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mitt romney wraps up his overseas tour in poland today, following another round of controversial comments. fast and furious. congressional republicans release a report placing the blame for the gun-walking scandal on top officials at the atf. and defeating the drought. one crop that is flourishing, despite the historically dry conditions. >> how good is your crop this year? >> fantastic this year. we've got the quality and the quantity. captioning funded by cbs good morning, everybody. good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. republican presidential hopeful mitt romney is in poland this morning, his last stop on what turned into a bumpy overseas tour. while president obama looks to
pick up campaign cash in the big apple. susan mcginnis is in washington with details this morning. susan, good morning to you. >> reporter: hi, good morning, terrell. yeah, we'll see if romney can get through poland and a foreign policy speech there today without controversy. this is after he inadvertently insulted the british in london and then made a comment in israel that is upsetting palestinians. mitt romney got an enthusiastic welcome in poland. >> we want you to be president of the united states. >> reporter: the presidential hopeful wraps up his overseas trip today with a foreign policy speech in warsaw. monday, romney picked up an endorsement from less was lensa, who invited romney to poland. >> governor romney. >> reporter: but romney is also being criticized for comments he made at a fund-raiser in israel monday morning. speaking to donors, romney said israel is far better off economically than neighboring palestine because of cultural
reasons. a palestinian spokesman called the comment racist. the white house called romney's statement a head-scratcher. >> one of the challenges of being an actor on the international stage, particularly when you're traveling to such a sensitive part of the world, is that your comments are very closely scrutinized. >> reporter: here in the u.s., president obama spent the evening in new york raising money. he told 60 high-dollar donears that as the summer ends, he'll begin to lay out his plans for a second term in the white house. at the nomad hotel in london, the president said he would use the last 99 days until election day to let voters know not just what they're voting against, but also what they're voting for. >> it's a scary time to be a woman. >> reporter: the president also defended the use of negative ads, saying presidential elections are historically messy. now, in poland, the leadership of solidarity has distanced itself from romney's visit and came out with a statement critical of him, calling him antiunion.
terrell? >> susan mcginnis in washington starting us off this morning. susan, thank you so much. on capitol hill, house and senate negotiators have reached a deal on new economic sanctions against iran. they're aimed at iran's energy and shipping business, particularly involving oil sales. the u.s. hopes the sanctions will encourage iran to step back from its suspected nuclear weapons program. a house vote is expected tomorrow. the senate later this week. a new report by congressional republicans says the botched gun-tracking operation known as "fast and furious" could have been stopped several times by federal agents and prosecutors. the report, capping a 1 1/2-year-long investigation, places much of the blame on five officials at the bureau of tobacco, alcohol and firearms. under "fast and furious," atf agents allowed thousands of guns purchased in the u.s. to be smuggled into mexico, where they ended up in the hands of drug cartels and were discovered at crime scenes. at least one of the weapons was discovered at the scene of a 2010 shoot-out that killed u.s. border patrol agent brian terry. the investigation, led by republican congressman darrell
issa and gop senator charles grassley, found the operation was plagued by reckless behavior, missed red flags and failure of leadership at the atf's highest level. much of the blame is put on bill newell, the lead fuel agent in the atf's phoenix office. the report says newell "had a history of using reckless gunwalking tactics during his investigations." newell's direct supervisor, william mcmahon, was also named. according to the report, he had vast knowledge of "fast and furious" but did not view his role as supervisor to ask questions about events in the field." the report also finds fault with former atf director kenneth melson. they say melson was concerned about the size of "fast and furious, but "never ordered it shut down." he resigned from the atf when the scandal came to light. two other officials at atf headquarters were named. william hoover and mark had several opportunities to end "fast and furious" but failed to
do so. the scandal has taken on a political tone as well. in june, congressional republicans voted to hold attorney general eric holder in contempt of congress, but democrats, infuriated by the vote, walked out of the capitol. the vote came after the obama administration invoked executive privilege and refusing to hand over documents related to "fast and furious." the documents are being sought by congressman issa. his name is at the top of the report. a lawyer for one of the investigators is quoted by the "wall street journal" calling it a witchhunt. james holmes, suspects in the colorado shooting massacre faces 142 felony counts, including two first-degree murder charges for each of the 12 people he's accused of killing. prosecutors are still deciding whether to pursue the death penalty. john blackstone has our report. >> reporter: this was holmes in court last week, the last time we saw him on camera. this time, the judge barred cameras from the courtroom. some of those still healing from wounds suffered in the theater shooting came to the court to see him formally charged.
ali garby, whose 16-year-old son suffered a head wound, came in search of an answer. >> i want to ask him why he did this. i mean, you know, they were -- why he did it. >> reporter: but holmes said just one word. the judge asked if he agreed to waive his right to a preliminary hearing in 35 days. holmes replied, "yes." >> he had kind of an evil or a diabolical presence to him. >> reporter: maryellen hansen came on behalf of her niece, ashley moser who was shot in the neck. moser's 6-year-old daughter, veronica, was the youngest person killed. moser was pregnant and had a miscarriage this weekend. >> she's going to be paralyzed from the waist down, and we're hopeful that she'll get full use of her arms again. >> she not only lost her daughter, she lost an unborn child as well. >> correct. and her entire life is going to change completely. from that night. >> reporter: the list of charges against holmes is 72 pages long
and could bring life in prison or the death penalty for killing 12 people and wounding 58. you want to be in court the next time he shows up. >> absolutely. >> reporter: you want to be there after this trial. >> yes, we do. we have an emotional investment for what he's done to our family. >> reporter: holmes' attorneys argued that the notebook he sent to his psychiatrist just before the shootings is confidential doctor-patient communication that should not be made public. john blackstone, cbs news, centennial, colorado. a new survey suggests the colorado shooting has done little to change public views on gun control. in april of this year, 49% of americans asked by the pew research center said it was more important to protect the right to own a gun, while 45% said it was more important to control gun ownership. following the july 20th shooting, 46% said protecting gun rights was more important, while the same 47% favor gun control. to syria now. the government has stepped up its assault on rebel positions in aleppo, the country's largest
city. if aleppo falls to opposition forces, it would be a major blow to the regime of bashar al assad, but syrian government troops are using heavy weapons against them. casualties are mounting and the refugee crisis is worsening. over 200,000 residents have fled the city. an outbreak of the deadly evola virus is spreading in the east african nation of uganda. at least six new cases are reported. the outbreak of the disease was first confirmed on saturday in western uganda. at least 14 people have died. uganda's president advised citizens to avoid unnecessary contact with other people. ebola is spread through direct contact with the blood or fluids of those infected. taking a quick break. coming up, how quoting bob dylan cost one man his job. and a truck tumbles on a road in china, and a very close call for a woman and her family. that's next. this is the "morning news." it's creamy, nonfat, and itturne into john stamos for five seconds. honey! i think i'm getting burned! heh!
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in china and the family next to it. suddenly, the load begins to shift and over it goes, as the woman races to get her husband and child out of the way. amazingly, everyone winds up safe, thanks to that mother's quick thinking, a mother's instinct, and even quicker action. staff writer for "the new yorker" magazine has resigned and his publisher stopped shipping his best-selling book after he admitted making up quotes from bob dylan. jonah lehrer admits inventing the quotes and lying about it when questioned by an online publication. lehrer's book "imagine: how creativity works" spent six weeks on the best-seller list. big profits for a carmaker and apple and samsung duke it out in court. ashley morrison here with more. stocks in asia were up on the hopes european leaders will take steps to head off the continent's debt crisis. tokyo's nikkei rose almost 0.7% while the hang seng in hong kong was up just under 1%. business is booming for chrysler.
the american car-maker reported a $436 million profit in the second quarter this year. quite a turn-around from last year, when it lost $370 million. it was the best quarter for chrysler since the company emerged from bankruptcy. a two-day rally on wall street was snapped on monday. the dow posted a minor two-point loss, while the nasdaq dipped 12 points. a jury has been selected in the trial pitting apple against samsung. apple claims samsung's smartphones and tablet computers are illegal knock-offs of the iphone and ipad. samsung claims the designs are industry standards that have been around for years. lawyers for both sides are expected to make opening arguments today. meanwhile, apple is reporting brisk sales of its newest mcintosh operating system. the company says users downloaded 3 million copies of mountain lion in the first four days it was available. the software costs $20 but is free to customers who bought a mac computer on or after june 11th. and i guess the mountain lion is off to a roaring start.
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79 degrees. thunderstorms in miami, 89. partly sunny in chicago, 85. 105 in dallas, mostly sunny skies, partly sunny in los angeles, 83 degrees. let's check your national forecast. the southeast will have scattered thunderstorms with isolated heavy downpours. the southern plains will remain dry and hot with highs reaching triple digits. the coastal northeast will be dry, but inland thunderstorms will develop from northern new york to the virginias. the west will be mostly dry with isolated thunderstorms from interior california to the four corners and in wyoming. in sports this morning, a goal for team usa. monday was an exhausting day in the pool for 17-year-old missy franklin. she advanced out of the 200-meter freestyle semifinals, then came back 14 minutes later to win gold in the 100-meter backstroke. her teammate, matt grevers, set an olympic record in the men's 100-meter backstroke. in men's gymnastics, china won its second straight team gold medal, and for the first time in 100 years, britain's men's gymnastics team won a medal,
taking home the bronze. that set off a hometown celebration with princes william and harry joining in the standee "o." here is the medal count so far. u.s. and china tied at 17. china has nine gold medals to usa's 5. japan is third. talk about power. the angels' kendry morales got it from both sides of the plate. in the sixth at texas, he hammered a two-run left-handed blast to right field. in the same inning batting righty, he launched one to deep center for a grand slam. how do you do that? morales is only the third hitter to homer from both sides in the same inning. to minneapolis, in the fifth, the twins made a leaping catch at the wall to rob alex rios of a home run. and jim carroll, the sac fly to left and alexei castas beat the throw at the plate. final there twins 7-6. in cincinnati, the reds started off hot against the padres, jumping in front 3- 0.
in the fifth, a double to the wall drove in three runs. the padres rolled past cincinnati 11-5, snapping the reds' ten-game win streak. this has got to hurt. in seattle, jesus montero nailed the second-base umpire right in the side. oh! he tried to get out of the way. took a while, but he finally got back on his feet. he's feeling just fine. mariners, by the way, beat the blue jays 4-1. at the cubs game in chicago, a very shaky wedding proposal. see this guy right here? his name is greg. he was going to propose to his girlfriend, erica, in the fifth inning. pops up on the giant screen, but she's out getting beers and ompletely misses the whole thing. he's bummed out, but he saves the day the old-fashioned way, getting down on his knees, giving her the ring. and it looks like, we think, quite possibly, she says yes. didn't seem too enthusiastic, though. probably because she had to buy the beer. when we come back, doing
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here's a look at the weather in in cities across the country. becoming sunny in d.c., 89 degrees. in atlanta, thunderstorms, 87. partly sunny skies, 101 in st. louis. afternoon thunderstorms in denver, 89. turning sunny in seattle, 72 degrees. the red cross says its blood supply is at its lowest level in 15 years. summer is usually a slow time for blood donations, but this year it's worse than usual because of severe weather. it's forced the cancellation of dozens of blood drives. if things don't improve, the red cross says doctors may have to cancer some elective surgeries. the u.s. is also facing a shortage of water, the worst drought in decades covers two-thirds of the nation with no end in sight, and many farmers
are growing desperate. but as karen brown reports, in texas, one crop is actually flourishing. >> reporter: here in the texas panhandle, cliff bingham is turning dust into gold. >> those are ready. >> reporter: the drought has sucked the life out of most crops, but the bingham family farm is a bright spot. how good is your crop this year? >> fantastic this year. we've got the quality and the quantity. >> reporter: bingham is growing grapes. they can tolerate drought. in fact, the heat makes them sweeter. they're so profitable, bingham uses most of his water for his vineyards, leaving the cotton crop to survive on rain. so, you can make ten times more off of these grapes than your cotton, with this same amount of water? >> correct. >> reporter: in fact, farmers doubt they'll make any profit on cotton this year. >> it is, in a word, finished. >> reporter: on jason coleman's farm, the plants are small and the flowers on top a bad sign.
>> they waved the white flag of surrender, they're done and it's finished. >> reporter: analysts say texas farmers will likely abandon a third of the cotton crop because of drought damage. for most, grapes aren't an option. starting up costs about $10,000 per acre, and they take five years to become productive. >> bless the harvest. >> reporter: the binghams have 11 children and risked their savings diversifying into grapes. now it's paying off, making fine wine and happy memories, until the rains bring better times. karen brown, cbs news, meadow, texas. in tucson, arizona, folks are still cleaning up following a fierce weekend rain storm. the heavy monsoon rain and flooding that followed washed away roads and stranded cars. three people had to be rescued by a helicopter. today is expected to be dry and windy. coming up a little later after your local news on "cbs this morning," the dangers of distracted walking! you will be amazed at how injuries have jumped in the
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that. activate the vacation test. there's monika samtani. and mr. howard bernstein. >> welcome back to humidity and chance of thunderstorms. >> i think we beat you. 110? >> ish? >> feeling worse than that. we got the humidity this morning and a couple of spots down south. we have even some thunderstorms that are rumbling and maybe a flash of lightning driven in. let's show you what's happening with the day planner because we have a little donald station on the lens. these isolated showers and storms kind of like yesterday. high about 88 with a 5:00 p.m. temperature of 86. look at this down to the south, had one little shower here earlier. that has dissipated. but lot of lightning and thunder here in the northern neck going to st. mary's city.
here's live doppler 9000 hd. reedville allegros the bay to -- across the bay to chrisville here and st. mary's city as well. not moving much but heavy downpours but this is trying to slowly drift. temperatures down south are in the mid 70s. west of us low 70s. remember yesterday cumberland was 59 and today they're 68. highs this afternoon into the mid- and upper 80s once again. yesterday. we got to 88. we're 89 excuse me. to monika samtani now with the timesaver traffic. and just a bit of construction howard. good morning everybody. on the west side of town you want to be aware of this construction westbound on the dulles toll road just inside the beltway. it is closed off. so you can go no further than the beltway here. you'll have to choose an alternate route. a live look at 395 inside a beltway and this is doing fine between seminary road and king
street no issues to report here. the same thing with construction blocking the southbound bw parkway at the beltway here in new carolton and greenbelt area. no problems on route 50? cheverly and university boulevard and the beltway is smooth here between college park and bethesda. i'll be back with more on traffic in 270 at 4:39. back to you guys. campaign 2012 mitt romney wraps up the overseas trip today with a foreign policy speech in poland. >> and president obama talks about the negative tv ads we're all seeing nonstop when he was in the big apple. susan mcginnis has the latest. >> reporter: mitt romney got an enthusiastic welcome in poland. the presidential hopeful wrapped up the trip today with a foreign policy speech in warsaw. monday romney puck up an endorsement from -- picked up
an endorsement from lek wallenda. but romney is also being criticized for comments he made about a fundraiser in -- at a fundraiser in israel monday morning. he said israel is far better off economically than neighboring palestine because of cultural reasons. the white house called romney's statement a head scratcher. >> one of the challenges of being an actor on the international stage particularly when you're traveling to such a sensitive part of the world, is that your comments are very closely scrutinized. >> reporter: here in the u.s. president obama spent the evening in new york raising money. he told 60 high dollar donors that as the summer ends he'll begin to lay out the plans for a second term in the white house. at the know mad hotel in manhattan he would use the last 99 days until election day to let voters