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>> yes, partly sunny. >> countdown begin. thank you for watching. next local update, 7:46. cbs this morning is coming up next. have a great day. good morning to our viewers in the west. it's to "cbs this morning." a giant tornado blasts eastern alabama killing at least 23 people and injuring dozens. we're in lee county where the damage is called catastrophic. and in the northeast, the same fast-moving storm system brought heavy snow and ice to the region. we'll look at the impact of the storm throughout the east. the house judiciary committee chairman says it's very clear that president trump obstructed justice. now he's asking for documents from dozen of white house officials. why republicans say this is a quiet campaign for impeachment. hbo airs a controversial film about michael jackson's
alleged abuse. we'll talk with a critic who says the film breaks the specks plus, we begin our special series the word of mothers. how maternity leave policies in the u.s. are forcing many new moms back to work way too early. but we begin this morning with a look at today's "eye opener." your world in 90 seconds. >> oh, dude, that's a big tornado. >> it is a monster. >> everything is gone. everything destroyed. >> a deadly tornado outbreak rips through the south. >> the hardest hit is lee county, alabama. >> a powerful tornado killed at least 23 people. >> in the northeast, a problem is the heavy snow falling overnight. >> hundreds of flights canceled at area airports. democrats are rerequesting documents of more than 60 people related to president trump or his business. >> you have toersuade the american people that it happened. protest across california after it was announced the two
police officers who fatally shot a young black man were not charged. a test aboard has got through to the international space station. >> all that. >> check out this adorable hockey team that's gone viral. >> the little guys had a tough time getting on to the ice. >> they can't even stand up. >> these kids got right back up. >> that guy twirled around. >> ready to play. >> and all that matters. >> trump spoke at the cpac conference for two hours straight. here's the tape. >> the attorney general says i'm going to represent cues myself. sir, my name is raisin. what the hell kind of a name -- please, give us e-mails. please. i'm gonna regret this. >> at least he's -- anyway. >> on "cbs this morning." >> another wicked delivery and it's a wicked finish for balatelli. >> he scored a sixth goal.
>> watch what he does afterwards. he's celebrating life open instagram. sign of the times, right? >> i don't think i've ever seen anyone do that during a game. >> time to take a selfie in celebration. >> look at that. welcome to "cbs this morning." it is a very difficult morning in the deep south where a devastating attorney to outbreak swept across several states and caused a disaster near auburn, alabama. at least 23 people were dmild lee county since the one that hit in oklahoma in 2013. at twister destroyed homes reason businesses and lives was only one reported yesterday. >> and part of that same storm in the northeast dumped inches of snow overnight. it was e part of a powerful storm front that rasd across the
country over the weekend. we begin with marc strassmann in bu guard, alabama. >> now, you can get a look at the catastrophe here in beauregard, disaster as far as i can see where homes were taken and lives were taken too. i'm standing in what was a trailer home. there's no sign of it left. and as you look behind me we're standing in what was a half-mile wide tornado zone. the trees are off. they're sheered off to look like sharpened stakes in the ground. there is of course an ongoing search and rescue effort going on here and that is going to pick up hoping there's no more victims. >> oh, dude, that's a big tornado. oh, big. oh my god, it's in my face clam. >> reporter: the tornado was at least half a mile wide when it touched down in lee county, alabama, shredding everything in its path leaving homes and
businesses in rubble. people had all of 20 minutes warning to find shelter before the massive tornado devastated the area. >> house is completely destroyed. homes that just basically just slabs left where once stood a home. the contents of one residence we know for a fact was located over a thousand yards away. >> reporter: the national weather service says the tornado was at least an ef-3 had 136 and 165 miles per hour. >> we're talking several miles that it traveled on the ground. the damage is significant. i would but the it in category catastrophic. >> reporter: many of the storm victims lived in beauregard, alabama, including this 6-year-old. on social media his aunt called phim a precious little man. but there were also stories of survival. cameras caught april emotional moment as a grandmother was reunited with her granddaughter. in nearby smith station, a popular bar was gutted to the studs. the owner was sitting in his
truck just feet away. >> i seen the trash swirling in the air across the hill over there and i said, oh, no, this ain't good. >> reporter: just across the street, charlie patel was inside as his gas station was torn to pieces. >> i was in the counter and ten second the storm come and everything destroyed. >> reporter: alabama wasn't the only state to see serious storms. there were more than a dozen reports of tornadoes in georgia. this is drone video where homes were left in piles of wood and cars were tossed. folks in nearly ellersly say everything was gone before they even knew what happened. >> everything that's been built for 19 years. >> gone. >> gone in the blink of an eye. >> reporter: just to give you a sense of the loss of life here, across the united states last year tornadoes killed 10 people coast to coast. on sunday just here in this one alabama county more than twice as many people were killed here.
>> mark, thank you very much. those pictures are hard to wax. the tornadoes also destroyed at least 20 homes and left people injured in smith station. that's about 20 miles east of beauregard near the georgia state line. omar villafranca is in one of the hardest hit areas there. omar, good morning to you. >> reporter: we are near smith station and there's an elementary school nearby us, a couple homes. all of them have some sort of damage. good news, there are no fatalities here. but the damage is pretty devastating. let me walk you through what we're seeing here. piece of a home right here, but whether you st when you step over here there is about a five-story pine tree that was snapped in half behind us in the is where that damage came from there the. >> there's a tree that's inside. good news, nobody was seriously injured in this home. interesting of note, the mayor of smith station, a man by the name of fred bubba copeland told us while he was walking on the street after the storm he heard woman calling for help, he was
able to go in the home, clear the debris and get them out. they were injured but not seriously. when the storm touched down and the debris started flying, that was picked up on radar and the debris field was pretty wide, but that debris also went as much as 20,000 feet up in the air, about 3.5 miles. also, we want to show you this. there was a billboard that was here in smith station. but after the storm blew through it wound up about 20 miles away over the state line in hamilton, georgia. also trees weren't the only ones that were damaged. there was also power lines and also cell phone tours, this one here ripped down and basically became a piece of flying metal. what's interesting also is there were about 40 people at a hospital, they were injured, that number could go up because now that the sun is starting to come the search and rescue missions will continue. bianna. >> ownership mmar, thank you. and with us on the telephone is
rita smith, public information officer for the county's emergency management agency. rita, thank you so much for joining us this morning. the latest reports show that 23 people were killed by this storm. do you expect that number to rise? >> i have not been in contact with the coroner this morning. he is out there. again, they are using search and rescue this morning as soon as daylight broke. they still have some people are unaccounted for and they're trying to get those folks accounted for. >> what can you tell us about the damage you're dealing with, rita smith? >> the devastation out there is just -- it was fast, it was quick, and it did a great deal of damage. a lot of debris. a homes destroyed. >> thank you so much. >> thank you for your time. >> and alabama governor is
talking with us this morning. senator, i'm sorry to hear about you state and what happens there. what can you tell us about the community where this happened? >> it's a pretty rural area, it's two small towns, three small towns in the area. these are small structures. they're going to be mobile homes, small structures. it's also a flat terrain so you don't have a lot of bamts, which is the typical storm shelter for folks in alabama. this is not the first time we've seen things like this. but in this area can be particularly devastating. >> so they're used to this kind of weather? >> alabama is always getting prepared in the spring. we always have tornadoes. in 2011 we lost over 200 people in a string of some 60 tornadoes. so people get ready and they understand. >> how do people recover from this when you lose your home? >> it's very difficult. first of all, we got a great first responder team down there. our ema does an unbelievable job. this is not their first time, so they'll do a great job of rebuilding. federal authorities, state authorities willing in there. the most important thing right
now is search and rescue, going through there first thing this morning to try to find anybody that might be alive as well as anybody that might not be. >> and i understand they use drones with heat-seek material to try to find any sort of -- >> they use drones, they use humans, they'll use every way possible to try to get into those areas. fortunately this is a fairly confined area so they can get in there fairly quickly. >> what are you hearing from your people about how it's going, though. >> think it's going fine. you got to let the weather pass and let things going on. i think the key right now is for other people to kind of stay away. there's a lot of people that want to see. just stay away, let our first responders get in there. >> senator jones, thank you. >> thank you. >> and we're going to talk with the senator again in our next hour about a notorious case of racial violence in his home state and his efforts to bring justice nearly 40 years later. that's ahead here on "cbs this morning." the same storm system battered the northeast with snow, ice, and rain. that means dangerous travel conditions for millions of people in this area thi morning. snowfall is heavy in many areas from pennsylvania through new
england. airlines have canceled more than 500 flights and the storm will be followed by a dangerous deep freeze. demarco morgan is in boston where the winter storm warning is in effect and he's right the middle of all of that. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to you as well. the schools are out today. downtown quiet as it would be considering a day like this with heavy snowfall as you can see behind me. it's pretty picturesque, but traffic is moving slowly. emare still trying to make their way through here, some who had no choice but go to work today. the winter weather advisories are still in place for new england. you want to keep that in mind. also the heavy snow is responsible for blanketing the roadways here. it's the biggest snowstorm boston has seen all season. snowfall totals have reached more than 15 inches h this winter. new jersey is under a state of emergency, and more than 4,500 plows and spreaders have been deployed to clear heavy snow in that state ssab for drivers.
it caused car crashes across the region. the storm isn't the end of the winter misery. you talked about it, gayle, an arctic air mass is bringing windchill warnings and advisories that will spread into the plains to the east through wednesday. back to you. >> all right, dimarco, thank you. lonnie quinn, chief weather castor for our station is here track the cold temperatures affecting 200 million americans. good morning. >> good morning, john. good morning, everybody. our two big weather stories, the snow in the northeast, the tornadoes in the southeast, it's all associated with the exact same cold front. cold front's separate air masses, right? morn place like you focusthata go up into, say, montana, billings feels like 45 below zero. that air mass moves into places like the southeast tomorrow morning. tomorrow morning real cold in auburn where it feels like 21
degrees, you know, a lot of areas in alabama without electricity, without homes for some toks because of the tornadic activities. when you look at the dynamics of tornado alley, it's formed because of dry desert air crashing with moist gulf air and that's tornado alley. there's been less activity on the west side and more activity on the east side and it's because that dry line has shifted 140 miles further to the east. so unfortunately what took place in alabama there is a possibility of more activity as you look into the future moving forward. so that's the latest on everything. let's good back to you. >> wild and deadly weekend weather. lonny, thank you. well, democrats in congress are set to request documents e tha 60 president trump's associates. house judiciary committee chairman jerry nadler said it's very clear that the president obstructed justice. his committee is investigating possible crimes by mr. trump he. but democrats want to avoid talk about removing him from office.
>> impeachment is a long way down the road. we don't have the facts yet. >> this increasing congressional scrutiny comes as special counsel robert mueller appears to be winding down his russia investigation. the president blasted the mueller probe in a speech to conservatives over the weekend. >> you put the wrong people in a couple of positions and they leave people for a long time that shouldn't be there and all of the sudden they're trying to take you out with [ bleep ], okay. with [ bleep ]. >> now mr. trump's former fixer michael cohen is expected to be back on capitol hill wednesday. thousands of people united in selma alabama to commemorate the 54th anniversary of bloody sunday. they crossed the bridge yesterday in hop of the peaceful protesters violently beept by police in march of 1965. it spurred support for the act that passed that year.
several politicians participated in the event. sherrod brawn who considering a run, and joined 2016 nominee hillary clinton altogether there on that march. new protester planned over the police killing of an unarmed black man in sacramento after prosecutors declined to charting officers. 22-year-old stephon clark was shot and killed last month in his grandmother's backyard. this case led to nationwide protests. jamie yuccas shows us how clark's family is now demanding justice. >> i would like accountability. i want justice and accountability. >> davante clark is calling on california's attorney general to intervene after the sacramento county district attorney decided not to charge the two officers responsible for his brother's death. >> show me your hands. gun, gun, gun in the gunshots ]. >> police fired multiple shots at 22-year-old stephon clark in his grandmother's backyard while responding to reports of vandalism. the coroner says he was hit
seven times. on saturday, district attorney anne-marie shoe better announ d anne-marie shubert said the officers had reason to fear for their lives. he moved toward the officers who saw this flash of light they thought was a gun. authorities later discovered it was a cell phone. >> was a crime committed? when we look at the facts and the law and we follow our ethical responsibility s, t, th answer is no. >> the decision ignited protest outside the police department over the weekend and at this mall. >> what we're asking for clearly is for those two killer police officers to be fired immediately. >> reporter: investigators determined that clark had been smashing car windows while under the influence of drugs the night of his death. they also revealed he was possibly suicidal after a domestic violence incident involving his fiancee. still, clark's family insists
those details do not justify his death. >> stefon's dreams are being fulfilled, not just a kid who died in his grandmother's backyard. >> reporter: for "cbs this morning," jamie yuccas, los angeles. thanks to jamie. u.s. may soon launch astronauts into space on a commercially built american made spacecraft after spacex passed another key milestone. it successfully docked at the international space station yesterday with a test dummy inside. it's the first time an american spacecraft capable of carrying people have flown to the station since nasa ended its shuttle program in 2011. dragon could take two after the nau astronauts this summer for it is successful. a massive avalanche. ahead, dramatic video of the avalanche that
we have much more news ahead. the new documentary, "leaving neverland," is hard to watch including many of michael jackson's fans because of new accusations of child abuse. we'll discuss how to think about jackson's music after the allegations. hear from a former isis bride suing to return to her home in the u.s. after a five-year exile that she says ruined her life. and a search for two missing little girls is over in northern california. why the local sheriff
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welcome back to "cbs this morning." here are three things you should know this morning. the u.s. and south korea are scaling back joint military exercises starting today. the white house says the move is aimed at reducing tensions with north korea and supporting diplomacy. president trump has also criticized the high corps of the drills. last week's summer between president trump and north korean leader kim jong un failed to produce a denuclearization. mr. trump partly blamed the congressional testimony of his former personal lawyer michael cohen. he did not give specifics. today is the deadline for the white house to voluntarily turn over documents related to security clearances to the house oversight committee. "the new york times" reported last week that president trump demanded a top secret clearance
for his son-in-law jared kushner over the objections from intelligence officials. mr. trump denied the claim. the committee could issue a subpoena for the documents and potential witnesses, including former chief of staff john kelly, who wrote a memo about this, if the white house does not comply. and a new report says 91% of u.s. coal-fired power plants are leaking unsafe levels of toxic pollutants into underground water. researchers from the environmental integrity project say the toxins include arsenic, a known car sin owe jin and lithium. the group is calling for stronger federal regulations on coal ash. the trump administration relaxed rules last year. the explosive new documentary details allegations of sexual abuse against michael jackson is generating mixed reactions this morning. a man claims jackson abused him
for years. many expressed disgust after the two-part documentary appeared last night on hbo. others are defending the king of pop. the nephew says the accusers have no credibility. a warning. viewers may find details of their accounts very disturbing. >> he was one of the kind exist, most gentle, loving, caring people i knew, and he also sexually abused me. for seven years. >> in part one of "leaving neverland," they recall their memories with michael jackson when they were children. they perform with the king of pop beginning in the late 1980s. shortly after jackson invited them to his neverland ranch in california on separate occasions. >> it seemed normal. >> reporter: von and safe chuck out line the allegations of the abuse in graphic detail. >> the movie theater had two
like private rooms, big glass windows so you could see the theater. we would have sex in those rooms. >> reporter: in one instance safe chuck says jackson gave him a gold ring with diamonds during a mock wedding ceremony. >> we would buy them at jewelry stores. and we would pretend like they were for somebody else, like for a female. >> reporter: jackson always denied any inappropriate behavior with children before his death in 2009. his estate is calling "leaving neverland" a tabloid character assassination. it is now suing hbo. >> it's a one-sided, one point of view documentary. >> reporter: howard weitzman is an attorney for the jackson estate. part of the thinking is we have heard michael's side of the store a story. his side is i didn't do this. >> that's just absurd.
you have a situation where these accusations are made by two people who have testified differently under oath. the way i judge credibility is have these people lied before? the answer is yes. >> safe chuck and robson sued the jackson estate but their lawsuits were dismissed because of the statute of limitation. they are appealing that. hbo is airing the documentary to allow everybody the opportunity to assess the claims in the film for themselves. what the times calls one of the paper's must read articles, headline michael jackson cast a spell, "leaving neverland" breaks it. leslie morris, good morning. you have heard the criticism. it's one-sided. it's a character association admitted liars. i want to know your reaction to that. i'm also curious, your thoughts before you watched the documentary and your thoughts after. >> i mean, like a lot of people,
i did not -- i mean, it's not that i didn't want to see it. you don't want to have to deal with it if it convinces you, right? i went in not really -- we have all lived with what it meant to have michael jackson be accused of -- >> you have heard these allegations for years. >> right. he was tried. he was acquitted. he settled out of court. but this movie is convincing and it is you as an audience member sitting here watching these two men and their families talk about what it meant to have michael jackson in their lives. i mean, just setting aside the child molestation accusations, this is a person who was very much in the lives of these two people. there is tons of evidence that the family has, just mementos -- >> why did you believe them. >> that's a good question. i think some of what makes it credible is just the degree to
which their stories are similar and the amount of time that michael jackson was alone with them. now, i know that's going to lead to all these other questions about who was responsible or what role the parents had. but that's the way we treated every other accusation. >> you write in the piece that one of the most chilling things was the ring. >> yeah. >> that he knew that, that michael jackson knew this was wrong? >> yeah. according to james and wade, james safechuck and wade robson, michael jackson seemed to understand the moral barrier that sort of made whatever was going on between him and james and then him and wade wrong. >> you used the phrase bearing witness in your article, which i thought was interesting. >> the film itself is presenting
these stories without a lot of editorial dissent, right? this isn't james wade, james and wade sort of saying that michael jackson did this and you hear from the family or you hear from lawyers. this is simply a laying out of a story that goes very neatly into the stories that we have been talking about michael jackson. >> how do you see this documentary affecting the other alleged accusers who told their stories in the past and were not believed? >> of michael jackson? >> yeah. >> well, that's a great question, too. i would love to hear from, you know, the aveisos, for instance, the objects of that 2003 trial, where michael jackson was acquitted, mostly for all kinds of reasons. that trial was a little bit of a fiasco. >> will you remind our viewers about the impact that michael jackson had on society and explain the difference that this brings compared to the charges against bill cosby and harvey
weinstein? >> okay. i mean, it's michael jackson. i mean, nobody -- woody allen, r. kelly, harvey weinstein, you know, bill cosby, i mean, you know, any one of these men, matt lauer, nobody has had the sort of cultural impact that michael jackson has had. michael jackson is responsible for, like, i would say 30% of the music that we've gotten since michael jackson. is. >> >> so how do you separate the man accused of these allegations and his music? what are people who love michael jackson and the music, what are they supposed to do with this information? >> that's the question you always ask in these situations. what do you do with the work the person has made and how do you separate that from the horrible thing the person has done? i mean, i am not going to sidestep that question. i think it's impossible to answer, for one thing. in the case of michael jackson, what do you do? i am going to get on the subway later and somebody will be playing guitar and it's billy
jean. this person doesn't know about this documentary and doesn't want to know. so i feel like that question, the real question to ask is how do we prevent things like this from happening again. i think the real question in the situation, in all these situations, whether it's the priesthood on celebrity, is how much power we give people and how much faith we put in them. you know, it's -- fame is a disease. celebrity is kind of a religion. and we have to reconcile what we want our relationship to abobe h those two things and how we -- i mean, not to be too much on a tangent here, but did you see that kid flewensers story that the times ran? it's about kids selling things on instagram and their parents letting them do it. this seems like a direct correlation. not that anything bad is going to happen to the kids, but it seems like michael jackson became famous at a very early age. >> you raise a lot of questions
in this. >> yeah. >> beautifully written piece. thank you for joining us. >> thanks for having me. sorry i was so rambly. it's a complicated subject. >> thank you. a young woman in syria says she made a foolish mistake when she left the u.s. as a teenager to join isis. ahead, she talks to us about why she believes she has the right to come back to america. you are watching "cbs this morning." ♪ before i head ♪ it's what i'm lookin' for ♪ today's the daisy i see
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♪ today a district of columbia federal court will hear the case of a woman who fled the u.s. to join isis and insists hee has the right to come back to america. hoda muthana was born in new jersey and says she wants to return home with her infant son. the trump administration does not consider her a u.s. citizen. charlie d'agata spoke with the 24-year-old in northern syria where she is pleading for a second chance. >> reporter: hoda muthana joined isis by skchoice. getting back home is completely out of her hands. what would you say to the americans who say, hoda, you are
not welcome in america anymore? >> i was only 19 when i made my decision. you know, people when they are young they make very big stupid mistakes. >> reporter: they don't come much bigger or more stupid than joining a terrorist group. she is also accused of personally inciting attacks against americans. the president of the united states himself said that you are not welcome back to america. what would you say to him? >> i would tell him to study the legal system. i have papers. i have citizenship. >> reporter: at the same time, she understands the anger and hatred she has caused in the united states. >> i ruined my life. i ruined it. i ruined my son's future, but i wouldn't have had a son if didn't come. that's the only regret i don't have. like i want to see him grow up. i want to raise go to jail if that's what it takes to go back to america?
yes? >> mm-hmm. >> reporter: and what's to become of adam? the son of a dead isis fighter. >> they didn't have a birth certificate. >> reporter: not even a birth certificate? >> no. >> reporter: for "cbs this morning," charlie d'agata in northern syria. >> a lot of mixed views on this story in this country. up next, a look at this morning's other headlines, including the training that may have helped young sisters survive for nearly two a wet start to the day in some locations with scattered light rain showers on hi-def doppler this morning. through the afternoon we get a break from the rain and dry oakland and turning wet and y windy tuesday and wednesday.
countries. he secretly left to meet with latin american allies after ignoring the court imposed travel ban. he wants to lead protests today in venezuela as part of his campaign to oust president nicolas maduro. a colorado avalanche forced a major highway to be shut down. yesterday's avalanche in summit county west of denver hit during peak after ski traffic. it closed part of i-70, one of the nation's main east-west transportation routes. no cars were buried and no one ras hurt. the "san francisco chronicle" reports two young sisters missing for two days in a wooded area were found alive. caroline and lay a carrico, ages five and eight, were reunited with family members yesterday. they disappearedfully afternoon from their home 200 niles northwest of sacramento. they were trained in outdoor survive through a 4 h program. they were found by volunteers a
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♪ good morning to our viewers in the west. it's monday, march 4th, 2019. welcome back to "cbs this morning." ahead, the latest from lee county, alabama where a massive tornado killed more than 20 people and injured dozens. plus, new york senator kirsten gillibrand is here in studio 57. her possible plans to join the democratic presidential race and the issues that she says have special meaning for many female voters. first, here's today's eye-opener at 8:00. devastating tornado outbreaks swept across several state and caused a disaster near auburn, alabama. here in beauregard a disaster as far as the eyes can see. homes and lives were taken. when the debris started flying, that was actually picked up on radar. that trying to find anybody that might be alive as well as anybody that might not be. >> the schools are out today and new jersey is under a state of emergency.
heavy snow making roadways unpassable for drivers. in billings, montana, it feels like 45 below zero and that air mass is moving into places like the southeast tomorrow morning, real cold in say auburn e. the u.s. and south korea will begin the first of their scaled-down joint military exercises. >> this comes days after a second summit ended without an agreement. >> some people are saying this summit was a big waste of time and maybe it was, but i did learn that kim jong-un has a sister. did you see her? i don't know what she's does but she's already hiding somewhere behind him and it's adorable as hell. like a little korean where's waldo? where's waldo. ♪ >> er where's waldo jokes always work. i'm gayle king with john dickerson and bianna golodryga and we're all here. a powerful storm system slammed the northeast and the deep south
dumping up to 15 inches of snow in southern new england overnight. >> parts of that same system caused catastrophic damage in eastern alabama where a tornado killed at least 23 people yesterday. mark strassmann is in beauregard, alabama, the scene of the worst damage. mark, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. now that there's light you can get a truer sense of the catastrophe here on state road 38 where homes were taken and lives were taken as well. while there were dozens of tornadoes reported from alabama to florida, the hardest hit area was here in beauregard. a tornado that touched down was at least half had a mile wide. the deadliest tornado in the u.s. since 2013. the twisthe homes, overturned cars and leveled trees throughout the county. authorities had to stop their search for survivors overnight because the massive amounts of debris were just too dangerous to navigate in the dark. emergency response crews are back out this morning looking for people who are still
potentially in the rubble. with any luck survivors but also potentially victims. the fear here, norah, is that the death toll could continue to climb. >> all right, mark. devastating there. thank you. this morning we are kicking off our week of coverage leading up to international women's day on friday with a prominent democrat exploring a presidential run. on the road to 2020 we're talking to current and prospective candidates about important issues that affect the country. senator kirsten gillibrand of new york spent years fighting sexual assault and harassment in the military and on college campuses. she is also pushing for a national paid family and medical leave policy and legislation to address the country's high rate of maternal deaths. senator gillibrand, good morning. >> good morning. >> i know you have announced an exploratory committee, but when will you let us know if you're officially running for president? >> now is a good time to say one or another. >> well, i've been taking time to travel around the country and talk to people about what's on their mind, and i realize that's what's happening in this country is devastating. i mean, president trump has
created such divisions, such darkness and such hate, and we need someone who is going to restore what's been lost, that moral integrity, that leadership in the world, and i'm running because as a mom of young kids i really think we need a president that will fight for other people's children, their communities, their families in the same way you would fight for your own. >> do you expect to run against donald trump if he's the nominee or do you think he'll be impeached by the democratic party before then? >> i expect to run against donald trump, but what we need right now is the mueller investigation to be completed, to have the report, to have the report made public. we have hearings in the house of representatives that will create transparency and accountability on issues of collusion, on issues of obstruction, on impeachment of the president? >> that's an issue for the house to decide, and aftery that complete their investigations and we heard from several of the committee chair plen, they will decide what the facts are and reveal it to us, and if they do impeachment proceedings, then it comes to the senate and then you are in charge of basically
holding a trial. >> do you think you have the support of your own party though yet senator, because it's still the talk of dinner party conversations that senator gillibrand that she flips and flops and betrayed the clintons, that she seems to go with whatever way the wind is blowing. i know you've heard that. how do you feel about that, and how do you address that in. >> certainly not my record and not who i am. it's true that my first election was a 2-1 republican district in upstate new york, and i was able to run that campaign on getting out of iraq and medicare for all, but still won a 2-1 i've en able to bring the state together, the red, purple and blue area with the highest vote threshold in the history of the state at 72%, higher than anyone who has run statewide including presil candidates so the truth is i am the best candidate to run against president trump because i can bring this country back together. i cannot only inspire the base on progressive issues that i'm running on like actually passing
a green new deal, medicare for all, healthcare is a right, not a privilege, but also being able to reach out to those red and purple voters to be heard and to have them come to the table and be represented. >> let me ask you this question though. you're a senator. the environment that you would like to have all those things happen, the green new deal, medicare for all, paid family leave, you're in the senate. you know what it's like. is there any chance in the world that such things are going to pass? you talk about bringing people r barack obama talked about that, george w. bush talked about that, and the country has only gotten more partisan. why are you going to be successful where people have failed miserably o the 9/11 heal unanimously twice. i'm going to pass it unanimously again because i have co-sponsors like cory gardner, a republican. you have tom cotton sponsoring it, this third bill. this last congress with the republican house, senate and president, i passed 18 bills. to do that, john, you have to find common ground. you have to be able to reach across the aisle, listen, find
out where you agree and build from there, and sometimes it's small issues like, you know, more money for rural broadband, but sometimes it's big issues like repealing we don't ask don't tell and what you need is someone who understands where their constituents lie so you can find the common ground, bring them together and actually get legislation passed. >> briefly, you think there's common ground on a green new deal. >>o. >> you think you can get republican votes for that. >> can i tell you why? >> because i believe it. the green new deal is three things. thes aewdeas. it's infrastructure, which is widely bipartisan. more money for mass transit, more money for electric grids, more money for rural water supplies, roads, bridges, everything. the second piece of the green new deal is jobs. it's all about training people to do wind, solar, geothermal, hydropower, biofuels and we do that in new york. we have amazing suny schools where 98% of the graduates have three or more job offers and all they teach is green energy, leed
certified building materials, it works, and the third part is clean air and clean water and i can't think of a more universal issue. when you go to upstate new york, they have pollution because of pfoa and pfas, and the same thing is true in new hampshire. you go to a place like iowa. they have nitrates in their water because of farming. no matter where you go, you go to michigan, they haorrible pollution in their water. it doesn't matter if it's an inner city or rural area, it's something that binds us and being a mother, back to the whole point of this week that we're in, it's the thing that we all have in commonly. we love our children. we don't want our children to be poisoned by the water they drink or the air that they breathe. >> well, basically, a brief conversation this morning, i'm confused about what you're waiting for to officially announce. sound like you laid out a pretty good plan right here, senator. >> the website is being built. >> yes, it's all coming. it's all coming, gayle. soon enough. >> i know this won't be our last conversation. >> i do believe, because we need someone that's going to heal this country. we need someone who is going to
listen and empathize and want to solve the problems your family is facing no matter where you live, red, purple and blue and i'm the only person who has done that over and over and over again in a diverse state like new york. >> senator, thank you so much. great to have you on set. >> come back. >> good monday morning. and wet start to the day in spots with very light rain and scattered showers on hi-def doppler. as we head through the afternoon dry conditions with mostly cloudy skies, so catching a break from the rain. rain returns tomorrow through wednesday. for today upper 50s in san francisco and about 60 in oakland and fremont and turning wet and windy tuesday into wednesday.
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new parent has the chance to bond with their newborn child. >> six states and washington, d.c. offer some form of paid family leave, but the majority of american workers are at the mercy of their employers. alex wagner is here with how much those company policies can vary. alex, good morning. >> good morning, bianna. most industrialized countries offer at least 14 weeks of paid maternity leave. the only national parental leave policy in the u.s. is the now 26-year-old family and medical leave act. it guarantees workers job security for up to 12 weeks of time off, but there is no promise of a paycheck. >> why so fussy? >> reporter: before family arrived four weeks early via emergency c-section, hanna cardin did his best to prepare. the massachusetts emergency room nurse and mother of two took on extra shifts and even cashed out part of her 401(k) plan at a penalty to keep her family
afloat during her 12 weeks of unpaid maternity leave. >> so it's everything that has been taught to me no matter what happens you never touch your retirement account because that's your account for later on. >> it's something that i had to do. >> no. >> reporter: even that wasn't enough. cardin's husband lost his job. her income tax refund was less than expected, and with just $500 to spare, she must now go back to work early, ten weeks after giving birth to a premature baby. >> you scrimp and save and try to get everything lined up, and the best laid plans aren't working out. >> yeah. >> reporter: what's your feeling about that? >> it's definitely a defeating sort of feeling. you know, i definitely wanted to spend those extra two weeks recovering and being with my family and getting things in order. >> reporter: across the country in california and a world away, marquita staples-green is getting ready to welcome her second baby girl. as with her one-and-a-half-year-old daughter emerald, staples-green will take
26 weeks of fully paid leave offered by her employer, software firm adobe. >> and by the time i went back to work, i was ready. i was prepared. i had some time also to think about here are some of goals and here's going to be my new normal as a working mom. i feel completely grateful, but i really wish this was the norm. >> reporter: only 16% of americans have access to paid leave through their employers which is why so many women need to secure infant caren weeks of giv birth.slg t change that. >> there is a crying need. >> the democratic sponsored family and medical insurance leave act would give workers 12 weeks of partially paid leave funded by a payroll tax. >> i'm not in favor of mandating this. >> reporter: republican senator marco rubio is taking a different approach. >> it's an option that people can use to sort of draw on their retirement savings from social security early but it's certainly better than having to max out your credit cards or going on public assistance and
leaving work which is what a lot of people have to do. >> reporter: it sounds like you see this almost as sort of an emergency situation and this as a -- an emergency solution. >> well, it's certainly an emergency situation for someone who finds themselves six, seven, eight, nine months pregnant and realize i have to miss two or three or four paychecks. not many people in america can afford to do that. >> reporter: economists say paii ecomic benike keepingwoin tor te can earn higher wages down the line, and a majority of americans do support the idea of paid leave. it's only when costs are considered whether it's higher taxes or a decrease in future benefits to pay for the leave that enthusiasm decreases. >> how about that. >> reporter: in the meantime, hanna cardin is doing what she can to make sure that her family thrives. >> eventually you just kind of have to continue living with what you have, so if i completely harped on the fact that there's no mandated maternity leave and i hard on
the fact that our finances aren't necessarily where we wanted them to be and the fact that i'm going back to work two weeks early, if i really hard on those things and i could, i wouldn't get the things that i need to get susan macdonald. >> reporter: right. you're getting it done. >> exactly. >> reporter: while there is still deep disagreement about the specifics when it comes to paid leave and how to pay for it, the fact that there are an historic number of women in congress today and a looming battle over the female battle over the female vote in 2020 will likely lead to attention to issues like this one and maybe even some solutions. >> keep your legs and arms crossed. >> reporter: everything crossed. this is something that's been happening -- women have been having kids forever. >> last i checked we either only ones that can have kids, too. >> reporter: yeah. and this is something that seems like we need a solution for. >> specifically here in this country. >> indeed. >> all right, alex, thank you so much. was that your baby signature on my lap? >> not mine, although it was a very cute and sweet baby. i have another baby coming
later. >> thank you, alex. tomorrow here on "cbs this morning," we'll continue our series "the world of mothers." we head to finland which is one of the best countries in the world to be a mom. we'll show you what that country is doing to provide resources to parents. senator doug jones helped find justice after a notorious act of racial violence almost four decades earlier. ahead, his inside account of prosecuting the 1963 birmingham church bombers. you're watching "cbs this morning." 1963 birmingham church bombers. you're watching "cbs this morning." let's go. bye, mom. thanks for breakfsat, mom. with quality ingredients like roasted hazelnuts and cocoa, nutella is sure to bring a smile to breakfast time. [indistinct conversation] [friend] i've never seen that before. ♪
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>> welcome back, it's time to show you the headlines, "new york times" reports that while president trump met with kim jong-un last week north korean hackers hit more than 100 targets in the u.s. and its allies. think about that. according to the cybersecurity company mcafee, the hacking campaign starting 18 months ago, and last week's summit did not slow it down. includes efforts to breach banks, utilities and oil and gas companies the exact motive of the hackers was not clear. but they're still trying to do. our houston affiliate, khou, reports searchers have recovered the second black box from a cargo plane. the ntsb tweeted images it recovered. all three pilots on board were killed. the plane was carrying packages for amazon's prime air service. "the washington post" reports an ohio teenager who got vaccinated against his parent's
wishes, says he will testify before congress tomorrow. 18-year-old ethan lindenberger was nott inoculated for years because of his mother's beliefs. he did research and got vaccinated for hepatitis, influenza. >> it waunt wasn't to blame my parents. it came from a place of frustration. >> he questions his mom's judgment, but not her care. cbs news.com reports an oregon man survived for five days on taco sauce pacts while his car was trapped in the snow. gerny taylor and his dog got stuck in the snow, he stayed warm while periodically starting the car. rescuers found the two on friday in good condition, but not surprising, they were hungry.
the atlanta journal constitution reports a morehouse college visiting professor was praised for baby sitting a student's child in clasz. nathan alexander volunteered to hold the girl so the student could take better notes. he and the student discussed bringing the baby to class. the child fell asleep near the end of the lecture. alexander joked his lecture must be getting boring or was just comforted by the smooth sounds of the lecture. >> or maybe the baby was sleepy. that's what happens. they eat, poop and go to sleep. auction memorabilia from kareem abdul-jabbar, raising $3 million for his sky hoom foundation, more than 200 items up for sale, among them four los angeles lakers championship rangs from the wow. >> somebody would want those. >> surprised he doesn't want them. he has a reason. kareem abdul-jabbar's charity funds s.t.e.m. education, a lot better to use his things to
benefit people rather than own them. i get why 'decided to let them go. senator doug jones made history when he became the first democrat to win a u.s. senate seat in alabama in 25 years, before that as a u.s. attorney jones focused on writing a historic wrong, the unsolved 1963 bombing of the 16th street baptist church in birmingham, four black girls, addie mae collins, denise mcnair, carole robertson and cynthia wesley were killed when they were getting ready for church. the first bomber was convicted in 1977, later nearly 40 years after the attack jones won the conviction of two more bombers in 2001 and 2002. he writes about the transformational process in his new book "bending towards justice: the birmingham church bombing that changed the course of civil rights," senator, welcome. >> thank you. >> our thoughts are with you and the people of alabama with those terrible tornadoes.
>> i appreciate that very much. we're very strong. the first responders are responding appropriately. >> let me ask you about this book. you were 9 years old when this toojs. >> yes. >> why did it stick with you? >> the whole civil rights movement sticks with folks, especially in the south and alabama. as you learn more, the civil rights bombing was swept under the carpet. it came up and i sat through those classes in that first trial, it stays with you forever. >> let me talk to you about that tension. some people say let the past be in the past, we've moved on, why are you picking at this? >> i think you have to understand what happened in order to try to prevent things from the future. unfortunately we're seeing a lot of hate-filled rhetoric these days and more hate crimes. when people see this and we keep it to the front, and people understand, we can prevent things from going on in the future. >> you also said you're a white southerner, where race was not discussed in your house as a little boy, it was something that was is, but not discussed. >> it was a segregated society, i was very sheltered, we were
not a family of haters, but it wasn't discussed. >> when the clan did this horrible act you said that changed the game because it was unwritten rule that you don't attack or hurt children. >> that's true. we had had so many bombings in birmingham, but the fact is no one had been hurt, much less killed. and these four innocent children weren't part of the movement, they were kids going to a worship is service. that changed everything. woke up the conscience of america when these children died. >> the title of your book reminds us, the arc of history is long, but it -- >> bends towards justice. >> that was phrase that president barack obama used many times. where are we now, do you think, as a former prosecutor, where are we in terms of, is racism getting worse or we hear more about it? >> i think we hear more about it. i think it's been below the surface but we hear more about it. what worries me more is social media. we're all in our silos we hear
what we want to hear and talk what we want to talk. the social media propagates a lot of racism. >> i wonder if the attention is, this is wrong, the attention, this is wrong. but not prosecuting this person who shot a black man is wrong. >> i think not talking about it. >> angry about it. >> not talking about it is wrong in a very honest straightforward way. we've seen charlottesville and south carolina and pittsburgh. it's race, religion, gender, nationality. and so we've got to have more dialogues about this, i think, in this country. >> do we need to reevaluate how it's taught in our schools, given, as you said, the role of social media and the fact that this continues to dominate headlines? >> absolutely. i really think that if we just learn more about the civil rights movement, even when we were selecting a jury, there were young african-american kids that really didn't know, they really didn't appreciate and fully understand dr. king and his legacy. i think we need to teach more about what happened and just do it unvarnished. let the good and the bad come
out so that people can understand. we can only go forward if we learn from the lessons. >> that's why i think your book is so important because you really take us inside the court cases, shambliss was horrible, his own family turned on him. but the two that you prosecuted, blanton and cherry, tell us about how you went to see blanton in prison twice and saying, okay. >> completely different guys, cherry used to run his mouth all the time. he made admissions over years. that's what helped us get the convictions, his admissions. blanton was more recluse. he stayed to himself and we had to put the pieces of the puzzle together. it was a tape recording that we were able to find of a discussion with him and his wife in which he admitted. i went to see blanton twice in prison to give him an opportunity. i think as a prosecutor -- >> why did you think that was important? >> i think it's important for reconciliation. and redemption. i kept telling tommy blanton that people in birmingham, as much as they wanted justice, they also wanted to know why,
they wanted to hear somebody say that they were sorry and that they -- maybe didn't mean to kill anyone. i never got that from him. >> he's still alive. >> he's still alive, he's in prison, the last time i went was right before his parole hearing, i was thinking that was the perfect opportunity, if he ever wanted to get a chance, because i told him the first time we met he would die in prison if he doesn't talk to me and tell the story and talk about how sorry he is and give us the whole story. they just wouldn't do it. they have ice water in their veins, gayle. >> why was it so important? what was the biggest challenge in terms of prosecuting them four decades later, what's the most important thing everyone has learned in your revisiting this? >> the biggest challenge was time. people were dying, forgetting, trying to pull together old evidence, some new evidence from admissions. what people got, it was such a sense of healing. i don't use the word closure for these cases. you should never close these cases. we always need to remember. but it was such a healing for my
community, for birmingham, for the state. and particularly for these families, and that's incredibly important. that's why i think this new cold case bill that ted cruz and i did. bring these records to light. >> there was a lot of determination. >> a lot of determination, unbelievable team that never gave up, never gave up. >> neither did you. >> thank you. >> thank you so much. >> good to see you. >> thank you. >> bending toward justice on sale tomorrow. despite setting new goals, author emily chang is here in our toyota green room, her new book, growtopia, learn what company she says is getting it a wet start to the day in some locations with scattered light rain showers on high def doppler this morning. as we head through the afternoon catching a break from the rain and dry conditions
a solid weekend of hacking. >> wow. >> or i can count on one hand the number of people on earth who can sit in a room all day. >> plus you're a woman. >> what? >> no, i just mean we would absolutely love to have a strong woman working here. >> i'm not a woman in here. i'm an engineer. >> that's jared >> from the show silicon valley. making light of a very real issue, many technology companies are facing, the challenge of recruiting women.
females hold just a quarter of computer jobs and the number of women who major in computer science has declined in recent years. women in leadership positions are still in the minority among major silicon valley companies, according to the latest diversity reports. more than 32% of leaders at twitter are female. at microsoft it's nearly 20%. emily chang writes about this, breaking up with the boys of silicon valley. >> thank you for having me. >> you don't hold back and are very direct in the book. you say silicon valley has failed women, period, and it's time for the industry to own it. 20,000 people have walked out at google, management changes and leadership changes a companies like uber. is this a good first start? >> change is happening but it is happening slowly. so, yes, we're seeing more women in the boardroom. we're seeing incredible amounts of employee activism, activism from female investors. and since i wrote the book, you're right, 20,000 people, men
and women, walked out of google because they were unhappy with how the company was handling sexual harassment. and believe it or not, at a lot of companies, you basically have to take a vow of silence and sign an nda and say that if something bad happens, you'll never complain, you'll never sue the company. google is changing the ing thai. other companies are changing. amazon has more diversity in the board room. if you look at facebook and google, the numbers haven't budged. i would argue we should be looking at the technical roles where women have even less of those jobs. so the activism goes to show that these companies can change if they're compelled to. but they're not going to do it on their own. >> what's alarming about this, this is a successtor, a lot of -- sector, a lot of these are jobs of the future, s.t.e.m., technology companies. they're not hiring nearly as many women as industries like wall street. >> absolutely. it is actually fascinating that wall street does better on women
than silicon valley in many respects. we don't have a choice. apple, google, facebook, microsoft, these are the biggest companies in the world. chances are our children, our children's children are going to be working at these companies. and the problem isn't just that they might be sexist places to work. it's that sexism and racism and bias are built into these products that billions and billions of people are using. so amazon's facial recognition technology gets white men right 100% of the time. >> when it comes to somebody like me, what happens? >> gets darker skinned women wrong 35% of the time. imagine being accused of a crime because the tech got it wrong.h that ed williams, co-founder of twitter, told me in the book, he thinks if more women had been at the table at twitter in the early days that online harassment and trolling wouldn't be such a problem. >> huh -- >> can you imagine if the internet was a friendlier place? >> hard to imagine. emily, for us, what's the line between the company that's
actually doing the right things, getting rid of the ndas, those things, and those trying to look like they're doing the right things? >> i pointed out a company called slack, a workplace collaboration company with strong leadership. the ceo has committed to hiring women and -- >> who's the ceo? >> stuart butterfield, a ceo, he has the benefit of hindsight. half the managers are women. it's a cool place to work. women and men want to work at this company because they they get it. redfin, the real estate technology company, is another interesting example. they couldn't find enough women with technical skills so they started pulling women from their marketing team, teaching them how to code, and then they found that a year into it these women were getting promoted at the same rates. women can learn, and companies can change. it does not have to take forever. >> do you have -- >> is that the key then, creating that learning environment potentially? sometimes they'll say, well, we just don't have the pipeline of women employees. >> right. there are so many things that need to happen, yes.
we need to have better education. we need to have support for women and girls throughout the process. my argument is what the tech companies can do -- improve your interview process, improve your recruiting processes, investors need to see and fund more women. there's an incredible group of female investors called always that's trying to get more women funded, more women into investing. but what's happening is in the boardroom is that investors are still asking men and women different questions. they're holding women to double standards. they're saying, do you have children? how many children do you have? well, how are you going to start a company if you have children? there's a penalty for mothers trying to start businesses that men and fathers just don't have to face. and i for one don't want to miss out on the next billion-dollar idea or changing company -- i think women had more chances, we'd have some pretty amazing companies. >> it is illsk someone if you have children or if you're married. that's illegal to ask that. >> absolutely. and many of these venture
a ta has announced she will not file charges against the two officers who shot and killed stephon clark a year ago. his family is now calling for a change in state law as protesters took to the streets over the weekend in sacramento. sonoma county residents have begun to rebuild after the russian river flooded communities. and it an t construction. teachers in oakland are returning to school. the education association decided to ratify the contract. they will receive an 11% raise over four years.
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