tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS November 6, 2013 5:30pm-6:01pm PST
captions by: caption colorado email@example.com >> p onight, voters point to a new direction. >> maybe the folks in washington, d.c. should tune in their t.v.s right now, see how it's done. (cheers and applause) >> pelley: the republican wins among democrats, a democrat wins in republican territory. nancy cordes and john dickerson on where this is headed. the n.f.l. appoints a special counsel to investigate possible harassment within the miami dolphins. mark strassmann reports. climate scientists have never seen greenhouse gas readings like what they announced today. seth doane reports from china, john blackstone is in san francisco. and john miller with a cbs news investigation. the inside story of a pharmaceutical company that committed fraud with life-saving drugs. captioning sponsored by cbs captioning sponsored by cb this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
>> pelley: good evening. there are warning signs tonight for republicans and democrats. both parties are drawing lessons from yesterday's gubernatorial elections in two states. in virginia, democrat terry mcauliffe beat ken cuccinelli, but the tight margin of victory suggests that the democrat may have been damaged by the struggles of obamacare. in new jersey, republican chris christie easily won reelection in that heavily democratic state in part by emphasizing his willingness to work with both parties. >> the people of new jersey four years ago were downhearted and dispirited. they didn't believe that government could work for them anymore. in fact, what they thought -- what they thought was that government was just there to take from them but not to give to them. not to work with them. not to work for them. well, four years later we stand here tonight showing that it is possible to put doing your job
first. to put working together first. to fight for what you believe in yet still stand by your principles and get something done for the people who elected you! (cheers and applause) now, listen, i know that if we can do this in trenton, new jersey, maybe the folks in washington, d.c. should tune in their t.v.s right now, see how it's done. (cheers and applause) >> pelley: we'll see how it's done. john dickerson and nancy cordes are joining us tonight. john, you've been looking into christie's win. >> yeah, what he's selling and what he was selling in that message is a message of effective government. from tea party candidates we've heard about dismantling, shrinking government. what governor christie is talking about is making it work. there's another message which was purely political. governor christie got a third of democratic voters. he won women voters against a female candidate and he won 50% of hispanic voters. those are all groups republicans
have had troubles with. so the question is, if he's going to run for president, will he be able to duplicate that? one thing that's hard to duplicate is that support came from his response in the aftermath of hurricane sandy. he can't duplicate that national level. the other big test is the republican primary process. the question there will be is he conservative enough. in new jersey, governor christie cut taxes, he took on the unions, he's pro life but conservatives worry about things like his support for gun control. he took medicaid money that's a part of the president's affordable health care act, they don't like that at all. he's never been through a primary process, it's rough and tumble. we might see those eruptions that have made him famous and we'll see whether voters in the country like those eruptions as much as they did in new jersey. >> pelley: and he didn't run as the republican candidate so much as he just ran as chris christie. john, thank you very much. nancy is in virginia. the republican candidate for governor, ken cuccinelli, had been trailing by six percentage points in the polls, nancy, but he ended up losing by only two points. you've been looking into whether obamacare is the cause of that.
>> reporter: well, democrats and the white house certainly seem to fear that it is. in fact, the white house invited 16 senate democrats for a two- hour meeting with the president today about all of obamacare's problems and, guess what? 15 of those senate democrats are up for reelection next year and the 16th runs the committee that is in charge of getting them reelected. and if you look at cbs exit polling from the virginia governor's race last night you can see why they're concerned. more than a quarter of virginia voters said health care was the issue that mattered the most to them in this election. it was the second-most important issue. and cuccinelli, the republican, won among those voters 49% to 45%. now, most lawmakers-- democrats and republicans-- assume that the web site will be working properly by the time the midterms happen a year from now so democrats know that they'll be judged not so much by the web site, scott, as by whether or not americans are able to sign up for plans that they consider good coverage at a low price.
>> pelley: nancy cordes at the capitol, political director john dickerson, thank you very, very much. after 20 years of republican mayors in new york city there was a major flip with the election overnight to liberal activism. bill deblasio won by 49 points. today the incoming and outgoing mayors met at city hall. deblasio and mike bloomberg couldn't be more different. deblasio promises to roll back the police tactic that's known as stop-and-frisk and to bridge the gap between rich and poor. >> that is the defining challenge of our times. >> reporter: as a young activist, bill deblasio traveled to nicaragua to support the communist sandinista government. he later worked as an aide to democratic mayor david dinkins and managed hillary clinton's senate campaign in the year 2000. deblasio's family symbolizes new york's diversity.
his wife is african american and their teenage children were the stars of the campaign. they celebrated last night with their signature move, the smackdown. (cheers and applause) now, from politics we're going to turn to that controversy in the n.f.l. today the league appointed a high-profile independent counsel to investigate the allegations that miami dolphins lineman richie incognito harassed a teammate, jonathan martin. mark strassmann has the latest. mark? >> reporter: scott, ted wells investigated the allegations of sexual abuse in the syracuse university program and at the n.b.a. players union. dolphins head coach joe philbin talked about wells and this controversy after today's practice. >> if the reviewer reveals anything that needs to be corrected we will take all necessary measures to fix it, to ensure this doesn't happen again. >> reporter: philbin would not
answer questions about reports that dolphin coaches told richie incognito to toughen up jonathan martin. incognito was suspended without pay by the dolphins last sunday. since then his only comment about the bullying allegations was to miami television station wsvn. >> i'm just trying to weather the storm right now. this will pass. >> reporter: martin, his teammate, left the dolphins last sunday because he felt threatened. n.f.l. investigators are reviewing taunts and threats including racial slurs that incognito left martin in texts and voice mails. they were offensive linemen who played side by side to protect quarterback ryan tannehill. did you have any sense that anything was wrong in their relationship? >> no. no. none at all. i think if you had asked john martin a week before who his best friend on the team was he would have said richie incognito. >> reporter: but tannehill said he could not explain what went wrong in that relationship and, scott, ted wells, that new
special counsel, and the n.f.l. both say there is no timetable to this investigation. >> pelley: mark strassmann at the miami dolphins facility. mark, thank you very much. today scientists with the united nations said that greenhouse gases which influence claimant change have hit their highest level in 800,000 years, mostly because industry is ramping up in the developing world. their report said today "mankind has upset the natural balance of our atmosphere." we have two reports beginning with seth doane in china. >> reporter: there have been more smoggy days in china this year than any other in the last half century. the northern city of harbin came to a stand still recently when a thick layer of white smog choked the city. air quality levels reached 40 times the safe limit recommended by the world health organization. this week, china's ministry of environmental protection put out new guidelines.
it said on the most hazardous days public schools should be closed. workers should stay at home and outdoor activities stopped. in china, monitoring pollution levels is as common as checking the temperature. face masks and air purifiers are a regular site. on particularly polluted days students at the international school of beijing have recess inside this giant air purified dome. parents told us the air filtration system was a key factor in choosing a school. the air pollution is made worse by china's dependence on coal. it consumes nearly half of the world's supply. in september, it said it would cut coal consumption and close heavy polluting plants. and there's a ban on building new coal power plants in key industrial regions. in beijing, which already has more than five million cars on the road, the government plans to reduce the number of new cars that will be allowed next year by 40%. scott, i can assure you blue
clear days like this are incredibly rare. >> pelley: seth doane on a better day in beijing. seth, thank you. our john blackstone has gone to the ends of the earth to research the effects of climate change. >> reporter: to find the cleanest air on earth we traveled to the south pole. even there, far from any immediate sources of pollution, scientists find increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the air. since our visit five years ago, c.o.-2 levels have continued the steady rise that began in 1958 at 315 parts per million reaching 394 parts per million last month. high levels of carbon dioxide can create a warming blanket around the earth. the u.n. says the gas is responsible for 80% of the warming effect on the planet's climate. daniel kammen studies climate change at the university of california berkeley.
>> the more we ignore the problem, the more we get sea level increase temperature rises, crop failures, we pay a larger cost to address that. >> reporter: is it too late? >> it's not too late to act if we put our minds to it. we have lots of technologies and science and new policy tools available. but we're wasting time when we know it's a problem. we've got to solve it. >> reporter: rising temperatures and melting polar ice are expected to raise the sea level by about 12 inches by the year 2050. since carbon dioxide remains in the air for a century or more, scott, c.o.-2 released today will be impacting the climate far into the future. >> pelley: john blackstone on a beautiful day in san francisco. john, thank you very much. today secretary of health and human services kathleen sebelius told congress there were 200 flaws in the health care web site but she expects all will be fixed by the end of the month. three and a half million americans have been told that their health plans will be canceled because their plans
don't meet the minimum requirements of obamacare. we asked wyatt andrews to look into that. >> reporter: karen defnall did not vote for the president and was not a fan of health care reform until she learned that obamacare could be a very good deal for her. >> i perceive this as a blessing and if it comes into fruition i'm very grateful for this. >> reporter: defnall, who runs a small day care in virginia, is about to lose her current policy with anthem health. her monthly premium now at $771 will go down under obamacare to $221 thanks to a federal subsidy. she also saves on out-of-pocket costs. defnall's current policy has limited coverage for preventative tests, pediatric care and the emergency room. but all of that is covered under the new law and could reduce her out-of-pocket costs around $1,500 this year to zero. but many others feel betrayed by health care reform and they
include anita sager. >> i'm very upset. very upset. >> reporter: sager is a business owner in virginia and is losing her policy from anthem health. her monthly premium now, $392, would rise 34% under obamacare to $527 and she gets no federal subsidy because her income is too high. her current policy covers doctor visits, hospitalizations, and prescription drugs. her policy under the new law would cover all of that but would add a list of new essential benefits, including pediatric dental care and maternity care. benefits that sager does not need. >> it's not necessary for me so why should by forced to pay for a service i don't need? i don't think that's fair. >> reporter: the president is under fire now for breaking that long-standing promise no one would lose the insurance that they like. but, scott, the president's supporters point out that before health care reform people lost
insurance all the time by getting sick and canceled and under health reform that's now illegal. >> pelley: wyatt, thank you very much. we were told today one sign of autism could appear in infants as young as two months. a company from india committed fraud to get prescription drugs approved for america. and jet man takes a flying leap in the land of the rising sun. when the "cbs evening news" continues. continues. [ paper rustles, outdoor sounds ] ♪
>> pelley: 40% of america's drugs are now made overseas in countries including india where oversight is limited. in the u.s., the food and drug administration has one inspector for every nine factories but in india it's one f.d.a. inspector for every 105 plants. john miller has been looking into a company from india, ranbaxy, that pleaded guilty to selling adulterated drugs in the united states. tonight, john introduces us to a former u.s. army doctor who confronted ranbaxy executives about the company's fraud. >> reporter: generic drug companies like ranbaxy have to prove their drugs have the same effect as the brand name. that's called bioequivalence. >> unless that product is, in fact, bioequivalent to the branded product you might not be getting what you're bargaining for. >> reporter: dr. kathy spreen was hired by ranbaxy in 2004 to help the company comply with f.d.a. regulations.
she became alarmed when reviewing bioequivalence data for a ranbaxy diabetes drug. >> the data from the generic and the brand were identical. any time you see perfect data you're probably looking at false data. i was so suspicious that i started asking "i need the data. i need the initial raw data." >> reporter: but you couldn't get the data? >> i could not get the data. >> reporter: when she found out what ranbaxy was doing she went to ranbaxy's billionaire c.e.o. malvinder singh. >> he held my hand and he told me to just be patient and everything would be taken care of. >> reporter: but, she says, nothing was done. in 2008, in the middle of an f.d.a. criminal investigation, singh sold his majority stake in ranbaxy to a japanese firm daichii sankyo. the new owners say the fraud is in the past and they've invested $300 million to retrain employees and upgrade
facilities. but the f.d.a. has found new problems with ranbaxy plants. we traveled to ranbaxy's rural plant in northern india. despite the manicured grounds and catchy safety slogans, in 2012 ranbaxy found glass particles in their generic lipitor and issued a recall. later that year, f.d.a. inspectors found the plant failed to investigate manufacturing problems. at the nearby plant, f.d.a. found bathrooms with no running water. >> these things just look like similar patterns to the problems that were going on all along. so you have to ask did the company learn their lesson and, more importantly, did the f.d.a. learn their lesson? >> reporter: ranbaxy declined our request for an interview but in a statement the company said they will take all measures to keep full facilities in full compliance to all regulations.
because of ranbaxy's latest manufacturing problems, just two weeks after we visited ranbaxy facilities, the f.d.a. banned a third ranbaxy plant in india from sending drugs to the u.s. now all of their finished drugs sold to americans are made here in the united states. >> pelley: an eye opening investigation, john. thank you very much. and we'll be right back. . wing rewards. with the spark cash card from capital one, i get 2% cash back on every purchase, every day. i break my back around here. finally someone's recognizing me with unlimited rewards! meetings start at 11, cindy. [ male announcer ] get the spark business card from capital one. choose 2% cash back or double miles on every purchase, every day. what's in your wallet? i need your timesheets, larry! what's in your wallet? on the table by not choosing the right medicare d plan. no one could have left this much money here.
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is now coming back to life? >> i think near death a very accurate statement of where life in this river has been. i mean, we're really talking about a fishery that's been devastated. >> reporter: in the 1800s and 1900s the river was a thriving hub for industry. business prospered but the natural balance and the fish population suffered. years of fighting over dams followed. then, in 2003 a rare meeting of the minds among conservationists, industry, and government. they agreed to a $62 million plan to remove two major dams and increase energy production at six other plants on the river's tributaries. >> unfortunately, salmon are very severely depleted. removing the dams and opening up access to about a thousand miles of habitat will make a huge difference. >> reporter: a huge difference not only to the fish but to the people.
the area around the river is also home to the penobscot indians who have lived along these banks for thousands of years. scott phillips is an ambassador to the restoration project. >> this is the homeland for the penobscot nation. this section of the river was basically taken away from us for the last 200 years because of dams impeding travel and impeding the fish. >> we aren't talking about rolling back the industrialized world here. we're talking about making some very strategic changes. it's awesome to look at a river flowing through where a dam stood for 200 years and to think that we can get back some of what we've lost. >> reporter: it's once again a river where fish and people can thrive. chip reid, cbs news, bangor, maine. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news." for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. s at cbs news all around the captioning sponsored by cbs
>> your realtime captioner is mrs. linda m. macdonald the fight is far from over. tonight, the war over the waterfront is already shifting focus to a new target. good evening, i'm elizabeth cook. >> i'm ken bastida. we will get to that story in just a minute but first, we have some breaking news on a statewide amber alert out of sunnyvale. in just the past hour we have learned that authorities tracked down and arrested the father who is accused of kidnapping his own two-week-old son. the infant was unharmed. 22-year-old mesut guler was reportedly stopped and questioned at a checkpoint in mexico. mexican authorities then contacted the u.s. border patrol. the mother of the infant reportedly called sunnyvale police last night after guler took the baby and texted her threats that he was leaving for good. police say guler may have
kidnapped the child because of a recurring argument that the mother was having with him about wanting to move back to new york. authorities issued the statewide amber alert about 10:30 last night. the message was broadcast statewide on highway signs and the search for the baby and the father was on. the first real clues came when the suv that guler was driving was spotted in the san diego area. at some point he tried to cross into mexico and was stopped at a checkpoint by mexican authorities who alerted the u.s. he is now being transferred to u.s. authorities. san francisco boaters gave 8 washington a resounding no. opponents of the warriors arena project down the street are hoping to use that to their advantage. phil matier is on the waterfront. >> reporter: you know, it's a big question about views, who gets them, who uses them. this view of the waterfront, this is how it looks now. the question is and the debate,