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you in a sense panic. you wonder what it is, who it is. this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
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milestone "ridiculous." mr. trump told the associated press the contract wasn't really his. somebody put out the concept of a 100-day plan, he said, even though his signature appears on the document. press secretary sean spicer. is 100 days, as the president said on twitter, a ridiculous benchmark or an important one? >> i think obviously in the context of an entire administration, there's a lot that we feel very proud that we've gotten off, gotten done and gotten taken care of. >> reporter: the president has fulfilled or taken steps to fulfill about half of the executive promises in the contract, including drawing from the mument nation trans-pacific partnership trade deal and nominating supreme court justice neil gorsuch. >> and i got it done in the first 100 days. that's even nice. >> reporter: but the president has not sent to congress any of the ten bills the contract outlines. his promise to repeal and replace obamacare fell apart in march. >> we all learned a lot. >> reporter: the white house
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week on a revised bill to repeal obamacare, but that schedule is slipping. >> i think when you look at the totality of what we've accomplished, you can cherry pick any couple of things and say, okay, what about this or, that but i think when you look at it overall... >> jim, jim, those pieces are not small. what i'm saying in terms of overall what he has accomplished, has been unbelievably significant. >> reporter: by week's end, the president will have signed 32 executive orders, more, the white house says, than any president since world war ii. scott, on wednesday the president will unveil his tax reform ideas. those ideas, however, will not go to congress until form of actual legislation. >> pelley: major garrett at the white house tonight. major, thanks. well, on capitol hill, the president's plan for a border wall is the main obstacle to passing a funding bill. congress has just four days to do it or risk a government shutdown. here's our chief congressional correspondent nancy cordes.
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>> the cost of the wall is staggering. >> reporter: sensing a split in the g.o.p., democrats, led by chuck schumer, dug in their heels today on funding for a still-hypothetical border wall. >> the trump administration has not shown us any specific plans about how and where the wall will be built, how high will it be? how much will it cost? >> reporter: republicans were hoping to hold off on this fight until the fall, but with the 100-day milestone looming, the white house is pushing now to help president trump tick off a major campaign promise. >> we will build the wall 100%. >> reporter: the white house wants congress to insert a couple billion dollars, a doesn't payment on the wall, into a bill to fund the government through september. the president tweeted today, "the wall is a very important tool in stopping drugs from pouring into our country and poisoning our youth and many others." but ma
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risking a shutdown over a wall president trump promised would be paid for by mexico, and most g.o.p. lawmakers from border states have argued massive wall is not the best option. >> we're not going to have a government shutdown. >> reporter: house speaker paul ryan told "cbs this morning" last month that congress will find the funding, but he was in no mood to rush it. >> the big chunk of money for the wall really is next fiscal year's appropriations because they can't start construction even this quickly. >> reporter: so republican leaders are working right now to ratchet down white house expectations. they're hoping the president will be satisfied with some extra funding for border security or surveillance instead. scott, there is no appetite for any fight that could lead the a shutdown. >> pelley: nancy cordes on capitol hill. thanks, nancy. congress is not the only thing that stands in the way of the wall. carter evans is on the border.
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>> i can go but you can't go. >> reporter: jose osawa is vice chairman of a tohonoo'odtham nation, a tribe of indians. the tohonoo'odtham nation straddles 62 miles along the next can-american boarder in arizona. tribal members live on both sides and are caught in the middle of the border debate. they allowed the federal government to build a vehicle barrier in 2006, but they strongly oppose a wall through their land. the current border fence cuts right through this ranch, which is owned by a tribal member, and their well is now on the mexican side of the border. a wall here would make it impossible to get to. >> if i were to go to your home and say, you know what, i should build a wall from your home to your backyard and you can't cross to your backyard unless you come through me... >> that's how you view it? >> that's how i view it. >> reporter: the indian reservation is there.
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on each side of it? >> it will probably increase the traffic coming through the indian reservation. >> reporter: sheriff mark lamb says illegal immigrants and smugglers come out of the reservation into his country in arizona. nearly 3,500 illegal borer crossingers were detained in the first month of this year. would a wall in the indian reservation be helpful? >> absolutely. >> reporter: as far as you're concerned, this is not the mexico and this is not the u.s. >> this is technically the people's land. >> reporter: and since the federal government gave control of this land to the tohonoo'odtham more than 150 years ago, it will now require an act of congress to take it back and build a wall. carter evans, cbs news along the u.s.-mexican border. >> pelley: another important story that we're watching tonight is the deteriorating situation in afghanistan. 9,000 u.s. troops are on the ground trying to help the afghan
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taliban. but the job is getting tougher by the day thanks in part to moscow. charlie d'agata has this. >> reporter: u.s. defense secretary jim mattis arrived in kabul today as the country descended further into chaos. worsening the situation, new allegations the russians are supplying the taliban with weapons. >> we're going to have to confront russia where what they're doing is contrary to international law. >> reporter: his top general, john nickenson, made it more clear. >> just to be clear, they're sending weapons? >> oh, no, i'm not refuting that. >> reporter: the visit comes after a sneak attack by the taliban on an afghan military base in mazar i sharif that killed at least 140 afghan soldiers. military vehicles drove taliban fighters dressed in afghan army uniforms past checkpoints into the base. survivors said the militants then opened fire o
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afghan soldiers returning from a mosque. mattis called the attack barbaric. the taliban also claimed responsibility for another attack today at camp chapman, a base that houses c.i.a. and u.s. special operations forces. in 2009, seven c.i.a. officers were killed here in a suicide bomb attack. there are no american casualties this time. the taliban now control about 40% of the country. the u.s. sent 300 marines to helmand province this month, and general nicholson has said he may need a few thousand more troops. despite a resurgent taliban, the u.s. military targeted isis militants two weeks ago, dropping a 22,000-pound bomb on a network of caves and tunnels near the border with pakistan. there's been no confirmation of isis deaths. defense secretary mattis said today the 2017 is going to b
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afghanistan security forces, scott, and there is no word if general nicholson's request for more u.s. troops will be granted. >> kris: charlie d'agata for us in our london newsroom. charlie, thanks. >> pelley: today in france nearly all the mainstream political parties united against the far right candidate in the presidential election. yesterday's vote narrowed the field from 11 candidates to two. marine le pen, who wants to withdraw from the european union, finished second to emanuel macron, a centrist. the two will meet in a run-off may 7th. today man who never lost a presidential election made his first major appearance since leaving office. dean reynolds is in chicago now with the reemergence of barack obama. [applause] >> reporter: mr. obama appeared cool and at ease to a degree only a former president can appreciate. >> what's been going on while i've been gone?
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constitutional law, the 44th president chartered a postpresidential future. >> the single most important thing i can do is to help in any way i can prepare the next generation. leadership to take up the batons and to take their own crack at changing the world. >> reporter: there was no mention of donald trump, no response to the frantic attempts to erase the obama legacy or the evidence-free charges that he tapped mr. trump's phone. instead, after several months vacation and decompressing with friends, mr. obama chose a forum with budding political activists to recall his days here as a community organizer. >> there's a reason why i'm always optimistic, even when things look like they're sometimes not going the way i want. and that is because of young people like this. >> reporter: mr. obama did criticize generally what he sees as a broken system
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>> special interests dominate the debates in washington in ways that don't match up with what the entered majority of americans feel. >> reporter: and he had some advice for those seeking to follow his path into politics. >> worry less about what you want to be and worry more about what you want to do. >> reporter: mr. obama's next public appearance, scott, will be may 7th in boston where he will accept the kennedy library's profiles in courage award. >> pelley: dean reynolds in chicago. correspondent david martin has been keeping up with a wounded vet who has spent years battling to get proper care for the veterans administration in his home state of north carolina. he finally got so fed up last week that he packed up and drove north, and that's where david martin picks up the story. >> reporter: retired marine sergeant major ray mackey is
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you, but it beats being stuck in a wheelchair. >> for the first time in probably over a year that i was able to stand for any given amount of time. >> reporter: this is exactly what he was doing first time we met him seven years ago, learning to walk after losing both legs to a landmine in afghanistan. then, as now, he was being fitted for prosthetics at the walter reed national military medical center. >> 2 important part of the whole system is the fit between this and my leg. >> reporter: it's that socket which brought mackey back to walter reed after the v.a. in his home state of north carolina kept him waiting. how many times did you come get a socket because of delays didn't fit? >> probably six or seven times. >> reporter: confined to a wheelchair, he finally gave up at the v.a. at walter reed he got new sockets in less than a week. >> this is probably the most work i've done on my legs in a while. >> reporter: he's gained a lot
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least their flexibility. walking will always be a chore, but it was the inability of the v.a. 20 keep him in properly-fitting prosthetics that was keeping a good man down. >> they don't know who they're dealing with. i'm just another number that got pulled out of the number machine. >> reporter: ray mackey is back up and back home in north carolina, and he's gotten a call from his local v.a. saying they want to come up with a plan for making the system better. david martin, cbs news, walter reed. >> pelley: coming up next on the "cbs evening news," is there something in the air? passengers squaring off against the crew, and later, a little girl survives a fall from a moving bus.
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got herself a lawyer today. conflicts like that are rare. more than two million people fly in the u.s. every day without trouble. but the skies do seem less friendly. here's transportation correspondent kris van cleve. >> reporter: the latest viral video is another black eye for the airline industry. already under the microscope for how it treats customers after the violent removal of a passenger from a united flight earlier this month. >> oh, my god. look at what you did to hip. >> it's making our jobs harder. it's potentially pitting passengers against crew members before they even get to the plane together. >> reporter: sara nelson is the president of the association of flight attendants, a union representing 50,000 employees at 20 airlines, including united. she spoke to us via skype from norway. >> flight attendants are trained to de-escalate conflict every day. and that has become a big part of our job now that planes are packed fuller than ever. >> reporter: airline
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henry harteveldt says many passengers now feel they're leaving their humanity behind when they get on fuller planes with seats that seem to get smaller all the time. >> at the same time airlines are staffing their planes with the minimum number of required flight attendants. that's not right for the passenger or for the employee either. >> reporter: the pay says there are nearly 24,000 commercial flights a day, almost all take off and land without an issue. the number of unruly passengers hit an all-time low last year, lost bags, passengers denied boarding and complaints were all down, while on-time performance went up. but in the age of smartphone, a mistake or bad day can be seen around the world in minutes. >> when i saw that video, i was very concerned because it's not a representation of the way flight attendants would respond. >> reporter: american airlines is getting praised for its swift response, apologize, grounding that flight attendant and launching an investigation, and, scott, the woman in the video is now working with the same lawyer representing dr. david dow, the manem
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used to pray. what workers found here lately changed their lives. >> i suddenly thought i'm "indiana jones," hitting the jackpot. >> reporter: different hat. >> that's correct. >> reporter: craig dick found what centuries of archaeological study had missed. when english passions turned from religion to gardening, what was st. mary's church lambuth was saved from demolition by turn entered a horticultural museum, now under renovation. when workers lifted a loose slab on the floor, they expected to find nothing. >> you got it. there we go. >> reporter: a modern manhole cover now protects what craig found, a hole in the floor which led to a crypt full of coffins that nobody knew was there. >> you heart stops. you see it. in a sense you panic. you wonder what it is, who it is. >> reporter: there was a hint who it is. a golden crown, an
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mitre, a sign that among the 30 coffins, a former head of the church of england was buried here, in fact, at least two were, and one, richard bancroft, archbishop from 1604 to 1610, was among the most influential heads of the anglican chruch there has ever been. >> he played a crucial role really in the history of the church of england. >> reporter: eleanor greer is with the gardening museum. >> he was chosen by king james first to oversee the production of the king james bible. >> reporter: perhaps the most widely printed book in history. it's not going to hurt your appeal? >> no, and it's reopening next month, so it's timely. >> reporter: how handy. timing, even in 1,000 years of history, is everything. mark phillips, cbs news, london. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night.
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