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lure from new york. >> glor: shake-up at the white house. the communications director is out as the president gloaz more frustrated with the russia investigation. >> when you see stories get perpetrated that are absolutely false, that is troubling. >> glor: also tonight, tiger woods failed a field sobriety test, but he and the police agree it wasn't alcohol. the door to cuba has been open for a year now, but where are the american tourists. >> reporter: did the gold rush not happen or just not happen as fast as people thought? >> glor: any... ♪ and i... >> glor: parting words furb for the class of '17. >> don't fear criticism. have the humility to listen to it. >> neither triumphs nor
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disasters last forever ♪ will always love you captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> glor: good evening. scott is on assignment for "60 minutes." i'm jeff glor. he is blaming the manager. president trump's communications director is out in what could be the beginning of a shake-up and sheikh out at the white house. the president's agenda is largely been overshadowed by developments centering on russia and the president is trying to change that. chip reid begins our coverage. >> reporter: white house communications michael dubke said in a statement today, "the reasons for my departure are personal." but sources tell cbs news it's expected to be just the first step in a white house staff shake-up prompted by president trump's deep frustration with his communications operation. former top trump campaign officials corey lewandowski and david bossie were at the white house yesterday. both are under consideration for
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key roles in a white house war room that would deal with stories about investigations of the white house by the f.b.i. and congress. that would include multiple probes into the trump team's contacts with russia. trump son-in-law jared kushner is now at the center of that story, following reports, confirmed by cbs news, that kushner tried to set up a secret back channel to russia during the presidential transition. sources say kushner's rivals on the staff are now taking shots at him, and for the first time, there's a sense in the white house that kushner is "vulnerable." president trump, though, is said to value kushner's work, including his key role in last week's trip to the middle east, and mr. trump is well known for putting family bonds first. today, mr. trump pushed back against recent negative stories in a tweet saying: >> i think he's very pleased with the work of his staff. >> reporter: press secretary sean spicer today agreed.
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are you saying reports that there's going to be an overhaul of the communications operation are fake news? >> the reason that the president is frustrated is because there's a perpetuation, of false narratives, a use of unnamed sources over and over again about things that are happening that don't ultimately happen and i think that is troubling. >> reporter: the irony here is many of those unnamed sources work right here in the white house. but, jeff, they refuse to let us use their names because they're afraid of what the president might do to them if he finds out who's talk. >> glor: chip reid, thank you very much. the search for answers in the russia probe does go well beyond jared kushner. here's justice correspondent jeff pegues. >> reporter: cbs news has learned that the house intelligence committee wants to speak with more than two dozen people as part of its russia investigation. on that list, michael cohen, the president's longtime personal attorney. today, he refused to cooperate. "there has not been a single witness, document, or piece of evidence linking me to this fake
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russian conspiracy," he wrote in a statement, adding, the requests for information were "poorly phrased and overly broad." the house intelligence committee has also contacted boris epshteyn, a senior adviser on the trump campaign who worked briefly at the white house. epshteyn's attorney called the request "voluntary" and added that his client had "not been subpoenaed." the house investigations are operating in parallel to the investigations reg wooeg run by robert mueller. that inquiry is now focused on mr. trump's son-in-law, jared kushner. kushner is under scrutiny for meetings he had with russian ambassador sergey kislyak, and the head of a state-owned russian bank, sergey gorkov. gorkov is close to russian president vladimir putin and was trained by the country's top spy agency. according it a former u.s. official, kislyak told moscow kushner wanted to sipt a secure
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line of communication with senior kremlin officials. kushner did not initially disclose his meetings on his security clearance application. adam schiff is the top democrat on the house intelligence committee. >> it raised a question about who were these conversations being concealed from? if it was trying to conceal them from the obama administration, of course, we would want to know why that was taking place. >> reporter: late today, former national security adviser michael flynn reportedly agreed to turn over some documents to the senate intelligence committee. jeff, flynn is another top focus of the investigation, and initially refused to comply with the committee's subpoenas. >> glor: all right, jeff, thank you. at his briefing today, sean spicer insisted the president and german chancellor angela merkel get along very well. but the two leaders themselves aren't exactly saying that. debora patta has more on the fraig u.s.-german alliance. >> reporter: it was all washed down with a glass of local beer, but that did little to take the sting out of the situation.
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german chancellor angela merkel warned that europe must take its fate into its own hands. "the time when we could depend on others," she said "is over." and by "others" she meant the united states. president donald trump didn't miss her meaning and hit back on twritter, threatening a trade war: merkel isn't backing down, and today, she said that while relations with the u.s. are important, it may not be the reliable partner it once was. her comments come days after mr. trump accused germany of shirking its nato responsibilities and threatened to withdraw from the paris accords to fight climate change, something germany has championed. merkel is in the midst of an election campaign, and trump is hugely unpopular with germans. but many are deeply worried that
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this is more than a campaign spat, that this may be a significant rift in relations between two former staunch allies. while germany's trade deficit with the u.s. is high, it's also the fifth largest trading partner. more than $150 billion worth. meantime, merkel is ieg new trade deals, jeff, with india and china. >> glor: all right, debra, thank you very much. in northern iraq, the long battle for mosul appears to be at a tipping point. mosul was the largest city held by isis. after seven months, far longer than expected, the iraqi army, backed by the u.s. military, may be close to liberating the city. charlie d'agata is on the front line. >> reporter: a bulldozed mound of dirt and a short stretch of no-man's land is all that separates iraqi forces from isis militants. an armored personnel carrier
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rolls in to provide cover. it's hard to tell if the troops are aiming at a specific target or putting on a display for our benefit. but the response from isis was very real. a mortar sent whizzing low over our heads. ( explosion ) and exploding. in the rubble behind us. near the old city, we found whole neighborhoods flattened. the sheer level of destruction is staggering, and it goes on for miles and miles. but this is one tactic the iraqi army cannot afford to employ in the old city if they want anything left of it. the u.n. estimates 200,000 iraqi residents are still trapped inside, and those who try to escape risk being caught in cross-fire. we found 11-year-old sarah at a hospital run by american medical volunteers.
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where dr. john lucey was treating her for shrapnel wound. and that has gone straight to the bone? >> this is right through her midfoot. >> reporter: the orthopedic surgeon from ashville, north carolina came out of retirement at 74 years old to do what he could in iraq. he told us he was shocked by what he saw. >> i came here, and probably the first two days, i could almost not take it, you know. because i've seen a lot of trauma, but i've never seen anything to this extent. >> reporter: dr. lucey says the hospital is ready for more patients in the coming weeks. hopefully, that will mean more families trapped inside the old city have at least escaped with their lives. charlie d'agata, cbs news, mosul, iraq. >> glor: the pentagon said today it was a success. they were able to shoot down a fake warhead over the pacific, a first-of-its-kind test designed to send a message to north
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korea. here's david martin. >> the interceptor missile left a contrail in the sky as it blasted off from vandenberg air force base in california. the intercontinental balllistic missile had launched minutes early from the kwajalein atoll in the pacific. it maneuvered itself into the pafght incoming i.c.b.m., aiming to descri descroi it by the sheer force of the impact, a bullet hitting a bullet. the pentagon's missile defense agency said the kill vehicle intercepteintercepted and destre target in a direct collision. 36 interceptors are based in silos in california and alaska. but this was the first test against a missile traveling at the trajectory and speed of an i.c.b.m. a weapon which could threaten the u.s. mainland with a nuclear warhead. north korea continues developing shooterrer range missiles, and its leader, kim jong-un has announced he intends to launch an i.c.b.m. some time this year. before this latest test, the missile defense system had a
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track record of nine successful intercepts in 17 tries against other types of missiles. despite that modest record, general lori robinson, the head of northern command, which operates the missile defense system, assured congress it would work. >> i am extremely confident of our capability to defend the united states of america and be able to intercept an i.c.b.m. should it reach our homeland. >> reporter: if it were the real thing, the u.s. would launch multiple interceptors against an incoming i.c.b.m., so if one missed, the second or third might hit it. missile defense is a work in progress, trying to stay ahead of the emerging theft a north korean yooip. since north korea hasn't yet tested an i.c.b.m., you have to say for now the u.s. is ahead on points. jeff. >> glor: all right, david, thank you. the suspect in a deadly stabbing spree in portland, oregon, was arraigned today on murder charges. jeremy christian entered court ranting.
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>> free speech or die, portland. you got no safe place. this is america. get out if you don't like free speech. >> glor: christian is accused of stabbing three men. two of the good samaritans were killed. the third, micha fletcher survived and was in court for the arraignment. today, the cleveland police department fired the officer who killed 12-year-old tamir rice in 2014. rice was shot while holding a pellet gun that officer timothy loehmann mistook for a real firearm. he was fired for not mentioning on his job application that he was forced to resign by another department. the prosecutor earlier declined to press charges against loehmann or his partner. coming up next on the cbs evening news, the results of tiger woods' breathalyzer test. and why u.s. airlines are cutting back on their flights to cuba.
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new tums chewy bites. >> glor: police in jupiter, florida put out much more information today about the d.u.i. arrest of tiger woods. after he was released, woods said he had not been drinking, and there is no evidence he was. so what happened? here's don dahler. >> reporter: according to the police report, at 2:03 a.m., tiger woods' mercedes was parked on side of the road. the officer noticed woods was asleep at the wheel and had to be woken up. the car's engine was running. woods asked how far he was from his house. even though his castro pointed in the opposition direction of his jupiter home. the winner of 14 major tumors then failed a field sobriety test, including not being able to walk in a straight line. he was described as sluggish, sleepy, with extremely slow and slurred speech. woods was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence. but under the influence of what?
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a breathalyzer test showed no alcohol in the golfer's system. in a statement, the former golfing great said, "what happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. i didn't realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly." woods had hay series of injuries and underwent his fourth back surgery last month. he's played only seven rounds of golf in the last two years. but even more damaging than his absence from competition are the scandals anscandals and affairsd his once-stellar representation. "newsweek golf" writer eamon lynch says woods might be running out of endorsement mug begans. >> when tiger's life unraveled in 2009, a lot of his blue chip endorsements went away with it. a d.u.i. charge is not particularly good for a corporate image. >> reporter: despite not binning a major since 2008, woods is still ranked 12th
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on "forbes'" list of highest paid athletes with over $45 million in earnings last year. jeff, he will be arraigned on july 5. >> glor: don, thank you very much. up next, t the door to cuba is up next, t the door to cuba is open but how many americans are entering? or snack a day with glucerna made with carbsteady to help minimize blood sugar spikes you can really feel it. glucerna. everyday progress. i even accept i have a higher risk of stroke due to afib, i accept i take easier trails than i used to. a type of irregular heartbeat not caused by a heart valve problem. but no matter what path i take, i go for my best. so if there's something better than warfarin, i'll go for that too. eliquis.
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numbers of americans visiting cuba. last year, nearly 300,000 came, up 74%, but that's still not as high as some expected. u.s. carriers rushed to launch service to cuba last august after the u.s. government approved 110 daily nonstops, but many are already cutting back. did the gold rush not happen or just not happen as fast as people thought? >> i think it didn't happen as fast as people thought. >> reporter: collin laverty runs cuba educational travel, a company organizing high-end tours. >> i think a lot of it has to do with confusion about the legality. once you book your ticket, then what do you do? how do you book a hotel? how do you book a tour? what support system is there here? it's there's a lot of confusion. it's a tough country to navigate. >> reporter: some analysts expect two million americans to visit cuba annually by 2025, bait new survey finds only 2% are likely to plan a trip in the next six months. several airlines see long-term potential, but american reduced the number of flights to several
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cities, and jetblue is dropping 300 seats a day. tomorrow, low-cost carrier spirit will become the third u.s. airline to end all service to the island. cuba is lacking in tourist infrastructure. wifi is spotty, and most americans can't use their credit cards here. but, jeff, the early winner appears to be crews ships. they've been very biz, and they bring the infrastructure with them. >> glor: kris van cleave, thank you very much. up next, college commencement. the cliff notes edition.
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. >> glor: it is college graduation season, and commencement speakers are sharing their thoughts with the class of 2017.
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here is a look at some of the most notable. ♪ and i... will always love you ♪ >> if i give you one message to hold in your hearts today, it's this: never, ever give up. >> i'm here as a cautionary tale. i am the world's greatest adviser, not because i'm smart but because i have screwed up every kind of way possible. >> it is so important to remember that, like a hanged over, neither triumphs nor disasters last forever. >> turn away from the computer screen and look your patient straight in the eyes. understand the extraordinary importance of listening. >> you may have heard that things didn't exabtly go the way i planned. ( laughter )
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but, you know, what? i'm doing okay. ( cheers and applause ) long walks in the woods. ( laughter ) organizing my closets, right? i won't lie-- chardonnay helped a little, too. ( cheers and applause ). >> and i hope whatever you do with your life, when you leave this quad, that you'll immortalize yourself by becoming the key in other people's lives. >> imagine the possibilities when women are not held back. ( cheers and applause ) this is the first generation that navigates the world with the security and the confidence to treat women as equal. >> you accomplished something i never could. ( laughter ) if i get through this speech today, it will be the first time i actually finished something here at harvard. >> when something seems like it's designed to set you back, it might just be what makes you
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strong. >> i've made a living, i've made a life-- i've made a fortune, really. it's fantastic. ( laughter ) >> here's another concrete piece of advice i can give you-- have sex with an immigrant. we're going through a tough time right now. and it would just be really great for moral. >> don't fear criticism. have the humility to listen to it. learn from it. and most importantly, push through it. ♪ will always love you ( cheers and applause ) thank you! >> glor: that is the cbs evening news for tonight. for scott pelley, i'm jeff glor. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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