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captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: the president in israel. defending the leak. >> i never mentioned the word or the name "israel," never mentioned it during that conversation. >> pelley: also tonight michael flynn under investigation takeses the fifth. charlie d'agata is on the front lines in the war against isis in eye iraq. >> this is what they have to contend with, these narrow alleyways they have to get out on foot. and that puts isis at an advantage. >> pelley: what america's baby doctors say about giving juice to infants. and the class of 17 rewrites the yearbook. >> that's like every little
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girl's childhood dream is to be a real life this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: today for the first time president trump appeared to confirm that he did share sensitive israeli intelligence with russia during a meeting two weeks ago at the white house. but the president attempted to defend himself today by insisting that he never revealed to the russians that israel was the source. major garrett now on the controversy following the president on his first trip to is israel. >> reporter: president trump and israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu had just wrapped up a photo op when the israeli leader raised a newly sensitive topic. before leaving on his trip the president was criticized for revealing classified israeli intelligence in his may 10th oval office meeting with top russian diplomats. >> just so you know, i never mentioned the word or the name
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"israel," never mentioned it during that conversation. >> reporter: but mr. trump was never accused of explicitly mentioning israel, just inappropriately divulging information it provided, something he did not deny today and has now perhaps reinforced. mr. trump became the first sitting president to pray at the western wall but he was not accompanied by netanyahu or other israeli officials because the administration refuses to recognize it as part of israel. secretary of state rex tillerson. >> the wall is part of jerusalem. >> reporter: if a president started his first foreign trip in saudi arabia over the weekend greeted by a canon salute, jet flyover and later a traditional arabic war dance. in a speech to leaders of 15 majority muslim nations the president dialed back his harsh anti-muslim campaign rhetoric. >> this is not a battle between different faiths. >> reporter: the president urged the leaders to do more to fight isis and al-qaeda.
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>> drive them out. drive them out of your places of worship. drive them out of your communities. >> reporter: the presidents will mf is sized security and commerce over human rights and democracy. >> we are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be or how to worship. instead we're here to offer partnership. >> reporter: president trump also made history by making his first overseas stop? saudi arabia. scott, the goal is clear, create, if possible, a saudi-israeli coalition with willing muslim majority countries as a counterweight against iran's military influence in the region. >> pelley: chief white house correspondent major garrett traveling with the president in jerusalem tonight, major, thank you. in his speech in saudi arabia mr. trump essentially aligned the administration with the
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dominant sunni branch of islam and against the shia sect which rules iran. iran just re-elected its president and elizabeth palm certificate there. >> reporter: jeub lant young people spilled into the streets of tehran. thrilled they had elected the moderate president hasan rouhani to a second term. he promised them more cooperation and expanded ties with the west including the u.s. >> when 800 miles away in saudi arabia, president trump spoiled the party. >> iran funds arms and terrorists, militias and other extremist groups that spread destruction and chaos across the region. >> reporter: iran, he said, should be isolated. scathing local media here dismissed president trump as a sales rep for american arms manufacturers. referring to this, one paper wrote for $100 billion president
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trump is dancing to the saudi tune. today we ask a relaxed looking president rouhani for his reaction. >> will iran respond to the u.s. multibillion dollar arms sales announced by president trump to saudi arabia with an arms build-up of its own. >> arms don't make a country strong, said rouhani, the ballot box does. >> reporter: and as mr. trump was visiting the region, 45 million iranians voted. >> that's an option, he added, the people of saudi arabia certainly don't have. there is one fangs here in iran that is celebrating president trump's anti-iranian broadside, the hard-liners including the powerful revolutionary guards who know very well that closer ties with the u.s. would undermine their control. >> as for iran's arms program, scott, and specifically the development of a ballistic
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missile, something washington has condemned, the president told us if we need to test it, we'll test it. we're not going to wait for washington's permission. >> pelley: liz palmer for us in tehran tonight, liz, thank you. president trump's first national security advisor fired for lying to the vice president about his russian con tablght-- contacts once said that he had a story to tell. and michael flynn said he would tell it to congress in exchange for immunity from prosecution. we didn't get that. and so today he sent word he is invoking his right against self-incrimination. here's justice correspondent jeff pegues. >> reporter: in a six page letter to the senate intelligence committee, michael flynn's legal team says that he is the target of outrage us allegations that feed the escalating public frenzy against him. the lawyers say that he will invoke his fifth amendment privilege and will not provide documents to the committee. separately the top democrat on the house oversight committee elijah cummings today released a
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letter saying that flynn, who during his career, had access to the nation's top secrets, appeared to have lied during his 2016 security clearance renewal. cummings cites a department of defense investigation from last year. flynn was an early supporter of candidate trump and was fired in february as the president's national security advisor after lying to the vice president about his contacts with russian ambassador sergey kislyak. today new jersey governor chris christie who initially ran the trump transition said that he warned the president to steer clear of flynn. >> if i were president-elect united states i wouldn't let general flynn in the white house. let alone give him a job. >> reporter: flynn along with former campaign chairman paul manafort, foreign policy advisor carter paige and trump friend roger stone are all under scrutiny by the fbi and congress for their ties to russia. manafort and stone said today that they have complied with congressional requests for
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flynn is the only one so far to say that he will take the fifth, a tactic the president once denounced on the campaign trail. >> you see the mob takes the fifth. if you are innocent, why are you taking the fifth amendment. >> reporter: tomorrow former cia director john brennan testifies before the house intelligence committee. scott, former fbi director james comey will appear before the senate intelligence committee sometime after memorial day. but today he declined an invitation from house oversite chairman jason chaffetz. >> pelley: jeff pegues for us in the washington newsroom, jeff, thank you. and with the president overseas, the vice president is running point for him on a big domestic issue, the budget. here's our chief congressional correspondent nancy cordes. >> reporter: vice president pence and republican leaders met this afternoon to go over the administration's first major budget proposal. due out tomorrow. the white house wants to balance the budget in ten years, partly through deep cuts to social
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programs. for starters, the proposal embraces the $800 billion in medicaid cuts outlined in the house obamacare replacement bill, despite candidate trump's promise not to touch medicaid. >> save medicare, medicaid and social security without cuts. have to do it. >> reporter: the president's budget would also reportedly cut funding for subsidized school lunches and programs like habitat for humanity. food stamps funding would be slashed by about 25%, with a new work requirement imposed on some recipients. >> i'm a working mom so it's no> like i'm a welfare recipient sitting home not doing nothing. >> reporter: myra young is a nurses assistant in philadelphia who gets $100 worth of food stamps a month. her son relies on medicaid. >> my tax money pays for my food stamps. and you don't even give me enough to feed my children. >> reporter: the white house budget does add funding to one social program, a new nationwide
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paid parnltal leave i-- parental leave initiative proposed by ivanka trump but the other cuts go deeper than most republicans in congress have proposed and will likely meet with resistance from both parties. democratic leader chuck schumer. >> all of these are fave erred, these programs are fave erred by the american people. they have been faf erred by a vast majority of my republican friends across the aisle. >> reporter: the white house budget is going to propose additional funding for the military and for infrastructure. but for any of these changes to take effect, scott, this budget is going to have to garner significantly more republican support than an early draft did about two months ago. >> pelley: nancy cordes on capitol hill. in iraq, the battle to liberate mosul from isis has reached a critical phase tonight after seven months of fighting, iraqi troops backed by the u.s. have taken all but a few neighborhoods. in iraq's second largest city, warplanes and tanks are now
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giving way to house-to-house combat. charlie d'agata is there. >> reporter: in a darkened room an iraqi machine gunner takes aim at an isis sniper. a soldier pointings out the target, a building just a few blocks away. nearby in a hot narrow hallway, a sharp shooter zeros in on another target. this is the new front line for iraqi soldiers, a connected apartments where isis fighters have knocked through walls allowing them to move unseen from building to building. >> this is about as far as iraqi forces have been able to advance. and as they try to push into the old city, this is what they have to content with-- contend with, these narrow alleyways, armoured vehicles of are no use, they have to get on foot and that puts isis at an advantage. soldiers are modifying tactics on the fly, stringing blankets and bed sheets across alleyways
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to block the view of isis gunmen. using a household mirror to watch for militants sneaking around corners. near the front line lieutenant colonel sghaeer told es plans are now in place to retake the old city. >> our goal is not just to liberate the area, he said, our goal is to eliminate them. you don't expect them to surrender. >> those who fight let them fight, he said. we're coming, if they fight, they will die. >> until now iraqi forces have relied on u.s. air strikes, artillery and heavy weapons but today, scott, the colonel tells us that won't work in these narrow alleyways. at this point his men have had to resort to throwing hand grenades into buildings. >> pelley: charlie d'agata on the battlefield, charlie, thank you. today the supreme court ruled that lawmakers in north carolina violated the constitution for
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drawing two congressional districts. too many african-americans were placed in those two districts and that weakened their voting power elsewhere in north carolina. voting rights advocates say this may boost challenges in other states. we have breaking news tonight in manchester, england. police there are responding to what they call a serious incident at anarena where the american singer arianna grande had been performing. jonathan vig lati is in our-- newsroom with early details. jonathan? >> scott, there are few details at this hour. what we do know is that there are reports of at least two loud bangs going often side the manchester arena, the largest arena in the city. police are calling this as you described it a serious incident, video posted on social media shows people running to escape from the arena and a lot of commotion. reports say a concert by pop star arianna grand err just concluded when observers said they heard what they
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characterized as explosions. police told people on social media to stay clear of the area. police cars, ambulances and riot vans were seen outside the arena and the train station is now shut down. it is not known whether there are injuries at this point. one person who posted video on social media on twitter says quote everyone ran out. so scary 6789 again, very few details at this hour, scott. we will keep watching the situation. >> pelley: jonathan vigliotti for us. thank you, jonathan. coming up next on the cbs evening news, murder on campus. was it a hate crime? and later, thinking outside the box, what parents need to know about fruit juice.
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>> pelley: investigators say alcohol and possibly hate fueled a knife attack at the university of maryland. tonight a suspect is being held without bail on murder charges. here's errol barnett.
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>> reporter: richard colins 3 would have graduated graduated e state university tomorrow. he already completed rotc training and commissioned as second lieutenant in the army. university of maryland president wallace loh. >> a bowie state university student who lost his life in a senseless and unprovoked assault on our campus. >> reporter: late saturday colins and his friends were waiting at a university bus stop when he was attacked by an intoxicated sean urbanski, according to campus police chief david mitchell. >> he said to the victim, step left, step left if you know what is good for you. the victim looked at him, puzzled with the other friends of his, and said no. it was then that sean urbanski stabbed the victim in his chest. >> reporter: the fbi is investigating the attack as a possible hate crime.
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urbanski was a member of a facebook group called alt-right nation which posts racist material. >> it shows extreme bias against women, latinos, members of the jewish faith and especially african-americans. >> reporter: university of maryland officials are investigating a string of racially charged incidents this year, from a noose left in a fraternity kitchen with white nationalist posters appearing across campus. now while investigators figure out if this was a hate crime, bowie state university students are holding an indoor vigil tonight mourning what many describe as a loss for the nation. scott, lieutenant kol ins was planning on joining the recall army intelligence committee. >> pelley: thanks, up next, baby doctors, guide lines for kids and fruit juice.
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>> pelley: america's baby doctors have some new ideas about children and fruit juice.
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so we asked our dr. jon lapook to fill us in, doctor? >> reporter: scott, the american academy of pediatrics is putting more stringent guide lines on fruit juice recommending no fruit juice before age one, then limiting daily intake to at least four ounces per age one to three, four to six ounces for ages four to six and eight ounces for seven to 18. instead of juice the guide lines are encouraging more fruits which are more filling, more fiber. scott they are specifically discouraging having juice in sipe cups or in bottles. >> pelley: why is that a problem st? >> so convenient. you can have juice all day long and all that calorie intake and we're in the middle of an obesity epidemic. that is something they are discouraging, they also say in a sipe cup or bottle you can increase the risk of dental cavities. one thing i found i was doing wrong, they are saying specifically don't use fruit juice as a way of calming down an upset child, guilty. >> pelley: what were some of the other medical problems they
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warned about. >> it can interact with certain medications, most people don't know that, apple juice, grape fruit juice, things like that. talk to your pedestrian ra-- pediatrician about that. and it turns out certaining is sugars in the fruit juice can cause gi upset like bloating, diarrhea and cramping. i have had adult patients come in, and say cut that out and the symptoms go away. something to think about for children. >> pirro: thank you. >> and up next, high school seniors live out their fantasies in the year book.
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>> he was a young kid with a bad mustache and a dream. cor in additiono high school, love of texas class of 57ee. wonder what became of him? well, we can tell you what's
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become of yearbook if the owes, they graduated into the 21s century. here's mark strauss man. >> for her senior yearbook photo 17 year old carlee herbert skipped the studio and headed to her backyard pool. >> from even just the experience of that photo shoot, it was really special. >> there you go. >> the underwater look. >> yes, that is my favorite. >> many high school senior portraits have become a digital portraits have become a digital disney world. like frisbee, want to be a princess or batman? in a flash, are you. >> photographers christine and jeff tonkin own digismiles. their studio near houston focuses on graduating seniors. >> so think about your high school senior photo. >> yes. >> it didn't look like this. >> not at all. >> not just getting pretty
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pictures but we're also getting something that would make them say wow, you captured my personality in the most unique way. >> carol herbert is carlee mother. >> i wanted to capture everything from senior year before she closes that chapter and moves to the next chapter in college. >> elaborate year booker photos are a trend in 35 states. kids bring their personalities, parents bring their credit cards, tonkin's typical family sends $2,000. >> so for people watching saying this is a little nutty to spend this much money. >> you can't have that day again. you can't have that time again. but we will always have the pictures. >> lots of families feel the same way. dijismiles has started booking senior portraits for the class of 2019. >> mark strauss man, cbs news, texas. >> pelley: it was the '70s. and that is the cbs evening news for all of us at cbs news, all around the world, good night.
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