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♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: breaking news tonight, acquitted. after being impeached by the house, the senate decides against removing president trump from office. they voted to acquit him on two articles of impeachment. >> donald john trump, president of the united states, is not guilty as charged. >> o'donnell: in a break from his party, an emotional mitt romney voting to convict. >> the president is guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust. >> o'donnell: tonight the president's reaction. the other breaking news, dangerous winter weather. as we come on the air, reports of tornadoes across mississippi, high winds pulling down scaffolding in new orleans, more than 60 million americans now under winter weather alerts. deeply divided. the president's state of the union showcases partisan anger across america.
the snubs, the boos, and that moment, the speaker tearing up the speech. tonight the fallout plus the truth and the fiction behind what was said. passenger jet crash. a plane skids off the runway, splitting into pieces. more than 180 on board. how did anyone survive? isolated on the water. hundreds of americans exposed to that deadly coronavirus now trapped on a cruise ship. we go inside, plus the new case just diagnosed here in the u.s. the loss of a legend. hollywood star kirk douglas dead tonight at the age of 103. and kobe bryant's secret acts of kindness. how the nba star made hundreds of wishes come true without anyone ever knowing. this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell reporting from the nation's capital. >> o'donnell: good evening to our viewers in the west. we begin with breaking news
the u.s. senate has acquitted president trump on both articles of impeachment. it was a moment of history, only the third time the senate has used its constitutional power to try a president. the votes broke along straight party lines with one big exception, republican mitt romney called the president's actions a flagrant assault on the nation's fundamental values and, in a voice choked with emotion, announced his decision to vote guilty. the end of the trial leaves behind a deeply divided congress and country, and it sets the stage for a bitter 2020 campaign. nancy cordes has followed it all from the very beginning and joins us tonight from capitol hill. nancy? >> reporter: norah, the president is declaring victory tonight, not just for himself, but for the entire nation. democrats responded by calling him a rogue leader and accusing the senate of normalizing lawlessness. >> senators, how say you?
is the respondent, donald john trump, guilty or not guilty? >> reporter: the senate acquitted president trump first on the charge of abuse of power. >> not guilty. >> reporter: then on the charge of obstructing congress. >> donald john trump, president of the united states, is not guilty as charged. >> reporter: utah republican mitt romney was the only senator to break with his party. >> the president asked a foreign government to investigate his political rival. >> reporter: he explained his guilty vote this way: >> corrupting an election to keep one's self in office is perhaps the most abusive and destructive violation of one's oath of office that i can imagine. were i to ignore the evidence that has been presented and disregard what i believe my oath and the constitution demands of me for the sake of a partisan end, it would, i fear, expose my character to history's rebuke. >> reporter: instead he settled for his party's rebuke. e.nald trump, jr. called for
romney to be expelled from the g.o.p. as other republicans defended the president. >> exoneration comes when president trump gets reelected, because the people of states are fed up with this crap. >> reporter: it seems the five- month ordeal, first in the house, then the senate, has left everyone embittered. >> it will be a stain on this body for all time. >> my friends on the left simply don't want a fair process. >> o'donnell: nancy joins us. how do both sides move on from here? >> reporter: well, at this point, norah, it doesn't appear that either side wants to move on. house democrats say their investigations into this president and his finances continue, and the president's campaign tonight put out a pretty defiant statement of its own, saying "president trump has been totally vindicated. this impeachment hoax will go down as the worst miscalculation
in american political history." no apologies, no concessions from anyone, norah. >> o'donnell: all right, nancy. thank you. now to the other breaking news tonight. several tornadoes have been reported across mississippi, part of a powerful weather system charging across the country. more than 60 million people are under alerts tonight. omar villafranca reports. >> reporter: multiple tornadoes were spotted across mississippi with toppled trees and reports of damage around the state. >> that's got to be a tornado. >> reporter: the dangerous storms with heavy rain extended to louisiana, where high winds brought down this scaffolding in new orleans, crushing the cars below and injuring one person. the same weather system brought erso to parts of texas and oklahoma. further north in oklahoma city, the storm made a mess of the morning commute, causing fender benders and back-ups for miles. further east, a truck crashed on a bridge over the missouri
river, freezing traffic along i- 70. the tulsa metro area received four to five inches of snow, and that brought out all the kids and their sleds. many schools were closed today, and some will remain closed tomorrow. norah? .> o'donnell: and as if on cue, about ten of them just went sledding right behind you. thank you, omar. where is this storm headed? for that we turn to wcbs' lonnie quinn. lonnie? >> a storm like this will move west to east, but this storm has two different stories to it. you have the winter weather element up around the ohio valley and portions of michigan and around texas and oklahoma. you have severe weather in portions of the south. we'll see these red peaks. they are very high-top thunderstorms. they hold the potential for tornadic activity. we have tornado watches and warnings in effect until 11:00 p.m. where do they go from this point forward? it will move east like we talked about. tomorrow morning, you're looking ab some snow around michigan and northern new england, snow, as well, but this line of yellow and red, the heavy storms with
the heating of the day, and we're talking record heat for portions of the carolinas into florida, that could ignite those tornadoes. 26 million people could possibly see it. in northern new england, that snow will turn over to rain. you have to go well north to hold on to that white stuff for skiers out there. that's the way we see it. >> o'donnell: thank you, lonnie. by the way, happy national weatherperson's day. >> oh, you're a sweetheart. >> o'donnell: have a good one. now to last night's state of the union: president trump has made shattering political norms a hallmark of his time in office, but in the aftermath of his speech, people are still talking about what they heard and saw in the president's address. major garrett reports tonight from the white house. >> thank you very much. >> reporter: fallout from the president's address reverberated across the country. >> the state of the union last night i thought was a great state of the union. >> reporter: on newstalk 820am in dallas, conservative host rick roberts heard from listeners lauding president trump. >> god bless donald trump. >> reporter: and knocking house speaker nancy pelosi, who
shredded her copy of the speech. >> i thought, did you just really do that? >> reporter: in new york on michaelangelo signorile's sirius xm show, reaction was sympathetic to pelosi, whose hand the president refused to shake. >> i think nancy pelosi in the words of our kids here in baltimore is the bomb. >> reporter: the president's speech was as much a celebration of him as it was a rejection of the previous administration. >> before i took office, health insurance premiums had more than doubled in just five years. >> reporter: the president made this promise: >> we will always protect patients with preexisting conditions. >> reporter: yet the trump administration is pursuing a lawsuit that would end obamacare and dismantle that protection. >> since my election we have created seven million new jobs. >> reporter: that's true, although job growth has remained mostly steady since 2010. and this one-- >> and i was pleased to announce last year that for the first time in 51 years, the cost of prescription drugs actually went down.
>> reporter: that's false. drug prices actually rose. at times one half of the house chamber echoed like a campaign rally. >> four more years! >> reporter: while the other half seethed. it also had the reality show hallmarks that made mr. trump famous, the soldier reunion on the balcony and the presentation of the medal of freedom to controversial radio host rush limbaugh, recently diagnosed with cancer. that recognition of limbaugh incensed democrats, who have long accused him of being racially offensive, hostile to feminism and mocking climate change, among other things. but populist conservatives have embraced limbaugh for decades, making that gesture among the most memorable of the night for the president's political base. norah. >> o'donnell: all right. major garrett with the fact baeck tonight. thank you, major. tonight some remarkable pictures from istanbul, turkey, where a passenger jet ran off a slick runway while landing. the plane broke apart and at least three people were killed, but more than 180 people were
able to get out. charlie d'agata has more on what happened. >> reporter: it came in so hard that the force of skidding off the runway split the plane into pieces. the front of the fuselage not only ripped away but flipped upside down, dramatic initial pictures show not a single emergency worker in sight. the passengers became first responders, helping the walking wounded make their way out of the cracks. cctv footage caught the moment the plane landed in stormy anather until it is seen disappearing off the edge. cbs news obtained this audio from the control tower. >> the pegasus flight, a boeing 737, had 177 passengers and six crew on board, children reportedly among them. just a month ago, another pegasus plane came off the runway at the same airport before investigators questioned how it could have happened again, a more positive question
emerges tonight: how so many managed to survive. charlie d'agata, cbs news, london. >> o'donnell: well, tonight results from the iowa caucuses are still dribbling in after monday's meltdown. the latest numbers show pete buttigieg holding on to his slight lead in delegates over bernie sanders. elizabeth warren and joe biden are third and fourth. ed o'keefe reports the candidates have already put iowa in their rear-view mirrors. >> reporter: with his lead holding in iowa, a confident pete buttigieg rallied voters in new hampshire today ahead of tuesday's primary. >> there are options somewhere in between a revolution and the status quo. >> reporter: he's hoping to repeat his strong showing in the caucuses where the 38-year-old found surprisingly broad support across the state, especially in rural counties and across all age groups. >> this is the best piece of news i think our campaign has gotten since i entered this race. >> reporter: the latest results from iowa still have former vice president joe biden in a distant fourth place. >> i am not going to sugar coat it. we took a gut punch in iowa.
>> reporter: biden is now drawing sharp contrast with both bernie sanders, the current front-runner in new hampshire, and buttigieg, who he criticized as inexperienced. >> it's a risk, to be straight up with you, to nominate someone who has never held an office higher than mayor of a town of 100,000 people in indiana. >> reporter: sanders sits atop the polls in new hampshire where he has the largest team of staffers and volunteers, but he's still holding out hope he can beat buttigieg outright in iowa. >> i assume one of these years that vote count will be completed. >> reporter: aides to former vice president biden tell cbs news he's going to target buttigieg and sanders specifically over the issues of electability and healthcare in hopes of a rebound here in the granite state. one adviser told me, after all, new hampshire loves a comeback. norah? >> o'donnell: it sure does. all right, ed, thank you. tonight a small city in michigan finds itself in the middle of a fierce debate over racism and immigration. it broiled over this week during a community meeting meant to
address rising racial tensions. well instead, one exchange caused an erup anger. adriana diaz reports tonight from saline, michigan. >> reporter: at the community meeting, adrian iraola was recounting his son's experience at school with racist taunts. >> when i went to his bedroom to say good night, he was crying because of the abuse that he was enduring in this school system. >> then why didn't you stay in mexico? (crowd gasps) (outcries) >> you need to leave. >> he's sharing his story right now, that's indicative of what our kids are experiencing. >> reporter: were you shocked to hear someone say that? >> shocked is an understatement. that was not a question. that was an attack. >> reporter: the man, identified as tom burtell, later added... >> you got black racism all the time. trying being white and walking in a black neighborhood and see what happens.
>> reporter: the saline area school district, which is nearly 90% white, called the monday meeting after a snapchat conversation between high school football players titled "racist" surfaced. in it players reportedly wrote white power and referred to black players in the chat with the "n" word. >> racism has got to go! >> reporter: today saline rallied. >> this is who we are. we are a community that loves everyone. >> reporter: in a statement, the school district denounced burtell's comments, writing, "this type of bigotry goes against all the values and beliefs of our school system." >> i think that saline has a lot of work to do. they need to ask themselves, what can we do better to include everybody? >> reporter: we tried to reach tom burtell both at home and by epone, but we couldn't interview him. his son, however, spoke out online, saying his father's "views of hate in no way reflect his own." the conversation here continues. ltere's another community forum coe week from today.
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