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right. >> and ponchos. >> we'll do that. [ laughter ] >> i'll check my mind right now! good morning to our viewers in the west. it is wednesday, december 14th 2016. welcome to "cbs this morning." breaking news. the fragile cease-fire in aleppo collapses. thousands of civilians are at risk. the u.n. calls it a complete meltdown of humanity. president-elect trump meets silicon valley's tech titans today after clashing with them during the campaign. plus he defends choosing an oil man for secretary of state. former secretary of state james baker tells us why he likes the choice. and we remember alan thicke. the beloved tv dad from "growing pains" who died suddenly of a heart attack. he was just 69. >> we begin this morning with a look at today's "eye opener."
your world in 90 seconds. >> it looks like this arctic air just simply won't back down. >> very cold air moving down across the northern tier of the u.s. this one is the coldest so far. >> freezing cold temperatures blanket millions. >> the big arctic blast heading through areas of the great lakes and northeast. >> it's 9 in detroit right now. 9. german for what we were thinking to moving to detroit? >> rex is one of the greatest and most skid global business leaders of our time. >> president-elect trump on his thank you tour praising rex tillerson, his pick for secretary of state. >> he was a very different thing to be negotiating a deal for an oil and gas company than it is to be standing up for american interests. the new information said massacres have been carried out in eastern aleppo and there's been a complete meltdown of humanity. ♪ don't miss another minute ♪ >> alan thicke, one of america's favorite tv dads, has died. >> in real life it's tougher to
parent without eight writers. >> president obama has signed a sweeping health care bill that invests billions in cancer research. >> mail truck goes up in flames with run dreads of holiday packagings inside. the driver managed to save most of the packages. >> all that. ♪ >> a great move. >> i was going to say if i was wearing that, i would be happy as well. ♪ >> and all that matters. >> donald trump nominated exxonmobil ceo rex tillerson as his secretary of state. >> rex tillerson was once the president of the boy scouts of america. yeah. or as donald trump calls that government kernt. >> on "cbs this morning." >> the president-elect met at trump tower with kanye west. you can tell it was a high-powered meeting because kanye is wearing his formal sweatsuit. >> what an amazing thing to see our next two presidents side by
side like that. it's -- it's remarkable. >> this morning's "eye opener" is presented by toyota. let's go places. welcome to "cbs this morning." gayle king is off, alex wagner co-host of "cbs this morning" saturday is with us. a new humanitarian crisis is unfolding in the syrian city of aleppo after a day-old cease-fire appeared to fall apart. rebels and pro-government troops on the verge of retaking the whole city are attacking each other with gunfire and shelling. the united nations warns of a complete meltdown of humanity. >> think about that the rebels are holed up among thousands of civilians in the deliver of territory in the east. syrian government buses waited this morning to transport tense of thousands of civilians and rebels. this is part of the cease-fire deal. look at this.
the buses have now left empty. completely empty. holly williams is following the crisis from istanbul, turkey. holly, good morning. >> good morning. there are also reports today of more air strikes. but to all intents and purposes the syrian regime is now in control of aleppo. the city is a strategic prize but it's come at a horrifying cost. it's hard to believe this is happening in the twisp century. aleppo used to be home to 2 million people and center of ancient civilization. now, bludgeoned by a barbaric war. its people pounded by bombs. after four years of fighting in the city, the syrian regime has won it back from the country's rebels except for one tiny pocket. but it's done it with total disregard for civilian life. the syrian government has
indiscriminately killed its own people. and syria has won this victory with the backing of russia and iran to america's ambassador to the u.n. addressed yesterday. >> are you truly incapable of shame? is there literally nothing that can shame you? is there no act of barbarism against civilians, no execution of a child that gets under your skin and just creeps you out a little bit? >> reporter: as forces tighten the noose, some of those apparently still living in rebel-held areas have been posting desperate videos on the internet. >> reporter: the u.n. says there are around 50,000 civilians,
many, women, and children, trapped in the handful of neighborhoods still held by the rebels. >> a tragedy of epic proportions. holly williams in istanbul. thank you. president-elect trump will hold a summit today with some of the tech industry's most important names. the guest lists include facebook's sheryl sandberg, amazon's jeff bezos, apple's tim cook, and tesla's elon musk. they represent a community that mostly wanted hillary clinton to be the next president. >> last night the president-elect cheered his secretary of state nominee and house speaker paul ryan in front of supporters in a milwaukee suburb. nancy cordes is covering the trump transition. nancy, good morning. >> good morning. mr. trump called rex tillerson one of the greatest global business leaders of our time. and he also buried the hatchet at that rally with the man who will be the second most powerful republican in washington, the house speaker. >> honestly, they've never seen a resume like this before. >> reporter: at a victory rally
in wisconsin, the president-elect defended his choice of rex tillerson for secretary of state. >> rex is friendly with many of the leaders in the world that we don't get along with. and some people don't like that. they don't want him to be friendly. that's why i'm doing the deal with rex. because i like what this is all about. >> reporter: mr. trump is the first republican nominee to win wisconsin since 1984. in an effort to smooth over iraira a rocky relationship he thanked a native son. house speaker paul ryan. >> he's like a fine wine. every day goes by i get to appreciate his genius more and more. >> reporter: earlier in the day the president-elect met with a series of the rich and famous, including vogue editor in chief an anna wintour, jim brown and ray lewis, microsoft founder bill gates, and the unpredictable rap moog yule kanye west. >> just friends. just friends. and he's a good man. >> reporter: montana congressman
ryan zinke also stopped by this week. he's mr. trump's pick for secretary of the interior. zinke is a former s.e.a.l. team six commander and a vocal critic of the current administration's handling of military matters. the western congressman sits on the house national resources committee and has opposed legislation to sell federal land to states. >> we need a president that understands that agriculture makes this country great. >> an early trump backer the congressman questioned the effect of climate change in 2014. saying america should first strive for energy independence. >> the issue is, it's not a hoax. but it's not proven science, either. but you don't dismantle america's power and energy on a maybe. >> the interior department is responsible for conserving federal land and natural resources. and nearly one-third of montana's land, the state where zinke is currently the sole congressman, is owned by the
state or the federal government. charlie? >> nancy, thanks. the trump transition team says rex tillerson is already a diplomat as part of his job of ceo of a huge global corporation like exxonmobil. tillerson has strong ties to more than 50 countries. margaret brennan is at the white house with how critics are focused on russia. good morning. >> good morning. as chief of america's largest oil company, rex tillerson has put access to energy as his top priority. the question now is, as secretary of state, will he approach foreign policy challenges as a dealmaker, or as a diplomat? >> rex will be a fierce advocate for america's interests around the world. >> reporter: the president-elect defended rex tillerson's business ties with russia's vladimir putin and other countries with poor human rights records. but members of the senate foreign relations committee who will be judging his nominations worry that tillerson's business interests may cloud his
judgment. democrat chris coons sits on the committee. >> as secretary of state he's going to have to fight for free press, human rights, democracy, things that oil companies don't typically fight for around the world. >> reporter: if all nine democrats on the 19-member committee vote against tillerson, it would take a vote of just one of the panel's ten republicans to block the exxon chief's nomination. senators marco rubio and john mccain have already raised concerns. exxonmobil's record on the environment will also be on the table. the company is facing at least three lawsuits on pollution and climate change. but tillerson has said that climate change is real. something mr. trump has denied. >> there's no question the climate is changing, and we have never -- that's never been up for debate. >> reporter: another sticking point will be his plans to comply with federal conflict of interest laws that require tillerson to separate from his significant business interests. including well over 200 million dollars of exxonmobil stock.
he'll now have to die vest that according to former white house counsel norman isaac. >> congress and the american people are going to need to judge, can we trust mr. tillerson not to have the appearance of a conflict? >> reporter: exxonmobil's board will meet soon to figure out how to unwind his financial stake. taking the job of secretary of state will come at some financial cost to rex tillerson. >> all right, margaret, thank you so much. a senior adviser to mitt romney, and paul ryan in the 2012 presidential campaign. good morning. >> good morning. >> so what are you hearing from republicans in the senate about rex tillerson? >> a lot of questions. so, with other nominees, you will see statements being issued that basically say, we're green lighting this. they actually have to go through the process but it's going to be -- they know where they're going to wind up. this is one where enough republicans, it only takes three republicans assuming all democrats vote against tillerson's nomination, only takes three republicans to sink
his nomination and they're raising serious questions. on the one hand they say, look, he's got an impeccable resume. he ran one of the ten largest companies in the world. a company with half a trillion dollars in revenues and market cap. an organization whose staff is comparable in size actually to the sprawling state department. he's got the support of key figures in the republican foreign policy establishment, baker, gate, wright, hadley. and the president should have the prerogative of picking his own advisers. but there's a question about whether or not what he's done with russia and with iran and with other countries reflects just pure business interest or world -- >> just think about today's news. a four-year civil war on aleppo appears to be over. assad has won. >> yes. >> i mean let's talk about that -- >> is that about rex tillerson or barack obama and his administration that's had an opportunity to do so? >> if you look at the trajectory of what happened. 2011 the assault on civilians began, president obama did nothing. 2013 the red line was issued, president obama didn't follow through with it.
2014, 2015, russia intervention, which took the human catastrophe down to a whole other level. i mean, and this is russia complicity. and we have -- i mean, many republicans believe over the years you've had president george w. bush, you've had president barack obama, you've had secretary clinton, all approached putin with a bear hug and they don't want another president, secretary of state to do the same thing. >> do you expect tillerson to do a bear hug or talk tough to vladimir putin because he knows him, because he has some credibility with him? >> that is the key question. i spoke to one republican senator over the weekend who said look, when tillerson goes around to do his meetings before his confirmation process it really depends on what he says in those meetings. does he say, you guys, come on, i know how to deal with this guy. i'll make sure the u.s. does not get rolled. i was doing business deals with him. now i've got the interests of the united states at heart and that will be my focus in dealing with putin. i know how to deal with him. they'll give him a pass. if he says no, no, no the things i said about putin in russia
reflect my world view we need to back off, take pressure off putin, that will be a problem in the corn firmation process. >> you think this is going to matter in terms of trump's position as far as the russian hacks? >> absolutely. timing has not been great. one of his great attributes, you know, being touted as he's a quote of vladimir's tillerson is. i'm not sure that's the head line you want, given the headlines we're dealing with right now. >> dan senor. always good to have you. in our next hour only on "cbs this morning," former secretary of state james baker will join us. ahead why he recommended rex tillerson to be america's top diplomat in millions of americans face dangerous cold as arctic air blankets the northern half of the country. temperatures plunged from month to to the great lakes. windchills are 20 degrees below
zero. the storm is expected to bring snow and ice to much of the country. >> good morning. i'm standing along the bank of the mississippi river, where ice chunks are starting to form along the moving river. that's because it has been so cold. today it will only reach 8 degrees for a high in minneapolis. last year on this date, it was 30 degrees warmer. and with the cold temperatures comes an increased threat of heart attacks, hypothermia, carbon monoxide poisoning, and frostbite. near whiteout conditions added insult to the bitter temperatures in northern michigan tuesday. the blast of arctic air barreling across the northwest is uncomfortable. >> this is more than brutal. >> reporter: and dangerous. in minnesota, good samaritans pulled a woman from her car when she slid off the road onto thin ice. nearly 150 miles away in duluth, where windchills hit negative 31 degrees a cargo ship encased in ice arrived.
for millions of americans, the subfreezing testimony t-- temperatures are unavoidable. 47% of u.s. jobs require outdoor work. that's about 64 million people. >> it's like being in a freezer. >> reporter: these contractors in minneapolis are spending up to ten hours a day outside in single digit temperatures. >> it's cool on the teeth. cool on the lips. we dress in layers out here. >> reporter: in chicago, where the windchill dropped to negative 8 overnight, crews lit tracks on fire to keep them from frozing over. in 5 degree weather, 10-mile-per-hour winds create a windchill of negative 10 degrees. at the same temperature it 20-mile-per-hour winds result in a negative 15 degree windchill. 30-mile-per-hour winds, mean negative 19 degree windchills which can cause frostbite in 30 minutes. it has not broken ten degrees the last two days here in minneapolis, and thursday and
friday could be even colder, as that arctic air starts to move east. stay warm. thank you, jamie. this morning we are remembering the life and the career of actor alan thicke. he died yesterday after suffering a heart attack. many remember thicke as the iconic tv dad dr. jason seaver in the 1980s sitcom "growing pains." the 69-year-old worked on more than 100 tv shows and movies. josh elliott is here to show us his accomplishments on and off the camera. josh, always great to see you. >> you, too. alan thicke, of course, wasn't just a memorable tv actor of his time. he was also a singer, he was composer, and well maybe above all else, he was america's dad. ♪ show me that smile again >> with a generous smile, and plenty of wisdom, alan thicke first entered our living rooms as our other father in 1985. >> you're taking karate to help
you achieve the spiritual state of the don ho? >> he helped the seaver clan, and all of us. navigate life in the '80s and early '90s in the network hit "growing pains." don ho is the hawaiian singer. >> before becoming a household name on "growing pains" thicke had been host of a short lived late night show. >> red hot chili peppers. >> and the composer of several of televisions most enduring theme songs. ♪ now the world don't move to the beat of just one drum ♪ including different strokes. ♪ you take the good you take the bad ♪ ♪ >> the facts of life. ♪ >> and the original score for "wheel of fortune." even after "growing pains" thicke tend to stay busy. >> here's our toast alan thicke! >> hosting game shows and appearing on a number of sitcoms. >> alan thicke. >> how can i help you?
>> and as dr. seaver might have once taught us, for alan thicke, family was everything. >> i look at my kids, spend some time with them and see what they accomplish, and generally, i feel that i must have done some of it right. ♪ >> pop star robin thicke is alan's son, one of thicke's three children. >> i think it starts with family. because i'm madly in love with all of them. i think all three of my boys are quite fabulous. when i look at them i pat myself on the back. >> now, early this morning, robin thicke posted a brief note to instagram in memory of his dad. saying, in part, my father passed away today. he was the best man i ever knew. the best friend i ever had. thank you for your love. love, your grateful son. >> oh, wow. i had no idea he wrote the facts of life and all those other jingles. >> he was a talent. >> i was singing the theme song.
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good morning. , everyone. it is 7:28. your bay area roads are starting to slow down a lot here. we have a chp-issued traffic alert in fremont. northbound 880 before decoto road a four-car crash is blocking the three left lanes and that backup is almost to stevenson boulevard. if you are taking southbound 880 here's a look at the san mateo bridge from hayward to foster city. that will be a 34-minute commute and then expect a 27- minute commute from the maze to downtown across the span of the bay bridge. i'll send it to you. >> all right, roqui. thank you. we are prestorm a lot to talk about hi-def doppler radar with live information. a little bit of scattered light showers here and there today, carry the umbrella for heavy drizzle. flash flood watch in effect for lake, mendocino and humboldt counties through thursday. up to 6 inches of rain there. gusty winds high wind watch in effect for the entire bay area. 45-mile-an-hour winds. that's tomorrow. today, the calm before the storm. ,,,, ♪ think of your fellow man.
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♪ here is a new way to save energy while shoveling snow. this young man rides his hoverboard while clearing his driveway in wisconsin. probably only works with some light fluffy snow. the hoverboard probably doesn't have enough kick or traction to cover snow when it's wet and heavy but kind of cool. >> innovative for kids today. the kids today! >> love it. welcome back to "cbs this morning." this half hour, we will take a deep look at how russia hacked into the democratic national committee and the clinton campaign. "the new york times" national security correspondent david sanger is in studio 57 how a low-key fbi response apparently allowed this cyber theft to get
worse. plus, a former nfl player is accused of taking $20 million in kickbacks by abusing military benefits. just ahead, how that may be the tip of the iceberg in an alleged health care fraud uncovered by cbs news. time to show you some of the morning's headlines from around the globe. "usa today" says millions of americans could be drinking toxic water and would never know it. an investigation found about 4 million americans get water from small operators who skip required safety tests or did not conduct tests properly. about 100,000 people get their drinking water from utilities that discovered high lead but failed to treat it. the epa says
a cargo ship as it sank in a hurricane. a newly released transcript shows one sailor cried, "i'm a goner! !" as the el faro went down last year in the atlantic. the captain refused to change course and that angers the wife of a crew man who died. >> i would have thrown the captain overboard and tried to save myself and the ship, if it were me. but it's just devastating that something like this happened. >> all 33 people on board the el faro died. "the washington post" reports scientists are % frantically coping climate data because they fear the trump administration may tamper with it. in recent weeks, the president-elect has nominated growing list of cabinet members who question the evidence around global warming. scientists are now archiving reams of climate data on independent servers to keep the information safe. "the new york times"
investigates how the kremlin hacked and then leaked tens of thousands of e-mails from the democratic national committee and hillary clinton's campaign chair. the times says an early fumbling encounter between the dnc and fbi, quote, meant the best chance to halt the russian intrusion was lost. the failure to grasp the attacks. the white house reluctance meant the russians have not paid a heavy price for their office. vladimir putin turned, quote, two institutions the core of american democracy and political campaigns and independent media to his own ends. "cbs this morning" asked for a comment overnight from the white house and fbi and dnc and democratic national committee and the trump transition and we did not immediate get a response. "the new york times" national security correspondent david sanger co-wrote the article and we are pleased to have you here. you compare this to the watergate break opinion in
except by a foreign power. >> that is the amazing thing. you go down in the basement of the dnc's headquarters and there they have, we have it in the photograph that is on the front page, their old file cabinet that was propped open during the watergate break-in 44 years ago and next to it, a thin little dell server that is about the size of a laptop. >> incredible. >> that the russians got into and it got far more data. >> why is the
leadership and imposed sanctions and after that had sanctions they still haven't used against the russians. partly for good reasons. they did not want to be appearing in oo way with hillary clinton and probably because of the escalation ladder because they felt if they acted before the lexs the russians could hack the election system. >> this is incredible read and incredible reporting to see this low-key approach as you call it by the russians resulted in this massive breakthrough. the republican national committee has said that they were not hacked. what does your reporting suggest? >> our reporting suggests they were, but not in the committee, itself. like most organizations, they take their data and send it off to some vendors. and guess what. u.s. intelligence found republican data as well. now they may be narrowly correct in that it may not have been the
server in the rnc but to say they weren't hacked is to say the personnel management wasn't. >> was it the goal to influence the outcome of the election in favor of donald trump? you quote the head of the commander of the u.s. cyber command. what did admiral rogers say? >> what he said there was a very deliberate effort here to influence the election. he did not say on whose behalf. i think while there are a lot of arguments right now about what the ultimate intent of the russians was, i think you have to think of this as a rolling intent that they started to disrupt and they may have ended up in the last stages when they thought that mr. trump was a viable candidate going -- >> one of the points that have been made if, in fact, they did hack the rnc and dnc as well, they only gave to wikepedia, the russians what they found from the democrats and not the republicans? >> that's right. wikileaks only got the material from the democrats. we don't know if that is because
they were putting their finger on the scale or because what they got out of the republicans wasn't terribly interesting. >> do we know whether they did anything to have access to the e-mails on hillary clinton's server? >> i have never found anybody with any evidence that they got on to hillary clinton's server. on the other hand, i would have to say that knowing they had gotten into the state department, the white house, and the joint chiefs of staff, it seems remarkable to me they wouldn't have at least tried to get into hillary clinton's e-mail. >> cyber attacks are cheap and can be executed from afar and can wreak incredible havoc. what does the administration need to know about and going forward? >> they actually turned out somethin a country without prompting a
military response. >> wow. david, incredible piece of journalism. >> thank you very much. >> thank you very much. a nationwide fraud the justice department $20 million in just nine months. we invite you to subscribe to our "cbs this morning" podcast. you'll get the news of the day and extended interviews
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million in kickbacks from a compounding pharmacy in florida. the payment was allegedly part of a scam against a health insurance program that covered members of the military. jim axelrod helped break the story. >> good morning. mr. grow's indictment follows a cbs news investigation last year into a scam that targeted the pentagon. prosecutors say active duty service members, as well as veterans were recruited as patients, so their health care benefit plans could be bilked for hundreds of millions of dollars. prescribed pain and scar creams of dubious value and they say mr. grow was part of that scam. >> picked off by grow. monty grow getting his first >> reporter: former nfl linebacker monty grow made his first appearance in miami court on tuesday. he is charged with sxir study
fra. >> every patient that i have, they love these products. >> reporter: cbs news exposed last year. one of the people working with grow was this woman, deanna dutting. she pedaled pain creams to members of the military at no cost to them. >> here are these amazing creams. they are complete free. all you got to do is type in your tracking number online and submit it. >> reporter: she told us tricare, the military's health benefit plan, paid out roughly $25,000 for a one-month supply. >> if you want to feel bad or do your own research, you can do just like the rest of us did but we got over it real quick once we started making our money, do you know what i mean? >> reporter: she turned herself in last week. cbs news learned she was one of dozens working with grow to generate business for a compounding pharmacy in florida. >> how much is the pharmacy making off of this? >> oh, millions. >> reporter: grow had nothing to say when he left the courthouse.
monty grow is out on $6,000 bond and had to surrenf course, his firearms. >> how many more cases are there like this? >> the investigation is at its earliest stages and not just south florida. nationwide investigation and several other states will be hearing a lot more about this. >> jim, thanks for that. bruno mars joins james corden for some carpool karaoke. >> who knew? ♪ >> say it, james! >> i just want to be in the passenger seat for that. how mars said he got his start how mars said he got his start on stage as a 4-,,,,
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where a woman's body was discovered. police have no firmed i'm kenny choi. in castro valley, investigators continue to search a badly burned home where a woman's body was discovered. police have no suspect. but they have confirmed that the woman was murdered and so far, they think the fire was set to ruin evidence. today oakland school board votes on a resolution to make the city's schools sanctuaries. the initiative charts out specific steps to protect the rights and safety of immigrants and muslim families. in the next half-hour of "cbs this morning," don dahler has new details on the meeting between president-elect trump and several bay area tech executives. raffic and weather in just a moment. ,,,,,,
want to know about throughout the bay area. starting in fremont here, this was issued as a chp traffic alert. that's been can earth is. this is northbound 880 before decoto road. the crash is cleared. a lot of residual backup, 20 miles an hour beyond stevenson boulevard. now moving over to the san mateo bridge, expect 30 minutes across the span from hayward to foster city. and another long commute 27 minutes from the maze to downtown across the bay bridge toll plaza. i'll send it to you. >> all right, roqui. thank you. good morning, everybody. our live hi-def doppler radar is picking up a scattered light rain shower primarily in the north bay. we have had some rain showers also around the delta to sfo. now with delays over 2 hours and 18 minutes on some arriving flights due to all that cloud cover. we are in the 50s right now. later today, 50s and 60s cloudy skies a little drizzle or scattered shower. the winds out of the south 10 to 20 miles per hour. we do have the rain by lunch hour easily heavy rain gusty winds to 45 miles per hour. flash flood watch and high wind
♪ and good morning to our viewers in the west. it is wednesday, december 14th, 2016. welcome back to "cbs this morning." there is more real news ahead, including former secretary of state james bakker, why he recommended rex tillerson for his old post and what challenges the administration faces overseas. first, here is today's eye opener at 8:00. >> the syrian regime is now in control of aleppo. the city is a strategic prize. >> mr. trump called rex tillerson one of the greatest global business leaders of our time. >> as secretary of state, will he approach foreign policy challenges as a dealmaker or as a diplomat? >> what are you hearing from republicans in the senate about
rex tillerson? >> a lot of questions. it only takes three republicans to sink his nomination. >> millions of americans face dangerous cold as arctic air blankets the northern half of the country. >> it has been so cold. today it will reach 8 degrees for a high in minneapolis. >> alan thicke, of course, wasn't just a memorable tv actor. he was america's dad. >> i can still sing the theme song to "growing pains." ♪ as long as we've got each other ♪ ♪ we have got the world right at our hands ♪ >> a new lawsuit claims that unu uber employees used passenger data to stalk. when i called, they said, don't worry, conan, we didn't mean you. >> i'm charlie rose with norah o'donnell and alex wagner, co-host of "cbs this morning
saturday." gayle is off. the collapse of a day old cease-fire led to a new humanitarian crisis in the syrian city of aleppo. the u.n. describes it as a complete meltdown of humanity. thousands of civilians are trapped among rebel fighters in a tiny section in the east of the city. >> the u.n. says there is evidence pro government forces massacred 82 civilians including 11 women and 13 children. at an emergency security council meeting, american ambassador samantha power criticized russia, iran and the assad regime. >> three member states of the u.n. contributing to a noose around civilians. it should shame you. instead, by all appearances, it is emboldening you. you are plotting your next assault. are you truly incapable of shame? is there literally nothing that
can shame you? >> russia and syria denied committing atrocities. president-elect trump's nominee for secretary of state, exxonmobil ceo rex tillerson will need to address the syrian at a thank you rally in wisconsin last night, mr. trump called tillerson, quote, one of the greatest and most skilled global business leaders of our time. tillerson has spent decades negotiating multibillion dollar oil deals that benefited exxonmobil and russia. members of both parties say they are concerned about those relationships. >> james bakker served as secretary of state in the first bush white house during the first gulf war. the fall of the berlin wall, and the collapse of the soviet union. he also worked as treasury secretary for president ronald reagan and as chief of staff. he joins us from houston for an interview you can only see on "cbs this morning." good morning. >> good morning, charlie. how are you? >> i'm good. and it is good to have you with us this morning at a time like this. let me begin with syria and the
humanitarian crisis. we're now talking about rex tillerson as secretary of state. you know this manu well, he's from your home state. what would he do? what would he be recommending? what is his world view about syria? >> i don't know that i know his world view about syria, but i know this, he's an excellent choice to be secretary of state. and he has the opportunity to be an extraordinarily effective one because he has the management skills, he's got the experience international experience, and he's got the negotiating skills to do the job and to do a very good job at it. >> are you worried about his closeness with vladimir putin? >> well, i'm not worried about that, charlie, because he was doing and getting close to vladimir putin, he was doing what he should have done for the shareholders of exxonmobil. and that is make good deals,
good agreements with foreign powers whether they were authoritarian or not. but added to the bottom line for the shareholders of exxonmobil. you know, we used to have a saying in washington when i was up there, that where you stand is a function of where you sit. and he was sitting in the ceo's chair of exxonmobil. now he's going to be sitting in the secretary of state's chair on the seventh floor of the state department, and i guarantee you he's going to have a different outlook. he's going to be looking at formulating and implementing american foreign policy on the basis of the principles and values of this country and in the national interest of this country. >> explain the difference from being a ceo of exxonmobil and cutting a deal with russia, a transactional relationship. how is that different, though, from what needs to be done as a diplomat and secretary of state? >> well, i'm not sure, because i've never been a ceo, norah. so i don't know. but i have cut a lot of deals
for the united states. and i did so as treasury secretary and i did so as secretary of state and some of them were probably good and some of them maybe not so good. but i don't think there is a heck of a lot of difference. i think, you know, you know what your country's interest is and what our principles and values are and you cut a deal that supports all of that, and you don't give those away. just because you have a relationship with the person on the other side of the table that you can talk to. so i -- >> sorry, mr. secretary, your partner in a law firm that represents exxonmobil and some of the russian gas companies that do business with exxonmobil. two part question, do you have any experience working with rex tillerson and do you think that at all complicates your support for him in. >> well, i've never done anything for the company that -- which rex was directly involved. i know him. he's a friend of mine.
i hunt elk with him. and i have great confidence in his ability. i want to tell you something, though, this story that somehow i was out there pushing rex early on is not correct. when the transition people for the trump -- for president-elect trump called me, i gave him really high marks. that call came in monday. day before yesterday. so some of the reporting that you've seen on that, that somehow i was pushing him because of my firm's representation of exxonmobil, that's not true. but i do think he would be an excellent secretary of state. >> who was your first choice? >> i don't know i want to get into all that, charlie. but i will -- i will tell you -- i will tell you this. i will tell you this. i think that there were three people under consideration by the president-elect that i thought would do an extraordinarily good job as secretary of state. one of them was senator bob
corker, who is chairman of foreign relations committee in the senate. the other was former governor mitt romney and the third is rex tillerson, but not necessarily in that order. >> what marks would you give donald trump in terms of who he's appointing as secretary of -- to his administration? is he doing well, in your judgment? >> in my judgment, he's doing very well, particularly given all the questions and concerns that were out there originally. yes, i think he's appointing some extraordinarily capable people. but you have to wait and see how it all plays out. i was thinking you were going to ask me a question, what is it that rex tillerson does -- what does he need to do to be a good secretary of state. i was going to tell you, that most important thing that he needs to do is to establish a seamless relationship with his president.
you cannot succeed as secretary of state unless you have that kind of relationship and fortunately i had that kind of a relationship with george h.w. bush. >> way back to the time you both were young men in texas and worked for each other. >> no, we didn't work for each other. >> but you supported his campaign. >> it went back years because we have been friends for 40 years, yes, it did that. i didn't have as difficult a job establishing a seamless relationship with my president. but that's the important thing for any secretary of state. >> mr. secretary, i know we want to talk about something that is close to your heart, which is the struggle, the plight of elephants around the world. you've called for a worldwide ban on ivory. you've said that elephants are our collective responsibility and global citizens. what needs to be done? >> what needs to be done is a global ban on the trade of ivory. ivory trade. when i was secretary of state, in 1989, 1990, i pushed for that. we got that implemented through the convention on international
trade and endangered species. then over the years, that ban began to erode a little bit, exceptions were made here and there, progress was made, by the way, in restoring elephant populations while that ban was in effect. as it eroded, that progress was lost. and we run the risk of waking up here one day with elephants in dire straits, in dire possibility of extinction. i don't want my grandchildren and great grandchildren to grow up in a world that doesn't have elephants. and we have a great risk of that today. >> that's an admirable concern. some people looking at the trump administration -- the future trump administration believe there are too few people who have a strong view to protect the planet. and who have strong views about the dangers of global warming. >> well, i don't know that i can speak for everybody in the administration, i certainly can,
i don't know what the views are. i do know this, rex tillerson was one of the people -- one of the corporate leaders in the united states who first came out and acknowledged the problem of climate change. and so -- but i can't answer for people who have been appointed to positions like epa and so forth. i don't know the answer to that. >> thank you. >> secretary baker, thank you for taking the time this morning. >> thank you for having me. >> just ahead, what could be a clash of the titans when some of silicon valley's most powerful ceos visit trump,,
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some of the tech world's biggest names will gather at trump tower later today. the president-elect will meet executives from companies like oracle, amazon, apple, google, and facebook. many in of the group described him in the campaign as a threat to their future. only a few took a a path forward. a key issue on the agenda is jobs. >> we are going to get apple to start building their damn computers and things in this country instead of in other countries. >> reporter: donald trump pulled no punches on the campaign trail, attacking some of silicon valley's giants. >> amazon is getting away with murder tax-wise. >> reporter: the very same leaders whose companies trump
chastised are now set to meet face-to-face with the president-elect. >> the election of donald trump surprised silicon valley but an opportunity to view that as a wake-up call. >> reporter: aol founder steve case was not shocked by trump's election victory because he has been traversing the company and spotlighting entrepreneurs on his rise to the rest bus tour. >> this was a backlash because people have seemed their futures dim because of what is happening with globalization and digitization. >> reporter: jobs will be reportedly be a top the agenda at this afternoon's meeting and familiar face will there. peter thiel one of the few in sill son valley to back trump. thiel is now advising the president-elect. for his part, steve case may
have endorsed hillary clinton but he sees an opportunity for cooperation. where do you think they can find common ground? >> i think a lot of issues there is disagreement. immigration is a big deal. maybe the president-elect trump will support an immigration, you know, policy around things like, you know, the start-up visa. ♪ i'm proud to be an american >> reporter: trump has softened his position on visas for highly skilled immigrants. >> i'm changing. i'm changing. we need highly skilled people in this country and if we can't do it, we will get them in. >> reporter: in a way, do you think his candidacy and now his mass deportations. >> don, thanks for that. an interesting meeting at trump tower today. >> indeed, yes, yes. >> yeah. a dramatic close encounter
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♪ ♪ a yacht race in sydney nearly turned into a demolition derby. the yacht scally wag squeezed into a small gap and apparently missing other vessels by inches. the yacht finished third. they say we roulette wheel and came up zero. very, very lucky, we would say. >> by the skin of their teeth. >> i love that name, skallywag. >> good sailing! a giant sinkhole raises new questions about coastal erosion on the west coast. we take you to california where the sinkhole is reminding residents about the dangers to their own homes. you're watching "cbs this morning." your local news is next. ♪ make like a beeline goi heading to the borderline going for broke ♪
injuries after a fire this morning, at a warehouse in santa rosa say. fire crews were called 9th and wilson stre good morning. it's 8:25. i'm michelle griego. there are no reports of injuries after a fire this morning at a warehouse in santa rosa. fire crews were called to ninth and wilson streets just after 2 a.m. it took about an hour and a half to get the fire under control. president-elect donald trump is set to meet with top tech executives in new york today. the guests include some high- profile ceos from silicon valley. earlier this morning, trump officially announced his pick of former texas governor rick perry to head the department of energy. in the next half-hour of "cbs this morning" how two harvard graduates are trying to change the business industry. stay with us, traffic and weather in just a moment. ,, ,,,,,,,,,,
good morning. out the door it's slow traffic throughout the bay area. let's start with mass transit first. bart is on time. ace train five and seven are on time. but we have a san francisco bay ferry problem. 8:40 out of oakland and 8:50 out of alameda will depart 15 minutes late. caltrain is on time. moving to the nimitz freeway, looking pretty slow on the northbound side northbound 880 from san leandro 238 to the maze will take you a heavy 38 minutes and then that traffic
in fremont here before decoto road on northbound 880 is recovering at 32 miles per hour. if you are taking 880 to the san mateo bridge, from hayward to foster city, that will take you 26 minutes and expect a 27- minute drive from the maze to downtown across the span of the bay bridge. roberta? >> it's live! it's our hi-def doppler radar. we have light rain showers around napa at this particular time. that's the case today just a hit-and-miss scattered showers. damage done at sfo, delays over two hours on some arriving flights due to the mostly cloudy sky. we are in the 50s out the door. the winds will be increasing later today out of the south 10 to 20. high 50s and 60s. here we go. setting you up for tomorrow, flash flood watch in effect. lake, mendocino and humboldt counties. up to a half foot of rain expected. just about a high wind watch for the entire area tomorrow. 45-mile-per-hour wind gusts. rain and wind and possible flooding thursday, dry skies and cooler friday through the weekend. ,,,,,,,,
♪ >> i just want you to know if you need anything, don't be shy, okay? there are no rules in this house. not like a regular mom. i'm a cool mom! right, regina? >> please stop talking. >> okay. >> actress amy poehler trying to be the cool mom. why being a cool parent may not be as involved as you think. psychologists and cbs contributor lisa demoore is in our green room to show us just being around benefits your team enormously. >> ahead, how algorithm is
shaking up the fashion industry. time to show you some of the morning's headlines from around the globe. "the new york times" reports the government now believes fracking has contaminated drinking water. that is a major change in the study first released last year by the environmental protection agency. current federal rules cover only fracking wells on public land. about 10% of the total. prp has vowed to expand fracking and roll back related rules. >> cbs news national affiliate wtvf reports that residents in murfreesboro, tennessee, were evacuated after dangerous hazardous chemical spill. two semis crashis were reportedly hospitalized with unknown injuries. "usa today" says this year was the warmest on record in the arctic. the surface temperature of the arctic ocean in august was 9 degrees above average.
and its ice was the lowest researchers have ever seen. one scientist says the arctic and the global climate system it maintains are unraveling. >> and "the washington post" reports on dna testing for dogs. scientists want to know if certain genes can influence behavior and may explain why some breeds bark more or trainers are asked to submit a swab of their dog's drool and take a cognition test for a behavioral study. they hope to get 5,000 dogs signed up. >> are you going to get barcl barclay's spit? >> he barks at everybody. powerful storms and high tides in northern california today could slow efforts to fill a large sinkhole. crews have been working to fill the 15-foot hole along the coast. at first, it appeared on saturday. john blackstone is in pacifica, has
disappeared into a huge sinkhole. at 15-foot section of the trail just dropped away into the ocean. the trail is now off limits, as crews pump concrete and sand into the massive sinkhole. this is only the latest effort to stop erosion of the cliff here that has been falling away for decades. >> we have seen waves up pretty high every year but this is the worst i've seen. >> reporter: the company that owns the land told "cbs this morning," an underground pipe separated and caused leaking water to saturate the ground below. as crews work to stabilize the area, powerful tides are moving in. >> sand just, you know, washed
away and that is what we have big cavity. >> reporter: the cliffs here are more than a hundred feet tall and when the base is pounded by high surf, the bluff is undermined. >> when you get the big breakers and ground swells coming in, that really takes a beating on these things. >> reporter: rick gillaza grew up in this area and watched waves erode the pacifica coastline for years. >> i have memories when i was a child out here and i take my wife out here now and try and find the places where my dad and i fished years ago. they are gone. >> reporter: houses that were once here are gone too. when major el nino storms hit california in 1998 the bluffs eroded so quickly, residents fled before one home tumbled into the ocean. other houses were knocked down before they, too, fell off the cliff. earlier this year, two apartment buildings were demolished as the bluff beneath them continued to drop away and a third ocean view apartment complex was condemned
as massive erosion put the building at cliff's edge. you must have come along here, seen those apartments often. could you ever have imagined that it would be like it is today? hanging off the edge? >> well, gosh. coming out here every >> how about that? john, thank you so much. parents of teenagers might be surprised to learn what their kids really think about having them around. "the new york times" looks into the issue in an online article called "what do teenagers want? potted plant parents." psychologist lisa demoore writes, quote.
here is a complaint one might not expect. they wish their parents were around more often. lisa demoore is a cbs news contributor. good morning. >> good morning. >> when i first heard the phrase potted plant, i thought negative. but you take it a different direction? >> i do. what i've learned from teenagers is they like to have their parents around but that doesn't mean they want to interact with their parents. so i think a potted plant makes a good metaphor for that. >> yes. what do the studies show? >> what the teenagers are asking for. what we see is the data on the e of the teenager's preference to have the parents there. one of the really interesting thing in the data they separate out parental press from warm and
connectiveness in the families and even when the warmth and connectiveness is not strong the presents in and of itself is available for teenagers. >> what about the working parents that can't be around as much as perhaps they would like to be? >> absolutely. families with big jobs or who are spread thin. so they can't always be present in the ways they want. so the good news is that teens are resilient, kids are resilient. kids thif under all sorts of conditions. what we see in one of the studies i cite in the article looked at what they call fly in and fly out parents in australia. there is a large sector of parents who work away from home for two to three weeks at a time on oil rigs or mines. they studied those families. their teens were more stressed as you might expect but they were doing just absolutely just fine. i think the point here is families do the best they can with the option they have got, but mostly what we want to do is reassure parents that you just being around is enough. i think often we feel like we got to interact and we got to
have a conversation. that is not necessarily what the data show. >> i've always been curious about this question. what is it about the teenage to rebel against their parents? >> that terrible side effect of puberty. their job to become independent. i think a normal development a teen's job to push away and a parents' job to pull back. the other reason honestly they get wise to us. you know? at 14, the scales fall away. >> bored? >> yes. they realize you're older and noon what dodd all the time. >> i think a pull of being with your friends and they are developing friends and contact and they want to be where they are and doing their thing. >> absolutely. that is their job. what we want to do in that context is for home to be a secure base. you know, that they can explore the world and move away and come back and know that parents are available, if needed. i think one of the challenges with teenagers is needs arise quickly. for anyone who spend time with teenagers knows they are fine
one minute and completely not fine the next. for teenagers, i think they feel let's pretend you're not there but don't go anywhere. i might need you. >> what is a world example of being a potted plant parents? >> sure. i collected these from my friends as i was writing them. one just folds laundry every night in a room where her teenagers watch tv. she is around and there is no pressure, no expectation. >> interesting. >> and another one of my friends, his daughter will ask him to sit in the room where she does her homework and he just does his work there quietly. i think that we can just underestimate the value of just being available without an agenda. you know, so many adults, when they are with teenagers, they are bringing an agenda. it's a coach or a teacher or parent. >> i wonder fountain inverse is too. we played that clip from amy poehler and "means girls." does that have a deleterious effect on a relationship? >> not necessarily. parent involvement is a good
thing. i think what i want to reassure parents is that just because you're not having a deep conversation, just because your teenager is not coming wito you with questions doesn't mean you just being there in the kitchen doing your thing, available if they need you, that is still valuable. >> so could i move into your office? because if you were there, i would just have more fun. >> you want me to be there around you more? >> yes. >> i can do that. >> i could get more done. >> beautiful. you guys are on to something. >> i'll be your potted plant! i don't think you want me as a potted plant, though. you want more than that. >> a beautiful potted plant. >> when two harvard grads couldn't find the right color nude for their skin tones, they turned to technology. ahead, how their breakthrough won the support of nearly a dozen ,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
>> reporter: woki inworking fro kitchen table, two harvard business graduates are hoping to change how the resale community sees all skin colors. >> we are the first to tackle this problem. >> reporter: the problem according to entrepreneurs have been fashion's limited range in the color nude. when you grew up, what did the color nude to you? >> it definitely meant beige. i have a lot of stories of wearing beige nude hosiery and just having ashy legs. >> reporter: the children of sudanese and mexican immigrants bonded from lingerie and nylons to makeup. >> we were talking about needing flesh tone products and there just being this huge gap. and so it came out of this desire to do something good for the world. >> reporter: on a mission to change the standard of beauty for women around the globe, they launched their company nudist last july, just months out of school. >> you can come to our site, try
our nude meter. we digitize your skin tone and we match you with product that best matches your skin tone. >> reporter: they say their nude meter is the first of its kind. >> propriety algorithm. between of two us we were scanning people's skin and looking at different, like, products versus skin tone, and coming up with what were the different variables that we need to measure to match product to skin tone. >> reporter: it sounds very harvard-like. we give the nude meter a shot. it starts by taking a picture of your hand on a white sheet of paper. >> so then you select your skin tone. >> that looks good. >> reporter: looks good. >> then you shop your skin tone. now number 7. that is your nude. >> reporter: once you know your nude, the site cureates longry and hosiery to match and they have a wide variety of skin tones. are you actually matching people's skin tone with products or are you offering products
that are close enough? >> we do offer products that are close enough, because there's still a gap in the market for nude products. >> reporter: we examined that gap. when we went to the websites of ten major retailers, we found few options for women of color. >> the current definition of nude, the beige tones, do not match 84% of the global population. so the opportunity is big to fix this. >> reporter: julie wills is a fashion and beauty editor for "essence" magazine and says it's not a move, btrend, but a movem >> i feel trends are fleeting and i don't want this to be a fleety thing. >> reporter: wem pooem apeople about it on social media. >> i think social media is really the reason why this is all happening. it's really kind of energized people to be more vocal about what they want.
>> reporter: companies are being called out. >> yes. yeah. a lot. >> reporter: as more companies answer the call with more skin tone options, ateam and nancy plan to expand as well. >> we talk about launching footwear which we call the most coveted nude item. right now if you got google and search nude shoes you will not find anything that matches my skin tone. our customers keep asking, when is footwear coming? >> shoes. it's all about shoes. >> women love shoes. >> reporter: now the nude meter isn't perfect just yet. the ladies are constantly refining the product to work out some sinking. the young entrepreneurs are working on those explanation plans and means moving out of nancy's apartment and new office space and even hiring some employees because they do everything themselves right now. >> i'm so excited about this story. i can never find nude that matches my skin tone. >> it's not for darker-skinned women. also for fairer-skinned women, let's say a red-he ,,,,,,
the raiders could be one step closer to staying in oakland. city and county officials voted on a one-point-three billion plan.. to build a n good morning, it's 8:55. i'm michelle griego. the raiders could be one step closer to staying in oakland. city and county officials voted to build a new stadium. nfl owners will decide if the team can stay or move to las vegas. a woman was killed and her home set on fire. the 59-year-old victim's body was found inside the burning home early yesterday morning. authorities believe the fire was set to destroy evidence. today oakland's school board votes on a resolution to make the city schools sanctuaries. the initiative charts out specific steps to protect the rights and safety of immigrants and muslim families. now here's roberta with the forecast. >> thanks, michelle.
it's a very busy forecast so let's get to it with a look towards ocean beach this morning under mostly cloudy skies. high tide occurred before noon today. 7.06 feet. onshore, we do have some light scattered rain showers primarily in the north bay. some heavy drizzle today from time to time. temperatures currently in the 40s and 50s. later today 50s and 60s with that scattered shower. but let's get you this. a flash flood watch in effect for lake, mendocino and humboldt counties. that's through thursday night with up to a half foot of rain expected there including the soberanes fire area. high wind watch in effect for gusty winds to 45 miles per hour throughout most of the bay area. and again this is all for thursday with periods of heavy rain and wind. we clear out on friday through the weekend with cooler temperatures. roqui with traffic next. once i heard i was going to
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good morning. it's 8:58. out the door right now get ready for slow traffic throughout the area but starting here in walnut creek, northbound 680 before highway 24 is a two-car crash blocking the two left lanes. and that backup is all the way into danville now. on the san mateo from hayward to foster city on highway 92 that's 880 to 101 about 22 minutes so slow. a look at the bay bridge toll plaza live, this is a lot of traffic here. the maze to downtown westbound will take you up to 30 minutes.
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