tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS December 5, 2012 7:00pm-7:30pm EST
e is no room for compromise. republicans must accept an increase in tax rates for upper-income americans. negotiations on a budget deal haven't gone very far and there are just 27 days before that so-called fiscal cliff. that's the package of tax increases for most americans and budget cuts that will hit automatically unless the white house and congress find a gentler way to solve the crisis in the federal budget. here's how treasury secretary tim geithner put it on cnbc. >> is the administration prepared to go over the fiscal cliff? >> absolutely. there's no prospect to an agreement that doesn't involve those rates going up on the top 2% of the wealthiest americans. ren, it's only 2%. >> pelley: by 2% he means individuals making more than $200000 and couples taking in 250,000 or more. republicans say rates shouldn't be increased on anyone. with no agreement, going over the fiscal cliff would be painful. the automatic tax increases
break down like this: households making $20,000 to $4,000 would see an increase in $1,200 a year. incomes of $40,000 to $64,000 would see taxes rise $2,000 and in the $64,000 to $108,000 bracket taxes go up $3,500 a year. mr. obama and the republican speaker of the house talked this over today and here's major garrett at the white house. major? >> reporter: scott, there there is a code of silence the white house and speaker boehner's try to apply to these phone conversations, releasing as few details as possible to protect the underlying negotiations. nevertheless, cbs news has learned the following: the speaker and the president spoke before treasury secretary tkpwaoeugter in'sers.e.c.geithner's comments about going over the cliff, the conversation was described as brief, meaning shorter than the 28-minute conversation speaker boehner and the president had last week. also those familiar with the conversation tell me -- or do
not used a skwrebgive thes like "curt," "frank" and "direct" meaning it was probably more gentle. also i'm told scott this is no longer a time for check-in phone calls between these two leaders. everything now is substantive about the underlying merit of what treasury secretary tkpwaoeugter ins.e.c. geithnerrepublicans believe this can be done through tax loopholes not raising rates on the wealthiest americans. >> pelley: we asked chip reid to visit with a family staring over the fiscal cliff. >> reporter: sean and jody watson have four daughters ages five to 14 and know all too well the sacrifices and sleepless nights endured by middle-class families in a struggling economy. >> we don't go out to eat much. we don't spend -- we don't go to the movies much. >> we do a lot of thrift store shopping for my kids for clothes. >> reporter: shawn was unemployed for a year in washington state then two years ago he got a job as an accountant with the federal
government so the family of six-- their savings depleted-- moved across the country to woodbridge virginia. his salary of a little more than $70,000 is less than what he used to make. >> before we lost our job they were in -- two were in piano and we haven't been able to do things like that. >> reporter: what's the hardest part of this? >> for me it's my kids knowing that i want more for them. my oldest, who's the one that's most aware of what we've been going through the last couple years she asked me recently, this summer, she's like "mommy when are we going to stop feeling like we're poor." i was like, honey, it's not that we're poor we just can't do a lot of things that other people do. >> reporter: sean and jody say it's soon going to become even tougher because they believe it's unlikely that congress and the president will reach a deal to avert the fiscal cliff. if they're right, according to the nonpartisan tax policy center, families such as the watsons with annual income between $64,000 and $108,000
would see a tax increase of about $3,500. >> i think it just will put any future plans that we might have on hold of let's say fixing some electrical in our house. that's an immediate need that we have and we can't do it right now. >> reporter: they blame both the president and congress. >> it's very disappointing to see bipartisanship almost nonexistent. >> i call it the washington bubble. it's where they have no idea how their choices and their fighting and bickering affect the rest of us. >> reporter: there is, they say, a surprising upside to their financial challenges. they can't afford the fees for extracurricular activities so after school they spend time together. >> . >> we do a lot of things more as a family. we're not as materialistic as we've been in the past. but we're also seeing the blessings from it so we're
stronger as family, our kids are closer to us. >> reporter: but with 27 days before the january 1 fiscal cliff, they're watching the clock, worried the christmas holidays might end with their family facing tougher times. chip reid, cbs news woodbridge virginia. >> pelley: a lot of people working for citigroup are headed for a fiscal cliff. today the company said it's cutting 11,000 jobs to boost profits. citigroup is america's third largest bank but it has operations around the world. the company didn't tell us how many american jobs will be lost. a new study just out today has encouraging news about breast cancer which kills 40,000 women a year. elaine quijano reports on how changing a treatment could save lives. >> when carrie capossela finished a five-year course of tamoxifen to prevent her breast cancer from coming back, she was nervous when she finally went off the drug. >> all of a sudden you're done
and it's very scary. it's very scary because you have to then go back and you really having v nothing protecting you from the medical standpoint anymore. >> reporter: capossela was 33 when she was diagnosed. estrogen is the main fuel for breast cancer in younger women who have not gone through menopause. tamoxifen works by blocking the effect of estrogen. the current recommendation is for women to take the drug for five years because previous studies showed no benefit to taking it for longer. but the new study funded partly by one of the makers of tamoxifen, shows women who took the drug for ten years were 25%less likely to have a recurrence of breast cancer and 29% less likely to die from the disease than those who took it for five. dr. judy garber is with boston's dana-farber cancer institute. >> i think this will have an effect on practice, and particularly for my young patients at high risk of
recurrence i think longer tamoxifen now will feel much safer for all of us. >> reporter: but there are significant side effects. most women are the drug immediately have symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes and night sweats. still, carrie capossela says if her doctor recommends it, she will take tamoxifen again. >> recurrence is something you live with for your entire life. all of a sudden you start hearing all these stories about women whose cancers are coming back after eight nine, ten years and you become obsessed with it again. so it doesn't go away, no. >> pelley: tamoxifen has other rare but serious side effects, including a risk of uterine cancer, strokes, and blood clots. but, scott researchers say for younger breast cancer survivors those risks are outweighed by the drug's benefits. >> pelley: elaine, thank you. we're learning more today about the man charged with the colorado theater massacre. the university of colorado released 3,000 e-mails about james holmes and barry petersen has the details.
>> reporter: the e-mails show james holmes was at least friendly. he often signed off with a cheerful "thanks for your help." there's no new insight on how the university of colorado at denver handled holmes during his year at the school, but an e-mail sent by a school official after the shooting indicates holmes had a girlfriend. she fortunately it turns out is in india right now the e-mail says. she knows and is pretty freaked out. another instructed students not to put post on facebook or twitter about holmes. in response a student indicated how dangerous holmes was writing "holmes could have done this on campus instead of the movies." 2,200 other e-mails were not released because they're about his academic and health records matters protected by federal privacy laws. the documents were requested by news organizations under a colorado freedom of information law. last month, holmes tried to injure himself by ramming his head into his jail cell wall.
he was hospitalized with injuries that were called "not serious." a lot of those e-mails were blacked out so even we don't know what's in them at this point. now, there are two court hearings next week scheduled but this course has been delayed so far because of holmes' erratic behave skwror as to what happens next it's anyone's guess. >> pelley: barry, thank you. in egypt, president mohamed morsi has become a lightning rod for protests since he claimed near absolute power for himself. well, there were more violent demonstrations today over a proposed new constitution for egypt and holly williams is there. >> reporter: rival protesters clashed head on today outside cairo's presidential palace. president mubarak's opponents say -- president morsi's opponents say the knew constitution fails to protect basic rights especially those of women. his supporters many conservative muslims, say that's
untrue and both sides blamed each other for the violent confrontation. two years ago during the egyptian revolution these groups worked together to top it will country's long-time dictator. now they're back on the streets fighting each other. at a meeting called by the opposition today this man accused one of their leaders of being a holdover of the old regime and was quickly shouted down. we stopped mohammed elbaradei as he tried to leave. just one question for cbs news! >> reporter: he's a former presidential candidate and told us he doesn't trust the government's offer to negotiate. >> this is a ploy and we are not -- we will continue to push until we get a proper mechanism to develop a developpic constitution and to make sure that the goals of this uprising have been fulfilled which is justice, freedom, and social equality. >> reporter: are you going to try and stop the referendum taking place at all? >> we are doing everything
possible because we believe that this referendum is null and void, has no legitimacy. >> reporter: egyptians who agreed that they wanted democracy now can't agree on anything else. >> pelley: and holly williams is joining us from cairo. holly, you've been covering the story for us for some time. what's coming next? >> well, it's difficult to see a solution as things stand. president morsi says he wants to negotiate but in the same breath he says he's determined to put this constitution to a referendum, a vote, in ten day's time. his opponents say to him "you're becoming a dictator, this constitution represents your islamist views and your interests and we're not negotiating until you agree to postpone or call off this referendum." and that leaves with us a stalemate, and a stalemate that's now costing people's lives. >> pelley: uncharted territory ahead. holly, thank you very much. a computer tycoon wanted in a murder investigation is tracked
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>> > >> >> pelley: finally tonight dave brubeck was a jazz pioneer who kept his own kind of time. as a pianist and compose ever he challenged the standard musical cadence with exotic rhythms and styles. brubeck, who would have turned 92 tomorrow, died today. anthony mason takes time out to remember his work. >> reporter: dave brubeck's music was a defining sound of jazz clubs in the '50s and '60s. a "time" magazine cover story in 1954 described him as a wigging cat with a far out wail. >> are there any rules for improvisation? >> you bet your life there are and the rules in jazz would just scare you to death. >> reporter: the son of a california cattle rancher and classically trained pianist, brubeck had a natural ear for melodies. at home in connecticut in 1961
he told walter cronkite -- >> it's like a baseball player or any athlete. he's only good when he instinctively does the right thing. the dave brubeck quartet's signature tune "tyke five" appeared on their landmark album "time out." released in 1959, it was the first jazz album to sell a million copies. the opening cut "bluerondo allah turk" was taken from a street rhythm in istanbul. >> one two one two, one two three." >> reporter: throughout his career, brubeck was an ambassador for music. in 1988, he played at the reagan/gorbachev summit in moscow and later remembered -- >> the room started keeping time. all these people that almost hated each other were swinging. >> reporter: in 1994 president clinton awarded him the national medal of the arts. >> i'll never forget the first
time when as a high school musician, i discovered that i could actually play the saxophone lead in "take five." (laughter) >> reporter: in 2009 the kennedy center honored his sex decades of creation and invention. >> rhythm is an international language. dave brubeck spoke it fluently. anthony mason, cbs news, new york. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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