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little bit tougher. >> reporter: that comment came just three days after tillerson held an extraordinary news conference last month to shoot down reports that he had called the president a moron. >> there has never been a consideration in my mind to leave. i serve at the appointment of the president, and i am here for as long as the president feels i can be useful to achieving his objectives. >> mason:>> reporter: the two he clashed on policy issues, including north korea. shortly after tillerson announced the u.s. was in diplomatic contact with pyongyang, trump treated that he is "wasting his time." >> no, we don't agree on everything. yes, sometimes he changes his mind. >> reporter: tillerson successfully convinced the president to keep the u.s. in the iran nuclear deal, but he now appears poised to lose an argument over tillerson's objections the president is leaning toward recognizing the disputed city of jerusalem as the capital of israel. one of tillerson's closest ally, chairman of the senate foreign relations committee bob corker, said mr. trump has effectively neutered tillerson. >> he said the president has
"castrated you before the world stage." >> i checked. i'm fully intact. >> reporter: tillerson's cost-saving plan to restructure the state department, including slashing around 2,000 positions, has not helped his popularity. today corker defended him. >> it's been evident to me that for some time somebody is, you know, seeking to undermine his presence here. i don't know who that is. >> reporter: the white house insists that no change is imminent. the leading uandidate to replace tillerson is current c.i.a. director mike pompeo. that would leave a vacancy at the c.i.a., likely to be filled by either republican senator tom cotton of arkansas or retired vice admiral robert harworth. >> mason: margaret brennan at the white house. thanks, margaret. the non-partisan joint commission on taxation estimated today that the senate republican tax bill would add $1 trillion to the deficit over the next decade. that conflicts with g.o.p. claims the tax cuts in t
would pay for themselves. even so, a final vote is expected by tomorrow and nancy cordes tells us prospects for approval are improving. [bell tolls]. >> reporter: the dow surged 330 points today as wall street sensed an impending windfall after several g.o.p. hold-outs said they were leaning toward voting yes. >> i think it's likely to pass. >> reporter: the centerpiece of the in the plan is a huge cut to the corporate tax rate, which republicans say will be a boon for u.s. workers. >> we'll have more jobs, more companies, existing companies are expanding. >> reporter: democrats argue past tax cuts haven't trickled down to workers. >> this is a fantasy. this bill greases the wheels to send more jobs overseas. >> just a show of hands. >> reporter: a group of business leaders were asked recently if they would invest those tax savings in their workforce. white house economic adviser gary cohn was disappointed by the response. >> why aren't the other hand
chris coons. >> c.e.o.s of pfizer, cisco, coca-cola said, that's not what we're going to do. if we get a significant rate cut, we're going to give that back to shareholders in dividends and stock buybacks. >> reporter: the bipartisan joint committee on taxation projected today that the g.o.p. plan would boost job growth by an extra half a percent over the next ten years. the j.c.t. has also projected that the plan's individual tax changes would initially benefit earners at all level, but those savings would quickly evaporate for those making less than $75,000 a year. tennessee republican bob corker says that part of the plan needs major work. >> i wish we could just take the individual side, put it in the trash can, and take it quickly to the incinerator. >> reporter: but many republicans are worried they'll miss the moment if they tinker with the bill any longer. >> i want us to pass tax reform. i think in its current structure it would make things better than things are today, not perfect but better.
manage to pass their bill, which they're hoping to do in the next 24 hours, they will have another opportunity to make some changes when they work to reconcile their plan with the very different plan that has passed the house earlier this month, aptdny. >> mason: nancy cordes at the capitol. thanks. it's not often an earthquake rattles major cities in the east, but this afternoon a magnitude 4.1 quake centered near dover air force base in delaware was felt from washington to poughkeepsie, new york. this was the scene in belleville, new jersey. there are no reports of serious injuries or damage. now to the sexual misconduct accusations rocking 30 rock. executives at nbc have received at least two new complaints about now-fired "today" show host matt lauer. lawyer lauer put out a statement today saying he's "embarrassed and
here's bianna golodryga. >> our top story is again about matt lauer. >> the "today" show may be without its anchor, but matt lauer still managed to lead his past, releasing a statement before air. "there are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain i have caused others by my words and action," he said. "as i am writing this, i realize the depth of the damage and disappoint i have left behind at home and at nbc." lauer seen near his home in the hamptons today said some of the allegations are untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed. nbc says two women in addition to the female employee whose complaint led to lauer's firing have come forward. also one woman told "the new york times" that she was sexually assaulted by lauer in his office in 2001. and some of lauer's female colleagues told "variety" magazine that he summoned them to his hotel room at night
some told "variety" their complaints the management fell on deaf ears. "variety" reporters elizabeth wagmeister and ramin setoodeh wrote the story. >> matt lauer's public persona as a squeaky clean's america's dad was very difficult from his private persona where he focused on women that worked at the "today" show, and there was a clear pattern of that. >> reporter: lauer is the latest in an expanding list of powerful men forced out of their jobs over charges of sexual misconduct, including now former "cbs this morning" co-anchor charlie rose. new to the list, def jam founder russell simmons, who earlier today resigned from his media company after a second woman alleged he forced her to have sex against her will. simmons doesn't deny the encounters but says he remembers them differently. as for lauer, nbc said in a statement that current management was never made aware of any allegations prior to monday night when the first woman came forward. anthony? >> mason: bianna g
pressure is growing on the longest-serving member of the house of representatives to step down in the face of sexual misconduct accusations. more on that now from julianna goldman. >> congressman conyers should resign. >> reporter: today the top democrat in the house of representatives called on john conyers to step down immediately. >> zero tolerance needs consequences for everyone, no matter how great the legacy. it's no license to harass or discriminate. >> reporter: conyers' attorney arnold reed shot back, saying the 88-year-old congressman is staying put. >> nancy pelosi did not elect the congressman, and she sure as hell won't be the one to tell the congressman to leave. >> reporter: pelosi and other democratic leaders spoke out after marion brown, the staffer with whom conyers settled a sexual harassment complaint in 2015, came forward for the first time. >> i'm here to say that i'm in the a liar. >> reporter: offering disturbing details. >> he pointed
areas of his body and asked me to, you know, touch it. >> reporter: since brown's $27,000 settlement was first reported last week, several women have accused conyers of sexual misconduct. conyers has denied the allegations. his attorney said he was hospitalized last night for stress-related issues and also seemed to suggest that conyers is being treated unfairly due to his race. >> nancy pelosi is going to have to explain what is the discernible difference between al franken and john conyers? >> i apologize. >> reporter: several women have accused senator al franken of groping, both before and after he was elected. unlike with conyer, top democrats in the senate are not calling on franken to resign. separately today, republican congressman joe barton announced he would not seek reelection after a lewd selfie he sent to another woman circulated online.
>> mason: julianna goldman, thank you, julianna. white house press secretary sarah huckabee sanders said today it is unlikely the president knew who jayda fransen was when he retweeted her videos yesterday. fransen is a leader of an extremist group in britain, and the president's retweets set off a storm across the pond. here's charlie d'agata. >> reporter: the far-right anti-muslim group britain first is used to street fighting to drive home its extremist message. but now a day after president trump retweeted the group's inflammatory videos, the fight has spread to parliament. >> he is either a racist, incompetent, or unthinking or all three. >> reporter: opposition politicians piled on the pressure to cancel the official state visit that has been extended to the president. >> action is needed now, not a slap on the wrist. cancel the state visit.
anyone else who breaks the law and charged with inciting racial hatred. >> reporter: even members of the conservative government agreed. so the president has endorsed the views of a vile, hate-filled, racist organization that hates me and people like me. in jordan on government business, prime minister theresa may clung to the idea of a special relationship with washington, but she too condemned the president. >> when we think the united states has got it wrong, retweeting from britain first with the -- was the wrong thing to do. >> reporter: mr. trump only fanned the flames when he rebuked the prime minister, warning her to focus on her own business. even staunch trump supporter nigel farrar admitted the president made a mistake. >> i do think these videos are in very bad taste and she's shown poor judgment. >> reporter: tonight we learn that u.s. diplomatic posts in some muslim countries have been
alert as a precaution. a u.s. official told us the president's retweets of those anti-muslim videos have added to those concerns. anthony? >> mason: charlie d'agata in london, thanks. the suspect in a string of deadly shootings in tampa, florida, appeared in court today over a video link. 24-year-old howell donaldson wore a padded robe to prevent him from harming himself. he's charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of four people over five weeks. donaldson was arrested tuesday night after handing his gun to a mcdonald's coworker. american airlines said today despite a computer dwhrich, it does not expect mass cancellations during the holidays. cbs news has learned american discovered the software problem last friday. it mistakenly allowed thousands of pilots to take vacations in late december. the airline says it has been fixed and just a few hundred pilot slots remain unfilled.
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♪[ music ] hello and thanks for joining us. i'm bruce johnson, and this is off script. former today show host, matt lauer is apologizing after being outed for sexual misconduct. a coworker filed a detailed complaint, reportedly with a picture. the today show began this morning with a statement from lauer, read by his cohost,