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captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with russ mitchell. >> mitchell: and good evening. some 800,000 federal workers are breathing easier tonight thanks to a bipartisan budget agreement hammered out late last night. president obama signed a short-term spending extension this afternoon, pending a final draft of the overall bill as both democrats and republicans claimed they had won the high-stakes showdown. congressional correspondent nancy cordes has the latest from capitol hill. >> reporter: just one hour before the midnight deadline, house speaker john boehner announced the two sides had reached a deal. >> i'm pleased that senator reid and i and the white house have been able to come to an agreement that will in fact cut spending and keep our government open. >> reporter: he said republicans had secured the largest spending cuts in the history of the government-- $38 billion, nearly two-third of the way to the $61 billion they had
been fighting for. in a late of night address the president did not detail which programs would be trimmed. >> some of the cuts we agreed to will be painful, programs people rely on will be cut back, needed infrastructure projects will be delayed. and i would not have made these cuts in better circumstances. >> reporter: in exchange for the cuts, house republicans gave in on dozens of contentious policy proposals they had attached to their spending bill. that means funding for president's health care law, planned parenthood, and national public radio will remain intact. >> it's been a grueling process. we didn't do it at this late hour for drama. we did it because it's been very hard to arrive at this point. >> all those in favor of the bill as a mended say aye. >> reporter: with a deal in hand, the senate and house passed a stopgap spending measure overnight to keep the government running for one more week while they craft legislation to reflect the new spending cuts. the 11th hour move ensured that troops would continue to
get paid and national parks would stay open. to underscore that point, the president made a visit to the lincoln memorial today and d.c.'s annual cherry blossom parade went on as planned. >> had we chosen to repeat history, we would have allowed a government shutdown. instead we decided to make history. >> reporter: both sides are declaring victory today. republicans because they cut spending, and democrats because they protected spending on education, clean energy, and women's health. russ. >> mitchell: nancy cordes in washington, thank you. for more on the budget battle and what comes next, we are joined in washington by political analyst john dickerson. john, good evening to you. >> good evening, russ. >> mitchell: the government remains in business as we speak. as you look at it who are the winners and losers in this deal? the the big winner was speaker john boehner of the house. this was his first big test as speaker, and he did two big things. he got democrats to agree to a
whole bunch of spending cuts btwo-third of what house republicans wanted, and he was also able to keep those tea party members largely in line. for the president, the reviews are a little bit more mixed. democrats are angry that he gave up on the spending cuts, that he gave away so many. they also think he should have engaged publicly a little more in this fight, and they think those spending cuts my actually hurt the economy. the white house says if there had been a shutdown that would have really hurt the president, he's always the one who gets blamed, and the posture he took at the end, the man in the middle who got the two sides together and got an agreement is the posture he wants to get to the independent voters. >> mitchell: could this fall apart before the extension deadline? >> house sources on the republican side say it's not going to fall apart. they'll lose some republicans but it will be okay. on the democratic side, again, they're angry at this deal, a lot of them, but it would be extraordinary if the democrats handed the president a defeat on an agreement that the president last night said was historic.
>> mitchell: let's take a look father ahead than that. two fights ahead, the debt ceiling and the budget. how rough and tumble is that going to get? >> this was a prelude to much tougher fights from taxes to entitlements to what government should do in its relationship with the american people. the debtçó limit fight is a shap problem that is much like theñy government shutdown, that there will be an actual deadline and there will be a lot of back-an back-and-forth and pushing and if that deadline is broken it will be much moreñi severe themselves of hurting the economy than even a government shutdown would have been. >> mitchell: john dickerson in washington, we'll talk again. thanks so much. >> reporter: thanks, russ. >> mitchell: in fiscal 2012 and beyond, how budget committee chairman paul rian issued a warning over the deficit. in today's republican response to the president's address. >> each year that policy makers kick this can downñi the road means trillions of dollars ini] empty promises are being made to future generations.
>> mitchell: congressman rian'sçó proposedñi cuts would affect virtually every part of the country including his own home district inxd wisconsin. cynthia bauer is there tonight sounding out reaction to rian's long list of proposed budget roll backs. >> reporter: if you thought finding $38 billion in cuts was tough, try finding $6.2 trillion. that's what house budget chairman paul rian explains in his youtube video. in the republican proposal for the 2012 budget, rian is daring to take on the third rail, proposing cuts in entitlements like medicare, cuts of $389 billion over the next decade. cutting another $735 billion from medicaid, and he says repeeling the president's health reform law could, over time, save $1.4ñi trillion.ñoó these days, rines is getting called everything from reaganesque to ruthless.
but back in his home town of janesville, wisconsin, theñr seven-term congressman is known simply as paul. >> paul understands that if we don't fix this we are going to be in trouble. >> reporter: with the national debt topping $14 trillion, folks in his district say they appreciate rian's willingness to risk his political future. >> i think there's some really difficult questions that have to be answered, how are we going to fund our future and howçó are we going to do that and not have the country go broke? >> reporter: janesville has been hurting ever since g.m. pulled out and many here say we need to tackle the national debt but is now the best time to do it? >> if he wants to start with his budget right now, he will do nothing but hurt the people that live in this city. >> i'm sure he believes it's the best way to get us out of this mess, whether we all agree with it or not. >> reporter: and paul rian knows better than most-- >> those opposed say no. >> reporter: these days agreement is hard toçó come by. cynthia bowers, cbs news, janesville, wisconsin. >> mitchell: overseas, syrian
security forces opened fire in the southern city of dara to disperse a funeral procession for some of the reported 25 protesters killed during a major demonstration in the city yesterday. it was the bloodiest day of syria's three-week uprising. israeli airstrikesñi killed five palestinian militantsñr in gaza today. a total of 19 palestinians have been killedçó in the past three days in israeli retaliatory strikes in response to an attack on an israeli school bus on thursday. in egypt, the army said it is willing to use force to clear protesters from tahrir square. in one ofñi the biggest demonstrations in weeks, thousandsym demanding theñi resignation of theñzmilitary chief, after troops tried and failed to drive them out of the scare over night. a nato spokesman said allieded airstrikes destroyed 15 of qaddafi's tanks today. but in ajdabiyah, rebel forces are on the defensive as allen
pizzey reports. 7. >> reporter: rebels had to fight back with everything they had today when libyan government forces hit ajdabiyah, the last town before benghazi. the attack could effectively split rebel forces battling along the coastal road, but a new weapon made an appearance. this attack helicopter appeared to be coming from rebel-held territory. nato refused to say whether or not it is allowing rebels to take to the air in spite of the no-fly zone. it wasn't enough to keep the rebels from retreating, however. and this libyan tv video allegedly showed qaddafi's forces at the western gate of the town which until this morning was a rebel checkpoint. rebels coming out of ajdabiyah say libyan force forces forces l entered the town and occupied some buildings. the rebels say the libyans came from the south across the desert in small vehicles. nato warplanes have been circling overhead but with the libyan forces and rebels nose to nose there's little nato can do
anyway. but a nato strike earlier in the week on a group of rebel tanks has cast a cloud of suspicion. "how can nato not see the cars coming from thexd south?" this rebel says. "they are useless." nato planes did hit libyan armor near the besieged city of misrata and the rebels are reported to have entered the censuses. a group of journalists brought from tripoli came upon what appeared to be a relaxed group of government soldiers but then came under fire and had to duck for cover and just to maintain the image of being in control, colonel muammar qaddafi appeared on libyan tv inspecting a school, but he hasn't won yet. as evening fell, rebels wereñi heading back to fight again for ajdabiyah, a town they last took over exactly two weeks ago. allen pizzey, cbs news, near ajdabiyah. >> mitchell: and still ahead on tonight's cbs evening news, searching a beach for clues to a serial killer.
>> mitchell: a gunman in the netherlands opened fire with a machine gun today in a crowded shopping mall outside amsterdam. officials say the gunman killed at least six pe6cuuz and wounded more than a dozen others before taking his own life. the mayor called the crime too terrible for words. here at home, investigators on new york's long island are pressing their hunt for a possible serial killer who has claimed as many as eight victi victims. tony guida has the latest. >> reporter: this desolate strip of wildlife preserve on the south shore of long island is giving up dead bodies at an alarming rate-- three found just this week, one last week, four more last december. >> we're shocked because this is a very close community. and, you know, we leave our doors unlocked. >> reporter: all eight bodies were strewn along a three-mile strip of brambles next to a
lightly traveled highway. the four discovered last december identified asus courts who advertised on craigslist. one found 11 days ago and three more found on monday still unidentified. >> we have no information on the sex or age or any other information on the four remains that we found. >> reporter: police appear to be working with very few clues, despite the number of bodies and the multiple crime scenes. experts think that may mean the killer is familiar with police procedure. >> either he knows what he's doing and understands what crime scene investigation is all about, or he's just been lucky up until now. >> reporter: the case began last may when investigators combed the area outside this house, a prostitute named shannan gilbert was last seen running from theçó house. gilbert was never found, but the search eventually led to the remains of all eight victims. gilbert's mother says police never took her daughter's disappearance seriously.
>> if we weren't always on the phone, they may not have ever searched at all. >> reporter: authorities on long island continue to focus on the fact that the common burial ground suggests the killer knows the area. >> he's very comfortable working here or else he never would have used this as a site. >> reporter: the search for more bodes and clues resumes monday in this wildlife sanctuary. state police have laid out a grid-by-grid map of the area for the search that will proceed from here several miles to the west. tony guida, cbs news, long island. >> mitchell: just ahead on tonight's cbs evening news-- floodwaters near their crest in north dakota. ñiñi ñr ñiñrçów3ñi
moorehead, minnesota, are facing their third bout of spring flooding in three years from the red river which is expected to crest today just short of recorr levels. more than 600 national guard members are helping residents shore up dikes and other flood barriers. this year many residents are abandoning back-breaking sandbags for other technology, including tubes of water and aqua fences. some tributaries have flooded communities north of fargo. we have the latest tonight. rachel, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, russ. this is some of the worst flooding that we've seen so far this year. we're about 10 miles northwest of fargo, and the rural areas have really had a problem with overland flooding. neighbors in this community say this is the worst flooding they have seen ever, even worse than 2009 when the red river hit some of the highest peaks ever. they said what makes this year
different is the water came up so quickly, going from minor flooding to all this in just a matter of houres. they're having it use boats, high waders and atvs to get to their homes. they say within a week fargo will likely be declaring an end to flooding, but once the water recedes, this water there's nowhere to go. >> mitchell: thanks, rachel. it feels like the middle of summer today across the south. with temperatures 10-15 degrees above normal. the golfers at the masters sweltered through a record high 90 degrees in augusta, georgia. just ahead to tonight's cbs evening news, the former ambassador without a country. g
>> mitchell: libya's former ambassador to washington asked the u.s. today to make colonel qaddafi's frozen assets available for humanitarian rely in rebel territories. the ex-ambassador has been living in a kind of limbo since resigning his job in protest more than a month ago. our whit johnson paid him a visit. >> reporter: this is quite a place you have here purpose ali aujali lives and works in the official libyan ambassador's residence, a symbol of the country's oil wealth with its gold finishes, crystal chandeliers and marble floors. this is a historic moment in relations between the united states and libya. >> yes, yes. >> reporter: but after 40 years as a diplomat, he's no longer ambassador. he quit more than a month ago and is now nothing more than a private citizen. >> i feel great. the first time in 42 years, they've been able to come together and say to qaddafi, you must go. >> reporter: aujali he and libyan leader, muammar qaddafi, were never close and says the decision to reline in late
february was easy once the dictator turned on his own people. is your life in danger? >> there are some threats, but maybe i'm not taking it very seriously. >> reporter: he has no bod bodyguards and little staff. his old embassy inside the historic watergate hotel shut down by the state department. aujali now calls himself an ambassador for the libyan people. >> our goal is freedom. >> reporter: hosting rally, public speaking events-- >> i never expected i would find myself in this kind of situation. >> reporter: in urging u.s. officials to do more. he maintains regular contact with the libyan opposition and strongly denies any al qaeda presence among the rebels. >> there is no al qaeda. these people are normal libyan people. >> reporter: can the rebel forces win? >> by themselveses without support they cannot. they cannot. >> reporter: aujali now flies a pre-qaddafi libyan flag outside his home. there's an empty wall where the portrait of his old boss once
displayed. >> we have to get rid of qaddafi as soon as possible. time is not on our side. time is on the side of qaddafi. >> reporter: until then, much like his people, the former ambassador's future remains uncertain. whit johnson, cbs news, washington. >> mitchell: still ahead on tonight's cbs evening news, the life and the films of director sidney lumet.
>> mitchell: and finally this saturday, the movie industry is mourning director sidney lumet who died during the night at his new york city home. terry mccarthy looks back on one of hollywood's most productive directors. >> freeze! >> reporter: from al pakeen chino in "dog day afternoon" to paul newman in "the adventure" the list of actors directed by sidney lumet resident like a who's who. dustin hoffman, jane fonda, even michael jackson. >> i think movies are probably said more about this country than anything. >> reporter: lumet said the
best films not only entertain but make viewers examine his consciences. his first film, 1967 67's "12 angry men" explored presentlies in the jury room. "network" his satirical take on television news, provided one of hollywood's most-repeated lines-- >> i'm as mad as hell and i'm not going to take this anymore! >> reporter: born in 1924, lumet entered show business as a child actor, but his real talent was behind the camera. over 50 years he directed more than 40 films including "serpico" "murder on the orient express" "the morning after" and his last movie 2007's "before the devil knows you're dead." lumet's personal life was tumultuous. in 1980, he married his fourth wife, mary gimbel be a marriage that lasted until he died. in a notoriously spendthrift industry, lumet stood out for
bringing in his movies underschedule and under budget. he lived and breathed new york city, the setting of many of his films. >> there's a certain world that i know very well, and that is that world. i know street life. >> reporter: lumet never wanted to live in hollywood, which some thought is one of the reasons he never won an oscar until the academy finally gave him an honorary oscar in 2005 for lifetime achievement. sidney lumet was 86. terry mccarthy, cbs news, hollywood. >> mitchell: and that is the cbs evening news. later on cbs, "48 hours mystery." thanks for joining us this saturday evening. i'm russ mitchell, cbs news, in new york. i'll see you again tomorrow. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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