tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS March 23, 2017 6:30pm-7:01pm EDT
see you after the game. captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: the health care bill in critical condition. >> we are not there at this particular point. >> pelley: republicans are forced to put off the vote in a setback for the president. also tonight, terror in london. an american is among the dead. a surprising arrest in threats against jewish community centers. growing despair and shorter lives among middle-aged white men. >> everyone makes promises that they don't keep. >> pelley: and the story of a real-life superhero. he can climb the highest mountain, tow the the heaviest car. nothing can tire him out. this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
>> pelley: even with control of the house, the senate, and the white house, the republicans today could not muster the votes to repeal and replace obamacare. the house was scheduled to vote on what the president had called "our wonderful health care bill." but too many republicans did not see the bill the same way. so rather than go down in public defeat, the speaker of the house put off the vote, at least until tomorrow. mr. trump, whose self-promotion as a negotiator was chronicled in his book "the art of the deal," has so far not had the political skill or capital to move the members of his own party. chip reid begins our coverage. >> reporter: at the white house this morning, president trump got a standing ovation from more than 30 members of the freedom caucus, the most conservative group in the house. white house press secretary sean spicer insisted the health care vote would happen today. >> it's going to pass.
that's it. >> reporter: but after congressman justin amash and other freedom caucus members returned to the capitol, the positive tone had disappeared. >> i don't think there can be a vote tonight because they don't have the votes. >> reporter: so what happened? well, the president did agree to the caucus's request to reduce the cost of health care by dropping the obamacare requirement that insurance companies cover essential health services, including hospitalization, maternity care, prescription drugs, and mental health and substance abuse services, but the freedom caucus said that's not enough. it wants the bill to do much more to repeal obamacare. without their support, republican leaders had no choice but to postpone the vote. at about the same time, president trump was still saying the vote was on. >> today the house is voting to repeal and replace the disaster known as obamacare. we'll see what happens. it's going to be a very close vote. >> reporter: late today, the
chairman of the freedom caucus says he's hoping for consensus but admitted he's still not on board and said there's a long way to go. >> we are trying to get another 30 to 40 votes that are currently in the no category to yes. once we do that, i think we can move forward with passing it on the house floor. >> reporter: house republicans hope they'll have the votes by tomorrow morning, but, scott, even if they do, by moving the bill to the right, they've made the job of getting it through the more closely divided senate even tougher. >> pelley: chip reid on capitol hill. chip, thank you. well, it was more than a month ago that mr. trump said the obamacare repeal was "moving fast." his boasting and tendency to believe conspiracy theories have led to a deficit of credibility, and here's margaret brennan. >> in this journey, i will never lie to you. >> reporter: since the campaign, president trump has presented himself as the last honest man in washington, but a
recent quinnipiac poll shows that his unsubstantiated wiretapping claims have been damaging. 60% of voters do in the believe that he is honest, and 39% of republicans do in the believe his allegation that former president obama wiretapped trump tower. it's a claim that the f.b.i., n.s.a., and house intelligence committee chair devin nunes, a republican, have said is false. >> that did not happen. >> reporter: the president has made other allegations without evidence, claiming widespread voter fraud and an his or theically high murder rate. the claims led the conservative-leaning editorial page of the "wall street journal" to warn that mr. trump is causing damage to "his presidency with his seemingly endless stream of exaggeration, evidence-free accusation, implausible denials, and other falsehoods." in his signature become "the art of the deal," published 30 years ago, mr. trump referred to his style as "truthful hyperbole, an
innocent form of exaggeration and a very effective form of promotion," but that style may not be effective in the white house. republican senator lindsey graham. >> you have the highest official in the land, the president of the united states, accusing his predecessor of illegal activity with no evidence, that hurts our democracy. >> reporter: scott, in an interview with "time" magazine, president trump dismissed concerns about his truthfulness, telling the reporter, "i can't be doing so badly, because i'm president and you're not." >> pelley: margaret brennan at the white house for us. also in that interview with "time" magazine today, mr. trump said, "i tend to be right. i'm an instinctual person. i happen to be a person that knows how life works." and the truth is, a lot of voters agree. dean reynolds is listening to the people. >> reporter: it would be hard to find more federal reserve nt trump supporters than corky haynes and barbara wyllie.
>> we love playing the our flag. >> reporter: well, how do you think the president is doing 60 days into his presidency many. >> fabulous. >> reporter: the tweets... >> they don't want to get a nasty tweet. >> reporter: the bragging. >> the this is going to be the fantastic. >> reporter: the fights with the media. >> you are fake news. >> i've been saying this for years, it's finally exciting to have someone call them out on it. >> reporter: the two sun city grandmothers are among what the polls identify as the 30% or 40% of the country that formed the trump base, and for the record, they don't believe the polls either. >> they said he wouldn't win election. why would any common-sense thinking person put any stock in the polls today? >> reporter: as for the health care bill opposed by congressional republicans and supported by the president that could cause millions to lose coverage... >> i think whatever plan they come up with is going to be a plan that works for all the people. >> reporter: obamacare premiums here have risen by 116%, exhibit a in the trump administration's argument for
repeal. but the current house bill to replace obamacare could have dire consequences for arizona, with estimates that 380,000 people could lose medicaid coverage if that bill becomes law. republican state representative heather carter is concerned about what that could mean for her state. >> we've seen what happens in arizona when people don't have health insurance and they show up in the emergency room for their care. it's disaster. >> reporter: she supported the expansion of medicaid that was part of obamacare and says that part of the law should stay. >> i'm happy to see there are republicans back in d.c. who are taking the time to understand the implications of this policy on their constituents. >> reporter: and that's what we heard from many trump supporters here, scott. they all want the republican congress to do the right thing on health care, but take more time to do it. >> pelley: dean reynolds listening to the people. dean, thank you very much. the f.b.i. and congress are investigating whether members of
the trump campaign colluded with russia to sway the election. no evidence of that has been made public, and no one has been charged with any crime. one potential witness is a former british intelligence officer hired by trump opponents to find dirt on him in russia. he wrote a report of unsubstantiated claims that is now getting new scrutiny. here's jeff pegues. >> i'm really pleased to be back here working again. >> reporter: christopher steele emerged from hiding earlier this month after the dossier he compiled about then-candidate trump's association was leaked in january. >> it's all fake news. it's phony stuff. it didn't happen. >> reporter: despite the president's dismissals of the dossier, sources say it is gaining increasing credibility in both the intelligence community and congress. adam schiff is the top democrat on the house intelligence committee. >> also according to steele's russian sources, the campaign
has offered documents damaging to hillary clinton. >> reporter: now democrats want to call steele to testify about his allegations that donald trump and his associates had business dealings with russian officials. congressman jim himes. >> it gets to something we don't talk a lot about, which is really important, do the russians have some fort of leverage on president trump, financial or otherwise? >> i briefed the president on the concerns that i had. >> reporter: the committee's investigation was thrown into disarray yesterday when republican chairman devin nunes announced that he had seen legal foreign surveillance that involved members of the trump transition team. he angered democrats by first briefing the media and mr. trump. today he apologized to the committee. >> at the end of the day sometimes you make the right decision, sometimes you make the wrong one, but you have to stick by the decisions you make. >> reporter: getting steele to testify will take more than just democratic support. scott, committee republicans would have to back the idea, as
well. after that there is the possibility steele won't want to appear. >> pelley: jeff pegues in our washington newsroom. late today a fourth victim of the london attack died, a 75-year-old man whose name was not released. the others were a police officer, stabbed to death, a british woman, and an american tourist run down on a bridge near parliament. the attacker was also killed, and today elizabeth palmer learned more about him. >> reporter: the man who left this trail of carnage in the heart of london was khaled masoud. 52 years old and british born, he was shot by police during yesterday's attack. overnight officers raided properties linked to ma sued. he was not currently under investigation for any violent extremism, although he had a criminal record.
nonetheless, isis claimed today he was a soldier of the islamic state. he was also a terrorist who stabbed policeman keith palmer to death and murdered aysha frade, a teacher and mother of two, with his car, along with merge kurt cochrane from utah, who was in london with his wife melissa for their wedding anniversary. she was injured yesterday and is still in the hospital. the injured came from 11 countries. among them, french high school students, south korean tourists and a romanian architect andra cristea. she tumbled off the bridge into the icy river. just a day ago, this whole area was strewn with bodies, but in the famous british spirit of keep calm and carry on, the british authorities are determined things should return to normal as soon as possible. less than 24 hours after the attack, westminster bridge was open to traffic.
in parliament politicians observed a minute of silence. and then heard a tough-minded message from prime minister theresa may. >> we are not afraid, and our resolve will never waiver in the face of terrorism. >> reporter: tonight thousands of londoners gathered in trafalgar square for a vigil led by the city's muslim mayor, is a deed kahn. in part they came to honor the dead, and in part to bolster solidarity among the living. scott, the identity of khaled masoud seems to have taken the british security services by surprise. he was investigated years ago for peripheral links to extremism but seemed since then to have slid right off the radar. >> pelley: liz palmer at the palace of westminster in london for us tonight. liz, thank you. in israel today, a jewish teenager who holds both u.s. and
israeli citizenship was arrested in connection with a wave of bomb threats phoned in to jewish community centers around the world. anna werner has his story. >> reporter: the f.b.i. worked with israeli authorities to arrest this 18-year-old man, who covered his face as he appeared briefly in court. a u.s. law enforcement official tells cbs news he is believed to be responsible for most of the 160-plus bomb threats phoned into jewish centers in the u.s., australia, new zealand, and canada. israeli police spokesman miblgy roenfeld. >> we're looking to see the identification of the suspect himself, his from file, what were the motives behind him carrying out those threats. >> reporter: the source says agents now believe the suspect used an anonymizer to mask his phone number and i.p.m. addresses main have programmed calls in rapid succession. meanwhile, his public defender says the man suffers from a
brain tumor that may have had an effect on his cognitive function. the lawyer, galit bash. >> this is a young person that because of his very, very serious medical can't didn't serve in the army, didn't go to high school, didn't go to elementary school. >> reporter: evan bernstein is with the anti-defamation league. >> even know now there is relief, it's not a time for institutions to ratchet back on their security protocol. it's a time to maintain diligence and not to get complacent in any way. >> reporter: that 18-year-old lawyer says he will be sent for a medical evaluation. scott, it's in the yet clear whether u.s. authorities will seek extradition or try to file charges against him. >> pelley: anna werner, thanks. coming up next on the "cbs evening news," why middle-aged working-class white americans are dying younger.u flonase allergy relief delivers more complete relief. flonase helps block 6 key inflammatory substances
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americans have suffering in a changing economy. they're living shorter lives with a sharp increase in so-called deaths of despair from suicide, drinking, and drugs. here's mark strassmann. >> reporter: tony roach and drew arnold work as mechanics in townville, south carolina. neither finished high school, and neither has health insurance. >> i get sick, i go to the doctor, i pay him cash. >> reporter: roach, now 48, smokes a pack a day. >> we're all questioning older. >> true. >> reporter: if something goes wrong, you'll wish you have it. >> there again, yes, probably so. >> reporter: arnold is 25 with a significant health worry. >> i was diagnosed with a tumor in my head when i was 18. >> reporter: benign? >> yes, sir, it's benign. >> reporter: but still there? >> it's still. there it's being treated with medication. >> reporter: so you pay out of pocket? >> yes, sir. >> how expensive? >> it's about $300 a month. >> reporter: in this new brookings institute study, the surprise involved middle-aged whites with limited education.
on average they are dying younger than other middle-age americans, a trend driven by their dwindling economic opportunities. john gailer helps direct the national dropout prevention center at clemson university. >> reporter: education brings opportunity. opportunity in the area of employment later, opportunity in the skills to overcome obstacles. >> reporter: roach and arnold, both trump supporters, are keeping an eye on health care reform. >> i think it will get better. >> reporter: no matter who is there. >> everybody makes promises that they don't keep. >> reporter: and guys like you have to learn how do do without in. >> yeah, and there's a lot of people like me. >> reporter: less-educated white people overwhelmingly supported president trump. scott, the study's researchers showed that proposed reforms to obamacare with premiums possibly rising for older folks, "seem almost perfectly designed to
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south pole, this will be the last leg of what's known as the explorer's grand slam. >> you never know what's possible until you are in that situation to push yourself forward. how do you feel, buddy? >> reporter: what would be impressive for anyone becomes almost inconceivable when you realize sean swarner is a cancer survivor. how close were you to dying? >> i literally was on death's door. >> reporter: twice as a teenager he was given weeks to live, but he fought back. the radiation that helped save his life ravaged his body. as if surviving cancer not once but twice isn't enough, you're also doing this one functioning lung. >> i have one big bulldog lung over here apparently. >> reporter: so all that training, pulling tires up slopes and his jeep around the neighborhood, is done with one lung. a trek of more than 100 miles
and minus 40-degree temperatures, pulling a sled with 200 pounds of supplies behind him. >> people are limited by this, not their body. if you don't think it's possible, it's not possible. >> reporter: at the north pole, he'll plant a flag with names of people battling cancer arranged to spell out hope. >> it's not about me and my story. it's about people who are fighting for their lives and people who need that hope. >> reporter: sean swarner often envisions the end of this remarkable journey. >> i'll get to the north pole, collapse to my knee, cry like a baby, and i think, now what? >> john: if it's simply a matter of desire, hard to imagine anything he can't do. jim axelrod, cbs news, new york. >> pelley: and on this best day ever, that's the "cbs evening news." for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night.