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captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: the word comes down from the tower. the president-elect tweets the transition is organized and smooth. even his opponents say so. >> i'm confident on day one everything will be in good hands. >> pelley: jon stewart weighs in in his first interview since the election of donald trump. >> i don't believe we are a fundamentally different country today than we were two weeks ago. >> pelley: government safety experts give pilots a visual lesson in midair collisions. and the library of congress honors the motown sound of smokey robinson, calling his soulful melodies "works of art." ♪
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♪ this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. reporting tonight from washington. >> pelley: this is our western edition. donald trump will be sworn in back there at the u.s. capitol in just 65 days. workers today raced to build the inaugural platform, while the president-elect was doing the same, racing to build a cabinet. he sent word from trump tower in new york that the transition is going well despite what you've heard. the head of the transition was sent packing along with several advisers, but today the new head of the transition, mike pence, met with the man he will be succeeding as vice president. here's major garrett. >> reporter: vice president- elect mike pence and his wife visited their future home and ate lunch with its current residents. then the sitting vice president offered this assessment. >> no administration is ready on day one.
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we weren't ready on day one. i've never met one that's ever been ready on day one. >> reporter: at the u.s. chamber of commerce this morning, pence in a closed-door session reassured business leaders at the president-elect's economic plans. responding to reports that his transition is in disarray, mr. trump tweeted, "the process is going so smoothly," and "i am the only one who knows who the finalists are for key positions." the president-elect spent more than an hour at trump tower reviewing potential supreme court nominees, campaign manager kellyanne conway. >> roughly one-fifth of the voters said the supreme court was the most important or one of the most important issues. >> you don't form a federal government overnight. these are very serious issues, very serious appointment, very serious considerations. yuccas. spent more than an hour at trump tower reviewing potential supreme court nome knees. campaign manager, kellyanne conway. >> one of the most importantly issues. >> reporter: president-elect has made no cabinet announcement, but he's not behind the scheduled set by modern presidents. president-elect obama's first appointments came three weeks
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after the election. choices for other top departments came a week later. in 2000, george w. bush did not begin his formal transition until mid-december, after a protracted recount in florida. under tight deadline, bush announced top positions within two weeks. in 1992, bill clinton waited seven weeks before announcing cabinet nominees. former house speaker and trump confidante newt gingrich. >> the beginning of any transition like this has turmoil because it's the nature of the process, and i think that trump is very decisive. >> reporter: pence has signed a key legal document placing him in charge of mr. trump's transition, but other paperwork, according to the white house, remains incomplete. scott, the pentagon, state and justice departments all report no outreach yet from trump transition staff. >> pelley: major garrett, thanks. the first billionaire president has business interests worldwide, which stand to benefit or be harmed by
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decisions in the white house. financial conflicts are banned for all federal employees except two -- the president and the vice president. so we asked julianna goldman to tell us more about mr. trump's financial ties with china. >> reporter: president elect trump has threatened a trade war with china. >> we can't continue to allow china to rape our country, and that's what they're doing. >> reporter: yet he's bragged about his great business relationship with the chinese. >> the thing they most want, you know what one of the top ten things, anything trump. you believe it? my apartment, my ties, my... they love me. >> reporter: mr. trump's web of financial interests in china only add to the unprecedented conflicts posed by his global business, which will be run by his children, who are also his key advisers. >> for us there is a great future in china. >> reporter: they have eyed potential projects in beijing and shenzhen. trump china development llc is a
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listed company, but requests for more information about these entities went unanswered. in 2012 ivanka trump said they had a team based in shanghai. >> there are such interests in the brand being here. we're really ramping up our commitment to meeting the right partners and finding the right opportunities. >> reporter: but taking those steps is all but impossible without also doing business with the chinese government, according to scott kennedy of the center for strategic and international studies. >> the line between state and business is a lot fuzzier, and much more complex. they can open and close doors to individual deals in the way that you can't elsewhere in the world. >> reporter: china also owes the president-elect money. the state-run industrial and commercial bank of china is a tenant in trump tower in new york. one potential check on these conflicts is a clause in the constitution that says a government official can't receive payments from foreign governments or companies owned
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by foreign governments, but, scott, it would be up to the republican congress to enforce that. >> pelley: julianna goldman in the washington newsroom tonight. julianna, thank you. well, three manhattan high-rises divested themselves of the trump name today. the gold letters were taken down from apartment buildings that he built but sold a few years ago. hundreds of teed off tenants signed a petition to remove trump's name, but the current owner said they simply want a "neutral building identity." democrats identified their new leadership in the senate today. the new minority leader is chuck schumer of new york. the team ranges from the progressive bernie sanders of vermont to the moderate joe manchin of west virginia. dick durbin of illinois remains minority whip, the number-two job. patty murray of washington moves into the third position. some of america's european allies are uneasy about the trump victory.
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president obama spoke to them today in the city where democracy was invented around 500 b.c. margaret brennan is traveling with the president. >> reporter: on his last foreign trip, president obama walked through the ancient ruins of the acropolis, once the strongest democracy in the world. and he warned of the consequences of the populist anger that powered donald trump's campaign to victory. >> faced with this new reality where cultures clash, it's inevitable that some will seek a comfort in nationalism. >> reporter: but he said those crude forces could be avoided by restoring a sense of justice. >> they are less likely to turn on each other and they're less likely to appeal to some of the darker forces that exist in all of our societies. >> reporter: that's exactly what european allies fear, that mr. trump's actions will mirror his america-first campaign rhetoric.
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>> great again. >> reporter: "we are in unchartered waters," one key u.s. ally told us. "god help us all." president obama tried to reassure his audience, saying progress follows a winding path. >> the next american president, and i could not be more different. [applause] we are... we have very different points of view, but american democracy is bigger than any one person. >> reporter: scott, president obama's likely to hear more concerns tomorrow in germany, a key u.s. ally whose chief diplomat called donald trump a preacher of hate. >> pelley: margaret brennan with the president. margaret, thank you. well, in two months mr. trump will be commanding troops in combat for the first time. with u.s. forces fighting and advising in syria and iraq, we asked war correspondent holly williams to compare the campaign rhetoric with the campaign against isis.
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>> reporter: this new isis propaganda video shows the treacherous urban battlefield in the fight for mosul. narrow streets that isis car bombs can slip down unnoticed, surprising the iraqi army with deadly blasts. [explosion] president-elect trump has threatened to "bomb the hell out of isis." but with around a million civilians in mosul, indiscriminate air strikes are impossible. >> i know more about isis than the generals do, believe me. >> reporter: during his campaign, mr. trump said he'd send in up to 30,000 u.s. troops to take on isis before backtracking and saying he'd pressure other countries to fight instead. >> i would hit them so hard your head would spin. there's nobody bigger or better at the military than i am. >> reporter: but on the ground in iraq, the u.s. has spent two years of careful diplomacy, building a fragile coalition to
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fight isis. which the trump administration will now inherit. across the border in syria, aleppo is again being bombarded by air strikes on rebel-held areas, killing civilians and damaging hospitals. russia says it's now launching strikes from its aircraft carrier in the mediterranean sea, but despite international condemnation of russia's actions, the president-elect has suggested he'll work together with moscow and would end american support for syrian rebels. in syria's multi-sided conflict, scott, that could ultimately benefit russia's ally, the syrian regime, which has been bombing its own people for more than four years. >> pelley: holly williams reporting from istanbul tonight. holly, thank you. in another important story, a st. anthony, minnesota, police officer, was charged with manslaughter today for fatally shooting a black man during a traffic stop.
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the girlfriend of the victim, philando castile, live streamed the aftermath on facebook. jamie yuccas is in st. paul. >> the use of deadly force by officer yanez was not justified. >> reporter: prosecutor john choi today said that philando castile was shot seven times by officer jeronimo yanez less than a minute after being pulled over. castile's girlfriend was in the car with her four-year-old daughter. >> oh, my god. please don't tell me he's dead. >> castile then calmly and in a non-threatening manner informed officer yanez, "sir, i have to tell you that i do have a firearm on me." >> reporter: according to the criminal complaint, officer yanez responded, "okay," but then pulled his gun and reached into castile's vehicle. he told castile, don't pull it out. castile responded, "i'm not pulling it out."
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moments later, officer yanez started firing. >> i told him to get his hand out. >> reporter: castile's girlfriend diamond reynolds tells us she's glad officer yanez was charged. do you think you can ever forgive the officer >> god wants us all to forgive. i can forgive anyone. but will i forget? will i not be hurting? absolutely not. castile did have a permit to carry his gun and minnesota is an open 46 carry state. we did reach out to officer yanez for comment, but he did not respond. >> pelley: jamie yuccas, thank you. federal investigators are blaming air traffic controllers for two midair collisions last year that killed seven people. kris van cleave has been looking into technologies designed to prevent these collisions that happen in the blink of an eye. >> reporter: it happened that fast. did you see it? this is an n.t.s.b. animation
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simulating a deadly midair collision and the limits of see and avoid, a method of flying that teaches pilots how the avoid midair collisions. by the time the pilot of this cessna was able to spot an f-16 fighter -- >> altitude zero miles. >> reporter: -- he had only seconds to respond. the planes collided over south carolina in 2015. the two people on board the cessna died. weeks later another midair collision in san diego killed five. in both cases the n.t.s.b. believes available collision avoidance systems could have prevented the crash. >> traffic. >> reporter: by giving warnings like these. they are not required in general aviation aircraft, but similar systems are required for commercial airliners. rusty aimer is a retired airline captain. >> i must have had in my career at least five or six of those warnings that saved us. >> reporter: since 2011, there have been 44 midair collisions in the u.s., killing 46.
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mark rosenker is the former head of the n.t.s.b. >> these are very deadly accidents. that's why when you can use this kind of technology to prevent them from happening, it is a simple decision to go out and install it. >> reporter: starting in 2020, all general aviation aircraft will have to have new technology to better communicate with air traffic controllers, but, scott, those systems stop short of being dedicated collision avoidance. >> pelley: kris van cleave for us tonight. kris, thank you. coming up next on the "cbs evening news," jon stewart's first interview since the election. first interview since the election. plan insured through unitedhealthcare. it features $0 co-pays, low monthly premiums, and the convenience of walgreens. open enrollment ends december 7th.
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>> reporter: your reaction to this election? >> uh... >> reporter: surprise? >> surprise. it all ties together. >> reporter: fear? >> well, fear... here's what i would honestly say: i don't believe we are a fundamentally different country today than we were two weeks ago or than we were a month ago. the same country with all its grace and flaws and volatility and insecurity and strength and resilience exists today as existed two weeks ago. the same country that elected donald trump elected barack obama. and those contradictions are... this election to me is just another extension of the long argument that we've had from our founding, which is what are we? so on a philosophical and
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theoretical level, i feel badly for the people for whom this election will mean more uncertainty and insecurity, but i also feel like this fight has never been easy. >> pelley: you can hear much more from jon stewart on the election and his new book about "the daily show." that's tomorrow on "cbs this morning." and we'll be right back. ♪
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transition, but not the one you're thinking of. >> bill plante? no? bill's not here? that's shocking. >> pelley: it certainly is, but after 52 years at cbs news, senior white house correspondent bill plante is calling it a career, and what a career, covering every major story of the past half century, from the civil rights movement -- >> of all the activities of the past weeks in selma come to fruition now? >> pelley: to the election of america's first black president -- >> tomorrow they'll go into training. >> pelley: bill did four tours in vietnam. >> did you make a mistake in sending arms to tehran, sir? >> no, and i'm not taking any more questions. >> pelley: and covered the administrations of four presidents. >> it was very impressive. >> politics, general assignment, writing, editing, reporting, air work, you name it, i'd like to do it. >> pelley: bill plante came to cbs in 1964, and like a fine
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>> reporter: smokey robinson's lyrics are as smooth as his voice. >> reporter: creating the motown sound along with co-founder barry gordy, the detroit native's words became the soundtrack for generations. >> reporter: in an interview with cbs sunday morning, gordy explained how it all started. >> he was a wonderful poet, but he didn't know how to write songs, they would go on and on and on and on, so i really taught him how to write a simple song, front, middle and an end. >> reporter: for the next three decades, robinson wrote top of the chart hits for everyone from the temptations...
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♪ my girl, my girl, my girl the jackson five ♪ and i wonder he told "cbs this morning" it came naturally. >> there's no art to it. it's a gift. i think god gives everyone a gift. >> reporter: the library of congress' gershwin prize is named for musical trailblazers george and ira gershwin. >> for me to be mentioned in the same breath with the gershwins as a songwriter is just incredible. ♪ if you got the notion >> reporter: his fans second that emotion. michelle miller, cbs news, new york. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. with thanks to the jones day law firm for this view of the capitol and for all of us at cbs news, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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northern california coast c look more like this... tonit re oil drilling. a new trump administration and new concerns the northern california coast could look more like this. tonight, an effort to stop future oil drilling. good evening, i'm veronica de la cruz. >> i'm allen martin p there's a last-minute scramble to block future oil drilling on scenic stretches of the northern california coast. kpix 5's melissa caen on the effort coming down to the wire as donald trump's about to be sworn in. >> reporter: allen, you know, donald trump has made no secret of the fact that he plans to undo a number of president obama's executive orders. but when it comes to offshore oil drilling, there may be somebody obama can do that trump cannot undo. with word that former alaska governor sarah palin could soon be in charge of federal land
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some with oil. >> the chance is "drill, baby, drill." >> reporter: maybe environmentalists are worried about a trump administration including congressman jared huffman. >> i don't have confidence in a president-elect who has said he wants to do away with the epa and he considers climate change a hoax. so there's simply every reason to get to work in the next few weeks and try to put some defenses in place. >> reporter: another executive order banning offshore drilling. but this executive order would stick. >> this is a real opportunity. under section 12a of the outer continental shelf's land act, the president is granted authority to withdraw areas offshore from oil and gas development. and it's a one-way authority. it does not allow the next president to undo that decision unlike many of the executive actions that obama took. >> reporter: if the president did issue this 12-a order it would take an act of congress to undo it. places nea