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i axelrod: tonight, at last. aung san suu kyi of burma is finally honored at a ceremony in norway. rwott pelley talks to the nobel peace prize winner about her long years of struggle for democracy. >> pelley: were there times when you thought of giving it up, thought of leaving burma? >> no, never. >> pelley: never. >> never. >> axelrod: under increasing fire, u.n. observers suspend seir mission in syria. >> go get them, governor. >> axelrod: day two of the mitt romney road trip through six crucial swing states. bob schieffer tells us about his interview with the candidate. and silver star, david martin ter the final chapter of the complicated story of cold war spy plane pilot francis gary plwers. captioning sponsored by cbs
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this is the "cbs evening news." >> axelrod: good evening, i'm jim axelrod. we begin tonight in oslo, norway, and a remarkable nobel peace prize ceremony for burma's uung san suu kyi, a ceremony delayed 21 years as the military dictatorship kept its human rights campaigner under arrest. she'd won the prize in 1991, but chose not to go to oslo to bcept, fearing she would not be allowed to return to one of asia's most isolated and impoverished nations. nd nrway today, she sat down with scott pelley. >> pelley: aung san suu kyi spent most of the last 25 years ry prison or confined by the military to her home. she is the reveered leader of eeat has been a brutally repressed democracy movement in d dea. in '91 she was in her second year of house arrest when the nobel prize brought world attention to a lonely struggle. were there times when you thought of giving it up, thought
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iv leaving burma? > no, never. >> pelley: never. >> never. were times, of course, when i felt rather tired physically, but never did i ever think that i would leave burma. >> pelley: she was always free to leave the country but she lfused, even in 1997, when her nnglish husband was dying of cancer in britain. you felt the country was more important than your personal eeelings. >> i think the country should be more important to every one of ry in than our own personal and private feels. >> pelley: suu kyi came to oslo now because of the improvements. >> they even allowed elections ream. >> we have been waiting for you, for a very long time. >> pelley: but suu kyi reminded the audience that burma has far to go. they are still holding political prisoners.
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> there still remain such erisoners in burma. aines to be feared that because the best-known detainees have ren released, the remainder, s,e unknown ones, will be forgotten. i'm standing here because i was once a prisoner of conscious. l you look at me and listen to me, please remember the often- repeated truth, that one prisoner of conscience is one too many. >> pelley: she has assurances she will be allowed to return and she will need to, because in those recent elections she was elected a member of parliament. are military still runs things, but burma is opening to the world. suu kyi says the rulers have learned the power of the powerless. scott pelley, cbs news, oslo, norway. >> you can watch all of scott pelley's interview on monday's cbs evening news.
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>> axelrod: we turn next to the escalating violence in syria that has now forced united nations observers to suspend their operations there. charlie d'agata has more on the deteriorating situation that has all the hallmarks of a civil war. >> reporter: the u.n. mission in syria began badly nine weeks ago. and then got much worse. finally, the escalating and unpredictable violence over the last 10 days left the mission's head, major general robert mood, no choice but to suspend operation >> u.n. observers will not be conducting patrols and will stay in their locations until further otice. >> reporter: the 300 unarmed meservers have gone to ground, down but not out, yet. the observers were sent into syria in april to monitor a cease-fire. the cease-fire never took hold, and the u.n. teams were often caught in the cross-fire. as cbs' elizabeth palmer found
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when she reached some hard-hit towns, they also ran into angry civilians. residents upset the monitors could not do more to stop the violence. >> we need you to stay here. >> reporter: or rebels begging them to stay, fearing the government would resume its attacks as soon as the u.n. cars rolled out. but now what? u.e u.n. says it will monitor the situation day to day. the current mission is only approved until the middle of idly. any new mandate will have to come from the security council where the united states and russia remain deeply divided on any resolution to a crisis that has killed over 10,000 syrians. for now it seems the only people to bear witness to the atrocities will be the syrians temselves. charlie d'agata, cbs news, london. >> axelrod: to campaign 2012 12w. po's an important tradition of presidential campaigns-- the small town bus tour.
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today, republican presidential contender mitt romney rolled into several towns in pennsylvania. romney took time to speak to our chief washington correspondent and host of "face the nation" bob schieffer. good evening, bob. how was your conversation? >> schieffer: well, we started off talking about the announcement the president made abouerday about letting these young people who were brought into the country as children stay in this country. trying to pin governor romney down on whether if when he is elected-- if he is elected would he allow the president's order o stand or would he take a different tack? he said he wants to work toward a longer and broader solution. -- ihe-- i couldn't get him to ouldwhether or not he would actually repeal it or just let it stand. one thing he was very clear on, though, and that was why he thinks the president did it. >> i think the timing is pretty clear. if he really wanted to make a solution that dealt with these
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kids or with illegal immigration in america, then this is something he would have taken up in his first three and a half years, not in the last few forhs. >> schieffer: so he did it for politics. >> that's certainly a big part of the equation. >> schieffer: we also talked to governor romney a lot about the crumbling financial situation in europe. he basically seemed to be saying there's not much that we can do forut it. he said for sure, we will not be sending any checks to europe or at least we won't be if he is elected. back to you, jim. ax axelrod: bob schieffer at the romney rally in pennsylvania. thank you. >> axelrod: and this program, note-- you can see all of bob's interview with mitt romney tomorrow morning on "face the nation." the economy, not immigration, was what audiences listening to mitt romney today in pennsylvania heard about at conservatism stops. no republican has carried pennsylvania in a presidential election since 1988. but romney is focusing on one issue in hopes of changing that. >> job one in this country is to
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create jobs for the american people, and i will. ( applause ) >> axelrod: these days, mitt romney's 20-minute stump speech is all about the economy. >> this is about saving america, keeping us strong, putting us back to work. hi, how are you? xe axelrod: romney's five-day itinerary is taking him through small towns in rural settings. he told reporters that the metal casting factory in eastern pennsylvania that his long tperience in the financial sector and his one term as massachusetts governor have prepared him to be the nation's ioief executive. >> for mitt romney there is one megument in every battleground - ate-- that is the economy is bad, president obama doesn't have what it takes to turn ohings around. i'm a fix-it it, man. x-itn do it. >> axelrod: romney is in the curious position of raising the president's performance on the economy in battleground states where the unemployment rate is lower than the national average. it's 7.4% in pennsylvania, 5% in new hampshire where the bus tour
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regan yesterday. dat that's less important to him than trying to whip up a groundswell of support against agapresident. r romney has a real chance to run up the score with blue collar voters who just don't .ike president obama. >> axelrod: the slow pace of job growth nationally has emboldened romney in his main argument against the president. >> last time around, you will, his campaign slogan was hope and change. now i think he'd like to change it to hoping to change the subject. >> axelrod: tomorrow, the romney bus tour rolls into ohio, where unemployment is 7.3%, also lower atan the national average. r jor banks in new york and london are on alert this weekend ahead of tomorrow's crucial tiontions in greece. crisis committees are stand buying for a possible leftist victory that would likely send shockwaves throughout the world's financial system. our clarissa ward in athens tonight and joins us now. clarissa, good evening.
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i'm wonder other why world governments and banks are so spooked about the idea of the left party winning. >> reporter: well, jim, it's important to remember european leaders have pumped hundreds of billions of dollars into greece with the understanding that greece would adhere to strict austerity measures and also make important structural reforms, and the fear is a victory for the leftist candidate would mean that greece very well might renege on that agreement and that has huge repercussions for reeece's possible future and the european monetary union and that has financial markets really spooked. >> axelrod: so on the eve of the eection, is there any sense of how the vote's going to go? >> reporter: there's no polling allowed in the two weeks leading up to the election. at this point, talking to people on the streets, it really feels like it could go either way, but we'll have to wait until the tilling stations close at sundown and we start to see some of those first exit polls coming out.
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>> axelrod: clarissa ward in athens, thank you. the other international election in the spotlight this weekend is the runoff round for president of egypt, where two days of voting began today. it pitts ahmed shafiq against mohammed morsi of the muslim brotherhood. the vote comes days after egypt's highest court dissolved parliament and the country's ruling generals restored martial law. back in this country, fire crews cnight are battling major wildfires in at least four western states. stlorado is among the hardest hit. at least 112 homes have been scorched by a massive fire nerning near fort collins. the fire is only about 20% contained. coming up next on tonight's cbs evening news, chinese astronauts on a landmark voyage. she needs help from me. and her medication.
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> axelrod: china's ambitious pace program took a big leap forward today. a shenzhou 9 rocket blasted off from a site in the gobi desert. as chip reid in beijing reports it carried a crew of three, including china's first female astronaut. >> reporter: in china they're thaonal heroes, three astronauts on a mission that's become a national sensation, in part because of 34-year-old liu yang, an air force pilot, mother of one, and china's first woman 's space. the plan is for the shenzhou 9 space capsule to dock with a small space module named the heavenly palace where they'll live and work for 10 days. >> and liftoff! witheporter: with the recent end o nasa's space shuttle program,
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the future of manned space flight in the united states is uncertain, giving china a chance to grab the spotlight. >> a manned space program confers enormous prestige on the usuntry that does it. china, the united states, and russia are the only three heuntries in the world that have ever done that. >> reporter: we asked about that at the daily brief. is the china space program all about science, or is it also about national pride? he told us the purpose is to advance world space technology for peaceful purposes. this stone structure in downtown beijing is the base of an ancient observatory built in 1442, and by chinese standards byis is young. chinese astronomers have been studying space for more than 3,000 years. but now, china's space program lags far behind. >> it's roughly comparable to what nasa was doing in the gem
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gemini and apollo programs in its late '60s, early '70s. they certainly have a long way to go to catch up, if that is, indeed, their goal. hopes to sen >> reporter: eventually, china hopes to send its astronauts to the moon and be beyond. chip reid, cbs news, beijing. >> axelrod: ahead, the changing faces of father's day. i used to love hearing that phrase... but not since i learned i have... postmenopausal osteoporosis and a high risk for fracture. i want to keep acting but a broken bone could change that. so my doctor and i chose prolia® to reduce my risk of fractures. prolia® is proven to help make bones stronger. proven to help increase bone density. i take prolia®. it's different. it's two shots a year. [announcer:] if you take prolia® (denosumab) you should not take xgeva®. prolia® can cause serious side effects, including low blood calcium levels, serious infections... ...some of which may require hospitalization,
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>> axelrod: on this father's day eve, we take note of a sea change. the census bureau estimates the percentage of same-sex couples raising children has more than doubled in just ten years from 8% in 2000 to 19% in 2010. elaine quijano now takes us to visit one of the couple's behind the numbers. >> reporter: as a same-sex couple, sean mcgill and luigi uiiola say they never contemplated fatherhood. >> we never imagined or never thought children would be an option for us. are you being gentle? >> reporter: after almost 10 years together they were drawn to the idea of parenting. >> we were watching my siblings starting to raise children, and sean's siblings had had children td we started thinking, i think we can do this just as well as they can. >> reporter: adoption is the primary path for many same-sex couples but it can be legally difficult. one state, mississippi, bans gay ptople from adopting.
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19 others require parents to be married for joint adoptions. public opinion is divided. a recent poll shows 54% in favor or strongly in favor, 40% opposed or strongly opposed, 4% undecided. >> parenting is one of the greatest joys any human being pen experience. >> reporter: dr. kim bergman runs growing generations, matching same-sex parents with a surrogate, a woman who agrees to crry a child on their behalf. 80% of her clients are gay men, many in their 20s. >> they're assuming that they're going to get married and have babies just like everybody else. >> our daily routines, our lives, what we do with our kids is exactly what any other family surrd be like. >> reporter: caiola and mcgill have gone through surrogacy twice, for five-year-old maria and four-year-old twins william and adam. >> we are living our lives and wery rarely do we take notice
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that we're two dads. be having them has been the most joyful, fulfilling experience of my life, of our lives, i think. >> reporter: these dads say they look forward to every milestone. this fall, sons william and adam will enter prekindergarten. daughter maria starts first grade. elaine quijano, cbs news, new york. >> this is a small space. >> axelrod: americans cross into canada all the time but nobody has done it like nik wallenda. last night, the 33-year-old erredevil became the first person to walk across the period 0n a swaying wire strung 1800 feet over niagara's horseshoe falls. it took about 25 minutes, with wallenda sprinting the last few feet. more than 100,000 people gathered on both sides of the border to cheer him on. ahead, cold war closure-- a father and son story that spans five decades. that story is next.
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>> axelrod: mesh r> axelrod: mission accomplished for the air force's new unmanned spacecraft. te x-37 b glided to a smooth touchdown early this morning at vandenberg air force base in california. after 15 months in orbit on a .ecret mission. it looks like nasa's now-retired
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space shuttle only much smaller and more advanced. and finally tonight, another top-secret air mission was remembered this week more than alf a century after it first made headlines. national security correspondent david martin has the story of vindication by the pentagon and a son's devotion to his father. rt reporter: depending on what you've read, francis gary powers is one of the most famous or infamous pilots in american nistory. ever since his u2 spy plane was shot down over the soviet union on may day, 1960, this question, t put by walter cronkite, has hung over him. >> did francis gary powers, captured u2 pilot, conduct mselelf honorably as a man in the service of his country? >> reporter: his son, francis gary powers jr., has spent his life trying to answer that question beginning with the moment a soviet anti-aircraft missile knocked his farther's thane up on the of the sky. >> nose pitches forward, the wings break off. my father finds himself spinning
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down towards the ground in the wreckage. he falls from 70,000 feet to 30,000 feet before bailing out of the aircraft. t reporter: the director of the cia assured president eisenhower he ppilot could not have survived so he told the world it was just a weather plane that strayed off course. sao days later, sviet leader khrushchev gleefully announced that the pilot was alive and was the pilot was alive and being interrogated. >> it is the first time in american history a president had been caught lying to the american public. >> reporter: powers was put on trial and to avoid the death sentence made this confession-- >> i realize i've committed a grave crime and i realize i must be punished for it. >> powers spent 21 months in a so prison and came home to a chorus of questions about his conduct. as a kid growing up, all gary jr. wanted to know was how high was >> after a few days questioning him he said, "gary, i wasn't flying high enough and now go to uest"
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>> reporter: he was killed in a 1977 and buried at arlington national cemetery, the question still unanswered. oned from, the air force chief of staff finally delivered the answer. >> today, it is my honor to posthumously award captain gary powers the silver star for his heroic action and his loyalty. >> reporter: silver star was presented to francis gary powers iii. perhaps the only member of his generation who knows u2 as a spy plane not just a rock band. now he knows one more thing-- his granddad was a hero. david martin, cbs news, the pentagon. >> axelrod: and that cbs evening news. for all ofis here at cbs news, i'm jim axelrod good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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