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the world. a tornado carves through a midwest community. and mr. hamilton goes to washington. broadway makes history at the white house. alexander hamilton captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: we're coming up on the most critical primaries yet, five big states tomorrow. and for the first time the republican winner will take all of the delegates and n two of those states, florida and ohio. in florida, our cbs news battleground tracker poll shows donald trump leading senator marco rubio two to one on rubio's home turf, so tomorrow could be good-bye, rubio, tuesday. and it's do-or-die for governor john kasich in his home state, ohio. he and trump are essentially tied there. overshadowing all of this is the
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and occasional violence at trump rallies. major garrett begins our coverage. >> i'm not going to take the low road to the highest office in the land. >> reporter: john kasich is in a tight battle with donald trump in ohio, first contest the state's governor has a chance to win. today he campaigned with 2012 g.o.p. nominee mitt romney, who has urged republicans to choose anyone but trump. >> and so this is the guy that ohio needs to vote for. america's counting on you. >> reporter: kasich told us trump has gone too far. >> well, i think when you run a campaign where you're dividing one against another or making these incendiary comments at a rally, that's a toxic environment. it's not healthy. >> reporter: adding that the world is now watching. >> we're not in some third-world country where they're slugging each other trying to figure out who won an election. we're in america. >> reporter: ted cruz fighting trump for delegates in tomorrow
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missouri faced an animal rights protester today and diffused the situation. >> isn't it amazing that we can have that conversation without anyone getting violent, anyone insulting anybody? >> thank you so much. >> reporter: the stakes tomorrow are perhaps highest for marco rubio, trailing trump badly in his home state of florida. he also called for unity. >> tomorrow we have a chance to make a powerful statement to the country, and this is that the republican party is not going to allow itself to be hijacked by fake conservatives and people who go around dividing us against each other. >> reporter: but the republican establishment has still not found a way to slow trump's mow men tumg. house speaker paul ryan who recently said he would work with trump if he is the nominee said in a radio interview today that protest tactics at trump rallies were unacceptable. he also blamed trump for some of the unrest. >> i think the candidates need to take responsibility for the environment at their events. there's never an execution for promoting violence or even a
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up poses it. >> reporter: ryan said anger among republicans is real, but he warned against fueling the fire. scott, ohio tomorrow may show the country how hot that fire burns and whether it can be cooled or contained. >> pelley: major garrett, thanks. well, there was a hot moment over the weekend when one protester seemed to go at trump himself. no one has been seriously injured in all of this, but the disruptions keep coming. and here's dean reynolds. >> get 'em out of here. get 'em out of here. >> reporter: it was business as usual as donald trump's rally today in tampa. >> get her out, please. >> reporter: emotions are running high at these events now because of what trump calls "the disrupters." >> they're crazy. >> reporter: with him in tampa today, sarah palin electrified the crowd this way. >> what we don't have time for is all that petty punk ass little thuggery stuff that's
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"protestors." >> reporter: it was a reference to dayton on saturday where one protester actually rushed the stage, to kansas city where trump could barely finish a sentence. >> i got plenty of time. >> reporter: and to chicago where scuffles friday night between trump supporters and a large contingent of protestors inside the hall spilled out on to the streets. trump campaign canceled the rally for security reasons. there were five arrests. university of illinois student jeremy mazur said the anti-trump demonstration was well planned. >> tons of student organizations all over the campus got together, had meetings all week to stop this atrocity from happening. >> reporter: in tampa, we asked betty myrick and marsha craig about that as they headed into their third trump rally. are either of you concerned at all about the demonstrators and hecklers? >> i am very concerned. i think the authorities need to do more about them because they're impeding the ability of
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>> reporter: but trump does more than shout down his tormentors. >> go home to mom. go home to mommy. >> reporter: he bates them. >> i'd like to punch him in the face, i'll tell you. >> reporter: last week one supporter did just that to a protester, and trump says he might pay the puncher's legal fees. another thing that was notable about today's event in tampa, scott, is that trump's security detail was considerably larger, perhaps twice the size of what it's been at previous rallies. >> pelley: dean reynolds, thanks. it's going to be a big day tomorrow for the democrats, as well, and a late night likely for them in illinois, our battleground tracker poll there shows hillary clinton and bernie sanders neck and neck. nancy cordes is covering the democrats. >> reporter: sanders says the primary map is shifting in his favor. tomorrow he needs to prove it with strong performances in a
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>> this state lost 300,000 manufacturing jobs. >> reporter: in ohio, illinois and missouri, he's been hammering the message that delivered him a surprise win in nearby michigan last week. >> and the key difference between secretary clinton and myself is not only did i vote against every one of these disastrous trade agreements, i helped lead the opposition to them. >> reporter: it's prompted clinton to talk tougher on trade, too. >> i will stop dead in its tracks any trade deal that hurts america. >> reporter: and argue she's the candidate of the american worker. >> [inaudible]. >> reporter: she tossed back a guinness in blue collar youngstown, ohio, this weekend. >> crowd: hillary, hillary! >> thank you. >> reporter: and rallied with plumb centers chicago this morning. >> i'm going to fight for mesh labor. >> reporter: but it's been hard to ignore the elephant in the room. >> hey, ber first base get your people in line, bernie.
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that elephant has been accusing sanders of sending supporters to disrupt trump rallies. >> donald trump is a pathological liar. >> reporter: both candidates have grown increasingly caustic in their criticism of trump. in fact, tonight, scott, in illinois, clinton accused him of inciting the kind of mob violence that she said used to lead the lynchings. >> pelley: nancy cordes, thanks. now we'll turn to some insight from anthony salvanto, our cbs news in-house expert on delegate math and all of the rules of primaries and caucuses. anthony, looking forward to tomorrow, if donald trump wins florida and ohio, will his nomination be inevitable? >> he'll be all but certain, scott. he won't clinch, but he'll have a commanding lead in delegates and be in a commanding position to get the rest he needs, first because the rules now start to change. the way that states give out
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winner-take-all contests tends to favor the leader and make it harder for trailing candidates like cruz and kasich to catch up burke more than, that trump will also be heading into a map beyond tuesday that should favor him politically. there will be contests in the northeast, in the west, places that are full of the kind of blue collar suburban republicans that are voting for him already. so the thinking will go: if they can't find a way to stop him tomorrow, in places like florida and ohio, it's hard to see how they suddenly find a way to stop him at all. >> pelley: now, what happens tomorrow if trump wins florida, as seems likely now, but loses ohio, which is possible? >> it will become much harder for him to win the nomination outright. and that's what his opponents, cruz and caseic, are hoping for. sloam him down if not to catch him. it will give a glimmer of hope to those who want to see this process go on into the spring, maybe even into the summer and to the convention. >> pelley: anthony salvanto, our cbs news director of elections. anthony, thanks.
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tornado swept through western ohio today. cell phone video captured the twister on the ground northwest of dayton. no injuries reported, but a number of buildings were damaged. floodwaters are rising in the deep south after days of relentless rain. the pearl river on the louisiana-mississippi border is expected to crest tomorrow at the same height as a devastating flood in 1983. as much as two feet of rain fell across the region. six people have died. more than 6,000 buildings in louisiana have been damaged. two people are in critical condition tonight. 30 others were also injured when an amtrak train flew off the rails overnight near dodge city, kansas. the southwest chief was headed from los angeles to chicago when the engineer noticed a twisted rail ahead. he hit the emergency brake but it was too late. investigators checking to see if
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that rail. in a surprise move today, russian president vladimir putin declared mission accomplished in syria and said he is ordering the withdrawal of most russian forces. since september russian warplanes have pounded opponents of syria's assad dictatorship, turning the tide of the five-year-old civil war. with russian air cover, assad's forces have captured considerable territory from the rebels, a partial ceasefire has reduced but not eliminated the fighting. the ceasefire does not apply to isis, which still controls about one-third of syria and iraq, including the city of mosul, with nearly two million residents, which has been cut off from the world since isis took over in 2014. well, tonight holly williams has rare insight into what's happening there. outside of mosul she met refugees who risked everything
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>> reporter: it's close to midnight on the front line just outside mosul, and these kurdish soldiers are hundreds of yards into no-man's-land. is someone coming? they're not isis fighters, but a man and a teenage girl. the man, stripped to his underwear to be searched, guarded by the kurdish soldiers, who fear he could be a suicide bomber. but these people have risked death to escape isis, walking for miles through the night as they're finally allowed to cross through a trench and into safety. and then one by one come 12 more men, some of them handing over guns. it's an extraordinary sight, because very few people have managed to leave mosul after isis began sealing it off.
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and banning cell phones. overcome with relief, these men wanted to tell us why they fled but begged us to hide their identity to protect family members still living in mosul. "these are torture marks," said this man. "they heated wire and used it to burn me." his only crime was smoking, illegal under isis and its harsh interpretation of islamic law. this man said he saw another mosul resident beheaded after being caught with a cell phone sim card. if they thought you were faking, what would have happened? he told us three men were caught escaping a few days ago and isis hanged them in the street. "there -- they're a criminal gang," cried this man, "and we've been surviving on water and bread."
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getting weaker? when they first came they were tough, said this man, "but now they can see that mosul is turning against them." the men told us they planned to fight against isis themselves now they're free and to smuggle their wives and children out of mosul as soon as they can. this was just one night on the front line, but what we heard suggests that people in mosul are growing increasingly angry with isis, and, scott, that could make retaking the city a little easier when iraqi forces eventually begin their offensive to recapture mosul. >> pelley: holly, nice to have you here for once where nobody is shooting. holly williams, thank you very much for a remarkable report. in a first, an american citizen fighting for isis surrendered today in northern iraq. kurdish forces are holding him. they posted this video of him. he was said to be holding a virginia driver's license.
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sex in 2014, but it's the fourth time they allegedly had sex that is in dispute. she states she did not con sent. montague says she did. the team had to apologize after appearing to support montague wearing shirts with his nickname. posters later appeared on campus warning the bulldogs to stop supporting rapists. >> somebody's got to be here to help us out. >> reporter: head coach james jones says his players are trying to stay focused. >> in situations like this you have to come in close together, believe in each other and fight harder. >> reporter: fighting sexual assault is an ongoing battle at yale. in 2015, a survey found that more than 16% of yale students reported they had been a victim of sexual assault. mary haviland is executive director of new york city alliance against sexual assault. >> there has been an increase in the number of students coming forward to report sexual assaults at yale. what does that say about the
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>> i actually think it says that we're getting better at what we're doing perhaps and that students are feeling more comfortable coming forward. >> reporter: the university says students are not expelled without careful consideration, and, scott, montague has not been criminally charged. >> pelley: jericka, thanks very much. bob schieffer is next. felite.com and with safelite's exclusive "on my way text" she knew exactly when i'd be there. so she didn't miss a single shot. (cheering crowd) i replaced her windshield... giving her more time for what matters most... how'd ya do? we won! nice! that' s another safelite advantage. thank you so much! (team sing) safelite repair, safelite replace. it takes a lot of work... to run this business. i'm on the move all day long... and sometimes, i just don't eat the way i should. so i drink boost to get the nutrition that i'm missing. boost complete nutritional drink
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>> pelley: bob schieffer has covered ever presidential election since 1964, but none quite like this one. what do you make of it, bob? >> reporter: scott, i will tell you, on the republican side we're seeing a changing of the guard. if trump wins the nomination before the convention, and it looks like he probably will, it's going to turn the republican party on its ear. if it goes to an open convention, it will be a bloody fight that could break the party into two parties. in either case the republican party, scott, as we used to know it will be replaced by something new. exactly what that will be is uncertain.
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all because the one thing that always bodes ill in politics or economics or national security matters is just that -- uncertainty. >> pelley: do you think trump could actually win the presidency? >> reporter: he could but historically nominees who come from outside their party mainstream do poorly. when republicans split in '64 and nominated barry goldwater, they had an historic landslide defeat. when democrats nominated george mcgovern in '72, he lost every state but massachusetts. under the old rules, scott, what this is coming down to is basically a couple of very flawed candidates. that's under the old rules. but in today's politics, who knows what that means or where this is going. i certainly don't. >> pelley: bob schieffer, thank you for the insight. alexander hamilton showed up at the white house today.
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>> pelley: president obama welcomed alexander hamilton to the white house today for an encore. here's chip reid. >> i'm thrilled the white house called me. >> reporter: in 2009, lin manuel miranda, a 29-year-old rapper and broadway producer, was invited to the white house. the $10 founding father without a father. got a lot further by working a lot harder >> reporter: he performed his brand-new rap song about... alexander hamilton. his name is alexander hamilton >> reporter: it got a standing ovation, now seven years later "hamilton" is the biggest hit on broadway.
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again along with the show's cast for a workshop with high school students. what do our favorite hip-hop artists do if not write about their struggles and their transcend them. did. what did i miss what did i miss >> reporter: actor daveed diggs plays actor thomas jefferson as you've probably never seen him before. >> reporter: the big project of this show is trying to erase as much distance between the audience and these figures who we used to know as statues oar who we used to know as paintings. we want to make these real people, flesh-and-blood people. >> reporter: at loudoun county high school in virginia, students preparing to perform at the white house workshop told us why they're so crazy about "hamilton." >> you memorize these raps and you're like, i know too much about aaron burr all of a sudden because i listened to this song. it kind of takes these old dead people and they apply them to people that we see every day and people that we interact with,
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old. i'm the damn fool that shot him >> reporter: it's been a long time since the founding fathers seemed this alive but just you wait what's your name alexander hamilton >> reporter: chip reid, cbs news, the white house. >> pelley: and that's a rap for the "cbs evening news." for all of us at cbs news all
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richard simmons breaks (donkey sound) (elephant sound) there's a big difference between making noise, (tapping sound) and making sense. (elephant sound) (donkey sound) when it comes to social security, we need more than lip service. our next president needs a real plan to keep social security strong. (elephant noise) hey candidates. enough talk.
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tonight reclusive richard simmons breaks his silence. >> sometimes we get lost in our sadness. >> not seen in public for over two years, fans fearing the worst. >> rumors that he's been held hostage and gained 50 pounds. now richard simmons comes out of hiding to tell "e.t" wh really going on. >> and b affleck speaks out about jennifer garner's "vanity fair" fair" fair" interview. plus blake shelton's

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