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>> pelley: his failure to disclose contacts with russia cost michael flynn his job as national security adviser. well, today, two key members of congress suggested it could cost him a lot more than that. the leaders of the house oversight committee said today that the retired general did not get permission for a paid trip to russia, and they say failure to disclose the payment is a possible felony, punishable by up to five years in prison. here's jeff pegues. >> reporter: when retired lieutenant general michael flynn traveled to moscow in 2015, he was photographed sitting right next to russian president vladimivladimir putin, and he wd almost $34,000 to speak. today, house oversight committee chairman republican jason chaffetz said flynn may have broken the law. >> as a former military officer, you simply cannot take money from russia. >> reporter: chaffetz spoke after viewing classified documents related to fly's
security clearance. the top democrat on the committee, elijah cummings, said those documents showed flynn did not properly disclose the russian payments. >> he was supposed to get permission, and he was supposed to report it, and he didn't. >> reporter: according to the law, flynn should have sought approval from the secretary of state and the secretary of the army to make the moscow trip. flynn was the head of the defense intelligence agency during the obama administration, and in a statement, his attorney said his client "briefed the defense intelligence agency, a component agency of the department of defense, both before and after the trip." flynn is one of several trump campaign representatives under scrutiny by the f.b.i., which is investigating whether they coordinated with the russians during the 2016 election. he was fired as president trump's national security adviser just 24 days into the job, after misleading the vice president about his contacts with russian ambassadose
kislyak. >> the white house has refused to provide this committee with a single piece of paper. >> reporter: today, congressman cummings said the white house was stonewalling the investigation. white house press secretary sean spicer: >> and right now, to ask the white house to produce documents that were not in the possession of the white house is-- is-- is ridiculous. >> reporter: congressional democrats believe former acting attorney general sally yates could shed some light on the issue. she alerted the white house about flynn's contacts with the russians. scott, today, it was announced that she will testify on the hill early next month. >> pelley: jeff pegues in the washington newsroom. a cbs news poll out today finds that 60% of americans think the economy is in good shape. stock prices today came close to record highs, and jim axelrod has the story behind the numbers. jim. >> reporter: well, scott, in the 24 weeks since election day, the stock market has had quite eye ride, straight up. the nasdaq supnearly 15 p
jones almost 13%, and the s&p more than 10%. now, there are metrics driving this. corporate earnings are better than expect, for instance, but a lot of this rally has been based on what's expected to happen. take the corporate tax cut plan president trump will unveil tomorrow proposing to reduce want rate from 35% down to 15%. throw in the growing likelihood we'll avoid a government shutdown here, and french election results that have stomed the ground shaking there, at least for now, and it's full steam ahead, all of which gives the president a bold-faced talking point as the 100-day mark approaches. >> pelley: jim axelrod, thanks. well, the housing market is also sizzling, and john blackstone has that. >> reporter: in today's sizzling housing market, the first challenge for prospective buyers like lisa swelha is simply finding houses for sale. >> man, i think inventory is just so low right now, that we just don't have very many things to go look at that are suited. >> reporter: across the country, there is
in 2011, houses for sale were on the market an average 84 days. this year, it's just 45 days. swelha's real estate agent, cindy wilson. >> we still have more buyers currently than we do homes for sale. supply and demand, you have a strong sellers' market. >> reporter: in point richmond, california, where wilson has listings, prices have almost recovered from their steep fall in 2008. nationally, prices in february were up 5.8%, the sharpest rise in more than two and a half years. sharp spikes have been seen in cities across the country. in minneapolis, the median privacy a home is now $224,000, up 17% since the housing bust in 2008. in dallas, prices rose 48%, $230,000. and in denver, they're up 71% to $330,000. >> it's almost a boom going on again in the housing market. >> reporter: but ken
the fisher center for real estate believes this boom won't lead to a bubble. >> it's a red-hot housing market, but, remember, it's bouncing off of a 30-year low in home ownership rates that we had in 2016. so a lot of people have delayed buying. >> reporter: mortgages are also hard tore get and require larger down payments than during that earlier boom. and, scott, the recent uptick in interest rates is providing a push to get into the housing market now. >> pelley: john blackstone in san francisco. john, thanks very much. before day 100 comes day 99. congress must pass a spending bill by friday to keep the government running. major garrett is at the white house for us tonight. major, one of the things holding up the spending bill was the president's insistence on funding for the southern border wall. but now he's given in. >> reporter: that's right. in the end, it was a choice between fighting for that border wall funding and risking a government shutdown, and the white house blink
instead more generalized funding for border security. late this afternoon, president trump told reporters the wall will be a reality. >> we're already preparing. we're doing plans. we're doing specifications. we're doing a lot of work on the wall, and the wall gets built. >> reporter: in your first term. in your first term. >> the wall is very, very important. >> reporter: in your first term. >> well, it's certainly gog-- yeah, yeah, sure. >> reporter: notice what's missing, scott-- the conspicuous campaign promise that mexico would pay for the wall. >> pelley: major garrett at the white house. today, president trump fired the first round in what may become a trade war with america's second biggest trading partner. the commerce department proposed a 20% tax on canadian lumber. it's one of canada's biggest exports, and it goes into a lot of american homes. the trump administration says that government subsidies make canadian lumber artificially cheap. a trade war could be costly, because the u.s. sells as much to canada as
just ask american dairy farmers. dean reynolds did. >> come on, girls! >> reporter: tina hinchley's wisconsin farm has 130 cows producing 1,000 gallons of milk every day. hers is one of the more than 9,000 dairy farms in this state, which contribute some $43 billion to wisconsin's economy. and this spring, there's been a gusher of american milk. >> we've had more milk from the same amount of cows than ever before. >> reporter: but that's a problem, and according to the president, our neighbors to the north are making it worse. >> canada, what they've done to our dairy farm workers is a disgrace. it's a disgrace. >> reporter: canada's decision to lower prices on certain kinds of dairy products has undermind american dairy and boosted canadian farmers whose product is now cheaper. for years, american farmers exported their dairy products to
counting on exporting their record-high commodity to their usual canadian customers. but now, they're stuck. >> i think we're afraid. we have a surplus of milk. so a lot of us farmers are worried. what is the future for us. >> reporter: grassland air, big dairy processor here, has lost more than $150 million in the last year, and 75 family farms have shuttered or in trouble. wisconsin farms like john litza's. he's called dozens of other prosers for help. >> it was just, no, we have too much milk, too much milk, and too much milk. >> reporter: this morning, the president tweeted, "we will not stand for this. watch. " whatever he intendses to do, scott, the dairy farmers are hoping he's not just crying over spilled milk. >> pelley: dean reynolds on the farm, dean, thank you. well, first daughter ivanka trump went to germany for a meeting of women in business and government, but it didn't go a
phillips was there. >> reporter: ivanka trump had come to a high-powered conference in berlin to champion the cause of working women, but she came with baggage-- her father's baggage. >> he's been a tremendous champion of supporting families. >> reporter: at those words, some members of the audience away from the microphones began to groan. >> you hear the reaction from the audience, so i need to address one more point. >> reporter: might the audience's skepticism, the moderator asked, stem from the attitude towards women donald trump had displayed in the past alluding, it seemed, to the well-known tape in which he bragged about groping women. the response blamed the media. >> i've certainly heard the the criticism from the media, and that's been perpetuated, but i know from personal experience. >> reporter: president trump had always championed women's rights, his daughter said. german chancellor angela merkel had invited ivanka trump here, a
way, the german's hoped, to warm relations after the cool reception merkel had received in washington. at least, says josef braml of germany's foreign policy institute, that was the plan. >> i think that was a smart move by our chancellor. she made it clear we want to have contact, and maybe if it takes two women to contain a radical man, so be it. >> reporter: ivanka trump later downplayed the incident saying politics is politics. but, scott, the first daughter's first foray on to the international stage had its rough moments. >> reporter: mark phillips at the branden berg gate. mark, thank you. president trump is increasing u.s. military strength around korean peninsula after missile tests by the north. well, this evening we spoke to former ambassador chris hill, who led the u.s. delegation in 2005, in talks with the north over cur tailing its nuclear program. hill is the dean of the university of
corbel school of international studies. mr. ambassador, in terms of american lives, is north korea a threat or an irritant? >> it's a threat. it's a threat. first of all, we have some 28, 30,000 americans in south korea, but we have to understand this is a-- an agreement we have. we are duty bound, treaty bound, to come to south korea's defense should the north koreans attack. if we have to go in there, we would be in the middle of a fight. so you bet, it's a threat to our lives. >> pelley: you led the american delegation negotiating a nuclear agreement with the current dictator's father. what do we know about the son, kim jong-un? >> you know, his father seemed to care what china thought, seemed to care what we thought, and what distinguishes, i think, his son, kim jong-un, he doesn't seem to care what any of us think, and he's certainly not been interested in
>> pelley: is he sane? >> sane from want point of view of running that country, of making sure that he's consolidated power, that making sure that everyone works for him, yeah, yeah. >> pelley: we know that the north koreans have been successful in building missiles and successful in detonating nuclear expwps tests. the real trick is putting those two things together. what are the chances that the north koreans are close? >> you know, very hard to say. but the feeling is that within the next four years, they could have a missile system with a nuclear warhead that would be credible. whether it would finally work when they pushed the button, hard to say, but it would be credible, and any president would have to consider that as a real threat. >> pelley: former ambassador chris hill. coming up next on the cbs evening news, keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel. now, there's an app for that. later, as the water rose, drivers baildz.
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>> pelley: smartphones, cars, and teenagers-- a dangerous combination. but now there's a smartphone app that could save lives. here's kris van cleave. >> reporter: would you say you're a good driver? >> as good as a 17-year-old could be, i guess. >> reporter: sarah gregory has been driving for about a year. her parents asked her to download an app that tracks and scores her performance every time she's behind the wheel. it's almost like having mom and dad in the car to remind you. >> yeah, knowing that it's running irunning in the backgros me drive, like, a lot better because if i'm speeding, i'll look down and i'll be like, "oh, wait, my app is going it take off for that." >> reporter: nearly 2,000 teens were killed in crashes in 2015, up 9% from the previous year. sarah's parents, cliff and jail, also use the everdrive app. >> we could actually tell if they used their phone or didn't use ther phone. weld
crazy. >> reporter: can he devices make me as an adult a better drive? >> i absolutely think they have the potential to do that but it's not going to work for everyone in the pob alation. >> former n.t.s.b. chair deborah hersman runs the national safety council. >> we what we to do is get to the point where search comfortable getting that feedback and modifying their driving behavior. >> reporter: the technology is a growing business. >> if she drives like this, you can tell her to drive more like this. >> reporter: buick has now made smart driver technology standard in most vehicles. >> we have one million customers enrolled in smart driver today. >> christine sitek says it not only helps improve driving. it saves users money. >> if you feel good about your score, you can opt in to seek an opportunity to get an insurance discount. and we're seeing that those customers are receiving up to a 30% discount on their insurance. >> reporter: the apps essentially try to make safe
get a score and are compared against other drivers. scott, buick believes it can increase safety by using this technology coupled with things like collision avoidance and lane departure warnings. >> pelley: hands on the wheel, kris. thanks. next, nascar's most popular driver nears his final lap. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ sfx: engine revving ♪ (silence) ♪
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the air and on the street. newscasters were replaced by management, but who would sub for cronkite? >> good evening. michigan's governor, george romney. >> reporter: an "a-"to-"z" search led to arnold zenker, a 28-year-old cbs news executive who had worked his way through school doing radio broadcasts. >> and i said, "i've never done television." they said, "you're going to do the cbs morning news." then they said, "stay around and do the midday news." >> pelley: and with about an hour of tv experience under his belt, zenker was called back to fill in for concriet. >> united states marine planes have been using a massive bomb .... >> reporter: he got more than 3,000 fans letters. >> it's the standard case of the understudy. the star goes out for whatever reason, an understudy nobody has ever heard of comes in, sits in the chair, gets decent reviews the next day, and it's a
>> pelley: the anchor was born. >> i do think they almost felt "he hit the lottery. maybe i could hilt the lottery some day." >> pelley: on the 13th day, the strike was settled. >> and that's the news for now. this is arnold zenker, good night. >> pelley: after weeks at the pinnacle of network news, zenker was told he had a great future behind him. >> they laughed, and they said, "you're not a journalist. you're a fraud who sat in front of the camera," and that's when i decided to go to boston and do the news. >> reporter: bitten by the anchor bug, zenker tried his hands at local tv and years later he returned to cbs, briefly, in a "60 minutes" cameo in his new career, training executives to master the public spotlight. >> he travels the country preaching the gospel according to zenker. >> you're going to have a tv reporter come in for an interview... >> pelley: now a half century after zenker made headlines, he is a
>> tv trivia for 100: >> direct from our news in new york in color, this has been the cbs evening news with arnold zenker, substituting for walter cronkite. >> pelley: on his first broadcast after the strike, the most trust paul manafort in america looked into the camera with a twinkle in his eye and said, "this is walter cronkite, substituting for arnold zenker. it's good to be back." and that, in color, is the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night.
>> building that wall, having it funded remains an important priority to him. >> the president has backed off his demands to build the border wall. was it just campaign talk? and the airbnb battle in your backyard. opposing sides go off script tonight. >> we had some loose balls. >> and the wizards are back home hoping to rekindle the playoff fire following two consecutive road losses. hello everybody, we start with president trump and politics tonight. he says he is not counting the days but it sure looks like it. white house says before he hitting day 100 he will have signed 32 executive orders. and he has to make a deal with congress to prevent a shut