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captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: the battle over the wall. the white house seemed to call for attacks on mexican imports to pay for it before walking it back today. and the president of mexico canceled his summit meeting with president trump. >> unless mexico is going to treat the united states fairly with respect, such a meeting would be fruitless. >> pelley: also tonight, the view from the border. >> can you imagine having a city with a huge wall there? it's not very inviting. >> i think it failed austin callaway every possible way a police department can fail a citizen. >> pelley: an apology for an unspeakable crime nearly eight decades later. and she made us all laugh and
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think. mary tyler moore's legacy on social issues. >> and i'm being paid less than he was because... >> you're a woman. > this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: it's become a chaotic first week for the trump administration. late today the president's press secretary told reporters that mr. trump never said that the mexican government would pay for the wall. earlier he announced a 20% tax on mexican goods, and then the white house arranged hasty news conference to knock that down. this morning mr. trump insulted the president of mexico with a tweet, and now their summit meeting in washington is off. all of this on the day that the president's chief adviser told the news media to "keep their mouth shut" because the media have "zero integrity and zero
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intelligence." it was that kind of day. here's margaret brennan. >> now is the dawn of a new era. >> reporter: president trump told republican lawmakers his new idea on how to pay for the border wall with mexico. >> well, we're working on a tax reform bill that will reduce our trade deficits, increase american exports, and will generate revenue from mexico that will pay for the wall if we decide to go that route. >> reporter: aboard air force one, white house spokesman sean spicer said a 20% tax on imports would generate enough money. >> by doing it that way, we can do $10 billion a year and easily pay for the wall just through that mechanism alone. that's really going to provide the funding. >> reporter: but back at the white house, chief of staff reince priebus told reporters the 20% tax was just "one of a buffet of options," and aides said the tax could range from 5% to 20%. mexico is america's third-largest trading partner with more than $500 billion in goods traded annually, helping to support $1.1 million american
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jobs. a tax on imports is designed to encourage american manufacturing and production but could also lead the higher prices on imported goods for consumers. today mexican president enrique pena nieto canceled a planned trip to washington next week to meet with president trump. nieto has repeatedly stated that mexico will not pay for a border wall. "i reject the decision of the united states," he said, "that far from uniting us, divides us." mr. trump did not back down. >> unless mexico is going to treat the united states fairly, with respect, such a meeting would be fruitless, and i want to go a different route. we have no choice. >> reporter: despite mr. trump's campaign rhetoric about mexico paying for that wall, today white house press
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secretary sean spicer said the president never said the mexican government would write a check to pay for it. >> pelley: margaret brennan at the white house. we learned today that the u.s. border patrol chief has been fired, a signal that the new administration is taking border policies in a new direction focusing on the wall. but some who live along the rio grande, the natural border with mexico, don't want a wall. manuel bojorquez has the view from the twin cities of laredo, texas, and nuevo laredo, mexico. >> reporter: president trump points to breaches on the border, like this hole near el paso, as reasons the nation must build a border wall. >> a lack of security poses a substantial theft to the sovereignty and safety of the united states of america and its citizens. >> reporter: but along the border in laredo, texas, democratic congressman henderson calls the proposed wall impractical. >> there are some areas that i can see infrastructure, but you
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tell me how you're going to do this on a natural barrier like the rio grande. >> reporter: nearly 700 miles of the 2,000-mile long boarder with mexico already has some type of fencing at a cost of more than $2 billion. president trump put the cost of the entire concrete wall at $8 to $12 billion, though analysts say it could hit $40 billion. there are some practical challenges, like building on private lands, over remote mountains, and on national parks. dennis nixon was one of the trump campaign's top fund-raisers in texas, yet he opposes the wall. >> bad decisions are made when you don't have enough information to make a good decision. >> reporter: and to be clear, this is coming from someone who spent a lot of time and money working for donald trump during the campaign. >> absolutely. >> reporter: to those supporters who say the wall has to happen, that's why we voted, what do you say? >> they're wrong. because they have not looked at the data. my main argument is the river is an effective barrier that we can use to provide that same level
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of security. >> reporter: and this is it, the rio grande, which separates me here on the mexican side from our cameraman on the u.s. side in laredo. scott, nixon says he supports fencing targeted areas and investing in technology, but ever since then-candidate trump visited laredo in 2015, he's vowed to build a wall. >> pelley: manuel bojorquez on the border for us tonight. manuel, thank you. citing security, the president is expected to block refugees from syria. about 12,000 who fled the civil war there settled in the u.s. just last year. and jim axelrod met some of the new arrivals. >> reporter: in rutland, vermont, tonight, the khatib family is getting settled. they're syrian refugees from a village near aleppo who arrived just last week. >> ( translated ): we couldn't bare the gunshots and the bombing that started to happen day and night, an my daughter
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was running trying to hide in the house, and she called my name all the time. >> reporter: the khatibs are one of two families, the first of 110 refugees set to be relocated to rutland. but it's a process now in jeopardy by the president's promise, which would halt the rest of the families from arriving. >> i'm disheartened but not defeated. >> reporter: marsha cassel is with rutland welcome, a group organized to get the refugees settled in, providing them with clothing and furniture. >> these are not the people that you need to fear. these people are running for their lives. they have been victims to the very same people that we fear violence. >> and all muslims are not bad people. >> reporter: but don cioffi, a retired teacher, applauds the president's promise to halt the refugee program temporarily and provide more time to vet
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everyone coming here. >> it only takes one with a vest on to blow up some of my friends. it only takes one. >> reporter: but the khatibs were already vetted for two years while living in turkey and waiting to come. >> it's just lack of knowledge. >> reporter: rutland businessman mike khalil, a u.s. businessman who emigrated 35 years ago as mohammed, is asking the people of rutland for one thing. >> if you give them the chance, the same chance that i got, they will see that these folks will be working hard. >> reporter: mike khalil should know. he's got a thriving real estate business in rutland. in fact, he asked a client to help these refugees out and now expects the fathers of the two families to get jobs working at a grocery or the there. >> pelley: jim axelrod for us tonight. jim, thank you. today president trump took his first fright -- flight aboard air force one to speak at the congressional republican retreat in philadelphia. yesterday mr. trump advocated torture. today he told republicans his
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agenda is based on a moral foundation. the g.o.p. controls both houses of congress and the white house for the first time in ten years. here's nancy cordes. >> so nice. nice to win. do we agree? it's been a while. it's been a while since we had this position. nice. >> reporter: president trump reminded republicans today that they are in the driver's seat thanks to his victory. >> this congress is going to be the busiest congress we've had in decades, maybe ever. >> reporter: he urged them to work quickly on bills to cut taxes and replace obamacare. >> i think congressmen, i think we have no choice. i think we have no choice. we have to get it going. >> reporter: to the great relief of republicans here, president trump relied on prepared remarks and a teleprompter and avoided getting side tracked like he did at the c.i.a. this weekend. >> it looked, honestly, it looked like 1.5 million people. >> reporter: his false claims
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about crowd size and voter fraud have been a distraction for republican leaders. so has his talk of reviewing the ban on torture. is this a debate that your members want to have, and what's your take on the issue? >> well, i think the director of the c.i.a. has made it clear he's going to follow the law, and i believe virtually all of my members are comfortable with the state of the law on that issue now. >> reporter: senate leader mitch mcconnell and house speaker paul ryan said they are learning how to navigate the ups and downs of the trump era. >> this is going to be an unconventional presidency. i think we're going to see unconventional activities like tweets and things like that, and i think that's something we'll all have to get used to. >> reporter: mr. trump's quick action on a host of shared priorities has done a lot to soothe g.o.p. angst over his unfounded views. the reality, scott, is that this is going to be a complicated relationship, but it's a mutually beneficial one, too. >> pelley: nancy cordes with the republicans in philadelphia. we rarely hear from president
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trump's chief strategist, steve bannon, but he talked about the media today with "the new york times." bannon who used to run the right wing breitbart news said mainstream news organizations were humiliated by the trump win and should keep their mouths shut and just listen for a while. bannon added, "the media has zero integrity, zero intelligence, and no hard work. you're the opposition party," he said, "not the democratic party. you're the opposition party, the media is the opposition party." one of the president's first acts this week was to pull the u.s. out of the trans-pacific partnership, a 12-nation free trade deal. well, dean reynolds has found some unease about this deep in trump country. >> reporter: there is a mid-winter tranquility to the 2500 acres of bob hemesath's
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farm in decorah, iowa. but you can hear some early misgivings about the president's decision to renegotiate or withdraw from big trade deals. that's because one of every three acres of corn he grows is exported. one out of every five jobs in his state is depend on trade. so when the president talks of renegotiating trade deals or dropping out of the trans-pacific partnership entirely, as he did this week -- >> great things for the american worker. >> reporter: -- iowa farmers get worried. >> it would have been a huge benefit for agriculture. >> reporter: what does it mean for you as an individual farmer not to have it? >> it's going to be more difficult to make a profit without having it. >> reporter: the t.p.p. would have removed trade barriers, and according to supporters, would have added more than $4 billion annually from u.s. exports. but critics said it would lower wages, cost jobs and reduce american influence by putting it on the same footing with weaker
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economies. they say bilateral deals are better for america. hemesath voted for the president and still supports him, but he wishes farmers had been more persuasive. what would you tell him now? >> reporter: that our economy benefits from trade and he needs to look at it from a global economic standpoint. >> reporter: the farmers here say they are willing to give mr. trump a chance to negotiate better deals, scott, and the president did say today, "believe me, we're going to have a lot of trade deals." >> pelley: dean reynolds down on the farm. dean, thank you. coming up next on the "cbs evening news," a white police chief apologizes for the lynching of a young black man lynching of a young black man nearly 80 years ago. ... ...of these benefits to help you get better dental check-ups. go pro with crest mouthwash. checkup? nailed it
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david begnaud has the story. >> two elderly african american women were standing in the hallway, and they pointed to some of the historical pictures, and one commented to the other in almost a whisper, "they killed our people." >> reporter: once la grange police chief louis dekmar researched the death of a teenager years ago, he felt the need to apologize for his department's role in the killing. what did this department do wrong? >> i think it failed austin callaway every possible way a police department could fail a citizen. >> reporter: it was 1940 in the jim crow south, and local police never investigated the murder or tried the find the s.in the death of austin callaway in. in the middle of the night, the black teenager, who was arrested and accused of assaulting a white woman, was kidnapped from his jail cell, apparently by a group of white men wearing masks. word has it they took him outside of town and shot him repeatedly in his hand, his arm, his head. james callaway was austin's
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cousin. >> you know, apology accepted, but there's nothing that can bring back anything that we lost. >> reporter: bryuan stevenson is the director of the equal justice initiative. >> i think positive things have come out of these efforts. i think there is a new hopefulness about what might be achieved to advance racial justice. >> reporter: callaway's death would eventually make headlines in papers across the country including new york, philadelphia, and baltimore. he was one of an estimated 4,000 people killed because of his race between 1877 and 1950. his murder was used to call attention to the killing of blacks in the mid-1900s. >> the past influences and forms and shapes the present. >> reporter: after callaway was killed, the local grand jury came back with just one recommendation. they said the jail needed better locks. scott, the police chief just took the podium here at a local church in la grange along with the mayor and a local judge.
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>> pelley: finally tonight, memorials to mary tyler moore have sprung up at her star on the hollywood walk of fame and in minneapolis, where she proved that a young, single woman could make it after all. here's gayle king. ♪ how will you make it on your own ♪ >> reporter: it was 1970 when mary tyler moore, the end of a long road from 1960's america when she played laura petrie, a housewife and stay-at-home mom. in minneapolis, laura was now mary richards, split from her boyfriend. cbs rejected the idea she was divorced for fear viewers would think she dumped rob petrie. now she was looking for work. >> what religion are you? >> mr. grant, i don't quite know how to say this, but you're not
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allowed to ask that when someone is applying for a job. it's against the law. >> want to call a cop? >> reporter: hundreds of women worked for cbs news, but in the 1970s women in the tv newsrooms were rare. mary got the job, but there was another at cbs news all
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tonight "e.t." celebrates the life and legacy of mary tyler moore with the friend who knew her best. >> what will you miss most about mary? >> her smile. >> she was the best there ever was. >> she was someone who gave us an idea of who we might want to be in life. >> the stars she inspired. >> hats off to mary. >> the co-stars who inspired her. >> we have seen each other through some tough times. >> and her trend-setting style that broke barriers. >> we only had the one hat. and it was a print on the first take. >> kerry washington gives a scandal gossip before the premiere. >> it may not be what you expect. for jry

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