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specialist on sofix the federal government's new health insurance web site. the president today named a trusted aid, jeffery zients to oversee the rescue of his signature program. a cbs news poll out tonight finds that approval of obamacare has grown from 36% in july to 43% now, but more than half, 51%, still disapprove. and only 12% think that the sign-up is going well. here's wyatt andrews with the man who took on what could be the toughest job in america. >> reporter: jeffery zients, the man tapped to fix the obamacare web site, is the former acting director of the white house budget office, but he's better known for leading three business management companies. white house spokesman jay carney acknowledged that better management at the department of health and human services is who the web site needs right now. >> h.h.s. will be tapping his experience, and expertise as they address the challenges that
have come up with the administration of the web site. >> reporter: three weeks ago, healthcare.gov opened to the public and essentially crashed on the pot. the administration has repeatedly blamed the number of people visiting the site but the volume issue has been repaired. now there are new problems in name registration, eligibility questions, and in the most important step of buying occurrence. the c.e.o. of high mark insurance in pittsburgh is a company hoping for thousands of new customers. the we web site's problems have held enrollments to a fraction of that. >> well, it's in the hundreds. so it's a fairly low number given what we would have expected. my greatest concern is that people lose confidence in the system generally. >> reporter: three committees in the house plan hearings on why the administration repeatedly promised the web site would be ready without a hint the site was in trouble. officials have since acknowledged the system was not
well tested. sources tell cbs news the underlying software was riddled with junk computer code which means, one expert said, no way it was properly tested before it went live. the white house is also reaching out to experts and companies in silicon valley, trying to tap their expertise for the rescue of healthcare.gov. but, scott, officials have declined to say which companies have been asked for this new level of help. >> pelley: wyatt, thank you. yesterday the president found himself having to explain how angry he is with the health web site. the white house tried to take the edge off that embarrassment by peopling the podium with folks that it said would benefit, and janice baker was touted as the first to enroll in delaware, though mr. obama did say it took her a few tries. we were curious, so we called baker today and she told us it took her seven hours over 11 days to enroll online. she had to call the hot line for
help. but she says it was worth it. baker had been rejected by insurance companies three times before for a preexisting condition, and that is illegal under obamacare. a republican attempt, of course, to roll back the health care law was what led to the two-week government shutdown. in our poll tonight, 31% of americans told us they approve of the job that democrats in congress are doing, 18% approved of republicans. only 14% had a favorable view of the tea party. 36 thrix% unfavorable. tea party republicans are in a battle for the direction of the party. and we asked chip reid to look at one of the battlegrounds, alabama's first congressional district. >> reporter: in south alabama, most people take pride in their good manners, but the republican primary for an open house seat has become unusually impolite. >> you and your campaign attacked my decatur attacked my faith. >> i have never expected
somebody to walk up behind me and hit me with a brick. that's what i call a coward. >> reporter: the race between dean young and bradley byrne echoes the party's sharp divide over the government shutdown in washington earlier this month. >> we've got the classic battle that the nation's been looking for-- tea party against the establishment. thank you for your support. >> reporter: young calls himself the tea party candidate. do you see this as a fight for the soul of the republican party? >> i do see this as a fight for the soul of the republican party. we've got to get the government small again. >> reporter: even if it means shutting down the government. >> even if it means shutting down the government, yes, sir. >> reporter: both candidates are running as deeply conservative christians. >> we must return to the constitution and godly principles that made this nation great. >> christian, conservative, brad lie byrne. >> reporter: byrne, a business-oriented republican says he wants to make government work, unlike his opponent. >> what he wants to do is go to washington and be a show horse. i'm a work horse.
i don't want to be a show horse. >> reporter: do you think his approach is good or bad for the republican party. >> it's bad for the republican party. i think it's bad for our area. first of all, that approach doesn't get anything done. >> reporter: byrne, the mainstream candidate, is the favorite, but, scott, whichever of these two republicans wins this primary, he is also very likely to win the general election because democrats in this very conservative district hardly stand a chance. >> reporter: chip thanks very much. one more note from our new cbs news poll tonight, 46% of americans approve of the job president obama is doing. but they're outnumbered by the 49% who disapprove. mr. obama won the standoff with republicans over whether to allow the government to borrow the money needed to pay its bills. but to one legendary investor, it was a sorry episode. charlie rose of cbs "this morning" spoke to billionaire warren buffett. >> i did not think a majority of 535 people were willing to do
that to the other 3 feign million people in this country. i mean, we spent 237 years building building up a reputation about the united states that enabled us to become the reserve currency and people all over the world trust us. and there were some people that would drive off that cliff, but i did not think a majority. >> as you know, the chinese have begun to raise questions about whether the dollar should be the reserve currency. >> it will be the reserve currency, though. in the end, we did the right thing. i mean we may have-- it was absolutely madness what the-- the time spent on it up to that point and the worry millions and millions and millions of people about something that you know deep down can't happen. that's unconscionable really for the 535 people who did that. >> pelley: you can see more of charlie's interview with warren buffett tomorrow on "cbs this morning." the unemployment report for september was delayed by the government shutdown, but it came out today and it shows the jobless rate fell a tenth of a
point to 7.2%. but the economy created only 148,000 jobs. anthony mason is our senior business correspondent. anthony, what do you make of these numbers? >> reporter: scott, it's part of the trend of treading water that we've been in here. if you look at the chart of the last six months, we've added an average of 163,000 jobs a month, which suggests want economy isn't fragile but it's not really robust, either. 11.3 million people are still out of work, although that's dropped by more than half a million since june. >> pelley: anthony what, can be done to make things better? >> reporter: well, the fed has been trying to make things better, scott. they've been buying bonds to keep interest rates low and keep people spending. they were hoping by now to pull back on the stimulus, but these numbers and the noise in washington adding to the uncertainty, and the fed may have to keep applying stimulus until the spring of next year. >> pelley: the prospect of keeping of stimulus going gave wall street a big boost.
the dow gained 75 points. apple unveiled its new tablet computers today, and so did two other manufacturer manufacturer. in years past, competitors would lie low on a day like this, but that was when apple dominated the market and ben tracy tells us the field is shifting. >> next up, ipad. >> reporter: when apple c.e.o. tim cook unveiled his company's new ultrathin one-pound ipad, it became the latest weapon in the tablet wars. microsoft and nokia update of also had new and updated products. >> this is definitely a war. this is big bucks and big potential for a lot of these companies and they know the future of their companies really relies on success of the tabloid industry. >> reporter: manufacturers are expected to ship 184 million tablets this year, 53% more than last year. by 2015, 331 million tablets will ship, outnumberss p.c.s for the first time.
one-third of american adults now have a tablet. they're replacing textbooks in some schools and cash registerss in stores. alex matthews just opened this juice bar in los angeles and installed ipads both for the look and the cost. how much would a regular cash register system cost you? >> it would have been about $30,000. whereas our system costs around $12,000. >> reporter: less expensive tablets mainly run on google's android platform, are now taking a bite out of apple. two years another the ipad made up 65% of the tablet market versus 30% for android. by the end of this year, android is expected to have 50% market share, the ipad falling to 49%. microsoft's surface tablet is a bit player at best. >> oh, snap. you have a real keyboard, too. >> reporter: but in new ads, microsoft is playing hardball, accusing apple of form over function. >> do you still think i'm pretty? >> reporter: it may be a cheap shot, but then again, this is
war. ben tracy, cbs news, san francisco. >> pelley: now, we want to bring you up to date on our lead story from last night. the police in sparks, nevada, are telling us now that the shooter who killed a teacher and wounded two classmates at a middle school yesterday was 12 years old. the boy took his own life. john black stone has the latest. >> reporter: a small memorial at sparks middle school is one of the few signs of yesterday's tragedy. deputy police chief tom miller: >> everybody wants to know why. that's the big question. the answer is we don't know right now. >> reporter: 13-year-old michael anduja did not know the gunman. >> heard a loud bang and it was really loud. it made my ears ring and then you look and see the kid with the guns pointing it at kids. and he looked pretty serious about it. and, like, he just couldn't stop-- couldn't just stop aiming at kids. >> reporter: mact teacher
michael landsberry, a veteran of the war in afghanistan, saved lives in the school yard. >> there were, like, a couple of kids trapped in the door way and they had nowhere to go andis mr. landsberry stepped in front of them and saved them. i guess he was aiming at them. mr. landsberry stood in front of him and the kid shot him. >> reporter: did mr. landsberry give the kids time to get away. >> yes, when i found out it was pretty heartbreaking. school will never be the same without him. >> reporter: michael anduja says the gunman seemed angry but not at anyone in particular. instead, scott, he seemed to be taking it out on everyone. >> pelley: john blackstone in sparks, nevada. john, thanks very much. we're going to visit the camp where a mystery child was found. and choking smog shut down a major city when the cbs evening news continues. campbell's homestyle soup with farm grown veggies.er ] just like yours. huh. [ male announcer ] and roasted white meat chicken. just like yours.
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government asked the international police agency interpol for help identifying the mystery child known as maria who was discovered living with gypsies. greek police are investigating whether it's part of a case of child trafficking or welfare fraud. holly williams went looking for answers in the camp where the child was found. >> reporter: these poverty-stricken community in central greece is where maria was raised by a roma family. they're often referred to as gypsies and exist on the fringes of greek society.
police took the girl into protective custody after noticing she looked very different from the couple who said they were her parents. d.n.a. tests confirmed that maria isn't their biological daughter, and the pair have now been charged with child abduction. babis dimitrious and his wife told us they're friends with the arrested couple, and that mariaitudes visit them to play with their grandchildren. are there any abduct odor traffic children living in the roma community here? "they told us there weren't and "and backed up the couple's story that they informally adopted maria after she was abandoned by her birth parents who were also gypsies. they say maria was taken away and the couple arrested because the police here believe all roma are criminals. a few doors away from where mariaitudes live, this elderly man told us the media show the roam naa bad light, and then his
son asked to us leave. but others in greece are convinced that maria kidnapped and is far better off where she is now. panagiotis pardali works for the charity that's now caring for the little girl who speaks only the roma language. >> she tries to understand, to learn new woirdz're word, to communicate, and this is quite bizarre because she doesn't ask for anyone. she seems to enjoe her new environment, the new reality in her life. >> reporter: this case has opened old wounds here in greece. but it's also led to an investigation into all birth certificates issued in the last five years and, scott, that's because of fears many children could have been abducted, trafficked, and then given false documents. >> pelley: holly williams, holly, thank you very much. hurricane raymond is threatening southern mexico tonight. this is the view from the
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worpgers. you say you're hearing a very different story about the cleanup. what are you hearing specifically? "basically, they can't recruit enough people," he said. "so that's why they're plague bide delays." still, the government insists that residents like kamata will be resettled within two and a half years. "i'd like to say to those elite government guys 'why coapt gutrying living in my town in two and a half years'" he told us. tons of contaminated soil is stored temporarily in huge lots. many towns here don't want it, so the waste, just like the residents, sits in limbo. seth doane, cbs news, fukushima, japan. >> pelley: the u.s. capitol is not ready for its close-up. so it's getting a facelift. that's next.
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