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captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: the ban expands. britain joins the u.s. in banning laptops and other electronics on some flights in response to a terror threat. also tonight, a ruling from the supreme court nominee. >> nobody is above the law in this country, and that includes the president of the united states. >> pelley: the president takes the battle for his health care bill to the capitol. >> president trump was here to do what he does best, and that is to close the deal. >> pelley: while his daughter takes an office in the white house. and rescue dogs. >> reporter: what would have happened to him had you not taken him in? >> pelley: paying back the kindness.
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this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: today, the united states and britain announced new restrictions aimed at heading off a terror attack aboard an incoming jetliner. electronic devices larger than a cell phone cannot be carried into the cabin. that means that laptops and tablets must be checked. but for the u.s., this ban affects only foreign airlines arriving from eight, mostly muslim countries. and for britain, foreign and british airline arriving from six mostly muslim countries. jim axelrod now on what's behind all this. >> reporter: a u.s. official tells cbs news the electronics ban is designed to avied repeat of scenes like this one in somalia 13 months ago when a bomber detonated a laptop packed with explosives just after takeoff. miraculously, the pilot was able to land, and only the bomber was
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killed. analysts are now convinced al qaeda has developed the capacity to hide explosives within batteries of the size used in laptops and tablets. phone batteries aren't big enough to be included in the ban. white house press secretary sean spicer: >> terrorist groups continue to target commercialave expaigz are aggressive in pursuing innovative methods to undertake their attacks. >> reporter: whiewl whooil u.s. intelligence reports no specific plorkt the ban will cover passengeron nine airlines heading to the u.s. each day from 10 airports in eight middle eastern and north african exrips u.s. carriers are not included, as they do not fly directly from the designated airports. the bombing in somalia depended on airport workers in mogadishu, seen on the bottom right, affiliated with the terror group al shabaab, handing the explosive-packed laptop to the bomber after security. u.s. officials worry about something similar. how does banning laptops from the cabin create less risk than if they're packed into luggage
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and cargo holds? manuel gomez is a former f.b.i. agent. >> it's not impossible that they could find a way to get a laptop inside of a plane and detonate it remotely, or even on a time, but it's much more challenging for them, and it's a much more sophisticate type of bombing than it would just be if they have the laptop device on their seat in a plane. >> reporter: roughly 50 flights a day to the u.s. would fall under the ban, but it is not clear how these measures would stop a terrorist with a laptop from just using an airline or an airport, scott, not included in the ban. >> pelley: jim axelrod furst tonight. jim, thank you. well, yesterday, the f.b.i. director confirmed he is investigating whether anyone in the trump campaign colluded with russia to sway the election. jeff pegues tells us tonight what he's learned about this, beginning with the man who once ran the trump campaign. >> reporter: one of paul manafort's most vocal critics is in ukraine. >> today, i present the
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documents signed by paul manafort. >> reporter: politician serhiy leschenko claims to have proof that manafort, president trump's former campaign chairman, was part of a money laundering scheme in 2009. leschenko says this contract shows manafort was paid $750,000 for about 500 computers. but leschenko says the money was actually for work manafort had done on behalf of former ukrainian president viktor yanukovich, who had ties to the kremlin and russian president vladimir putin. >> this payment, as we know, can proof was done to the paul manafort. >> reporter: manafort spokesperson questioned the validity of the documents and said the allegations are "baseless." manafort was hired by the trump campaign in march of 2016, beginning in june, websites with alleged ties to russia, dcleaks,
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loosier 2.0 and wikileaks began releasing data. at yesterday's hearing, f.b.i. director comey confirmed the bureau opened its investigation in late july. that same month, then-candidate trump encouraged more cyberattacks on his rival, hillary clinton. >> russia, if you're listening, i hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. >> reporter: then in august, manafort left the campaign amid questions about his ties to the former pro-russian ukrainian leader. as part of its investigation, the f.b.i. is trying to determine whether there was any coordination between the trump campaign and russian officials, but according to this declassified intelligence assessment, the russian hacking efforts date back to as aerlz 2015. eric o'neill say former f.b.i. counter-intelligence operator. >> there are no hackers. there are only spies. >> reporter: you think so. >> a spy is someone who is
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stealing information to further a cause or to gain information that helps the policies of their grveght or as we have seen in recent years, disrupt another government. >> reporter: yesterday, director comey suggested that it was possible that people colluded with russia without knowing it. scott, law enforcement calls those people "co-optees." >> pelley: jeff pegues in washington. jeff, thank you. well, that russia investigation and mr. trump's false claim that his phones were tapped are eroding his credibility on capitol hill. just as he faces one of the biggest votes of his presidency. today, capitalists on wall street worried about how much political capital he has. the dow was off more than 237 points, the biggest drop of the year on concerns that the obamacare replacement won't pass, and mr. trump's tax cuts could be threatened next. today, the president tried to convince skeptical members of his party.
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the health care vote is scheduled for thursday, the outcome still uncertain. margaret brennan is following this. >this. >> we had a great meeting and i think we're going to get a winner vote. >> reporter: on capitol hill, president trump tried to unite conservatives behind the newly revised republican health care plan. >> they're going to be adjustments made but i think we'll get the vote on thursday. >> reporter: mr. trump warned members of his own party they could lose their seats and possibly their majority if they vote no. speaker paul ryan: >> we made a promise. now is our time to keep that promise, and we keep our promise and the people will reward us. if we don't keep our promise, it will very hard to manage this. >> reporter: ryan and the white house have revised the bill to entice conservatives agreeing to freeze medicaid expansion, provide states an optional work requirement for medicaid, and give more help to older americans for insurance. that still may not be enough. in the meeting today, president trump called out freedom caucus chair mark meadows for his opposition. but that didn't change the north
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carolina conservative's vote. >> i'm still a no because the bill that we're currently considering, does not lower premiumes for the vast majority of americans. >> reporter: well, republicans can only afford to lose about 21 votes, scott. the latest vote count shows at least 23 conservatives against it, putting the bill on the cusp of failure. >> pelley: margaret brennan at the white house tonight. uncertainty over health care is weighing on patients and doctors at community clinecs, which are used by nearly 10% of americans. dr. jon lapook has this story. >> reporter: every day at the erie family health center in chicago, dr. mark simon sees patients, mostly the working poor. >> people can come in and get their cancer screenings, their blood pressure checked, their cholesterol checked. and, also, i think equally important, they can-- they can have a medical home. >> reporter: dr. simon has seen his practice dramatically expand under obamacare. the number of patients erie now
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serves has almost doubled over four years to more than 68,000. 63% get medicaid. of the 24 million people the congressional budget office projects would lose their health insurance under the new plan, erie health estimates that could include 9,000 of its patients. 61-year-old retired taxi driver lesly durand has heart disease, and he could be one of them. what kind of medical care were you getting before you had the insurance? >> none whatsoever. all i had to was, any time i feel some pain, i had to go to the county hospital. >> reporter: to the emergency room. >> i had to wake up at 3:00 in the morning to be there early. >> reporter: you want to be the first person in line. >> to be the first person in line to get inside to go to the e.r.. >> reporter: durand now volunteers coaching soccer. he's recovered from quadruple bypass surgery last year, and dreads any change that could leave him without insurance yet again. >> anything happen, i'm going to
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die. not only me, many others. >> reporter: is this keeping you up at night? >> yes, yes, it is. i see faces and see smiles and i feel that they might be slipping away. >> reporter: in 2015, community health centers served more than 24 million people. erie family health center anticipates that proposed changes to medicaid could drop medicaid coverage of their patients by as much as 85%. >> pelley: jon lapook, thank you, doctor. today, a childhood friend of the charleston church shooter was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison. joey meek admitted that he knew dylann roof planned to attack a black church, but he stopped a friend from turning roof in. nine parishioners were killed at the emanuel a.m.e. church in june of 2015. roof was convicted and is now on death row. today, the republican senate majority leader said he will oppose the president's proposed
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cuts in foreign aid. mitch mcconnel said diplomacy and charity are cheaper than war. mr. trump's plan to cut foreign aid comes as america is helping to feed millions of people in africa and the middle east. tonight arct least 100,000 face starvation in south sudan, the world's newest nation and one of the least developed. debora patta visited a hospital in the capital, juba. >> reporter: 11-year-old james abel is so malnourished he walks like an old man. his thin legs look as if they will break every time he takes a step. "my parents are dead" is the only thing he said when he arrived at the children's hospital three weeks ago. head nurse, betty achang, toad us abel is severely trawmidized after watching his parents shot in front of him. he barely eats the food he so
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desperately needs. >> he cries and he says he wants the mother and the father. >> reporter: abel is just one more victim of south sudan's three-year civil war, and now there is a new weapon-- starvation. one million children are in desperate need of food, but the fierce fighting means aid workers cannot reach the areas that need it most. there are critical food shortages now throughout the country. >> i just feel pain. what can we do? a child is supposed to be in school, and they are not supposed to be dying just like that. >> reporter: today, six-month-old moncastro admitted. she weighs less than nine pounds, and when her stick-like arms are measured it shows up red on the tape measure. the marker says red. what does that mean? >> it means the chyle is severely malnourishes. >> reporter: there are so many children needing help that the hospital has run out of beds. monica's mother is given a
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mattress. here, at least, they will get some food and medical care, "like two-year-old stev two-yea, who is so weak, he doesn't even open hisitize register the prickave needle. hunger has sucked the spirit out of him, just like this war has sucked the hope from this young country. debora patta, cbs news, jaba, south sudan. >> pelley: coming up next on the cbs evening news, judge gorsuch declares his independence from president trump. and mr. trump's daughter takes a bigger role in the administration. i've been blind since birth. i go through periods where it's hard to sleep at night, and stay awake during the day. learn about non-24 by calling 844-844-2424. or visit my24info.com. hi hey you look good. thank you, i feel good. it all starts with eating right.
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day, democrats pressed judge gorsuch on his views. >> can you do yes or no? >> it's taking a lot of time to get what i would think would be a fairly simple answer. >> just want a yes or no, that's all. >> reporter: and throughout the day this was gorsuch's response. >> i'm not going to say anything here that would give anybody any idea how i'd rule in any case like that. i think that's the beginning of the end of the independent judiciary. i don't think this is simple stuff at all, senator. i think this is hard stuff. >> reporter: gorsuch has served on the federal bench for more than a decade, as the senators grilled him on key,abortion, terrorism, and gun rights, gorsuch didn't tip his hand. at times, the harvard law graduate came across more relaxed than some of the senate's more senior democrats like vermont's patrick leahy. >> i'm a lawyer from a small town. >> right, i've heard that story. >> reporter: republicans like south carolina's lindsey graham use their time to try to fend off democratic attacks and show gorsuch's independence from president trump. >> did he ever ask you to
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over-rule "roe v. wade"? >> no, senator. >> what would you have done if he had asked? >> senator, i would have walked up on the the door. >> reporter: as the day went on, democrats had had enough. >> the neil gorsuch in these emails seems to be very, very familiar with politics. >> reporter: minnesota's al franken quoted emails gorsuch wrote in 2004 when he wanted to joint bush administration. >> "i spent in sometime in ohio working on the election. this is you. "what a magnificent result for the country. for me, personally the experience invigorating and a great deal of fun." now, that doesn't sound like someone who steers clear of politics to me. >> reporter: now, no democrat has said they will vote for gorsuch, and, scott, right now, for him to get confirmed, eight would have to break away and join with republicans. >> pelley: jan crawford for us. jan, thank you. still ahead, first familyitize. e may weigh on your mind. thinking about what to avoid,
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trump can tell you, the real estate mantra is location, location, location. now, ivanka trump, the former executive vice president of her father's company, has laid claim to a few square feet of prime property just steps from the oval office. here's anna werner. >> reporter: president trump has kept his daughter ivanka close by his side at recent high-profile meetings like with germany's angela merkel, and canada's prime minister justin trudeau. now, along with a west wing office, she's getting a security clearance. why? her attorney says it's to make sure any classified information she sees is protected. her role in the white house, said her attorney jamie gorelick in a statement, "is to advise her father and assist on initiatives that are important to her." >> raising children. >> reporter: initiatives including child care, mentioned by mr. trump last september. >> and i'm very grateful to her for her work, her efforts. >> reporter: in an interview last may with "cbs this
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morning's" norah o'donnell, trump herself described how she might interact with her father. >> i give him my opinion and perspective on anything that i'm interested in speak about or he's interested and receptive in hearing about. >> reporter: now she says she's voluntarily placing her assets into a trust controlled by relatives. and yesterday, she said in a statement she will "voluntarily follow all of the ethics rules placed on government employees." the white house maintains she won't be paid, and she won't be an employee, but richard painter, who was chief white house ethics lawyer for president george w. bush and part of a conflict of interest lawsuit against president trump, says: >> this is not optional. when she is performing government functions in a government office building, including the west wing of the white house, she is without a doubt a government employee. >> reporter: well, painter says given that ivanka trump maintains ownership of her businesses, white house staff should be careful to keep her out of trade discussions, for
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that special relationship between people and dogs. ben tracy has the story of people saving the lives of dogs and the dogs paying it forward. >> reporter: this little terrier used to go by the name "cry baby." >> good boy! >> reporter: it made sense, given how much pain he had endured. >> he was hit by a car. his back was broken. >> reporter: he was in tough shape. >> bad shape. >> reporter: his two hind legs
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were paralyzed, and after surgery, his family no longer wanted him. >> it's okay, buddy. >> reporter: but susan fulcher did. she gave him a new home and a new name, presley. >> come here. >> reporter: it's something fulcher has done more than 25 times through her organization, darma rescue. but this isn't just about keeping these dogs alive. >> good boy! >> reporter: it's about helping them really live. >> that's what we do, and we do it well. >> reporter: she fits each one of them with a custom doggy wheelchair. with just two working legs, they are now on a roll. what kind of reactions do these dogs have when you put those wheels on them for the first time? >> they immediately take off. we only have one dog that it took me i don't know how many times to get her to move and that would be lovey gaga, the one in the pink wheelchair. >> reporter: she's a bit of a diva and probably doesn't realize her wheels cost about
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$500, but to whom much is given, a little is expected. after some training, these rescues have become therapy dogs. >dogs. they visit schools to provide stress release for kids with learning disabilities, behavioral problems, and autism. >> it's terrific and magnificent how they actually have a purpose in in life after they're hurt. they get love that they actually deserve. >> reporter: you have given them this second chance. >> uh-huh. >> reporter: do you enjoy seeing them give back to other people? >> oh, yeah. absolutely. in this world right now, we really need to think about just giving more, caring more. >> reporter: and despite limitations, we are capable of so much more. ben tracy, cbs news, los angeles. >> pelley: there's a lot of fight in fido. that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs
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