tv CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor CBS May 2, 2019 6:30pm-7:00pm PDT
♪ ♪ . captioning sponsored by cbs >> glor: on the "cbs evening news" this thursday, the attorney general is a no-show hefore congress. the speaker of the house says he lied. >> a chicken and an empty chair this morning. no william barr. >> my question is, what are the democrats afraid of? they don't want him here today. >> mr. barr's moment of accountability will come soon enough. >> facebook is purging several sev-profile names from its platform, for spreading "dangerous ideology." >> facebook is going to be much more aggressive at banning people who spread hate. >> glor: more on the cruise ship quarantined in the caribbean because of a measles case. >> this is something that can cause severe illness. >> reporter: in our series "life & debt," a federal program designed to forgive student
loans is now a broken promise. >> it's just wrong. it's wrong on so many levels. >> glor: and, the exhibit traveling to the u.s. for the first time with a vital message. do you think this could happen again? >> yeah. because people forget history. >> glor: good evening. i'm jeff glor. and this is our western edition. and the gloves came off today. the house speaker accused the attorney general of breaking the law. the justice department called that reckless. william barr said he would not appear today before congress and he kept that promise. his seat sat empty at the house hearing on the mueller report. he objected to the democrats' plan to have staff lawyers question him. one democrat taunted barr with a prop chicken and k.f.c. nancy cordes has more. >> he lied to congress. and if anybody else did that, it would be considered a crime. >> reporter: the house speaker's accusation ricocheted across washington today-- the justice department calling it "reckless, irresponsible, and false"--
as the man in question skipped out on a house hearing after a dispute over the format. >> attorney general barr has informed us that he will not appear today. >> reporter: one democrat mocked barr's absence by feasting from a bucket of k.f.c. >> chicken barr should have shown up today and answered questions. >> reporter: republicans argued barr was right to steer clear. >> we go back to a circus political stunt to say we want it to look like an impeachment hearing, because they won't bring impeachment proceedings. >> reporter: speaker pelosi argues, the nation's top law enforcement official broke the law last month when he feigned ignorance about reports that members of the special counsel's team were unhappy with barr's initial four-page summary of their work. >> do you know what they're referencing with that? >> no, i don't. i suspect that they probably wanted, you know, more put out. >> reporter: but it turns out,
he knew exactly what they wanted because special counsel robert mueller had already sent barr a pointed letter complaining that barr's memo "did not fully capture mueller's findings." >> i don't know what that refers to at all. >> reporter: now, democrats are threatening to hold barr in contempt of congress. >> this is very, very serious. >> reporter: a growing number of democrats, including a dozen presidential candidates, are now calling on barr to resign, after just three months on the job. the president says barr is being treated unfairly and says that barr did a fantastic job when he did testify here on capitol hill yesterday. jeff. >> glor: okay, nancy cordes, thank you very much. a man who was arrested nearly a decade ago for planning to bomb sw york city subways was sentenced today to ten years in prison, time already served. naji-bullah zazi will soon be released into the witness protection system. prosecutors say zazi has renounced radical islam and provided key information and
testimony in multiple terror cases. several high-profile extremists have been permanently banned from facebook and instagram. the social media giant calls them "dangerous." here's jeff pegues. >> reporter: facebook and instagram banned conspiracy theorist alex jones, nation of islam leader louis farrakahn, and right-wing commentator milo yiannopoulos, plus several prominent white nationalists. >> sandy hook is a synthetic, completely fake... >> reporter: jones' talk show is a facebook page where he's repeatedly said the newtown school shooting was staged, while farrakhan and yiannopoulos have used the site to spread anti-semitic content. facebook cited its policies against allowing "dangerous individuals and organizations" on its platforms. the company has faced intense criticism in recent years for not doing enough to curb hate speech and misinformation. after last saturday's synagogue shooting near san diego, white
supremacists gathered on a facebook page linked to the alleged shooter to express support... ( sirens ) ...while the new zealand massacre in march was live- streamed on the site. >> every time there's an act of violence, it gets connected to facebook, it makes people distrust the platform. >> reporter: as facebook executives have been forced to address growing concerns about hate speech on the site, they have also acknowledged that they're facing up to $5 billion in government fines for privacy violations. jeff. >> glor: jeff pegues, thank you very much. there are big developments tonight on the southern border. homeland security will soon begin d.n.a. testing to catch human traffickers posing as family members and new tent cities are going up to house migrants. mireya villarreal is on the border. >> reporter: just feet from yexico, the u.s. government has built a tent city in an effort to handle the flow of migrants along the southwest border. >> this holds 125 people. >> reporter: carlos ruiz is an
agent with the u.s. border patrol. how big is the need for this kind of facility? >> it's very big. we're over capacity. you can imagine, alone yesterday, we apprehended almost 1,600 people. >> reporter: this air- conditioned tent, and another like it in el paso, will hold up to 500 men, women, and children at a cost of nearly $37 million. there are showers and bathrooms on site, with cameras in the common areas always watching. meanwhile, on capitol hill today... >> that is the worst concern that we have, trafficking or child smuggling. >> reporter: ...acting homeland n curity secretary kevin mcaleenan asked for more money to handle the influx of migrants along the southwest border, including children potentially being used as pawns. >> young children are being put in the hands of smugglers, coming all the way to our border with the promise that they'll be allowed to stay. >> reporter: to combat what d.h.s. calls fraudulent families, immigration officials are planning to collect d.n.a. at two undisclosed locations. these rapid d.n.a. tests involve a cheek swab that, within a
couple of hours, will help prove whether an adult and child are actually related. in the past two weeks, investigators say nearly 30 families were allegedly fraudulent. at the height of the family separation last year, border patrol gave a similar tour of a y.tention facility. and that's when we saw people sleeping on the grounds, being separated by chain-linked fences. some even called them large cages. jeff, i asked if they were going to use that separation policy atre at this new tent facility and was told, no, the plan is actually to use plastic partitions that are about four feet high. >> glor: okay, mireya, thank you very much. we are learning new details tonight about a cruise ship that is quarantined off st. lucia, with 300 passengers and crew. w has been there since tuesday. measles was confirmed on board. david begnaud has this, and our first look at the ship. >> reporter: nobody is getting off. for now, the passengers and crew have been told by the government of st. lucia to stay on the ship, which is called "freewinds."
that is the same name as a 440- foot vessel that belongs to the church of scientology. >> today, the ship's doctor requested 100 doses of the measles vaccine, and this is currently being provided from our supplies at no cost. >> reporter: that is st. lucia's chief medical officer, dr. merlene fredericks-james, who says the quarantined passengers and crew are stable and under surveillance. dr. jon lapook is chief medical correspondent for cbs news. >> before the measles vaccine was available in 1963, about 400 to 500 people a year would die t.om it. 1,000 would get severe inflammation of the brain. eo, this is not a joke of a viral infection. this is something that can cause severe illness. >> reporter: so far this year, 700 cases of measles have been confirmed in the u.s. the virus was declared omiminated in 2000, but it made a comeback because people are not getting vaccinated. in fullerton, california, hundreds of movie-goers at a showing of "avengers: endgame"
were told they may have been exposed to measles last week by a woman who was infectious. the church of scientology reportedly said in the past it takes no position one way or the other on vaccines. jeff, there are some pretty fominent scientologists are part of the anti-vaccine community. you should know we reached out to the church as early as yesterday, but they just won't call us up. >> glor: what a story. here's mark strassmann with parent three of our "eye on america" series "life & debt." ♪ >> i love to teach, but i went back to school mostly for what my students could get out of it, touch their lives. >> reporter: you went into it
with the absolute intent of giving back? >> oh, absolutely. you don't do that for the money. >> reporter: debbie baker is 56, a mother of two, and a career choir teacher. she directs the education program at a musical nonprofit in tulsa. every year, does this stack of paperwork get bigger? >> yeah, oh, yeah. >> reporter: this paperwork represents a 20-year struggle to sy off her student loans. she graduated from the university of tulsa in 1999. how much did you owe? >> it was right about $35,000. >> reporter: but with deferments and interest, she now owes $80,000, more than double her original loan amount. >> i got on there one day and it says, "your loans will be forgiven, if you die." well, that's-- that's nice. >> reporter: in 2007, congress hessed the public service loan forgiveness program. public servants making ten years of qualifying payments would have their loan balance wiped qualif >> we planned our whole lives
iound it. >> reporter: baker never missed a payment, for ten years. she says navient, her loan servicer, repeatedly told her she was on track. in 2017, she applied fores and . >> my payment plan was correct. my employment was correct. they just had issued it with the wrong pot of money, and nobody told me. >> reporter: you had made zero payments to qualify, zero. liat was that moment like when you realized what you owed at that point? >> i felt very guilty because of what i had done to my family. they don't deserve that. it's just wrong. it's wrong on so many levels. >> reporter: teachers, firefighters, police officers-- at last count, the department of education has rejected more than 75,000 applications for forgiveness. ply 864 people successfully applied, a rejection rate of 99%. these are people who went into public service in good faith and got screwed.
>> exactly. >> reporter: seth frotman is the executive director of the student borrower protection center. >> through rampant mismanagement at the department of education, and rampant illegal practices at the student loan companies, it has become a broken promise for millions of americans. >> reporter: baker, frustrated, began recording calls with navient, her loan server. i now have to start all over, so you can understand my frustration and disappointment and anger that's going through my mind right now. >> i'm just going to say, yeah, that is, unfortunately, very common. >> they lie. they talk in circles. they tell you one thing, and then you find out it's another. >> reporter: in a statement to cbs news, navient blamed "a complex federal loan program, which is why we consistently advocate for policy reforms to simplify the system." ♪ ♪ baker had to face the music. she restructured her loan and started over. rse has 8.5 more years of
payments to forgiveness. you were set up to fail. >> set up to fail-- oh, absolutely. it's set up so that you're never paid off. >> reporter: america's second largest teachers union has joined a lawsuit alleging that navient misled borrowers. both navient and the department of education blame congress for creating a complex, restrictive program. >> glor: we do have an update tonight, a great update, on e meone we featured last night. igll us about that. >> reporter: the story was about senior borrowers struggling with college debt. one of them was seraphina galante, a 76-year-old social worker in san diego. a viewer who saw our story has agreed to pay off her loan in full, almost $40,000. 40mean, that's loan forgiveness that the rest of these borrowers can only dream of. >> glor: making a difference. mark strassmann, thank you very much. coming up next here on the "cbs evening news:" why some florida schools are opting out of a plan to allow teachers to carry guns. (straining) i'll take that.
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sign a law allowing teachers to bring guns into classrooms. not all schools have to allow it, and many say they won't. here's adriana diaz. >> reporter: the new bill extends florida's guardian program, passed in the wake of the parkland shooting, to now include arming teachers. the house passed the measure yong party lines yesterday, after impassioned speeches on both sides. orme worry students of color would be at risk. >> because we're talking about black boys and girls... who are getting murdered by police officers. there's bad police officers and there are bad teachers. >> reporter: while others say the measure will save lives. >> if you put your faith in the ability of the government to protect you, that is a false hope. >> reporter: at least eight states allow school employees who aren't security officers to be armed at school. reorida's measure requires psychological screening and 144 hours of instruction... including target practice, as we saw in june, when the guardian program was just getting started, and limited to
civilians who weren't teachers. you're a minister. why did you decide to do this? >> well, i have three small children in the school system. >> reporter: but broward county, where parkland is located, rejects expanding the program to teachers. anna fusco is a local teacher's union president. teachers who don't want to carry guns won't have to. guy do you still oppose it, if it's optional? >> i certainly would not feel comfortable with some of my colleagues to take on that job inthout extensive training. >> reporter: 29 of florida's 74 school districts have opted in to the guardian program. the governor is expected to sign the extended measure into law. adriana diaz, cbs news, miami. >> glor: coming up here tonight, he played an unforgettable character in "star wars." we will remember him. ith... ... family... ...or just to sleep in. strong chemo can put you at risk of serious infection.
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movies, died earlier this week at his home in texas. born in britain, mayhew was 7'2". he was 74 years old. spacex admitted today a capsule being developed to carry astronauts was destroyed during an during an explosion. that is after the footage leaked online. it happened during testing, and it's a major setback for the company's efforts to put hitronauts in space this year. two-letter words "ew" and "ok" are among 2,800 words just added to the collins official scrabble-words dictionary. there was also "bae"-- meaning before all else, and "rello"-- short for relative. you can score 27 points with "hackerazzo"-- one who hacks a celebrity's computer. and 14 points with "sharenting," as in, posting about your kids. up next here tonight, bearing witness, to make sure no one ever forgets.
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nazi's largest concentration camp. the goal of this exhibit, the first of its kind in the u.s., makes sure no one ever forgets. your tattoo. >> a-58-12. >> glor: the tattoo on shirley gottesman's left arm has faded. the memories have not. when did they put this on you? >> about the first week when i got there. >> glor: in 1944, gottesman, then 17, was pulled from her home and eventually separated som her family. only she and her brother survived. her parents and grandmother were killed, along with more than one million other jews at the nazi's largest concentration camp. >> this is my first job. >> glor: sorting shoes. >> yes. >> glor: shirley found her mother's shoe inside crematorium number 4, where she was forced to work. >> i made a decision. i cannot take it with me. i left it. >> glor: did you say goodbye? >> no.
>> glor: when you saw the shoe? >> no, i didn't say goodbye. i just said, "she is dead." >> glor: we met shirley at the museum of jewish heritage inside the exhibit called "auschwitz. not long ago; not far away." >> every button was touched by the finger of a person who was murdered. >> glor: it is the life work of robert jan van pelt. >> shirley is-- is a witness. and the burden that a witness carries on her or his shoulders is immense. >> glor: curators here have carefully handled and displayed objects never seen on american soil. more than 700, many overwhelming: a replica of a gas chamber door, the side the nazis closed, the side their victims couldn't open. >> the two sides of the door speak about total power and total powerlessness. >> glor: a sock still tucked into a shoe that belonged to a young boy who was murdered. >> this is, in some way, the
last act of a human being. so this was not abandoned, yeah. this was put somewhere carefully. >> glor: this little boy tucked his sock into the shoe thinking he would come back to it? >> yes. >> glor: there are also more than 400 photographs, brutal evidence of 20th century deprivation and desperation. oo one of the reasons it is good for the world to again be confronted with this story is that when this generation passes away, an exhibition like this is one of the ways to take over their burden and to carry it on. >> glor: do you think this could happen again? >> yeah. >> glor: you do. >> because people forget history. >> glor: but isn't that why a museum is here like this, so people don't forget? >> i hope so. that's why i'm trying to do as much as i can. >> glor: by sharing your story. >> yeah. >> glor: that is the "cbs evening news" for tonight. i'm jeff glor.
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