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captioning funded by cbs it is wednesday, december 14th, 2016. welcome to "cbs this morning." breaking news. the fragile cease-fire in aleppo collapse. thousands of civilians are at risk. the u.n. calls it a complete meltdown of humanity. >> president-elect trump meets silicon valley tech giants today after clashing women during the campaign. plus he defends choosing an oil man for secretary of state. former secretary of state james baker tells us why he likes the choice. re we are alan thicke. the beloved tv dad from "growing pains" who died suddenly of a heart attack. he was just 69. we begin this morning with a look at today's "eye opener." your world in 90 seconds.
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>> it looks like this arctic air just simply wo bn'tack wndo. very cold air down the northern tier of the u.s. and the coldest so far. >> freezing cold temperasture blanket millions. >> the big arctic blast heading through areas of the great lakes and northeast. >> it's 9 in detroit right now! 9! what were we thinking move to dret detroit? >> rex is one of the skilled and global leaders of all time. >> president-elect on his thank you tour praising rex tillerson, his pick for secretary of state. >> it is a very different thing toe negotngiati deals for oil and gas company than it is to be standing up for american interests. >> the united nations says massachares eeve bn carried out in eastern aleppo and that leaves a complete meltdown of humanity. ♪ >> alan thicke, one of the america's favorite tv dads has died. >> in later in life
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>> president obama signs a sweeping billion that invests billions in cancer research. >>ail truck up in flames with holiday packages inside. the driver was able to save most of the packages >> all that. ♪ hallelujah >> you seem like you're in a great mood. >> what is not to love? >> if i was wearing that level of soap, i would be happy as well. >> and all that matters. >> donald trump nominated exxonmobil ceo rex tillerson as his secretary of state. >> rex tillerson was once the president of the boy scouts of america! yeah! of course, donald trump calls that government experience! >> on "cbs this morning." >> the president-elect met at trump tower with kanye west. you can tell it was a high powered meeting because kanye is wearing his formal sweatshirt. >> what an amazing thing to see our next two
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side-by-side like that. it's remarkable and historic! announcer: this portion of "cbs this morning" sponsored by toyota. let's go places. ♪ welcome to "cbs this morning." gayle king is off. alex wagner, co-host of "cbs this morning: saturday" is with us. a new humanitarian crisis is unfolding in the syrian city of aleppo as a day-old cease-fire fell apart. they are on the verge of retaking the whole city and attacking each other with gun firing and shelling and united nations warns of a complete meltdown of humidianity. >> the rebels are holed up around thousands. syrian government buses waited this morning to transport tens of thousands of civilians and rebels. this was part of the cease-fire deal. look at this. the buses have now left empty,
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holly williams is following the crisis from istanbul, turkey. holly, good morning. >> reporter: good morning.% there are also reports today of more air strikes. but to all intents and purposes, the syrian regime is now in control of aleppo. the city is a strategic prize, but it's come at a horrifying cost. it's hard to believe this is happening in the 21st century. aleppo used to be home to 2 million people. a center of ancient civilization. now bludgeoned by a barbaric war. its people pounded by bombs. after four years of fighting in the city, the syrian regime has won back aleppo from the country's rebels, except for one tiny pocket. but it's done it with total disregard for civilian life. the syrian government has indiscrimina
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people and syria has won this victory with the backing of russia and iran, who america's ambassador to the u.n. addressed yesterday. >> are you truly incapable of shame? is there literally nothing that can shame you? is there no active bar barrism against civilization and no execution of a child that gets under your skin that creeps you out a little bit? >> reporter: as regime forces tightened the noose some of thile stl living in rebel-held areas have been posting desperate videos on the internet. >> we come -- >> reporter: the u.n. says there are 50,000 civilians, men, women, childdu
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neighborhoods still held by the rebels. >> a tragic of epic proportions. holly williams, thank you. president-elect trump will hold a summit today with some of the tech industry's most important names. the guess list includes sheryl sandberg and tim cook and jeff bes bezos and elon musk and most of them wanted hillary clinton to be president. >> nancy cordes is covering the trump transition. nancy, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. mr. trump called rex tillerson one of the greatest global business leaders of our time. and he also buried the hatchet at that rally with the man who will be the second most powerful republican in washington, the house speaker. >> honestly, i've never seen a resume like this before. >> reporter: at a victory rally isin wincons, the president-elect defended his
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secretary of state. >> rex is friendly with many of the leaders in the world that we don't get along with, and some people don't like that. they don't want him to be friendly. that's why i'm doing the deal with rex, because i like what this is thereabout. >> reporter: mr. trump is the first republican nominee to win wisconsin since 1984. in an effort to smooth over a roy relationship, he thanked a native son, house speaker paul ryan. >> he is like a fine wine. every day goes by, i get to appreciate his genius more and more. >> reporter: earlier in the day, the president-elect met with a series of the rich and famous, including "vogue" editor in chief and former football stars jim brown and ray lewis and miosoft founder bill gates and the unpredictable rap mogul kanye west. >> just friends. just friends. and he's a good man. >> reporter: montana congressman ryan zinke stopped by this week and hs
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secretary of the interior. he is a former s.e.a.l. team six commander and western congressman sits on the house natural resources committee and has opposed legislation to sell federal lands to states. >> we need a president who understands that agriculture makes this country great. >> reporter: an early trump backer, the congressman questioned the effects of climate change in 2014, saying america should first strive for energy independence. >> the issue is it's not a hoax. but it's not proven science either. but you don't dismantle america's power in energy on a maybe. >> reporter: the interior department is responsible for conserving federal land and natural resources, and nearly one-third of montana's land, the state where zinke is the sole congressman is owned by the state or the federal go
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says rex tillerson is already a diplomat. it's part of his job as ceo of a huge global corporation like exxonmobil. tillerson has strong ties to more than 50 countries. margaret brennan is at the white house how critics are focused on russia. margaret, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. well, as chief of america's largest oil company, rex tillerson has made access to energy and profits his top priorities. the question now is as secretary of state, will he approach high stakes foreign policy challenges as a deal-maker or a diplomat? >> rex will be a fierce advocate for america's interests around the world. >> reporter: the president-elect defended rex tillerson's business ties with russia's vladimir putin and other countries with poor human rights records. but members of the senate foreign relations committee who will be judging his nomination, worry that tillerson's business interests may cloud his junt
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committee. >> as secretary of state he has to fight for free press, human rights, democracy. things that oil companies don't typically fight for around the world. >> reporter: if all nine democrats on 19-member committee vote against tillerson, it would take the vote of just one of the panel's ten republicans to block the exxon chief's nomination. senators marco rubio and john mccain have raised concerns. exxon is facing at least three lawsuits on pollution and climate change. but tillerson has said that climate change is real, something mr. trump has denied. >> is there no question climate is changing and we have never -- that's never been up for debate. >> reporter: another sticking point will be his plans to imply with federal conflict of interest laws that require tillerson to separate from his significant business interests. including well over $200 million of exxonmobil stock. he'll
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according to a former councilman. >> congress and the american people need to judge, can we trust mr. tillerson not to have the appearance of a conflict? >> reporter: well, exxon's board is meeting soon to plan how to unwide his financial stake. taking the job of secretary of state will come at some financial costs to rex tillerson. >> thank you, margaret. dan senor is a senior adviser to mitt romney and paul ryan in the 2012 presidential campaign. good morning. >> good morning. >> reporter: so what are you hearing from republicans in the senate about rex tillerson? >> a lot of questions. so with other nominees, you will see statements being issued that basically say we are green lighting this. they actually have to go through the process but it's going to be the kind of know where they are going to wind up. one where enough republicans, only takes three republicans, assuming all democrats vote against tillerson's nomination, it only takes three republicans to sync his nomination and
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on the one hand, they say, look. he has an impeccable resume and ran one of the ten largest companies in the world and an organization whose staff is comparable in size to the sprawling state department. he has the support of key figures in the republican foreign policy establishment, baker, gates, rice, hadly. the president should have his prerogative in picking his own advisers but a question what he has done with russia and iran and other countries reflect pure intis intere business interests or world news. >> assad has won in aleppo. >> is that about rex tillerson or barack obama and the administration in power and had an opportunity to do so? >> you look what happened. 2011 the assault on civilians began and president obama did nothing and 2013 red line issued and president obama didn't follow through it with and 2014
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which took the human catastrophe down to a whole other level, i mean, and this was russia complicit. i think many republicans believe over the years, you've had president george w. bush, you've had president barack obama and secretary clinton who all approached putin with a bear hug and they don't want another president and secretary of state to do the same thing. m$ >> do we expect tillerson to bear hug or be able to talk tough to vladimir putin because you knows him, because he has some credible with him? >> that is the key question. i spoke to one republican senator over the weekend who said when tillerson does his meetings before his confirmation process depends what he says in the meetings. does he say, you guys, come on. i know how to deal with this guy and i'll make the u.s. does not get rolled. i was doing business deals with him and now the interest of the united states at heart and that will be my focus in dealing with putin and i know how to deal with him and they will give him a pass. if he says, no, no, no. the things i've said about putin and russia reflect my w
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view, we need to back off and reduce sanctions and take pressure off putin that is a problem in the confirmation process. >> do you think this matters in trump's position as far as the cia is concerned in russian hacks and make his confirmation rocky. >> the timing is not great. one of his great attributes of being touted as he is a quote of vladimir, tillerson is. i'm not sure that is the headline you want given the headlines we are dealing with right now. >> dan senor, thank you. in our next hour, only on "cbs this morning," former secretary of state james baker will join us. ahead, why he recommended rex tillerson to be america's top diplomat. millions of americans face dangerous cold as arctic air blankets the northern half of the country. temperatures plunged overnight from montana to the great lakes. windchills in some places right now are more than 20 degrees below zero. the frigid blast comes before a major storm is set to bring more
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country. jamie yuccas is in minneapolis. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, charlie. we are along the bank of the mississippi river where you can see large chunks of ice are starting to form along this moving river. that is because it has been so cold. today's high will only reach 8 degrees here in minneapolis. that is 30 on degrees colder than this date last year. and with the cold comes an increased risk of heart attack, hypothermia, carbon monoxide poisoning and frost bite. near whiteout conditions added insult to the bitter temperatures in northern michigan on tuesday. the blast of arctic air barreling across the northern u.s. is uncomfortable. >> this is brutal! this is more than brutal! >> reporter: and dangerous. in minnesota, good samaritans pulled a woman from her car when she slid off the road on to thin ice. nearly 150 miles away in duluth, where windchills hit negative 31 degrees, a cargo ship encased in ice arrived.
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for millions of americans, the subfreezing temperatures are unavoidable. the bureau of labor statistics says 47% of u.s. jobs require outdoor work. that is about 64 million people. >> it's like being in a freezer. >> reporter: these contractors in mams are spending ten hours a day outside in single-digit temperatures. >> it's cool on the cheeks, right? cool on the lips. we are dressed in layers out here. >> reporter: in chicago, where the windchill dropped to negative 8 overnight, crews lit tracks on fire to keep them from freezing over. in 5-degree weather, 10-mile-per-hour winds create a windchill of negative 10 degrees and at the same temperature 20-mile-per-hour winds result in 15 degree windchill negative and 30 mean 19-degree windchill which could caught frost bite in 30 minutes. in the last few days it has not
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broken 10 degrees in minneapolis for a high and thursday and friday could be colder as the arctic airheads east. >> stay warm, jamie. we are remembering the life and career of actor alan thicke who died yesterday after suffering a heart attack. many remember thicke as the iconic tv dad dr. jason seaver in the 1980s sitcom "growing pains." the 69-year-old worked on more than 100 tv shows and movies. josh elliott of our streaming network cbsn is here to show us his accomplishments on and off the camera. josh, always great to see you. >> you too, alex. good morning to you. >> reporter: alan thicke wasn't just a memorable tv actor of his time. he was also a singer and composer and, well, maybe above all else, he was america's dad. ♪ show me that smile again >> reporter: with a generous smile andsd plenty of business m alan thicke entered our living rooms as our otherhe
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1985. >> you're taking karate to help you achieve the spiritual state of a don ho. >> reporter: he helped us navigate life into the 80s and early '90s and hit growing pains. >> don ho is the singer who recorded "tiny bubble." >> reporter: before the sitcom he was host of a short-lived late night show. >> give it up for the chile peppers! >> reporter: and television's most enduring theme shows, including "different strokes." ♪ you take the good you take the good there you have the facts of l e life ♪ >> reporter: "the facts of life" "and "wheel of fortune." after "growing pains" he stayed busy hosting game shows and appearing on a number of sitcoms. >> alan thicke! >> how can i h
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>> reporter: as dr. seaver might have once taught us, for alan thicke, family was everything. ti i looked my kids and spend me with them and see what they have accomplished and, generally, i feel i must have done some of it right. ♪ if you can't feel what i'm trying to say snowe. >> reporter: pop car robin thicke is one of three sons of alan thicke. >> i love all of my boys. they are quite fabulous. when i look at them, i pat myself on the back. >> reporter: now early this morning, robin thick posted a brief note to instagram in memory of his father saying, in part. >> wow. i had no idea he wrote "the facts of life" and all of those other jingles. >> he was a talent. i can still sing
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to "growing pains." a new report highlights mistakes that open democratic national committee computers to
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a massive fraud targeting a military health program allegedly made one man $20 million in just nine months. >> ahead, new criminal allegations in the government fraud case exposed by a cbs news investigation. the news is back in the morning right here on "cbs this morning."
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♪ here is a new way to save energy while shoveling snow. this young man rides his hoverboard while clearing his driveway in wisconsin. probably only works with some light fluffy snow. the hoverboard probably doesn't have enough kick or traction to cover snow when it's wet and heavy but kind of cool. >> innovative for kids today. the kids today! >> love it. welcome back to "cbs this morning." this half hour, we will take a deep look at how russia hacked into the democratic national committee and the clinton campaign. "the new york times" national security correspondent david sanger is in studio 57 how a low-key fbi response apparently allowed this cyber theft to get worse. plus, a former nfl player is accusedf
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kickbacks by abusing military benefits. just ahead, how that may be the tip of the iceberg in an alleged health care fraud uncovered by cbs news. time to show you some of the morning's headlines from around the globe. "usa today" says millions of americans could be drinking toxic water and would never know it. an investigation found about 4 million americans get water from small operators who skip required safety tests or did not conduct tests properly. about 100,000 people get their drinking water from utilities that discovered high lead but failed to treat it. the epa says it's revising lead regulations and working with states to strengthen protection. 21st century cures act signed yesterday by president obama includes nearly 2 billion dollars for joe biden's cancer moonshot. the vice president pushed for the plan after the death of his son beau last year. the bill won wide support in congress from both parties.
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the terrifying final moments on a cargo ship as it sank in a hurricane. a newly released transcript shows one sailor cried, "i'm a goner! !" as the el faro went down last year in the atlantic. the captain refused to change course and that angers the wife of a crew man who died. >> i would have thrown the captain overboard and tried to save myself and the ship, if it were me. but it's just devastating that something like this happened. >> all 33 people on board the el faro died. "the washington post" reports scientists are % frantically coping climate data because they fear the trump administration may tamper with it. in recent weeks, the president-elect has nominated growing list of cabinet members who question the evidence around global warming. scientists are now archiving reams of climate data on independent servers to keep the information safe. "the new york times" investigates how the kremlin
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thousands of e-mails from the democratic national committee and hillary clinton's campaign chair. the times says an early fumbling encounter between the dnc and fbi, quote, meant the best chance to halt the russian intrusion was lost. the failure to grasp the attacks. the white house reluctance meant the russians have not paid a heavy price for their office. vladimir putin turned, quote, two institutions the core of american democracy and political campaigns and independent media to his own ends. "cbs this morning" asked for a comment overnight from the white house and fbi and dnc and democratic national committee and the trump transition and we did not immediate get a response. "the new york times" national security correspondent david sanger co-wrote the article and we are pleased to have you here. you compare this to the watergate break opinion in except by a foreign power. >> that is the azi
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you go down in the basement of the dnc's headquarters and there they have, we have it in the photograph that is on the front page, their old file cabinet that was propped open during the watergate break-in 44 years ago and next to it, a thin little dell server that is about the size of a laptop. >> incredible. >> that the russians got into and it got far more data. >> why is the world's no technological savvy danger we thought took so long to wake up to the dangers of this? >> the more we dug into this story and i have my colleagues eric lipton and scott chain to thank for really driving into the narrative of this -- the more we discovered a tale of complete missignals, as alex said before. so the fbi calls the dnc. they get the help desk. >> right. >> they get a young cyber
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chicago. he does nothing basically for seven months. during that time period, the fbi doesn't raise the alarm. this is the time period when john podesta's g-mail is hacked that ruled esulted in the e-mai saw later on. so there was just a series of people asleep at the wheel. then you get to the point where the white house was very slow to react and sort of put together an effective deterrence plan. >> david, the white house knew about this in june. they didn't say anything publicly until september. how do you grade that response, knowing all of the facts? >> you know, pretty slow. and if you compare it, alex, to the sony hack two years ago, which we spent a lot of time talking about here and charlie and i have, in that time period, they got it in a few weeks, the attribution of north korea and president came in the press room and accused the north korea
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leadership and imposed sanctions and after that had sanctions they still haven't used against the russians. partly for good reasons. they did not want to be appearing in oo way with hillary clinton and probably because of the escalation ladder because they felt if they acted before the lexs the russians could hack the election system. >> this is incredible read and incredible reporting to see this low-key approach as you call it by the russians resulted in this massive breakthrough. the republican national committee has said that they were not hacked. what does your reporting suggest? >> our reporting suggests they were, but not in the committee, itself. like most organizations, they take their data and send it off to some vendors. and guess what. u.s. intelligence found republican data as well. now they may be narrowly correct in that it may not have been the server in
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they weren't hacked is to say the personnel management wasn't. >> was it the goal to influence the outcome of the election in favor of donald trump? you quote the head of the commander of the u.s. cyber command. what did admiral rogers say? >> what he said there was a very deliberate effort here to influence the election. he did not say on whose behalf. i think while there are a lot of arguments right now about what the ultimate intent of the russians was, i think you have to think of this as a rolling intent that they started to disrupt and they may have ended up in the last stages when they thought that mr. trump was a viable candidate going -- >> one of the points that have been made if, in fact, they did hack the rnc and dnc as well, they only gave to wikepedia, the russians what they found from the democrats and not the republicans? >> that's right. wikileaks only got the material from the democrats. we don't know if that is because they were putting their finger on the
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they got out of the republicans wasn't terribly interesting. >> do we know whether they did anything to have access to the e-mails on hillary clinton's server? >> i have never found anybody with any evidence that they got on to hillary clinton's server. on the other hand, i would have to say that knowing they had gotten into the state department, the white house, and the joint chiefs of staff, it seems remarkable to me they wouldn't have at least tried to get into hillary clinton's e-mail. >> cyber attacks are cheap and can be executed from afar and can wreak incredible havoc. what does the administration need to know about and going forward? >> they actually turned out something of a cyber plan before the president-elect got elected. but i don't think they understand yet -- and i don't think any of us really do -- the degree to which this weapon has become the short of war weapon of choice, a way to go influence a country without prompting a military response. >> wow.
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david, incredible piece of journalism. >> thank you very much. >> thank you very much. a nationwide fraud the justice department says exposed by a cbs news investigation cost taxpayers a fortune. >> how much are they making? >> oh, millions. >> ahead, new charges in the scheme to bilk the military's health benefit plan. how one high profile participant allegedly made $20 million in just nine months. we invite you to subscribe to our "cbs this morning" podcast. you'll get the news of the day and extended interviews and podcast originals. find them all on itunes and apple's podcast app. we will be right back.
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♪ we are learning new details about the scope of an alleged fraud scheme that cost taxpayers billions of dollars. the justice department says former nfl player monday i didn't grow made roughly $20 million in kickbacks
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compounding pharmacy in florida. the payment was allegedly part of a scam against a health insurance program that covered members of the military. jim axelrod helped break the story. >> good morning. mr. grow's indictment follows a cbs news investigation last year into a scam that targeted the pentagon. prosecutors say active duty service members, as well as veterans were recruited as patients, so their health care benefit plans could be bilked for hundreds of millions of dollars. prescribed pain and scar creams of dubious value and they say mr. grow was part of that scam. >> picked off by grow. monty grow getting his first >> reporter: former nfl linebacker monty grow made his first appearance in miami court on tuesday. he is charged with sxir study
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they love these products. >> reporter: cbs news exposed last year. one of the people working with grow was this woman, deanna dutting. she pedaled pain creams to members of the military at no cost to them. >> here are these amazing creams. they are complete free. all you got to do is type in your tracking number online and submit it. >> reporter: she told us tricare, the military's health benefit plan, paid out roughly $25,000 for a one-month supply. >> if you want to feel bad or do your own research, you can do just like the rest of us did but we got over it real quick once we started making our money, do you know what i mean? >> reporter: she turned herself in last week. cbs news learned she was one of dozens working with grow to generate business for a compounding pharmacy in florida. >> how much is the pharmacy making off of this? >> oh, millions. >> reporter: grow had nothing to say when he left the courthouse.
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monty grow is out on $6,000 bond and had to surrender his passport and, of course, his firearms. >> how many more cases are there like this? >> the investigation is at its earliest stages and not just south florida. nationwide investigation and several other states will be hearing a lot more about this. >> jim, thanks for that. bruno mars joins james corden for some carpool karaoke. >> who knew? ♪ >> say it, james! >> i just want to be in the passenger seat for that. how mars said he got his start
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♪ good morning. it is wednesday, december 14th, 2016. welcome back to "cbs this morning." there is more real news ahead, including former secretary of state james baker. why he recommended rex tillerson for his old post and what challenges the trump administration faces overseas. first, here's a look at today's "eye opener" at 8:00. the syrian regime is now in control of aleppo. the city is a strategic prize. ti mr. trump called rex llerson one of the greatest global business leaders of our time. the question now is will he approach high stakes foreign policy challenges as a deal-maker or a diplomat? >> what are you hearing from republicans in the senate about rex tillerson? >> a lot of questions.
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against tillerson's nomination it only takes three republicans to sink his nomination. >> many americans face dangerous cold as arctic air blankets the northern half of the country. >> it has been so cold. today's high will only reach 8 degrees mere in minneapolis. >> alan thicke was jent a memorable tv actor but a singer and a composer and above all else, he was america's dad. >> i can still sing the theme song to "growing pains." ♪ ♪ as long as we got each other we have the world in our hands ♪ >> a new lawsuit claims that uber employees used passenger data to stalk celebrities. when i called to complain, uber said don't worry, conan, we didn't mean you. ♪ i'm charlie rose with
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gayle is off. a the cease-fire in syrian has led to a humanitarian crisis in aleppo. the u.n. describes it as a complete meltdown of humanity. thousands of civilians are trapped among rebel fighters in a tiny sex in the east of the city. >> the u.n. says there is evidence pro-government forces massacred 82 civilians, including 11 women and 13 children. at an emergency security council meeting, american ambassador samantha power directly criticized russia, iran, and the assad regime. >> three member states of the u.n. contributing to a noose around civilians. it should shame you. instead, by all appearances, it is emboldening you. you are plotting your next assault. are you truly incapable of shame? is there literally nothing that can shame you?
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>> russia and syria denied committing atrocities. president-elect trump's nominee for secretary of state exxonmobil ceo rex tillerson will need to address the syrian crisis. at a thank you rally in wisconsin last night, mr. trump called tillerson, quote, one of the greatest and most skilled global business leaders of our time. tillerson has spent decade negotiating multibillion dollar oil deals that benefited exxonmobil and russia. members of both parties say they are concerned about those relationships. >> james baker served as secretary of state in the first bush white house during the first gulf war. the fall of the berlin wall and the collapse of the soviet union. he joins us from houston for a interview you can only see on "cbs this morning." secretary baker good morning. >> thank you, charlie. >> reporter: let me begin with syria and this humanitarian crisis.
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tillerson as secretary of state. you know this man well. he's from your home state. what would he do? what would he be recommending? what is his world view about syria? >> well, i don't know that i know his world view about syria, but i know this, he's an excellent choice to be secretary of state and he has the opportunity to be an extraordinarily effective one. because he has the management skills. he's got the experience, international experience. and he's got the negotiating skills to do the job and to do a very good job. >> are you worried about his closeness with vladimir putin? >> well, i'm not worried about that, charlie, because he was doing -- in getting close to vladimir putin, he was doing what he should have done for the shareholders of exxonmobil. and that is make good deals, good agreements with foreign
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authoritarian or not, that added to the bottom line for the shareholders of exxonmobil. you know we used to have a saying in washington when i was up there that where you stand is a function of where you sit. and he was sitting in the ceo's chair of exxonmobil. now he is going to be sitting in the secretary of state state on the seventh floor of the state department and i guarantee you he is going to have a different outlook. he is going to be looking at formulating and implementing american foreign policy on the base of the principles and values of this country and in the national interests of this country. >> explain the difference from being a ceo of exxonmobil and cutting a deal with russia, a transactional relationship. how is that different, though, from what needs to be done as a diplomat and secretary of state? >> well, i'm not sure, because i've never been a ceo, norah. so i don't know. >> yes. >> but i have -- i have cut a lot of deals for the united states and i did so
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secretary and i did so as secretary of state and some of them were probably good and some of them, maybe not so good. but i don't think there is a heck of a lot of difference. i think, you know, you know what your country's interest, national interest is and what our principles and values are, and you cut a deal that supports all of that and you don't give those away just because you have a relationship with a person on the other side of the table that you can talk to. so i -- go ahead. >> i'm sorry, mr. secretary. you're partner in a law firm that represents exxonmobil and some of the russian gas companies that do business with exxonmobil. >> that's right. >> i ask you a two-part question. do you have any experience of working with rex tillerson and do you think that at all complicates your support for him? >> well, i've never done anything for the company that -- in which rex was directly involved. i know him. he's a friend of mine. i hulk
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his ability. i want to tell you something, though. this story that somehow i was out there pushing rex early on is not correct. when the transition people for the trump -- for president-elect trump called me, i gave him really high marks. that call came in monday, the day before yesterday. so some of the reporting that you've seen on that, that somehow i was pushing him because of my firm's representation of exxonmobil, that's not true. but i do think he will be an excellent secretary of state. >> so who was your first choice? >> well, you know, i don't know that i want to get into all of that, charlie. but i will tell you -- i will tell you this. i will tell you this. i think that there were three people under consideration by the president-elect that i thought would do an extraordinarily good job as secretary of state. one of them was senator bob
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corker who is chairman of the foreign relations committee in the senate and another was former governor mitt romney and the next one was rex tillerson but not necessarily in that order. >> what marks would you give donald trump in terms of who he is apoiting to his administration? >> in my judgment, he is doing very well, particularly given all of the questions and concerns that were -- that were out there originally. yes. i think he is appointing some extraordinarily capable people but you're going to have to wait and see how it all plays out. i'll tell you -- i was thinking you were going to ask me a question, what is it that rex tillerson does to -- what does he need to do be a good secretary. >> yes. >> and i was going to tell you take the most important thing that he needs to do is to establish a seamless relationship with his president. you cannot succeed as secretary of state unless you have tha
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kind of relationship and, fortunately, i had that kind of relationship with george w. bush. >> but it went way back to the time you both were young men in texas and worked for each other. >> no, we didn't work for each other. >> no, but you supported his campaigns when he supported your ambition. >> it went back 40 years because we had been friends for 40 years. yes it did that. i didn't have as difficult of a job establishing a seamless relationship with my president. but that is the important thing for any secretary of state. >> mr. secretary, i know we want to talk about something that is close to your heart which is the struggle, the plight of elephants around the world and you've called for a worldwide band on ivory and you say elephants are our collective responsibility as cloble global -- global citizens. what needs to be done? >> the global ban on ivory trade. when i was secretary of state in 1989 and 1990 i pushed for that and got that implemented on the inte
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endangered species and over the years, the ban began to erode a little bit and exception were made here and there. progress was made, by the way, in restoring elephant populations while that ban was in effect. as it eroded, that progress was lost. we run the risk, norah, of waking up here one day with elephants in dire strait, in dire possibility of extinction. i don't want my children and great grandmothchildren that gr newspaper a world that doesn't have elephants and we have a risk of that today. >> that is an admirable concern. some of the people in the trump administration believe too fee people who have a strong view to protect the planet. and who have strong views about the dangers of global warming. >> well, i don't know that -- i don't know that i can speak for everybody in the administration. i certainly can't because i don't know what their views are. i do know .
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rex tillerson was one of the people -- one of the corporate leaders in the united states who first came out and acknowledged the problem of climate change, and so -- but i can't answer for people who have been appointed to positions like epa and so forth. i don't know the answer to that. >> thank you. >> secretary baker, thanks for taking time this morning. >> thank you for having me. just ahead, what could be a clash of the titans. when some of silicon valley's most powerful ceos visit trump tower today.
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biggest names will gather at trump tower later today. the president-elect will meet executives from companies like oracle, amazon, apple, google, and facebook. many in of the group described him in the campaign as a threat to their future. only a few took a bit different view. don dahler is outside of trump tower with a meeting that may lead to some common ground. don, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. this summer, 140 tech executives and entrepreneurs signed an open letter calling donald trump potentially a disaster for innovation. today, some tech titans will meet him today to try to chart a path forward. a key issue on the agenda is jobs. >> we are going to get apple to start building their damn computers and things in this country instead of in other countries. >> reporter: donald trump pulled no punches on the campaign trail, attacking some of silicon valley's giants. >> amazon is getting away with murder tax-wise. >> reporter: the very same leaders whose companies trump chastised ar
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face-to-face with the president-elect. >> the election of donald trump surprised silicon valley but an opportunity to view that as a wake-up call. >> reporter: aol founder steve case was not shocked by trump's election victory because he has been traversing the company and spotlighting entrepreneurs on his rise to the rest bus tour. >> this was a backlash because people have seemed their futures dim because of what is happening with globalization and digitization. >> reporter: jobs will be reportedly be a top the agenda at this afternoon's meeting and familiar face will there. peter thiel one of the few in sill son valley to back trump. thiel is now advising the president-elect. for his part, steve case
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cooperation. where do you think they can find common ground? >> i think a lot of issues there is disagreement. immigration is a big deal. maybe the president-elect trump will support an immigration, you know, policy around things like, you know, the start-up visa. ♪ i'm proud to be an american >> reporter: trump has softened his position on visas for highly skilled immigrants. >> i'm changing. i'm changing. we need highly skilled people in this country and if we can't do it, we will get them in. >> reporter: in a way, do you think his candidacy and now his election is the ultimate start-up? >> absolutely. the campaign was a big disruption. >> reporter: some 800 employees pledged yesterday they will not help a trump admission do things like survey muslims nor conduct mass deportations. >> don, thanks for that. an interesting meeting at trump tower today. >> indeed, yes, yes. >> yeah. a drama c
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♪ >> i just want you to know if you need anything, don't be shy, okay? there are no rules in this house. not like a regular mom. i'm a cool mom! right, regina? >> please stop talking. >> okay. >> actress amy poehler trying to be the cool mom. why being a cool parent may not be as involved as you think. psychologists and cbs contributor lisa demoore is in our green room to show us just being around benefits your team enormously. >> ahead, how algorithm is shaking up the fashion industry. time to show you some of the morning's headlines from around the globe. "the new york times" reports the government now believes fracking has conna
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study first released last year by the environmental protection agency. current federal rules cover only fracking wells on public land. about 10% of the total. president-elect trump has vowed to expand fracking and roll back related rules. >> cbs news national affiliate wtvf reports that residents in murfreesboro, tennessee, were evacuated after dangerous hazardous chemical spill. two semis crashed this morning. the drivers of both semis were reportedly hospitalized with unknown injuries. "usa today" says this year was the warmest on record in the arctic. the surface temperature of the arctic ocean in august was 9 degrees above average. and its ice was the lowest researchers have ever seen. one scientist says the arctic
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maintains are unraveling. >> and "the washington post" reports on dna testing for dogs. scientists want to know if certain genes can influence behavior and may explain why some breeds bark more or trainers are asked to submit a swab of their dog's drool and take a cognition test for a behavioral study. they hope to get 5,000 dogs signed up. >> are you going to get barcl barclay's spit? >> he barks at everybody. powerful storms and high tides in northern california today could slow efforts to fill a large sinkhole. crews have been working to fill the 15-foot hole along the coast. at first, it appeared on saturday. john blackstone is in pacifica, ten miles south of san francisco, with the ongoing problem with the erosion. john, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. well, here in
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right on the western edge of the continent. this apartment building is empty and condemned because it could slide into the pacific ocean because of cliff erosion. over here now, a popular hiking path down to the beach is closed because part of it has disappeared into a huge sinkhole. at 15-foot section of the trail just dropped away into the ocean. the trail is now off limits, as crews pump concrete and sand into the massive sinkhole. this is only the latest effort to stop erosion of the cliff here that has been falling away for decades. >> we have seen waves up pretty high every year but this is the worst i've seen. >> reporter: the company that owns the land told "cbs this morning," an underground pipe separated and caused leaking water to saturate the ground below. as crews work to stabilize the area, powerful tides are moving in. >> sand just, you know, washed away and that is what we have big cavity. mo reporter: the cliffs here are
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and when the base is pounded by high surf, the bluff is undermined. >> when you get the big breakers and ground swells coming in, that really takes a beating on these things. >> reporter: rick gillaza grew up in this area and watched waves erode the pacifica coastline for years. >> i have memories when i was a child out here and i take my wife out here now and try and find the places where my dad and i fished years ago. they are gone. >> reporter: houses that were once here are gone too. when major el nino storms hit california in 1998 the bluffs eroded so quickly, residents fled before one home tumbled into the ocean. other houses were knocked down before they, too, fell off the cliff. earlier this year, two apartment buildings were demolished as the bluff beneath them continued to drop away and a third ocean view apartment complex was condemned as massive erosion put the building at cliff's edge.
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seen those apartments often. could you ever have imagined that it would be like it is today? hanging off the edge? >> well, gosh. coming out here every storm, yeah, i do. i mean, there is just nothing stopping this water. >> reporter: now once the sun rise, the view from here is spectacular, which is why there are apartment buildings all along this bluff. the nearest apartment building to here was recently renamed ocean air and that is perhaps because its previous name conjured up a now too precarious image. it used to be called land's end! >> how about that? john, thank you so much. parents of teenagers might be surprised to learn what their kids really think about having them around. "the new york times" looks into the issue in an online article called "what do teenagers want? potted plant parents." psychologist lisa demoore writes, quote. here i
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not expect. they wish their parents were around more often. lisa demoore is a cbs news contributor. good morning. >> good morning. >> when i first heard the phrase potted plant, i thought negative. but you take it a different direction? >> i do. what i've learned from teenagers is they like to have their parents around but that doesn't mean they want to interact with their parents. so i think a potted plant makes a good metaphor for that. >> yes. what do the studies show? >> what the teenagers are asking for. what we see is the data on the e of the teenager's preference to have the parents there. one of the really interesting thing in the data they separate out parental press from warm and connectiveness in the families and even when
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connectiveness is not strong the presents in and of itself is available for teenagers. >> what about the working parents that can't be around as much as perhaps they would like to be? >> absolutely. families with big jobs or who are spread thin. so they can't always be present in the ways they want. so the good news is that teens are resilient, kids are resilient. kids thif under all sorts of conditions. what we see in one of the studies i cite in the article looked at what they call fly in and fly out parents in australia. there is a large sector of parents who work away from home for two to three weeks at a time on oil rigs or mines. they studied those families. their teens were more stressed as you might expect but they were doing just absolutely just fine. i think the point here is families do the best they can with the option they have got, but mostly what we want to do is reassure parents that you just being around is enough. i think often we feel like we got to interact and we got to have a conversation. that it
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data show. >> i've always been curious about this question. what is it about the teenage to rebel against their parents? >> that terrible side effect of puberty. their job to become independent. i think a normal development a teen's job to push away and a parents' job to pull back. the other reason honestly they get wise to us. you know? at 14, the scales fall away. >> bored? >> yes. they realize you're older and noon what dodd all the time. >> i think a pull of being with your friends and they are developing friends and contact and they want to be where they are and doing their thing. >> absolutely. that is their job. what we want to do in that context is for home to be a secure base. you know, that they can explore the world and move away and come back and know that parents are available, if needed. i think one of the challenges with teenagers is needs arise quickly. for anyone who spend time with teenagers knows they are fine one minute and c
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fine the next. for teenagers, i think they feel let's pretend you're not there but don't go anywhere. i might need you. >> what is a world example of being a potted plant parents? >> sure. i collected these from my friends as i was writing them. one just folds laundry every night in a room where her teenagers watch tv. she is around and there is no pressure, no expectation. >> interesting. >> and another one of my friends, his daughter will ask him to sit in the room where she does her homework and he just does his work there quietly. i think that we can just underestimate the value of just being available without an agenda. you know, so many adults, when they are with teenagers, they are bringing an agenda. it's a coach or a teacher or parent. >> i wonder fountain inverse is too. we played that clip from amy poehler and "means girls." does that have a deleterious effect on a relationship? >> not necessarily. parent involvement is a good thing. i think what i want t
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parents is that just because you're not having a deep conversation, just because your teenager is not coming wito you with questions doesn't mean you just being there in the kitchen doing your thing, available if they need you, that is still valuable. >> so could i move into your office? because if you were there, i would just have more fun. >> you want me to be there around you more? >> yes. >> i can do that. >> i could get more done. >> beautiful. you guys are on to something. >> i'll be your potted plant! i don't think you want me as a potted plant, though. you want more than that. >> a beautiful potted plant. >> when two harvard grads couldn't find the right color nude for their skin tones, they turned to technology. ahead, how their breakthrough won the support of nearly a dozen companies. first,
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>> reporter: woki inworking fro kitchen table, two harvard business graduates are hoping to change how the resale community sees all skin colors. >> we are the first to tackle this problem. >> reporter: the problem according to entrepreneurs have been fashion's limited range in the color nude. when you grew up, what did the color nude to you? >> it definitely meant beige. i have a lot of stories of wearing beige nude hosiery and just having ashy legs. >> reporter: the children of sudanese and mexican immigrants bonded from lingerie and nylons to makeup. >> we were talking about needing flesh tone products and there just being this huge gap. and so it came out of this desire to do something good for the world. >> reporter: on a mission to change the standard of beauty for women around the globe, they launched their company nudist last july, just months out of school. >> you can come to our site, try our nude mer.
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we match you with product that best matches your skin tone. >> reporter: they say their nude meter is the first of its kind. >> propriety algorithm. between of two us we were scanning people's skin and looking at different, like, products versus skin tone, and coming up with what were the different variables that we need to measure to match product to skin tone. >> reporter: it sounds very harvard-like. we give the nude meter a shot. it starts by taking a picture of your hand on a white sheet of paper. >> so then you select your skin tone. >> that looks good. >> reporter: looks good. >> then you shop your skin tone. now number 7. that is your nude. >> reporter: once you know your nude, the site cureates longry and hosiery to match and they have a wide variety of skin tones. are you actually matching people's skin tone with products or are you offering products that are close enough? >> we
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close enough, because there's still a gap in the market for nude products. >> reporter: we examined that gap. when we went to the websites of ten major retailers, we found few options for women of color. >> the current definition of nude, the beige tones, do not match 84% of the global population. so the opportunity is big to fix this. >> reporter: julie wills is a fashion and beauty editor for "essence" magazine and says it's not a move, btrend, but a movem >> i feel trends are fleeting and i don't want this to be a fleety thing. >> reporter: wem pooem apeople about it on social media. >> i think social media is really the reason why this is all happening. it's really kind of energized people to be more vocal about what they want. >> reporter: companies are being called out. >> yes.
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kohl's. good morning be i'm meteorologist elsa wright. it's gorgeous, 47 degrees. breezy and 40 during the afternoon. tomorrow, our high temperature before the sun comes up and then it will go into the single digits much of the day with the winds factored in and factored to 30 miles per hour tomorrow. today, we can see a snow shower. and side morning, a bit of a mix before turning to rain. and mike hydeck in the newsroom and some of the stories we're following. a big reminder of the season. they showed how easy it is for christmas trees, both the natural kind and fake ones to catch fire. they quickly show how fires can spread. christmas tree fires are five times more deadly than the average house fire. >>
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their houses shake so much, the paintings are falling off of the walls. they're blaming the green line trains. metro said they're not sure what is causing the rumbling but they looking into it. and now time to see what is coming up on great day washington. megan moony. >> and good morning, mike. something exciting for you and your kidos today. be our guest. beauty and the beast is playing here at imagination stage in bethesda, maryland. of course, it's a fairytale we love. and a bull on lady named bell, celebrating 25 years of the movie and this is a whole re- enactment of that and it's unique, we'll tell you why and this is
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healthy, free, the world before me, the long brown path before me leading wherever i choose. the east and the west are mine. the north and the south are mine. all seems beautiful to me.
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. it's wednesday, december 4949th and this is great day washington. -- it's wednesday, december 14th, and this is great day washington. . good morning, friends. i'm chris
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we're your host of great day washington. a says i was driving in? >> yes? >> i saw a beautiful super moon. >> it was gigantic? >> and that was gorgeous. what a way to start the day. >> it's bright and beautiful. you know what it gets done, you want any light coming into work and that was nice. >> and apparently we're not going to see another one until 2024. >> are you serious in. >> i will be a woman of retirement age. >> bring a flashlight or something. >> and this is something to look forward to. >> what do you have there? >> i'll be wearing this during the show, when you see it, call in and win. >> whatco you win? >> that sweater. >> that is my sweater. don't give it away. >> and this is your sweater? >> steve greenberg gave it to me for holiday toys and adults and children. >> and he's wearing a funny sweater. stay tuned for this and in the world of politics, it's been quth
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trump tower in new york city with politicians and top-level business men meeting with the president-elect there and includes kanye west who entered the meeting with a camera man and entourage. trump told reporters that i met to discuss, quote, life. and that they had been friends for a very long time. who knew? hours later, west tweeted he wanted to meet with trump once more today to discuss multicultural issues. you know, such bullying and modernizing the curriculum and violence in chicago. and at terrorism towers, they plan to focus with leaders flying in and this includes apple's tim cook and tesla's eli -- dis. >> and that is a big group. >> a gig group. >> and can yay had more security people around him than mr. mr. trump. >> and i want to kn i

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