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. swing states, president obama and mitt romney take the campaign to key battle grounds as a skirmish over taxes heats up. drought disaster, the historically dry conditions with getting worse. more than half of the nation's counties are considered disaster areas. and cyber threat. the senate considers a bill to hold off a high tech attack on the senate considers a bill to hold off a high tech attack on the united states. captioning funded by cbs this is the "cbs morning news" for thursday, august 2, 2012. good morning everybody. good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. tax policy has become a central economicish knew campaign 2012. the president slammed the tax plan as the issue played out on capitol hill. republican controlled house
voted to extend bush era tax cuts including the wealthiest americans. last week the -- to expire. today the president campaigned in florida and virginia. mitt romney is in colorado and our susan mcginnis is in washington to start us off this morning. susan, good morning to you. >> good morning, terrell. yeah, both candidates spending the day today campaigning in key battleground states. and from the results of this latest new survey, it's easy to see why. president obama is shaking lots of hands these days. but nearly every handshake is taking place in a few critical swing states. a new poll from quinnipiac university, cbs news an "the new york times" shows the president has a clear lead in three key battleground states, pennsylvania, florida and ohio. the president campaigned in ohio yesterday and unleashed a new attack on mitt romney's tax plan citing a study from the nonpartisan tax policy center, the president says romney's tax
plan would provide big tax cuts for the wealthiest americans, as much as $250,000 for multimillionaires and that those would be paid for with tax increases on the middle class. >> guess who gets the bill for these $250,000 tax cuts? you do. >> the romney campaign dismisses the study and liberal attack. >> liberal policies don't make good jobs. >> the poll does show an area where mitt romney could gain some ground on the president. but to do so, he'll have to focus on a key demographic. >> mr. romney's single biggest problem, electorally, is women voters. >> the poll bears that statement out. in florida, romney trails president obama with female voters by 7 point. in ohio, the gap jumps to 21% and in pennsylvania, it's 24 percentage points. if there's good news for romney, it's that there are still more
than three months left to election day. >> a month in politics is an eterni eternity. i guess three months is three eternities. >> a lot can happen in three eternities. >> cbs news is tracking the presidential election through these surveys. over the next three months. the next one coming out with "the new york times" and quinnipiac university will cover colorado, wisconsin and virginia. susan mcginnis in washington for us. this morning. the faa is investigating a near collision in the skies over washington's reagan national airport. on tuesday, air traffic controllers dealing with bad he weather changed the path of planes coming in or leaving the airport. they cleared outbound flights to head in the direction of incoming planes. the jets came within about a mile and a half or 12 seconds from each other. controllers, once realizing the mistake, had the incoming jet turn off to avoid disaster. thwarted a widespread attack on the capital.
they killed seven suspected insurgents. it was aimed at three areas of kabul, including an area housing foreign embassies. a gun battle broke out. five suspects blew themselves up. police found three cars of explosives, ammunition and rocket launchers. the general assembly is expected to vote calling on bashar assad to step down. there is no way to enforce that measure. it will call on the syrian army to stop rebel forces. there's been heavy fighting in aleppo. an update opt bombing in bulgaria that killed five israelis. this computer generated image was released of the sue said attacker. so far the bomber hasn't been identified. israel blames iran in the lebanese militant group hezbollah. "moneywatch" time now on a thursday. the post office fails to make an important delivery.
chick-fil-a restaurants are packed. ashley morrison with more. good morning. >> good morning, terrell. worldwide investors are watching europe today. the european central bank is meeting to discuss ways to prevent the debt crisis from spiraling out of control. the head of the ecb has vowed he will do whatever it takes to save the euro. one course of action could be a bond-buying program lowering borrowing costs for struggling economies. it was a mixed day for the asian markets. the nikkei went up a fraction and the hang seng dipped 1%. they wrapped up a would-day policy meeting. growth had slowed over the first half of the year and job creation was weak. and they said they would probably keep interest rates near zero until 2014 and signalled a willing mess to step in if the economy does not improve. markets didn't like what the fed had to say. the dow dropped 38 points and the nasdaq fell 19 points.
dozens of stocks on wall street saw sharp swings in prices because of a sec any cal glitch. it happened during the first hour of trading. it played the opening hours of facebook's ipo in may. for the first time in its history, the united states post office defaulted on its loan. it missed a deadline. that money is required to pay future retirement benefits for postal employees and another $5.6 billion is due in september. and you might have noticed your local chick-fil-a was doing brisk business on wednesday. supporters of the conservative leaning chain flocked to restaurants on what was dubbed chick-fil-a appreciation day. chick-fil-a came under fire when the company's president said the chain does not support same-sex marriage, gay rights marriage and others called for a boycotts of the restaurants. i have not had chick-fil-a in a long time.
>> but i almost wrecked my car trying to get the chicken minis they have for breakfast in the morning. >> i have no doubt. >> pretty bad. ashley, good to see you. take a quick break. when we come back, massive flames from a raging wildfire threatens homes in southern california. try this. it's oikos greek yogurt. it's creamy, nonfat, and it turns the next person you see into john stamos for five seconds. honey! i think i'm getting burned! heh! eat. ♪
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including low interest emergency loans. welcome as it may be, additional federal aid may be coming too late for farmers and ranchers. you know better than anyone what it does to crops and livestock. we have more from a hard hit cattle farmer in arkansas. >> he's been raising his cattle with love and pride. >> every day, it's like a grandchild basically. >> which is why it's breaking his heart to see them go. >> you used to have how many? >> 234. >> 234. and how many do you have left? >> i've got 112. >> the drought has killed the grass and forced pruitt to start using up expensive winter hay. so he's selling off cattle. >> it's just a hard feeling. but you know that they'll be better off down the road where there's going to be plenty of grass for them. >> at the arkansas cattle auction, it's a buyer's market. owner randy goodman is selling more than twice as many cows as usual. and they're going for a third
less than the normal price. >> a lot of the cattle has twoent slaughter. that's sad. >> the lucky ones find homes in other states. gerald knapp drove 260 miles from oklahoma. when he waves his card, it means he's bidding. >> did you just buy a cow? >> yes. >> did you get a good price? >> yes. >> knapp had to sell off his own herd during last year's drought. now he's rebuilding. >> all i can hope for is next year it won't be this bad. >> all this selling means less cattle for next year. that could drive up beef prices as much as 5%. by then, some ranchers will be out of business. bill pruitt says he won't be one of them. he'll survive this drought and rebuild in better times. karen brown, cbs news, arkansas. in wetter news, a tropical depression has formed in the atlantic east of the caribbean. forecasters at the national hurricane center in miami say it could strengthen to become a named tropical storm later today. storm watches are posted for the
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degrees. let's check your national forecast. relentless heat continues in the southern plains and most of the lower mississippi valley. highs range from 100 to 115 in oklahoma, texas, arkansas and in western tennessee, mississippi and louisiana. the central plains and much of the ohio valley will be uncomfortably hot. a few thunderstorms likely in the great lakes. from southern new england to the west will be dry. in sports, another gold-plated day for u.s. olympic swimmers. nathan adrian won the 100-meter freestyle by .01 of a second. he's the first u.s. swimmer to win since 1988. american women set an olympic record in winning the relay. rebecca soni won a race in the breast stroke, setting a new world record in the process. away from the pool by the way, american gymnast dannel leyva rallied to take the bronze in
the men's challenge. mariel zagunis was eliminated from women's fencing without a medal. also yesterday, president obama called u.s. women jim nass from air force one to congratulate them. >> so i told these young ladies as i was congratulating them, how do you not bust your head every time you're on that little balance beam? i couldn't walk across that balance beam. so anyway, we could not be prouder of them. >> so true. isn't it? >> after five days of olympic competition, here's the medal count. china leads with 30 total medals, including 17 gold, the u.s. in second. 29 total, 12 gold. japan is in third with 17 total. two gold. one more olympic note. four women's doubles badminton teams one each from china and indonesia and two from south korea have been disqualified for throwing matches. the highly ranked teams
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here's another look at the weather in some cities around the country. in d.c., partly cloudy, 91. thunderstorms in atlanta, 96 degrees. thunderstorms in st. louis, 100. afternoon thunderstorms in denver, 91. and in seattle, mostly cloudy skies, 70 degrees. top stories now on a thursday morning. during a campaign visit to ohio, president obama blasted mitt romney's tax plan as unfair to middle class americans. romney launched an ad challenging the president's auto industry bailout. tomorrow, the u.n. general
assembly is scheduled to vote on a resolution calling or syrian president bashar assad to step down. it also demands that the syrian army stop using artillery and helicopters to attack rebel positions. president obama is urging lawmakers to pass a new internet security bill to protect the u.s. from cyber attack. experts warn the computer networks controlling vital systems like electrical grids are vulnerable. but the bill senate sponsors don't appear to have enough votes for passage. bob orr explains the threat. >> after 24 years with the fbi, many spent as the top cyber cop, shawn henry has come face to face with the internet threat and he's worried. >> is a serious cyber attack against some critical system in the u.s. inevitable? >> i think that it is very, very likely. >> near term? >> i'm quite frankly surprised it hasn't happened yet. >> every day, u.s. government and private computer systems are being probed by cyber thieves
and state-sponsored hackers from china and russia. >> there are estimates that there are attempted breaches in the millions of times per day. they'll just continuously knock until they find an edge to get in. >> do they get in? >> they get in regularly. >> in 2011, henry led the fbi in breaking up an international hacker ring that had infiltrated 4 million computers, including some at the u.s. space agency nasa. the head of the u.s. cyber command estimates corporate and government losses may already total $1 trillion and many companies don't even know they've been hacked. >> when i was with the fbi our agents routinely went out and knocked on the doors of major companies and told them that their networks had been breached and the reason we knew their networks had been breached was because we found their data outside their network in the course of another investigation. >> senator joe lieberman is behind the new bill aimed at
tightening cyber defenses. >> you've seen what the government analysts say about this. how grim is the picture they paint? >> well, the picture is dangerous. somebody can attack us through cyberspace and really do as much or more damage than the terrorists did on 9/11 by knocking out the power grid for weeks, by incapacitating all of our banks. >> lieberman's bill seeks to protect those critical networks by encouraging companies to share sensitive threat information and requiring them to report all cyber attacks. >> i think our time is running short and i think it's important that people take this seriously today. we can't wait for the physical implication. >> despite the dire warnings, some businesses oppose the new cyber bill calling it more unnecessary government regulation. lieberman may not have the political muscle he needs right now to push the measure through. bob orr, cbs news, washington. an accident that nearly killed a texas convenience store clerk was caught on camera.
the video just released. the clerk, seen standing here behind the counter when a car smashes into the store, sending him flying. this happened in a town northwest of houston. the driver a 36-year-old woman is free on $100,000 bail. charged with drunk drive. you think? this is something you don't see every day. a huge rv crashed into a backyard pool in massachusetts. the driver had a medical emergency and a neighbor pulled him from the water. in bella ruse, two generals have been sacked of a a teddy bear invasion. a plane got through the heavily guarded airspace and dropped more than 750 cute, cuddly bears. each with a slogan supporting human rights. the leader named europe's last dictator tried to corrupt the incident but it became viral. he fired the nation's air defense chief and the head of the border guard service. mad because he's embarrassed. coming up on "cbs this morning," the latest on the investigation into the three commuter jets that just avoided
a midair collision. i'm terrell brown. this is the c"cbs morning news." try this. it's oikos greek yogurt. it's creamy, nonfat, and it turns the next person you see into john stamos for five seconds. honey! i think i'm getting burned! heh! eat. ♪ tastes pretty good, huh? ♪ best yogurt ever. yeah! [ men grunting ]
bernstein. good morning. we're doing pretty well. looks like a relatively quiet day. we had storms yesterday in spots. not too many but a couple of strong ones. today i think even fewer but that means it's going to be hotter. low to mid-90s this afternoon. >> always a trade-off. >> weather wise, we've got quiet conditions now. 76, partly cloudy. also the air quality today has gone downhill. code orange, unhealthy for sensitive groups. anybody with respiratory ailments, limit your same out-- your time outside today. highs 90 to 95. a stray thunderstorm or two with the 5:00 p.m. temperature still of 92 degrees. the scattered storms we had yesterday west of town. this morning look how quiet it is on the satellite and radar. temperatures down into the middle 60s in the shenandoah valley. 70 in hagerstown. 66 frederick. upper 70s along the bay. warm down there with low 70s
from tappahannock, newland. patuxent river as well. over at andrews, scott saying it's a quiet morning and 71 degrees. sunny today, just a stray thunderstorm or to and a hot one, highs generally 90 to 95. it is 4:26. monika samtani, timesaver traffic. all systems a go right now. all systems a go. but i just wanted to show you all this construction on the west side of town usually what i do is i put a construction cone just to give you an idea that there's construction but today i thought i would leave them there so you can see all of the different spots, dulles toll road, the beltway, 66. by 5:00 in the morning so by the time you head out the door if that's where you're going, i think it should be cleared. let's take a live look outside on the northbound side of 395. things are looking great here at duke street to the 14th street bridge. this time to the northbound side of i-95 in virginia as well. no problems out of dale city, woodbridge, springfield and a live look this time all the way up 270 down south from frederick to falls road.
all lanes are open. i'll be back with more traffic at 4:39. >> thank you. a 9 wants you to know investigation about $30 million in unreported bonuses hat the general services administration has led to calls for investigations and accountability. >> as investigative reporter russ tells us, they didn't have many answers for capitol hill. >> reporter: the official who did testify said she was not an expert in bonuses and couldn't answer the questions prompted by our investigation. >> do you know anything about the total number of bonus dollars that were expended? >> unfortunately i do not. >> reporter: cynthia metzler, the chief administrative services officer said the acting director couldn't be there because he's on a
previously planned family matter. committee chairman republican congressman john mica focused on the 9 wants to know investigation. he said until our report, the committee had only known about $10 million in bonuses. >> so we have $44 million in bonuses, absolutely stunning amount. >> what's the percentage of the employees at gsa that receive bonuses? >> i have to have to have -- i will have to have somebody get back to you with that information since it's not part of my responsibilities. >> reporter: leaving the hearing, she declined to answer my questions. you won't even stop and talk to us for five seconds? ma'am, you represent the united states government. she also didn't discuss four bonuses we identified of over $50,000 a piece, one to former commissioner paul