres. at least 100 structures are threatened right now. evacuations are in place for deer creek road, rones road, dons road, lost valley road, favre ridge and oakridge. 95% of customers affected by the wine country wildfires now have power. pg&e says it is still working to restore power to 22,000 customers. here's neda with the forecast. >> i want to show you the conditions right there where the fire is burning down near mulder creek, bear creek road. so 65 degrees right now. that's what the firefighters are dealing w northwest winds
at 1-mile-per-hour gusts up to 4. so really not too bad as far as winds are concerned. he would may see north winds and low humidity. more fires continuing to burn in the north bay hills. here's the wind conditions. so at least when it comes to winds it's not too bad. temperatures are also going to continue to drop throughout the week. 81 for napa. we'll be right back with a check of traffic.
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the hometown cooking and the fans. they're ready. over the moon -- >> yes. >> a lot of playoff baseball to go. including a cubs series. >> who is your favorite son rooting for? >> the yankees. >> aaron judge. >> we all love him. >> we all love him. >> welcome back to "cbs this morning." here are three things you should know this morning. lawmakers behind a bill weakening the drug enforcement administration responding to the 60 minutes "washington post" investigation into the opioid epidemic. congressman marcia blackburn said to a spokesperson, quote, if there are any unintended consequences from this bipartisan legislation, they should be addressed immediately and cosponsor calls the report deeply troubling. cybersecurity experts are talking about a vulnerable in every wi-fi network. allowing hackers to steal sensitive information when devices are connected to wi-fi.
we asked nicholas thompson why it's so serious. >> this is worse because it was at the core of something we thought it was safe and universal. >> microsoft already has a fix and some software updates. google promises a patch within weeks. the producers guild voted to begin the termination process for harvey weinstein. calling them to work together to ensure sexual abuse eradicated. the vote comes two days after the motion picture academy revoked his membership. a huge number of sexual assault and harassment survivors are sharing their stories online. >> it happened to me, too. >> me too. >> it happened to me too. >> and it happened to me too. this is my story. >> untold number of women posted "me too." and revealed their intimate
experiences of abuse. their stories flooded social media and painted a picture of how many people endure sexual abuse and harassment every day. why these women are coming forward now. good morning. >> good morning. these survivors are sharing their personal stories of harassment and assault online. many of the women spoke to say they're reliving painful personal traumas while hoping to break the cycle. >> i decided to call it rape because i was blacked out drunk and i was taken advantage of. i don't remember what happened. >> sharing her experience as a rape survivor has been empowering for haley jacobsen. >> it's my truth and no one can take that away from me. it's my story. >> reporter: jacobsen wrote on facebook monday i woke up today knowing it was time. i published this because i would do anything to have had these words at 16. >> me too. and i was blamed for it. i was told not to talk about it.
>> i was nine years old when the child sexual abuse started. >> the massive response to #metoo demonstrated what many women already know. americans are sexual assaulted every 98 seconds. one in six women have faced rape. >> it took me years to label what happened to me as sexual assault. >> pittsburgh city council woman natalja wrote in a facebook post on monday no would even dare suspect i've been raped but i have. it happened to me. she continued "i've been touched inappropriately donors and come on to by so-called political allies and physically intimidated by men in politics." i never wanted my political adversaries to see it as an vulnerability to exploit. i never wanted to be seen as weak. >> there's no room for judgment or shaming. >> reporter: whitney is the founder of bumble.
he said the digital harassment she experienced affected her business model. >> we have zero tolerance policy. it's important we look in the mirror and say what are we doing to be a part of this solution not a part of the problem. >> these personal stories are just the tip of the iceberg. many of the women that we spoke to say they're trying to spread a greater understanding of how often harassment and assault happens in our society. some women online are calling for men now to admit when they have harass or assaulted someone. as a result " #i have" is appearing on social media. >> alissa milano started this. >> correct. >> as dark as this is, the light is so many people have the opportunity to share what they've been holding inside. >> yes. >> amazing how many women we
spoke to on the phone and twitter who shared their story for the first time and said they felt so empowered by being able to say "me too." it's a sad story to tell there are so many people that have that. >> imagine holding in and realizing i'm not alone. other people are supporting you and cheering you on to speak up. what i think is important for the men to speak up and say it's not okay. >> absolutely. it's not okay. they need to be a big part of this conversation >>well, said. >> thank you. >> thank you very much. cities across north america are vying for attention from the world's largest online retailer. ahead the creative ways the cities are trying to become the host of amazon's second headquarters. and why some mayors want nothing to do with the contest. we invite you to subscribe to the "cbs morning news" pod casts. find them on apple and itune's pod cast app. you're watching "cbs this morning." when you have a cold
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headquarters of amazon. the online giant announced last month the new location could involve a $5 billion capital investment, and 50,000 jobs. amazon wants a diverse city with a large talent pool, mass transit, and high quality of life. some say the company is creating an infair bidding war for tax breaks. we take a look at the best shot of winning the company's attention. >> reporter: good morning. amazon narrowed the search to cities in north america with an international airport and at least a million people overall. beyond that, any city has a shot. boston, for example, top tier universities. austin with the high quality of life, a place like new york with a large and diverse work force. all these cities and more have until thursday to get amazon's attention and some of their leaders have been using social media to do it. >> how do i get amazon to take notice of kansas city? >> kansas city mayor sly james answered his own challenge. by slipping kansas city
factoids. >> $122,000. >> to reviews of a thousand amazon products. >> at $14.99 these wind chimes are music to my ears. >> reporter: frisco's mayor got help from jerry jones. >> we have the -- >> reporter: and anything goes when vying for the attention of the world's largest online retailer. which is why tucson sent a 21-foot cactus, birmingham planted boblgss around town. and several cities got help from amazon's personal assistant. >> what is the most interesting company in the world want to locate? >> obviously washington, d.c. >> more than 30 cities are expected to submit proposals dallas, atlanta, and d.c. check most of amazon's boxes. so we asked our colleagues in those cities why they stand out. >> everything is bigger in texas! except for the taxes. in texas, there is no state
income or state estate tax. here in dallas, amazon hopefuls say it's easy to do business and the cost of living is cheap. >> the nation's capital has a lot to offer and amazon founder jeff bay zezos has an interest d.c. he owns the "washington post." he reportedly dropped $23 million on the historic home. it's said to be the largest in washington. >> atlanta also has big. starting with the world's busiest airport and amazon has a lot of cargo to ship. georgia tech would offer i.t. support, and the city was built for business. recently both for cities bends and porsche relocated their north american headquarters to atlanta. >> reporter: some cities aren't getting involved. citing amazon's emphasis on subsidizes an incentives. in a wall street journal op-ed the san antonio mayor added
blindly giving away the farm isn't our style. >> i think amazon is going to come out ahead. it's not clear if the cities will. >> reporter: amy studies urban economics at the brookings institution. she worns that amazon's second city could suffer some of the same issues plaguing the first, seattle. >> there are real -- in being a winner. seattle now experiences high inequality, not enough affordable housing to house workers. >> reporter: denver mayor admits that growth can have the down sides. >> is there a way you can guarantee if amazon comes here the average rent won't go up? >> no way to guarantee it. >> reporter: there are people who don't necessarily want 50,000 new residents and a lot of traffic on the roads. >> yeah. listen we are a growing city. we are charged with managing the growth. >> reporter: the mayor hancock is confident in his city's charms, touting 300 days of sunshine a year and the rocky mountains. >> it's one of the safest top ten cities in the country.
it's a relatively safe, fun, active lifestyle. >> reporter: but no city is perfect. >> how is the wi-fi? [ laughter ] >> reporter: great. >> not as great as seattle. >> and no country is perfect either. reminder that amazon's second headquarters might not land in the united states at all. some canadian cities, including ottawa and toronto are submitting bids and canada's immigration policies could help with international talent. amazon is expected to make the decision sometime next year. >> it's got to be in the united states. come on! >> maybe detroit. we were talking about detroit. detroit has a bid that will involve windsor city over the river there in canada. >> yeah. i heard. >> like the twin cities sort of deal. >> yeah. detroit is in the running, it would be great. >> buffalo. >> detroit. >> thank you, tony. >> thank you. up next a look at this morning's other headlines including the how massive chunks could come down anywhere.
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dropping water and digging containment lines - to stop the spread of the "nuns it good morning. it's 7:56. i'm kenny choi. in napa county, fire crews are dropping water and digging containment lines to stop the spread of the nuns fire. it burned 51,000 acres since last sunday. and it's now 53% contained. and a look at the bear fire burning right now in santa cruz county. it has spread to more than 125 acres and threatened at least 100 structures right now. officials say evacuations are in place for residents on deer creek road, and several other roads. neda has the conditions there right now. >> right now, looks like dry
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good morning to our viewers in the west. it's tuesday, october 17th, 2017. welcome back to "cbs this morning." there is breaking news president trump's choice to -- withdraws his nomination after 60 minutes investigation into the opioid crisis. and former fonx news anchor gretchen karlsson is here. breaking news from washington. congressman tom mariano has withdrawn his nomination. democrats have been pushing this president to choose someone else to represent the nation's fight against drugs. it is a terrible irony that in order to retake it from isis
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>> i'm gayle king with norah o'donnell and jeff joins us at the table. good to have you here. he's here because charlie is off today. there's breaking news president trump announced this morning his choice for federal drug czar pulled out. he tweeted representative tom moreno told me he's withdrawing his name. tom is a fine man and a great congressman. the pennsylvania republican was receiving criticism after investigation by 60 minutes and the "washington post" ma romo sponsored a law that some say weakened federal enforcement power over opioid power distributors. nancy is reporting on capitol hill this morning. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. lawmakers are saying that this build didn't get enough scrutiny the first time around. they're wondering why the dea dropped the initial objections. mariano had a lot of cosponsors. democrats and republicans for the law. whistle blowers say it makes it more difficult for the gf to block suspicious shipments of
opioids. missouri senator claire mccaskill it's clear some of the law's authors are trying to too hard to help the drug industry. others may simply not have understood the implications. and she's introducing the bill to overturn the law. already west virginia senator joe manchin and new hampshire have signed on as cosponsors. according to the cdc, their two states were among the hardest hit by drug overdose deaths in 2015. largely due to the opioid op epidemic. manchin asked mr. trump to drop mariano's nomination for drug czar. but republican orrin hatch who moved the bill through the senate defended it. he said that the problems are being overblown and that, in fact, the dea helped to write some of the language that is in this bill, jeff. >> nancy, thank you very much. president trump faces criticism for saying his predecessors didn't call
families of soldiers killed in action. mr. trump was asked yesterday why he had not spoken about four americans killed nearly two weeks ago. the president said he just written letters to the families and would call them soon. >> if you look at president obama and other presidents, most of them didn't make calls. a lot of them didn't make calls. president obama, i think, probably, did sometimes and maybe sometimes he didn't. i don't know. that's what i was told. >> spokesman for president president obama, george w. bush, and clinton said they made calls to the families of the fallen. >> and a 2009 photo shows mr. obama saluting a soldier's casket at dover in delaware. his former chief of staff called president trump's statement a [ expletive ] lie and called him, quote, a deranged animal. president brush said he wrote the families of the fallen and
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before his death in may. karlsson is an advocate for workplace equality. she was named one of time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world for 2017. karlsson has a new book called "be fierce: stop harassment and take your power back". she shares a playbook for women who want to speak out. she worked from cbs from 2000 to 2005. she joins us now. good morning. welcome back. >> it's great to be back. you're in the bright new studio across the street where i used to be. >> yeah. >> let me ask you, we have spoken over the past year. you sued one of the most powerful men in television. what made you come forward? >> well, courage is a building process. it's not a light switch that you just turn on overnight. and i think that's important, especially with this issue. because women are labelled troublemakers. the b-word and nothing good. they're not believed when they come forward. it takes immense courage. it's an excruciating choice.
for me, i realized that my career, my american dream of 27 years of hard work that it was going to come to an end and it wasn't my choice. and i decided that i had to speak up if i didn't who was going to do it. and i didn't want my children to face the same indignities i had faced. >> you also say that many women -- any woman who has spoken up, it's not just tv news, you said it crosses all kinds of businesses where this is an issue. but you point out in your book that any woman who has spoken up is no longer in her chosen career. it's surprising. >> it's equal opportunity epidemic. i started hearing from thousands of women after my story broke and they were waitresses, bankers, flight attendants, teachers. many of whom have thanked me. because they faced this pervasive issue. this is a silent epidemic in our country. >> the perpetrator is in still in place. >> they are because we have chosen as a culture to silence
the victims either with settlements where you're gagged from ever saying what happened to you. or enforced arbitration which is a part of employment contracts now. it's credit. we need to change that. >> explain for everyone that doesn't know. the arbitration. all of us sign contracts like that. it means what? >> per vicive employments now a clause it means you're giving up the seventh amendment right when you sign it to go to an open jury process. when we start new jobs, none of us expect to get into disputes. i didn't. if you do, it's going to be resolved through arbitration. but here is the key, it's secret. you can never tell anyone what you're doing. no one will ever know about it. 20% of the time only the employee wins that much. >> you say silence is the most powerful weapon of the harasser. >> guess what happens, gayle? the woman gets fired. she never goes back to her chosen career. and harasser is left in the workplace to continue harassing.
>> which is the case in your settlement? >> the case with my settlement is that i can continue to talk about this issue, which i've been doing so much work on it for 15 months. i can't tell you the nitty-gritty details. you can look at it online. >> when you spoke out some of your fox news colleagues, like sean hannity publicly doubted your stories and defended roger ailes at the time. janine peer row said this guy is doing 8 million things a day. you think he's chasing her around? i know you can't speak about specifics. were you prepared from the action from women you work with? >> yes. >> you were? >> yes. look how we react when women have the courage to come forward. we need to change this. and we are. look at what is happening with the harvey weinstein story. >> you call it a tipping point. you call it a water shed moment why. >> women and putting names and faces to the issue. it's not just anonymity anymore.
i believe as horrifying as the revelations were i'm optimistic the hard work i've been doing for the last 15 months is paying off. the #me too trending for the last two days. now men are putting out their own hashtags to say, jeff, they want to be on board. and we need men to help us. >> yeah. >> that is very important they're in part of this conversation. there's a great article in the hollywood reporter by a show runner for shon that rhymes on abc. she said this entire culture is come police it. we make it about harvey. we've already lost. many people say we're focussing on that. look at the picture picture of what is happening in all industry. >> the thousands of women who reached out their stories were never told. i became a voice for them. in being able to publicly tell
my story. i hope those women will find the courage and bravery to tell their stories. and we'll tell them for them to eradicate this problem. that we will tell them for them to eradicate this problem. >> one of the places you're told to tell your story is human resources. sometimes they're not your friend. you say they're like the kgb. >> my lawyer called them that. and i want to reach out to those who are doing a good job but i advocate in the book there are maybe better ways to solve this issue. hire an ombudsman to come in, an independent person who's not getting their paycheck from possibly the harasser. and also we need to encourage more bystander training. >> more what? >> bystander training. >> what is that? >> people witness it. do you think for the 30 years of the allegations going on with harvey weinstein and other stories, people knew about it. there were enablers and the company covered it up, so we
need to encourage bystanders to also come forward. >> i've heard people say we knew he might have been a brute or a bully about his movies. we might have known he was a -- but we didn't know that. we didn't know it was to that extreme. to that you say? >> i'm sure other people knew that. i'm sure they did. this is the way it works and this is how we continue to cover it up. >> you watched when the billy bush tape came out during the campaign. you watched this with your kids. why did you do that? >> well, the first time i didn't watch it with my kids. i wanted to see what it was for myself. but i felt that it was imperative that i showed my 12 and 14-year-old kids that this is not how you treat human beings. i think it was a teaching moment for millions of parents across america. at least i hope it was. that they could show their children that this is not how you respect women. because look, it starts with our kids young. this is why i have an entire
chapter on how i believe we should parent our kids in an equal fashion. because it's really more about our sons. how are we raising them to respect women when they eventually get into the workplace, and that videotape, i don't care what your politics are, sexual harassment is apolitical and this is why everyone should care about it. when somebody harasses you, they don't say are you a republican or a democrat? they just to do it. this is why we should all care about it and human decency supersedes any political policy in my mind. >> was it all worth it when you look back at it? you wrote in the book how lonely it was sometimes, you didn't hear from people you expected to hear from. you were lonely at times. was it worth it for you to go through this? >> it was, gayle. if there's one constant thing about me, i always take on a challenge head on and never give up. i know that i have been a voice for so many women who never had one. and now i'm seeing that something good is coming of
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good morning from the traffic center this morning. starting on the lower deck we have an accident and stalled vehicle causing some big delays. here's a live look at conditions as you get on to the deck if you are heading out of san francisco into oakland right now because of this accident, you're looking at a 23-minute drive time towards the macarthur maze. what we're dealing with is an accident in lanes and a stalled vehicle blocking lanes 7 miles per hour in some spots eastbound and the wreck is just before treasure island. elsewhere, if you are heading off the eastshore freeway towards the bay bridge, from
the carquinez bridge, it's going to take but 51 minutes so almost an hour. pretty typical this time of the morning. no accidents reported heading into san francisco but backed up into the macarthur maze at the bridge. southbound 101 connected to northbound 880 one lane is blocked for an accident. high wispy clouds for parts of the bay area today. visibilities not impacted by the smoke and the haze. all of that is still burning though in the north bay hills. temperatures were pretty hot out there yesterday reaching 90s even above 90 degrees but santa rosa in the 90s. san rafael 76. san francisco 70 degrees. so temperatures are pretty much where we should be this time of the year. this high pressure is now moving east. and it's actually helping brings us an onshore wind bringing in low pressure that's expected to bring rain on thursday/friday.
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offering help on everything from unemployment benefits to insurance issues. there are other services, as well. it's located at the napa county health and human services office on napa valley corporate drive. here's neda with the weather conditions where the fires are. >> our vaca cam ra showing that smoke across the north bay hills. as far as the winds are concerned for the santa cruz fire looks at north winds. napa calm. santa cruz calm. over to the northern wine country oakmont northwest wind. lake county into mendocino county gusts up to 12. temperatures dropping 5 degrees today, 10 degrees tomorrow and then an onshore flow that will increase the humidity levels. some humidity levels in santa cruz as low as 14% this morning. here's a look at the highs today. we'll be at 81 in napa. 81 in santa rosa. 70 degrees for san francisco. we're waiting a highly anticipated storm and that might bring us a few hundredths
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