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computers, smart phones and tablets in record numbers while spending more than a billion dollars on monday. and titans of talk. oprah winfrey and david letterman one-on-one in a frank interview about her early life, hard times and accomplishments. >> if there was a number one reason why you've been able to be successful in your life, for me, it is listening to that still small voice. captioning funded by cbs good morning, everybody. good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. u.n. ambassador susan rice travels to capitol hill today to confront some of her toughest critics. she'll discuss and explain her comments about the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in libya, the first of several meetings with key lawmakers, a test of sorts as the president considers nominating rice to be the next secretary of state. margaret brennan has our report.
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>> reporter: u.n. ambassador susan rice hopes to put that controversy to rest, and if she succeeds, it would remove the largest political hurdle to her nomination as secretary of state. at 9:30 this morning, rice will meet behind closed doors with three of her most vocal critics, republican senators john mccain, kelly ie ya and lindsey graham. an aide to mccain says that rice requested the meeting last week. it could be decisive. mccain says he would consider her nomination if she answers questions to his satisfaction. but he wants to know she didn't mention that the intelligence community was linked to the attack. he accused her of misleading the public in five television interviews in which she said that there was no evidence that the attack was preplanned. ambassador rice says she has great respect for senator mccain and his service to the country,
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but that some of the statements that he has made about her are unfounded. as cbs news reported, the references to al qaeda were removed from rice's unclassified talking points by the intelligence community, not the white house or the state department. exactly who edited out those references is being probed by the senate intelligence committees. rice will meet with the three republican senators in a secure room to discuss classified material. the acting director of the cia, mike morell, will also help rice answer questions in this meeting and others on the hill this week. margaret brennan, cbs news, washington. in egypt, a rally by supporters of president mohamed morsi has been cancelled. overnight anti-government protesters clashed with police in cairo's tahrir square. they plan to press ahead with the demonstration today, demanding that morsi relent on his seizure of near absolute authority. he said the edict was temporary and only granted him limited authority. holly williams is in cairo.
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do we have any indication of what the president there is going to do? is he going to back down? >> good morning. well, president mohamed morsi is clearly trying to persuade people that he doesn't want to be a dictator. he met with a group of senior egyptian judges and he told them that his new immunity of the courts would only apply to sovereign matters. the problem with that is we don't know exactly what it means and it certainly won't be enough to satisfy his opponents. in fact, one of those judges described it as a frail statement. for president morsi's critics, they are still extremely angry about the series of decrees that he issued on thursday that give him greatly expanded power. >> meanwhile, protests continue where you are in tahrir square. what are we going to see throughout day right about now when those protests really ramp up? >> reporter: we are expecting large protests on tahrir square, which is just behind me.
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you will remember the square as the birthplace of the egyptian revolution last year. we spoke to one of the organizers of today's protest earlier this morning and he said that he is expecting half a million people, which may be quite ambitious. now, president morsi's supporters were also planning a big protest in cairo today and there were fears that the two groups might clash, perhaps violently. president morsi's supporters announced last night that they had cancelled their demonstration to avoid, as they put it, unnecessary bloodshed. >> holly williams in cairo for us this morning. good to see you, thank you so much. the investigation now into yasser arafat's death. arafat's body was exhumed today from his grave. bone samples will be examined by french, russian and swiss experts. they are looking for trace of a lethal radioactive substance. arafat died in 2004 after a sudden illness. traces of the substance were found on clothing said to be his, that led to speculation that arafat was poisoned by israel.
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israel denies those allegations. back this country, the white house says treasury secretary timothy geithner will leave the negotiations with republicans on the so called fiscal cliff, those tax increases and spending cuts that would kick in next year. lawmakers returned to washington yesterday amid some talk of compromise, but the issue of how to raise revenue remains a critical and hard to overcome sticking point. susan mcginnis is live in washington with more. >> reporter: those changes kick in if no alternative deal is made. as of now, both sides are still talking about their willingness to compromise, but when it comes to that main issue, raising tax rates, both sides are digging in. democratic senator dick durbin will give what's being called a major speech laying out a case for a bipartisan fiscal deal. he's a member of the senate's gang of eight, four democrats and four republicans who have collaborated on ways to reduce the nation's debt for two and a half years.
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democratic senator mark warner is part of the gang and says democrats are willing to put entitlements like medicaid and medicare on the negotiating table. >> the math just doesn't work anymore. not because the programs are bad, but because thank goodness, we're living a lot longer. >> reporter: republicans are also signaling they're more open to compromise. many in the house are distancing themselves from a no-tax increase pledge they signed. they say they'll agree to raising tax revenue by limiting deductions for the wealthy. >> without compromising our principles, we put skin on the game and recognition of the fact that while democrats don't run this town, neither do we. >> reporter: but the two sides remain far apart on the main sticking point. republicans oppose any increase in tax rates for the wealthy. the president refuses to sign any legislation extending the current tax rates to the top 2% of earners. the president's been in negotiations with house speaker john boehner and has said he's willing to put almost anything on the table except social security.
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he wants to deal with that separately next year, but republicans want all entitlements included in talks. they want the president to make the first move with an initial proposal. and the white house says it has not received a realistic proposal from republicans that would raise the kind of revenue president obama is seeking. >> susan mcginnis in washington this morning. thank you so much. amid sky high approval ratings in the wake of superstorm sandy, new jersey governor chris christie said he will be seeking re-election next year. he said the preliminary damage from sandy is nearly $30 million. christie says he's in it for the long haul to help jersey recover. coming up on the morning news, click and shop. cyber monday rings up record sales on what's expected to be the busiest online shopping day of the year. this is the morning news. [ female announcer ] born from the naturally sweet monk fruit, something this delicious could only come from nature. now from the maker of splenda sweeteners,
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flames and smoke flew 200 feet above the streets of sydney, australia, after a construction crane caught on fire this morning. it came crashing down on the roof of a nearby building. hundreds of people had to be evacuated. no one was injured. the crane was reportedly owned by the same maker that owned the crane that crashed in new york city. this morning if you've got a cramp in your hand from all of that cyber shopping, it ain't me. you are not alone. yesterday cyber monday will likely turn out to be the busiest online shopping day of the year. online shopping was up 28% yesterday compared to the same time yesterday. sales for mobile devices, including tablets, rose more than 10%. >> reporter: eli logged on to the internet at 2:00 in the morning to take advantage of the busiest online shopping day of the year. >> what's better than sitting at home in your bed while you're watching the 11:00 news and shopping? >> reporter: he took advantage of cyber monday pricing to buy computers, not just for his business but also his holiday shopping list.
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he runs an internet marketing company and said he spent the last five months coaching businesses on how to capitalize on the internet's biggest sales day. >> if you could get one great deal to bring everyone in, you can upsale on additional products. >> reporter: retail experts expect cyber monday to be a $1.5 billion day, a strong end to a solid opening weekend to the 2012 holiday shopping season. almost a quarter billion people went shopping since thanksgiving and spent more than $59 billion. that's up 14% over last year. one of the biggest players in online retail is amazon. its phoenix shipping center is the size of 28 football fields. here, cyber monday means processing more than 200 orders per second. >> we needed to come up with a word for busy. we've probably been on hyper drive. >> reporter: while online sales are heating up, they still account for only about 10% of all holiday shopping. the best news for retailers is because of an early thanksgiving, this year's
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shopping season is as long as they come. and medical news this morning, a new study finds that so called chemo brain actually exists. for decades, cancer patients undergoing chemo therapy have complained of being in a mental fog. at a meeting in chicago, researchers say they used special brain imaging software and found chemo does affect memory and concentration. they say the results could allow for earlier intervention. after a huge recall in a salmonella outbreak that sickened 41 people in 20 states, the fda shut down the nation's largest maker of organic peanut butter. on monday they suspended the operation of the sunland processing plant in new mexico. it can no longer process or distribute food. sunland has voluntarily closed its plant in september after a similar outbreak. up next, your tuesday morning weather. in sports, cam newton slammed out of his sophomore slump against a porous eagles defense. porous eagles defense.
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snow to parts of the midwest. showers and thunderstorms rumble through the gulf coast. it will be another dry and quiet day in the west. "cbs moneywatch" time on a tuesday. a key debt agreement for greece, and the new wii-u sells big. ashley morison in new york with more. >> a deal has been reached to allow greece to receive the next installment of its bailout loans. eurozone ministers reached the deal this morning. the greek debt would be reduced by 124% of its gross domestic product by 2020. the deal allows the greek government to pay wages and pensions in december. the news in greece boosted stocks in asia this morning. tokyo's nikkei added more than a quarter percent, hitting a seven-month closing high, while hong kong's hang seng lost a fraction. blue chips fell on wall street. the dow started the week down 42 points while the nasdaq was up just under ten. charitable giving in this
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country continues to increase. last year, individuals made $217 billion in charitable donations, according to indiana university. that's a $6 billion increase from the previous year. but experts say superstorm sandy, uncertainty about the so called fiscal cliff, and the election will affect how much americans give to charity the final month this year. and nintendo's wii-u console is flying off the shelves. the company says it sold more than 400,000 in just the first week. it sells for about $300 and nintendo says sales are comparable to the original wii when it was first released six years ago. i'm pretty sure that's on jack morison's christmas list. >> hopefully santa will hook him up. i just hope that folks are a little bit more careful with these things. those wiis can be dangerous weapons. in sports, the battle of the two teams with the worst records in the nfc.
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the panthers' cam newton had a great game against the eagles. he threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more. bryce brown was a bright light for philadelphia. he rushed for 178 yards and two tds. carolina gets the win 30-22 over the eagles. both teams are now 3-8. when we come back, top ten reasons to stay tuned. tv giants david letterman and oprah winfrey share the stage in a rare joint appearance. [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus presents the cold truth. i have a cold... i took dayquil, but i still have a runny nose. [ male announcer ] truth is, dayquil doesn't work on runny noses. what? [ male announcer ] it doesn't have an antihistamine. really? [ male announcer ] really. alka-seltzer plus cold and cough fights your worst cold symptoms, plus has a fast acting antihistamine to relieve your runny nose. [ sighs ] thank you! [ male announcer ] you're welcome. that's the cold truth! [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus. ♪ oh what a relief it is! ♪ [ male announcer ] can't find theraflu? try alka-seltzer plus for fast, liquid, cold, and flu relief. try alka-seltzer plus there's no such thing whenas too soft. toilet paper,
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here's a look at the weather in some cities around the country. d.c., colder with rain, 44 degrees. showers in atlanta, 60. mostly sunny in st. louis, 42 degrees. same deal in denver, 60. morning fog in seattle, 50 degrees. combined, they've created tens of thousands of hours of television. but last night, oprah winfrey and david letterman shared the stage.
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winfrey as letterman's guest at the speaking series he hosts at his alma mater ball state university in indiana. while the late night host is known for his comedy, this conversation with oprah winfrey was no nonsense. >> ladies and gentlemen, do me a favor, please welcome oprah winfrey. >> the talk show titans held their conversation in front of a packed house at ball state university. some members of the 3,000-person audience camped out in the cold for tickets. what they got was a frank discussion of oprah winfrey's life and career. winfrey said her first notion of entering broadcasting came when she was a young girl growing up in the rural south. >> it was like an apartheid state for black people. we were called colored people then. i had no idea that television was a possibility for a black woman or a colored woman at the time. when i first saw the supremes on "the ed sullivan show" in 1968, it was like a miracle. >> letterman didn't pull any
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punches, asking winfrey about the abuse she endured as a child, her pregnancy at age 1, k and a fateful moment when winfrey's mother tried to send her to a detention home. >> what would have happened if they had room for you in the detention home? you don't know. >> i don't know. i probably would not be sitting here today. >> thanks to that second chance, winfrey embarked on her broadcasting career as a teenager. >> this human experience of yours is stunning, because it's going in one direction at the speed of light, and then suddenly, it turns around. >> well, dave, i have to tell you, i never thought of it that way before. >> winfrey said she knew from the time she was a toddler that she would be successful, and still credits her young self for fueling her accomplishments of today. >> if there was a number one reason why you've been able to be successful in your life, for me, it is listening to that still small voice. >> letterman's final question for winfrey, what do you know for sure?
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>> every one of us is born come to planet earth to make our mark. and how you choose to do that is really up to you. but to know that there is a mark to be made is what is significant. and i'm still making my mark. coming up on your local news, you can see more of that conversation, david letterman with oprah winfrey. i'm terrell brown. this is the "cbs morning news." [ male announcer ] when was the last time something made your jaw drop?
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here in new york city, the storied piano maker steinway and sons has been around for 150 years. wally boot is one of the oldest workers at the company, and this year he marked a milestone. wally explains how he loves giving every piano a final check.
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♪ >> every piano before it leaves the factory here comes to me and i check over the tone. you don't want no outstanding note when you play the music. ♪ that's loud. that note is louder than this one. in september, it was 50 years for me. 50 years. i started when i was 18. i worked my way through the whole factory. i was a hippie. motorcycles. my first job here was putting a little felt button on the wooden button. i worked there for a week, and
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then lady came back, she was on vacation, and she said get him out of here, that's my job. and then i learned how to make all the parts on the piano. these notes sound louder than these notes, so i would mark it with a chalk. got to break up the density of the felt and make the sound softer. 35 years, i never had a piano to play on. i made the parts, put it together. i always wanted to play that one piece, "moonlight sonata." ♪ i had a piano teacher, victor. he taught me 15 minutes once a week. i had the whole week to practice. $3 for a whole week. and then i went for three more. this is a picture of me when i
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was, like, maybe 3 or 4 years old. this is the steinway factory right here. so i was born two blocks from here on steinway street. i never knew i'd be here for 50 years working in this factory. it was just a regular job. now it's a passion. i love pianos. i love making pianos. i love people playing the piano. ♪ >> and we hear wally is a fan of the morning news. coming up on "cbs this morning," an update on negotiations to avoid the fiscal cliff. plus, a warning about pork chops and ground pork and the harmful bacteria they may harbor. and pastor rick warren on the tenth anniversary of his best-selling book, "the purpose driven book." take care, everybody, have a great day. ,,,,
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i'm frank mallicoat. and i'm michelle griego. tis 4:-- developing n >> your realtime captioner: linda marie macdonald. good morning. it's tuesday, november 27. i'm frank mallicoat. >> i'm michelle griego. time now is just about 4:30. we're following some developing news this morning. an armed man keeps police in a standoff through the night and you are looking live at the scene right now off treasure island. cbs 5 reporter elissa harrington is in san francisco with more exclusive video of the standoff on treasure island. she joins us now with the very latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. well, this standoff started around 11:00 last night so we're going on almost 6 hours. in this video you can see police officers and the suspect holding a gun


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