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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. 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
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? ? this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. reporting tonight from washington. >> pelley: 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 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
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current residents. then the sitting vice president offered this assessment. >> no administration is ready on day one. 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 andrea constand. -- 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. >> reporter: president-elect
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announcement, but he's not behind the scheduled set by modern presidents. president-elect obama's first appointments came three weeks 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 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 department all report no outreach yet from trump transition staff. >> pelley: major garrett,
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has business interests worldwide, which stand to benefit or be harmed by decisions in the white house. financial conflicts are banned for all federal employees except two -- the president and the vice president. so we asked rudy julianna goldmo tell us more about mr. trump's financial ties with china. >> reporter: product trump has threatened a trade war with china. >> we can't continue to allow china to rape our country, and >> 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
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>> reporter: they have eyed potential projects in beijing and shenzhen. trump china development llc is a 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 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 new york. one potential check on these
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constitution that says a government official can't receive payments from foreign governments or companies owned 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 ten 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.
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into the third position. some of america's european allies are uneasy about the trump victory. 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 pop list anger that powered dd >> 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
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what european allies fear, that mr. trump's actions will mirror his america-first campaign rhetoric. >> 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 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. 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
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williams to compare the campaign rhetoric with the campaign against isis. >> 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 mli 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 is hard your head would spin. there's nobody bigger or better at the military than i am. >> reporter: but on the ground
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years of careful diplomacy, building a fragile coalition to fight isis. which the trump administration will now inheart. 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 r aircraft carrier in the mediterranean sea, but despite 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
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officer, was charged with manslaughter today for fatally shooting a black man during a traffic stop. 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 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
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into castile's vehicle. he told castile, don't pull it out. castile responded, "i'm not pulling it out." moments later, officer yanez started firing. >> i told him to get his hand out. >> reporter: castile's girlfriend diamond reynolds tells us he's glad officer yanez was charged. do you think you can ever forgive the office center >> god wants us all to forgive. i can forgive anyone. but will i forget? will i not be hurting? absolutely not. >> reporter: the police union says it's disappointed with the charges but does respected the judicial system. scott, officer yanez will be in court on friday, but he likely won't go to trial for a month. >> pelley: jamie yuccas in st. paul. jamie, thank you. federal investigators are blaming air traffic controllers for two midair collisions last year that killed seven people. kris van cleve has been looking into technologies designed to prevent these collisions that
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>> reporter: it happened that fast. did you see it? this is an n.t.s.b. animation 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 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
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warnings that saved us. >> reporter: since 2011, there have been 44 midair collisions in the u.s., killing 46. 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 traffic controllers, but, scott, those systems stop short of being dedicated collision avoidance. >> pelley: kris van cleve for us tonight. kris, thank you. coming up next on the "cbs evening news," jon stewart's first interview since the election. plan insured through unitedhealthcare.
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>> pelley: the truth became first casualty in the war for the white house, and today the oxford injury chose post-truth as the word of the year. post-truth describes those times when public opinion is
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the facts. use of the word is up 2,000% this year. we're in washington tonight because we're covering the 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 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.
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>> politics, general assignment, writing, editing, reporting, air work, you name it,'d like to do it. >> pelley: bill plante came to cbs in 1964, and like a fine wine, he just seemed to get better with time. >> great color, lovely light fruit taste. >> pelley: so tonight we will toast our friend and colleague. you will be missed, bill, missed by millions. as soon as i left the hospital after a dvt blood clot, i sure had a lot to think about. what about the people i care about? ...including this little girl. and what if this happened again? i was given warfarin in the hospital, but wondered, was this the best treatment for me? so i asked my doctor. and he recommended eliquis. eliquis treats dvt and pe blood clots and reduces the risk of them happening again.
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you, mr. robinson. ? i don't like you but i love you ? >> reporter: smokey robinson's lyrics are as smooth as his voice. ? i try to keep smile in the summer night ? but in the lonely room i cry tears ? >> reporter: creating the motown sound along with co-founder barry gordy, the detroit native's words became the soundtrack for generations. ? i'm going to fly away you'll go my way ? i love it when we're cruising together ? >> 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
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song, front, middle and an end. >> reporter: for the next three decades, robinson wrote top of the chart hits for everyone from the temptations... ? 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 g gift. >> reporter: the ira gershwin prize is named for 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
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