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tonight. captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: chelsea manning's last-minute reprieve. the transgender soldier, sentenced for leaking classified documents, is commuted by the commander in chief. also tonight, as more democrats boycott the inauguration-- >> when he questioned john lewis, they crossed the rubicon. >> pelley: ...putin comes to the president-elect's defense. aftershocks from medical treatment. sky-high bills patients never saw coming. and. >> a texas band. >> pelley: ...vocal discord. >> no way that i won't be the announcer. >> pelley: way. the longtime voice of the inaugural parade is silenced. >> a pat on the back is what i was expecting, and what i got was a kick in the butt.
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this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: the obama presidency is ending on a note of forgiveness. late today, president obama used the power given to him by the constitution and pardoned 64 people and shortened the sentences of 209 others, most notably, private chelsea manning, the transgender soldier formerly known as bradley manning, was serving 35 years for downloading hundreds of thousands of secret documents and passing them to the online site wikileaks. it was among the largest breaches in u.s. history. more now from margaret brennan. >> pelley: and we have a delay in margaret brennan's story, but we will come back to that as
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soon as we can. in the meantime, president-elect trump's schedule tonight includes dinner dinner in washington with the head of his inaugural committee. hundreds of thousands of people are expected at friday's inauguration events, but more than 50 house democrats are boycotting. nancy cordes is on capitol hill. >> i do not intend to attend the upcoming inauguration of the-- ( applause ) >> reporter: what started as a sporadic protest has grown to include roughly a quarter of all house democrats. >> there's nothing for me to celebrate. >> reporter: including pennsylvania's dwight evans and tennessee's steve cohen. >> when he questioned john lewis, they crossed the rubicon. >> reporter: mr. trump slammed congressman louis as all talk and no action after he said he did not consider the trump presidency legitimate.
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maryland congressman said, his twitter tirade showed a discard for the office you will soon hold and demands my absence from your inauguration. it's a turnaround from the campaign when it was mr. trump suggesting that the outcome of the election might be illegitimate. >> i'll look at it at the time. >> reporter: republicans like north dakota's john hoeven argued inauguration day should be above politics. >> regardless of who wins, we all need to support our constitution. >> reporter: but most of the boycotting members come from overwhelmingly democratic district where's they're unlikely to get much blowback. >> so what do you think i should do, go to the inauguration or not? >> reporter: when congresswoman karen bass polled hir los angeles constituents online, 84% said she should stay home. >> some people are telling me i shouldn't just focus on trump. i need to focus on the office of the presidency. but let me just tell you, that's a big hill to schiem right now. >> reporter: democrats have
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also been emboldened by several new national polls that show mr. trump is taking office with historically low approval ratings, far behind presidents obama and george w. bush. mr. trump dismissed those polls on twitter today, scott, saying, "they are rigged, jut like before." >> pelley: nancy cordes on capitol hill. and speak of boycotts, three times in our history the outgoing president boycotted his successor's inauguration. unhappy with the election in 1801, john adams refused to attend thomas jefferson's swearing in. like father, like son, in 1829, john quincy adams skipped town, upset at the inauguration of his enemy, andrew jackson. and then in 1869, andrew johnson skipped u.s. grant's ceremony after grant refused to ride with johnson to the capitol. but we will be there, of course, with live coverage friday beginning on "cbs this morning""
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and continuing throughout the day, including a special hour-long edition of the cbs evening news. today, russian president vladimir putin stuck his nose in american politics again, and his finger in president obama's eye, accusing him of undermining the legitimacy of the trump presidency. putin also disparaged those unsubstantiated tales of trumpian escapades in russia, and in doing so, went way out of his way to spill some of the salacious details. elizabeth palmer is in moscow. >> reporter: it was supposed to be a routine news conference with the president of moldova. but president putin used it to pour scorn on anyone associated with washington's dirty dossier, those unverified allegations of compromising sexual behavior by donald trump. "people who cook up hoaxes like that," he said, "are worse than
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prostitutes." but then, in a sarcastic segue, he went on to remind everybody the details. trump organized beauty contests, he said, and socialized with the most beautiful women in the world. "i find it hard to believe that he rushed to a hotel to meet with russian girls of loose morals." although, he added, "we do have the best ones in the world." finally, he addressed the future with mr. trump in the white house. "i'm sure in the end, we'll establish normal interstate relations, responding to the interests of the people of europe, russia, and the united states," he said. earlier in the day, russia's foreign minister, sergei lavrov, knocked down the suggestion that donald trump had hinted at a deal for russia to reduce its nuclear arsenal in return for the u.s. lifting sanctions imposed after the kremlin invaded and seized crimea in 2014.
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but, laf love went on to say, as soon as the new administration takes office, russia is ready to talk business, which includes disarmament. the russians have adopted a very tough tone coming into the inauguration. it's a signal that if and when team trump gets to the bargaining table with russia, they'll be facing a very tough-minded adversary, scott. >> pelley: elizabeth palmer at the kremlin wall for us tonight. liz, thank you. mr. trump's nominees for defense secretary and c.i.a. director are likely to be the first confirmed by the senate, perhaps as early as inauguration day. but major garrett reports tonight that other nom we haves to other departments are being slowed down by questions from their past. >> the hip act, as an orthopedic surgeon i bear some familiarity with that. >> reporter: that was tom price in june talking about legislation he introduced to delay a federal regulation related to hip replacements. a week before he introduce
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introoused that bill, price bought between $1,000 and $15,000 of stock in a company that stood to benefit from that delay. >delay. federal law prohibits members of congress from using inside information to make stock trades. senate minority leader chuck schumer: >> it may well be that this trade was illegal. >> reporter: mr. trump's nominee to lead the labor department, andy puzder has drawn protest over his labor practices at his fast food restaurants. transition officials say he has growing reservations about enduring a confirmation hearing. and montana congressman ryan zinke, mr. trump's interior secretary nominee and a former navy seal, has drawn criticism for improperly bilge the government for travel expenses in the late 1990s. zinke is also skeptical of manmade climate change and clashed with vermont senator bernie sanders at his confirmation hearing today. >> there's a lot of debate on both sides of the aisle.
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>> well, actually, there's not a whole lot of debate now. the scientific community is virtually unanimous. >> reporter: the trump transition has also been stymied trying to name a nominee for agriculture secretary because it's looking for more diversity in a cabinet dominateed by nominees who are wealthy, white men. transition officials now concede they lacked a diversity strategy when this entire process began. >> pelley: major garrett, thanks. we want to go back now to to our topistic the president's announcement late today that he is commuting the sentence of private chelsea manning for leaking secret government documents. here's margaret brennan. >> reporter: the u.s. army intelligence analyst was convicted in 2013 of taking secret government documents and publishing them on wikileaks. the damaging files included documents that showed civilian deaths from the iraq war were higher than official estimates. a video of a 2007 u.s. gunship attack that killed a dozen people, can including two journalists, and thousands of sensitive diplomatic cables,
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which the state department said put american lives at risk. in an interview with "60 minutes," manning's supervisor in iraq, jhirleah showman, said she noticed something about manning was off. >> i said that he cannot be trusted with security clearance. we can't deploy him. and he's most likely a spy. >> reporter: a military judge handed down a 35-year prison sentence for espionage. manning's lawyers said that made manning the longest serving whistleblower in the history of the united states and claimed the crimes never caused harm to the united states. shortly after his conviction, manning revealed he was transgender and that he wanted to live life as a woman. in prison, manning, now known as chelsea, twice attempted suicide. in her application for commutation, she expressed remorse for her crimes, writing, "i have never made any excuses for what i did." just last week, wikileaks founder julian assange tweeted that he would turn himself in if the white house offered manning clemency. n.s.a. leaker edward snowden also tweeted support for
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manning. today, the white house acknowledged that manning's sentence was longer than those who had committed comparable crimes, and said she'd be released this may. speaker of the house paul ryan called the commutation just outrageous, and a pentagon official said defense secretary ash carter was against the move. scott, separately, president obama pardoned retired general james cartwright for lying about leaking cyber secrets to journalists. >> pelley: margaret brennan at the white house. margaret. thank you. today, president-elect trump took a bow after general motors said it will invest $1 billion in america and add about 7,000 jobs. but who really deserves the credit? here's dean reynolds. >> reporter: the timing of today's general motors announcement was too good to let pass without a tweet from mr. trump. "with all the jobs i am bringing back into the u.s., even before taking office, with all of the new auto plants coming back into our country, i believe that people are seeing big stuff."
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but auto makers have stressed that their hands were not forced by the president-elect, and that the only cause-and-effect connection appears to be his repeated claims of credit for their decisions. in g.m.ee case, officials said today's move was years in the making. 1500 new or retained production jobs, 5,000 positions, primarily in engineering and information technology, plus 450 blue collar jobs brought from mexico. economist diane swan. >> these are long-term plans. you don't decide where you're going to build a manufacturing plant overnight. >> reporter: and yet, on january 3, when ford killed plans for a new plant in mexico, mr. trump suggested the company had done him a favor. "thank you to ford," he tweeted, "for scrapping a new plant in mexico and creating 700 new jobs in the u.s. this is just beginning." but ford said the decision was based on demand for their
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vehicles. last week, when fiat-chrysler outlined a big expansion, trump tweeted, "it's finally happening." but while that company said it was merely the second phaseave plan made public a year ago, diane swan says the timing of such announcements is at least partly an attempt to get on the right side of incoming administration. >> this is a time you take whatever is already there and put it up front. >> reporter:, of course, all of these decisions were made on president obama's watch, scott. so he's the one who could loudly claim at least a share of the credit. but he has chosen not to. >> pelley: dean reynolds for us tonight. dean, thank you. coming up next on the cbs evening news, beware of surprise medical bills that insurance doesn't pick up. care what you eat or how healthy you look. no matter who you are, a heart attack can happen without warning. a bayer aspirin regimen can help prevent another heart attack. be sure to talk to your doctor
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programs director for "consumers union." >> for the consumer who is trying to stay in their health plan network we really have a sort of wild west environment. you have states around this country where over 50% of the emergency room doctors are out of network at in-network hospitals. >> reporter: a hand full of states, like new york and connecticut, have plassed legislation limiting a patient's liability for out-of-network care. but for rhiannon schade, who is still fighting the bill, sorting out the details can be infuriating. >> i've spent hours and hours and hours on the phone with the provider, with the insurance company, appeal after appeal has been denied. >> reporter: your primary care provider, if you have one, can be your advocate with an insurance company or health care facility. in any case, consumers union offers a state-by-state tool for getting help. just search "consumer reports insurance complaint." >> pelley: george w. bush, thanks, doc. coming up next, i is there an is
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>> pelley: the suspect in the fort lauderdale airport mass shooting told investigators he was under government mind control. that testimony came today in a federal court hearing. we also learned that the suspect claimed to be communicating with supporters of isis, also known as isil. five were killed, six wounded on january 6. manuel bojorquez has today's developments. >> reporter: esteban santiago was escorsed in handcuffs and shackles to today's hearing. f.b.i. special agent michael ferlazzo testified that after the attack, santiago told the f.b.i. he was in touch on the dark web in isil khat rooms with other like-minded individuals promoting attacks. the the morning after the six-hour-long interrogation, f.b.i. special agent george piro would not rule out trump. >> we're look over all of his
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social media, things like that. it's giving us a picture of the individual. >> reporter: cbs news has learned that so far, investigators have not found evidence on santiago's computer or cell phone to corroborate statement he's visited jihadi khat rooms. santiago is accused of killing five people in a booingage claim area of the airport. initially, he said he was being controlled by the government and hearing voices air, claim he also made to the f.b.i. late last year in alaska, where he underwent a six-day-long psychiatric evaluation. agent ferlazzo told the court today santiago was only given antianxiety drugs, and his gun, which was seized, was then returned. the agent also said the f.b.i. has a record of santiago doing target practice in the months before the attack. scott, of the six people who were seriously injured, only one remains in the hospital. >> pelley: manuel bojorquez for us tonight, manuel. thank you.
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get this one done! ask about prevnar 13® at your next visit to your doctor's office or pharmacy. >> pelley: the torch will be passed on friday, and so will the mic. chip reid has sound and the story. >> i, divide d. eisenhower. >> reporter: it was 1957, right before the second inauguration of president eisenhower when broadcaster charlie brotman got a call. >> she said, "yes, mr. brotman, you will be the president's announcer." gulp! the president's announcer! i'm a nobody! >> the university of texas band! >> reporter: announcing inaugural parades has helped turn this nobody into a washington institution.
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you've been doing this for 60 years. >> 6-0, not to be confused. 60 years. >> reporter: 15 parades, 11 presidents, and he has the programs to prove it. you've got jimmy carter. you've got ronald reagan. you've got bill clinton. but this year, he was told his services will not be needed. >> i was really disappointed. >> reporter: are you a big admirer of charlie? >> huge. >> steve ray will be the new announcer. some people will say he's earned the right to decide for himself when to stop doing this. >> i would say he does have that right. but in this case, the apolitical, nonpartisan presidential inauguration committee also has the right to choose how they put on the event. >> reporter: critics of the decision note that ray was a trump campaign volunteer. even so, brotman doesn't blame him. >> not a bit! if i were he, i'd be ecstatic,
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too. >> reporter: in fact, brotman says, the story has a happy ending. he'll be covering friday's parade for a local tv station, reaching a much larger audience, and getting paid to do it. but you're okay? >> i'm-- i'm-- i'm better than okay. i'm a shade above spectacular now. >> reporter: at age 89... >> the world has opened its arms to embrace me. >> reporter: brotman predicts that his new broadcasting career is just getting started. chip reid, cbs news, washington. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, i'm scott pelley. we'll see you tomorrow from washington. good night.
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