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announcer: and drive something bigger than yourself. ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: tonight, from the kennedy space center, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the apollo 11 mission, and look ahead to america's future in space. also tonight, a showdown vote in the house over the president's tweets aimed at four democratic congresswomen of color. gayle king sits down exclusively with the members known as "the squad." why attorney general bill barr made the call on whether a cop would face federal charges for a chokehold death. a nationwide heat wave is on the way-- why it could prove deadly for many. and our exclusive interview with amazon c.e.o. and space entrepreneur jeff bezos and
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ambassador caroline kennedy. is it time for a woman? >> long past time! >> o'donnell: a bold new plan to put a woman on the moon. >> this is the cbs news with norah o'donnell, reporting tonight from the kennedy space center. >> o'donnell: good evening. we are coming to you from the very spot where, 50 years ago today, walter cronkite brought america the launch of apollo 11, the mission that put men on the moon. the launch pad is just off there, in the distance. and if the sky is clear where you are tonight, you will see a full moon shining brightly, as if the heavens had planned this fitting tribute to the greatest scientific achievement of all time, one that stands as an inspiration to every other seemingly impossible challenge. if they can put a man on the moon, people say, what can't they do? we'll look back tonight at that historic mission and what's coming ahead in space. but we begin with breaking news right here on earth. tonight, as we come on the air,
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the house of representatives has just approved a resolution to condemn the words of the president of the united states. now, while this has happened in history, this is a less serious reprimand, and it is rare. it comes after the president attacked freshmen house democrats all it comes after the president attacked freshmen house democrats, all women of color in racist tweets. the speaker of the house, nancy pelosi, wants to put republicans on the record for or against the president's comments, and nancy cordes has the latest from capitol hill. nancy? >> reporter: norah, dozens of republicans had publicly criticized his tweets, but in the end only four joined all of the democrats to formally condemn him. >> there is no grey area here. >> reporter: tension on the house floor today as democrats tried to convince their g.o.p. colleagues to condemn the president, with immigrant lawmakers taking the lead. >> i came to this country from cuba at the age of 11.
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>> i was born in ecuador. >> i emigrated from mexico. >> i'm proud to be an immigrant, and i'm proud to be an american. >> reporter: the resolution takes aim at mr. trump's claim that four women of color should "go back to where they came from," even though three of them were born here. >> if i was white, people would not tell me to go back to china. >> reporter: the four-page resolution "strongly condemns president donald trump's racist comments, that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new americans and people of color." on twitter today, the president insisted, "i don't have a racist bone in my body!" >> it's about time we lowered the temperature all across the board. >> reporter: the senate's top republican tried to steer the conversation back to safer waters. do you think that the president would be more likely to tone down his rhetoric if republican leaders like yourself spoke out more forcefully against it? >> well, i think i've just said,
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i think everybody ought to tone down their rhetoric. >> reporter: but you've stopped short of calling his comments "racist." >> well, the president is not a racist. >> reporter: but none of it dissuaded president trump, who lashed out at the four freshmen lawmakers for the third straight day. >> it's my opinion, they hate our country. >> reporter: he hammered what he called their "filthy, vile, hateful and disgusting lies," without going into specifics. >> i have a list of things here said by the congresswomen that is so bad, so horrible, that i almost don't want to read it. >> reporter: g.o.p. leaders have been urging their members all day to vote against they said it was all politics and that it was time to turn the page. that may be, norah, be why so few republicans at the end of the day decided to work with
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democrats. >> o'donnell: looks like republicans held the line. thank you, nancy cordes, on capitol hill. late this afternoon, "cbs this morning's" gayle king sat down with the four congresswomen the president targeted. and it's the first time the four women, known as "the squad," have been interviewed together. >> reporter: what did you think when you heard the tweet? >> i'm dealing with the biggest bully i've ever had to deal with in my lifetime, and trying to push back on that, and trying to do the job we've all been sent here to do which is centered around the people at home. this is a distraction. this is a person that really wants to vilify. as many of my sisters and i have been talking about, it is very much a distraction getting us unfocused. people want us focused on the policy, not this. >> o'donnell: do you feel enough republicans have spoken up against the president? >> absolutely not. >> reporter: what message does that send? >> that the normalization of it, the fact that it's against our core american values, that
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they're choosing him over country. >> o'donnell: and there's going to be more of gayle's exclusive interview with the four democratic congresswomen tomorrow on "cbs this morning." cbs news has learned william barr made the ultimate call not to bring federal charges today against a white new york city police officer in the chokehold death of eric garner, a man whose last words were "i can't breathe." jeff pegues tonight on barr's decision, and the anguish it's causing his family. >> but he was killed on the streets! >> reporter: moments after hearing the decision, eric garner's daughter stormed out of the federal courthouse. >> federal court don't want to prosecute, nobody wants to hold nobody accountable! >> reporter: five years ago tomorrow, n.y.p.d. police officers confronted eric garner over allegations he was illegally selling cigarettes in staten island. the arrest was captured by a cell phone camera. within seconds, officer daniel panteleo had wrapped his arms
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around garner's neck. >> i can't breathe! i can't breathe! >> reporter: garner's cries of "i can't breathe" 11 times are among the last words he spoke before his death. today, federal prosecutors said the videotape alone was not enough to prove the officers had committed a federal crime. >> the evidence here does not support charging police officer daniel panteleo or any other officer with a federal criminal civil rights violation. >> reporter: garner's mother, gwen carr, has called for the officers to be held accountable. >> this is an outrage, an insult to injury. you killed my son. and you won't get away with it. >> o'donnell: jeff pegues joins us now. so, why did the attorney general have to make this decision? >> reporter: well, we learned today that the civil rights division within d.o.j. wanted to bring charges in this case, but the eastern district of new york did not. and ultimately, a.g. barr, after
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watching the video tape multiple times, sided with e.d.n.y. norah, it is important to know that there is a separate n.y.p.d. internal investigation into officer panteleo's actions. commissioner james o'neill will decide if the officer should be fired, likely by the end of next month. >> o'donnell: jeff pegues, thank you. a break tonight in the murder of a beloved civil rights activist in baton rouge, louisiana. police there arrested 38-year- old, ronn bell, who rented a property owned by sadie roberts- joseph. they say he owed her about $1,200 in rent. roberts-joseph, who was 75, founded an african american history museum in her hometown. her body was discovered last friday in the trunk of her car. and there is new trouble with iran tonight. the iranians apparently seized a foreign oil tanker on sunday. they claim it had requested assistance. now, this happened as the top u.s. military commander for the middle east flew to the region,
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and our david martin is the only network correspondent traveling with him. >> reporter: general frank mckenzie boarded his plane for a trip to the persian gulf, just as news was breaking that iran had seized an oil tanker. the ship, called the "riah," is reportedly owned by the united arab emirates and was seen being escorted by iranian naval vessels. at last report it was at anchor off an iranian island. >> i've got nothing more than just the initial reports on that. obviously we would take that very seriously. >> reporter: mckenzie stopped today in oman, whose territorial waters extend into the strait of hormuz. he is counting on u.s. shows of force like the aircraft carrier "lincoln" and b-52 bombers to keep iran from bringing the boat into the strait. >> our ability to bring forces into the theater, it's an act to deter them. we're in a period where they're recalculating and sort of trying to gauge our intent. >> reporter: this latest
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incident came ten days after british royal marines seized an iranian tanker that was about to enter the mediterranean in what officials believe was an attempt to smuggle oil to syria. iran vowed to retaliate and, last week, attempted to seize a british tanker in the strait of hormuz, but a british warship intervened and warned the iranians away. that's the gulf of oman out there, norah. about 50 tankers pass through here today going in and out of the persian gulf, and every one of them is a potential target for iran. >> o'donnell: all right, incredible reporting, david martin, from oman. thank you. more than a few politicians have promised us the moon, but john f. kennedy delivered. and, though he did not live to see the success of apollo 11, this launch complex here in florida is named in his honor. mark strassmann tells us the future of space includes a promise to return to the moon, possibly as early as 2024, on the way to mars. looks like apollo frome orion
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outside mockup here at the space center. orion, nasa's new spaceship, looks like apollo from the outside, but neil armstrong wouldn't recognize what's inside. >> come on down. >> reporter: mark, nasa's orion program manager, showed us there's room for four astronauts, not three. a half century of technological advances, solar cell power, guidance and navigation sensors, and this control panel. >> three identical displays. you can put any display on any one of the panels. >> reporter: nasa wants an s.l.s. rocket, the most powerful ever, to launch orion to the moon. but orion and s.l.s. are years behind schedule and billions over budget. michael collins rode to the moon on apollo 11. >> we should now be planning for a visit to mars. a trip to mars makes apollo look like child's play. >> reporter: mars is nasa's ultimate goal.mutes
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long-term living on the red planet. for example, every communication is delayed 20 minutes to reflect the time lag communicating between mars and earth. a moon landing would only be a stepping stone. >> this time when we go, though, we're going to stay. >> reporter: nasa administrator jim says sustainability is paramount, harvesting the moon's resources, including it's water ice. >> we'll prove the technology and then take the technology and capability on to mars. >> reporter: on to mars, but nasa has never laid out a plan of how to get there. the cost would be astronomical, clearly out of this world, but, norah, first they have to find a way to get back to the moon. >> o'donnell: all right, mark strassmann, thank you. still ahead on the "cbs evening news," from the kennedy space center, our exclusive interview with amazon's c.e.o. and space entrepreneur jeff bezos. he may play a critical role getting back to the moon.
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>> o'donnell: america's new hope to return to the lunar surface is called artemis, the greek goddess of the moon and the twin sister of apollo. we talked about the future of space travel in exclusive interviews with president kennedy's daughter caroline, and with amazon c.e.o. and space entrepreneur jeff bezos. nasa has plans to put the first woman on the moon in the next decade, and bezos hopes his moon lander will be on that mission. jeff, do you imagine that blue origin will be the first company that returns us to the moon? >> we're going to be, i hope, an instrumental part of it in cooperation with dozens of companies and governments. >> o'donnell: it's all part of a big push to return to the moon. what do you think happened since we haven't landed someone on the moon since 1972? did we stop caring, stop dreaming? >> my own feeling is that was such an audacious project that, when it was finished, the resources to sustain it just weren't available. >> o'donnell: it was the early 1960s at the height of the cold war.
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the soviets were the first in space... >> this nation should commit itself. >> o'donnell: ...but president kennedy was determined to beat them to the moon. >> of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth. >> i think he really saw it as a way to mobilize our country in service of something that would advance freedom and benefit humanity. >> i guarantee there were a lot of people at nasa that day were gulping, we're going to what? because that was an incredible challenge. >> o'donnell: how important is presidential leadership? >> well, i guess it depends on what president and where they're leading us. >> o'donnell: the trump administration's goal is to get us back to the moon in the next five years. >> rich guys seem to like rockets. >> o'donnell: but the relationship between president trump and bezos at times can seem light years apart. jeff, do you need the support of the president? >> to go back to the moon in the time frame that the administration wants to do it, we absolutely need the support of the government. >> o'donnell: caroline, is it time for a woman to step foot on the moon? >> of course it is, it is long past time.
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>> o'donnell: and time may be running out on planet earth, which is why bezos says space exploration is critical to our survival. >> we are in the process of destroying this planet. this is blue moon. >> o'donnell: he envisions a day when all pollution-causing industry is moved to the moon. >> eventually it will be much cheaper and simpler to make really complicated things in space and then send those objects back down to earth. >> o'donnell: how soon could that happen? >> i would think a time frame of hundreds of years. >> o'donnell: caroline, is that imaginable to you? >> well, if i keep hearing jeff say it, then i am beginning to be able to imagine it. >> o'donnell: blue origin and the other space companies are ramping up operations on the florida space coast right here where history was made 50 years ago. >> lift off on apollo 11. >> the only reason that we can do the things that we can do today is because we are, in fact, standing on the shoulders of giants. >> they've got the flag up now. >> all those things that came before are what make it possible to go do these amazing things. >> beautiful, just beautiful.
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>> o'donnell: let's hope so. we'll take you on a trip back in time to show you what everybody was watching on tv a half century ago. s7ñi
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this is jan crawford reporting on justice john paul stevens died food due to complications following a stroke. according to the supreme court in 1975 by president gerald ford, by his retirement in 2010, stevens had become one of the court's most liberal members. a navy code breaker, he published a memoir on his life. he said the kurt's biggest mistake was bush vs. gore that handed the presidency to george w. bush.
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in his retirement stevens had become outspoken calling for the repeal to have the second amendment and abolishing the death penalty. he also then initially said then judge brett cavanaugh was not qualified for the supreme court. originally he said he was doing a good job as justice. he brought kindness, hue multi, wisdom and independence. his unrelented commitment to justice has left us a better nation. he was 99 years old.
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>> o'donnell: tonight, something extraordinary. the moon has orbited the earth 669 times since the apollo 11 mission in july of 1969. an astounding 94% of americans with their tvs on watched the coverage. most of the sets were black and white. only a third of u.s. households had color, and most were turned to cbs and walter cronkite. >> this is cbs news color coverage of man on the moon. we are counting down toward the launch of the apollo 11. >> o'donnell: to cover the mission to the moon, cbs circled the earth. >> this is peter in paris. >> from seattle.
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>> square in amsterdam. >> more than 3,000 reporters assigned here-- >> o'donnell: cbs news space correspondent david schoumacher was there. >> you know, i was just another tourist down there. >> we have a liftoff. >> when the launch went, everybody stood up. and walter had devised his little catch phrase, "go baby go," and the whole crowd of 500 v.i.p.s were shouting "go baby go." >> o'donnell: with the astronauts on their way the coverage would shift to cbs space headquarters in new york. >> we were learning at the same time we were broadcasting. >> joe banow was the director. his job: explaining each stage of that very complicated eight- day mission. >> it shows the docking probe. >> with space age graphic simulations that rivaled reality. >> this is the evil genius behind the cbs coverage. >> the place is the lunar surface. >> today, there's still people going around swearing that we never went to the moon, that it was all joe banow that did it
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all in the studio. >> o'donnell: but the actual moon mission stole the show. >> 30 seconds-- >> o'donnell: four days after the launch, more than half a billion people around the earth looked toward the heavens. >> tranquility base here, the eagle has landed. >> there was a great cheer in the studio. >> i couldn't do that. i was calling my shots. and then suddenly, i see wally moving his hand, and i cut to him. he had a tear in his eye. i say, walter! so i grabbed that shot. walter was just rubbing his hands this way. >> wally, say something, i'm speechless. >> o'donnell: and that is the "cbs evening news" for tonight. i'm norah o'donnell at the kennedy space center in florida. i'll be back at 10:00, 9:00 central, with our cbs special "man on the moon." have a good evening. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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