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the a.f.c. playoff picture, the division leaders, almost all but wrapped up. still work with cincinnati and pittsburgh. and the steelers with the win over kansas city. indianapolis' loss dropped them to four. >> chris: that match-up next week, cincinnati and pittsburgh is gonna be for all of markles -- all of marbles. they beat cincinnati at home, they would have the tiebreaker, beating the indianapolis colts earlier this year. >> brian: the bills entered the 2-game stretch with 9 losses each of the last typh seasons. -- five seasons. a win this year would get them to nine wins to secure a winning
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record. but not to be today. murray bottled up again. preston brown on the tackle. and it'll take us down to the 2-minute warning. 26-17, the oakland raiders in their final home game of the regular season this year. they have the lead. you're watching the nfl on cbs. you know, if you play football for a long time like i did, you're gonna learn to deal with alot of pain. but it is nothing like the pain that shingles causes. man when i got shingles it was something awful. it was like being blindsided by some linebacker. you don't see it coming. boom! it was this painful rash of little blisters. red, ugly stuff. lots of 'em. not a good deal. if you've had chicken pox, uh-huh, we all remember chicken pox. well that shingles virus is already inside of you. it ain't pretty when it comes out. now i'm not telling you this so that you'll feel sorry for me. i'm just here to tell you that one out of three people
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>> brian: we welcome you back from oakland and
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right now for the buffalo bills and their offense. second down. with time jackson out there but he is going for the end zone and it's caught. touchdown, woods! robert woods. springs free in the end zone.
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a 30-yard strike from kyle orton, and the bills still breathing here with a minute nine remaining. >> well, so often in these situations, offensive linemen out of breath and not able to rush the passer with quite the same aggression as earlier in the game and great by robert to make himself available. d.j. falls down. woods, another one of these young skill guys that makes this bills future look so good. woods, watkins, c.j. spiller. chris hogan. a lot of good players on this bills offense. >> how about orton today? but that drive took 46 seconds, four plays. buffalo goes down, scores a touchdown. referee: third and final
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charged time-out. >> justin tuck was injured and was trying to walk off under his own power and could not. so the final raiders time-out. >> carpenter. and the point after. he's got it. and the buffalo bills within two. 1:09 remaining in regulation. and a quick touchdown for kyle orton. jigs a reminder tonight on cbs it begins with "60 minutes" and scott pelly reporting from cuba followed by a new episode of "undercover boss" only on cbs. if you're buffalo you've got to get the ball back. it's actually another penalty flag down here.
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>> i think it might be a personal foul penalty or unsportsmanlike conduct. i think he felt like he was held on the touchdown throw. referee: after the play, unsportsmanlike conduct. oakland number 91. 15-yard penalty assessed on the kickoff. >> and you see tuck. there he is in the middle of your screen. he spins. you can see the guy falls on his ankle. i believe that's eric wood. so tuck has had some tough calls against him today. he let's his emotions get the best of him there. >> just to give him some context earlier in the game. tuck was called for a defensive holding. didn't apology. barked at the official. had a costly penalty last week. unforcemanlike with an elbow to the jaw of kansas city quarterback alex smith, and
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that was a huge penalty in that game and a loss for the raiders. >> well, hopefully for justin tuck, it will be a mute point. it all comes down to this onside kick here. either way, if the raiders recover, they will be able to kneel on the ball and the game will be over. >> but because of the yardage, if the bills do recover, they are in a golden spot to possibly kick a field goal to win this game. >> here it comes. high bouncing ball, and that is charles woodson. there is a flag down. woodson secured it. >> offsides on the bills. woodson had an interception today. still playing great. 17th year in the league. awaiting the call here. former raiders draft pick.
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doug marrone. had a great reap with al davis. said he used to slizz him often when he was a coach at syracuse. referee: penalty at the end of the kick. first down. >> all right. no time-outs left and the raiders can seal this one up. >> you see the line of scrimmage there. can't cross it until the ball is kicked. looks like dickson was barely beyond the line of scrimmage. >> and called it on powell. i agree with you it looked like dickson. >> fitting. charles woodson started the turnaround with the big interception and then gets the on side recover to seal the deal. >> that's something. buffalo has not won a game here in oakland since 1966. they did have a win at l.a. but doug marrone is going to see it come to an end here, his playoff hopes. tony sparano and raider nation.
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they have seen the raiders win their last three home games. a lot of discussion earlier this week about the raiders discussion, whether they would be in oakland next year. looks like they are going to extend the lease by a year. "the san francisco chronicle" reported that as well. and the raiders win for the third time, and the buffalo bills officially eliminated, and the playoff drought for the bills continues. longest in the nfl. last time they were in, 1999. well, derek carr continues to impress. he is now up over 3,000 passing yards 24 season. started every game as a rookie. the only rookie quarterback to do that this year, and he will have one more week for his rookie season to come to a close. >> all right. chris. playoff picture starting to come into focus now.
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>> no doubt about it. i think the big matchup was san diego-kansas city next week. we've got to look at that. the winner takes the a.f.c. north. they have got cleveland coming into town. that will be a big game for them. never a dull moment in the nfl. >> a lot of great action next sunday on cbs. final score 26-24. now tonight on cbs, "60 minutes" followed by a new episode of "undercover boss" for chris simms i'm brian anderson saying so long from oakland. you have been watching the nfl on cbs as the raiders eliminate the bills. ah speak to customer service, check on a know, all with the ah, tap of my geico app. oh, that's so cool.
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captioning funded by cbs and ford >> pelley: havana is a city of antiques, a living museum of old models, chevy and ford, marx and lenin. so it fits the pattern when an 83-year-old dictator clothed in fatigues made the historic announcement. there are a lot of reasonable americans who argue you're caving into the castro regime. >> we haven't gained anything in 50 years with this refusal to have a dialogue, embargo, all that. that hasn't gained anything. >> it's time for a change! republicans and democrats alike. >> stahl: retiring republican senator tom coburn has harsh parting words for his congressional colleagues. >> i see him make decisions
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every day that benefit their career rather than the country. and that's what is so sickening about washington. >> stahl: coburn has been called the godfather of the tea party, doesn't believe in global warming, and is a stanch conservative on government spending. so what does he think about president obama? >> i just love him as a man. i think he's a neat man. i'm proud of our country that we elected barack obama. >> i remember a few years ago, i was asked to do an interview for "60 minutes," i was too scared. >> rose: you said no. >> i didn't know what to say. and now when i was approached, i thought now, yeah, this makes sense. i have something to say now. >> oh my god. what have i done? >> rose: she says it through her new film "wild." she plays a broken woman seeking to reclaim her life by hiking a punishing 1,100 miles alone on the pacific crest trail.
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vatican. it happened because of accidents of history. a second-term president doesn't have to worry about losing florida. for the first time in 2,000 years, the pope is latin american. and the last castro seems somewhat more inclined to evolution than revolution. it's been half a century since communism staked a beachhead 90 miles from the united states, half a century since the island was primed as the detonator in a countdown to nuclear holocaust. once the world held its breath over cuba. but when we arrived there this past week, we found a nation still waiting to exhale. havana is a city of antiques, an island in the flow of time. wealthy societies spend fortunes to recreate what comes naturally to poverty-- a living museum of
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old models still running beyond their time: chevy and ford, marx and lenin. >> pelley: wednesday, it seemed to fit the pattern that news of change would come from a classic, an 83-year-old dictator clothed in fatigue. even the music stopped at havana's university of the arts, where visiting teachers from chicago were interrupted so students could be told their future would not be the past. ( applause ) a cuban and an american clasped hands. orbert davis and mark ingram of the chicago jazz philharmonic just happened to catch the
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downbeat of history. >> davis: it was just a joyous occasion of experiencing change and something that they've been hoping for, for a very long time. >> ingram: and the cheering, some tears and, you know, just amazed and happy, not knowing what really that means other than communication with the u.s. >> pelley: before now, communication sounded like this. cultural exchanges have been permitted for years. and the chicago musicians were here on one of those programs. we asked these young cuban performers what they would call their generation. one of them said, "how ¡bout the window generation? because now we can see the future." ernesto, how do you imagine your life will be different than that of your parents? >> ernesto lima: i don't imagine. i'm sure that it will be different. so it would be better. so better. and cuba will be going, a great place.
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>> pelley: give me some specifics of things that you think will change in cuba. >> lima: i think the economy. and this is important thing because we can get a better instrument. we can get computers, internet. >> pelley: you'd like to be online? >> lima: yes. yes. >> wendy ora: it's another perspective. >> pelley: another perspective on the world if you're communicating with the united states. >> lima: i think we will be more of close to the freedom that you always are talking about your country, and the freedom that we want to make. >> pelley: but "freedom" remains a distant dream. among the government graffiti is the slogan "socialism or death," which could be read more as a warning than a call to patriotism. stalin would be comfortable behind the wheel of this 1950's autocracy-- the last big brother model in the west.
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housing, medical care and education are all free. but look at what's missing from this picture. this has to be the only harbor in the islands that has no boats. the government restricts ownership because many cubans would sail away. every neighborhood is organized under its own committee for the defense of the revolution. the cdrs hold neighborhood meetings and every cuban has to attend. a lot of them hate that. because the government runs just about everything, 80% of the cuban people are government employees and they get paid pretty much the same-- somewhere between $20 and $50 a month, it doesn't really matter much whether you're a street sweeper or an accountant. they also get one of these. it's a food ration book. it covers things like eggs and milk and meat and rice. the food that is purchased with
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these ration books is virtually free, but it's supposed to last a month, and any cuban will tell you its lasts about ten days. stomachs may grumble but not too loudly. hector maseda gutierrez went to prison for criticizing rations, pay and medical care. and yet he was willing to do it again with us. >> gutierrez ( translated ): i have always been and will always be faithful to the truth, even if it harms me. >> pelley: what is the truth that needs to be known? >> gutierrez ( translated ): what happens in cuba every day, the way people suffer, the shortages, the deprivations. the government simply does not care about what happens to the cuban people; it only cares about its own interests. >> pelley: he's a man of extraordinary courage. a nuclear engineer by training, maseda gutierrez started an opposition news service. he was jailed in 2003 in a roundup of 75 dissidents. his wife led a protest movement that cubans called "the ladies
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in white." in 2011 maseda gutierrez was released into her arms, but eight months after this picture she was dead. it was a sudden illness. and he will not forgive missing her last eight years. after so much sacrifice, we wondered what a man like him thought of america establishing relations with the regime. >> gutierrez ( translated ): i think this is a very interesting, very intelligent and very positive move by the u.s. government. we applaud this and will support it. it is what the people need. even if only some of this is achieved, it will be a substantial leap forward, regardless of the castros. >> pelley: any connection to america, he told us, will inevitably increase pressure for reform. are you in favor of the embargo being lifted? >> gutierrez ( tanslated ): i am against the lifting of the
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embargo. it is a way to pressure the cuban government to really achieve things for the cuban people and for the world. >> pelley: do you have hope for cuba? >> gutierrez ( translated ): yes, i have great hopes for cuba, as i never have had before. >> pelley: the hope of a relationship dimmed in 1961 when the u.s. took its flag and went home. one of the diplomats closing the embassy then was wayne smith. >> smith: i remember it very well. the cubans, as sort of a farewell, had brought a battalion of women militia members to the embassy to protect us. we didn't need any protection except for dozens and dozens of people trying to get visas before we left. >> pelley: months later, america organized the failed invasion at the bay of pigs. then came the trade embargo that j.f.k. signed after he took delivery of 1,200 cuban cigars. wayne smith, who's famous among
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diplomats for his work on cuba, returned in the carter years in another failed attempt to patch up relations. there are a lot of reasonable americans who argue, "why reward the castros? you're caving in to the castro regime." >> smith: we haven't gained anything in 50 years with this refusal to have a dialogue, embargo, all that. that hasn't gained anything. why keep repeating the same old mistake year after year when it isn't achieving anything? it was time to change, time long ago to change. and, at last, sensibly, we have. >> pelley: you probably know fidel castro about as well as any american. how do you think he's reacting to this? >> smith: i think he's reacting very favorably. they didn't do this against his will. >> pelley: smith thinks the embargo should end too. but it won't. only congress can do that.
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the u.s. treasury will continue to enforce the rules, as orbert davis and mark ingram discovered. >> pelley: you wanted to bring some things to these students? >> ingram: yes. 'cause they have limited resources here. i mean, they have 12 music stands. >> pelley: how many do you need? >> ingram: well, it's a 60-piece orchestra. >> pelley: what else do they lack? >> ingram: reeds. we have one student who's a saxophone player. they're playing reeds from 1970. old, dried-out reeds. you know, paper... >> davis: music paper... >> pelley: did you bring this stuff to them? >> ingram: we weren't able to bring any of this stuff to them. you can't do that. >> pelley: so because of what they call the embargo here, you couldn't bring music paper, you couldn't bring reeds? >> davis: to use, but not to give. >> pelley: you couldn't give it to them? >> davis: no. we're using the music stands but they are ours. >> ingram: we cannot donate them. >> pelley: you have to take them back with you? >> davis: yes. >> pelley: you'd like to leave
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them? >> davis: can we say that? >> ingram: we would love to leave them. yes, we would love to leave them. >> pelley: but the united states treasury will not let you. >> ingram: well, yeah. no, they told us we can't do that. and the cuban government says you can't do that. they can't make extra copies of the sheet music either. >> davis: unfortunately we could not xerox the music because there is no xerox machine. >> pelley: at a university. >> ingram: at a university. >> davis: a university, right. >> ingram: no copy machine. can't afford one. >> pelley: and they can't email it. only five percent of cubans are connected to the world wide web, it's about the lowest percentage on earth. in the new agreement, america added an exception to the embargo, u.s. internet technology. >> james delaurentis: this could be a game changer down the line. >> pelley: jeff delaurentis is america's top diplomat in havana. >> delaurentis: the government here did its best to restrict the flow of information. and they have committed to providing more access to the internet to the cuban people in the course of our discussions. >> pelley: delaurentis works in the same building that america
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abandoned in ¡61. it won't fly the flag as an embassy until next year. but u.s. diplomats have been back since the '70s trying to pry cuba open. for example, castro first permitted cell phones in 2008. and after that, the u.s. brought in tens of thousands of phones and gave them away for free. >> delaurentis: we believe that lighting up the island is gonna make a major change here. >> pelley: lighting up the island in terms of connecting it to the worldwide web? >> delaurentis: yes, yes. >> pelley: darkness has been lifting slowly. raul castro, who took over from his brother, has allowed some small business and real estate ownership. and, last year, he largely lifted the ban on travel. and i wonder now, in this building, how many cubans come to you, looking for visas to the united states? >> delaurentis: 500 a day, sometimes more. >> pelley: 500 a day? >> delaurentis: 500 a day.
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>> pelley: you process 500 cubans a day looking for visas to go to the united states? >> delaurentis: yes, we do. >> pelley: it seems remarkable, when you consider that an entire generation of cubans has been taught their suffering is imposed by america and its embargo. but even that was something most cubans couldn't buy. they're too far from marx, too close to miami. they pirate american t.v. signals, love jazz, baseball is the national pastime, and two million family members live in america. most any cuban will tell you, in a whisper, they're poor because socialism is bankrupt. we were driving through town today and i was struck. i looked up at an apartment building and somebody had hung a cuban flag and an american flag, side by side. i have to imagine on monday somebody would've gotten arrested for that. >> delaurentis: yes. i suspect that's probably true. and i suspect we're gonna see more and more of that.
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>> stahl: tom coburn, the conservative republican senator from oklahoma, announced earlier this year that he has prostate cancer and will be ending his term two years early. this is an interesting man. he's an obstetrician who has delivered over 4,000 babies. called the "godfather of the tea party," he has been a powerful and effective force against government spending. he opposes gay marriage, he's against abortion rights, and says global warming doesn't exist. and yet, he became one of barack obama's closest friends in congress. it may be washington's most unlikely friendship, but it's a lesson that political opposites can work together in highly
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partisan and dysfunctional times. in this, coburn's farewell interview before leaving the senate at the end of the month, he says some things you may never have heard a conservative republican say about this president of the united states. >> tom coburn: my relationship with barack obama isn't based on my political philosophy or his. >> stahl: what's it based on? >> coburn: it's based on the fact that i think he's a genuinely very smart, nice guy. i just love him as a man. i think he's a neat man. you don't have to be the same to be friends. matter of fact, the interesting friendships are the ones that are divergent. >> stahl: that tom coburn is close to barack obama is seen as a betrayal by many of his fellow republicans, but he doesn't care. >> coburn: i'm proud of our country that we elected barack obama. i mean, it says something about us nationally. you know, it's kind of like crowning your checker when you get to the end of your checker board. here's another thing that says america's special-- barack
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obama, president of the united states. >> stahl: the friendship began in 2005 as freshmen senators, coburn, the conservative obstetrician from muskogee, oklahoma, and obama, the liberal state senator from chicago. they often teamed up to pass important pieces of legislation. >> coburn: it's my pleasure to introduce to you a good friend of mine, since we went through orientation together, senator barack obama. >> barack obama: thank you, tom. >> stahl: last year, "time" magazine named coburn one of the 100 most influential people in the world, and it was president obama who wrote the tribute. and this year, after learning that coburn had cancer, the president spoke about him at a prayer breakfast. >> obama: a great friend of mine who i came into th senate with, senator tom coburn. tom is going through some tough times right now, but i love him dearly, even though we're from different parties. >> stahl: it's interesting that you're friends with the president because, i guess people think he doesn't have any friends in the senate. >> coburn: the president hasn't
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done a great job of reaching out. it's not his personality style. i mean, you know, he's not well suited to be a back slapper, "sit down and let me tell you this dirty story before we get down to business." i mean, he's not one of those kinds of guys. he's a serious guy. >> stahl: and so is coburn. he's also a maverick who is always making someone angry. >> coburn: am i frustrating the senators from new mexico? you bet! >> he has called his colleagues cowards, called majority leader harry reid "a complete a-hole," for which he would later apologize, and says anybody off the street could do a better job than the senators there now. >> coburn: i see them make decisions every day that benefit their career, rather than the country. and that's what's so sickening about washington. to me, it's about our future; it's not about the politicians. and we've switched things around where now it's about the politicians and not the future of the country. >> stahl: it seems the public agrees with him-- one poll
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showed that americans have a higher opinion of witches, the i.r.s., and hemorrhoids than congress. congress's approval rating in the last poll i saw-- 7%. >> coburn: who are the 7% of the people who actually think we do a great job? >> stahl: you have said, "let's get rid of them all and start all over again." >> coburn: if you wanted to fix things, that's what i would do. >> stahl: get rid of everybody? >> coburn: i mean, if i was king tomorrow, that's what i'd do. >> stahl: and if he were king, he would take a meat ax to the federal budget. he has made cutting out fat in government programs his holy grail. >> coburn: actually, i think i'll just tear it up. it's time we stop borrowing money against the future of our kids. >> stahl: his power comes not from creating legislation, but from killing it with procedural roadblocks that have gummed up the works. >> stephen spaulding: i think he is one of the number one champions of gridlock in the u.s. senate. >> stahl: stephen spaulding, who focuses on the senate for the political watchdog organization common cause, says senators
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often have to go to coburn to get their bills released, and that has given him significant power. >> spaulding: he has found every loophole in the senate rulebook that he can to grind things to an absolute halt. >> stahl: he says he does it so the government won't grow out of control? >> spaulding: there's a question there as to whether he has been substituting his judgment for that of the senate, and i think that's what has led to absolute political paralysis in washington. >> stahl: what coburn does is put a "hold" on the legislation, as he did this week on a veteran suicide prevention bill, a hold stops a bill in its tracks and paralyzes the senate. that's how he got his nickname, "dr. no." how many holds have you put on? >> coburn: thousands. >> stahl: thousands? >> coburn: yeah. >> stahl: let me ask you about some of the holds that we've come up with. extending unemployment insurance. >> coburn: uh-huh.
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>> stahl: veterans' benefits. you even held up a bill called the "paralysis bill" to help people in wheelchairs. 13 veterans' grups attacked you when you wouldn't agree on the veterans' benefits. >> coburn: yeah. >> stahl: you're the reason the place has shutdown! >> coburn: no, it isn't. >> stahl: well, all these holds, you're one of the reasons. >> coburn: the holds, there's no debate on those, anyhow. nobody ever knows about them. >> stahl: well, they would pass if you didn't put the holds on them. >> coburn: that's right. and you'd grow the government and our problems would be worse, not better. >> stahl: the thing is, coburn is proud of his contrariness and his refusal to go along. he got his values growing up in muskogee, oklahoma, where he says he had a happy childhood. it's a church-going, middle- america kind of town where he was taught to be independent and not waste money. he still lives there on a 40- acre farm. >> coburn: i got three stalls out there for horses and it's got a big hay loft in it. >> stahl: he and his wife carolyn, a former miss oklahoma, raised their three daughters here, one a nationally known
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opera singer. >> carolyn coburn: we've known each other since the first grade. by third grade, i was on his list of girlfriends. >> stahl: how many did he have? >> carolyn coburn: three! i was the last. >> coburn: she's telling the story. >> carolyn coburn: i remember the list-- dun, sara, ditten. >> stahl: the biggest influence on tom coburn's life was his father. after graduating college, he went to work for his dad in the family optical business. you told me in washington that your father was an alcoholic. >> coburn: uh-huh. >> stahl: now, that can't be easy when you say that you had a happy childhood. >> coburn: well, it doesn't take away from the great things that my dad did. >> stahl: did it change you... did it... is it kind of a key to you? >> coburn: mmm, i don't know.
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>> stahl: but why is it welling up like this? >> coburn: i think clinically, if i were to analyze it, probably didn't do good grieving. >> carolyn coburn: we could spend about a week grieving over all the things we've missed grieving over. that'll be a fun week. >> stahl: at the age of 31, coburn left his father's business and went to medical school. after practicing as an obstetrician for 11 years... >> carolyn coburn: one day, he came home and said, "i'm going to run for congress." i said, "congress of what?" >> stahl: do you know anything about politics at this point in your life? >> coburn: no. >> stahl: at their favorite barbecue restaurant in town, he told us being a doctor didn't hurt in his first campaign in 1994 for the house of representatives. >> coburn: you deliver 2,000 babies or better... 3,000 by that time, and that's, you know, at minimum, three people each. and then, if you take grandparents, or grandparents of siblings and aunts and uncles, you know, you get a 100,000 votes out of that. ( laughs ) >> stahl: after three terms in
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the house, he returned to muskogee and continued to deliver babies until 2004 when he won a senate seat. one of the first things he did-- true to form-- was pick a fight with the late republican senator ted stevens, who had been the chairman of the appropriations committee. stevens wanted to build a bridge project in his home state of alaska. >> coburn: we're going to put $456 million to go to an island of 50 people? you know, i ask... >> stahl: the "bridge to nowhere," right? >> coburn: the "bridge to nowhere." ( laughs ) and... and this is right after katrina happened. and so i offer an amendment to take that money from alaska and repair the stuff in louisiana. >> ted stevens: so i have been asked several times today, will i agree to this version or that version of senator from oklahoma's amendment? no. >> coburn: i lost that. but i won that. i absolutely won that because the american people saw that and they said, "wow." >> stahl: but what happened to you? they really came after you over
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that. you were still practicing medicine. >> coburn: yeah, they... they... >> stahl: you were still delivering babies. >> coburn: they took that away. >> stahl: they took that away. >> stahl: the senate ruled that it was a conflict of interest to be a senator and practice medicine on weekends, and made him stop. >> coburn: there were several people that i really irritated with this bridge to nowhere. and they happen to sit on the ethics committee, you know. >> stahl: they shut you down? >> coburn: they whacked me pretty good. >> stahl: he says he was persona non grata with his republican colleagues. but he did have his alliance with the senator from illinois. >> obama: i've had the pleasure of working with senator coburn on a range of issues, but i can't think of one that's more important and more timely. >> coburn: the one thing we did is we got our staffs together and said, "we want to do some things together, find the areas you think that we can work together. and let's do them." and so we did. >> stahl: you wrote bills together? >> coburn: uh-huh. and got them passed. >> stahl: you got them passed? >> coburn: and got... and got them signed.
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we did a lot of stuff on lowering the rates on student loans, and re-calculating all that to save a lot of people a lot of money in the future going forward. >> stahl: they did that and more together, despite their many philosophical differences on global warming and all the social issues. but none of that has disrupted their friendship. >> coburn: i've told him, "don't let the s.o.b.s get you down," when he's been getting... i'll call him up and say, "hey, i'm pulling for you," you know. >> stahl: what's funny is that he himself has been one of the s.o.b.s, railing at the president when he disagrees, say, on health care or immigration. >> obama: i keep praying that god will show him the light and he will vote with me once in a while. ( laughter ) it's going to happen, tom. >> stahl: but now, tom is retiring, as he moves on to a new battle with an advanced case of prostate cancer. now, did you have to take chemo and radiation and all...? >> coburn: yeah, i'm in the
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midst of that right now. >> stahl: look at you, you're totally energetic. it's not sapping you of... >> coburn: well, it will eventually, you know. yeah. >> stahl: will you lose your hair? >> coburn: maybe. >> carolyn coburn: oh. oh. ( laughter ) >> coburn: i got bill clinton hair, don't i? >> stahl: i know. >> coburn: everybody is going to die from something. and so the deal is how to use each day to move things forward for both you and the people you love and the country you love. >> stahl: earlier this month, coburn delivered an emotional farewell speech to his senate colleagues whom he has served with, and occasionally blasted over the last ten years. >> coburn: and a thank you to each of you for the privilege of having been able to work for a better country for us all. i yield the floor. ( applause )
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>> rose: laura jeanne reese witherspoon started making movies when she was 14. ten years later, she broke into the elite group of "highest- paid" actresses in hollywood. and at 29, she won an oscar for best actress. but her career floundered when she couldn't get the roles she wanted, and so she did something unusual. she started making the movies herself. and it has paid off handsomely. today, at 38, she's successfully
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produced two of the most talked about movies of the year-- "gone girl" and "wild." she also stars in "wild." both are about flawed, dynamic women, and both are getting oscar attention. a lot of people think of reese witherspoon as southern, blond, friendly, cute. >> witherspoon: i'll take all four of those. ( laughter ) those are all good. >> rose: "america's sweetheart." >> witherspoon: that's the one that confuses me, because i feel like i've done such a range of different roles. some are... some are sweet, for sure, but all of them have a ferocity of spirit.
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hi, my name is elle woods. >> rose: spirit is what her character, elle woods, had in "legally blonde." >> witherspoon: i'm going to tell all of you at harvard why i'm going to make an amazing lawyer. >> rose: witherspoon played a perky harvard law student who became an unlikely modern feminist. and the film became an international box office hit. four years later, in "walk the line," she portrayed june carter cash, and won every major award, including the oscar. >> witherspoon: let's go, times a-wasting. >> rose: yet, despite that, she was offered roles as wife, girlfriend, and sidekick, all of which frustrated her. is the image of you changing? >> witherspoon: yeah. and i'm... i'm ready for a change. i'm definitely ready. i remember a few years ago, i was asked to do an interview for "60 minutes." i was too scared. ( laughs ) >> rose: you said no. >> witherspoon: i didn't know what to say. and... and now, when i was approached, i was just... i felt like, "no, yeah, this... this makes sense. i have something to say now." oh, my god! what have i done? >> rose: she says it through her new film, "wild." >> withers


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