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,, >> thanks for watching. at 6:00, the possibility of a new flight from denver to havana, cuba. >> pelley: the grand old party establishment fights back. >> donald trump is a phony, a fraud. watch, by the way, how he respond to my speech today. >> pelley: we did. >> mitt is a failed candidate. >> pelley: also tonight, our correspondents give us a rare look inside syria's civil war. >> reporter: so this was an american air strike. >> pelley: major donors cut off the largest veterans' charity after we exposed how the money is being spent spp and a soccer star pledges to donate her brain to study concussions. >> the more we know, the more we can help protect the next generation and the generation
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captioning sponsored by cbs n this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: the man who carried the baton for the republicans four years ago is not passing it to donald trump. he's hitting him over the head with it. it today, mitt romney became the party establishment's unofficial spokesman for the "dump trump" movement. then, the 2008 nominee, john mccain, double teamed, saying that he shares romney's concerns and called trump's national security ideas uninformed and dangerous. in any other election, this would have been unimaginable, the two most recent nominees denouncing the g.o.p. front-runner. dean reynolds is in salt lake city. >> here's what i know. donald trump is a phony, a fraud. he's playing the members of the american public for suckers. he gets a free ride to the white house, and all we get is a lousy hat. >> reporter: the man who lost a race many republicans thought was winnable said trump is a s
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election. >> a person so untrustworthy and dishonest as hillary clinton must not become president. ( applause ) of course, a trump nomination enables her victory. >> reporter: he said trump's policies would create recession at home and disrespect abroad. ai >> what he said on "60 minutes." did you hear this? it was about syria and isis, and it has to go down as the most ridiculous and dangerous idea of the entire campaign season. let the most dangerous terror organization the world has ever known take over an entire country? >> reporter: he stopped short of saying trump supporters are misguided, but he urged them to reflect and reconsider. >> the bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, the absurd third-grade theaterics. en he's not of the temperament of the kind of stable, thoughtful person we need as leader.
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anticipated some blowback. >> watch, by the way, how he responds to my speech today. ( applause ) >> reporter: the answer came along predictably and pugnaciously. trump said romney is a light weight a, choke artist, a chicken, and worse. a >> mitt is a failed candidate. he failed. he failed horribly. >> reporter: and trump recalled how delighted romney was to get his endorsement just four years ago. >> i could have said, "mitt, drop to your knees." t he would have dropped to his knees. he was begging. ( cheers ) he was begging me. >> reporter: later, romney o took to twitter writing, scott, "if trump said four years ago the things he is saying today about the k.k.k., about muslims, mexicans, disabled, i would not have accepted his endorsement." >> pelley: dean, thanks very much. well, no doubt all this will
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debate, and major garrett is in detroit. >> reporter: advisers to marco rubio and ted cruz promise another brutal showdown tonight with trump, like the one t last week in houston. >> and he had to pay a million dollars for a judgment. >> it's wrong. >> that's a fact. >> totally wrong. >> reporter: though they lost more states than they won, both campaigns saw races tightip before super tuesday, convincing them personal and policy attacks can slow trump down. trump added a stop today in maine in advance of saturday's caucuses and promised to fight back. >> they said act presidential tonight. i said i'll act presidential, but if somebody hits me, i'm e, going to hit him back harder, right? >> reporter: vying for support in michigan, which votes tuesday, john kasich vowed to stay out of the trump cross-fire. >> you don't beat trump by personal attacks. >> reporter: for the first w time, the mexican government offered its official opinion on trump's promise that it would pay for a wall on the u.s. border.
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never. >> pelley: major, thank you. the f.b.i.'s investigation into democratic candidate hillary o clinton's e-mail may wrap up soon. as secretary of state, clinton used an unsecured, private e-mail server in her home for official business. ma none of the e-mails on the system was marked classified at the time, but recently, thousands have been reevaluated, and some marked top secret. it's a crime to mishandle classified documents. o tonight, nancy cordes tells us a former clinton staffer has been given immunity and is talking to the f.b.i. >> reporter: bryan pagliano is an i.t. specialist who set up the private e-mail server at clinton's new york home. he took the fifth when he was called before congress last year, but is cooperating with the f.b.i., an indication of the breadth of the investigation at into whether anyone r intentionally mishandled classified information. the clinton campaign said today it is pleased that pagliano is
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director, james comey, acknowledges is uniquely sensitive. >> i am very close personally to ga that investigation to ensure that it's done the way the f.b.i. tries to do all of its work-- independently, competently, and promptly. >> reporter: the state department released the last of clinton's 30,000 e-mails on to monday. more than 2,000 of them contained information now considered classified, providing fodder for republicans. >> what she did was a criminal act. she shouldn't be allowed to run. ( cheers ) okay. >> reporter: white house press secretary josh earnest disputed that. >> what i know that some officials over there have said is that she is not a target of the investigation. te >> reporter: in new york last night, former president bill clinton argued the e-mail controversy has made his wife more relatable. >> i saw this remarkable story by a woman who said, "you know, i never really was enthusiastic
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made me appreciate how really good she is as a human being, as well as a public servant." n >> reporter: but the question t at the heart of this f.b.i. st investigation is why a public servant in a sensitive position would need to communicate solely via private e-mail. ot scott, clinton's top aides and even the candidate herself could be interviewed by f.b.i. agents y in the coming month. >> pelley: nancy, thank you. well, tonight, we have some remarkable reporting from inside syria where a partial cease-fire il next week will mark five years since the uprising that led to the civil war that has killed a quarter of a million people and forced 11 million from their homes. elizabeth palmer has reached aleppo, and holly williams is in northern syria. we'll begin with holly. >> reporter: masorat al rashid village was liberated from isis l just three days ago. bl
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house hit by an air strike. joza khalaf and her cousin khatar told us the extremists held guns to their heads, forcing their way into the women's homes to hide. they said the isis fighters also dressed up as women to avoid capture. the nearby town of al shaddadi was liberated last week. e, there, but the town's now under the control of the syrian democratic forces, an arab-kurdish alliance that is supported by the u.s. so this was an american air strike? commander media kobane told us that u.s. coalition air strikes helped her fighters win the battle here. se this used to be the main road connecting raqqa, the so-called -c isis capital in syria, with mosul, iraq's second biggest city, also controlled by isis. but now the road has been
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democratic forces. colonel tala selo told us his 0 100 tons of ammunition by the u.s.-led coalition in the last six months, all of it dropped by parachute. but america's most effective partner in syria has some murky alliances. it's accused of coordinating with russia, which backs the syrian regime and has also allegedly fought against other u.s.-backed groups. colonel selo denied both those claims, but admitted his group enjoys a long-standing truce with the syrian regime. its flag flies over two compounds inside his territory. this u.s.-backed group is taking on isis and winning, sometimes paying a terrible price, but its allegiances are complicated. colonel selo also told us that he met with brett mcgurk,
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to the anti-isis coalition when he visited syria in january. co for anti-tank missiles and machine guns but so far, scott, he says they've received only promises. >> pelley: now, correspondent elizabeth palmer and her team are in aleppo, a cultural and industrial center of more than two million people still partly we spoke with liz a short time ago. >> reporter: add we rolled along, scott, we could see the villages that isis has just been pushed out of deserted and very heavily damaged. we stopped in the outskirts as we came in and went into a poor neighborhood right on the front lines. they are living in ruined buildings, in shocking condition with neither electricity or running water. we then carried on a little bit at to the jewel of aleppo, what used to be the largest covered market in the middle east. it was a unesco world heritage
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tell you that it is in ruins. it's heartbreaking, buildings that existed for more than 1,000 years have finally been smashed by the savage war. >> pelley: liz, what's it like to be a resident of aleppo now? >> reporter: weary, desperate, esp in some cases for necessities like medication or water. everybody is desperate to be able to relax, to travel freely, but people make do. n, i mean, you have to bear in mind he that there are hundreds of thousands of displaced people who stayed inside syria who are cramming into every tiny room and in some cases campsites. >> pelley: as you look around the buildings, the streets, paint the picture for me. >> reporter: well, it's a patchwork. so area where's there have been heavy fighting are just ruined
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it's like pictures of the second world war, berlin. i mean, smashed beyond belief. and then you go on a mile or two, and there are rather beautiful buildings from the early part of the last century, very graceful, dilapidated but standing, and so it's a kind of zz dizzying mix of everything. >> pelley: elizabeth palmer with a rare report from inside aleppo, and holly williams, with another report from inside syria as well. thank you both. now, we have an update on our investigation of the wounded warrior project. we reported that that charity spends far less of its donations on veterans as compared to other charities. o we were surprised, and turns out some major donors were, too. here's chip reid. >> reporter: with two sons serving in iraq, raising money for wounded warrior project was more than a cause for fred and dianne kane.
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since 2009, the kanes' charity, tee-off for a cause, raised $325,000 for wounded warriors through golf tournaments in the carolinas. the organization even honored h fred kane with an award for being a v.i.p. donor. but allegations that only a little over half of donations went to help wounded vets came as a blow. >> and then hearing that there was this waste of money and e donor dollars that should have been going to the service men and women that were injured, and it was spent on their having a good time. it's a real disappointment. >> reporter: wounded warrior's tax forms show spending on conferences and staff meetings grew to $26 million by 2014, but the charity insists those expenditures qualify as programs and services. outraged, kane canceled this year's benefit tournament and started a petition on change.org, calling for a public
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he also called senior management and said he thought c.e.o. n steven nardizzi should be fired. >> i said, "you know, where is he? you lead from the front, good or bad." i said, "you don't hide." i don't understand how an organization that has many veterans who value honor and service and the chain of command can be led by a guy like that. >> reporter: cbs news has learned kane is one of several major donors who are ending their support, and he wants answers from the group's board of directors. did they have a responsibility to know what was going on? >> absolutely. any board of directors does. >> reporter: sources with direct knowledge of the charity's operations said the board signs off on all the charity's major spending, including expensive staff retreats. those sources also told us the board has spent donor dollars on its own meetings at five-star hotels, including the beverly wilshire hotel in los angeles and the waldorf astoria in new york.
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members questioned spending decisions and executive salaries, their concerns were ignored. we tried to speak with each board member in person, but they declined. >> i feel like i'm representing all these people that have donated over the years, all these seniors over 65 that-- that have sent them $19 a month, all these people on fixed incomes, if nobody's going to talk about this right now, and it has to be me, then it has to be me. >> reporter: are you done with wounded warrior project? >> yes, except for my new mission of trying to see change there. >> reporter: the board says it's ordered a review by independent auditors and that it au would be inappropriate to answer questions until all the facts are known. full disclosure-- a cbs corporate executive serves on that board. i scott, the board won't say if ts the results of their review will be made public or whether the board spending is under review as well. they have also hired legal counsel. >> pelley: chip reid, thanks.
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>> pelley: we end tonight a world champion who is hoping to extend her legacy far beyond the soccer pitch. ben tracy spoke with her today. >> reporter: when the u.s. women's soccer team won the world cup in 1999, this became the defining image: a victorious 30-year-old brandi chastain b ripping off her jersey after scoring the winning goal. >> i'd really like to leave something beyond that. >> reporter: now 47, chastain has a new goal. she plans to donate her brain to science. how much head trauma do you think you suffered in your career? i >> i know two specific incidences when i was in college that would today definitely be considered a concussion, what we used to call, you know, "had my bell rung" or "i've seen stars," and i've had to shake it off. ke >> reporter: chastain's brain will eventually be examined by
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chronic tramatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease believed to be caused by n repeated blows to the head. boston university researchers have examined 307 brains of mostly male athletes. just seven were from women. nfl players have dominated the discussion over head injuries. chris nowinskiy is founder of the concussion legacy foundation, which will eventually study chastain's brain. >> with women not playing football, we don't have a generation of former female athletes with a lot of exposure who are in their 60s, 70s, or 80s, like we do with men. >> open your bodies. >> reporter: chastain now helps coach soccer at santa clara university and is a fierce advocate for not allowing youth soccer players to head the ball until they are 14. . her contribution to science will outlast even the most memorable of games. ben tracy, cbs news, santa clara, california. >> pelley: and that's the cbs
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around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs capt big concerns over plans to create a storm water detention pond in denver. the areas impacted would be the golf course property at 26th and york, and also the coal neighborhood that is north and west of the golf course. howard nathan at city park right now. and golfers are worried that the storm water project will shrink their favorite course. >> reporter: the doomsday scenario that the city would bulldoze 45 acres is not true according to the planning department. therefore this golf course will not shrink by a third.
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the bogeys clubhouse may be moved and relocated. >> reporter: if you like to putter around the city golf course, keep on putting. neighborhood activists may be raising an unreasonable fear of a shrinking golf course based on city plans to build a pond that would collect storm water, except the pond will be built under the court, not on it. >> if they could do that and keep the integ rift the golf course, i'd be for it. >> reporter: there's also a concern the city might cut down 250 trees. >> this is a good golf course for the community. it's right in the city, and it's got the good views. >> reporter: but that 250 number city planners say is not accurate. instead some 150 smaller trees in the interior of the course might be moved. motivating this plan is a desire to bring a relief to flooding in another

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