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morning. >> don't forget cbs this morning coming up next. have a great day, everyone. good morning to you our viewers in the west. it's friday december 21st, 2018. welcome to cbs this morning. listen, it could be a miserable day for tens of millions of holiday travelers, raining almost everywhere east of the mississippi. causing delays. we check the travel forecast for your part of the country. >> chaos in the capitol. anxiety over a looming government shutdown sew shows. the mouse approves the money he wants. jim mattis stuns washington by resigning amid disagreements with the president. instagram ads offer big shopping discounts. but some deals are too good to
be true. how to avoid being skromd scammed online by retailers sending inferior merchandise or sometimes nothing at all. >> plus our more perfect union series follows a little boy's dream see how he worked for years to join a choir that could change his life. >> but we begin this morning with a look at today's eye opener. your world in 90 seconds. >> president trump is plunging the country into chaos. >> general mattis resigns, following the president's syria withdrawal.thatatmenth sloughs. >> the president refused to sign a spending bill passed and the. >> any measure funding the government has to include border security. >> mat whitaker is not recusing himself from murm's russia investigation despite the ethics official. >> a bit of a grinch storm parts
of the nor'easter. >> rains and gusty winds hitting the east coast. >> tornado in florida. >> it was extremely quick. >> on wall street the dow lost another 464 points today and on pace for worst december since the great depression. >> all of that dramatic new look at a deadly gas explosion that leveled part of a small wisconsin town. >> and all that matters. >> general mad dog mattis is the calming influence. >> kind of scarey when everyone says says oh, there goes the voice of reason, mad dog. >> on cbs this morning. ♪ ♪ i remember whe you were here ♪ ♪ and all the fun that we had last year ♪ ♪ christmas ♪ putting lights on a tree ♪ christmas ♪ what it means to me.
>> this morning peace eye opener presented by toyota. let's go places. >> welcome to cbs this morning i'm going to keep that song in my head all day. >> i think it's a good way to start the day. christina aguilera's voice forget how good she is just shoots out. >> have it on a loop all weekend. >> good job james. >> as, you can see norah o'donnell is off and i hope she is somewhere dry. as you wake up in the west part of the pacific northwest are cleaning up after winds knocked out power and snarled travel. wind gusts up to 70-mile-per-hour waves up to 30 feet high lash the coast. >> in the east a huge storm is packing heavy winds and drefrmging rain. flooded roads are snarling traffic as well.
nearly 8,000 flights were delayed yesterday. hundreds more cancelled or delayed this morning. flood watches and warnings in effect in 13 states. chief weather caster of our new york station wsbc is tracking the path. we heard the meteorologist call it a frinch storm is it. >> the grinch is trying to ruin christmas. this storm is trying to ruin christmas on the eastern half of the country. low back at the western half we go from west to east. the big storm on the pacific northwest moved to idaho. you have rain around the bay area. but the big story on the eastern half of the country. the grinch storm. notice a lot of green, the color of the grinch because it's crazy. but in thing is all rain from the great lakes down to the gulf of mexico. a little bit of mixing up around maine, china maybe rain and snow. one to three inches of rain. flash flooding possible. winds up to 50-mile-per-hour gusts at times. power outages are a possible concern. calmer by late tonight and record warmth all the while.
boston massachusetts could hit 64 degrees today. and the big problems this morning, new york, philadelphia, boston in or out there is a problem there. d.c. as well you have problems. chicago is more rain and snow. san francisco you have rain. aspen you have snow. white christmas most of the country it's not. here is coverage about 20% the last five years this is the lowest coverage of an inch or more on the ground that we have seen some christmas time. that's latest here, gayle, back to you. >> oh which boy thank you very much. david beg no where the storm's damaging toll as it moved up the eastern sea board. >> we start down south where the sunshine state did not live up to its name on thursday. heavy wind and rain flooded roadways on the worst travel day of the season. lines of drivers made ways through flooded streets in tampa. tornadoes with winds up to
85-mile-per-hour spawned. leaving a trail of mangled home across the state. >> it was scarey. it sounded like a train going by. it was really loud. >> the twisters uprooted trees, knocked down power lines,er to roofs off homes and damaged around 70 mobile homes. >> there was -- it was frightening, scarey. extremely quick. >> the steady stream of rain floded parts of north carolina, maryland and pennsylvania as the storm moved north. where wet weather delayed travelers on the road and in the air. >> it took us four hours to drive to the airport. we wanted a direct flight. and it's all been good except the weather. >> for cbs this morning. am boy, new jersey. >> washington faces new uncertainty this morning over a potential government shutdown. and the sudden resignation announcement of a well respected cabinet member. defense secretary jim mattis says he will step down after president trump stunned advisers with this week's decision to
pull troops out of syria. sources tell cbs news the president is also ordering 7,000 troops to leave afghanistan, a position mattis also opposes. >> and the retired marine general wrote in his resignation letter you have the right to have a secretary of defense whose views are better aligned with yours. republican senator marko rubio tweeted that the letter shows, quote, we are headed towards a series of grave policy errors which will endanger our nation and empower our adversaries. david martin at the pentagon. david, good morning. >> good morning. mattis delivered his resignation letter personally to the president yesterday afternoon. in it he said the u.s. must remain clear eyed about countries like russia, china and north korea. but his most profound disagreement with the president was over the treatment of american allies. >> he and the president have a good relationship. but sometimes they disagree. >> last night white house press secretary sarah sanders tried to downplay the differences between
secretary mattis and the president, while lawmakers from both parties voiced concerns and criticism about mattis peace resignation. >> our troops look to secretary mattis as a leader and now he is going to be leaving them. >> secretary. >> this is very serious for our country. >> republican majority leader mitch mcconnell wrote he was distressed by mattis's depart yur, saying the u.s. mundt maintain a clear eyed understanding of our friends and foes and recognize that nations like russia are among the latter. from the start, president trump was a boss to work with when he announced his travel bon are ban on mostly muslim countries it was the first mattis had heard of it. he didn't know that mr. trump would treat tweet that transgender service members would not longer be in uniform. the final decision was the decision to pull troops out syria. >> they are coming back.
we won that's the way we want it. >> nato's defensive power is our ticket to peace. >> the fundamental disagreement was over as mattis put it in his letter, my views on treating allies with respect. >> what we are doing with nato, wherefore many years they are not paying their bills. >> mr. trump has consistently lamb basted nato members for not spending enough on defense. former defense secretary william cohen. >> for secretary mattis who has never quit anything. every star he has on his shoulders was earned in the blood and mud of battle. and that has to be taken into account when he says we are betraying allies in these circumstances. >> the letter, mattis says it has been a privilege to serve his country. but he does not say it has been a privilege to serve donald trump. he plans to step down february 28th. and the white house says it hopes to name a replacement by the end of this year.
quite a letter that he wrote the president. i think of what senator corker said last year where he said tillerson mattis and kelly separate our country from chaos. all three are either gone or plan to leave. >> you should really worry if the three of them leave and now all three. but you know james mattis what does this say to you, john. >> what was striking the scope of the letter. it was not a specific dispute. what secretary mattis said, two key things you have to partner with alis and respect them. that's all allies. you have to be clear eyed about the threats russia and china. those are the things that undergird american national security policy for the last 50, 60 years. and so what he is saying is those fundamental principles are at odds with president trump's view of the world. and james mat sis a measured and sober person. he said my four decades of service nar dedicated to the principles are at odds with your presidency. that is a sweeping statement from somebody who is not prone
to saying things just kind of off the cuff when it comes to strategic -- strategic position of the zbluns it never seems good to hear words like distressed and distraught in reaction to a resignation such as this. and for the top advisers to be stunned by in news. >> that's part of it. it's hard to know where things are going when there are surprise moves like this. again it goes back to the allies. one of the criticisms against president obama was the allies never knew where the u.s. was headed. that's part of the critique of president trump that james mat sis putting his finger on as well. the allies don't know where we are headed. >> our cabinet members and general didn't know where we were headed until the president tweeted about it. congress meantime has a midnight deadline to avoid a partial government shutdown after president trump rejected a senate budget deal.
the news shook up wall street where the dow jones industrials lost another 464 points. house republicans send back to president on a party line vote to add billions in spending for the border wall. mr. trump is meeting with senators this morning. nancy cortes is on capitol hill waiting for the vote. >> just 24 hours ago it looked like the president was going to accept in stopgap deal and look for wall funding somewhere else. but then he decided he wanted congressional republicans to go to the mat for that wall funding instead. and a shutdown went from unlikely to potentially unavoidable. house republicans gambled and won last night. >> the motion is adopted without objection. >> passing a spending billion including the $5 billion in border wall funding the president demands. >> we need the wall. the democrats know it. everybody knows it. >> but the victory will likely
be short lived. >> this idea of a wall is dumb. >> because democrats can vote the bill down in the senate. >> the trump temper tantrum may produce a government shutdown. it will not get him his wall. >> with about 400,000 federal workers at risk of being furloughed, republican leaders thought they had talked the president out of last week's shutdown stance. >> i am proud to shut down the government for border security. >> but then conservatives accused mr. trump of caving on his signature issue. >> the wall, the wall, has to be built. if we are not fighting now when are we going to fight. >> by midday yesterday the president summoned republican house leaders to the white house to say he would veto any bill that did not include funding for the wall. >> i have made my position very clear. any measure that funds the government must include border security. has to. >> now with time running out, no one seems to know what congress can pass and what the president will sign.
>> $5.7 billion for a wall that won't even work? no, thanks. >> the senate comes back into session at noon today. to vote. and a lot of senators thought that their work was done for the year they left. and now they are on flights racing back on one of the busiest travel days of the year. the president himself was slated to head to florida, to mar-a-lago today. but his aides say he won't be traveling if there is a shutdown. gayle. >> thank you. now let's go to the white house and our chief washington correspondent. major garrett. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> we know the vote in the senate is not looking great right now. what are the chances you think the president will sign this measure without the funding that he insisted on having. >> he might have to. but he wants a fight in between that inevitability and the space he finds himself in now. without a strategy but with a fight. and part of the fight within gayle, this morning broke out with his senate majority leader,
his colleague, friend, ally, mitch mcconnell. saying he changed the rules of the senate. passed it with 51 votes. don't live by the 60 vote requirement that all legislation that is to live by in the senate. bipartisan basis. that's asking mitch mcconnell, the republican lowered of the majority leader to do something he is adamantly opposed to doing. the president says he doesn't have the votes and he can only get them by changing the way the senate operates. his republican allies don't want that. he finds himself fighting on behalf of an idea he campaigned on. but pat loggerheads not just with democrats but his own party. >> can we talk about jim mattis a second. >> sure. >> a, was the president surprised by in? does he have someone in mind? >> well, the white house mass said the deputy defense secretary is someone that they think very highly of. and because there are so many nominations and confirmations in
the new year. interior secretary, the attorney general. that one, the defense secretary already confirmed may be the choice. >> thank you. four men with alleged ties to isis are in custody in morocco after the killing of two turp european tourists. the body was stab wounds were discovered monday in the mountains. holley williams is following the investigation from istanbul, turkey. >> reporter: the two women were on a hiking trip camping in the atlas mountains when they were killed. they have been identified one from denmark, one from norway. the bodies discovered by two french hikers. four suspects have been arrested in a city. they were found in possession of knives. and morocco's general prosecutor has confirmed that a video in which the suspects swear
allegiance to isis and threaten to carry out attacks is authentic. now morocco has experienced very few terror attacks in recent years. but many of the citizens have joined terrorist groups elsewhere including isis. there are now fears the murders could damage morocco's crucial tourism industry which accounts for an estimated 10% of the country's income. the moroccan government has condemned the killings as a quote criminal terrorist act and a stab in the back of morocco. bianna. >> devastating news. holley williams in istanbul, thank you. ahead, a new fda warning now certain commonly prescribed good friday morning. light to moderate rain on the doppler insides as we start off the day. this all wraps up by noon.
looking at afternoon sun as well. drying out and clearing out especially behind a cold front as it moves out of here. the next storm system will be christmas eve. looking at a dry weekend. it looks wet for all of us for christmas eve. a few showers christmas morning. drying out christmas afternoon. ut chr afterno
we have much more news ahead. the mother of anessing from a man never believed the explanation for his death that he was eaten by an alligator. 48 hours has new information about the mystery nearly two decades later. >> plus the search for an artist willing to take the stage with maroon 5 may be over. why the performer is under pressure not to participate. >> and are you seeing ads on instagram with deals that seem too good to be true. anna warner cmos how some turn out to be scams. >> often from companies you don't recognize and offer prices far below other stores. ahead on cbs this morning, what's behind the ads and some of the shoppers who say they were victimized by the scam. now through december 24th,
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good morning. it is 7:26 a.m. one man is dead and 15 people displaced after an apartment fire this morning on blossom hill road. the cause of the fire is under investigation. today, a suspended san francisco police officer accused of bank robbery is due in court. 44-year-old rain daugherty will learn if he will be granted bail today. prosecutors say he robbed a bank in the sunset district last month. aaa says more than a third of the country is traveling this holiday season either by the plane are on the
wet roadways making it busy on the bay area bridges. we have a look at the bay bridge here. goldengate, san mateo all busy this morning. reports of an accident. the bay bridge, westbound 80 looks slow and go. golden gate bridge is sluggish into the city. we are tracking light to moderate rain pushing across parts of the bay area this morning. all due to a weak cold front moving across the region. let's zoom in. you can see light to moderate rain at martinez, walnut creek, berkeley and across the east bay, san leandro. san bruno, san mateo and half moon bay. this all wraps up by noon today.
♪ ♪ i really do like christmas music this time of year. four days and counting did you get me anything? welcome back to cbs this morning. i haven't started shopping yet really. here are three things you should know. many federal agencies are preparing to potentially suspend operations in the event of a government shutdown late today. nine cabinet level agencies, including the justice, state and treasury departments could close. many national parks would be affected. institutions like veteran as hospitals, u.s. postal service,
and social security will remain open. the border patrol and law enforcement will stay on the job. >> the fda has a warning that the om commonly prescribed antibiotic containing the the chemical fluro quinn lone can cause heart damage. they can cause ruptures or tears in the main artery. this can lead to dangerous bleeding or even death. the people most at risk are older patients and those with high blood pressure or history of blockages in the aorta. but health officials say patients prescribed the drugs shouldn't stop taking them without talking to a health care professional first. as always talk to your doctor. and today is the winter solstice start marking the start of the astronomical winter. people in the northern hem fear see the shortest day and longest night of the year. it coincides with a full moon called the cold moon.
the last time this happened was ten years ago. not expected for another seven decades. >> as you finish holiday shopping we have a warning for you today if you get gifts online. many people are scammed by questionable adz on social media like instagram. some products never arrive. others turn out different nan advertised. anna warner shows what to look out for. >> good morning. and almost all the ads in question come from companies you have never heard of before promoting deep discounts. are they small businesses trying to attract new customers or scammers trying to turn a quick buck. it can be difficult to differentiate the two. >> they hooked me and got me on that. >> it was the promise of a great deal that raul says prompted him to order a drone that popped up in the instagram feed in october. a company called military tees said they marked down the $80 oh
drone to just $100 but it arrived in a plastic bag from china. >> it was smashed. i was like what is this? i looked at it. i'm like, whoa that's not what i ordered. >> it's very light. >> and flimsy, not the quality i expected. >> the drone does fly but when he demonstrated it for us the batter started dying after just a couple minutes. >> that's it. that's as long as it goes. >> not only not the high-end model gonzalez expected he says it's not even worth what he paid for it. he found the drone available elsewhere for under $50 when he contacted the company he says military tees wouldn't provide a refund. >> i'm trying to go about this the nice way. you guys aren't. i'm filing a complaint against you guys. >> he is not the only one complaining says kathryn hut with the better business bureau. >> it's hard to tell on social media advertising what's real and what's not. unfortunately a lot of the ads are fake. >> she says some ads feature
photos of real high quality products but what the scammers are selling are cheap knockoffs. the snowblower one shopper thought he ordered turned out to be an ice scraper. two other people told us they thought they purchased motorized surf boards but got foam boogie boards. she says do research. >> a good ad looks like a bad ad. >> they both look good. scammers use the tactics legitimate sales people use. they know what works. >> anyone can start a website and look like a company in five minutes. >> artist jenny odell learned how some companies work while researching watches as part of of an art project they are sold on deep discounts on instagram but. >> a lot of the wording was copy peaced from other website. and imagery was stock imagery. >> odell found the people behind the companies were actually doing what's called drop shipping. setting up what looks like a
store selling its own products online but instead simply acting as a middleman, marketing items from manufacturers often in china. those overseas companies then ship directly to the customer. the drop shipper doesn't design or manufacture the items or even hold any inventory. >> you think that you're on a unique boutique site, somebody curate add cool collection of shoes or clothes or accessories and really what you are doing is purchasing from a mass manufacturer who is going to drop ship the package to you. >> odell never found out who was selling the watches. unlike with a regular store she says pinpointing the location turned out to be impossible. >> i think after what i found honestly i wouldn't buy anything off of instagram. i don't know maybe i have a more of an appreciation for brick and mortar retail because at least you are in a place and you can see the thing and touch it and talk to people. >> raul gonzalez did get his money back. but only after filing a
complaint with his credit card provider. he says military tees didn't even want the drone back. he discovered many others had similar complaints about the company. instagram banned their ads and their website is no longer working. they never responded to our request for comment. >> it's wrong. it should be illegal. it's like, you know, i'm sen something a you a jaguar and giving you a pinto. it's the same thing. >> we asked instagram to sit down with us. the company declined to do the on-camera interview but told us every ad is screened before posting with either humor automated review. the company says that review allows it to catch most policy violating ads but it continuously works to improve since some manage to slip through. now a couple of things to look out for, the whizzing red flag, fo good to be true. if it's dramatically lower than other sellers. bbb says watch out.
also low back at the website, google the url to see if other people complaint about the website. and of course research products before you buy. we posted some research tips on our website, cbs this morning.com from instagram how to research. but research, research, research. >> that's a great service you performed this morning. i love mr. gonzales number one smiling the whole time. a level headed guy i'm trying to be nice. you guys aren't. hannah when you held it up and go this is pretty light. so plasticy and dingy. >> even the company didn't want it back. >> a pinto version of a drone, yeah. >> reminds me of the guys on the corner used to sell watches from inside the coat. not high quality merchandise. >> not so different. >> looks too good to be true. i bought one of those when i was younger. >> still working. >> no. it was a deal. >> thank you. coming up, a florida man's unusual death appears to be far from an act of nature. >> i'm richard schlesinger when mike williams went missing 18
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the trial over the mysterious death of a florida man is finally over after 18 years of uncertainty. mike williams disappeared on a hunting trip in december of 2000. the common belief was that he was eaten by an alligator. but just last year law enforcement discovered new information that challenged this theory. the trial saw williams 'wife denise in the defendant share li chair for tomorrow's 48 hours richard slsinger shows the stunning conclusion. >> this man was murdered and they blamed ton alligators for 17 years. >> what happened to mike williams would have stayed a mystery if his best friend and wife's secret lover hadn't started talking.
>> denise and i were best friends. we were bonnie and collide. we were partners in crime. >> it was part of a deal. tell prosecutors what happened to mike williams, where to find his body and win chester was not be charged with had his murder. >> we felt like as long as neither of us talked nobody would find out what happened. >> mike williams happened one day before miss sixth wedding anniversary. he and his wife met in high school. he was a football player. she was a cheer leader. >> there they were this seemingly very perfect couple. >> searchers spent six weeks looking for mike. >> law enforcement and friends and family combing the lake looking for him. they found the boat, his truck the trailer that was all there. >> i got up in the helicopter. one of the things i noticed, there were very large alligators swimming all around this area. >> people are attacked by
alligators. but you never hear of someone who is just vanished, eaten whole by an alligator. >> that's what you believed happened to mike? >> yes, i firmly believed that. >> all rise. >> and now a trial would finally reveal the truth. >> we're here in state of florida versus williams, 2018. >> denise williams had been charged with murder 17 years after her husband disappeared. >> raise your right hand, please, sir. >> win chester said he was the trigger man. >> he was in the water. i shot him. >> but it was all denise's idea. >> we wanted to be together. and we weren't going to let anything stop that. >> when you shot mike williams with the 12 gauge shotgun was denise standing there with you. >> no, she went. she was in my head behind me. >> the question is would a jury believe denise was the master mind behind mike's burden. >> wow, richard schlesinger here
with us. i remember this story when you first brought it to us. >> yeah. >> shortly after the murder denise and brian got married. why did brian turn against her. >> it gets complicated see if you can follow me. >> we're ready. >> any got married. marriage. trouble in paradise. marriage fell apart. they got divorced. and brian kind of snapped. kidnaps denise in her car, holds a gun on her. she talks him down. anyway, long story short he gets convicted of kidnapping. as part of that he has to -- he offers up a confession about what happened to mike, and that's how this case got rolling. what's interesting about this, though, you know, is that this was a really interesting legal problem for the prosecutors, because their star witness, brian win chester said he is the kbie who did the killing. and you know the wife is on trial. so it really presented a really interesting case to solve.
fascinating to always. >> and and as always in those cases it's the mom standing by her children. and her mother never believed. >> and she worked all these years. she has been writing letters. wrote 1,400 letters, more than 1,400 to the governor of florida asking for investigation into this. she baugt billboards, had protest signs. >> hopefully she gets some justice. >> i was just going to say, finally justice for mike and denise and brian what a lovely couple. >> thank you. >> you're so romantic. >> they do for each other. you can see the full report on 48 hours tomorrow night at ten, 9 central here on cbs. >> a look at other headlines, a new we made it to friday. a cold front is bringing light to moderate rain and spots this morning on the high definition doppler.
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welcome back to cbs this morning. here a look at this morning's headlines. the denver post-says the fiance of missing colorado mom kelsey barreth has been arrested in her disappearance. this morning police in woodland park arrested patrick phrasy. it's not clear the charges he faces. but police say phrasy was the last person to see the 29-year-old alive on thanksgiving day. earlier that day surveillance cameras captured barreth at the supermarket with the couple's baby in a cart. >> this is insider reports on a new ranking of the healthyiest states according to the non-private united health foundation it's hawaii topping the list. because of the low obesepy smoking and air pollution. good place to go. massachusetts appear connecticut are next. at the bottom are alabama, mississippi and louisiana. louisiana has the highest
percentage of children in poverty and higher rate of infectious kos diseases. >> moving to hawaii. variety reports travis scott will perform with maroon five at the super bowl. but j-zee is trying to talk scott out of it. j-zee mab critical of the nfl over the treatment of colin kaepernick starting the antingive protest. they say the super bowl has struggled to find performers because any don't want to be associated with the league. the world renowned philadelphia boy's choir has been delighting audiences for 50 year in our series, we hoe show you one little boys are boy's journey. we'll be right back. [♪] [♪] [♪] [♪]
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the perfect sweater makes the perfect holiday gift. and it feels even better when you find it for less - at ross. yes for less. good morning, it's friday, december 21, 2018. welcome back to cbs "this morning." defense secretary jim mattis says he's leaving president trump's cabinet. we'll talk about how the military will get along without mattis. plus we'll look back at an eventful year of 2018 and the biggest stories in our favorite moments. first, here's today's eye opener. parts of the pacific northwest are cleaning up after
powerful winds snarled holiday travel the big story is on the eastern half of the country. here's your grinch storm. notice the green, it's crazy. this whole thing is all rain from the great lakes all the way down to the gulf of mexico. >> took us four hours to drive to the airport. mattis delivered his resignation letter to the president. he said the u.s. must remain clear-eyed about countries like russia, china and north korea. >> sometimes they disagree. >> looks like the president was going to accept this stopgap spending deal and look for his wall funding somewhere else. >> the president is essentially saying i don't have the votes, the only way i can get them is to fundamentally change the way the entire senate operates. >> we call it the alexa christmas choir. watch this. you have to be quiet. alexa, sing "jingle bells." ♪ oh jingle bells, jingle bells ♪ ♪ jingle all the way, oh what
fun it is to ride ♪ -- >> alexa, stop. alexa, stop. alexa, stop! she won't stop. you know what? you get the idea. de i'm john dickerson with bianna golodryga and gayle king. norah is off. there's a lot of yelling at alech sanchts thale ale alexa. >> that's my house every night. >> or using the simon says function. this year is ending with unusual chaos for washington and wall street. u.s. stocks have having their worst december since 1931. the house approved spending $5.7 billion on the border wall last night but the senate is unlikely to pass the bill when it meets today. president trump is meeting with senate republicans at the white house this morning.
>> a shutdown could leave one quarter of the federal work force without paychecks before christmas. 420,000 federal employees would have to work unpaid. 380,000 others would have to stay home without pay. a shutdown could send stocks on a deeper dive. the dow has already lost more than 1700 points in the last five days. senior republicans in congress say they are alarmed that defense secretary jim mattis will soon step down. the retired general handed his resignation letter to the president yesterday, one day after mr. trump ordered all u.s. ground troops removed from syria. sources tell cbs news the president told the pentagon to pull out half of its 14,000 troops in afghanistan. mattis wrote this to the president, my views with treating allies with respect and being clear-eyed about malign actors and strategic competitors are strongly held and informed by over four decades. you have the right to have a secretary of defense whose views are better aligned with yours. >> one presidential historian
claims mattis is the only defense secretary ever to resign in protest. he will leave at the end of february. mattis spoke about president trump's leadership on "face the nation" last year. >> everyone leads in their own way. in the case of the president, he has got to select the right people that he has trust in to carry out his vision of a strategy. >> mattis will join two white house chiefs of staff, two national security advisers, an attorney general, a secretary of state, a health and human services secretary, a baah secretary, all of whom lasted less than two years. the trump cabinet's unprecedented turnover is more than the first two years of the obama, george w. bush, and clinton presidencies combined. retired admiral sandy winnefeld was vice chairman of the joint chiefs of staff when secretary mattis led the u.s. central
command. good morning, admiral. >> good morning, john. >> what do you make of secretary mattis' letter? >> well, first of all, of all the people who have left or are about to leave this administration, this is probably the most concerning. not only did jim mattis get to the department on a good trajectory to restore readiness and lethality, he helped buttress our allies at a difficult time for relations with allies and perhaps most importantly when those national security decisions were being made in the white house, we could all take comfort that well, well, at least jim mattis is in the room. as his letter points out, he has fundamental disagreements with the president and as the old adage says, either support your boss or resign and he chose to resign before he got fired. >> admiral, you know secretary matt mattis. what do you make of the fact that he made such a broad and
sweeping set of statements? secretary mattis knows what you're supposed to do, how do you frame it with respect to what you know about secretary mattis? >> i think he's been working on this for a while. there's a lot of tension in the relationship all the way back to the withdrawal from the iran nuclear agreement. and a whole host of other challenges as well, whether it was transgender personnel in the military or a parade down pennsylvania avenue or troops to the southern border. i think this was building up in jim mattis' mind and his letter oozes integrity. he's nothing if not a man of integrity and i think it's a very important letter that will go down in the history of this nation as you mentioned earlier. our historian says this is the first time a secretary of defense has resigned? >> it's clear pulling out of syria was the final straw for general mattis. let me ask you about unintended
consequences. the kurds said they would have to release 3200 isis prisoners, which would be devastating for region but also for europe. what is your reaction to this? >> there is a lot swirling around the whole syria situation, not the least of which is the brutal regime of bashar al assad and iran and russia which support him but also the potential for a return to instability in eastern syria and, in fact, western iraq so it is a very bitter pill to wallow to more or less abandon the kurds who have done most of the fig fighting against isil and all the unintended consequences, less humanitarian aid delivered, we'll feel the effects for quite some time. we were not finish. >> i'm strucked by the phrase that you said oozes integrity. what are the broader implications for morale? >>.
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♪ our series more our series a more perfect union shows us what unites us as americans is greater than what divides us. today we explore how music has the power to connect us all. for 50 years, the emmy winning and grammy nominated philadelphia boys choir and corral has captivated audiences worldwide. cbs "this morning" saturday co-host michelle miller shows us one boy's request quest to achi dream of making this choir. we're pulling for him, michelle,
good morning. >> i was pulling for him, too. good morning, from performing for the pope to singing with pavarotti, the philadelphia boys choir has a challenging tour schedule and more rigorous audition process. we followed along as 10-year-old gabriel becket competes to become one of america's ambassadors of song. this journey is more than music. ♪ god bless america >> reporter: it's september and gabriel becket is auditioning for the philadelphia boys choir. ♪ philadelphia, philadelphia >> reporter: to make the cut, he needs to master 12 classics, including "philadelphia usa". ♪ >> reporter: and "circle of life." >> a tribal feeling here. >> reporter: for the past three years, conductor and artistic director jeffrey smith has been
trying to get him there. these are the overall issues, for each song i've marked specific things you need to practice. >> reporter: gabriel doesn't make the choir this time but he's determined to try again. to understand his journey, you have to go back to the beginning. >> this choir has changed our lives. >> absolutely. >> big time. >> 50 years. >> reporter: when these men were just boys. >> you have to think that normal people have done it in their lifetime. >> this is the choir's first class. >> it opened us up to a whole new world. philly neighborhood, segregated, and suddenly we are opened up to a whole different culture. >> reporter: now gabriel has his chance. >> if i make it it feels like i'll give my family a solid.
>> reporter: what disease that mean? >> making them feel proud of me. >> reporter: his mother tamika becket sacrifices, working a full-time job from a supermarket before shuttling him back and forth to practice by bus, train and subway. >> reporter: glory, glory, hallelujah. and after a month of honing his voice, learning his music and controlling his breathing gabriel auditions again. ♪ oh lord, i want to be, i want to be, oh ♪ let me go, glory glory hallelujah ♪ >> good work! a lot of time you put in. >> all that work is finally rewarded. >> let's try a 10. >> reporter: he get s his signature red blazer, the iconic symbol he's a member of the choi
choir. >> good job! >> i know my mom has to struggle through a lot and earning my blazer really lifted her spirits. >> it did. >> let's congratulate gabriel jordan becket. >> reporter: this moment commemorated by his family brings back memories for conductor jeff smith. >> this is where it all started for me. i was eight years old. this really shaped me and got me excited about world travel and even here being friends with kids from all different areas and walks of life, it really developed these kids into great men. >>. >> reporter: the men of the choir explain it doesn't hit home right away. >> we were too young to appreciate.
>> it all that matters is that we sang the right notes. ♪ my love and me as we sing ♪ underneath the christmas tree ♪ >> the choir's latest class is solidifying that bond, performing here at the kimmel center with the philly pops. showcasing the bonds of a new brotherhood based on the traditions of the old. what do you think you bring to the choir? >> compassion and excitement. ♪ all i want for christmas is you b you snows zbloez there will be much more excitement in gabriel's future. the choir will go on tour in italy. it will be gabriel's first trip abroad and in case you were wondering, as of 2012, there is a philadelphia girls choir and i
just have to say this uniting thing really sticks because as i was going through the archives looking through pictures i came across this picture of yuki washington and jerome holland who is the ambassador of sweden back then in 1972 or '73. >> isn't he an anchoanchor? >> he is. the guy next to him is my uncle. i saw that picture i was like oh, my god. there's such a connection. >> i'm still on a gabriel high and his mom. the way they look at each other, i'm pulling for him in anything he does. >> i hope she goes to italy with him. she deserves that trip. >> maybe a go fund he? >> can parents go? >> i didn't ask that question. >> part two. that means i would have to go to italy, too, right? >> i would like his mom to go.
think about something, michelle. we're showing off some of our favorite stories this year with our series "a more perfect union" on facebook. to watch it, facebook.com/cbsthismorning. >> great story. a pennsylvania college student was moved to tears after she opened a gift from her co-workers. ahead, the emotional surprise that allows her to spend the holidays with her family after not seeing them for nearly two years. you're watching cbs "this morning." >> do not wear waterproof mascara this morning. .
coworkers gave her a plane ticket to go home for christmas and cash. she hasn't seen her california family for more than two years. >> that's what skmas about. good morning. it is 8:25 a.m. i'm michelle griego. california regulators are ordering the recall of marijuana products from 30 different companies. the reason, a sacramental laboratory is accused of conducting faulty tests. a big tobacco company is buying a huge stake in emac cigarette makers juul. phillip morris is spending $13 billion to buy 35% of the company. >> san francisco's oldest department store gump's is
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♪ welcome back to welcome back to cbs "this morning." 2018 comes to a close, we're taking a look back at pivotal moments that shaped this year. there were politics and scandals, tragedies and triumphs and cbs news was on the front lines for much of it as the events of 2018 took all of us here and you at home and around the country and the world. >> i can feel the heat and i hope that you can hear the power from this fountain of molten
rock. >> kilauea volcano has built up huge amounts of lava. >> it's a goliath. >> one of hurricane michael's survivors says his city looks like an atomic bomb hit it. >> the message is clear -- get out now or risk your life 23 you stay. >> the debris piles here in mexico beach are 15 to 20 feet high. >> it's a grim, grim scene across california. >> the most destructive fire in california history is also the deadliest. >> we have so many people, our neighbors are gone. >> the death toll has risen to at least 71. the former olympic doctor was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison. >> women had been raising the alarm for years. >> i just signed your death warrant. >> cosby is behind bars. a judge sentenced him to serve three to ten years. >> leslie moonves was forced to
resign after reports of at least seven sexual misconduct and assault allegations. for me it's been another sleepless night thinking about this, the pain that women feel. the courage that it takes for women to come forward. >> i don't know how we move forward if we don't -- we at cbs don't have full transparency about what we find. >> no justice, no peace! >> off duty police officer amber guyger is accused of killing botham john. she told police officer she misstuemi mistook his apartment for her own. >> he was a good guy with a gun. >> investigators are trying to determine the motive behind a deadly mass shooting at a southern california nightclub 12. people were killed? >> we heard shots. >> big pops, pop, pop, pop.
>> it was a black semiautomatic. >> everybody was dancing on the dance floor. he stormed through the door and opened fire. >> this is the most horrific crime scene i've seen in 22 years. >> the mayor of pittsburgh called this the darkest day in this city's history. >> the squirrel hill neighborhood is mourning 11 people murdered in a mass shooting. the deadliest attack on jews in american history. >> how do you lead them when something like this happens? >> there is no rule book. there's no instruction manual. >> and i worry that it's going to happen again and again and again. . >> it should have been one school shooting and we should have fixed it and i'm pissed because my daughter i'm not going to see again. >> oh, my god! ♪ are you happy in this modern world ♪ >> one of the deadliest school shootings in u.s. history. >> i don't know how we're alive. >> police say the shooter
concealed himself in the crowd. >> two dead bodies on the floor. >> no child, no teacher, should before in danger in an american school. >> i will nominate judge brett kavanaugh to the united states supreme court. >> we believe. >> vote no on kavanaugh. >> this confirmation process has become a national disgrace. >> i believed he was going to rape me. >> how did you get home? i don't remember. how did you get there? i don't remember. >> nomination of brett m. kavanaugh is confirmed. >> do you have a message for the president? >> president trump's personal attorney michael cohen admits he paid an adult film star who claims she had an affair with
the president. >> mr. cohen handled over agreements like this for mr. trump? >> mr. cohen has handled all types of things for mr. trump. >> michael, what's your message to the president? >> michael cohen will be going to federal prison. he received a three-year sentence. >> there has been no collusion between the trump campaign and russia. the world is watching this meeting between president donald trump and president vladimir utin. >> getting along with russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. >> there's definitely a buzz in the air about this summit. >> president trump and north korean dictator kim jong-un finished unprecedented meeting in singapore with a deal to start denuclearizing the north korean peninsula. >> he wrote me beautiful letters, and they're great letters. we fell in love. >> we will not go away. >> thousands of people protested across texas. they accused of the administration of punishing
undocumented children by removing them from their parents. >> we saw people in cages. >> cages? >> cages. they looked like animal kennels. >> look, we are just trying to get to a better life to escape the horrors that are happening in our country. >> mr. president, don't you have kids! >> election day and i am almost lev tating from excitement. >> the new congress will be divided with democrats leading the house and republicans in charge of the senate. >> house democrats will now have the power to investigate the president. >> mr. president, i want you to be president of the united states not to divide us. >> we are the ones we have been waiting for. let's get to work. >> congress is not only going to have more women, it's going to be the most diverse ever. >> u.n. security council plans an emergency meeting to discuss the alleged chemical weapons attack in syria. >> we've been brought into what we've been told some sort of bomb factory. >> more than 40 people were reportedly killed. >> the palestinians condemn the
move of the u.s. embassy to jerusalem. it's chaos here. >> you see the israelis now charging forward. the israelis firing back right now. >> there's not a smoking gun. >> sources tell cbs news saudi leaders are planning to admit to the accidental killing of jamal khashoggi. >> do you think there's any doubt that mohammed salman. >> it should have never happened. >> a youth soccer team and their coach trapped in a cave in thailand say they're doing okay. >> the plan for now is this, they are trying to furiously pump as much water out of this cave as possible. ♪ >> the last members of a soccer team trapped under ground for more than two weeks have just been brought out of the cave. i just gave myself goose bumps
reading that. >> i just go from place to place and do what i do best. >> what's that? >> show off. ♪ >> yes, jesus has the answer to life's problems. ♪ feeling my way through the darkness, guided by a beating heart ♪ >> you know, i guess one person can make a difference. ♪ ♪ yes, i do ♪ i will love you forever >> we are american's first, americans last and americans always. ♪
♪ ♪ changing everyday >> i think when you travel as much as i have, you become aware of how other people live, how big the world is. ♪ ♪ snefr quite as it seems >> halt. ♪ amazing grace >> i want a kinder and gentler nation. ♪ how sweet the sound >> and in our grief, let us smile knowing that dad is hugging robin and holding mom's hand again. ♪ so darling, darling stand >> the royal wedding, like hollywood made movie. >> did you ever think that you would see a gospel choir singing in st. george's choir "stand by
me". >> i now proclaim that they are husband and wife. >> this is the moment people have been waiting for. >> and there's the kiss. >> and there's the kiss. ♪ stand by me >> it's nice to end on a happy note, isn't it, when you look at all that has happened this year in 2018. >> i don't know who was happier that day at the wedding, the bride or you. >> or me. >> gayle brings happiness wherever she goes. >> i just love, love. i do. i love a great love story. however it comes, wherever it comes. >> we always think about a year where we say the days are long, the years are short, right? and that's what this year looked like. but there's more bringing you the news everyday, of course, is our privilege. and we often have a lot of fun when we're doing it. up next, we' ♪
it really is our honor and privilege, i think, to bring you the news everyday here on "cbs this morning." and we have had a ton of fun. people behind the scenes, us at the table, there's tony, andrew, devin, there's jared. there's a lot of us, christopher. there's another tony. i could keep naming the names. there's dougie.
there's lee. there's dave. brian. okay. i'll stop. tony is getting irritated. our crews, i think, are the best. we have crews all around the world. here are some of our favorite moments from -- and brian the mullens, moments from 2018. welcome to the new school, john dickerson. >> i'm a transfer student here. i'm john dickerson with norah o'donnell, gayle king and -- >> bianna golodryga is joining us as co-host of "cbs this morning." >> i'm thrilled to be here. >> go ahead. >> so, let me ask you this, oprah -- we have to do headlines first. >> all right. >> now it's time to show you some of this morning's headlines. right now it's time to show you some of this morning's headlines. ♪ >> where was john dickerson this morning? >> john dickerson had the day off.
>> he is such a diva. >> he is a human, yes. ♪ >> every italian thinks he's gorgeous. >> especially when i did my first head shot. my mother is like, you got to send this out. this is beautiful. >> doppelganger over here. >> oh, yeah. >> tony. >> tony. >> yeah. we had a little meat balls in the back. ♪ that's just the way you make me feel ♪ >> we know you don't use that. [ laughter ] ♪ i'm a couple hundred miles from japan ♪ >> this is where i can find gayle king. is gayle king in there? >> gayle is here! >> i just feel like i'm just getting started, to be honest with you. 40 years. >> d.j. khalid -- >> sorry, guys. >> you're going to lose your cool points, john.
>> we were already in the deficit. >> oh, i've seen this. i thought that was a question. what is all the patterns oh my god. two existential too early. ♪ keep my hands on myself >> wow. >> catch up with new york city marathon champion flannigan. or maybe she catches up with us. is that dorky? >> that was great. it was great. >> okay. it was great. >> they told me it was good. >> it was really good. [ screaming ] >> here it is. here is the 2019 chevy camaro. >> chris, aren't you supposed to have your shirt off with a couple of gold chains? that's the cool kids car. ♪ >> go, bianna rocking out at the table, little head bob there. >> thank you for everything. >> yo, thanks for everything!
don't you love new yorkers. ♪ >> i made it to the top! >> i would definitely never, ever, ever do that. ♪ >> here we are. >> 92% of couples who ate seafood twice a week were pregnant by the end of the week. i'm having a hamburger tonight. >> researchers also found dog owners go to bed earlier. much have a four legged dog in bed than the two legged one. [ laughter ]. ♪ >> spice girls, some of them will be here. the beckhams, of course, they will be here as well. ♪ if you want to be my lover >> who's your favorite spice girl? >> sporty. sporty. ♪ >> you can exercise the lungs and you can exercise the body. he was feeling it.
i like that. >> may we all feel that passion and joy what you do. >> we sit down at this table every morning, right? ♪ ♪ i will go, go, go it's a good reminder of what we do here. >> the winner was your four-legged dog or two-legged dog. >> i feel like that should be on a coffee mug somewhere, gayle. back on the "cbs this morning" mug. >> no two-legged dogs allowed. that's what i say about this place. >> woof. [ laughter ]. >> that's how you're going to end it? we'll be right back. ♪ happy holidays going to end it? >> you know when you're at ross and you find a deal on cookware that makes you say. yes! ...oh, yeah! bring on the holidays! that's yes for less. everything you need to prep, cook and serve up the season. it feels even better when you find it for less-at ross. yes for less.
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