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♪ captioning sponsored by cbs ♪ ♪ ♪ >> o'donnell: tonight, the very latest in the in investigations into donald trump and what his former vice president is saying about that mara-a-lago search and whether he'll testify before the january 6 committee. as mike pence weighs a 2024 run for the white house, his message to fellow republicans: >> calls to defund the f.b.i. are just as wrong as calls to defund the police. >> o'donnell: plus, rudy giuliani spends six hours before a grand jury. cbs' jeff pegues is there. >> o'donnell: the c.d.c.'s covid failure. the major overhaul for america's public health agency just announced.
cbs' dr. jon lapook speaks with the c.d.c. director, rochelle walensky, for her only television interview. >> reporter: was the agency up tothe task of handling this pandemic? >> o'donnell: gun violence in america. after five people are shot and 100 rounds fired in philadelphia, cbs' elaine quijano is there tonight in one of the nation's deadliest cities. and a trip into the history books. cbs' kris van cleave is on a flight honoring a pilot and pioneer. ♪ ♪ ♪ this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> o'donnell: good evening, and thank you for joining us on this wednesday night. tonight, donald trump's former vice president is speaking out for the first time since the search of mara-a-lago, and it comes as the january 6 committee is continuing its work. tonight the panel may have a new witness. mike pences says he would consider testifying if he is asked. you may recall there was a pressure campaign led by trump
for pence to overturn the 2020 election and not certify the electoral votes in congress. white house officials told the committee when pence didn't comply, the former president called him a wimp and rioters called for his hanging. pence's comments came as rudy giuliani spent his day under oath. we clearly have a lot of news to get to tonight, and cbs' jeff pegues will start us off from atlanta. good evening, jeff. >> reporter: norah, this georgia investigation may pose the most imminent legal jeopardy for the former president, but it's also the work of the january 6 committee, and its political impact ahead of 2024, and now that committee may have yet another star witness. >> if there was an invitation to participate, i would consider it. >> reporter: today's remarks by former vice president mike pence were the closest he has come to saying he might testify before the january 6 committee,
even though the relationship between pence and mr. trump is strained as a result of january 6. pence today did weigh in on last week's search at mara-a-lago while asking fellow republicans not to target f.b.i. agents. >> calls to defund the f.b.i. are jus as wrong as calls to defund the police. >> reporter: currently, mr. trump is under legal scrutiny in the state of new york, and in georgia, the fulton county district attorney could be building a case against him. >> i just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. >> reporter: in that case, the former president was recorded in a phone call to georgia's secretary of state. >> but you kept 96,600 votes when there were no return record for them. what would that suggest? phantom votes. >> reporter: former trump attorney rudy giuliani is now a target of the georgia investigation, which is examining whether he
participated in an effort to overturn election results. he tried to avoid testifying after telling a judge he was too ill to fly. but he was ordered to find a way to show up at court today. >> how did you get here? >> i'll give you one answer-- i didn't walk. >> reporter: after about six hours in the courthouse, he left in this black s.u.v. someone in the front passenger seat flashed a peace sign. but there is another battleground in yet another courtroom, this one involving yet another trump ally. south carolina senator lindsey graham, who is appealing a judge's decision that he also testify before this special grand jury in this courthouse behind me, just as rudy giuliani did today. norah. >> o'donnell: jeff pegues in atlanta, thank you. tonight, congresswoman liz cheney is considering her next political move after wyoming republicans ousted the trump critic in last night's g.o.p.
primary. cheney was defiant in defeat, warnin voters that their embrace of former president trump and his lies is a threat to democracy itself as she weighs a run for the white house in 2024. cbs' robert costa reports again for us tonight from jackson, wyoming. >> this primary election is over, but now, the real work begins. >> reporter: moments after conceding in one of this summer's marquee races, congresswoman liz cheney took the stage at dusk, with her father, former vice president dick cheney, looking on, and outlined her next mission. >> i will do whatever it takes to make sure donald trump is never again anywhere near the oval office, and i mean it. ( applause ). >> reporter: cheney quickly moved to sipt a new political action committee, explicitly focused on stopping trump, whom she sees as a threat to democracy due to the way he has convinced some republicans to echo his baseless claim that the 2020 election was stolen. she also did not rule out a
possible run for president in 2024. >> abraham lincoln was defeated in elections for the senate and the house before he won the most important election of all. >> reporter: while cheney has a national profile and fund-raising base, her ambitions for a revival of traditional republican politics is a stark political reality. the g.o.p. here in wieming and in most red states remains the party of trump. cheney's-trump-backed challenge, harriet hageman, beat cheney in a rout. >> we are no longer going to tolerate representatives who don't represent us. >> reporter: in a statement, trump corrode about her defeat, saying cheney can now finally disappear into the depths of political oblivion. she is now the eighth house republican who supported trump's impeachment following the capitol attack to be heading for the exits after this term. meanwhile, election deniers are gaining traction inside the republican party across the
country. and here in wyoming last night, the republican nominated for secretary of state is someone who has made repeated and baseless claims about the 2020■ election being stolen from trump. norah. >> o'donnell: robert costa, thank you. a major shake-up tonight at the centers for disease control following criticism of how the nation's public health agency handled the covid-19 epidemic, and it comes as the country face another outbreak, this time monkeypox. cbs news chief medical correspondent dr. jon lapook has our exclusive interview tonight. >> reporter: today's report uncovered deep concerns over the c.d.c.'s culture and day-to-day practices. among the complai arigid, compartmentalized bureaucracy tat restricted the agencies overall response to the pandemic, from its analysis of data to sluggish release of information to the public to its confusing and overwhelming covid guidance. was the agency up to the task of handling this pandemic? >> i think our public health
infrastructure in the country was not up to the task of handling this pandemic. >> reporter: c.d.c. director dr. rochelle walensky commissioned the report in april. >> we learned some hard lessons over the last three years, and as part of that, it's my responsibility, the agency's responsibility to learn from those lessons and do better. >> reporter: the new findings are likely to spark a major shake-up of the c.d.c.'s sprawling bureaucracy. among the plans: get information to the public more rapidly. create a new office to promote equity in healthcare. and develop a more nimble workforce that can quickly respond to public health crises. >> we need to have a special forces, if you will, to deploy during pandemic times. >> reporter: do you think they're up to the task of now changing their whole culture and thinking of themselves more like special forces that can be deployed wherever they're needed? >> i have no doubt that they're up to the task. >> reporter: the rertwithsense s the c.d.c. moves from managing the pandemic to dealing with the
latest public health crisis, monkeypox. is it fair to say we're not quite there yet in terms of monkeypox? >> i think it's too early to say that we have our arms around it. i believe that we can work to contain this outbreak, and we're doing a lot of that hard work. >> reporter: dr. walensky told me the c.d.c. has to up its game when it comes to making the agency's workforce more nimble, improving capabilities in the lab and becoming better at gathering and reporting data because, norah, we do not know what the next public health challenge will be. >> o'donnell: dr. lapook with that exclusive. thank you so much. well, philadelphia is reeling from another tragic example of the country's gun violence epidemic. the latest, a mass shooting that has left five wounded, including a teenager in critical ite city of brotherly love is now one of the deadliest in the country. cbs' elaine quijano is there tonight to find out why. >> reporter: the shooting happened just before 7:00 p.m. outside a recreation center on philadelphia's west side. police say six suspects armed
with multiple guns fired nearly 100 shots, injuring five people. >> there are too many guns on our streets with devastating consequences as we saw by the number of rounds that were taken off the sidewalk. there's no purpose for any of those guns, other than to kill human beings. >> reporter: guns have been used to kill 308 people in philadelphia so far this year. more than 1,400 people have been shot in the city. that number of gunshot victims surpasses even bigger cities like new york and los angeles. larry krasner is philadelphia's district attorney. what do you think is behind this spike in violence? >> it's a pretty terrible national phenomenon. this is the most heavily armed industrial society in the world, no matter how many guns you take off the street, there are more and more guns. so let's not kid ourselves. >> reporter: meanwhile, the n.y.p.d.'s specialized antigun unit announced a crackdown on illegal guns, seizing 46 guns over the last three days. police were joined by jackie
rowe adams, a mother who lost two sons to gun violence. >> you are killing each other. the police is not killing us. we are killing us! >> reporter: next week, new federal rules go into effect that will regulate unserialized parts used to create ghost guns. here in philadelphia, the a.t.f. agent in charge told our cbs station that individuals are selling off inventory now making it harder for law enforcement to trace those firearms. norah. >> o'donnell: all right, elaine quijano, thank you. overseas to afghanistan now, where a large explosion rocked a kabul mosque, killing at least 10 people, including a prominent imam. there was no immediate claim of responsibility. one year since the taliban takeover, there's growing instability and a humanitarian crisis with an estimated 25 million living in poverty. cbs' imtiaz tyab reports tonight from kabul. we want to warn you that some of
the images of children you're going to see are disturbing. >> reporter: afghanistan is starving, and these babies are among the most malnourished. at kabul's main children's hospital, infants receive specialized treatment. this mother tells us her four-month-old son weighs just 6.5 pounds. your son is so small, so frail. you must be very worried about him. "yes, we are so worried," she says. "his older brother died, and i'm worried he will, too." hunger has long plagued afghanistan, but since the taliban's takeover one year ago, the biden administration has frozen $7 billion in state bank safeties. other international donors pulled financial support. doctors tell us they're struggling. "every day, one or two mag nourished children die he e," he says. you lose one or two children a
day. "yes, unfortunately so." in the taliban's afghanistan, hunger stalks nearly every . these people araiutside t bread. each loaf costs just 11 cents, but even that's too expensive. >> the taliban have been in power for a year now. are they helping you? "i haven't received a penny from them," he says. as the sun sets, a local resident offers to buy bread for those who have been waiting outside the bakery. it means at least tonight, they won't go to bed hungry. imtiaz tyab, cbs news, kabul, afghanistan. >> o'donnell: and back here at home, the news about the companies fined hundreds of millions of dollars for their alleged roles in the opioid crisis. that story in 60 seconds. steak and lobster!
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license. coleman had to learn to fly in france because it wasn't an option here in the u.s ( applause ) pergreat niece was on the celebration flight. >> when my great-often received her license two years before amelia earhart. she wasn't in the history books. no one knew about her. you can do whatever you want to in life. >> reporter: she runs the bessie coleman aviation all-stars, an after-school program aimed at inspiring kids, especially young people of color, to take flight. >> i have never had an all-black female flight crew in my entire career. >> reporter: there are fewer than 150 black women airline pilots in the u.s. captain beth powell is one of them. >> representation is so important because when you see someone in yourself, you know it's possible. i can do this, too. >> reporter: sharing the story of bessie coleman in hopes of inspiring the pilots of tomorrow. kris van cleave, cbs news, phoenix. >> o'donnell: what a terrific story. and what a pioneer. that's tonight's "cbs evening news." i'm norah o'donnell in our
nation's capital. good night. >> for zero dollars -- she signed the car over for zero dollars. >> announcer: an ex trying to pull a fast one? >> judge judy: why would you sign the car over to him? >> i did not, your honor, sign the car over to him for free. he stopped making payments because he got aggravated that i had filed for child support to help support our daughter. >> announcer: and dad will only pay for one or the other. >> judge judy: you left. you took the car. >> and i was still making payments, your honor. >> judge judy: to whom? >> not to her for the car, but i was making payments for my child support, and then she didn't let me see my daughter. >> announcer: "judge judy." you are about to enter the courtroom of you are about to enter the courtroom of judge judith sheindlin. captions paid for by cbs television distribution june stahr is suing her ex-boyfriend, gregory russell jr., for an unidar loa ths case number on the calendar
in the matter of stahr vs. russell. >> judge judy: thank you. >> byrd: you're welcome, judge. parties have been sworn in. you may be seated. folks, have a seat, please. >> judge judy: all right. ms. stahr, you and the defendant were together, according to what i read in the complaint, for approximately 7 years. you have a 4-year-old child together, and while you were together, you purchased a car, the two of you. >> yes. >> judge judy: the car was in the defendant's name. there was a loan on the car, and the loan, i assume, on the car was also in his name. >> it was in both names. >> judge judy: the loan was in both names or the... >> oh, the loan, no. the car on the pink slip was in both names. the loan was just in my name. >> judge judy: anyway, that's it. it's all about the car because you split up when? >> november 11, 2015. >> judge judy: and when was the car purchased? >> september 6, 2014. >> judge judy: how much did the car cost? >> $6,900. >> judge judy: so it was a used car. what kind of car is it? >> it's a 2006 nissan altima. >> judge judy: do you have a car? >> yes, i do. >> judge judy: what kind of car do you have? >> i have a 2005 chevy tahoe. >> judge judy: did you buy that when you were together, as well? >> no. >> judge judy: when did you buy that? >> january 2016. >> judge judy: is that when you separated? >> we separated november 11,