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captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: 40 days and 40 nights. >> i think i get an "a" in terms of what i've actually done, but in terms of messaging i'd give myself a "c" or a "c-plus." glt president gets another chance at messaging tonight as he tells americans his plans for health care, immigration, defense and more. also tonight... the president thoaps deliver a unity speech tonight, and i wonder, are there place where's the democrats think they can work with the president? a c.i.a. drone takes out a key leader of al qaeda. a puzzling, sharp increase in colorectal cancer among the young. >> didn't even think that young people could get colon cancer. >> pelley: and a travel guide for survival when the south was
segregated. >> they had this safe haven where they could stop here and be treated with dignity. this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley, reporting tonight from washington. >> pelley: unity is to be the theme tonight in the president's first address to a joint session of congress. his audience will be republicans and democrats, top military commanders, members of the supreme court, and we, the people, the whole constitution under one dome. president trump is expected to call for sharp increases in spending for defense and infrastructure. but if unity is to be the theme, it would be a fresh start for mr. trump who has attacked powerful members of his own party, called federal judges "dumber than a bad high school student," and declared the news media "the enemy of the american people." in our cbs news poll, mr. trump's approval rating after a month is 39%. that is the lowest we have ever
recorded for a new president. our coverage tonight begins with major garrett. >> it's a busy day and i guess tonight will be a rather busy night. we look forward to it. >> reporter: u president trump's first prime-time address to congress will emphasize his domestic agenda, tax reform, infrastructure spending, and the repeal and replacement of the affordable care act. >> we're coming out with a health care plan that i think will be terrific. it will be very inclusive, and i think it's going to do really what people are wanting it to do. >> reporter: the president is also open to comprehensive immigration reform, including possible legal status for undocumented immigrants with clean criminal records. in a lunch with television anchors today, mr. trump said, "the time is right for an immigration bill, as long as there is compromise on both sides." >> we'll include a historic increase in defense spending. >> reporter: on foreign policy, the president will call for increased military spending at the expense of foreign aid, which makes up less than 1% of federal spending.
mr. trump is also expected to defend his executive order restricting travel from seven predominantly muslim country >> we have directed the elimination of regulations. >> reporter: the president will devote the top of his speech to accomplishments he believes have been overlooked, like reducing federal regulations and speeding up energy projects. he told fox news he's been a mediocre messenger. >> in terms of achievement, i think i'd give myself an "a" because i think i've done great things but i don't think i've-- i and my people-- i don't think we've explaend it well enough to the american public. i think i get an "a" in terms of what i've actually done, but in terms of messaging i'd give myself a "c" or a "c-plus." >> reporter: the president will also address the recently rise in anti-semitic threats and vandalism across the country. scott, this will also include a condemnation of hate crimes generally, including the murder last week of an indian immigrant in olathe, kansas. >> pelley: major garrett at the white house tonight. well, on this end of
pennsylvania avenue, president will face stiff opposition from democrats, of course, but also from a few members of his own party. nancy cordes is on capitol hill. >> reporter: house republicans were briefed this morning on their party's plan to replace obamacare. north carolina's mark meadows didn't like what he regard. >> only, the final regard of where we are today is not something they support. >> reporter: the plan being finalized by g.o.p. leaders and the white house replaces some obamacare subs dweez tax credits to help people buy insurance. confers, like virginia's dave brat, say that's just another handout. >> and some of the stuff in there is just not what we've promised people for six years. it's not a repeefl obamacare. >> reporter: there were more warning signs in the senate, where republicans can can afford just two g.o.p. defections. three conservatives twhietd full repeal is the bare minimum they'll expect. >> we're going to be unified on this. >> reporter: house speaker paul ryan insisted the holdouts will come around. >> i think you're going stro a
lot of turning in any kind of legislative product like this. >> reporter: there was also a lot of churning today over the pretty proposal to dramatically cut foreign aid and move that money to defense. in a letter to congressional leaders, 120 retired military officers argued diplomatic dollars are critical to preventing conflict. former air force general richard hawley: >> because last thing we want to do is go into a place, break a bunch of glaz and not have any clue how to put it back together. >> reporter: he found a powerful ally in the senate's republican leader, mitch mcconnel. do you think this senate could approve a budget that slashes state department fund buying about a third? >> probably not. i, for one, just speaking for myself, think the diplomatic portion of the federal budget is very important, and you get results a lot cheaper frequently than you do on the defense side. >> reporter: just yesterday, mcconnell said his agenda and the president's were exactly the same. but, clearly, they diverge on this, scott, and mcconnell
told me he simply hasn't had a chance to talk it over with the president yet. >> pelley: nancy cordes, thanks. there is a controversy tonight inside u.s. intelligence over whether the trump administration is exaggerating the threat from muslim countries. debates inside and among intelligence agencies are standard, and even encouraged. but jeff pegues reports that this is different because some analysts believe they're being pressured to report the results that the white house wants too o hear. >> i'm establishing new vetting measures to keep radical islamic terrorists out of the united states of america. >> reporter: when president trump signed his executive order banning travel from seven predominantly muslim countries, he said he was keeping the country safe from terrorists. but within the department of homeland security, which is charged with carrying out the order, intelligence analysts are still split on the threat.
former and current government source say the d.h.s.' intelligence unit is so divided, some employees are considering asking for protection as whistleblowers or hiring lawyers. that's because their conclusion do not match those of the white house. last week, this internal d.h.s. intelligence document was leak toltd media. it determined citizens of the seven band countries were rarely implicated in u.s.-based terrorism. even though the document was prepared by experienced intelligence officers, it was rejected by d.h.s. leadership. and the white house pressed for a new assessment. sources say the contributors do the original document refused to work on the final product, concerned that the process had been tainted by politics. in response, a d.h.s. spokesperson told us that other federal law enforcement agencies did not agree with that leaked document. scott, d.h.s. officials believe the document lacked classified
and sensitive law enforcement information that would have provided a "complete intelligence assessment." >> pelley: jeff pegues for us tonight. jeff, thank you. a short time ago, we spoke with bernie sanders, former candidate for the democratic presidential nomination. senator, they're telling us at the white house that the president hopes to deliver a unity speech tonight. and i wonder, are there place where's democrats think they can work with the president? >> well, scott, i truly hope that you're right because i have never in my lifetime seen a president who seems to be working overtime to try to divide us up, to try to have us hate muslims, or hate latinos or hate blacks, or hate people in other countries. so i hope very much that perhaps the president has learned something from the american people that we need a president that can bring us together, where we can have civil discourse, where we're not busy attacking federal judges or attacking the media every day, but that we can work together
for a common purpose. >> pelley: do you think democrats give the president a polite reception this evening. >> would hope so. i mean, he is the president of the united states. >> pelley: thank you very much. >> thank you. >> pelley: well, john dickerson is here, our cbs news political director and, of course, the anchor of "face the nation." john what, do you expect tonight from the president? >> well, i expect he'll begin way long list of his accomplishments, what he's done so far. that will be probably the first quarter of the speech. then he's going to talk about his economic policies. he's going to talk about foreign affairs. you mentioned this theor of unity, that consechts unity. that's the thing i'm watching, is it words or is it deeds? will he do something symbolic in the hall to show democrats he's reaching out a hand or show he's been listening to them or he will accept a policy idea from dpaems that's the difference between just words and actually extending an olive branch. >> pelley: now, earlier today you and i had a chance to meet with the president. and he brought up something new, an immigration reform bill. >> this is one they he could
begin that unity with democrats. what the president is thinking about is legal status for those who are undocumented in the united states and committee no crime. that means they could have a job, pay taxes and not worry about being arrested. that's different from what the president said in his speech in 2016, where the agent path to legal status is if the undocumented workers went back home and came back in. he seems to be flirting with an idea that would be something different than that. but a senior administration official also said it wouldn't break with anything that his base wants, and that idea of a legal status is something that would upsut them. >> pelley: legal status but not citizenship. >> reporter: that's right. >> pelley: john dickerson, thank you very much. cbs news coverage of the president's address begins at 9:00 p.m. eastern, 8:00 strl, and that's, of course, 6:00 in the west. the midwest is being hit tonight by severe storms, including some tornadoes. funnel clouds were spotted near interstate 80 in wall cot, iowa. and the national weather service
says a number of twisters barreled through northern illinois. damage has been reported outside chicago. a twin-engine cessna plunged into a neighborhood riverside, california, yesterday. the plane had just taken off from san jose. two homees were destroyed. two adult expaiz teenager were killed. but two women survived. one of them crawled from the wreckage. the other has burns over 90% of her body. both had been on the plane. there were no injuries on the ground. mr. trump will emphasize the war on terror tonight, and he will be able to claim the head of the number two leader of al qaeda. david martin reports it was a c.i.a. drone strike over the weekend. >> reporter: this is the only known picture of abu khayr al-masri, which helps explain why he survived for so long as one of al qaeda's most senior leaders.
on sunday, according to u.s. officials, a c.i.a. drone strike scored a direct hit on his car in northwestern syria. a son-in-law of osama bin laden, al-masri has been implicated in the 1998 bombings of two american embassies in africa, which killed more than 200 people. al-masri, the name means he's from egypt, was a longtime confidant of another egyptian, ayman al-zawahri, who became the leader of al qaeda after bin laden was killed by u.s. navy seals. in the yeares after 9/11, al-masri fled to iran, where he reportedly spent a decade under house arrest, but also beyond the reach of american drone strikes. after his release, he went to syria, where al qaeda has been attempting to take advantage of theicofthe chaos caused by the l war to establish a new base of operations. al-masri was back in business, but also back in range of drone strikes, and on srngd the c.i.a. found him one last time.
isis is the main target, but now, drones have killed about 10 senior al qaeda leaders in syria in the 2.5 years since the u.s. began conducting air strikes there. scott. >> pelley: david martin across the river at the pentagon. david, thank you. coming up next on the cbs evening news, hundreds of women who worked for a huge jewelry chain claim they are victims of sexual misconduct. your body was made for better things than rheumatoid arthritis. before you and your rheumatologist move to another
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near orlando, when she attended a managers' conference and was cornered in a hotel room. >> i was forcefully kissed and touched in ways that i didn't want to be. >> reporter: this was a superior? >> it was a superior, yes. >> reporter: henry says she phoned the company's tip line to report the incident but was fired two days later after accusation over a missing gold chain, a claim she says was made up. >> you feel like somebody that you trusted and somebody that you were told to look up to and gain experience from was physically able to destroy your career. >> reporter: henry's allegation stemmed from an ongoing class action arbitration case filed in 2008, against cigna jewelers, the parent company of retailers kay, zales, and jared, for gender discrimination and pay inequality. 69,000 former employees joined the case. sworn statements from serial 250 of them alleged a corporate
culture of sexual misconduct, ranging from inappropriate advances to a "good old boys' network." in one allegation, one manager asked,"are you doing her?" signet denies any wrongdoing: attorneys say a trial is scheduled to begin early next year. on the broader question of gender and pay discrimination. scott, the company points out none of the women in the class action has filed a legal claim of sexual harassment. >> pelley: manuel bojorquez, thanks. coming up, an alarming increase in colorectal cancer among young americans. or is it your alle? break through your allergies. introducing flonase sensimist.
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for younger americans. it says that those born in 1990 have double the risk of colon cancer as those born in 1950. and for rectal cancer, the rate is quadruple. we asked jon lapook for the story behind the numbers upon. >> reporter: at first rhea buckner didn't think much of her stomach cramps. >> i sort of assumed that was just part of getting older. i just turned 30, and i have to be careful with spicy foods now. >> reporter: but it turned out to be something far more serious-- colon cancer. you're 30 years old. you find out you have colon cancer and it spread to your ovary, liver, lymph nodes. what are you thinking? >> i didn't even think that young people could get colon cancer. i really thought that it was, like, an old person's disease or an old man's disease. >> reporter: today a study shows a disturbing trend among millennials and gen x'ers, with colon cancer rates since the mid1980s, including 1% to 2.4%
a year but declining for those over 55, likely because colonoscopies in those groups remove polyps before they become cancerous. after chemo and multiple surgeries, buck america now 34, has had no evidence of cancer for three years. dr. daniel labow is a surgeon at mount sinai in new york city. why would it be increasing under the age of 50? >> some of the studies have shown reflected on diet, sedentary lifestyle, increased fat, things like that in the ditheaton rnow affecting people younger and younger. >> reporter: those are all risk fact fors colon cancer. scott, the authors say screening should now be considered before the currently recommended age of 50. and, clearly, doctors and patients need to pay attention to unexplained symptoms such as bleeding, abdominal discomfort, and change in bowel habits. >> pelley: life-saving information, dr. jon lapook. thank you. coming up next, the book postal workers wrote to help blacks travel america during seg giegz.
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we went to chicago. we went-- we went all over the place. >> reporter: do you remember being turned away? >> i remember my dad stopping for gas, and they'd look at me and look at him and say, "we don't have any gas for you." >> reporter: black americans were routinely refiewssed service, and in so-called "sundown towns" african americans knew if they were caught after sundown, they could face physical attack. victor greerng a new york city postal worker, created a travel guide called "the negro motorist green book." he collected references from other black letter carriers to create a state-by-state list of accommodations, open to everyone. a.c. howard's parents used green's books each summer to drive from chicago to mississippi. did it get worse the further south you got? >> to tell you the truth, it got worse when you left chicago, you know. >> reporter: in some respects, "the green book" was a survival guide. >> it was. it most definitely was.
>> reporter: green published 20,000 copyaise year from 1936 until 1967. with the help of "the green book" families like the graves and howards navigated seg gaiptd america. >> at least it gave you the feeling when you left your home, that you would not be embarrassed or demoralized by the experiences of the harshness of segregation. >> reporter: a rare copy of the green book recently sold for more than 22,000 dollars. but for a generation of travelers, the comfort it gave was priceless. mark strassmann, cbs news, atlanta. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. we'll be back at 9:00, 8:00 central with the president's address to congress. with thanks to the jones day law firm for this view of the capitol and for all of us at cbs news all around the world, i'm scott pelley. see you again soon.
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