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trump as he told america what he would do as commander-in-chief. his foreign policy speech in philadelphia was peppered with attacks on health hillary clintt for the most part he stuck to the script and the teleprompter. here's major garrett. >> sometimes it seems like there wasn't a country in the middle east that hillary clinton didn't want to invade, intervene in, or topple. she's trigger-happy and very unstable. >> reporter: donald trump's indictment of hillary clinton pinned former secretary of state for every problem in the middle east, citing her support for the iraq war and the overthrow of libyan dictator of moammar qaddafi, actions trump supported at the time. >> the current strategy of toppling regimes with no plan for what to do the day after only produces power vacuums that are filled simply by terrorists. >> reporter: trump promised to pull back from nation building and spreading democracy, and
december -- >> i know more about isis than the generals, do believe me. >> reporter: -- trump said he would be listening to military brass. >> immediately after taking office, i will ask my generals to present to me a plan within 30 days to defeat and destroy isis. >> reporter: trump also called for a new wave of defense spending to increase the size of the army to 540,000, add 12 marine corps battalion, increase the navy fleet and the number of air force fighter jets. trump also said he would beef up cyber defenses and took a shot at the vulnerabilities of clinton's private, unsecured e-mail server. >> hillary clinton has taught us really how vulnerable we are in cyber hacking. [applause] that's probably the only thing that we've learned from hillary clinton. [laughter] >> reporter: trump offered few specifics on paying for all this, mentioning cutting the federal
the defense contract. these are old ideas to produce limited success or savings for presidents of both parties. >> pelley: major, thank you. nancy cordes is covering the clinton campaign. nancy? >> reporter: scott, the clinton campaign hasn't gone after the substance of trump's speech yet, but they did say the names he called clinton had a schoolyard "i know you are, but what am i" quality. when she lays out a thoughtful speech laying out why she's -- he's unfit to be commander-in-chief, he calls her unhinged. they also pointed out the dallas morning news, the first time this paper had backed a democrat in 75 years. the paper's editorial board said trump's serial shifts on fundamental issues reveal a astounding absence of preparedness while clinton is the candidate more likely to keep our nation safe. it's unlikely that a red state like texas is going to go for the democrat any time soon, but you are sure to see that
endorsement make an appearance, scott, in clinton's speeches and possibly in her ads this fall. >> pelley: nancy cordes in washington. nancy, thank you. congress is still battling over emergency funding for the fight against zika. in the house today, florida congressman david jolly held up a canister of mosquitoes. they were not carrying the virus, but he said they could be. mosquito spraying in miami beach planned for tomorrow was put off until friday after a public protest. david begnaud is there. >> reporter: it started as a chant outside miami beach city hall. inside it turned into an outcry. >> the plane went over my house 11 times. >> reporter: this woman says she lives in the zika zone of wynwood where the insecticide naled was used for weeks in early august. >> my tongue for four hours felt so tight and shaky i was about to go to the emergency room.
these residents of miami beach are worried about. >> and many miami-dade county, folks, folks... >> reporter: the miami-dade county mayor, carlos gimenez, who ordered the spraying, told the crowd public health experts have assured him the amount of naled used is harmless to humans and has proven effective in wynwood at reducing the mosquito population. >> we cannot pick and choose where to spray. there is a science to this. >> reporter: many people in the crowd shouted they didn't believe the science that shows pregnant women with zika are at risk of delivering babies with microcephaly. >> you don't believe there's a link. the problem is what if you're wrong? >> reporter: dr. christine curry is an ob-gyn, who has delivered a baby with microcephaly, and spoke directly to the crowd. >> zika is real, and while we don't understand it fully, that is not a reason to dismiss its impact. >> reporter: so the aerial spraying starts friday morning at 5:00
they'll do it again on sunday and then two sundays after that. scott, one man who lives here in miami beach sent me a tweet this afternoon saying, based on what i heard today, i'm going to pack up my family and head out of town for a month. >> pelley: david begnaud reporting from miami. thank you, david. what was hurricane newton killed at least four people on mexico's baja peninsula, at least two drowned yesterday when a shrimp boat capsized in the gulf of california. the storm took down trees and knocked out power in cabo san lucas. tonight newton is just a tropical storm dumping rain on arizona and new mexico. today in southeast asia president obama promised 90 million dollars to help laos clear millions of unexploded american bombs that were dropped decades ago. during vietnam, the u.s. dropped more explosives on laos than it did on germany and japan combined in world war ii.
margaret brennan is traveling with the president. >> reporter: phong manithong was maimed and blind,ed when he was just 12 years old. a friend gave him what looked like a toy ball. it was a bomb that exploded in his hand. >> i feel lots of pain in my body. i feel like i was on fire. report phong's devastating injuries came from american munitions developed more than 40 years ago. during the war in neighboring vietnam, u.s. warplanes unleash ed 270 million cluster bombs on laos to cut off enemy supply lines. 80 million of them did not explode. there have been more than 20,000 casualties since the war ended. today president obama was surrounded by prosthetic limbs designed for the injured. >> we see injury from decisions made a century ago. we're reminded that wars always carry t
unexploded munitions is painstakingly slow. at the current rate it would take 50 years to remove all of the tiny bombs. >> there's lots of contamination in the area. >> reporter: simon rea of mines advisory group said president obama's pledge of $90 million will help speed up the removal. >> i think with the announcement of the additional funding, that will please a lot of laos people. they will understand the americans are committed here. >> reporter: remarkably, phong is not bitter toward the country responsible for his injuries. >> i forgive you. i forgive everyone, because anger doesn't give you any good thing. >> reporter: scott, president obama said the u.s. has a moral obligation to help the many victims, but he did not apologize. >> andy: margaret brennan, margaret, thank you. of course, we have our own victims of war here in america. there were headlines, recently when a 76-year-oldte
hospital in north port, new york. suicides by deaths happen on average 20 times a day. tonight jim axelrod has a remarkable story about an organization that is helping to rescue vets in distress. >> after two tours in iraq, after trying to drink himself past the demons that darkened his mind, and after a second member of his old platoon committed suicide, frank lesnefsky got help. in his therapist's office he can finally talk about his post-traumatic stress. >> i feel like it's not going to end. >> instead of being hauntedded by it. >> that tension across my chest. i was immobilized. it's like being frozen. just watching time pass. it's crazy. >> reporter: lesnefsky, a retired army staff sergeant, hit his own bottom and contemplated taking his own life. >> i had a great person tell me
once, don't... they're killing us over there, and they're still killing us here. the guy told me, don't let it happen. don't give them that satisfaction and let them know that. >> reporter: in 2014, he found help in headstrong, a non-profit whose mission is helping any vet who needs it deal with their wounds. no cost, no problem. now lesnefsky is leading by example, a very public example, the tentative steps toward healing first taken in therapy have turned into strong, purposeful striefers, sharing his struggle with the 20 million followers of the popular blog "humans of new york." >> there is an old man fishing in the same spot every single day, so one day this 15-year-old kid rides up on his schooler and drops a bomb behind him. wa
born. now i've come to a place that the human body is shredded and blown to bits, and it just wasn't me. i used to be jokey. i used to be goofy. i was frank from north scranton. i know i won't be that again. >> reporter: so far more than a dozen stories have been published. we asked a few of the bloggers to read what they posted, like platoon commander chris wilson, who described the burden of wartime leadership that's still with him even after the shooting has stopped. >> you don't do your job, people will die, over and over. people will die if i mess up. nine of my guys died. it's been extremely hard to forgive myself. >> reporter: others like are combat medic jenny pacanowski described the battle they fought once they arrived back home. >> for a long time after i got back, i isolated myself in a cabin and drank all the time. then at one point i decided that i was going to try everything possible to feel better, a
nothing worked, i was going to kill myself. god, this is harder to talk about than bombs. >> these folks are just as courageous as folks who do something physically daunting on the battlefield because they are bearing their physical wounds in order to help a broader community and save lives. >> reporter: headstrong's executive director retired marine captain zachary iscol teamed up with brandon stanton, the creator of humans of new york, to get the word out: recovery is possible, but you have to ask for help. >> to sit there and watch somebody be vulnerable and possibly read their story and say, you know what, i'm going through that, too, but i'm not talking about it, and i need to. >> it took a lot of therapy to relieve this type of self-torment. therapy is the only reason i can talk about these things today. now i can own it. i can say, this is who i am. this is what i've been through. >> you mean
importance in just sharing the story? >> absolutely. i can tell there is a way out there. is a way to get better. why not take it? >> when you are fighting a battle where the wounds are invisible... >> i'm being consumed by that feeling. >> reporter: crew courage is letting others see them. jim axelrod, cbs news, new york. >> pelley: help is available. coming up next on the "cbs evening news," a final victory for a world war ii veteran. and the government said a college didn't make the grade, so 40,000 students are forced to drop out. i lost my sight in afg. if you're totally blind, you may also be struggling with non-24.
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>> reporter: this group of itt technical institute nursing students came to the merrillville, indiana, campus to find answers, instead they found locked doors, three months from graduation. candace nickens. >> you're ready and you find out, no. >> reporter: lequisha henning. >> i've been struggling to be a mom and a full-time student, and it's been difficult. all of that cannot go to waste. report thousands of students were notified by e-mail. itt has more than 138 campuses in 30 states. authorities have been investigating the school for leaving students with more debt than job prospects. least month the department of education edbann itt from enrolling new students who received federal aid. that turned out to be the death sentence since 80% of itt students depend on that aid. itt is one of handful of
under intense scrutiny in the last year. missouri senator claire mccaskill. >> they were not getting the job done. they were not producing graduates. they were not producing job-ready graduates. >> reporter: but for the indiana students, it was a soul-crushing decision. >> our dream is to be nurses. that's it and that's all. like we want to help people, genuinely want to help people, and they're not allowing us to. >> reporter: itt calls this a lawless execution caused by the department of education. students can now either apply to have their federal loans forgiven or, scott, they can try to have those credits transferred to another school. >> pelley: don dahler, thanks. up next, the new iphone. apple takes an ax to the jacks. this is humira. this is humira helping to relieve my pain and protect my joints from further damage. this is humira helping me go further. humira works for many adults.
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traditional apple features were missing, the headphone jack and the magic. apple stock was flat as a tablet today, so we asked john blackstone whether apple was losing appeal. >> reporter: at apple's annual launch of new product, the superlatives always flow. >> it's the best iphone that we have ever created. >> reporter: introducing the iphone 7 today, c.e.o. tim cook gushed over the success of apple's flagship product. >> we've now sold over a billion of them. [applause] this makes iphone the bestselling product of its kind in the history of the world. >> reporter: but this past year for the first time, apple sold fewer iphones than the year before, with revenue dropping 27%. apple counting on new features added to iphone 7 to bring buyers back. scott stein, senior editor, cnet. >> i think there were a lot of upgrades people wanted to see like water r
necessarily add up to something that sounds immediately exciting. i don't know if you take the plunge to go into them if you have a previous phone. >> reporter: the price remains the same, $649. >> these are expensive products. >> they're very expensive. i think you want the hang on to them for a number of years. >> reporter: to prevent sticker shock, cook talked up the $32 a month lease plan that lets get users get the latest iphone directedly from apple every year. >> i think the iphone is a dollar a day product. but it's a very reliable model. that's one way to think about apple. you won't be waiting for a big hit every few years. >> reporter: some users worry what is not on the iphone, the little hole in the bottom to plug in the familiar earphone jack is gone. earphones will now use apple's lightning connector or for $159, apple will sell you wirele
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we are still tracking heavy an sd inom >> pelley: we end tonight with a long overduhon nor for a veteran of world war ii. elaine harmon of maryland who died last year at the age of 95 was laid to rest today in america's premier military cemetery after winning one final battle. here's david martin. [taps playing] >> reporter: it took an act of congress for elaine harmon's ashes to be allowed into arlington national cemetery, even though she was a member of the women's air force service pilots during world war ii. >> my grandmother and the other members of the
women to fly for the united states military. >> reporter: erin miller was proud of her grandmother's service training the men who went into combat. >> my grandmother's last wishes were to have her ashes interred at arlington national cemetery. >> reporter: but service in the wasps did not qualify for entry into arlington, so she had to store her grandmother's ashes in a closet. that's not a very dignified resting place. >> no, it certainly is not a very dignified resting place, but we didn't really know what else to do. >> what's going on? >> reporter: congresswoman martha mcsally, one of the first women to fly combat aircraft, introduced a bill to allow wasps into arlington. >> the fact they were told they couldn't had them thinking this is one last slap in the face. we thought sexism was over, and there was this one last element of not being treated fairly. >> reporter: mcsally's bill was passed and signed into life in five months, the speed of light in politically gridlocked
i see a tattoo. >> this is our bill number. >> that's pretty intense. this is so important and so meaningful to her that this was made right for her grandmother that she chose to memorialize it in that way. >> reporter: elaine harmon's ashes came off the shelf. only 100 wasps are still alive and now eligible to go into arlington. >> we wanted to make this as right as fast as possible for those still with us. >> reporter: a year and a half after she passed away at 95, elaine harmon was granted her last wish, and with it an honor she hadn't asked for, a flyover by world war ii vintage planes. david martin, cbs news, arlington national cemetery. >> pelley: and that is the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs
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