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take care, everybody. good morning. it is april 16, 2012. welcome to studio 57 at the cbs broadcast center. i'm charlie rose. the secret service prostitute. we'll talk with congressman darrell issa what is next in the investigation. people across the midwest cleaning up after more than 100 tornadoes rip across the nation's heartland. i'm gayle king. we'll speak with a man who's ready to take on rupert murdoch here in the united states. i'm erica hill. it is the most infamous list in america. john miller takes us inside how the feds choose who makes it onto the ten most wanted list. as we do every morning, we
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begin with a look at today's "eye opener," your world in 90 seconds. >> oh, my gosh! >> residents dig out from disaster. >> it hit so fast and quick, that nobody really had a time to react to it. >> after an epic tornado outbreak pummels the plains. >> possibly more than 120 of them. hundreds of homes damaged and destroyed. >> deadly tornado took a direct hit on the town of woodward, oklahoma. >> i've never seen it like this. >> no, never like this. >> if it turns out some of the allegations are confirmed, then, of course, i'll be angry. >> president obama calls for an investigation into the secret service scandal. >> agents allegedly hiring prostitutes in colombia. >> fighting is over in kabul. >> the taliban claimed responsibility for a wave of attacks across afghanistan. >> the international community is not leaving.
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>> the search for four sailors swept overboard during a yacht race in san francisco has been suspended. >> it is suddenly cool to be the secretary of the state. in this picture of hillary clinton letting her hair down in cartagena, colombia, seen sipping a beer. >> tpippa middleton is being investigated. >> and they let him go. >> it is official. hollywood's power couple, brad pitt and angelina jolie are engaged. >> and all that matters. >> that's the way it is. >> on "cbs this morning." >> if you order the new pizza hut pizza with hot dog stuffed crust -- you have to pay more hut pizza with hot dog stuffed crust -- you have to pay more for health care. captioning funded by cbs welcome to "cbs this morning." president obama says he wants a thorough investigation of a
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secret service scandal connected to his weekend visit to colum bee kra. nearly a dozen agents are in trouble along with five members of the u.s. military. >> those agents were in colombia preparing for the president's trip when they were accused of hiring prostitutes. nora o'donnell is here in studio 57 with the story. >> it's been an embarrassment for the white house and secret service. at least 11 members of the elite agency may be involved. president obama wrapping up his trip is now calling for a thorough and rigorous investigation. >> if it turns out some of the allegations that have been made in the press are confirmed, then of course i'll be angry. >> reporter: president obama ended two days in cartagena at a press conference where the focus was to be on trade and security in latin america. instead, the scandal engulfing the secret service continued to make news. >> we're here on behalf of our people.
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and that means that we conduct ourselves with the utmost dignity and obviously what's been reported doesn't make up with those standards. >> reporter: the allegations involve at least 11 secret service members, who are in colombia preparing for the president's visits. there were reports of drinking and soliciting prostitutes at hotel caribe. it broke out when an argument allegedly took place between a secret service agent and a woman who said she wasn't paid. prostitution in colombia is legal but the concern is the security of the president could have been compromised. members of congress vowed to investigate. >> what they do in their personal life should not be in colombia, should not be done when they're getting ready for the president of the united states to come in. >> reporter: none of the secret service members were in the elite detail that protects the president. they is say this was more about personal misconduct than an
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operational failure. >> they do very hard work under very stressful circumstances. and almost invariably do an outstanding job. >> on a lighter note, secretary clinton was also on this trip to cartagena and after the president left sunday, she went dancing with some female aides at a bar called cafe havana. she was asked if she had fun and she responded, a lot. >> hold on, we have republican congressman darrell issa, chairman of government oversight which may hold hearings over the incident. good morning. can you add to the story as we know it? >> well, what we see is that this story is larger than 1 1 individuals. it's part of what has been told to us as a pattern of behavior that's built up, so-called wheels up parties and the like. clearly, you have an elite unit generally we count on to have the greatest of security. not just for the president but for the cabinet and for other
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officials. we need to know that they're living up to that on a broad basis. we clearly have lost confidence. we need to get that confidence back by knowing that the system will be changed. >> does that mean you're going to conduct an investigation? >> we're going to primarily look over the shoulder of the inspector general and other people. our role is primarily not to be the direct investigators but to verify that the investigation, what the president's calling rigorous, is done. and then corrective actions done there just as we need at the gsa. >> i want to throw this to nora quickly. the congressman says he believes this is more widespread. one member of the secret service told "the new york times" he disagrees, they find this would be more rare. what are you hearing, what is the word in washington in terms of the thinking about how widespread these types of incidents could be? >> the secret service wants to make sure this is contained and
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not more widespread but they're still conducting this investigation. i don't think they know fully yet, is the direct answer. the biggest problem is that these secret service agents, while not part of the elite detail, they all have security clearances. they were in a secure zone. they allegedly brought a prostitute inside a secure zone. so, there's a concern about espionage, blackmail. that's why it can't stand, other than immoral behavior, there's a security concern here. >> congressman issa tell us how you feel about the violation of this secured area. >> the failure today can lead to blackmail 5, 10, 20 years ago. people who have betrayed their country in the past have started off thinking benignly, if you look at how you get somebody to do something wrong, you do it incrementally, something small, something bigger, something bigger. in this case, these
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individuals -- maybe they're not on elite detail but ten years from now, will that behavior change because they moved up in rank? i don't think they would. more importantly, the american people want to know that they get value for their money at secret service. they want to know they get value for their money at gsa. whatever the rules are and expectations are, they've got to be met. >> congressman, when you say there's concern about wheels-up parties, what do you mean by that? >> it's a term that we've heard used from these foreign trips. that, in fact, when the president leaves, there's a wheels-up party. okay, fine, that's when you can sort of let your hair down. the question is, in this case, you had a prewheels-down party. you had drinking and activity that clearly compromised the ring of security. at least some. because you now had people inside secure areas, people who could are come in with all kind of microphones or, in fact, could have done something. or later on could have
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blackmailed. all of this went on before the president arrived. this goes beyond what we've heard in the past. it's an area of concern. but, again, whether you're a secret service, uniform service or plain clothes, low ranking or high ranking, compromising somebody in a way in which they can be blackmailed in the future is a serious threat for those who hold high clearance and counted on for safety and security of our most important packages now or in the future. >> you're hearing into the gsa scandal coming out of las vegas begins today. what do you expect to find? >> what we expect to find is, again, what you have is a pattern. a pattern that may have begun under the bush administration. certainly the dollars of growth indicate there was more money being spent on this particular every two-year event. but what we see is it got very much out of control. the american people are now aware of it. it begs a bigger question, all along in the gsa, the institution that's supposed to set the gold standard for
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savings for the federal work force, for our facilities and for our purchasing of goods and services, seems to go just the opposite. if they're getting it wrong and getting it so wrong in one place or two places or three places, we've discovered, it's likely it's a pattern of behavior that is costing the american people hundreds of millions, perhaps billions of dollars. and setting a bad example for the rest of the federal work force. if gsa is wasting your money, undoubtedly less will feel less incentivized to have austerity. this is something where the president came in saying he was going to scrub these activities. when we find a delayed investigation, the excuse is, bush did it, too. the american people may not have thought president obama was a fiscal conservative reducing the size of government but this has been a showing that neither is this president. and it's got to end now. we've got to in congress not just talk about cutting budgets, we've got to show how you can really bring austerity, reasonable austerity to the federal work force.
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las vegas wasn't an example of it. >> congressman issa, thank you for joining us this morning. >> thank you. >> great to see you here, too. a powerful storm front is moving toward the great lakes. on sunday it caused an extraordinary tornado outbreak in the midwest. more than 120 tornadoes were reported in five states over the weekend. it was such a dangerous system, forecasters warned people more than 24 hours in advance. officials say those early warnings did save lives. early sunday, though, one of the tornadoes killed six people, including three children in the small town of woodward, oklahoma. dean reynolds is there. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. what you see behind me is some of the worst damage to be found in woodward, oklahoma. looking back over the weekend we've just had, it's amazing there aren't more scenes like this across the great plains. >> oh, my gosh. oh, my gosh. >> reporter: the storm system ran from texas to minnesota. fueling funnel clouds by the dozens and sending people
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scurrying for protection while their neighborhoods were ripped to shreds. as soon as it would leave -- >> two tornadoes. >> reporter: -- it would return, again and again. >> it's coming right for me. >> reporter: the people who died in woodward, oklahoma, included a father and his two daughters, ages 5 and 7. 28 others were injured. 13 businesses and 89 homes were destroyed. kyle reynolds lived in one of them. how many bedrooms did you have here? >> you're looking at the master bedroom. this first section of walls lying on our bed, most of the kitchen is in the dining room now. >> reporter: he was at the high school overseeing prom night when the storm hit. his 19-year-old daughter jessica was back from college, though, and rode it out in the basement safe room of their home. >> i couldn't believe how much damage in just -- like i said, in five seconds. >> reporter: the siren in woodward was disabled by the storm and some were not awaked
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in time to take cover. on sunday, oklahoma governor mary falon de clairclared a sta emergency. >> i was nervous because i was at the after-prom party. >> everything's okay? >> yes. >> reporter: in iowa in thurman, a twister wiped it off the map. in kansas, where most of the tornadoes touched down, governor sam brownback surveyed the damage. >> we have 40% of the state of kansas that's in a warning at some point in time. and i'm just -- i'm amazed about what didn't happen, really, with that size of system. >> reporter: the storm lit up the night sky in wichita and damaged a military base, a defense contractor and this neighborhood. >> i felt that everything like the roof lift and even i lifted a little bit with it. >> reporter: in the end, though, only the twister that hit here in woodward proved fatal.
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>> dean reynolds, thank you. overnight siege in the capital came to an end. the taliban is taking credit for a string of coordinated assaults in four cities. kabul was hard hit. allen pizzey is in the afghan capital. good morning. >> reporter: good day, charlie. in terms of the overall military situation, the attacks didn't amount to much. hamid karzai called them a failure by intelligence services and especially nato. taliban spokesmen promised there were more to come. the operation to root out and kill insurgents was carried out by afghans without help from the international security force but it took almost 18 hours from start to finish. a handful of insurgents took over a building site in what is supposedly one of the most secure areas of the city, home to many foreign embassies and nato base and the afghan parliament. this morning, the bodies much taliban fighters were still sprawled in the rubble, testament to the fierce fighting.
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the taliban said the operation marked the start of their spring offensive. the spokesman said it had been planned for months and was, in part, revenge for u.s. troops burning the koran and urinating on taliban dead and for killing of 17 afghan civilians by a lone u.s. army sergeant. the attacks here and in three capitals left 36 insurgents dead, 8 security members were killed and 40 wounded. one insurgent was captured and reportedly confessed to being what what's known as haqqani network that operates from pakistan. u.s. ambassador ryan crocker backed that up yesterday. attacks like this demonstrate why we need to be here, he said, to get out before the afghans have a full grip on security which is a couple of years out would be to invite the taliban, the haqqanis and taliban back in and set the stage for another 9/11 and that, i think, is an unacceptable risk for any american. preventing further attacks is a
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serious challenge for afghan authorities, especially trying to keep weapons from coming into the city and they've asked for scanning equipment to help do it. >> thank you very much. in san francisco this morning, a search has been called off for four sailors lost in a yacht race over the weekend. as bill whitaker reports, one other body was recovered. three people were saved. >> reporter: it was a dramatic coast guard rescue. three sailors lifted to safety after clinging to jagged outcroppings off the coast of an fran, holding on for their lives in a pounding'. three of the eight-person crew on the lowspeed chase, just 38-foot racing yacht competing in race from the rugged islands, far farallone. the rescued sailors say a powerful wave slammed the yacht
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broadside. coast guard petty officer second class reed. >> swept four people off board and the rest of the crew turned the vessel around to rescue those four people and got hit by another wave which knocked them into the rocks. >> reporter: the coast guard launched boats, planes and helicopters to the rescue 25 miles offshore. pulled aboard, marc kasanin. ed lynch, director of san francisco yacht club says this is the first major accident in the 107 years of this race. >> we will definitely, you know, take stock of this incident and do some soul searching. >> reporter: on a clear day you can see the farallones from san francisco. this is a treacherous environment for sailors. for "cbs this morning," bill whitaker in los angeles. now time to show you some of this morning's headlines from around the globe.
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"the new york times" has a story on pakistan's biggest jail break ever. at least 100 well-armed taliban stormed a prison in northwest pakistan yesterday, freeing nearly 400 prisoners. 20 of them described as very dangerous. "usa today" reports the unusually warm winter made it a tough at ski resort. fell 10%. former pitching great roger clemens goes on trial again today, facing charges of lying to congress about steroid use. the new york daily news reports the judge has told both sides to play by the rules. clemens' first trial ended in a mistrial. royal sister-in-law pippa middleton could be in serious trouble. london sun newspaper has a photo of her in a convertible with friends. the driver of that car is brandishing a gun in public. in france, that could get you up to seven years in prison. florida today reports on the space shuttle "discovery's"
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britain's phone-hacking scandal spreads across the atlantic as rupert murdoch's newspapers are accused of spying on people in the united states. we'll talk with the lawyer. a former teacher facing child porn charges is now on the fbi's most wanted list. john miller looks at why the bureau chose eric toth to replace osama bin laden.
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looking at preparations here for the boston marathon where temperatures later today for that 26.2 mile race will be in the '80s. race officials say it's too warm if you're not used to it and that runners who have to pull out of the race can come back next year if they're worried about that in terms of the heat. welcome back to "cbs this morning." of course, a run on patriot's day which usually a nice day off in boston. next step in britain's phone-hacking scandal could soon be in the courtrooms here in the united states. there's a british attorney ready to sue rupert murdoch on behalf of three clients who may have been hacked in the united states. we'll talk with mark lewis in a moment. first, mark phillips looks at how this one attorney helped
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break open the hacking case rr the legal thorn in the murdoch media's side and the man now considering bringing charges in the united states is a man who was a regular leader of the company's most notorious newspaper. the "news of the world" has since been shut down, a casualty of the phone-hacking scandal. after rupert murdoch's news international finally admitted the paper systematically hacked into voice mail messages of a missing teenager milly dowler. mark phillips led the legal battle which forced the murdochs to pay almost $5 million in compensation, and also forced rupert murdoch to apologize. >> yes, he did apologize. he apologized many times. i don't think somebody could have held their hands -- their head in their hands so many times to say they were sorry. >> reporter: the damage to the
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murdoch empire has been more than an embarrassing pie in the face for the company's patriarch. james murdoch, the son and heir apparent was ousted from his top job in the family business. the murdoch's used private eye mark webb to discredit mark lewis and they have underestimated him. they don't do that anymore. for "cbs this morning," i'm mark phillips in london. >> joining us now, attorney mark lewis. welcome. >> thank you. >> what are you hoping to uncover here? >> well, i think there are a few things that we look at. one, some of the victims are american and they have no connection whatsoever with britain so they'll be here. i'm working with american lawyers to look at it. it opens it up into a wider thing because it's not just the english company but the holding company, news corp., the documents they might have, the american system to, perhaps, take deep positions of
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individuals. so, we'll find out more. >> you're saying it's not just a question of people who may have been victims of the british hacking but, in fact, you may be looking at what activities went on in the united states? >> victims of the british hacking, but those victims that are american victims. although over the last two or three days since it was announced i was here, a number of americans have been in touch to say that they have problems. not that i would deal with them, but to indicate that there are problems with other activities. >> they think they may have been hacked by news corporation people in the united states? >> hacked or tracked or falling out with parts of news corp., and then being susceptible to unlawful activities. >> what kind of people? >> people that have contacted me -- >> celebrities? >> former employees, celebrities, just people who -- any person that exists is potentially someone who could fall foul of news corp. at some point. >> what do you think the risk is
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for news corp.? >> well, i think that people will be looking at the involvement of a family in a large public company, as to whether or not it should exist as a family dynasty or whether or not it should be more accountable to the shareholders. i think also the issue of plurality of political influence of such a large holding in news -- television news and prince news -- something that can persuade. we have democracy in britain. you have democracy here. but if democracy is influenced by people, it stops being democracy. we say in england, we've almost got murdocracy. >> how far does it go? >> that's the reason to take cases here to see how far it does go. keeps moving up the line and we want to know exactly how far it goes up. >> i know you're not releasing right now the names of these three people, the three clients
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you have, but in term of what they believe was done with their information, what -- was any of that reported? >> well, some of the stories are reported. some of the people are just collateral damage because the way phone-hacking worked is perhaps somebody was targeted but other people who would call that person or receive messages from that person, they may not be celebrities, you may not have heard of them at all, but they fell into the path and. >> at one point you believed you were under surveillance. >> well, i know i was under surveillance. the metropolitan police force had video evidence of my former wife and my daughter, who was 14 at the time, being filmed for news corp.'s subsidiary. there was a dossier at news corp. of my life. not very good dossier but a dossier, nonetheless. >> it's personal for you as well. >> they started with me rather
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than me starting with them. >> mark lewis, thanks for being here. >> thank you. it may be the most infamous club in america. the fbi's ten most wanted list. we'll take a look at the man chosen to replace osama bin laden. and how the feds made that decision. you're watching "cbs this morning." it was like a "what if"-- like we got money back,
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♪ i'm a cowboy on a steel horse i ride ♪ >> this past week the fbi finally replaced osama bin laden on its ten most wanted list and there is one other spot open, held by whitey bulger. >> we want to ask our senior correspondent, john miller, former assistant fbi. >> good morning. >> when i worked at the fbi was the publicity united, the people who leveraged publicity and they developed a criteria.
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it's somebody they've been looking for for a long time, they've tried everything to find them. is it somebody -- number two, somebody who's likely to commit that crime again, usually a violent crime, and number three, could national publicity help? and a lot of people meet those three criteria so they hone it down to who do we really think this program will work for. >> who is eric toth? >> a former school teacher from cathedral school in washington, d.c. he's wanted for possession of child pornography and allegedly molesting children. he's been on the run since 2008. he's 6'3", 155 pounds. he's posed as a homeless person. he has advertised as a babysitter and a tutor. and that criteria, is he likely to do it again? have they looked for him for a long time? potentially dangerous? he fits all that. >> we think of murderers and terrorists on the list. >> over the history of the program, which goes back to
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1950, the ten most wanted, which developed over a card game between j. edgar hoover and a newspaper man who wanted to know who are the ten toughest guys the fbi are looking for, 54% are murderers. that's not a federal crime but assisting local law enforcement. the rest have been bank robbers, organized crime, cartel bosses, terrorists. >> what percent are caught? >> almost everybody. this is a program that works. there's been 494 people on the ten most wanted list in its history and 467 -- 463 have been caught. so, pretty good batting average. you don't want to get on that list. >> we mentioned whitey bulger spot. >> it's coming open and they are meeting a couple times a week going through piles of folders of wanted people to figure out how to fill that gh. >> who are they going through the stack of candidates, i i guess. >> the criminal division, fbi,
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counterterrorism people and people from future publicity, called investigative publicity because it's more than fugitives with social media. the thing about the ten most, if you look at the history of the program and some of the people that have been on it, the first guy was thomas holden. here was a guy that hung out in the days of alvin carpis and machine gun kelly, he got out of prison, went on the run and caught almost right away. first woman, ruth shyer wanted for kidnapping. she buried her victim, put in a coffin, put an air hose down there and some food and went on the run after getting the $500,000 ransom. she was caught working as a nurse in a mental hospital. they fingerprinted her. shortest in ten most wanted history. billy austin brian. he was on the list a total of three hours because he was sitting in a hotel room where he was hiding out. he heard his name on the radio and he just called the fbi and
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said, just come get me. >> i give up now. >> longest on the list -- >> i was going to ask. >> -- victor manuel guerrier, guarded and armor car company, cleans out the depot. largest cash robbery in u.s. history. goes on the run. before he goes on the run -- i covered the robbery myself back in the '80s. he buys truckloads of toys, goes through the poorest hispanic neighborhood of hartford and passes them out to the kids and flees. if you're looking for victor, he's in cuba, by the way, which is going to make him pretty difficult to catch. >> john, nice to have you.
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series. but it is. there's so much we don't know and yet all the little things we learn. it's fascinating. >> amazing stuff. david baldacci has sold 110 million books and he never seems to run out of ideas. in fact, he's here with some of his new ones. he'll talk to us about his new thriller and we'll also get his take on the secret service scandal. stay with us. you're watching "cbs this morning." >> announcer: "cbs healthwatch" sponsored by purina. your pet, our passion. [ female announcer ] lactaid milk is easy to digest.
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our gayle king has a look at what's coming up in our next hour. gayle? >> charlie, did you forget my name? >> no. >> customarily rose, happy monday da. amanda knox, the american college student charged, then acquitted of murdering her roommate when they were studying abroad in europe. meredith's father has broken his silence and peter van zandt is here. >> it's a fascinating book. >> and david baldacci is here with his latest political thriller. the secret service scandal, which i heard it i thought, oh e no. did you think, material?
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>> i was disappointed. i felt sad for them. "cbs this morning" coming up next.
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you heard about cory booker, frequent guest, mayor of newark. cory booker last night personally rescued a woman from a burning building. or as fox news reported it, black man loots house, steals white woman. >> that sound like the cory booker we know. very good, bill. very good. 8:00, welcome back to "cbs this morning." i'm gayle king. >> thank you, gayle king. i'm charlie rose with erica hill. we reported earlier that 11 secret service agents are on leave accused of hiring prostitutes in co-plulombia.
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david baldacci's new book is "the innocent," 16 years ago his first novel told the story of a secret service cover-up. david is here in studio 57. we've been talking about david baldacci and all kind of phone etices -- >> i think you should change your name because i keep saying balducci -- >> what about hill? >> i'm surrounded by great names. >> all right, baldacci. >> we're glad you're here. >> you said to ms. king you knew a lot of secret service people and thaw are, in fact, sad about this. tell me how this could have happened. give me a sense of -- >> well, you know, they have a high degree of -- >> knowing what their obligations are. >> the advance team usually goes in. obviously to set up their groundwork for president for personal protection detail. that area is sort of known for that sort of business. and it never should have happened. certainly, supervisors should have taken care of that.
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never even got near the agents. it was just a total mess-up. it's going to affect the service for a long time. >> in what way? >> well, it's -- one, they're going to have to retrain their people totally. have greater reviction. people will be under heightened scrutiny and people they're supposed to protect will lose confidence in them. that's the big thing. >> go ahead. >> no, no. >> there's a concern over how widespread this may be. congressman issa was with us, saying he thinks there's more of a history here. one former director of the secret service says, i don't think that's the case. you know a lot of people within these worlds. what do you think? >> well, as a former lawyer, i like to let the investigation do its job. if the facts prove oul the allegationless, i think the repercussions could be swift. might be a culture that's developed there, a negative one and they'll have to take care of it. this might be a blessing in disguise to turn it around now. >> you said it might be a culture because it sounds like it was more than a couple. i'm thinking for it to be that big means somewhere along the
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line, a lot of people must have known about it. that's what i find -- based on initial reports so trunling. i thought about it you and thought, is this giving you material for a book? >> yeah, you know, that's why i like to stick to fiction. >> yeah. >> i -- i don't like to rip stories from the headlines. i like to sort of blend my own stories together. some of these facts might end up in a book later on down the road but people are people, you know, and in my books i like to deal with the foilables and flaws people have. that's what readers find interesting. >> you're a trial lawyer, john grisham was here, former trial lawyer. you are both story teller. what was the transition to make you think you could write best novelists? >> i was a great story teller when i was a lawyer. by telling a story. you have the same set of facts, both sides with the sale set of facts, have you to tell your story that best represents -- >> you want to be a great
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novelist, go to law school? >> absolutely. not 1.5 million lawyers could be great writers but some can be. >> as a lawyer, you both have the same things and you each are to tell a different version of the exact same set of facts. >> yeah. >> and often boils down to who tells a better story. in your case, you've done it very well. >> i try. that's the only thing i do remotely well, so -- >> tell us who robby is, this central character of "the innocent". >> a premiere hitman, assassin for the government. he goes around the world taking out people that needs to be taken out. he's asked to do one job in d.c., he and he doesn't follow through on the job. somebody else does and the people are killed and then he has to go on the run. that's complicated enough but he runs head-long into a teenage girl named julie getty, who's also on the run. what was interesting for me, my predator, my killer, whose sole job is to take other people's lives tushed into a guardian angel.
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it was a role that was difficult and he wasn't up to but he grew into it. i love characters that transform. >> where do you go for research on government-hired hitmen. >> there's a little club in d.c., we have a few drinks, talk shop. >> no, but the thing that was so interesting, 24 the book by page 7 he had already killed five people. he killed five people by page 7, went to bed, went out to dinner and felt good about it. >> he had to be emotionless, i think. you know, i went down to ft. benning for a book i did last year with some of the rangers down there, and when your job is to take other people's lives, you have to sort of approach it as a professional and be emotionless about it, pull the trigger and move on to the next job. you think that sound draconian but if that's your job and you're trained to do it, human beings can accomplish that high level of professionalism. that's what will roby is. throughout the course of the book i try to take him from this into something better. >> charlie raised a good point about your research, because the
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skinny on you, david baldacci, is you do the research yourself. you could have other people do it, but you get in there and do the nitty gritty when it comes to research. >> i've been with walk-alongs with d.c. police, running down alleyways with dogs chasing us. i jumped out of a parachute tower at ft. benning. as i'm flying down on the zip line, the soldiers at the bottom are screaming at me to lift my feet and i clear the dirt berm. you have to get out from behind your desk, talk to people, to build a story that's you awe tentic and real up. can't wikipedia this stuff. have you to live it as much as you can. >> one last question about the secret service, you're suggesting this incident may be a blessing in disguise because it will cause a clearing out, clearing house at the secret
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service? >> if this was a systematic problem, maybe this an opportunity for the secret just for the record, david baldacci says he loved balducci. did you know the name of meredith keviner? last year amanda knox was found not guilty of killing her.
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peter van zandt will look at new accusations made by kercher's father. and we'll show you how much one couple paid to spend a day with tim tebow. it's a lot of money. we've got that story in "long story short." you're watching "cbs this morning." i'm here with karen and her bffs and we are talking about activia. i've been eating activia and i feel great! i'm used to having irregularity. i feel like that's normal. if you are not feeling like trying this on, that's not normal. activia helps with occasional irregularity when eaten 3 times a day. feeling regular to me was a new feeling... i came to find my 'new normal' and i love it! ♪ activia and try new silky, fruity activia harvest picks. another way to enjoy activia. . economically, it seems like a good choice now. we need environmental protection. we've got more than 100 years worth of energy, right here. [announcer:] who's right? they all are.
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♪ here's your fun fact for monday morning. can you guess what we've shown on the first web cam? a coffee pot. computer science researchers at cambridge university wanted to keep an eye on their coffee without getting up from their desk. that comes to you from mental floss. welcome back to "cbs this morning.." >> why is that song a clue? >> "coffee in bed". >> i'm like, i don't know what that song. what is it? as we looked around the web, a few reason to make a long story short. the nfl is forcing fans who were thrown out of stadiums to pass a psychological test before they can get back in. >> wow. >> fans have to pay the $75 test fee and take an online anger management course. >> may be on to something. according to "new york" magazine, mitt romney is considering an appearance on
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"saturday night live." producer has offered mitt romney a chance to shed his button-down appearan appearance. should he do? worth a shot. >> i think he should do. how much time would you pay to spend time with tim tebow? it's reported a florida couple bid $100,000 for the honor. tebow will fly to florida to spend the day with the unidentified couple and some underprivileged children. he calls it humbling. "the huffington post" has big baby news, we mean big, huge. a michigan mom gave birth to a girl last week that weighed in at 12 pounds, 3 ounces and she was born four weeks early. mom went into labor while being treated for dehydration. apparently they told her, probably going to be a big baby. everyone we're told is doing well. that's "long story short". >> you know the question, connected with that story is -- >> well, the answer is, which you and i are both interested is, yes, she did have a c-section. >> and she was suffering from dehydration because baby was in there drinking it all up. >> when you have a 12-pound
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baby -- >> that's a big, big child. amanda knox captured the spotlight last year when she was acquitted of murdering her roommate. we'll hear now from meredith kercher's father and his search for justice you're watching "cbs this morning." >> announcer: this portion of "cbs this morning" sponsored by aveeno. stronger, younger looking skin. [ female announcer ] new aveeno skin strengthening body cream helps transform dry, thinning skin, by strengthening its moisture barrier, for improved texture and elasticity in 2 weeks. reveal healthy, supple skin. aveeno skin strengthening. the next generation and then countless more. how do you kill them? frontline plus. it uses two ingredients. one to kill adult fleas and ticks. plus another to eliminate flea eggs and larvae, annihilating the next generation of fleas. and, frontline plus works non-stop for thirty days.
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killing her roommate in italy. there's been so much talk about the family of meredith kercher, believing their daughter was forgotten in all of this. now we're hearing from the family, kercher's father writing a book. and he believes the drama over knox's conviction and acquittal truly did overshadow the loss of his daughter. peter van zandt reports on his side of the story, which he's now telling. >> reporter: meredith kercherer featured in this music video was just 21 years old when her body was discovered in the house she shared with amanda knox in italy. in an excerpt from his new book, published in london's "daily mail newspaper" her father, john kercher, complains that the world has focused far too much on amanda. he writes, meredith was a beautiful, intelligent and caring girl whom everyone loved. and her story deserves to be told. john kercher, who didn't attend the retrial of amanda knox and
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her former boyfriend wrote the book on his own. kercher was divorced from meredith's mother more than ten years ago. it's all been about knox, not justice for my daughter, kercher writes. knox was found not guilty of meredith kercher's murder. the next day the kercher family reacted to the decision. >> we do find we're now left looking at this again and thinking how a decision that was so certain two years ago has been so enfatticly overturned now. >> reporter: john keviner writes, we know meredith had not gone on with knox. he writes, the alibis of knox and sollecito kept changing. there have been books written about knox and a tv movie. and next year, amanda knox will release her own account of her ordeal.
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a book deal reportedly worth nearly $4 million. john kercher's book includes his desperate attempts to reach his daughter once news spread in the british media that a female british student has been found murdered. i called meredith. the phone rings on and on, and still there is no answer. eventually a reporter calls john kercher. i shall never forget her words. the name going around italy, she says, is meredith. >> and peter van zandt joins us in the studio. that had to be an awful feeling f you have a daughter overseas in italy and the name is meredith you're thinking, oh, no. the way he writes about it, i thought, was heartbreaking. >> it was very poignant. john kercher was very close to his daughter. she was on a dream academic semester in italy to learn the language. and to have this happen, it's a
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classic every parent's nightmare. >> he writes the two women didn't get along. and during the trial, and we heard from amanda knox herself and from amanda's family, that wasn't true, they actually got along pretty well. >> i do think the truth is somewhere in between. the two had gone to a chocolate vest fal in the brief weeks they had known each other. just two days before she was r murdered, meredith and amanda were out for a night on the town. they were friends. they had roommate issues from time to time, but there was nothing malicious there. >> as you point out, they hadn't been roommates very long. what was it, two months maybe? >> just a few weeks. just a few weeks. >> this is really some of the first we've heard from john kercher. they are been very quiet, as much as they feel like our daughter has been forgotten, they've been reticent to speak out. >> they have. the family has been remarkably classy in all of this. the day after the acquittal, the
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rest of the family held a news conference. john kercher was not at at second trial. they were -- they were baffled by all of this but they did not say there's an injustice here or that someone got away with murder. they truly believe someone else must have been involved in the murder of their daughter and they want the investigation to continue. >> doesn't sound like he gets along with the rest of the family. does he, john kercher? >> i believe he gets along fine. he has a relationship with his ex-wife that's typical in a divorce, but he loves his children, they love him. this book, though, is not written with the rest of the family. this is john kercher's own personal journey. and there are things within this book where he's still suggesting justice hasn't been done. and i think peace could come to this family if they were to realize rudy is the one killer. >> thank you. we'll be right back. [ glass clinks ]
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♪ that's just the way it is some things will never change ♪ >> some things will never change. beauty shot of walter cronkite's map. i get goose bumps every time i see it. welcome back to "cbs this morning." >> this is an important anniversary here at cbs. 50 years ago tonight walter cronkite became anchor of the "cbs evening news." >> at the time, few people had any idea just how important cronkite would become. his legacy still lives here at cbs news and in newsrooms around the world. >> 30 seconds. >> cue. >> good evening from the "cbs evening news" control center in new york. >> this is the "cbs evening news" with walter cronkite. >> for a generation of americans, those simple words were a comforting nightly cue, a
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moment to stop and listen. to the man known as uncle walter. >> the relationship america has with cronkite is intense and very personal. he broke through the glass. >> to ensure man's survival -- >> reporter: walter cronkite was, simply, a member of the family. present each night at dinner with a snapshot of the day. >> he had an impact on this country, like reporters never do. i mean, imagine a reporter is considered the most trusted man in america. >> that's the way it is. >> reporter: that's the kind of legacy unheard of. >> reporter: and for concrete, it wasn't immediate. despite his years as a respected journalist, a career that began as a wire service reporter -- >> i'm just back from the biggest assignment -- >> reporter: moving into the anchor chair 50 years ago today was almost seen as a demotion. >> when he took over the evening news, he was looked down upon. by the people who were the
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heroes of cbs news, murrow and his boys were the -- they were the big figures. >> reporter: a fact, perhaps, best illustrated by the cbs news archives where we found these photographs of cronkite's rehearsal for the 15-minute news program but no film of those early broadcasts. >> i think the main factor of cronkite being chosen was he didn't are a lot of negatives. he was reliable and he was mr. space. >> look at this baby. >> reporter: cronkite's boyish enthusiasm for the space program was infectious. >> shaky under us. our camera platform is shaking. >> reporter: but it was his front row see to both the triumphs and the tragedies that shaped his legacy. >> cronkite becomes iconic because of the kennedy assassination, when he famously in november '63 takes the glasses off and fidgets with them and has a tear in his eye. >> from dallas, texas, the flash apparently official, president
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kennedy died at 1 p.m. central standard time. >> you always need a voice, a leader, someone to march behind. he took a country by their hand through some really painful moments. these are mile markers for a country. >> dr. martin luther king has been shot to death in memphis, tennessee. >> reporter: cronkite's intense focus on objectivity gave his rare dose of opinion, especially his 1968 assessment of vietnam, an enormous weight. >> it seems now more certain than ever that the bloody experience of vietnam is to end in a stalemate. >> reporter: lyndon johnson remarked, because he looked at that broadcast and he said, if i've lost walter con cite, i've lost the country. >> reporter: he embraced his role as managing editor. he's consistently described as
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intensely dedicated to the facts, to the story, to the reputation of cbs news. >> i think walter always thought of it, this is my broadcast. my name is on this broadcast. i need to know what we're reporting. and i need to know that we can count on what we're reporting. >> reporter: cbs news senior white house correspondent bill plante joined the team in 1964. >> cronkite could be tough on correspondents. he demanded to know what was going on, what you knew and sometimes said you needed to get more. >> reporter: it was those strict standards that helped cronkite stay on top of the evening news race. a careful, nightly orchestration that was consistent but never grew tired. >> all of that comes from his steadiness. the fact that he wasn't off-putting. ted turner said to me, cronkite's the only guy in television history who people never got sick of. >> reporter: yet in march 1981, cronkite signed off. >> this is my last broadcast as
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the anchorman of the "cbs evening news." >> reporter: forced by the network's then-policy to retire at age 65. did he have any regrets? >> i think he did. i think he did. i think there was a certain point in time where he wanted to have it back. he wanted to get back in that anchor chair. >> reporter: his legacy has inspired countless journalists from watergate interns to his grandson, walt cronkite iiii, part of the cbs washington bureau. >> that's the way it is. >> that's the way it is. >> he stepped down 30 years ago from the evening news and we're still talking about it. >> old anchormen don't fade away, they keep coming back. >> it's hard to imagine anybody bigger than walter cronkite. >> an extraordinary news man who i had the privilege of knowing and talking to many times. what many people don't know about him is he was a very fun-loving guy. he loved to have a good time. and when robert kennedy tried to get him to run for the united
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states senate in new york, he said, i couldn't do that. i have too many things that would make me unelectable. >> his grandson, walt, a great addition to cbs news, we should say, walt's very helpful to all of us down there every day in d.c., he was saying one of the things he loved about his grandfather, too, was he loved to go sailing with him because for him, that was really his time away. you know, he didn't have to worry at that time about cell phones or blackberries or anything you would take with you. he could go out on the water and take a break and think and relax. >> you know what the name of the boat was? >> tell us. >> "on assignment". >> when i think about walter cronkite, i think about "cbs evening news." when i walked in the building for the first time, i thought, the building where he worked, a sobering moment, very humbling. great piece, erica. very, very nice. when jeff said there was a time when walter cronkite was looked down upon, that's hard to imagine. >> it was interesting when he said that, he surprised myself and my producer who said, really? he said, at that time you had to
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understand what was the big deal was radio. these are the guys who had done everything. so, radio is where it's at. this is a 15-minute broadcast when he started. >> a lot of those guys came from different places. they had been rhodes scholars and charles collinwood and came from a different place and walter comes around as a very good reporter in world war ii and coming out of that, they were still in power at cbs. i'm not sure how much they looked down on him. >> we should point out, you mentioned off the top, that map, it was a very big deal when that map was pulled out of storage. >> on you proud continuity with some of the traditions we try hard to maintain. >> absolutely. the replica is behind scott pelley every night. >> there's a good vibe in the studio. nicely done. she's won an oscar nomination, appeared in dozens of films, tariji p. henson is here to talk about
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you want to talk about it? >> it's no big deal. >> seems like it might be. >> just giving me a hard time. >> i want to know who they are. >> taylor -- >> no, last thing i need is you fighting my battles. i'm not some little kid. i'll take the subway home tonight. i know you're working late. >> dish? >> yeah. >> have a good day, okay? >> he said okay. tariji p. henson was a person of interest long before they started in a tv of that name. >> she plays a detective in the cbs drama, this year's top rated new series. she's here in studio 57 looking very lovely. >> thank you. >> do you know for the rest of your life that the description oscar nominee will always follow your name. doesn't that feel great?
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>> it does. i forget about it until someone says it and i'm like, oh, yeah, that did happen. >> that movie with brad pitt, yes, yes. what does the p. stand for in your name? precious, priscilla -- >> i used to hate my name because no one could pronounce it -- >> now it's working for you. >> it's working. >> but my name is swahili, my dad found it, and tariji means hope and penda means love. >> hope love henson. >> all these women with strange names, beyonce, oprah, hated it growing up. it works very nicely. >> i'm not the only one anymore. i think about in 10, 15 years you'll start -- you'll see it as a common name. >> but you started it. >> you mentioned your dad found it in a book. i read before one of your biggest inspirations is your parents. >> yes. >> i love someone who is close to their parents. >> me, too. >> what is it about your parents
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that inspired you and got you to where you are today? >> well, their work ethic. my mom came from the south. she moved up to the city. she worked her way up. literally she would put tags on merchandise and worked up the corporate ladder, ended up in management position with her own staff. my dad always -- i guess i got my hustle from my daz because -- >> you hustle well, hello. >> he always had a side gig, you know. he took up a trade. he was a welder, i metal fabricator so he could always on the weekends put security bars on people's windows and doors, and i was always there to hand him a wrench. so, i think it taught me my work ethic. i work hard. my publicist is like, we have to find her the next job because you know how she gets. i just love what i do. >> and that's very true. that's very clear you love what you do. you were twittering a lot about the trayvon martin case. your handle was the real tariji. was tli a fake walking around
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impersonating sfu. >> my love interest in "think like a man" said, when you came up with your handle, the real tariji, you're so real, you're so 100 all the time, did you think about it? i said, no, i didn't give it that much thought. i wanted people to know it was the real me because there were a lot of imposters. >> i think a lot of black women, those of us who had sons when we heard about the trayvon martin case had a pause for a second. i was wondering about you, i remember when your son was 5, 6 -- how old he? >> 17. >> that's the same age as trayvon every day i cannot -- i cannot think about the mother, sybrina, and what she could be going through. he should be doing exactly what my son is doing right now, figuring out where he's going to college, waiting for acceptance letters, you know, on to the next phase of his life. but it was stolen from his him. >> you met with her, didn't you? >> i actually had a phone conversation with her over the weekend.
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>> this past weekend. >> yes. i was shaking. what can you say? what can you say to her? >> there are no words. >> there are no words. i just told her i love her and she's my hero because i couldn't imagine staying as peaceful as she is. >> i'm sure she appreciated talking to you. you can see taraji on the big screen in steve harvey's new movie. he's hilarious. he was talking about the 90-rule. i was wondering your thoughts about that? >> i actually implemented that. >> what do you mean? >> i started practicing the 90-day rule years ago. >> in your own life? >> in my own life before steve harvey even wrote this book. >> you approve? >> i approve, absolutely. it makes sense. >> oh, it makes perfect sense, the 90-day rule is you wait 90 days when you're in a relationship before you -- >> to take it to the next step. >> before you take it to the
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next level. i like it. thank you, taraji, continued success. taraji p. henson, her movie "thinks like a man" hits theaters friday. you don't think like a man, do you? >> no, i'm all girl. >> you can see her other show "person of interest" every thursday at 9 :00/8:00 central right here on cbs. >> woo woo cbs. we to want give you a quick update on the giant tornado outbreak in the midwest. those storms hit wichita, kansas, as high school students were getting ready for the prom and as dean reynolds reports, they had to make a quick change of plans. >> reporter: it began as a typical prom night for trinity academy. >> looking at the storm we're seeing it cycle again. >> reporter: then with the sound of warning sirens, chaperones led 90 juniors and seniors to shelter. >> we know that the tornado is on its way. we heard it's about 10 or 15 minutes away. i've been outside. it's pouring down rain.
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it's kind of scary. >> reporter: they huddled in a basement bunker. some tried in vain to contact parents. >> hey, dad. hey, my phone's dead. hello? >> i'm really scared. tornadoes are my biggest fear of all time. >> reporter: others made light of the situation. >> it's ridiculous that it happened on prom night of all nights, but it definitely creates a big memory. >> reporter: a memory of keeping themselves entertained with song. ♪ ♪ just singing in the rain what a glorious feeling ♪ >> reporter: after two hours stuck in a shelter, the students got the all-clear and able to resume their prom for half an hour. for "cbs this morning," dean reynolds in wichita, kansas. >> for ten years now botox has been taking away wrinkles and changing the way many people look. we'll take a look at the new world of aging, or trying not
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to, when "cbs this morning" continues.
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how are you? >> did you bring botox? >> i brought my cousin eddy. >> nice to meet you. >> were you at at halloween party? >> are you kidding me right now? you got a little more work done. >> just a little bit. tweaking, tweaking, maintenance, maintenance. i just want to stay in the game. i don't want to hit home runs. just some singles. that's all. >> you've got to stop, though. >> that's what happens when you have too much, they say, your face does not move. >> clearly too much. >> your face doesn't move. he shows no expression whatsoever. >> ten years ago, that's why it's done all the time. ten years ago fda approved botox for cosmetic use. it's become part of the culture, from that clip. >> as michelle miller reports --
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>> go ahead. >> as michelle miller reports, the growth of this industry seems to be unstoppable. >> wrinkled, wrinkled, little star -- >> reporter: once upon a time the youth obsessed among us had to go under the knife to stop the appearance of aging. >> a little pinch right here. >> reporter: but ten years ago, the advent of botox had people asking, why is a knife when a needle will suffice? >> even though it's ten years old we still see a lot of people coming in wanting this treatment. >> reporter: in our nation's capital where looking experienced is often a plus, dr. tina if's cosmetic dermatology practice grew exponentially with the introduction of botox a decade ago. >> i have a lot of people coming in, particularly in an election year, to minimize their frown lines or their squint lines. >> reporter: botox is a neurotoxin, which means its primary job is to kill nerve
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cells. cosmetic botox is only fda approved for what are commonly known as the 11s, the frown lines between the brows. >> you see that? that's the magic of botox. >> reporter: ten years and 11 million injections later, botox has become the most common cosmetic procedure in the world. >> it's not viewed as a major procedure anymore. it's a little touch-up. >> reporter: fashion editor stephanie trong says botox and other cosmetic fillers have ushered in a new new face. >> the new face was the extreme facelift where everything was very taut and you had this ski jump nose and overinjected lips. ♪ >> i think madonna probably is looked at a lot as the best example of the new new face. while their bodies may be incredibly fit, they do want a little fat in their face but nowhere else. >> i think the with the greatest of respect she's a liar.
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>> reporter: speculation over who's had it provides endless gossip fodder. >> we're lying about no botox. >> a lot of actresses have actually spoken out about, i don't want to get botox because i need to be able to emote. >> reporter: actresses like meryl streep who say their craft depends on it and who are aging just fine without it. >> there is no doubt that botox has accounted for many of the shifts in our aging paradigm. i think it's largely responsible for that old addage that, 60 is the new 40. >> reporter: one can only wonder what botox's next ten years will bring. >> do you have any feeling in your face? >> just in one spot right here and then from the eyebrows down, dead. dead. >> we got the same reaction, didn't we? >> it's the needles. i'm thinking there's nothing wrong with a little bit of
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