tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS June 25, 2015 6:30pm-7:01pm EDT
>> pelley: millions of americans will keep their health insurance as the supreme court today saves the president's signature law. >> the affordable care act is here to stay. >> pelley: also tonight a second prison worker is arrested in the jail break that has two murderers on the loose. a massive wildfire galloped out of control when a private drone blocked firefighters. and home on the range. can the american bison make a comeback? >> this is pretty close, isn't it? captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: the affordable care act was saved from a devastating blow today when the conservative
chief justice of the united states rescued for the second time the largest part of president obama's legacy. the supreme court ruled that lower-income americans nationwide can continue to receive government subsidies to buy health insurance, which was the main reason for the law to begin with. the president said today, "now obamacare is woven into the fabric of america." >> for all the misinformation campaigns, all the doomsday prediction, all the talk of death panels and job disruption, for all the repeal attempts, this law is now helping tens of millions of americans. >> pelley: the vote at the court was 6-3. chief justice john roberts wrote the opinion for the majority. justice antonin scalia delivered a scathing dissent. our chief legal correspondent jan crawford has more on this. >> reporter: when the word reached the courthouse steps supporters were jubilant.
>> fight fight fight fight. health care is a human right. >> reporter: but in the courtroom, the room was tense as chief justice john roberts summarized the ruling affording billions of dollars of subsidies for americans in every state to buy insurance. congress passed the affordable care act to improve health insurance markets said roberts for the court "now to destroy them." opponents argued congress wrote the law to make tax credits only available to people who buy health insurance through exchanges established by the state, but only 16 states actually created their own exchanges, so that would leave empty handed more than six million people in 34 states who buy insurance and get subsidies through the federal web site healthcare.gov. roberts acknowledged the law continues more than a few examples of inartful drafting, but he said the opponents' approach would lead the a calamitous result and it was implausible that congress meant the act the operate this this --
in this manner. his opinion sparked a blistering dissent by justice antonin scalia, who took the the unusual step of summarizing it from the bench, calling the court's reasoning absurd interpreted jiggery-pokery and pure applesauce. scalia said the law was career and accused the court court of rewriting it once again to get the result it wanted. three years ago the court again upheld by roberts upheld another key provision of obamacare. scalia say the cases together show the discouraging truth that the supreme court of the united states favors some laws over others and is prepared to upholdso] and assist its favorites. said scalia, "we should start calling this law scotus cair." scalia and roberts were in some ways more heated than three years ago when conservatives felt roberts betrayed them for the first time but scott this is the last significant legal threat the obamacare. the fight now moves to the political battlefield.
>> pelley: scotus, of course, short for supreme court of the united states. jan, thank you very much. in a cbs news/"new york times" poll 70% said the supreme court should allow subsidies for health insurance which is what happened. and for the first time, more americans favor the law than oppose it. 47% to 44%. but as jan said, it's not over. all 13 republican presidential candidates vowed to repeal obamacare, and here's nancy cordes. [applause] >> reporter: as democrats cheered, republican candidates raced to show their fury, calling the decision outrageous and an out-of-control act of judicial tyranny. >> i will fight with every breath in my body. >> reporter: texas senator ted cruz called the court "lawless." >> if those justices want to become legislators, i invite them to resign and run for office. that's the appropriate place to write laws on this floor. >> reporter: so far just two of the 13 candidates, florida's
marco rubio and louisiana's bobby jindal have introduced their own plans to replace obamacare. maryland democrat steny hoyer argued today's decision was a gift for both sides. >> the only people happier than we are our are republican colleagues because they've been saved from having to come up with an alternative that they do not have. and they've never had. >> reporter: is he right? were a lot of republicans relieved? >> well, i know i was disappointed in the ruling. >> reporter: senator john barrientos was a republican from wyoming and an orthopedic surgeon. do republicans have any legislative options left at this point? you've tried to repeal or replace all or part of obamacare 50 some times now? >> well, there are a numberiof proposals out there that republicans have introduced that give people more freedom more choice, more control over their own health decisions without washington saying you must do this, you have to buy this kind of insurance. >> reporter: democrats say the g.o.p. plans address some of the
rising costs of health care but don't do much to help the indian river shourd. this is an issue that gets people so fired up on both sides, scott that within minutes of today's decision, candidates had sent out fund-raising e-mails asking for money from their supporters. >> pelley: of course. nancy cordes on capitol hill for us. nancy, thank you. the supreme court will rule any day now on another case that could change america. whether same-sex marriage is constitutional. that ruling could come tomorrow or early next week. there's in sign of those two escaped murderers in new york 20 days after they broke out of a maximum-security prison. but a second prison employee has been arrested, and here's anna werner. >> reporter: investigators say corrections officer gene palmer was an unwitting accomplice in the elaborate escape of richard matt and david sweat. palmer was allegedly given frozen ground beef by coworker joyce mitchell that had hacksaw blades and screwdriver bits
hidden inside. in a sworn statement palmer said mitchell left a package for me to give to inmate matt. i then approached richard matt and passed the hamburger meat with him. mitchell is charged with hiding the tools. district attorney andrew wylie. >> putting hacksaw blades in frozen meat and then bringing into the facility, they had to be very confident in joyce mitchell, in her involvement with them. >> reporter: are you surprised that it's taking this long? >> i am surprised that matt sweat hasn't made more mistakes that have provided us with solid, confirmed leads to identify their trail. >> reporter: the charges against palmer are for giving the men tools in exchange for art, but not to help them escape. authorities say he tried to destroy some of the artwork he was given after the prison break. in a radio interview in 2000, palmer complained about how much corrections officers are paid. >> with the money they pay owe
you'll go bald. you'll have high blood pressure, become an alcoholic, get divorced and kill yourself. >> reporter: palmer's attorney. >> he will continue to cooperate. he wants to see these two captured. >> reporter: palmer also admitted he let sweat have access to the catwalk behind the inmates' cells to enhance their ability to cook. palmer said he did in, in exchange for information on the illegal acts inmates were committing within the facility. late this afternoon palmer's attorney andrew brockway recused himself from the case, saying that it was just too overwhelming for him and his office to handle, and scott, as for that discussion about inmates cooking inside the prison a former employee source told me this afternoon it was not uncommon to see inmates cooking in their cells. >> pelley: anna werner reporting for us. anna, thank you. today the first funerals were held for victims of last week's church shooting in charleston, south carolina. nine people were gunned down
during bible study at emanuel a.m.e. church. tonight at the church you see there, there is a public viewing for the pastor, state senator clementa pinckney. michelle miller is in charleston. >> reporter: family members wept and embraced as they said their final good-byes to ethel lance, the 70-year-old mother of five and grand moir of seven died in the church she served all her life. brandon risher is her grandson. >> you know, most people don't get to represent a symbol in death. she was a victim of hate. and she can be a symbol for love. that's what she was in life. [applause] hate is powerful. but love is more powerful. [applause] >> >> reporter: a few hours later across town 45-year-old sharonda coleman-singleton was also being remembered. singleton died the same night she was ordained as a minister. she was a mother of three a
speech therapist and coach of the girl's track team at goose creek high. khalia gadson says the team affectionately called her coach sugar love because sugar love is what she often called them. >> are we going to be strong enough to go out and run again without her? without her coaching us? do we have the strength to keep going, to keep pushing? we're more than just a track team. we're a family. >> reporter: and the street in front of emanuel a.m.e. church has been blocked so that hundreds of mourners can pay their respects to the reverend and senator clementa pinckney. scott, the reverend's funeral is tomorrow. >> pelley: michelle miller reporting for us in charleston. michelle, thank you. at least four major wildfires are burning tonight in california. drought and strong winds are bad enough but carter evans reports
that firefighters also faced a man-made obstacle. >> you must leave now. >> reporter: the orders came with little warning, but they also came as no surprise to residents who saw flames and smoke approaching their homes in the los angeles suburb of santa clarita. >> i saw fire in my neighbor's backyard. that's when i said, okay, it's time to go. next thing you know, they're banging on my door, "get out get out." >> reporter: air fighters were making progress on wednesday until mike calkins spois flame. >> just flash of orange red and just knew something wasn't part of our operation. >> reporter: firefighters say it was a drone with a four-foot swing span. calkins was if one of two spotter planes flying toward each other at 150mph only 1,000 feet apart when the unexpected aircraft flew right between them. just how close a call was this? >> the aircraft passed within 500 feet. >> reporter: that's less than a second away from a collision so aviation eaton
immediately grounded all fire fighting planes in the area. how hard is it to make the call to pull your planes off the fire? >> it's very difficult. we were building a line up there to hold the fire. we lost about two and a half hours of flight time that would have been another six to eight less of retardent from these aircraft probably another 20,000 to 25,000 gallons on the hill suppressing the fire. >> reporter: air tankers resumed flight operations from here again this morning. they've been dropping retardent on this stubborn wildfire all day long. at the same time sheriff's investigators are trying to determine who was flying the drone, and scott the f.a.a. is also looking into it. >> pelley: carter, thank you. flames shot high outside douglas, arizona last night when an f-16 fighter plane crashed. no word on the cause. the pilot has not been found. he was an iraqi brigadier general in training. the f-16 is one of several planes to be replaced by the
super sophisticated and ultra expensive f-35. and david martin got a rare look. >> reporter: with just weeks left before it is scheduled to go on active duty, the f-35, a supersonic jet fighter that can do this, landed aboard the uss wasessen -- "u.s.s. wasp" for sea trials. brendan walsh has been flying the f-35 for three years but not until now from a ship. >> you don't have much time to makemsure everything well with the airplane. >> how many feet does it take? >> we were taking off with as little as 350 feet. >> reporter: the marines planned on buying 300 f-35s but qus just getting first squad of ten ready to go on time would mark a major milestone for this most complex of aircraft, which runs on 24 million lines of software code. >> it would take 30us minutes sometimes with shutdown, restarts just to get the airplane airborne due to just various software glitches. >> reporter: major aric
liberman says those glitchs have been fixed. >> nowadays we're up and ready with the aircraft in ten minutes. >> reporter: but that half million dollar helmet, which displays all the data the pilot needs on his visor still does not work well at night. when we arrived aboard the wasp some 400 miles off the chest of north carolina, only two of the six f-35s were ready to fly. >> it's been a little bit less than we'd expect. >> reporter: tools and spare parts were flown in and the aircraft were soon repaired, but over a two-week period, 15 missions had to be canceled because of maintenance problems. 106 missions went off as scheduled. >> we're down to crunch time. >> we are. >> reporter: lieutenant general jon davis chief of marine corps aviation, has been shuttling back and forth between the pentagon and the wasp. he is the man who has to make the decision. is the f-35, the most expensive weapons system ever built ready to join the fleet?
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britain doesn't want uber either. >> the main reason for the backlash is much the same across europe. cab drivers like london black cabbies say uber doesn't have to adhere to the same strict regulations that they do. it's simply not a level playing field. uber's fares tend to be cheaper and conventional taxi drivers in europe sometimes pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for an operating license. steve murray told us it took four years to earn his. >> they're not trying at all. all they use is the google app a satellite navigation system, and it tells them what the fare is. >> reporter: and they're cutting into your business? >> nicking loads of it. >> reporter: today's protests were also aimed at the french government to do more to ban the ride-sharing service but uber told us it has no intention of stopping and plans to expand further.
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