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captioning funded by cbs it's wednesday, february 21st, 2018. this is the "cbs morning news." today survivors of the florida school shooting rampage take their demands for tighter gun laws directly to lawmakers as president trump makes a push to ban so-called bump stock devices for guns. and new hope in preventing life-threatening reactions in kids with peanut allergies. good morning from the studio 57 newsroom at cbs news
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headquarters here in new york. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. survivors at last week's school shooting plan to hold a rally if the state capitol today to try to pressure lawmakers into enacting tougher laws on gun makers. one student called the vote heartbreaking. in washington there is a small sign of movement on the gun control front. hena doba is here in new york with the details. hena, good morning. >> good morning, anne-marie. despite the house state voting down the measure the school witnessed one of the deadliest school shootings in modern history last week they will try to persuade them before their legislative session ends. cheers for the students from marjory stoneman douglas high school as their buses pulled into the state capitol last night. today those students will meet with lawmakers in tallahassee to push for tighter gun control to
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help prevent mass shootings like the one that claimed 17 lives at their school last week. >> and we're going keep talking, keep pushing until something is done because people are dying and this can't happen anymore. >> reporter: three buses with about 100 student, many coming straight from funerals for their fallen classmates made the seven-hour journey. >> i honestly think a background check and age requirement. >> reporter: on one bus students were strategizing, organizing the march for our lives notice noticing they had reached a million milestone. though the students learned mid trip that the florida state house had just rejected a move that would have considered a move to ban assault rifle, there were some notes from washington.
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>> i signed a bill to the attorney general to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns. >> reporter: the so-called bump stocks were used in the las vegas shooting but not florida. the president also tweeted, quote, whether we are republican or democrat, we must now focus on strengthening background checks. president trump is scheduled to meet today with teachers and students at the white house on what the white house is calling a, quote, listening session. anne-marie? >> hena doba here in new york. thank you, hena. well, two more funerals are scheduled for today. four were buried yesterday. peter wang was posthumously admitted. gina montalto, a 14-year-old freshman was a dancer and top student who made friends with
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wherever. kara loughran was an excellent student who left her family and the beach and 16-year-old carmen schentrup was remembered as a smart girl with a sweet smile. a gun control rally planned for next month in washington is gaining steam and celebrity supporters. the march for our lives is planned for march 24th. actor george clooney and his wife amal said that they would donate $500,000 to help fund the march. oprah winfrey, director steven spielberg and film director jeffrey kes tenburg said they would match the clooney donation. last week a security guard at el camino high school in whittier overheard a disgruntled student threaten to open fire at the school on friday. deputies searched the student's home and found multiple guns and ammunition. and a 14-year-old stay tuned at west perry'sburg high school in
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harrisburg, pennsylvania, allegedly made a list on a school computer a left hand face charges in juvenile court. ahead on "cbs this morning," bianna golodryga will talk to six people. it includes gun owners, survivors, and victims' family members. >> the fourth person to plead guilty in the robert mueller investigation is a 33-year-old dutch lawyer. alex van der zwaan admitted he lied regarding rick gates concerning reports on the ukraine. his guilty plea does not appear to be directly related to president trump or russia. the latest russian plea deal comes in light of the three 13 indictments. president trump continues to push back and cast blame. major garrett reports. >> he has been tougher on russia in the first year than obama was
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in eight years combined. >> that was white house press secretary sarah sanders dpeenlding president trump's pressure toward it. >> the defendants allegedly conducted what they called information warfare against the united states. >> but the president has soft pedalled criticism of russia and its president vladimir putin casting blame at a top house democrat, the media, and suggesting the fbi missed a tip that might have averted a florida massacre because it was distracted by the russian probe. >> we would like our fbi agencies to not be focused on something that was clearly a hoax in terms of investigating the trump campaign and its involvement. >> the president also lashed out at national security adviser. he r. mcmaster who spoke at a security conference in munich on saturday. >> the evidence is incon trow
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versable. >> he faulted mr. mcmaster because he forgot to say the results of 2016 election were not changed by the russians. sarah sanders. shortly before leaving office president obama expelled 35 russian diplomats for the meddling, and former obama officials continued cocondemn the kremlin. >> they have no damn right, no right whatsoever. it's our sovereign right to be able to conduct our elections unfettered. >> sanders said the president had been tough on russia because he kept sinces imposed in the latter-days of the obama administration. but this white house has not imposed new sanctions even though in august the president signed legislation calling for just that. major garrett, cbs news, the p overseas now to syria wher
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pro-government forces backed by russia have unleashed a devastating attack on the last major rebel stronghold. since monday at least 250 people have been killed in the northeastern suburb of the syrian capital damascus. many of the victims are children. rebels are being pounded by artillery and air strikes. targets are being hit. the residents of bu ta were some of the first when the civil war started. and vice president pence was ready to meet with north korean officials during the olympics but the noern north koreans bact at the last minute. there was no indication a meeting had been planned until pence returned to the u.s. the state department says it
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regrets the north's failure to seize this opportunity. today at the olympics, one of the marquis events at the events got under way. lady's figure skating. dana jacobson is in pyeongchang. good morning. >> good morning. that's what the legendary dick button says we need to see in figure skating. today we saw them in the short program atop the standings thanks to a pair of olympic athletes in russia. she racked up, skating to black swan the young skater turned in a nearly flawless performance. another russian is just behind her. the skater who many consider the favorite had set a new world record which only lasted about 15 minutes. >> i hate to say it but those olympic athletes from russia are killing it, they are just so
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good. >> reporter: for the americans, the one to watch, mirai nas go sue as she became the first to land a triple axle. she did it in the team competition. she swore going into the program, she wouldn't hold back. >> if i fall, i'll take the fall and keep going. >> reporter: that's exactly what happened. she recovered nicely and took ninth place. >> it was hard to watch but she got up and finished though. we're proud of her. >> reporte: 20-year-old brady tell knell was the first. she fell during her opening jumps. a rare mistake for her which kept her scores lower than she had hoped. all three americans, tennell, nagasu, and kara schenn will be back even though a spot of the podium may be out of reach. >> nagasu is the highest ranking
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american. they sit 9, 10, 11. we should point out it's been since 2011. later on we'll take a look at the reason behind that drought. anne-marie? also today, american lindsey vonn won a bronze meddle in the downhill. v vonn is 33 years old. she becomes the oldest at the alpine. the italian won the gold. norway and germany are tied for the lead in gold medals followed by canada. the u.s. has won five so far. coming up on the "morning news" now, alternatives to obamacare. a new proposal offers short-term solutions for health insurance. and front row vip. the special guest who ruled london's fashion week. this is the "cbs morning news."
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millions of people in illinois, michigan, and indiana are under flood warnings this morning, and there are flood watches in effect for texas and arkansas. it's the result of a massive storm system stretching from texas to the great lakes. roads throughout the region have been closed due to high water. emergency crews used boats to evacuate people and pets from a rising creek in indiana. president trump is lashing out at a woman who claims he forcibly kissed her. claims it never happened. rachael crooks said she was a 22-year-old recep nist at trump tower in new york in 2005 when mr. trump kissed her repeatedly on the cheeks and the mouth. she said it was the first time they met. she also spoke with cbs. >> i was asked to bring that story public on my own and i felt it was my responsibility. he was calling me a liar and
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here's a look at today's forecast in some cities around the country. there's new hope in children with peanut allergies. the powder is sprinkled over food to help kids with allergies build up a tolerance. the maker of the treatment says it plans to seek fda approval later this year. and coming up only on "cbs this morning," the mysterious death of a border patrol agent. the fbi says it was an accident.
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our top story this morning, the white house is defending president trump's take on the russian interference in the election. last week they indict 13d russian nationals. the president has blamed the media and the fbi but not the russians. and students who survived last week's florida school shooting plan to hold a rally at the state capitol today. that i want to try and convince lawmakers to enact tough every gun control measures. but yesterday florida lawmakers voted against even taking a debate on banning assault rifles like the one used to kill 17 people last week. a new poll shows support for gun control has gone up in the wake of the florida shooting.
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two-thirds of americans now support stricter gun laws. that's the highest that's been measured. jim axelrod has more. >> are you ready? stand by. >> reporter: a hunter since he was a kid, a marine for 20 years, joe was a proud member of the nra until this ad last year targeti ining nra opponents. >> is to fight this violence of lies with a clenched fist truth. >> i'm a second emit supporter and i absolutely reject everything the nra is putting out right now. >> reporter: he gave up. he didn't give up on the idea of finding common ground. >> i think if you with to ask any single american gun owner or nongun owner, that i want to make sure the families are safe and protects their families and they want to have safe communities to live in. >> you know, i always find there's far more agreement on
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this gun issue than you can possibly imagine but we never bother to ask the right questions first. >> former nra lobbyist richard feldman now runs the gun owners rights association. >> who here thinks it's a good idea for violent predatory felons, crazed, emotionally charged lunatics, and unsupervised juveniles to have access to guns. >> reporter: a gun rights activist for more than 30 years, feldman thinks as long as the second amendment rights are protected 75% of the american gun owners are open to restrictions. >> are you against gun control? >> that depends. i'm in favor of gun control law that are intended to and keep guns out of those three identified groups' hands. >> feldman is among those who believe the emotion in the wake
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of the parkland shooting will fade in terms of affecting public policy, but those latest poll numbers from quinnipiac show 67% for the nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons. jim axelrod, cbs news, new york. only on "cbs this morning," the mysterious death of a border patrol agent. the fbi says it was an accident. david begnaud is headed to texas to look into what happened. and the author tara westover shares her stories of growing up in a survival iist environment iowa and her struggles. thanks for watching. thanks for watching. i'm anne-marie green. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com
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i'm tired of coming to vigils like this, i'm tired of coming to these events. >> demonstrators gather in center city to remember victims of the florida school shooting we will tell but the promise philadelphia's new district attorney is making. and search on for a driver who hit a pedestrian and drove off, where the accident unfolded overnight. this may be hard to believe it is still winter. here's a live look outside we will tell you how warm it will feel as we make a run for another rorrer. it is wednesday, february 21st good morning i am's jim donovan. i'm rahel solomon. lets check the forecast with katie and traffic with meisha. i think it is warm every where else. >> feels so good walking outside the door and yesterday a

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