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urged senate republicans to restart the car, appealing to their sense of duty. >> people are hurting. inaction is not an option. >> reporter: and their sense of shame. >> you know, for seven years you had an easy route. we'll replace, we'll replace, and he's not going to sign it. well, i'm signing it. >> reporter: he even issued this veiled threat to dean heller of nevada, who was seated conveniently to his right. >> look, hi wants the remain a senator, doesn't he? and i think the people of your state, which i know very well, i think they're going to appreciate what you hopefully will do. >> mason:>> reporter: but the pt himself has sent mixed messages. in the last 24 hours he's promoted repeal and replace, repeal alone, and doing nothing. >> we'll let obamacare fail. >> mason:>> reporter: today he k to option one, belatedly selling a replacement plan that all but diwo
insurance that you don't even know about right now. >> reporter: republican leaders have already moved on the a fallback bill that repeals obamacare without a replacement. >> we will look like fools if we can't deliver on that promise. >> reporter: but today the non-partisan congressional budget office warned that approach would leave 17 million americans without coverage next year, a number that would climb to 22 million by 2026. moderate republicans already have the votes to block it. moderate republicans have the votes to block it. >> we brohm missed we would repeal and replace. we want to do that, but we want to do it the right way. >> reporter: the president's scolding did prompt republicans to scheduled a meeting once again tonight to find a consensus on a replacement plan. the president told them they should not leave town until they do, but the white house would not say, anthony, whether he too plans to abide by that directive. >> masna
thank you, nancy. donald trump, jr., brother-in-law jared kushner, and former trump campaign chairman paul manafort have been asked to testify on capitol hill next week. congress is investigating russian meddling in the u.s. election and whether anyone in the trump campaign was involved. meanwhile, the white house and the kremlin are defending the dinner chat presidents trump and putin had at the g-20 summit. a kremlin spokesman said today to call the meeting secret is absurd. mr. trump tweeted that it was "fake news" and "sick." here's margaret brennan. >> reporter: cameras only briefly got a glimpse of world leaders and their spouses dining at the g-20 summit in germany earlier this month. but it was long enough to see president trump enter and gesture toward vladimir putin. the russian president was seated next to first lady melania trump. >> we look forward to a lot of very positive things happening. >> reporter: the two leaders had just finished a more than two-hour long meeting, which
said showed the positive chemistry between them. russia's top diplomat also attended along with official translators from both countries. but the white house revealed late tuesday, nearly two weeks later, that the conversation continued during dinner, without any cameras, advisers, or u.s. translator present. mr. trump relied instead on a kremlin interpreter for what has been described as a less than hour long meeting. other foreign leaders wondered what the two presidents of adversarial countries were huddling acted. >> i will get along, i think, with putin. >> reporter: during the campaign, mr. trump said he alone could reset relations with russia which were at a cold war era low. >> you have to engage with them, but you have to be very careful. >> reporter: but jeffrey edmonds, a cold war expert, says the tension between the to countries is exactly what made the dinner conversation high risk. >> i'm not sure his staff is being allowed to serve him well. when there isn't
the room or he hasn't received a prebrief before a meeting with putin, i think there is a danger he could fall into some kind of trap, especially with an operative like putin. >> reporter: because he's former kgb? >> right. he's just very killed. >> reporter: the white house pointed out that president obama also huddled with vladimir putin and the same kremlin translator, but mr. obama was accompanied by his national security adviser, susan rice, for this 2015 conversation. anthony, no u.s. official was with president trump for his chat. >> mason: margaret brennan at the white house. thank you, margaret. while congress and the special counsel are investigating russian election hacking, president trump has set up a panel to investigate election fraud with little evidence there is any. here's chip reid. >> this issue is very important to me. >> reporter: trump kicked off the first meeting of his election integrity commission today, but its origin goes back to november when he won the
the popular vote to hillary clinton by almost three million votes. mr. trump has refused to believe it, insisting that millions of people illegally voted for clinton, but he has cited no evidence. critics say the president created this commission in a desperate effort to prove that he did win the popular vote. today vice president mike pence, who is heading the commission, tried to quash that idea. >> let me be clear: this commission has no preconceived notions or preordained results. we're fact finders. >> reporter: numerous studies have found that voter fraud in u.s. elections is extremely rare, and today some of the five democrats on the 12-member panel agreed. judge alan king of alabama. >> in my 16.5 years in the jefferson county probate judge position, i have not seen evidence of voter fraud in jefferson county. >> reporter: the commission got off to a rough start last month when it asked the states for detailed information on voters, including address,
political party, even voter history. more than 20 states refused, citing privacy concerns. mississippi's republican secretary of state wrote that the commission can go jump in the gulf of mexico. today president trump raised vague suspicions about the states that have not complied. >> if any state does not want the share this information, one has to wonder what they're worried about. >> reporter: democratic critics of the commission say it's all but ignoring two crucial issues, first, supression of the minority vote, and second, russian meddling in the presidential election. anthony? >> mason: chip reid, thank you, chip. nearly 40 large wildfires are burning tonight in the west. one of the most aggressive is in the foothills of yosemite national park. mireya villarreal is there. >> reporter: the ferocious detweiler fire just outside yosemite national park exploded overnight, doubling its size and burning over 45,000 acres.
closing the road. more than 2,000 firefighters have been batting the massive blaze since sunday, but as the wind pushed the fire closer to a community of 1,500 homes late tuesday, california's governor, jerry brown, declared a state of emergency. thousands were ordered to evacuate the town of mariposa. main street became a ghost town. mia glor owns the mariposa lodge. >> everybody is scared. you would never think something like this would happen in your town. >> reporter: the fire has knocked out power lines and threatened more in yosemite during this peak tourist season. record rain that ended the drought has also fueled the fire, creating dense vegetation that has burned with lightning speed. cal fire's lucas spielman. what is it about this fire that blew it out of control over the last 24 hours? >> as you can see, with the dead trees, the brush, it's just a combination of everything. it's a powder keg. that's why it's continuing to burn quicker than we can contain it. >> reporter: more than a dozen choppers and air tankers are
retardant drops, but cal fire has requested even more help to try to get ahead of the fire. the fire is right behind me. you can actually see the smoke and the ash pouring over these homes into this community. firefighters, dozens of them, are standing at the ready. they've already pulled their lines into people's backyards. they are ready to protect these home, but not just homes. they are ready to protect people. i just spoke with a home owner in this house here who is refusing to leave despite the evacuation order. anthony? >> mason: mireya villarreal on the front lines of that firefight in california. thanks. today minneapolis police put out transcripts of 911 calls made saturday by a yoga instructor. she was shot and killed minutes later by a responding officer. jamie yuccas is following the case. >> reporter: this morning family and friends in australia said good-bye to the 40-year-old justine damond, who had moved to minnesota three years ago and was set to marry her fianceée
damond was killed saturday by police officer mohamed noor. >> 530, shots fired. >> reporter: the 911 call transcripts show she called to report hearing a woman, possibly being sexually assaulted. she told the dispatcher, "i think she tried to say help, and it sounds distressed." during the second call, the operator said, "you're hearing a female jeeping?" justine said, "yes, along behind the house." we also learned today from damond family attorney bob bennett that justine called her fianceée about what she heard outside before he call the 911. >> she called him about being woken up by a sound that troubled her, and then they debated for a while, and then she heard them again and decided to call him again. he recommended that she call 911. >> reporter: officer noor's partner, matthew harrity, told investigators the two drove down an alley behind damond's south
suspected. harrity says that's when he heard a loud bang. immediately after damond approached the driver's side window. noor, sitting in the passenger seat, fired his gun and shot damond. she died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen. officer noor declined to be interviewed by investigators, but anthony, the attorney representing his partner says that it is reasonable to assume that the two may have thought they were being ambushed. >> mason: jamie yuccas in minneapolis. thank you, jamie. venezuela is in crisis. the economy tanked when oil prices fell. food is scares, and at least 90 have died in protest. president trump is threatening sanctions if the socialist president goes ahead with a new power grab. manuel bojorquez reports tonight from its border with colombia. >> reporter: at this border checkpoint, luggage is the easiest way to spot venezuelans looking for a new life.
marcos gonzales crossed into cucuta, colombia, with his wife and son. a lot of pain? "this is real life." tens of thousands of venezuelans cross into colombia, even just for the day, in search of food and work, but now they're fleeing the deadly fighting between the venezuelan military and protestors who blame the government for the country's economic collapse. >> ( translated ): she said you need to go. >> reporter: jose oropeza fled two months ago, leaving behind his wife and two children, because he feared becoming a political prisoner. why? >> ( translated ): because i see children who have nothing to eat, people who are hungry, the elderly knocking on my door for coffee or food. medicine. >> reporter: medicine is also in short is up lie. on the colombian side of the
border, cucuta's main hospital used to see one or two venezuelan women a week for prenatal care. now it's as many as five or six a day. some have crossed to give birth. dr. juan montoya is the hospital's general manager. >> ( translated ): we can't keep treating venezuelan patients and not being reimbursed, but they keep coming, not knowing when they may be able to cross that bridge back home. >> reporter: venezuela's president refuses to back down, even in the face of further u.s. sanctions. anthony, the opposition is planning a nationwide strike storm, setting the stage for even more unrest. >> mason: manuel bojorquez on the venezuelan-colombian border. and still ahead on the "cbs evening news," o.j. simpson makes his case for parole. and hollywood got it wrong for the t-rex running was no walk in the jurassic park.
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served nine years in a nevada prison for kidnapping, armed robbery, assault with with a deadly weapon, burglary, and conspiracy. tomorrow he is up again for parole. here's john blackstone. >> not guilty of the crime of murder. >> reporter: o.j. simpson had never been convicted of a crime until this botched robbery a decade ago at a las vegas casino. simpson said he was just trying to take back memorabilia that belonged to him at gunpoint. >> guilty. >> reporter: he was sentenced to 33 years. >> first time i met o.j. was in the gym. >> reporter: jeffrey felix was one of simpson's first guards at the correctional center. what was he like when he arrived there? >> o.j. had a very positive attitude. he knew he was going to get paroled, and that's all he thought about. >> reporter: now 70 years old, simpson will make his case thursday to nevada's parole board. >> i think he'll say, "i committed a crime. i've paid my time. i've accepted responsibility." >> reporter: criminal
attorney trent copeland has followed simpson's legal troubles since his acquittal in the murders of nicole brown simpson and ron goldman. >> some people will say, nevada did what california couldn't do. that 1994 case involving o.j. simpson cannot be part of this parole board hearing at all, as a matter of law. >> reporter: even with a flurry of recent films about simpson, he hasn't spoken publicly since his last parole hearing in 2013. >> i'm just sorry that all of this had to happen. >> reporter: felix says simpson has been a model inmate and deserves to be released. what will happen to him if he doesn't get paroled? >> if you're in o.j.'s shoes and you're clean for nine years and you get denied parole, how is that even possible? it might destroy him. >> reporter: but even freedom could carry a operation. if he gets released, what will life be like for o.j. simpson now? >> he still will live with the albatross that comes with being
believe is a murderer. >> reporter: if simpson is granted parole, he won't leave this remote desert prison immediately. his actual release date, anthony, will not be until october. >> mason: john blackstone in nevada. thanks, john. cbs news will bring you live coverage of simpson's testimony and the decision tomorrow. we'll be right back. last year, he said he was going to dig a hole to china. at&t is working with farmers to improve irrigation techniques. remote moisture sensors use a reliable network to tell them when and where to water. so that farmers like ray can compete in big ways. china. oh ... he got there. that's the power of and.
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>> mason: baltimore police are investigating video that appears to show an officer planting evidence in a drug case. he places a can in a trash-filled lot, seemingly unaware his body camera is recording. moments later he retrieves the can, which contained a bag of white capsules. prosecutors have now dropped charges against the man arrested for drugs. the afghan robotics team that competed in washington this beak is going home with a silver metal. they wereno
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most iconic moments in steven spielberg's legendary "jurassic park." an angry t-rex charges at a group of terrified researchers, who look like they don't stand a chance. but you may not need four-wheel drive to escape when you've got two feet. a new study suggests the tyrannosaurus could barely run at all. >> t-rex was quite a lot slower than people have thought. >> reporter: professor william selers, who led the study, says the prehistoric beast was so big its leg would have buckled under the high speeds of 45mph it was once believed to run. >> the problem with that is that running that fast, it actually breaks all the bones in its legs. >> reporter: the mighty t-rex, less self-predator, more awkward park jogger. selers' research at the university of manchester analyzed the dinosaur's bone size, density, and movement to
to walking speeds. at its fastest, an adult t-rex can only reach about 12mph, left in the dust by olympian usain bolt. even the average human is faster. >> if it couldn't move very quickly, was it an ambush predator, for example, or was it going around and relying on already-dead animals and just being a sort of scavenger? >> reporter: while scavenger doesn't exactly hit hollywood's killer image, the t-rex still holds one key title -- strongest jaws of any animal on land. what it lacks in speed, it makes up for in bite. jonathan vigliotti, cbs news, london. >> mason: little legs but a big mouth, and i'm not sure that's a race i would have wanted to run. that's the "cbs evening news." i'm anthony mason in new york. thanks for watching. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by
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for seven years you promised the american people you would repeal obama care, people are hurting.>> the president says an action is not an option as he challenges senators to resurrect the obamacare repeal. and the ceo comes out with his prediction saying millions will be impacted. let's start with the question: are you okay with o.j. simpson getting out of prison? [ clip playing ] >> o.j. simpson could soon be a free man , but all that stands between him is a four person parole board. you can hear arguments