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priceless. this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
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developments. >> reporter: cbs news has confirmed the f.b.i. counter-intelligencedition division is leading an investigation into whether trump associates were coordinating with russian officials during the 2016 campaign. u.s. intelligence agencies have concluded that russia launched a series of cyber attacks designed to interfere in the election and help then-candidate trump. in reporting on the investigation, "the new york times" driewt ire of the white house for writing about constant contacts between trump aides and russian intelligence. last night, cnn reported that white house chief of staff, reince priebus, pressured the f.b.i. to publicly refiewpt the story. today, white house spokesman sean spicer said that on february 15, the day after "the new york times" article was published, deputy f.b.i. director andrew mccabe told priebus the story was inaccurate. spicer confirmed priebus did ask mccabe to say tow publicly but mccabe declined. in an off-camera briefing today, which excluded several major news up on thelets,
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"the new york times" and sudden surgeon spicer attacked the media for suggesting priebus' conversation constituted pressures of the f.b.i. >> reporter: at a news conference last week, the president denied his associates had ties to russia. >> i have nothing to do with russia. to the best of my knowledge, no person that i deal with does. >> reporter: today, spicer told reporters it was troubling that priebus' conversation with the f.b.i. had been made public and said he was not aware of any f.b.i. investigation into connections to russia. scott, spicer also said that if there is any evidence of contacts with russia, the justice department should investigate, and he denied that any probe was being discouraged. >> pelley: margaret brennan at the white house tonight. today, the president met a roaring ovation at the annual conservative
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conference meeting outside washington. he said his victory was for everyone who believes it is time to stand up for america, and his core conviction, he said, is putting america first. nancy cordes is covering. ( applause ) >> a few days ago i called the fake news the enemy of the people, and they are. they are the enemy of the people. >> reporter: president trump claimed the national press is make up stories about his administration's chaotic early days and about investigations into his campaign's ties to russia. >> they have no sources. they just make them up. >> reporter: eventually, the press bashing gave way to promises that thrilled this conservative crowd joirk it's time for all americans to get off of welfare and get back to work. you're going to love it! you're going to love it! are you going to love it. ( applause )
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>> i'm not representing the globe. i'm representing your country. >> reporter: cpac wasn't always a natural home for this former democrat. in 2015, he was booed for his stance on fighting isis. >> you may have to have some boots on the ground for a period of time until you get rid of the cancer. >> reporter: in 2016, he stayed away, placing a distant third in cpac's presidential straw poll. >> i love this place. ( cheers and applause ) love you people. >> reporter: but today, all was forgiven, and mr. trump argued his white house bid had changed the party. >> millions and millions of people were joining. now, i won't say it was because of me, but it was, okay. >> reporter: mr. trump also said he "took a lot of heat on sweden," last week for pointing to a terror attack there that never actually happened. but, scott, he refused to reverse that false claim, claiming that some people are starting to agree with him
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>> pelley: nancy cordes for us this evening. nancy, thank you. well, the president's real troubles again today were not with the media but with the facts. he complained about a "washington post" story that relied on nine anonymous sources. "there were no nine people," he said. "they make up sources." but the article was true, and forced the firing of his national security adviser. also today, mr. trump said obamacare covers very few people. the number is 22 million. and the president said, our borders "are wide open. anybody can come in." but last year, more than 415,000 people were apprehended at the border. now, be sure to catch "face the nation" this sunday. former c.i.a. director john brennan will be john dickerson's guest. and on tuesday, cbs news will bring you president trump's first address t
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of congress. our live coverage begins at 9:00 p.m. eastern time. car bombs, likely set off by isis, killed at least 60 people today near a town there northern syria that was liberated yesterday. isis is lashing out as it continually loses ground in its strongholds of raqqa, in syria, and mosul in iraq. david martin is traveling with the top u.s. commander in the region. >> reporter: isis released a video purporting to show a dead hit by a drone on an iraqi armored personnel carrier. but that did not stop iraqi forces in their battle to retake mosul. they seized control of mosul's airport and entered the western half of the city, having already liberatedly the eastern half. after mosul, the next major objective in the war against isis is across the border in syria. we're insidey
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american special operations base, which is used as a hub for the campaign to liberate the isis capital of raqqa. syrian fighters being trained here are part of a force of about 15,000 being assembled to assault raqqa. but joseph votel, commander of u.s. forces in the middle east, told cbs news they need more than the ak-47s they'll be issued after 20 days of training. >> antitank weapons systems to address vehicle-borne i.e.d.s. certainly mortars would be something that would help, things they would need that you would expect of a force that is going to conduct an assault. >> reporter: the weapons would be flown into this dirt airtrip built for the u.s. by a syrian engineer who lost his family to isis. we landed in tilt-rotar opsry aircraft, but the strip is long enough to handle large cargo planes from the united states. torque the commander of the campaign in both iraq and syria, said what's at stake is heading
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the works. >> there are threat streams that are external operations focused, emanating from raqqa right now. most of them point, quite honestly, at europe. >> reporter: scott, one american officer told us he expects the syrian fighters to suffer heavy losses in the battle for raqqa, and this is "take no prisoners" fighting on both sides. according to u.s. estimates, 1600 isis fighters have been killed in the last four months in syria, and oinl a dozen wounded. >> pelley: so, david what, are the prospects of more u.s. troops in syria? >> reporter: well, general votel told us that if the u.s. provides these heavy weapons to the syrian fighters, they'll need to be trained and sales ared how to use them. so that certainly sounds like more americans will be needed. but one of the special operators we talked to made the point that if the syrians don't get the heavy weapons, then more americans might be needed just to take over the fighting. >> pelley: david martin,
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on the battlefield tonight. david, thank you. this week, the trump administration said that it will reverse president obama's decision to phase out the federal use of private prisons. mireya villarreal has been looking into this. >> reporter: law enforcement surrounded the wilski county correctional facility in texas, back in february, 2015, after inmates rioted and set fires in the pris prizon. at the time, the 2800-inmate facility was privately operated by the management and training corporation. the riot was one of several incidents in last decade that led the obama administration to begin phasing out privately run federal prisons. a department of justice memo by then deputy attorney general sale yats, cited an increase in the prison population. the memo concluded that private federal prisons don't save the government
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the same level of services and are less safe and secure. it was written after a report by the inspector general found overall higher incidents of violent assaults, contraband, and inmate misconduct at private prison facilities. new u.s. attorney general jeff sessions disagreed, rescinding that memo, saying it "impaired the bureau's ability to meet the future needs of the federal correctional system." taft correctional institution craig atkin believes private prisons serve a purpose. basically, that o.i.g. report was saying compared to federally run prisons, that private-run prisons were more dangerous. is that the case here? >> that is not the case in my experience. i really believe that we are-- operate every bit as good as any bureau facility i've ever been in, and in fact, better than just about everyone i can imagine. >> reporter: cbs news has learned two of the three major
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a half a million dollars combined to president trump's inauguration committee. but, scott, the u.s. department of justice says this decision was all about giving prison officials the flexibility they need to manage their facilities properly. >> pelley: mireya villarreal reporting for us tonight. mireya, thank you. the hindu american foundation tonight is calling on the justice department to investigate as awe hate crime the deadly shooting this week inside a bar in kansas. dean reynolds is there. >> reporter: patrons told kansas police wednesday night a man had ideal, "get out of my country" at two customers before opening fire and fleeing the scene. >> reporter: five hours later, and 70 miles away in missouri, police arrest aid
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51-year-old adam purinton. police said purinton had allegedly disclosed to a bartender that he shot two mannemiddle eastern men. but they weren't middle eastern. they were indian hindus here on job visas. srinivas kuchibhotla was killed, and 32-year-old alok madasani was wounded. a third man, 24-year-old ian grillet of grand view, missouri, was also shot after he tried to intervene. >> i was just doing what anyone should have done for another human being. it's not about where he was from or his ethnicity. we're all humans. >> reporter: kuchibhotla will be buried in india, where his family was shocked and directed some anger at president trump, as did indian news media. but at the white house, press secretary sean spicer said any attempt to connect the president's rhetoric on immigrants to the tragedy in kansas would be
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now, the suspect was moved here to kansas earlier today and is now in jail on murder charges. authorities haven't decided yet whether to charge him with hate crimes as well, scott. his first court appearance will be here on monday. >> pelley: dean reynolds, thanks. coming up next on the cbs evening news, what new orleans is doing to keep mardi gras under control. and later, steve hartman. fire destroyed the restaurant but not its spirit. crest 3d whitestrips whiten... 25 times better than a leading whitening toothpaste i passed the tissue test. oh yeah. crest whitestrips are the way to whiten all umm...ed. you wouldn't want your painter to quit part way, i think you missed a spot. so when it comes to pain relievers, why put up with just part of a day? aleve, live whole not part. you want this color over the whole house?
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business, just shut the doors to help get people off the street. the proposal has soured on bar owner daniel victory. you'ryou're worried about it hig the bottom line. >> definitely the bottom line. which is really my top line. that's my most priority. i'm in business to make money. >> reporter: so the idea of closing the doors, people think you're closed. >> definitely, without a doubt. >> reporter: this large-scale security plan comes three months after a deadly shooting on bourbon street that killed one man and injured nine others. the proposal includes adding 200 high-def nition cameras will at 20 hot spots around the city and signs that make it clear you're being filmed. barriers like these are meant to stop potential terrorists with a vehicle from driving on to bourbon street and killing people which is what happened last year in nice, france. fearing that threat in new orleans is part of why mayor mitch landreiu is rolling out this plan. >> this is a real challenge. we want to make sure the city is secure but we don't want to change the cultural framework in the city. >> reporter: the mayor says bar owners may not
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could come back to bless you. >> all gone. >> reporter: earlier this month, bruno serato walked into the nightmare that used to be his dream. this is what's left of the white house restaurant in anaheim, california. >> there was the picture where my mom was on it. >> reporter: the picture of mom, pretty much everything he loved, was in this restaurant. >> enjoy your dinner. >> reporter: this is what it looked like before the electrical fire. during our first visit in 2010. that story was about this italian immigrant grant who catered to the rich and favorite. >> are we hungry? >> yes! >> reporter: just so he could feed the down and out. every day here at the local boys and girls club, some of the poorest children in anaheim had been eating from one of the most exclusive restaurants in town. at the time, bruno was giving away more meals than he was selling, and he was going broke. you refinanced your home? >> i refinanced my
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>> reporter: how can you keep feeding these kids? >> how can i stop? >> reporter: and that devotion-- >> all gone. >> reporter: what made this so devastating. >> this fire, it destroyed everything i worked for, for 30 years. and it is just like we need to find a kitchen somewhere because we need to do the pasta for the children. >> reporter: unfortunately, that mission was clearly over. or so he thought, until he got hole, turned on his computer, and learned what happens sometimes when really bad things happen to really good people. he got thousands of messages online, and hundreds more in person. >> i'm so sorry. >> reporter: all of them offers to pitch in. >> whatever i can do-- >> some kind of fund raisers. >> exwa way we can help. >> reporter: and with that, the man who started serving all those kids on his own was alone no more. >> we want to make sure that you rebuild that restaurant so you can continue to serval these
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caterers and competitors offered bruno their kitchens for free, and as a result, he didn't miss a single day feeding his favorite customers. >> hi, bruno! >> reporter: people have also donated money to help rebuild the restaurant. >> how is everything, good? >> reporter: do you think you'll ever look back on this and say, "i'm actually glad that happened?" >> i will think of that. you know you say you give love and get 100 times back. i disagree pup get one million times back. >> reporter: now that's a lot of karma. steve hartman, "on the roads, in anaheim. >> pelley: compassion is contagious. that's the cbs news for tonight. forul of us at cbs news all around the world, i'm scott pelley, and i'll see you sunday on "60 minutes." good night.
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. tonight, one dc police officer is still in the hospital recovering and a second is home. both were shot. the suspect in the case is dead, and the investigation into last night's events still underway tonight. policesay that the officers were responding to reports of gunfire in the trinidad neighborhood in northeast washington. the officers attempted to stop the suspect and a struggle ensued. shots were fired. the suspect was identified as 47-year-old timothy lionel williams. here is the acting police chief. >> it's very concerning to us. we have officers out here and we task them with getting illegal firearms out of the community. as a result of them being involved in the task, both of them ended up in the hospital with gunshot wounds. the police officers


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