tv CBS Evening News With Katie Couric CBS October 14, 2010 6:30pm-7:00pm EDT
>> couric: tonight, banks repossessing homes in record numbers. but are they doing it it legally? wait until you hear who is signing some of the paperwork. i'm katie couric. also tonight, after 10 weeks in darkness, those chilean miners are basking in the spotlight and their newfound celebrity. control of congress is up for grabs, and independent voters could be the deciding factor. we'll listen to their american voices. and clint eastwood-- actor, director, and that legendary line. would do you it for me? >> you'd be tough to resist. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. the numbers are staggering--
american homes are being repossessed by the hundreds of thousands. more than 800,000 so far this year. and that number is on track to reach 1.2 million by the end of the year, an all-time record. but there are growing questions about the let of many of those foreclosures because of the way the paperwork was processed. and now the scandal has touched mortgage giants fannie mae and freddie mac because they used law firms that have been pumping out foreclosure documents. kelly cobiella on the crushing falloutav all of this on home owners. >> reporter: when donnie thomas fell two months behind on his mortgage in 2008, he tried to reach his lender to make a deal. >> that's when default was put on my door. that's when i said i-- they says 30 days to move out or something. >> reporter: the lender foreclosed, repossessed and resold thomas' home in three months. his attorneys believe it's
another case in another stack of foreclosures pushed through by so-called robo signers. the lawyers interviewed 150, among them out of work beauticians, wal-mart clerks and fast food workers given impressef titles but with little or no experience, hired to sign paperwork as fast as they could. >> they're signing fault affidavits. they're signing affidavits that would say things like every allegation in the complaint is true, and they never saw the complaint. some of them had no idea what a complaint was. >> reporter: in one deposition, wells fargo employee xee moua said she would sign 300 to 500 documents a day, paperwork that stated she examined all books, records, and documents in each foreclosure and had personal knowledge of the money ode. when questioned, moua admitted the only thing she examined was her own name and title-- vice president of loan documentation. moua is a college dropout who worked for a home decor company and had two weeks of training at wells fargo.
david stern runs florida's largest foreclosure law firm, endorsed by the federal government's fannie mae and freddie mac, a former paralegal claiming sterns employees were told to form signatures, change dates and use the wrong social security numbers to finish paperwork under the threat of losing their jobs. in a sworn statement, she says, "all they cared about was getting the file out. there were a lot of young kids working up there who really didn't pay attention to what they were doing. mortgages would get placed in different files. they would get thrown out." sterns' attorney denies the claims and says the employee is disgruntled. wells fargo told us today its foreclosure affidavits are accurate, and it will take corrective action on any employee who does not follow procedure. katie. >> couric: kelly cobiella reporting tonight from miami. kelly, thank you. in other news, the battle over health care reform may be heading to court. 20 state have joined forces to challenge the new law and today, a federal judge ruled key parts of their lawsuit may, in fact,
go to trial. among the issues, can the government force everyone to buy health insurance or face penalties? meanwhile, in chile, one day after the world watched their amazing rescue, those 33 miners began to ease into their new lives as instant celebrities. still wearing their sunglasses, they were visited in the hospital by president sebastian pinera. he promised to triple the mine safety budget and punish those responsible for the collapse that left them trapped for 70 days. seth doane is in chile tonight. >> reporter: all 33 of the miners have been brought to this hospital behind me here for observation. three were told by officials should be released tonight. pedro gonazlez finally got to hug his nephew jimmy sanchez today. a family member shot these pictures exclusively for cbs news. >> ( translated ): i am doing fine. i'm doing well. >> reporter: jimmy sanchez was the youngest of the trapped
miners, only 19. sanchez and the other miners got a taste of their new lives tod today. with chile's president challenging them to a soccer match. joking... >> ( translated ): the team that wins will stay at the presidential palace and the team that loses will return to the mine." >> reporter: sebastian pinera, a billionaire business man, has been chile's president for just seven months. he's pinned so much of his new presidency to the fate of these men, he's being called the 34th miner. the 33, as they're known here, are said to be in surprisingly good health. one was treated for pneumonia. three had dental surgery yesterday. and several others were planned for today. >> ( translated ): to come out in the conditions they came out in is amazing for everyone, and amazing for chile." >> reporter: amazing for chile's mining minister as well, who has turned into something of a superstar. he said the stunning success
brought even tough engineers to tears. >> i think this is an achievement of the heart. >> reporter: just outside the mine, camp hope is being dismantled. maria serks govia's family is packing up, too. how is your brother doing? >> bien. >> reporter: her brother dario was 20th to the surface. we watched you last night as you watched your brother come out of that rescue shaft terry francona when i saw him coming out of the capsule, i forgot the suffering i endured because now he begins a new life. >> reporter: it took 22 minutes and 39 hours to extract the miners. the coff is between $10 million and $20 million. katie. >> couric: seth we have this question from facebook tonight. randy harrison asks: >> reporter: well, the mine is 125 years old, and the indication we're getting for the government is that it may indeed be closed.
there were a number of safety violations, and some believe that the mine was overworked. incidentally, twe of the 33 miners have sued mine owners. katie. >> couric: seth doane in chile tonight, seth, thank you. turning now to campaign 2010, there was a time republicans thought they had a good chance to take back the delaware senate seat once held by vice president joe biden. that was before tea party candidate christine o'donnell won the g.o.p. nomination, becoming a national celebrity, but trailing badly in the polls. congressional correspondent nancy cordes reports from delaware where there have been two debates in less than a day. >> a vote for my opponent will cost the average delaware family instantly about $10,000. >> reporter: trailing in the polls by 19 points, tea party republican christine o'donnell tried out a range of attacks. jiers first i'll simply suggest miss o'donnell work hard tore get her facts straight. >> reporter: both today before
the rotary club in wilmington and last night at the university of delaware. >> first of all, we have to keep in mind my opponent has a history of perhapsing not to raise taxes on the campaign trail and breaking those promises as soon as he takes office. >> reporter: how do you think you did last night githought we did well. >> reporter: o'donnell even called democrat countries ciewms a closet marxist. >> that should send chills up the spine of every delaware voter. >> am not now, nor have i ever been anything but a clean-shaven capitalist. >> reporter: the intense national scrutiny on this small state senate race appears to be taking a toll on both candidates. >> this is going it-- >> we're going to try to have a conversation rather than a ditribe if we possibly could. >> i was actually disappointed. i didn't think either of the candidates acted very maturely. >> reporter: a number of students we talked to felt you were condescending to miso'donnell and they could be the understand why because you're so far ahead.
>> i don't think that's right. i think i listened and answered and was engaging. >> reporter: o'donnell's toughest moment when she was asked about a recent supreme court decision with which he disagreed. >> oh, gosh. give me a specific one. i'm sorry. >> reporter: a question that also tripped up her mentor, sarah palin. >> couric: what other supreme court decisions do you disagree with? >> well... >> reporter: o'donnell said later that the reason she had such a hard time answering that question is that she actually agrees with so many decisions handed down by a supreme court that's led by a conservative chief justice john roberts, katie. >> couric: nancy cordes reporting from wilmington, delaware, nancy, thank you. in afghanistan the surge of u.s. troops has brought a surge of violence. today, eight coalition troops were killed in a series of attacks mostly roadside bombs. their nationalities have not been released. at least 42 coalition service members have died in battle this month. but while the u.s. and nato continue to fight the taliban, they're also promoting peace
talks. cbs news has confirmed that u.s. forces have even allowed safe passage for taliban leaders to travel to kabul for meetings with the afghan government. back home, the pentagon today temporarily suspend enforcement of the don't ask, don't tell policy. earlier this week, a federal judge overturned the law that bars gays from serving openly in the military. still ahead here on the cbs evening news, oscar-winning director clint eastwood looks into the here after. but up nthe near future. we'll hear from the independent voters who should decide who will control the new congress.
>> couric: republicans want to take back congress. democrats don't want to give it up, but it's independents howill decide. so we went to philadelphia, pennsylvania, to talk with independent voters who helped president obama win that battled ground state two years ago. where is their independence taking them this year? we tried to find out as we listened to their american voices. ( cheers ) >> change doesn't come from the top. it comes from the bottom! >> reporter: they promise you everything and give you nothing, it seems a lot of times. >> reporter: they're disappointed. >> unfortunately, a lot of people feel like obama is going to be a one-term president. >> couric: disillusioned.
>> the companies got the bailouts. some of those people did rather well. i wasn't one of them. >> couric: and in some cases, downright disgusted. >> i need someone who is going to represent us, not democrats, republicans, or the president, but the people who gave them the job. >> couric: fed up or fired up, independents are now the largest segment of the electorate representing 40% of all americans. >> i think we're probably all in the middle of the road, not on the left or the right. >> couric: here in pennsylvania, the governor's mansion, one senate seat, and 19 house seats are up for grabs. the republicans have an edge in almost every statewide poll, but there's a good chance that independent voters might be the real key in the keystone state. and what better place to let those independent voices be heard than the place where the right to free speech was born, independence hall. how would you describe an
independent gibelieve that i don't adhere to party lines. i adhere to what i think is going to do the right thing for our country. >> couric: how about you? >> yeah, i would agree. , you know, when i look at the political situation now, all i really see is that the democrats are against the republicans, the republicans are against the democrats, and no one's really for america. >> couric: that was a sentiment expressed over and over. >> higher taxes and premiums... >> couric: perhaps because this fall, attack ads like these have been running over and over in pennsylvania. >> pennsylvania can't afford to joe sestak. >> couric: of the more than 37,000 campaign ads that have aired here in the last two months, a whopping 80% of them went negative. >> i thought about this before coming here, and i felt like i'm in a supermarket in the cereal aisle, and every box is one of the attack ads. it's like take it down and look on the back to find the
ingredients and the nutrition. but there's no labels on it. there's no labels. , you know, how are you supposed to find out how you can vote when there isn't even anything to tell you what they stand for? >> couric: are you willing to take out your anger about what is or isn't happening out on the democrats in november? >> well, i don't want to look-- i'm not out for revenge. i'm-- i'm out for answers. >> right. >> exactly. >> results. >> i don't want excuses. i want results. >> couric: but those have been hard to come by as are jobs. since the last election, the unemployment rate in pennsylvania has jumped from 6% to 9%. in fact, scott barkley's job as a marketing director, and its six-figure salary, will be eliminated tomorrow. still, the 40-year-old father of three doesn't want to fire the democrats just yet. >> if anything, i probably would be leaning more to trying to maintain a little of the status
quo and allow, you know, the work that's started to continue. there's a big shift in power. my feeling is it's only going to spend the next two years undoing it all for a net sum gain of zero. >> couric: even those who are employed are struggling. katie gray sadler is a 52-year-old single mom working two jobs, and that still might not be enough to afford to send her straight-a son trevor to college. >> he's an excellent student and speaks japanese and spanish and he self-studied it to learn it. i mean, he's doing all the things he can possibly do to get in the best school in the nation, and now he's posting things like, "i'll start off with a community college because i don't want my mom to struggle." >> couric: that must have been pretty heartbreaking to see that. >> it was, very much so. so we've been talking a lot about the candidates for the upcoming election. when i go in there, i'm voting with trevor in mind completely.
>> couric: and there was unanimous agreement in this group it's tea party isn't their cup of tea. >> i see it more as another voice from the fringe. >> they make statements that are just absolutely terrorizing. >> make a lot of noise doesn't necessarily mean you have the right answers. >> it shouldn't be the tea party. it should be the inflammatory party. >> couric: and just as the founding fathers learned the art of compromise more than 220 years ago, these independent voters hope their elected officials will somehow meet them in the middle. >> i mean, just being here at independence hall and thinking of what happened here a few hundred years ago, this is where our country began, and we just need to take a look at it and go back to our roots and pick up and go forward. >> couric: american voices being heard. if you would like to share your opinion with us, you can go to cbsnews.com and let us hear your voice. still ahead, j.f.k.'s birthday
>> couric: it's an engineering marvel-- a towering new bridge right next to the hoover dam. in fact, it was built so drivers could bypass the dam. time-lapsed video condenses nearly eight years of hard work. the bridge stands nearly 900 feet above the colorado river and cost $240 million. it was dead indicated today and oppose next week.
now a footnote to history. ♪ happy birthday mr. president ♪ . >> couric: marilyn monroe singing to president kennedy in 1962. it turns out a piece of the cake served that night has survived these 48 years. a presidential seal made of icing. a chef gave the lefted over decoration to a new york cop, and now his widow is selling it. the icing, now dried to the consistency of play-doh, is expected to fetch more than $5,000 at auction. it is number 6 on the american film institute's list of the top movie quotes of all time. how many people come up to you and ask you to say, "go ahead, make my day?" >> quite a few. >> couric: is it annoying? >> it's not annoying. but i don't say it. >> couric: would you do it for me? >> go ahead, make my day.
hide" on cbs and we're pleased to welcome him back for our final story tonight. in the nearly half century since "rawhide" eastwood perfected the role of the ultimate tough guy but in recent years has set his directorial sites on the female boxer and the battle of iwo jima. now 80, clint eastwood is still feeling lucky, making movies his way. >> you've got to ask yourself a question. >> couric: he may be the most quoted... >> do i feel lucky? >> couric: ...most imitated. >> make my day. >> couric: ...and most respected man in hollywood. >> get off my lawn. >> couric: it seems the only person hois not impressed with clint eastwood is, well, clint eastwood. >> right turn, clyde. >> i mean, it's not like i'm sitting up with blu-ray at night, and saying hey, hey clint. >> couric: that was damn good. >> i don't dwell on those. i just kind of move on. >> couric: his new movie is
about moving on. "herhereafter scts stars matt dn as a psychic whose ability to connect with the dead keeps him from connecting with the living. the 80-year-old icon contemplates that age-old question... >> what codo you think happens when we die? >> couric: were you inspired at all to do this movie because at 80 and, heck, at 53, you tend to think a little more about your own mortality and what happens next? >> i don't know if that's the case. i think i would have done this story at 40 or 35. because i like the story. i think everybody thinks about it at some point. >> couric: ambivalent about the afterlife, an energetic eastwood is all about the here and now. >> you don't have any trouble... >> couric: "hereafter" is his eighth movie in seven years, five of which he scored himself. >> you know, i think if you enjoy what you're doing, and you learn something new every day,
then you're okay. >> couric: the movie includes a powerful recreation of 2006 tsunami, an uncharacteristically high-tech sequence for the notoriously low-tech director. i understand that nothing bugs you more than two people having dinner on their blackberrys. >> you see it all the time. it's amazing when you start seeing-- you go to a restaurant, and you see two people sitting across from each other and they're going on blackberrys, and you wonder, i wonder if they're just texting each other? you're just missing so much. you're not really absorbing the atmosphere around you or the people around you. >> couric: not living in the moment. >> you're not living in the moment. >> couric: and at the moment, musing about mortality seems easy for a man whose immortality is all but assured. >> whatever your beliefs are in life, i think you have to kind of do the best you can with the life you're given. >> couric: and that is the cbs evening news.