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captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: the trump tax plan. >> we will have a massive tax cut for businesses. >> pelley: what about the middle class? >> we will let you know the specific details at the appropriate moment. >> pelley: and one more time: mr. trump's tax returns? >> the president has no intention. >> pelley: also tonight, the entire senate heads to the white house for a fill-in on the korean nuclear threat. >> we want to bring kim jong un to his senses, not to his knees. >> pelley: more legal trouble for fox. accusations of racial discrimination. >> i've seen this before, and i was silent. i cannot be silent anymore. >> pelley: and remembering filmmaker jonathan demme, oscar-
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winning director of "silence of the lambs." >> i ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti. this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. today the trump administration rushed out a plan for historic tax cuts high on hyperbole but with only a dollop of detail. the list of aspirations looked more like an attempt to beat the 100-day mark in the trump presidency rather than a serious proposal to reform the tax code. on paper everyone is in for a break-- personal income taxes, corporate taxes, savings for the rich and the dead, but nothing on how to implement it or pay for it. far from legislation, the president's bullet points today were loaded into a starting gun that signals the beginning of a race of lobbyists and special interests to rewrite america's 70,000-page tax code.
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here's major garrett on the opening lap. >> great plan. >> reporter: president trump's plan calls for big corporate and personal tax cuts, but lacks basic details. the president wants to replace the current seven personal income tax brackets with three, with rates of 10%, 25% and 35%. his proposal, however, did not give income levels for those brackets. white house economic adviser gary cohn. do you have income brackets established that you're going to propose to congress? >> we're holding a bunch of listening groups right now. we have outlines. we have a broad brush view of where they're going to be. >> reporter: there were some details: eliminate the estate tax and alternative minimum tax. preserve personal deductions for mortgage interest and charitable donations. and on the business side, lower the corporate tax rate from 35% to 15%. but taxes are about specifics.
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cohn and treasury secretary steve mnuchin came with precious few. >> we will be back to you with very firm details. >> when we have an agreement, we will release the details. >> we will let you know the specific details at the appropriate moment. >> reporter: and they had no projections of what the plan would do for the nation's deficit and debt. >> this will pay for itself with growth and reduce -- reduction of different deductions and closing loopholes. >> reporter: the anyone partisan committee for responsible federal budget called the promise of economic growth "magic beans" and warned, "there is no golden goose at the top of the tax cut beanstalk, just mountains of debt." mnuchin was also asked if the president will release his tax return so the country can judge what his tax plan will do for his bottom line. >> the president has no intention. the president has released plenty of information. >> reporter: mnuchin today confused the annual federal deficit, about $600 billion, with the national debt held by
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the public. that stands at nearly $15 trillion. scott, that's a common mistake for budget amateurs, but not treasury secretaries. even a newly minted one. >> pelley: major garrett for us at the white house. now this tax plan goes to congress. nancy cordes is our chief congressional correspondent. nancy, what's the reaction so far? >> reporter: scott, overall republicans were positive, despite the lack of specifics. they say they share the same broad principles as the president, even though they think that 15% corporate tax rate is a little ambitious, and they'd like to see a few more details about how the white house plans to raise revenue for all this if it isn't behind speaker ryan's proposal for a new tax on imports. democrats, no surprise here, called the proposal unserious and slap dash. they said it's a giveaway to the rich that will blow a huge hole in the national debt. as one non-partisan outside group put it, scott, the white house picked a bunch of treats from the dessert portion of the tax reform menu.
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it's not a balanced meal without some vegetables. >> pelley: nancy cordes, thank you. a plans ambulanced meals blocked his executive order on sanctuary cities. cities that don't cooperate fully with federal immigration enforcement. the president tweeted see you in the supreme court. more now from john blackstone. >> greeting immigrants at san francisco city hall today. >> to the people who belong in our sanctuary city. >> mayor ed lee celebrated the city's legal victory blocking at least temporarily. the president's threatened to strip all federal funds from any l low government that -- local government that refused to help the federal government round up undocumented is immigrants.
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>> block the fijt funding for sanctuary cities. >> those words have unconstitutional consequences. >> lou east renne. >> why can't the administration simply stop federal money going to sanctuary cities? >> it is congress that provides the funds not president. so the president doesn't have the power to take away those federal funds. >> potentially, hundreds of billions of dollars were at stake for more than 118 sanctuary cities and regions. in santa clara county, it would be a budget breaker. >> that we are currently at risk of 74 to $5 million a day on average. >> but in florida's heavily immigrant miami dade, immigrants were so worried about losing funds that they were willing to fully cooperate with federal authorities rather than risk the federal money.
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on twitter, the president promised to follow all the way to the supreme court, he also said he would fight at the supreme court. which has blocked two of his other federal orders. >> threat caused by north the president has not ruled out force, and david martin is following this. >> reporter: senators were bused to the white house for a closed- door briefing by the president's top national security advisers with a cameo appearance by the commander-in-chief himself. senator chris coons is a democrat from delaware. >> it was a sobering briefing in which it was clear just how much thought and planning is going into preparing military options if called for and a diplomatic strategy that strikes me as clear-eyed. >> thank you, sir. >> reporter: in open testimony before congress, admiral harry harris, head of the pacific command, laid out the stakes involved in north korea's nuclear weapons program. >> with every test, kim jong un moves closer to his stated goal
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of a preemptive nuclear strike capability against american cities. >> reporter: north korea's 30- something dictator has already threatened to strike new york, washington, colorado, and hawaii. for now it's bluster, but he's working on long-range weapons that would make it more than just talk. >> when he threatens the united states, that's one level, but when he threatens the united states with the capability of realizing that threat, that's a different place. >> reporter: a statement by the director of national intelligence, secretary of state, and secretary of defense said their aim is to use economic sanctions and diplomatic pressure to convince north korea to dismantle its nuclear program. behind the pressure lies the threat of u.s. military firepower. on display in field exercises in south korea and a port visit by a nuclear-powered submarine. in a few days the carrier "vinson" will be operating off the coast, and there is nothing north korea can do about it. >> if it flies, it will die if
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it's flying against the strikers. >> reporter: the pentagon has drawn up plans for a preemptive strike but only if economic sanctions and diplomatic pressure fail. as admiral harris put it: we want to bring kim jong un to his senses, not to his knees. scott? >> pelley: david martin, our man at the pentagon. david, thank you. veteran news anchor kelly wright of the fox news channel had an emotional news conference today. wright explained why he joined about a dozen other current and former minority employees in a racial discrimination suit against the cable network. here's anna werner. >> 21st century fox ought to appropriately rename itself 18th century fox. >> reporter: in the latest lawsuit, minority employees accused fox news of racial discrimination. among the allegations against former controller judith slater, fired by fox two months ago, that she mocked the way they spoke and demanded that minority
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employees engage in arm wrestling contests, including against some of their white female supervisors. anchor and reporter kelly wright. >> this hurts. >> reporter: he came forward after his colleagues sued. >> i thought, this is so pervasive. i have seen this before, and i was silent. i cannot be silent anymore. >> reporter: the development comes after former star host bill o'reilly was fired over sexual harassment allegations. "the new york times" reported that he settled several lawsuits, but in comments to podcast listeners earlier this week, o'reilly said... >> i'm very confident the truth will come out, and when it does, i don't know if you're going to be surprised, but i think you're going to be shaken as i am. >> reporter: but former fox temporary employee perquita burgess says o'reilly sexually harassed her, calling her "hot chocolate," says... >> i want him to apologize to everyone who he has harmed with
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his words, his actions. but there's no humility. there's no i'm sorry. maybe if he had said something, maybe he would not have gotten fired. >> reporter: an attorney for judith slater said in a statement: fox news and its fox news and its general council say they vehemently denied the claims and o'reilly has called the claims against him unfounded. scott? >> pelley: anna werner in fox news headquarters in manhattan. anna, thank you. a new cbs news poll out tonight says that president trump's job approval rating is 41%, as he nears the 100-day mark. that is lower than any president at this point going back to jimmy carter. tonight demarco morgan is at texas a&m university where he asked young republicans to grade the president's performance.
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>> i give him just a flat a. >> same thing, flat a. i think he followed through with a lot of his campaign promises. >> he's sort of entering into the presidency and not taking no for an answer and doing what he wants to get done as much as he can. and he's going to, you know, shove that down the opposition's throat. >> reporter: was there ever a moment in the first 100 days that made you just cringe and say, what did he just do? >> because i am a social media user, and i think very carefully about how i put things out there. and i started to see the president putting things up at all hours of the night. that was a concern. >> where i got nervous was the whole general flynn thing. that whole fiasco where it was like, oh, my gosh, this is another watergate moment, we haven't even gotten through the first year at presidency. >> reporter: general michael flynn was fired as national security adviser over communications with russian officials. the house oversight committee now says he may have broken the law by not disclosing payments by russian-linked businesses.
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what do you want to see president trump accomplish? >> we've seen with president obama there was a lot of trickle-down economics, things just trickling down from washington, d.c. we don't want that. we don't washington, d.c., telling us everything we want to do. >> i feel like trump is spending a lot of time on defense and playing damage control, and there aren't enough people giving him the benefit of the doubt. and he's going to be president until 2020. so it's going to take some people sitting down and saying, okay, we need to work with this man to advance america's best interests, because this is what we have right now. >> it's really important that our government focuses on opening up our economy and allowing students like us to get out there and find a job right out of college. >> reporter: so jobs, jobs, jobs? >> jobs, jobs, jobs. >> reporter: throughout the interview, these students said the economy was the reason they voted for mr. trump. scott, the average student graduated from college has just over $37,000 in loan debt. that's 60% more than in 2008. >> pelley: demarco morgan as we continue to listen to the
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voters. demarco, thank you. john dickerson will be interviewing the president on his first 100 days for this sunday's "face the nation." and then on monday, cbs this morning will air live from the white house. don't miss that. coming up next on the "cbs evening news," the future of warfare, marines and machines fighting side by side. and later, he directed tom hanks, hannibal lecter, and the talking heads. we remember jonathan demme. but i also see hope. thousands of people arriving every day, risking their lives to find a place to live, and find a place to be accepted. i feel it's important to take photographs that are going to make a difference. ( ♪ ) i'm tyler hicks,
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and corporal edmund kennedy is happy to let machines lead the way. better to have this thing be the first on the beach than you? >> absolutely, sir. i don't like being shot at. and i don't think any marine likes being shot at. but if this can take the brunt of the assault, that's a great idea. >> reporter: the combination of marines and machines is being showcased in a series of simulated amphibious assaults that includes swarming underwater drones surreptitiously mapping out the shoreline. colonel dan sullivan. >> now even a primitive adversary like isis is flying u.a.v.s with explosive charges on them. >> reporter: so the pressure is on? >> the pressure is on. >> reporter: but putting so much faith in autonomous devices raises concerns over hacking. >> this is being designed with a cyber threat in mind. offensive cyber, too. we have to attack his network while protecting our own. >> reporter: the first-of-its- kind task force is exploring new inventions, like this speedboat that turns into a submarine, and a lethal, unmanned jet-ski.
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navy captain chris mercer is co- hosting the event. this feels a little bit like the consumer electronics show for the navy and marines. >> yes. very much so, except in this case the judges are the marines and the sailors. >> reporter: can a lance corporal come up and say, "i don't like this, i think you should change this?" >> they already have. >> reporter: much of the new equipment is operated by remote control and is almost like playing a video game. corporal kennedy agrees. did you ever think you would be able to bring those video gaming skills to the job? >> not in a million years. my mother told me it was a waste t look at me now, mom. >> reporter: ultimately the marines hope to use what they have learned about equipment like this to decide what they want to deploy on a large-scale. and scott, they say they plan to bring it from here at the beach to the battlefield at silicon valley speed. >> pelley: carter evans with a look into the future. carter. thank you. still ahead, even with four rabbits feet, a united airlines passenger runs out of luck. runs out of luck.
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>> pelley: first lady melania trump celebrated her 47th birthday today. president trump posted a digital birthday card to his wife on twitter and instagram. the first family is having a private celebration tonight at the white house. baseball met the circus last night in st. louis with the score tied at two in the seventh, toronto's chris coghlan steamed around third base headed for home. the throw got there first, so he dove head-first. the catcher had no idea what happened, but the replay shows coghlan safe. toronto won 6-5. more trouble for united airlines. meet simon, the continental rabbit. they grow very large. this is simon's dad, a record four feet, three inches long, with their breeder. she says that simon, just ten months old, was fit as a fiddle when she put him on a united flight in london, but shortly after the plane landed in
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if you have a sudden decrease or loss of hearing or vision, or an allergic reaction, stop taking cialis and get medical help right away. ask your doctor about cialis. >> pelley: oscar-winning director jonathan demme died today in his manhattan apartment from esophageal cancer. he was 73. demme once said he was guided by enthusiasm. his lens was panoramic, from horror and drama to comedy and concert films. here's anthony mason. >> good evening, clarice.
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>> reporter: when serial killer hannibal lecter faced off against f.b.i. agent clarice starling in the 1991 film "silence of the lamb," director jonathan demme lingered on the close-ups. >> i ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti. >> reporter: "silence" swept all top five academy awards and won demme his first oscar for best director. the film was his first blockbuster, but he'd follow it with another. >> you were aware when you worked with melissa benedict that she had aids, is that correct? >> reporter: in 1993, "philadelphia" starred tom hanks as a gay lawyer in the first big-budget hollywood movie about the aids crisis. demme told charlie rose in 1998... >> the one thing my movies have in common is i've always been really excited by their potential as movies and a belief if we can make a movie that winds up exciting other people as much as the potential of it
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excites me, maybe it will be contagious. >> reporter: demme got his break as a publicist for the b movie master roger corman, who gave him his first directing job, the prison exploitation film "caged heat" in 1974. as a director he jumped easily between genres, from satire to drama to documentary. ♪ burning down the house "stop making sense," his 1984 concert film of the band talking heads is considered a classic. "music was my first love. movies came second," jonathan demme one said. he credited the advice roger corman gave him: never forget what the primary organ is for the movie-goer. it's the eye. you must keep the eye interested. anthony mason, cbs news, new york. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night.
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out of her talk at u-c berkeley. the conservative commentator calling it a dark day kpix 5 news at 6:00 begins with ann coulter backing out of her talk at uc-berkeley. the conservative commentator calling it a dark day for free speech. it has been days of will she or won't she? now ann coulter says she will not speak at uc-berkeley tomorrow. and she is blaming the university for failing to provide a safe space for free speech. kpix 5's susie steimle following the latest developments from the cal campus. susie? >> reporter: well, allen, all of this back and forward was in -- they were trying to avoid violence in the first place. but now police say they have specific credible threats of protests and violence that may break out as early as tomorrow morning on campus. and students have been advised to avoid the area and try not
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to get pulled in. despite her defiant tweets, conservative speaker ann coulter has backed out no longer coming to berkeley campus tomorrow. she tweeted, quote: d their right e speech by not provid a venue for coulter tomo (back and forth with harmeet dhillon bcr's lawyer) "ss: doesnt the university have well? (pranav) >> originally university officials said she couldn't come because they couldn't guarantee a safe environment. now there will be riots in her absence. >> these people are set to come to our community to commit violence and endangering our community. >> we have to take up the -- the fight for free speech. the university has shown itself that it's unwilling to do so. >> reporter: earlier today, berkeley college republicans held a press conference detailing their lawsuit filed against the university. they claim the university violated their right to free speech by not providing a venue for coulter tomorrow. >> if they know there's a threat they say that's not a good idea for students. isn't that

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