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captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: on the job. >> great thing for the american worker, what we just did. >> pelley: on his first business day in the white house, president trump pulls the drug on a trade deal. and after a weekend of what they called "alternative facts," his spokesman makes a pledge. >> our intention is never to lie to you people. >> we will not go away on your first day. >> pelley: also tonight, the anti-trump protests. >> so the demonstration is over. what now? >> pelley: a powerful nor easter plows up the atlantic coast. and the deep south cleans up from a deadly weekend of storms. >> it literally looks like god took half of the mobile home park and threw it across the street into the woods. >> pelley: and george and
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barbara bush on the mend. >> they're essentially therapy for each other. >> this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: president trump's first business day was all business. he met with c.e.o.s and union leaders and pulled the united states out of a wide-ranging pacific trade agreement. this comes after a rough start to his presidency, a weekend of tweeting tantrums and falsehoods from the president and his spokesman. mr. trump was peeved about estimates of his inauguration crowd, which he felt were too low. saturday he used his first visit to the c.i.a. to boast about his victory and complain about what he called "a running war with with the media." margaret brennan has this busy day at the white house. >> all right. we're going to sign three memorandums right now. >> reporter: with the stroke of his pen, donald trump took three executive actions,
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reinstating a reagan era band on sending foreign aid to any overseas group that supports abortion right, ordering a federal hiring freeze, except within the military, and withdrawing the u.s. from a free trade deal with 11 asia pacific countries. >> great thing for the american worker what we just did. >> reporter: mr. trump said he'd instead negotiate with countries one on one and told a gathering of c.e.o.s that he'd reduce regulations and cut taxes, but punish them for shipping jobs overseas. >> if that happens, we are going to be imposing a very major border tax on the product when it comes in, which i think is fair. >> i believe that we have to be honest with the american people. >> reporter: white house press secretary sean spicer tried to reset relations with the peace corps after calling the media dishonest on saturday. >> this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration period, both in person and around the globe. >> reporter: spicer claimed
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photos of trump's swearing in were intentionally framed to minimize the crowd. today he explained he was actually referring to total viewership online, on tv and in person. he also admitted the data on attendees was incomplete. >> i think sometimes we can disagree with the facts. there are certain things that we may not fully understand when we come out, but our intention is never to lie to you. >> reporter: but the trump white house continues to insist the president is treated unfairly by the press, particularly regarding his relationship with the c.i.a., which he visited on saturday. >> i love you. i respect you. there's nobody i respect more. you're going to do a fantastic job. >> reporter: before assuming office, mr. trump brushed off the intelligence community's conclusion of russian election meddling by saying these are the same people that said saddam hussein had weapons of mass destruction, and he accused intelligence officials of leaking an unsun stab estimated dossier about his ties to russia. >> that's something that nazi
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germany would have didn't and did do. i think it's a disgrace. that information that was false and fake and never happened got released to the public. >> reporter: scott, today the trump organization released a letter showing that the day before inauguration president trump resigned from the company that bares his name along with more than 400 entities. >> pelley: margaret brennan at the white house for us tonight. margaret, thank you. there is an investigation under way into contacts between a top member of the trump national security team and russia. jeff pegues is looking into this. >> reporter: when president trump left c.i.a. headquarters saturday, a couple steps behind him was his national security adviser, retired general michael flynn. cbs news has learned that u.s. investigators have been looking into at least one phone call in late december between flynn and russia's ambassador to the united states, sergey kislyak.
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the call came just as the obama administration expelled dozens of russian diplomats and announced sanctions in response to the wave of election cyber attacks. on december 30th, russian foreign minister sergei lavrov suggested on russian television that the kremlin would retaliate by expelling american diplomats, but shortly thereafter, president vladimir putin sent out a note saying that he would not kick u.s. diplomats out of the country and instead talked about restoring russian-u.s. relations based on the policies of the trump administration. president-elect trump then responded in a tweet, "great move on delay by v. putin. i always knew he was very smart." investigators are trying to determine whether the trump team was coordinating with the russians leading up to and after the election. so far sources say they have found no evidence of wrongdoing. today white house press secretary sean spicer said the
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call between flynn and the russian ambassador covered four topics. >> one was the loss of life that occurred in the plane crash that took their military choir. two was christmas and holiday greetings. three was to talk about a conference in syria on isis. and four was to set up, to talk about after the inauguration setting up a call between president putin and president trump. >> reporter: flynn is not the only trump associate being scrutinized. sources tell cbs news that investigators are also trying the determine if others shared sensitive u.s. information with russia, including corporate trade secrets and if any criminal laws were broken. >> pelley: jeff pegues for us in washington. tonight the senate is expected to confirm republican congressman mike pompeo as director of the c.i.a. earlier today the foreign relations committee approved the nomination of rex tillerson to be secretary of state, but it
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was close, 11-10. approval by the full senate is now expected. also tonight, the new defense secretary james mattis called the secretary-general of nato to reinforce the importance that mattis places on the military alliance. mr. trump has called nato obsolete. tonight the deep south is reeling after tornadoes swept through over the weekend. at least 44 twisters were reported. 19 people were killed, more than were killed by tornadoes in the united states in all of last year. mark strassmann is in southern georgia. >> it's terrible to look here. the outside is inside. >> reporter: more than shirlene davis' heart raced when the twister hit sunday afternoon. she and her husband edgar kept moving room to room, away from their collapsing roof. what was it like to be on that floor as the roof is falling down? >> well, i went into survivor
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mode. >> i can't explain. you just... all your nerves and emotions just come to the surface. you just don't know what's going on. >> uh-huh. and then when it was all over, you know, we looked and came outside. speechless. >> reporter: the tornado flattened neighborhoods from louisiana to central georgia. >> you want some help? >> reporter: overnight teams searched by flash light for victims and survivors. seven people were found dead in this trailer park in adel, georgia, including amanda rowe. depp a tinsley powell is her sister. >> she had the best smile. she just loved my children so much. >> we need a lot of help here in doherty county. >> briscoe, the county chairman, posted video on facebook of the paradise village mobile home park. four people were killed here. >> it literally loox like god threw half of the mobile home
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park into the woods across the street. >> reporter: the davis are grateful to be alive, but their home of 35 years is gone in one violent minute. what are you going to do? >> trust in the lord and move on. >> reporter: i'm standing outside the davis' battered house, but take a look. many of their neighbors face the hardship and heart heartache. scott, thousands of people will be rebuilding for months. after a tornado strike one local official compared to a nuclear bomb. >> pelley: remarkable pictures. mark strassmann for us tonight. mark, thank you. tonight those same storms are headed up the northeast causing major delays at airports and flooding on the coast. don dahler is on the jersey shore. >> reporter: the winds are howling upward of 60mph in seabright. it has the feeling of a cold hurricane, and with the fact that the easing high tide is in full effect, the surf is crashing up and over seawalls all up and down the east coast. businesses, homes and streets are being flooded. the wind has brought down power
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lines and trees, tens of thousands of people are without power mark in philadelphia was killed by a blowing sign and a woman in delaware was injured by a falling tree. scott, despite the high winds and the water, there are people who are still very grateful that the temperatures remain above freezing. one year ago today, this area was slammed by a massive blizzard. >> pelley: don dahler in the nor'easter, don, thank you. well, in southern california, there was even more ran today. it got nearly four inches yesterday, and that was a single-day record. mireya villarreal is there. >> reporter: dramatic rescues played out all over california as the west coast was pelted with days of relentless rain. firefighters jumped in to save a family of four right before their truck was submerged by floodwaters. along san diego's coast, two women were swept away by a strong current, one was rescued
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by a witness. >> i got her and i threw her over my shoulder. >> reporter: violent waves pummeled california's shoreline, flooding beach towns. the storm also toppled trees and knocked out power. in the sierra nevada heavy storms trapped two cars. >> we hung out in the back and tried the stay warm and started thinking how long we would wait before oxygen got low or something. >> reporter: this is the worst storm to hit southern california in seven years. mireya villarreal, cbs news, los angeles. >> pelley: today iraqi forces claimed control of eastern mosul, the largest iraqi city occupied by isis with nearly a million residents. for 100 days now, u.s. forces have been supporting iraqi and kurdish troops in the siege, hoping of breaking the back of isis in iraq. today our charlie d'agata got a
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rare look inside the partially liberated city. >> it has taken three long and bloody months to get this far on an eerie drive-thru mosul the destruction became worse the closer we got to the university, a former isis weapons factory. donald trump has vowed to eradicate isis militants, but it's an enormous challenge. for these iraqi special forces, recapturing mosul university was a symbolic victory. [gunfire] thousands of iraqi soldiers have thought to have lost their lives in mosul, some in the battle to reclaim this sprawling complex, including a well-stocked chemistry lab where militants invented new types of bombs. aside from the obvious trail of destruction left behind, there are still signs of the isis occupation, including these two isis flags still playing the above the overpass. isis still holds western parts
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of the city. we spoke with lieutenant general abdulwahab al saadi, who told us he's counting on more support from president donald trump. what do you need most? "we need air strikes," the general said. "we need more equipment, including drones." that might be a tough sell with the new president, given that the united states has launched countless air strikes in the assault on mosul and spent millions retraining and arming iraqi forces. but the general told us the iraqi army still needs more help. for those in mosul exawsed by the fighting, that's the last answer they wanted to hear. in a sign of how difficult these battles are, scott, we weren't allowed anywhere near the chemistry lab because we were told isis left a building booby-trapped. it's a typical isis strategy that slows down iraqi forces while militants regroup elsewhere. >> pelley: charlie d'agata in mosul tonight.
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of this monday morning, one question lingers about what took place: so the demonstration is over. what now? >> time to get active in your community on every level. >> reporter: liz radford, jessica scheller and ann scholhamer cochaired the gathering that is now a staple on social media. >> i think it's unfortunate that things have to get really bad sometimes before it gets better, but sometimes when you push somebody to the edge, that's when they finally stand up and step out of their comfort zone. even if we have to do this every year or every month to get people together, to reenergize them, then i guess i'm in. >> we will not go away. >> reporter: the 2018 mid-term elections will be a primary focus, they say, safeguarding reproductive right, preserving health care and protecting immigrants are just three motivating issues for something that's still too new to be called a movement. >> a lot of the issues that we are talking about right now are american issues. >> reporter: for now they intend to press congress on
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mr. trump's cabinet and supreme court choices. was this a from test against the president? >> i think for many people it was. i think in some measure it was a protest on a grander scale about the mind-set that put the president into office. we want our presence known. we want him to understand that we're a very powerful demographic voting bloc, and we need to influence policy. >> reporter: they know they have a lot of work to do, scott, because as powerful as they hope to be, they are well aware that last fall they lacked the organization and the votes to defeat donald trump. >> pelley: dean reynolds in chicago, thanks. up next, smoldering smartphones. samsung says mystery solved. yet some cards limit where you earn bonus cash back to a few places. and then, change those places every few months.
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lithium-ion batteries, know for their high output and low cost. are these batteries safe? >> they are safe conceptually, but we're asking them to do more than ever in more tightly restrained an designed products. you're pushing the boundaries of what these batteries can physically do. >> reporter: there have been other products like e-cigarettes overheating and catching fire and about a half million hoverboards were recalled last summer because faulty battery packs could overheat and in some cases catch fire. airlines including alaska and virgin america are now stocking burn bags like these that can contain a lithium-ion fire. samsung also announced a new eight-point safety check of batteries that includes x-raying for abnormalities. scott, of the three million note 7s sold, 96% have been returned. that leaves about 120,000 unaccounted for worldwide. >> pelley: kris van cleve with
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the bushes have been longer than any first couple, 72 years this month. >> they truly are the most humble people. today when i told them that... i said, any words of advice? i'm going to go talk to the press. he said, "about what?" i said, "about you." and he said, "people want to know about me?" mr. bush wanted to go home today. doctors told him that wouldn't be prudent. his main concern is being home for the super bowl because the bushes are hosting a party. best wishes. and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night.
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