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>> pelley: deadly tornadoes in hethe ofart america. >> it looks like a bomb went off. >> pelley: hundreds of homes are hit. >> all the windows are busted out. there's debris everywhere. >> pelley: also tonight... >> i can be more presidential if i want to be. >> pelley: and most viewers of his speech told us he was. >> i think he was much more professional and grounded. >> pelley: the trump rally sends the dow above 21,000. and road rage, the c.e.o. of hier gets into it with one of s drivers. >> good luck. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
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deadly storms you might expect in mid-april or early may. the warm winter spawned an outbreak of tornadoes. at least 28 since yesterday in seven states from the south to the midwest. the largest was an ef-3 with winds up to 165mph. the deaths include one in missouri, two in illinois, and more than 100 homes were blown apart. michelle miller met people who lost everything. >> reporter: this is all that's left of dozens of home in north central illinois after a line of tornadoes tore through the midwest late yesterday. >> tornado! oh, my god, it's on the ground. >> reporter: 26 twisters touched dunn across five states, bringing up to 155mph winds, heavy rain, and hail. in ottawa, illinois, one of the 50 homes with significant damage belonged to penny. >> had to get in the bat
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survive. my roof is off. trees are down. my car is wrecked. it's disaster. it looks like a bomb went off. >> reporter: in perryville, missouri, this woman had to be rescued after a tornado barreled through her town, smashing cars, uprooting trees, and knocking this truck off the highway. >> i'm so sorry. >> reporter: this morning illinois governor bruce rauner visited towns hard hit by the storm. >> we have to count our blessings. this could have been way worse. the warning systems worked well. people were notified. >> one resident couldn't even find what he lost in the storm. his entire garage was lifted from its foundation with his contents, his motorcycles, his easy chair, even his refrigerator left out in the open. >> it's total destruction. >> reporter: sandy johnson has lived here for 13 years. although her dog was inside, she's just thankful her children weren't home when the storm hit. >> that was the saving grace. that's where god stepped in and was like, no, can't have these kids go home or my kids
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>> reporter: family members of the woman who lived here told us that she hunkered down in that closet when she said rooms started to disappear. she climbed over her bed, hopped over her flooded basement and down these stairs to get out. scott, severe weather is forecast throughout the night from the ohio valley east. >> pelley: michelle miller in the heart of the destruction. michelle, thank you. well, president trump did something that he swore during the campaign that he could do if he wanted to -- look presidential. in a cbs news poll, 82% of viewers of his speech last night said he was. 97% of republicans thought so, and even more than half the democrats. we have more now from our chief white house correspondent, major garrett. >> it begins as of now. we think we're going to have tremendous success. >> reporter: president trump met with conditional republican leadership after delivering a speech that ws,
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standards, quiet, conventional, and non-confrontational. >> a new national pride is sweeping across our nation, and a new surge of optimism is placing impossible dreams firmly within our grasp. >> reporter: a cbs news poll found 61% of viewers were more optimistic about a trump presidency after the speech, but there are questions about what policies he plans no pursue. >> i believe that real and positive immigration reform is possible. >> reporter: in a lunch meeting with tv anchors tuesday, the president said he was open to providing legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants. he said nothing about that to congress. on "cbs this morning," norah o'donnell pressed vice president mind for details. >> he intends to build a wall to, have the kind of internal enforcement that puts the safety of the american people first, that identifies the criminal element. >> we've heard that. the question was whether he is open to pathway for
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immigrants here, or are you just not there yet? >> well, i think as the president said in the campaign, we'll see. >> reporter: senate democratic leader chuck schumer. >> this is the third time he has mentioned to people, oh, let's do reform, and then the next day his advisers, his base say pull it back. this speech was vehemently anti-immigrant. >> reporter: whatever the president's tone on immigration, deportation arrests continue. scott, in a highly publicized case in mississippi today, a 22-year-old woman was arrested. she's lived in america since age seven, being brought here from argentina by her parents. she had been protected under an obama administration program known as daca. that protection expired and immigration and customs says she will be arrested and held without bond pending an immigration judge's review of her status. >> pelley: major garrett at the white house. and in another surprising change of character, mr. trump sent only one tweet from his personal account today, one tweet, two
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he stuck with his exclamation point, however. on capitol hill, republicans all agree on replacing obamacare. they just don't agree on how. here's nancy cordes. >> reporter: republicans met today to finalize their obamacare replacement plan after the president laid out the broad strokes last night. >> we should help americans purchase their own coverage through the use of tax credits and expanded health savings accounts. >> reporter: in some ways that resembles obamacare, which helps americans pay for insurance with a combination of income-based tax credits and subsidies. but the tax credits in a recently leaked craft -- draft of the g.o.p. plan are based solely on age. the wealthy and the poor get the same amount. >> lower-income people would get significantly less help under these republican tax credits. >> reporter: larry leavitt is with the kaiser family foundation, which has been studying the republican proposals. >> so far these plans would
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reductions in the number of people insured. >> reporter: the vice president made the opposite case today. >> no one is going to fall through the cracks in this. >> reporter: and republicans argue that a simpler plan with fewer government mandates will unleash competition. >> the principles are good principles. they're the right ones. >> reporter: one big question: what would republicans do about medicaid? obamacare expanded it by 11 million americans at a cost of a trillion dollars. south carolina's lindsey graham. >> if we repackage obamacare and call it something else, we haven't succeeded. >> reporter: and that is the big challenge for republican leaders. they have vowed to move away from obamacare, and yet, scott, they are promising that no one is going to fall through the cracks. it's awfully hard to do both. >> pelley: nancy cordes on capitol hill. thank you, nancy. some of the problems mr. trump promised to solve last night don't actually exist. the president said correctly that 94 mill wherein
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americans are out of the labor force, but that's not an unemployment figure. our research department found that in that official number, about 15 million are students, 44 million are retired, and 28 million are disabled or caring for someone at home. if 94 million people were looking for a job, the unemployment rate would be 40% rather than the 4.8% that it is now. in the run-up of stock prices since election day, the dow has now been pushed above 21,000 for the first time. the blue chip index gained more than 300 points today to close at 21,115. jim axelrod is here with more about what's called "the trump rally." jim? >> reporter: well, scott, we've been watching the market soar more than 15% since donald trump won the presidency. as it climbed its way first past
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19,000, then 20,000, and now 21,000. but this is the first time since election day we've seen a single -day gain of more than 300 points. what's going on here? well, last night's speech only deepened the optimism that corporate earnings will continue to climb, especially with mr. trump's pro-business stance. the combination of proposals, corporate tax cuts, the loosening of regulations is exactly what wall street wants the hear. throw in a proposed $1 trillion of infrastructure spending the president discussed last night and signals the fed may soon raise interest rates to keep growth smooth, and you'll end up with a dow jones industrial average somewhere it has never been before, over 21,000. as an investor once put it, thea voting machine. people vote on what they think will happen economically, and right now, scott, they're thinking very positive thoughts. >> pelley: jim axelrod for us. jim, thank you. during the president's address
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nation to carryn owens, the wind deof navy seal ryan owens. owens was killed in a counter-terrorism raid in yemen 30 days ago. that mission did not go as planned. mr. trump gave the order, but he has not accepted the responsibility. here's david martin. >> reporter: rarely has someone struggled so hard and so publicly to keep it together as carryn owens, widow of navy seal ryan owens. for one minute and 38 seconds, one of the longest standing ovations in memory, she fought back tears and looked heavenward, apparently speaking to her late husband. >> ryan is looking down right now, you know that, and he's very happy, because i think he just broke a record. >> reporter: upset that her father-in-law had publicly questioned the need for the operation in which her husband was killed, carryn owens put a heartbroken face on the controversial commando raid against th
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in yemen. president trump approved the operation after barely a week in office. but he subsequently tried to distance himself from it. the commander-in-chief putting the onus on his military advisers and describing it as a piece of unfinished business leftover from the obama administration. >> well, this was a mission that was started before i got here. they explained what they wanted to do, the generals, who were very respected. my generals are the most respected we've had in many decades, i believe, and they lost ryan. >> he was killed in the initial exchange that took place on the objective. >> reporter: general joseph votel, commander of the u.s. forces in the middle east, monitored the raid in real-time as owens was fatally wounded, a medivac arielle crash landed, all in an effort to capture cell phones, laptops and hard drives that contained intelligence on th
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>> we accomplished the mission that we went there for. we certainly paid a very heavy price for this. >> reporter: nowhere was that price more in evidence that on the face of carryn owens last night before a packed house chamber and a national television audience. david martin, cbs news, the pentagon. >> pelley: as poignant as his salute the ryan owens was, mr. trump did not mention other americans fighting overseas, nor very much about foreign policy at all. here's margaret brennan. >> reporter: scott, the president's speech left diplomats and allies wondering just how president trump views america's role in the world. he made no mention of the thousands of u.s. troops in afghanistan and iraq or the small number in syria, and he did not explain why he's expanding the fight against al qaeda in yemen. there was a statement of support for israel, but no explanation of his repeated calls for a new relationship with russia. that's been worrying european allies in nato,
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trump again called on to spend more on their own defense. now, here at the state department, many see that white house proposal to cut 30% or more from the foreign aid budget as a sign that the president does not value diplomacy. rex tillerson, the secretary of state, did release a statement today clarifying that u.s. policy is still to promote freedom, democracy, and stability. but scott, none of those terms, were in mr. trump's speech. >> pelley: margaret brennan for us. stability is exactly what a u.s. nato ally is praying for, but sharing a border with russia, estonia fears that vladimir putin has been emboldened by his conquest in ukraine. elizabeth palmer is in estonia. >> reporter: these may look like soldiers. actually they're ordinary men and women with day jobs who volunteer in the estonian defense league, a kind of citizens militia. here they're competing in an
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[gunfire] more than 13,000 of them prepare to rise up if estonia were attacked. right now they believe their aggressive neighbor to the east, russia, is enemy number one, especially after its invasion of ukraine. estonia has a professional military, too. it was on display in this weekend's independence day parade. this small country spends big on defense. it's a fully paid-up member of nato, and that buys it powerful friends. this year u.s. soldiers deployed to estonia were part of the parade, and for the very first time they brought tanks. american tanks on the streets of estonia's capital send a powerful signal to the people here, that the u.s. will stand by its nato allies. they also send a very clear signal to the kremlin. that
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an estonia backed by nato would be dangerous. >> estonia is not alone. >> reporter: margus tsahkna is estonia's defense minister. >> we're sending the message to russia very clearly that we are able to speak the same language as mr. putin does, and it's a language that we are ready to fight. >> reporter: and staying ready means constant training. on saturday near the town of voru, local women in the defense league were learning to use g.p.s. equipment. for ruth madla, it's about learning new skills. she doesn't really expect the russians to invade, but... you're part of this force. >> yes. >> reporter: that sends a message. >> yes. maybe it's good to have the message. >> reporter: that message to russia is loud and clear. estonia is spending record amounts on its military, and the defense leagues have never had more central tears.
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elizabeth palmer, cbs news, tallinn, estonia. >> pelley: still ahead, the c.e.o. of uber gets into a heated argument with one of his drivers. in reality they're not. if a denture were to be put under a microscope, we can see all the bacteria that still exists on the denture, and that bacteria multiplies very rapidly. that's why dentists recommend cleaning with polident everyday. polident's unique micro clean formula works in just 3 minutes, killing 99.99% of odor causing bacteria. for a cleaner, fresher, brighter denture every day. coaching means making tough choices. jim! you're in! but when you have high blood pressure and need cold medicine that works fast, the choice is simple. coricidin hbp is the only brand that gives powerful cold symptom relief without raising your blood pressure. coricidin hbp. they carry your fans shpassions, hopes, and dreams.s.
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>> on black? >> yes, you did. >> [bleeped]. >> it was $20. it started wit $h20. how much is the mile now? $2.75. >> some people don't like the take responsibility for their own actions. >> reporter: in a memo to uber employees last night, kalanick apologized, writing it's clear this video is a reflection of me. i must fundamentally change as a leader and grow up. this is the first time i've been willing to admit that i need leadership help and i intend to get it. lately the company that made it possible to catch a cab using an app can't seem to catch a break. last week a lawsuit was filed alleging uber stole trade secrets for the development of its self-driving cars, which uber denies. and uber recently launched an internal investigation after an ex-employee leveled allegations of same-sex marriage. -- sexual harassment. we asked uber for an interview and they declined. i did take three uber rides in san francisco today, all three drivers well aware of the
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margin of victory in a presidential race since 1940. how do they like him now? here's dean reynolds. >> reporter: among those who gathered at the hideout brewery in grand rapids last night the watch the president's speech, shirley hampton needed no convincing. when you saw him up there, did you see a leader? >> i do. i do. i see a man who stands behind his word. the most important thing that i love about him is he keeps telling everybody, we have the band together. >> reporter: but upstairs damien sanchez and chris peterson disagreed. >> who can argue against unity? but has he been a divisive president to this point? of course he has. >> i don't think unity should be an objective. i think where we disagree, we ought to be strong in that resistance. >> look at this place. isn't this incredible? >> reporter: grand rapids was the final stop on the trump campaign last november just hours before he won the state. at breakfast today we found an answer to the
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question about who could support donald trump. there are people like leon alderman. >> everything trump has said and everything he's done so far i like. >> reporter: repeal and replace obamacare. >> the media didn't like him. hollywood doesn't like him. what more could you ask for? >> reporter: andrew dine praised the speech with a kind of back-handed compliment. >> i think that it was a breath of fresh air compared to how donald trump usually is in the last month or so. i think he was much more professional and grounded. >> reporter: presidential? >> absolutely, absolutely. >> reporter: for any new president, that would be a step in the right direction. dean reynolds, cbs news, grand rapids. >> pelley: listening to the people on the "cbs evening news." for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media ac gcessroup
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>> right now on off script, a wild afternoon as storms come through and knock out power to thousands of homes. shane shared this video on our wusa9 facebook page. look at the damage in kensington, maryland. a tree sliced through a home. a neighbor's tree came crashing down. the good news is nobody was hurt. you can share your picks, video, share them safely on the wusa9 facebook page. strong winds and showers continue this evening. here is meteorologist topper shutt. >> let me show you the map of all the storm reports. winds over 50 miles an hour, the blue


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