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have a great thursday. good morning. it is thursday, august 6th, 2015. welcome to "cbs this morning." republican challengers are just hours away from taking on donald trump in the gop's first primetime debate. what sparked a new attack at an american movie theater? we're on the scene with new details about how police stopped the attacker. and "daily show" host jon stewart signs off today. his journey from comedian to one of america's most trusted voices. but we begin this morning with a look at "today's eye opener," your world in 90 seconds. >> reporter: this individual has had significant psychological issues. >> another outbreak of violence strikes a movie theater.
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>> he was armed with a hatchet, pellet gun and pepper spray as the suspect was killed by a s.w.a.t. team. i came in early today trying to convince lebron james to come back to miami. >> senator marco rubio among the first candidates to arrive in miami. >> the stage is set and all eyes will be on donald trump. >> i'm so excited edd literally. i feel like the leather pants at a lenny kravitz concert. we have managed to collect more debris. >> confirmation that debris found last week is from missing flight 370. >> french experts say they're still working on confirmation. a los angeles judge has ordered bill cosby to give a deposition in a lawsuit concerning sexual assault allegations. president obama blasted critics of the nuclear deal. republicans outraged that the president compared them to iranian hard-liners. >> it's beneath the office to be able to make this analogy. a powerful typhoon headed straight for taiwan. >> the strongest in 2015.
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bounty hunters mistakenly raid the home of the police chief. andre roberts being interviewed live. chris baker got wind of it. shake it and bake it. >> and all that matters. >> former president george w. bush reporting for jury duty. >> their verdict, he was very friendly. >> on "cbs this morning." >> it's really impressive that you did this show for this long. it's really like one of the great comedic accomplishments of all time that you did. >> when it's somebody that i love, that i respect who says that, it means the world, so thank you. >> people are throwing up right now. >> this morning's "eye opener" is presented by toyota. let's go places. welcome to "cbs this morning." gayle king is off. the republican presidential candidates will gather tonight
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for campaign 2016's first major debate. they will be in cleveland where the party will crown its nominee in less than a year. >> all the candidates, you could say, are looking for a boost tonight, but only ten of them have a chance to appeal to voters in primetime. one big question, how will they handle donald trump? major garrett is outside quicken loans arena in cleveland where the debate will be held. major, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. this is the republican political equivalent of the super bowl. that is until the next presidential debate comes along. but first is first. and if front-runner status counts for anything, nearly six months before the iowa caucuses, donald trump arrives here with it. and something more. the political apprentice is by far the biggest "x" factor of the gop race. >> we need policies that allow us to compete. >> reporter: florida senator marco rubio was the only republican candidate to campaign on fox debate eve. >> i'm excited about the chance
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for talking to the american people. >> reporter: careful not to break with an annual tradition, scott walker will open the wisconsin state fair this morning. while jeb bush plans to attend mass with his wife. the rest of the field will likely be hunkered down, preparing for a big arena, a crowded stage, and nerves. >> they're probably a little nervous. this is the first debate, you though, so everybody's kind of wondering what the dynamics will be like. >> reporter: ohio republican for rob portman prepped bob dole and dick cheney for debates, but none had to prepare for the likes of trump. >> you really do have to be prepared for trump to say or do just about anything, i suppose. but i think he's likely to be professional in the sense of focusing on policy issues. >> reporter: the billionaire businessman has climbed over other republicans on the way to the top. >> jeb will be very poor as a president. no energy. you have this guy lindsey graham, a total lightweight. marco rubio is somebody who is extremely weak on immigration. rick perry the other day, he put
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glasses on so people will think he's smart. >> reporter: perry will not have a chance at a showdown. he and the rest of the gop field were relegated instead to a 5:00 p.m. warm-up act. >> in the happy hour debate, the early debate, i think there will be a person that emerges from that debate. >> reporter: brett o'donnell also worked with mitt romney and is helping lindsey graham this time around. but what to do about trump? >> i think you wait to be attacked. you want to make donald trump a sideline show, not the center of attention. >> reporter: before trump began his campaign, he had a conversation with former president bill clinton. this confirmed by clinton's camp. the conversation was general, no advice sought or given. at least by the former president. charlie, trump's camp has no comment. >> thanks. major. politics managing editor is here, john heilemann. >> hi, guys. i'm on my way to cleveland.
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with that clinton/trump phone call ringing in my ears, the former president is irrepressible. anybody who calls and asks him for political advice, he gives it. >> so what political advice did he give to donald trump? >> that he thought trump should be a bigger part of the conversation. deciding whether or not he was going to run or not. he didn't say run. he said, well, you should be a bigger part of the debate. now, you could speculate a lot about what bill clinton's motivations were there. making a little mischief on the republica side. >> if that was his intent, he was successful. >> the president moves in mysterious ways, charlie. >> why should we suspect trump will be on his best behavior tonight? >> if you think he's right now at 20% or so nationally in the early states, his next thing is to try to go beyond that, like build beyond his core support. and if you were to be rational, you would start to look presidential. you'd want to talk about substance. you'd want to make yourself look not just like a bomb thrower but
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like someone who can grow his base of support. >> but you say substance. it feels like a lot of his success is driven on his style and not his position. so tonight do you think we'll hear more specific? zpli think it's a little bit of a misnomer. it's not just his style. i did a focus group in new hampshire with voters who like donald trump a lot one way or the other. a big part of his appeal is not just his style but his background. his success. he is an emblem of american capitalist success in the minds of a lot of voters. and i think for him to go now to start to say, okay, you all think i'm going to be best on the economy. here's my plan. here's what i would actually do. and make -- to be able to answer that question. one of the questions i think will be whether other republicans press him or the moderators press him to offer more specifics than he has so far. >> jeb bush, what do you think was the point of him saying he's going to come up to this debate with his big boy pants on? >> well, you know, he also said a thing about how, you know, about how the way you react to a bully, it was asked about trump, is to fight back. you don't want to empower a bully.
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>> so you don't think he'll take him on? >> i think he is not going to attack trump but counterpunch. what i think all of them are waiting for is does trump go after them. if trump goes after them, they all, i think, are going to be prepared to either humor or through strength or something else to hit back. i think all of them think it's really dangerous, though, to pick a fight on this stage with donald trump. >> thank you, john. >> thank you, charlie. in our next hour, presidential candidate rand paul will talk about his goals for tonight's debate and whether he believes trump's message is costing him support. morning." this morning police are trying to figure out the motive of a man who attacked moviegoers in tennessee. a s.w.a.t. team killed the with police. three people inside the theater were hurt. police say 29-year-old montano was armed with pepper pistol. he had a history of mental illness. david begno is in antioch,
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tennessee, south of nashville with how the scene unfolded. david, good morning. >> reporter: norah, good morning. police say he was homeless and may have walked here to the carmike cinema yesterday. they say he purchased a ticket to the movie showing of "mad within less than an hour, he was dead. the man who had been institutionalized four different times was killed by police. >> he pulled out, like, a hatchet and started attacking this family and then he pulled out a gun and we all ran out of the theater. >> reporter: nashville metro police say vincent montano entered the cinema wednesday. he was wearing a surgical mask and toting this pellet gun and hatchet. he started clouding the room with pepper spray before swinging the blade at this man and his daughter. >> all of the citizens who gathered around us, helped my daughter when we were pepper sprayed, that kind of gives me a little bit more faith in humanity again. >> reporter: when montano tried to leave through the theater's back door, he was met by a s.w.a.t. team. >> there was a noise made by that gun. it was then that the officer
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fired. [ gunshots ] >> he told us to go. >> reporter: a witness captured the loud gunshots heard during the s.w.a.t. team's takedown. a bomb squad then detonated montano's backpack. >> the things that were put into that duffel bag, backpack were put in there to resemble a hoax explosive device. >> reporter: the 29-year-old attacker died at the scene, rolled away on a gurney. just two days before the attack, his mother, denise pruitt, filed a missing persons report with murfreesboro police. the report says montano was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in april 2006. pruitt told police she hadn't seen her son since 2013. >> it sent chills, just chills, through my whole body. >> reporter: cummings lived next door to montano for ten years. she told us police were regularly called to the house.
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>> he was highly agitated. he was pacing back and forth. so this went on for several hours. >> reporter: two photos of montano show a man with a changing appearance. he was charged with assault on a murfreesboro police officer and resisting arrest in september 2004. he was committed twice that year and two more times in 2007. the national association of theater owners said in a statement, quote, people have the right to go about their lives in peace and safety. the safety of our guests and employees is and will always be our industry's highest priority. charlie? >> thanks, david. this morning malaysia's transport minister says searchers found more plane wreckage including a window. investigators will now determine if it is from malaysia airlines flight 370. the debris washed up on the french island of reunion. part of a wing was found there last month. some officials say it came from the missing jetliner. others are not sure. the confusion is upsetting relatives of the victims.
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seth doane in beijing spoke with one of those family members. seth, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. malaysia's prime minister was definitive, the french authorities were less so, and family members nearly 17 months after this plane disappeared are left wondering who to believe. frustrated and angry, relatives gathered in protest outside malaysia airlines office in beijing today. "please tell us the truth," she demanded. some here call it a conspiracy. others say it's incompetence. victims' families have been awaiting confirmation that this flaperon is indeed part of mh370 and quite simply they're confused. first this from malaysia's prime minister. >> a very heavy heart that i must tell you that an international team of experts
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have conclusively confirmed that debris found on reunion island is indeed from mh370. >> reporter: but then this. not exactly conclusive from a french prosecutor. there's a very strong probability that the flap found on the beach does belong to mh370, he said. australia's deputy prime minister acknowledged the confusion. >> i know that the comment from the malaysian prime minister, the french have made a somewhat more qualified comment. >> reporter: all of that leaves families wondering. your mom was on the plane. this man says he was diagnosed with depression and is physically and mentally exhausted thinking about what might have happened to his mom on mh370. he paused to collect himself several times during our interview. "this is definitely not an
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ending or closure," he said. "it's just a lead." malaysia's transport minister said today again they believe that flaperon is from mh370. he said a maintenance number matches, and the color matches, too. vinita? you. this morning japan is observing the 70th anniversary hiroshima. caroline kennedy attended the ceremony in the city's peace memoriam park. a moment of silence marked the time when the bomb exploded, killing 140,000 people. secretary of state john kerry said the anniversary makes a powerful case for the iran nuclear deal. today more than a dozen asian countries along with australia and new zealand endorsed the agreement. president obama says many critics are the same people who backed the invasion of iraq. in a speech wednesday, he said they want to put the country on a path to another war. >> so let's not mince words.
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the choice we face is ultimately between diplomacy or some form of war. maybe not tomorrow. maybe not three months from now. but soon. >> republicans are upset the president compared them to hard-liners in iran. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell says that is an sthultinsult to both republicans and democrats who oppose the deal. he said, quote, the president needs to retract his bizarre and preposterous comments. well, congress is going to vote on this in september. this morning firefighters in the west are busy pushing back flames from dangerous wildfires. 68 are now burning in 8 western states, but crews in california are making major progress against the massive rocky fire. ben tracy is at the command post in lake point, california. ben, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the fire is now 30% contained, and the final reinforcements have arrived. 360 members of the national guard just rolled in here. they will head out to the fire
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lines today to help firefighters put out hotspots. firefighters desperately want to prevent this. newly released photos and video taken by firefighters on the front lines show the rocky fire exploding over the weekend, consuming tens of thousands of acres in just hours. this time lapse map shows how quickly the fire spread over the past seven days. thousand covering 109 square miles. yesterday water-dropping helicopters doused hotspots on charred hillsides while fire engines were staged along highway 20, ready to attack any flare-ups in the hot afternoon sun. when the temperature goes up, the humidity goes down, how quickly does the behavior of the fire change? >> this fire is kind of specific. usually you get a fire that you start to get some warnings where it's almost like a dimmer switch on your light. this one seems to have an on/off switch. >> reporter: with the rocky fire down but not out, it's still a waiting game for the thousands of people forced to evacuate and
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wondering when they can go home. >> that seems to be the $50,000 question. >> reporter: the disappointing answer came late wednesday. >> at this point, the evacuation situation stays in effect. >> i know they're trying to keep us safe, but i want to go home. >> reporter: now, we expect to find out later this morning whether or not authorities are going to reopen highway 20. that's the main road through the fire zone. if they do, that's a pretty good indication that those evacuees will be heading home. vinita? >> ben, thank you. we are learning this morning that circus spectators in new hampshire were told to stay put for before a huge storm blew the tent down. the state mire marshal says they told the troud tocrowd to stay in their seats. this morning bill cosby is under orders to testify in a lawsuit claiming he sexually assaulted a teenager at the playboy mansion.
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a los angeles judge says the comedian must answer questions under oath. judy huth says cosby molested her in 1974 when she was just 15. this is the first time he's been told to testify since a series of allegations began last year. more than 40 women accuse cosby of giving them alcohol or drugs and then assaulting them. he denies the claims and faces no criminal charges. a self-propelled boat is on the bottom of the pacific ocean after an historic drug bust. the coast guard just released this video of last month's unusual operation. the agency found six tons of cocaine on the semisubmersible. it's designed to run just below the water's surface to avoid detection. the drugs are worth $181 million. four suspected smugglers were arrested. >> that's a lot of blow. >> yes, it is. >> wow. all right. many of us can relate to
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your local news is next. good morning. it's 7:26 on this august 6th. shaping up to a be a beautiful thursday. the forecast coming up with john in a moment, but first, i'm chris wragge. we have breaking news on the l.i.e. with a mess of the morning commute. meg baker with details. >> reporter: in melville, we will take a live look. the l.i.e. is closed westbound due to an overturned tractor trailer at route 110. traffic is being pushed on to the service road there, and delays are back to exit 51 and growing quickly. if you're in a passenger car, stick with the northern state parkway as an alternate, and alternate-side parking rules in effect citywide. >> yeah, big mess we will continue to update there on cbs 2. the search for a missing swimmer off the coast of sandy hook is expected to resume right now. the 25-year-old was with a
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group of others when he started to have trouble in the water around 7:30 last night. we will have another update in about half an hour from now. new this morning, two 19- year-olds have been charged with attempted murderer in connection with the drive by murder in brooklyn. the two injured five people including a pregnant woman who lost her baby after being shot. like we mentioned a beautiful thursday, but johnny has an update on that. >> reporter: scanning the skies, more clouds filling in during the course of the day. the light winds, and the changing winds over the next few hours will usher in clouds to the south. north and west, look at that, 54 in franklin, up to walden, and 65 in kosuke this afternoon. yesterday we hit 87, and then numbers dipping, staying low friday and saturday.
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more clouds on friday. you can see the clouds filling in right now, and the low right here, looking like it will push to the east. a chance of showers south of the city overnight. >> thank you, john. i'm chris wragge. we are back with another update in 25 minutes, and we will update the situation on the l.i.e. cbs this morning will return right after this. i'm caridee. i've had moderate to severe plaque psoriasis most of my life. but that hasn't stopped me from modeling. my doctor told me about stelara
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this thursday's gop primary debate hosted by fox news. >> fox news will make the decision tomorrow night as to which candidates make it into primetime. >> did i say fox influence is gone? what i meant was it's gone all the way to the white house. it will decide the next leader of the free world. what the [ bleep ] is going on here? [ bleep ] the world is demon demonstrably worse tan when i started. have i caused this? >> jon stewart will host his final episode of "the daily show" today. welcome back to "cbs this morning." so with that news, we're going
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to take a look at stewart's legacy and how he changed the way many people receive their news. plus, bounty hunters act on bad information. their search for a drug suspect mistakenly leads them to the home of the police chief in phoenix. that's ahead. time to show you some of this morning's headlines. "the new york times" reports on appropriate francis calling on the church to welcome catholics who remarried. in remarks to his general audience, francis said such couples are not pariahs. he urged priests to foster these families with doors wide open. "the seattle times" reports on microsoft boosting pay for new parents. they'll get eight extra weeks of paid time off. that means moms will have a total of 20 weeks with pay. the announcement comes one day after netflix increased paid leave for workers to a year. >> that is great. i remember when google did something similar. they were paying so many more new moms. probation for nfl star adrian peterson ended 15 months
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early. the vikings' running back was sentenced to two years' probation. he admitted last year to hitting his 4-year-old son with a switch as a form of discipline. a judge says peterson fulfilled the provisions which included community service and a fine. and "the dallas morning news" reports on george w. bush performing his civic duty. he was called for jury service wednesday in dallas. he didn't get picked but stopped for pictures. president bush was also summoned while in office. he was cleared then because of what the white house called "other commitments." this time a full jury was seated before his number came up. >> it's a reminder everybody's got to do it. all right. a bittersweet morning for "daily show" fans. jon stewart steps down tonight after 16 years. his team earned 20 emmys. a generation of comedy stars got their big break as fake news correspondents. stephen colbert next month will succeed david letterman.
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vladimir duthiers is outside "the daily show" in new york. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. well, the anticipation has been building. fans have been gathered outside of jon stewart's studio since 2:00 this morning. now, he's always claimed he's just a comedian doing a comedy show. but when you examine the influence he's had on media and political watchers, it's clear that he's so much more. >> stop hurting america. >> reporter: when jon stewart sat down as a guest on cnn's "cross fire" in 2004, he was there to serve notice. >> the thing is, we need your help. right now you're helping the politicians. >> reporter: notice that he was a man with clout. >> within months, the president of cnn announced that he was canceling "cross fire," and he credited jon stewart. >> reporter: on his own show, he used the anchor chair to lob bombs at the media and politicians alike. >> i think i know why you're here, and let me just deflate the tension right off the bat, apology accepted.
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>> reporter: his popularity grew along with his boldness. and so has his influence. especially among younger viewers and voters. he's appeared at or near the top of polls as the most trusted voice in america. >> these people are not here for fear. they're here for sanity, stephen. >> reporter: in 2010, stewart and colbert drew more than 200,000 people to washington for what they called the rally to restore sanity. >> the press is our immune system. if it overreacts to everything, we actually get sicker and perhaps eczema. >> reporter: and he's often credited for getting congress to pass the 9/11 health and compensation act. what is it that makes him so special? >> jon stewart is not afraid to get in the arena and throw punches. >> my wicked tongue. i'm so bad. >> when he speaks and makes fun of people, left or right, you have a sense that he's being authentic. >> senator, thanks for joining us.
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>> jon, it was good to be here. >> reporter: and his guests are as big as they get. president obama has been on "the daily show" seven times including two weeks ago. >> i'm issuing a new executive order. that jon stewart cannot leave the show. >> reporter: last week it was revealed that stewart had two sit-down meetings in the white house with the president. leading critics to call him a prop prop prop propagandist. >> they didn't seem to support their assertions with, uh, evidence. >> his success and his brilliance, there ril be many imitators, there will be many people who vie, and that's a legacy that he leaves. >> i'll take it! we'll be right back. >> reporter: on wednesday, it was announced that jon stewart's entire set will be moved to the museum in washington, d.c., to
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be put on display. quite an honor for a news program that was just a comedy show. charlie? >> a couple of things to say about jon stewart. a great reign, but he also was a great boss, according to everybody who worked with him, he encouraged other careers and also had a very good staff in terms of those guys who found those tapes and wrote a lot of those words. >> absolutely. and he made fun not only of politicians but also people in the press who took themselves too seriously. >> exactly right. it's something we need. >> the next chapter, too, he's done writing, directing, maybe we'll see another movie from him. >> i'm curious to see the next chapter. >> thank you, vlad. phoenix police this morning are investigating a very big mistake. a group of bounty hunters went to the wrong house. they confronted the city's police chief. don dahler is here with the video and a possible explanation. don, good morning. >> possible. good morning. reports say bounty hunters in the united states capture tens of thousands of bail jumpers each year. but in phoenix, well, they got
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it all wrong. >> i'm looking for roderick! open the door! >> reporter: nearly a dozen bounty hunters swarmed this house in phoenix, arizona, tuesday night. but instead of finding this man who is wanted in oklahoma, they found joseph yonner, the police chief of the sixth largest city in america. >> when the chief goes to the front door, he is confronted by an individual who was out there who has a gun drawn. >> uh, we have some -- i don't know if they're bounty hunters or what they are, but they just banged on our door and they're looking for somebody. >> reporter: that somebody was roderick battle who is wanted on drug charges. >> open the door! >> reporter: but the team of armed bounty hunters who woke up the police chief and his wife were apparently acting on bad information. an erroneous tip posted on their facebook page. >> there were 11 people out here. one was an 11-year-old child that had on a toy gun belt. >> reporter: police arrested
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43-year-old brent farley, the owner of one of the bounty hunter teams, for criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct. >> we don't know if the chief was the target specifically or if the bond companies were a target and sent there by someone. >> you can't make this stuff up. brent farley whom you heard screaming at the police chief in the video is a convicted felon, which means he's not legally permitted to own a handgun. police are investigating whether or not this was just an honest mistake or a prank. norah. >> and the 11-year-old was there with them? >> yeah, helping out with a gun belt on. don't know if he had a gun or not, but he had a gun belt on. >> you're right, you can't make it up. thank you. ahead we go behind the scenes to learn the truth about flight delays. >> reporter: good morning. we've all probably wondered why is my flight delayed? we're trying to get you answers. and as part of that, we go behind the scenes with one of the major airlines in their network operations center to find out how they keep their
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airlines rolling on time. i'm kris van cleave at washington's reagan national airport. that story is coming up on "cbs this morning." and if you're heading out the door, you can set your dvr so you can watch "cbs this morning" any time. we'll be right back. now at chili's, new smoked chicken burritos for lunch. make it a lunch combo. then tap, swipe, and go.
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a passenger on a flight leaving chicago monday filmed a dramatic thunderstorm through the plane window. look at that. that is not what you want to see when you are taking off. but there were no problems, and the plane was able to land safely in houston. >> there's something beautiful when you're watching it from not inside the plane, right? >> right. >> the weather is often blamed for flight delays. so far this year more than 458,000 planes have been delayed. nearly 54,000 flights have been canceled. but there's a lot airlines don't tell you. kris van cleave is at reagan national airport outside washington to show us how the airlines themselves help make the final call. kris, we're all dying to hear how they make this choice. good morning. >> reporter: well, good morning. and some of it is just simple math.
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the idea is get as many people where they need to go as close to on time as possible, and sometimes you have to delay or even cancel flights. we have been poring through airline performance data for domestic routes, and we have found some similarities amongst the flights that are most only not on time, and we think that may help save you time next time you fly. >> we were a little delayed, but we'll figure it out. we'll get it done. >> reporter: larson jay knows what should be a quick flight from chicago's o'hare airport to knoxville, tennessee, often pisn't. >> delayed, delayed, delayed, and then they change their mind and it's delayed again. >> reporter: 44% of flights on that route did not arrive on time last year, the worst nationally. here's why. the route flies from a hub airport for two major carriers prone to delays from weather and congestion. 15 of the 20 worst on the list all came to or from o'hare. typically, all flights to knoxville are small regional jets. that's the case for 17 of the 20 worst performing routes. they hold fewer passengers and
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make several stops during the day, increasing the likelihood of a delay, especially late in the day. >> if you're making a tight connection over a hub to a regional jet in the afternoon, you need to be very careful in planning your itinerary because odds are you're going to be late. >> reporter: his firm estimates canceling an international flight with run up to $43,000 for an airline while impacting hundreds of passengers. a regional flight can cost $1,000 and affect 50 people. >> they're trying to prioritize how to complete the maximum number of flights that they can given the limited resources they have to work with. >> a potential disruption -- >> reporter: inside united networks operations center in chicago, teams from all aspects of the airline, maintenance to meteorology work to keep 5,000 daily flights operating as on time as possible. >> are we -- >> reporter: jim deyoung is the man in charge. he says the airline tries to isolate delays whenever possible. >> the metric kind of comes down to how do we inconvenience the least amount of people? >> correct. >> reporter: and operate the maximum amount of flights?
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>> it's not only the people on that individual flight, it's the people waiting for that airplane. that airplane may have six or seven segments throughout the day. we want to minimize the impact on those downline segments and those downline customers. >> reporter: so flights that leave early in the morning, the airlines say, are the most likely to leave on time. if you can't fly nonstop, pay attention to what hub you're flying through. if it's one like chicago that is known to have delays, maybe look at booking another route, if possible. and finally, if there is weather that could impact your flight, call the airline ahead of time, see if they can reroute you around it. that may save you time. vinita? >> some great tips there. >> and notwithstanding all of those problems that kris explains, they could do a better job of explaining to us what the issues are at the time. >> agreed. better communicating. i agree. >> at least you don't feel like it's so personal now that you know the reason behind it all, right? he earned some bad blood. find out what happened when a fan tried to grab taylor swift
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good morning. it is 7:56 on this thursday, the the 6th of august, and a nice summer day on tap with low humidity. i'm chris wragge. the forecast coming up with john, but first the long island expressway, an accident making a mess of the morning commute. meg baker with details. live look in melville, and there's better news, two lanes just opened on the westbound l.i.e., but we have heavy delays due to an overturned tractor trailer at route 110. the delays extend back to 52, and earlier i recommended the northern state as an alternate, but it's very heavy westbound as well. chris? >> meg, thank you very much. we will keep you updated this morning. officials say service will be fully restored by 6:00 tonight,
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and three towns are under a boil water advisory. cliffside park, fort lee, and englewood. 6:00p.m. tonight, service will be expected to be fully restored. marine workers in middlesex county are monitoring a river that was until the south river in old ridge since sunday. this part of the driver is connecting to part of the river that connects in raritan bay. the rescuers said the dolphin is not in any danger or distress. now to the forecast with johnny. >> reporter: hi, chris. beautiful high clouds creeping in right now. high clouds taking over at 69. the new reading from the park, 71 in woodmere. look at liberty at 55. 56 in chatham. we are seeing for clouds fill in south and west of the city. the area of low pressure is a big one. if looks like the track is more to the east.
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it is thursday, august 6th, 2015. welcome back to "cbs this morning." more real news ahead including tonight's first republican debate. presidential candidate rand paul will be there. we'll ask him how he plans to approach it. but first, here's a look at "today's eye opener at 8." >> new front-runner status counts for everything nearly six months before the iowa caucuses, donald trump arrives here with it. >> what i think all of them are waiting for is to see does trump go after them? they all, i think, are going to be prepared to hit back. they say montano was homeless. the man who had been institutionalized four different times was killed by police. malaysia's prime minister was definitive, the french authorities were less so. and family members are left wondering who to believe. the fire is now 30%
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contained, and the final reinforcements have arrived. 360 members of the national guard. >>historic dg bust. the coast guard recovered a record six tons of cocaine. >> that's a lot of blow. >> yes, it is. bounty hunters in the united states capture tens of thousands of bail jumpers each year. but in phoenix, well, they got it all wrong. >> somebody could have been killed last night. republican presidential debate, people have already come up with drinking games for it. the most popular game is the one where you skip the debate and go out drinking. >> this morning's "eye opener at 8" is presented by subway. >> ready, seven. kucharly. >> i'm charlie rose with norah o'donnell and vinita nair. gayle is off this morning. police are investigating why a homeless man attacked moviegoers in tennessee ten. he unleashed pepper spray and
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was carrying a hatchet and air soft gun. >> reporter: police say he charged at them with the ax. he had a history of mental illness. one man was cut on the shoulder. other people were treated for the effects of pepper spray. this morning there may be new clues in the hunt for malaysia airlines flight 370. malaysia's transport minister says they found more wreckage including a window. investigators will determine if it is from the missing flight. the debris washed up on reunion island. part of a wing was found there last month. some officials say it came from the missing jetliner. others are not sure. the confusion is upsetting relatives of the victims. republican presidential candidates are making final preparations for tonight's big debate in cleveland. kentucky senator rand paul is among the ten candidates who are qualified for the primetime debate. his poll numbers and fund-raising suffered after donald trump entered the race. the senator is with us from cleveland this morning. senator paul -- senator rand paul, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, charlie. thanks for having me. >> tell us what you hope to achieve and what might come out
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of this debate. >> well, you know, i like to mix it up, so my staff is all saying oh, no, we need to be cautious. and i'm, like, i like to mix it up. so i plan on getting into it with the other candidates. >> all right! >> all right. >> mix it up! i'm definitely watching tonight, then, senator paul. when you say you want to mix it up. anybody in particular you want to mix it up with? >> you know, why not mix it up on the ideas and issues of the day. it doesn't mean it has to be impolite. it doesn't mean it has to be rude. but we need to mix it up because really this campaign and who becomes the president ought to be about ideas and who can best lead the country. and i don't think we should just sort of succumb to well, you can just say anything and, you know, all of a sudden we're in some sort of reality tv show. i think there needs to be a substantive debate. >> well, it sounds like you're referring to donald trump when you say we're in some sort of reality tv show. i know you've attributed his rise in the poll to temporary loss of sanity.
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what do you think this debate could clarify? >> you know, i think there are a lot of issues. i think we really have to determine what are the best ways to counteract our foes around the world. do we really need to be involved in every civil war? and has it made us more safe? i think, frankly, that hillary's excursion and obama's excursion into libya made us less safe and made isis stronger. i think arming the allies of isis made isis stronger. and so there really needs to be a debate about that because so many -- in fact, many on both sides think that it's always a good idea to send arms to everyone. we're now talking about, with the iran agreement, to pacify saudi arabia, we need to send them more arms also. i just don't think -- i think there needs to be a voice of reason. and there needs to be some promoting a rational foreign policy. and i think sometimes both sides are a little bit overcrazed about intervention. >> senator, we want to get your response to the indictment that was announced yesterday, saying
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that your nephew-in-law is accused of paying off a state for your father's presidential campaign. >> you know, for about four years, there have been these campaign finance regulatory after him. it's a little bit suspicious to me, though, that it just happens to take four years and then they decide to do something, president obama's administration decides to do something on the eve of a debate. so i think that's at least suspiciously timed. this does complicate it -- you know, campaign finance rules are very complicated. there will be lawyers and accountants involved in this. they'll, you know, get it sorted out over time, i'm sure. >> let me go back to norah's question about donald trump. what do you make of his rise in the polls? is it in your judgment more rhetoric and bombast than it is policy and specific public positions? >> yes. and i think what he's tapped into, though, is that 90% of
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people are unhappy with washington. in fact, that's why i ran for office. i'm a physician. i had never been involved in politics, and i was able to beat an establishment politician because i ran against the machine. i still intend to do so because 90% of people are unhappy. i think we need term limits. i'd wash the whole place out. the whole place needs to be, you know, clean swept and start over again. i've met almost every leader on the stage in washington, and there is no monopoly of knowledge up there. we need new people, and one of the big proponents and one of the things i will propose is that we have term limits. i think we ought to send them all home, myself included. >> why has donald trump tapped into this rather than you according to the polls? >> well, he had a little bit of help. y'all covered him with about a billion dollars worth of news media. it's all your fault, charlie. >> oh, i see. >> you know. no, the thing is is that, for example, i've been talking about a flat tax where we eliminate the entire tax code to try to
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get american jobs to come home and american companies to come home. but i have really had a little trouble getting traction with getting the message out. and i don't blame anyone. i mean, the news is what the news is. but you have to admit that there's been an extraordinary amount of attention paid to one person. and i think anybody's numbers would rise with that amount of attention. so our job is to break through. defend and maybe demolish some other bad ideas that are out there or point out that maybe there are some empty suits without ideas. >> who would that be? >> it could be -- there's 15 to choose from. so we'll see tonight who that is. but i think it is good to draw a distinction, and i'm a big believer, you know, i don't believe in hurling insults, but i'm a big believer in, you know, mixing it up. we ought to know the differences between the candidates. and let's see how much substance we can have come forward. >> thanks, senator. >> senator rand paul, good luck tonight. we'll be watching. nice to see you. >> thank you.
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an apple when under pressure. our dr. tara thatnarula is with us. >> 29 men were subjected to stress. they had to place their hand in a bucket of ice water for about three minutes while they were videotaped. they then took both groups of men and showed them a series of images, comparing two foods. one that was an unhealthy but tasty option like a cookie. and one that was a healthy but less tasty option like broccoli. they had to pick between these two. and at the end, they would be rewarded with one of the options they had chosen. during this time, they also scanned their brains with functional mris to look at blood flow to different parts of the brain. they checked their stress hormone levels and asked them about their levels of stress. that was the basis of the study. and fascinatingly, what they found was that the men who had been under stress actually chose the more unhealthy or tasty option. a short-term reward. >> you're saying there could be a physiological something they could see from the mri. >> there was. that was what was most interesting. they found different patterns of connectivity or changes in the brain circuitry.
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what they saw was that the more primitive areas of the brain, that control emotion, motivation, reward, pleasure, were heightened, were amplified. and the parts of the brain that control goals, your long-term goals and planning were sort of decreased, or diminished. and so there was imbalance there in the signaling in the brain. >> so what's the harm? >> what's the harm? well, i think the big thing is that we talk about will power and self-control as if it's almost something very simple, you know, just stop eating. have more self-control. and this really tells us that there's a lot more biologically there that may be playing into it. and that it's not just an on/off switch but that there are multiple multiple neurial pathways and any changes could offset your ability to have optimal self-control. >> that's why they say will power is overrated. how do you outsmart essentially mother nature and what is this physiological trygger? >> i think there's a couple things, remove the temptation so if you're in an office where you get stressed, don't keep the donuts around. use other coping mechanisms that
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are healthier like exercise, like social support, medication. and also in this study, the men who perceived that they had higher levels of stress in that situation had more changes in some of the brain circuitry. so the idea would be if you can even just change how you're perceiving the stress, you may be able to containing your ability to control it. those would be some of the techniques you could try. >> my problem is stress, fatigue, i've got a whole list of things i could blame on bad eating. they need more studies on it. >> the interesting thing, too, is why does this happen? and one of the theorys is that it may be evolutionary added to adaptive to focus on the short-term benefit. if you're stressed in a while, you're not going to think about what's happening a year from now. you're thinking about how to i get myself back to balanced and feeling stable right now. >> we've got to figure out what's going on in our brain. >> exactly. so it's not completely out of our control, but at the same time it's not maybe completely in our control. >> here's to less stress. >> here's to less stress. that's right. >> thank you so much. >> thank you.
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ask your doctor about stelara . the sci-fi action movie "fantastic four" hits theaters nationwide tomorrow. it features sue storm also known as the invisible woman. but a new study shows that may be a metaphor for actresses in hollywood. anna werner is here with new research on the diversity gap on and off the screen. anna, good morning. >> good morning, norah. the university of southern california examined the 700 top-grossing films between 2007 and 2014 and found that while women make up half of moviegoers, there's still an on-screen minority. in fact, the findings showed the vast majority of movie roles are white, male and heterosexual. who runs the world girls
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>> reporter: this year films by and for women have hit it big at the box office. >> i'm just a modern chick who does what she wants. here we go, yo so watch the scenario >> reporter: with nearly half of the ten grossing films in the u.s. featuring leading ladies. >> mr. grey will see you now. >> okay. >> reporter: but according to a new study, men still get most of the close-ups. >> i think what's surprising is perhaps the fact that all of this hype hasn't really significantly moved the needle. >> reporter: researchers at the university of southern california found that from 2007 to 2014, less than one-third of speaking parts in the most popular films were for women. and those numbers didn't improve over time. in fact, in 2014, only 21 of the 100 top movies featured a female lead or co-lead. that's about the same as in 2007.
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>> look, i just drank my weight in sunny d, and i gotta go pronto. >> reporter: and not one film last year starred a woman over the age of 45. when i'm gone >> reporter: it doesn't get much better behind the lens either. only two of the biggest films in 2014 were directed by women. >> you really have to trace it back to, you know, all the way to the top of the chain in terms of who's making these decisions. >> reporter: even when women are hired for high-profile roles, they often get paid less than their male counterparts. earlier this year, patricia arquette devoted much of her oscar's acceptance speech to equal pay. >> it's our time to have wage equality once and for all. >> reporter: and three-time oscar winner meryl streep spoke to "cbs this morning" about the issue this week. >> it's not an outrageous request, wage equality. it's just a no-brainer. it should happen.
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>> reporter: if the film industry doesn't eventually adjust its focus, it could pay the price. >> the general population is actually growing more diverse. and so hollywood runs the risk of falling behind and becoming more out of touch. that may contribute to people going to movies less. >> i have more talent and more intelligence in my little finger than you do in your entire body. >> well, the study showed disparities for other groups as well of the speaking or named character roles in the top 100 films of 2014, 12.5% were black and only 19 total characters were lesbian, gay or bisexual, and none were transgendered. 19 characters. >> that's so depressing. >> but at least women are talking about it now, and that's, i think, how things start to change. >> men have to do something. men are the ones who run these studios and decide. >> but at least we're not silent anymore.
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just a degree below normal. that really is a turn around. until today 19 consecutive days above normal. we're going to see those numbers continue to dip a bit into the weekend. we are seeing high clouds fill in. these high clouds affiliated with a low that is going to usher in the chance for showers. again, more and more of the models pushing that to the south. just grazes our area. that means mammoth county could see showers overnight. 83, low humidity. wildcard low to the south will cool us down friday into saturday. mary? thanks so much. we're back with another local update in about 25 minutes. cbs this morning returns in
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i'd really take a moment to acknowledge the man who made this show happen, jon stewart. for you, tomorrow jon will host his final "daily show," and i want to salute him for a truly remarkable run. as a viewer, i'm grateful for all the laughs and sanity he's provided over the years. and as a performer, i'm grateful that he had the confidence to entrust me with this show. and as a citizen, i am really grateful for all he's done helping get health care to our veterans and 9/11 first responders. and jon, hey, man, if you ever want to come to a taping, you know, and hang out, right? just visit thenightlyshow.com/tickets. and i guarantee they'll hook you up, jon! they'll hook you up! >> that's what you were talking about, though, he's lifted up so many other people. >> absolutely, crawyeah. great talent. welcome back. coming up this half hour, jon stewart's friends and colleagues
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tell us exactly why they'll miss him. stewart gives up "the daily show" tonight. we'll remember some of his best moments from 16 years of satire. plus, showing off an expanded suez ka talcanal this morn. it's one of the world's most famous and important waterways. and we're there to look at the potential economic impact of the project. that is ahead. right now it's time to show you some of this morning's headlines. eleanor roosevelt is the top choice for the $10 bill. that's according to a marist poll on which woman should be on the bill. second is harriet tubman. she's followed by sajcagawea, amelia earhart, susan b. anthony and andra day o'connor. miss sonoma county is giving up her crown. she'll report for duty to the united states marine corps boot camp in south carolina. the 17-year-old wanted to prove she could walk around with a crown on her head and, quote, be a normal person. be a patriot and be in the military.
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she says she wants to break all those stereotypes. >> good for her. >> terrific. a statute of confederate president jefferson davis remains this morning in the state capitol. a commission voted wednesday to keep it there. an educational display will be added to explain his role in the civil war. the decision comes at a time other states are removing confederate symbols. and "orlando sentinel" looks at a remarkable picture of the dark side of the moon. the images are combined in a time lapse that shows earth as the backdrop. that's a camera on a satellite a million miles away captured these high-quality images. egypt is making history this morning. the country is officially unveiling a major expansion of the suez canal. the massive public works project will have a big impact on international trade and global security. alex ortiz is on the banks of the canal. security prevented him from
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getting in front of the camera, so he's joining us on the phone. alex, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. egyptians in the thousands have gathered here to celebrate what some are calling their fourth pyramid. the suez canal expansion is just as much about boosting the economy as it is a matter of national pride. egyptians had something to show off this morning. inviting presidents and kings to the banks of the suez canal to celebrate what they're calling egypt's gift to the world. the $8 billion expansion adds an extra lane and widens and deepens one of the busiest waterways on earth. we visited during the building. this is one of the main arteries of global trade. already nearly 10% of the world's traffic passes through here. and the government says that once construction is complete, its capacity will be even greater. construction was supposed to take three years. but workers labored day and night, dredging and digging and finished in 12 months.
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the president promises the project will bring much-needed jobs and revenue to an economy battered by years of political unrest. here's how. previously ships could only traverse the canal one direction at a time. the average trip took 18 hours. its expansion introduces two-way traffic and cuts journey times down by almost half. and in shipping, time is money. when it opened in 1869, suez was a revolutionary creation, a shortcut between east and west. ships traveling between europe and asia no longer had to sail all the way around africa. >> the suez canal, life line of europe, in a dramatic sequence of events became a cause of war. >> reporter: over the years, countries have gone to war for control over the canal. >> israeli troops struck down the sinai peninsula. >> reporter: in what became known as the suez crisis in 1956, france, england and israel invaded, hoping to win the waterway but were soon forced to withdraw under u.s. and soviet
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pressure. since then, suez has grown into a potent symbol of egyptian pride and independence, and a strategic military channel. u.s. naval vessels enjoy priority access, allowing for quicker deployment in a volatile region. >> just moments ago alex ortiz was able to get in front of the camera. he joins us now. alex, i would imagine you had a very daunting morning. >> reporter: good morning. the place is on lockdown and the security here are on high alert. they've mobilized tens of thousands of soldiers and policemen to protect the canal for fear that it might come under attack by islamic state-linked militants. charlie? >> so what happened to you? >> reporter: well, security is deployed throughout the canal zone. the president is transiting down the canal at this very moment on an old royal yacht restored just for that purpose. so the number of vips and world
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dignitaries and the importance of the global significance of the canal really speaking to the level of security they brought out for the occasion. >> thanks, alex. >> great reporting. thank you, alex. >> very good. alex ortiz in egypt. the last "daily show" with jon stewart airs tonight. newspapers across the country are saluting the host who laughed at newsmakers for 16 years. stewart had help from a long list of celebrities and contributors. we spoke with some of them about his unique brand of satire. >> this is "the daily show with jon stewart." >> i think "the daily show," to me it just seemed like it was the perfect fit of jon having a vehicle for his voice just to get out. >> i'm a new member of this family. your family. and i'll be here for you every night. >> he spent 17 years shaping into what some people became addicted to. >> by the way, you can have all these memorable screw-ups and more. just call now and order. now that's what i call being
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completely [ bleep ] wrong about iraq. >> he's allege said we're a comedy show. this isn't the news. >> a lot of these guys aren't even dads. >> you just have to be really lazy. >> i was kind of star struck when i first met him. >> assif mandvi joins us from beirut. >> i didn't have a platform to talk about before that. >> violence and the instability doesn't -- doesn't color that view? >> no, no, not at all. as one gentleman told me while standing in the smoldering remains of what was once his village, you can't get hummus without mashing some chickpeas. >> what jon started doing with "the daily show" was a form of really insightful satire. >> i don't know where to start so let's start with iraq. >> speaking truth to power. like putting the lepzns in a place where the regular media was not willing or courageous enough sometimes to put the lens, you know. and calling out the media itself.
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>> here's just what i wanted to tell you guys. >> yeah. >> stop. >> i remember when he did that "cross fire" interview, and i feel like that was a turning point. >> stop hurting america. >> okay. >> and come work for us because we, as the people -- >> how do you pay? >> not well. >> better than cnn, i'm sure. >> but you can sleep at fight. >> where everyone kind of stood back and said oh, this guy's not just a comedian, you know. he's somebody you don't want to -- you know, you don't want to fight that guy. >> i can't reconcile the brilliance and knowledge that you have and the intricacies of the market with the crazy bull [ bleep ] i see you do every night. >> i think the oddest one was the jim cramer thing. that was just bizarre. >> i understand you want to make finance entertaining, but it's not a [ bleep ] game. >> i felt like his interviews did not have the tone of, like, i'm attacking you. it was often -- even with people that i wanted him to attack --
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>> listen to me. here's all i want from you today. >> i kind of want him to go into the interview with bill o'reilly and, like, kick him in the [ bleep ]. >> i have one simple goal. >> yes. >> i want you to admit that there is such a thing as white privilege. that's all i want from you. >> i knew you were going to say that. >> that's all i want. that story. >> it was more about, like, i'm trying to understand. >> this is our first show. since the tragedy in new york city. >> 9/11 was such a, you know, world-changing event. >> they said to get back to work. and, uh, there were no jobs available for a man in the fetal position under his desk crying. >> i think what september 11th did on an emotional level is what happens at any time when the comedian lets the wall down. >> i wanted to tell you why i grieve. but why i don't despair.
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>> it's these kinds of moments that we take a step back and we realize he's really done a public service. >> we're closing early. no! no! i'm done. i'm heading out. >> we're going to miss everything about jon. his humanity, his hilarity, his incisiveness. >> adios, mother [ bleep ]! whoo! boom! >> a lot of people out there oh, huh, but i'm telling you, it's -- it's really -- it's good to leave at the top of your game. >> the world is demonstrably worse than when i started! have i caused this? >> the comfort in knowing that jon is behind the desk on "the daily show" is happening in the same way that carson or letterman or any of these guys, and when they leave -- >> has my soul been for naught? >> it's kind of a reminder of
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change, life goes on, and i'm closer to death. >> you know, he created something original. i think which is -- and he executed on it very well. and in some ways i look at him somewhat of an ombudsman which is a check on excesses and power and all of those things. and he did it with humor. >> and style of not attacking is so rare, to be gentle and gracious in an interview. >> always with authenticity as well. an honest voice. often comedic but often poignant and powerful. >> he certainly will be missed. >> congratulations on a great run, jon stewart. coming up, jen lancaster's witty looks put her on the "new
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after a corporate layoff in 2001, jen lancaster started a blog. her honesty and quick wit earned her a massive following. now 14 years later, lancaster is a "new york times" best-selling author of -- count them -- eight memoirs and four novels. fans have bought more than 1 million books. her new novel, "the best of enemies," deals with female friendships and rivalries. jen lancaster, good morning.
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>> good morning. >> so tell us about this book. >> this is a fun book. it's about two women who absolutely despise each other but keep getting put together in each other's lives. >> and why are they the best of enemies? >> they had been friends 20 years ago. and a series of events happened. they started to despise each other. and because of a mutual best friend, they can't get away from each other. >> i love that you said some of the inspiration was social media. people who have these pinterest-perfect lives became the source for you to write about. what do you see happening in culture that you sort of mirror in the books? >> i see these women, especially women in their 30s, who are working so hard to cultivate these pinterest-perfect lives that i think they're actually not living their lives. this actually happened to me a few years ago. i was worked on this book. i was trying to live my life by martha stewart's -- by her dictates for a year. and i was working so hard to make my life look perfect that
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things were starting to fall through the cracks. and i think when you try to art direct your life, you're not actually living. so i began to think about that. and i thought, what if i had a character who was trying to make her life seem to perfect that she was just using that to cover up what wasn't? and i took that character and i went with it. and i thought, who would be the polar opposite of that? who would be the polar opposite of a mommy blogger who was trying to display everything? and i thought, a foreign war correspondent, so that is her nemesis. >> who are you writing for? >> i write -- well, i write for myself. i write to crack myself up. the fact that anybody else likes it is just a bonus. >> yeah. >> i think there's something in your story, just the notion that you went from being laid off to a whole new career that so many people can really connect with. what did you learn in that journey, and what's your advice for other people who think i would love to write a book. i just don't know how. >> draw from your own experience. when i started writing, i didn't
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set out to be a writer. i was just an angry person. i had gone from being -- that's what it was. i was an executive and i had been laid off right after the dotcom era. because i had come up in the dotcom era, i thought i was really special because people were handing out paychecks and vp titles. this was, like, 2000, 2001. when i was laid out, i thought a great job was just around the corner. when i marched into the unemployment office with my prada bag, i thought a job was just around the corner and it turns out it wasn't. so when i started to write about my frustrations on the internet, it turned out i was just an angry person with a lot to say. but there were a lot of other angry people with a lot to say out there. that became my first book which was "bitter is the new black." so i was writing what i knew, and it just so happened that a lot of people were going through that same exact thing. >> do you start with character or with story? >> when i write novels, i start with characters because they're the ones who tell me what the
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stories are. when i write memoirs, i just go straight chronological with whatever -- the line from "ferris bueller's day off," jeannie?" >> great to have you here. thank you. to "the best of enemies." >> it is on sale now. and jen is heading over to answer your questions right now on our facebook page. that's at facebook.com/cbsthismorning. morning." we'll be right back.
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good morning. it is 8:55 on this thursday morning. i'm mary calvi. legion jace outbreak, 8 now dead. the hadn't says all the deceased individuals were older adults and had underlying health problems. inspectors found the bacteria in rooftop cooling systems in five buildings in the south bronx. they've been decontaminated. busta rhymes arrested for allegedly getting into a fight. police say he allegedly threw a container filled with a protein drink at a worker inside the gym after an argument. the victim refused medical attention.
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hamilton, a modern take on alexander hamilton's life opens on broadway today. i'm laughing in the face of casualties. >> hip-hop flavored songs. president obama and the first lady have already seen the show. looks nice out there, john. >> if they take hamilton off the 10, better put him on the 20 and get rid of jackson. we need hamilton on the money. i like eleanor roosevelt. dig her. 71 degrees. that's going to be the case. got this system to our south and west. we'll fill in the clouds during the day. 71 now. still comfortable this afternoon. high of 83. that's a little bit below normal, which is a turn-around over the last few days. let's talk about the next few days. clouds on increase. city tonight. that will be ocean county.
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