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captioning sponsored by cbs >> mason: letting loose. >> we have to close dunn -- down our government. we're billing that wall. it's time to expose the crooked media deception. they're trying to take away our culture. they're trying the take away our history. how did he get in here? he's supposed to be with a few people outside. very presidential, isn't it? >> mason: also tonight the debate hillary clinton had with herself. >> do you turn, look him in the eye and say loudly and clearly, back up, you creep? >> mason: a new study finds a possible link between dementia and a lack of rem sleep. and lottery players hope to find their luck in fond du lac. >> there's sacred ground here.
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this is a big place to buy lottery tickets. this is the "cbs evening news." >> mason: good evening. i'm anthony mason. the on-again-off-again presidential teleprompter was off again, and the president went off again on the media, fellow republicans, and anything else that came to mind. at a tuesday night rally in phoenix, the president also defended his charlottesville comments, though he did some careful editing. here's chip reid. >> it's time to expose the crooked media deception. >> reporter: president trump rushed to his fiery campaign trail rhetoric last night in phoenix, a sharp contrast to today in reno, where he read from a teleprompter and struck a measured tone before veterans at the american legion convention. >> it is time to heal the wounds that divide us and to seek a new unity based on the common values that unite us. >> reporter: but in phoenix he
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once again defended remarks he made after a violent white supremacist rally earlier this month. one woman was killed when man drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters. >> here's what i said on saturday: we condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and silence. >> reporter: what he actually said is this: >> we condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides -- on many sides. >> reporter: it was the words "on many sides," and his apparent defense of white supremacists three days later. >> very fine people, on both sides. >> reporter: that led to widespread backlash. this from house speaker paul ryan. >> i do believe he messed up in his comments on tuesday when it sounded like a moral equivocation or at the very least moral ambiguity. >> reporter: and even stronger words from g.o.p. senator bob
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corker of tennessee. >> the president has not yet been able to demonstrate the ability nor some of the confidence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful. >> reporter: the president last night blamed the media. >> oh, that's so funny. look back there. the live red lights, they're turning those suckers off fast, i'll tell you. >> reporter: as you can see, cnn and the other cable networks did not stop their live coverage, contrary to what the president said. now, anthony, it would appear that the raucous rally last night in phoenix and the respectful speech here in reno today would have nothing in common, but, in fact, they do have this in common inch beth cases the president found a way to tell core audiences, core supporters exactly what they wanted to hear. anthony? >> mason: chip reid in reno. thank you, chip.
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just the night before mr. trump stuck to the script as he addressed the nation about afghanistan. james clapper, former director of national intelligence, was struck by the difference between that speech and his performance in phoenix. here was clapper last night with cnn's don lemmon. >> it's interesting to contrastland last night's teleprompter trump performance versus tonight, which is, of course, the real trump, just as it was in the unglued, impromptu press conference at trump toer. i just find this extremely disturning. >> are you questioning his fitness? >> yes, i do. i really question his ability to... his fitness to be in this office, and i also am beginning to wonder about his motivation for it. maybe he is looking for a way out.
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> mason: what is the president's motivation? chief white house correspondent major garrett has more about that. >> they are trying to take away our history and our heritage. you see that. >> reporter: president trump taunted the news media with accusations of divisiveness that since charlottesville republicans, democrats, and business leaders have laid at his feet. mr. trump's deflection and grievance are aimed at keeping the third of the country still on his side energized and angry. the us against them strategy targets senate republicans like jeff flake and john mccain both of who endured indirect fire from the bully pulpit in phoenix. flake first. >> nobody wants me to talk about him. nobody knows who the hell he is. >> reporter: then mccain. >> but we are going to get rid of obamacare. ly -- i will never stop. one vote! >> reporter: the president even rattled g.o.p.
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congressional leaders with this threat. >> if we have to close down our government, we're building that wall. >> reporter: that sounded all the more bizarre considering the long history of campaign promises about funding the wall. >> who is going to pay for the wall? >> mexico! >> reporter: house speaker paul ryan was asked about the shutdown today. >> i don't think a government shutdown is necessary, and i don't think most people want to see a government shutdown. >> but i said, mitch, get to work and let's get it done. >> reporter: attacking some republicans, including a supposed ally like republican mitch mcconnell is also strategic. the president needs to show his base he's still committed to populism despite the firing of chief strategist steve bannon. mcconnell and the president haven't spoken in two weeks, and the president's aides say the president's erratic rhetoric and party bashing threaten his entire agenda. the white house tried the paper over the an animosity with sevel statements about shared
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objectives. during his feud with the president, mcdonnell has touched base with mike pence or chief of staff john kelly. through all of this, the president's historically low approval ratings remain stuck in the mid-30s. >> mason: major garrett at the white house, thanks. joining us now, anthony slavanto, director of elections and surveys here at cbs news. anthony, last night the president continued to criticize fellow republicans. why does he feel confident that his base will stay with him if he does that? >> anthony, if you take a look at the polling across the sum they're we've done, you can't paint all of his supporters with the same brush. he has a core base, about half of his total support, inside those numbers. they feel more attached to him than they do to the party. they vote republican, but they consider themselves trump supporters first and foremost. it's a really personal connection. they feel like he's fighting for their culture and their way of life. well, they haven't been very much inclined to listen to anything the republican party lead verse to say. if anything they take any criticism of him personally on
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themselves, they say, and it's only made their support firmer. >> mason: interesting. he has faced pushback from republican senators over charlottesville and over his threat to shut down the government if he doesn't get funding for the wall. if this gets in the way of his legislative agenda, will that affect his supporters? >> well, here's where you look at the other half of his supporters. if we called them the more conditional supporters. they want policy outcomes from this president. now, they still back him, but they feel like he has to deliver in congress with legislation. they want the tax cut, for example, and while most republicans did approve of how he described the events in charlottesville, it wasn't the same as the numbers he's gotten for things like handling the economy. so these folks are much more transactional, and the question will be: at what point might they run out of patience if he can't deliver on that policy agenda? >> mason: anthony slavanto, thanks. >> thank you. >> mason: at least 35 members of president trump's advisory councils have now resigned in protest over his comments about
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charlottesville. among them, thea lee, former deputy chief of staff of the afl-cio who was a member of mr. trump's manufacturing council. she also served on councils for his three most recent predators. thea lee joins us now. what was it about charlottesville that made you quit this council? >> well, it was that final trump tower press conference on tuesday afternoon that was so unhinged, and i think it was the fact that after watching those horrific events in charlottesville and seeing a person lose their life and to have nazis marching on the streets with torches and chanting anti-semitic and racist slogan, it didn't seem like asking too much that the president of the united states should show the same revulsion, and the president's reaction was so inappropriate, so inadequate, so painful that it just felt that any kind of association with the president, with the administration at that point was
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no longer possible. >> mason: you've written that it became clear that this is not a normal administration and the usual rules do in the apply. what do you mean by that? >> i have served on a lot of advisory committees for previous presidents, and i never considered that serving on an advisory committee was the same thing as endorsing a president, so it had never seemed before that i had to make that kind of a calculation that it was necessary to distance myself an additional space. >> mason: thea lee, thank you very much for being with us. >> thank you, anthony. thanks for having me. >> mason: mr. trump did his best to get under hillary clinton's skin during the debates last year. now clinton reveals how successful he was in her new book "what happened?" it's published by simon & schuster, a division of cbs. a portion of the audio version recorded by clinton was released today. here's julianna goldman. >> no matter where i walked, he followed me closely, staring at me, making faces.
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>> reporter: it was the second presidential debate, and in hillary clinton's telling of the story, donald trump loomed behind her, breathing down her neck. only two days earlier the campaign was rocked by the release of a tape in which mr. trump bragged about sexual assault. now they were on a small stage together. >> my skin crawled. it was one of those moments where you wish you could hilt pause and ask everyone watching, well? what would you do? do you stay calm, keep smiling, and carry on, as if he weren't repeatedly invading your space? or do you turn, look him in the eye, and say loudly and clearly, "back up, you creep. get away from me." >> reporter: clinton has second thoughts about not choosing option b. >> maybe i have overlearned theless isn't of staying calm, biting my tongue, digging my fingering nails into a clenched fist, smiling all the while. >> reporter: clinton has kept a relatively low profile since
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last november, and in another excerpt she wrote about the disappointment of what she called her painful loss. >> i knew that millions of people were counting on me, and i couldn't bare the idea of letting them down, but i did. i couldn't get the job done. >> reporter: the excerpts elude the russia's interference in the election. clinton has also said she'll address mistakes like her private e-mail server in the book, which she's calling the most personal back she's ever written. anthony? >> mason: julianna goldman, thanks very much. the commander of the navy's seventh fleet was relieved of duty today following two deadly collisions in four months. late sunday night the "u.s.s. john s. mccain" collided with an oil tanker off singapore. ten sailors are feared dead. here's david martin. reporter: divers went below decks on the "mccain" searching for sailors trapped in flooded sleeping compartments. this time they took the equipment needed to cut bodies
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out of the mangled wreckage. after one still-unidentified body was pulled from the open water, the navy end its search to look for more sailors who might have been washed out of the gaping hole a tanker punched in the "mccain's" hull. having lost two ships, the "mccain" and the "fitzgerald" to deadly collision, the commander of the pacific fleet, admiral scott swift, said he no longer had confidence in vice admiral joseph aucoin and removed him immediately. ships are now in stand down to review basic seamanship, one of several steps senior naval officers felt aucoin should have ordered in june after the "fitzgerald" collision. a string of accidents dates back the january when the guided-missile cruiser "antietam" ran aground. joseph carrigan was relieved of his command, but the
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investigation also found substandard performance from multiple crew members. the house cleaning in the seventh fleet may not be over. lower-rank admiral commanders are responsible for monitoring conditions aboard individual ships like the "mccain" and "fitzgerald" and may have failed to spot accidents waiting to happen. anthony? >> mason: david martin at the pentagon tonight. thank you, david. the texas gulf coast is bracing for harvey, a tropical depression that is expected to strengthen before making landfall late friday. a hurricane watch is up from port mansfield to galveston island. harvey could bring a dangerous storm surge and as much as 20 inches of rain. police in the dutch city of rotterdam today canceled a concert by an american band after getting a terror threat. they later arrested the driver of a van with spanish license plates and several gas canisters. it's in the clear if there is a connection to the concert threat.
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the band says they have received complaints from muslims about its name. still ahead on the "cbs evening news," a new study suggests there may be a health risk if you don't dream enough. and millions are dreaming a lot of striking it rich in fond du lac. ations. i would look at forms now and wonder what do i mark? because i'm everything. and i marked other. discover the story only your dna can tell. order your kit now at ancestrydna.com.
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sleep cycle repeats. in this study, as the amount of recommend sleep declined, the risk of dementia increased. >> mason: so what might sleep have to do with dementia, john? >> reporter: this study was done in people over the age of 60. there is increasing evidence that toxins accumulate in the brain during the day. as you're awake. and what happens at night or whenever you sleep is that those toxins get cleaned out, something of a garbage collection function. and these include things like amyloids that are linked to alzheimer's. we don't know when during the sleep cycle it occurs, but it's very exciting research. >> mason: so does this mean sleep deprivation can cause dementia? >> we don't know that yet, but in is very exciting because we know that the changes that occur in the brains of people with alzheimer's occur decades before they get symptoms. so maybe testing somebody for problems with sleep can be almost kind of a screening test in some people. and imagine if you could diagnose alzheimer's or risk of dementia sooner rather than later. that would be very big.
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>> mason: we have an update on the story of american and canadian diplomats in cuba who it is believed were targets of a sonic attack. it now appears some of them suffered serious injuries. executive editor steve dorsey of cbs news radio broke the story. diplomats working in havana started complaining last year about hearing loss and headaches. now an american doctor has diagnosed some with mild traumatic brain injury and likely damage to the central nervous system. the cuban government denies any involvement. in charlottesville, virginia, today, black covers were draped over the statues of confederate general robert e. lee and stonewall jackson to symbolize the city's mourning for heather heyer, who was run dunn and killed august 12th during
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the clash between white supremacists and counterprotesters man. tried to remove one of the protesters but later gave up. meanwhile, what can only be described as a head scratcher. espn says play-by-lay man robert lee won't work the university of virginia's opener in charlottesville because of the coincidence in his name. lee, who is asian american, will work another game. up next, the land o'luck.
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>> mason: people all over america are hoping tonight's $700 million powerball drawing will be their ticket to easy street. some bet they improve their odds by buying that ticket.
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>> reporter: south of wisconsin's lake winnebago, the town of fond du lac, meaning bottom of the lake in french, is at the top of the list when it comes to luck. it's a city on a winning streak. >> hope i win. >> reporter: and the secret's out. just ask reome simmons. why did you choose this store? >> they have a long history of winners. >> once again a stretch of road in wisconsin proves it deserves the title as the miracle mile. >> reporter: the luck of fond du lac's miracle mile has struck again. >> some unusual lottery luck in fond du lac. >> reporter: stores on main street, now dubbed "the miracle mile," have sold 14 winning tickets in the past 20 years and claimed $300 million. >> five tickets for $10. >> reporter: ahead of tonight's drawing, optimists have been lining up since 6:00 a.m. >> a lot of dreams in this lineup. >> reporter: owner steve korneli says they've sold so
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many tickets. since 1993 they sold tickets totaling $220 million. >> it's tremendous. >> reporter: in 2006 they sold one powerball winner worth $209 million, which was shared by 100 cheese factory workers. >> can i buy a powerball ticket. >> reporter: it's hard to avoid fond du lac fever, and though the odds of winning are one in nearly 300 million -- >> i'm going to help out all the handicapped. >> reporter: -- hope is priceless, and you can take that to the bank. >> i got the winner right here. >> reporter: adriana diaz, cbs news, fond du lac. >> mason: here's hoping your numbers are the winners. but if there is no winner tonight, saturday's jackpot will be over a billion dollars. that's the "cbs evening news" from new york. i'm anthony mason. than
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tonight, royal interviews unlike any you have ever seen. >> i wouldn't let it break me. >> for the first time, the princes fire back at the photographers who watched their mother die. >> she was very much still alive in the backseat. then -- "america's got talent" gets ugly. we are behind the scenes with a very angry mel b. >> you had to ask! plus we're revealing the very telling title of taylor's new record and why she seems to be calling herself a snake. >> plus, how swift is planning to steal caty once again. >> i'm basically going to laugh the whole way through. who is making the most money anth

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