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>> it's designed for addiction. >> o'donnell: afghan evacuees. our first look inside an army base where more than 12,000cuee, the first look ins afghans are staying after fleeing their homeland. "eye on america." what climate change is doing to the great lakes region. >> reporter: so, this is the road to nowhere. >> it is. >> o'donnell: tonight, the fear it could happen next in cities like chicago, milwaukee, and detroit. volcanic eruption. hawaii's mount kilauea sends lava as high as 100 feet. and, meet the afghan baby lifted to safety by a u.s. marine in afghanistan. we'll introduce you to her family. this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. >> o'donnell: good evening, to our viewers in the west, and thank you for joining us on this busy thursday here in the nation's capitol.
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with just hours before the deadline, congress voted to avoid a shutdown. and, while that's good news, the crisis for the democratic party remains. that's because president biden's domestic agenda is on the line. progressives in the house say they won't vote for the bipartisan infrastructure plan, to spend a trillion dollars to fix our nation's roads, rails, and bridges, unless a much bigger social safety net bill is passed at the same time. now, that $3.5 trillion bill includes programs like childcare, universal pre-k, and other initiatives. there is a joke here in washington that creating legislation is like making sausage, and tonight, the white house press secretary points out, it's messy. right now there's plenty of talk and no hint of a compromise. we're going to break down all the moving parts with our team, starting with cbs' nikole killion, who leads us off from the capitol. good evening, nikole. >> reporter: good evening, norah. and avoiding a government shutdown was the least of lawmakers' worries today as they now deal with another major deadline to try to deliver on one of president biden's key
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priorities. >> the motion is adopted. >> reporter: on the brink of a possible shutdown, the house and senate passed a bill to keen the government open through passed a bill to keep the government open thro december 3, sparing thousands of federal workers from being furloughed. >> the last thing the american people need is for the government to grind to a halt. >> reporter: instead, intransigence over infrastructure threatened to stall president biden's agenda. >> the way the president sees it is that this is an ongoing discussion, an ongoing negotiation. >> reporter: house democrats spent the better part of the day trying to round up votes to make good on a $1.2 trillion bipartisan bill, to pay for shovel-ready projects to repair roads, rails, and bridges. >> i plan on moving forward in a positive way, and everybody has to think that this is the path we're on. >> reporter: progressives maintain their opposition to the measure until a larger social spending package, that encompasses everything from climate to childcare, can get
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done in both chambers. >> we are ready to do whatever we can to deliver the entirety of the president's agenda. >> reporter: but they want to keep the price tag at $3.5 trillion, butting heads with moderate senators like arizona's kyrsten simema and west virginia's joe manchin, who says he won't go above $1.5, a number he says he's floated to the president and democratic leaders.nd dem what do you say to people who say you and senator sinema are holding this whole thing up? >> i don't know what you mean. senator sinema are holding this we only have 50 votes. basically, take whatever we don't-- aren't able to come to >> we don't have 50 an agreement with today, and take that on the campaign trail next year. >> if the senator thinks electing more democrats is how you get it done, then that is something he should state to the president, because this is the president's agenda. >> reporter: this evening, democratic aides are huddled with white house advisors to try to craft a compromise that will satisfy all sides. and if that happens, that coulds potentially pave the way for a
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vote on that smaller infrastructure package tonight. norah. >> o'donnell: nikole killion, thank you. and we want to bring in cbs' major garrett. and so, major, people want to know what's going on. i mean, on this issue, the president's big agenda, it's democrats in his own party that are foiling things. >> reporter: right, and the big picture is, huge agenda, small majorities for the democrats. razor-thin in the house, 50/50 in the senate, which means democrats have to lock arms. defections mean defeat. progressives in the house have the power to kill the infrastructure bill, and moderate democrats in the senate, joe manchin, kyrsten sinema, have the power to kill the build back better agenda. house democratic leaders and senate democratic leaders are like, can't we skip all that part? can't we just skip the near-death experience? huddle together and build something out that is close to what the president has proposed and satisfies everyone? that's the big problem, norah. you can't satisfy all democrats right now. there's still quarrels. >> o'donnell: so, there's a lot. this would be historic anyway. you know, fixing roads and bridges and rails and high-speed
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internet, over $1 trillion, it's amazing republicans and democrats agree on that. so why isn't president biden out there lobbying on this other package, his own party? >> so you have two pieces of legislation-- infrastructure and build back better, norah. both are more popular in the polls than president biden currently is. he's about 43%, they're both about 60%. so he needs them to pass, to lift himself up. why? because he's taken an hit on afghanistan, inflation, border crisis, pandemic. so he's sort of letting the legislative process build out, deferring to nancy pelosi, the speaker, chuck schumer, the majority leader in the senate, to work it out. fearing that if he gets too involved, he'll pull these things down in popularity, not enhance them. he needs them to lift him up. so he and the white house are quietly trying to urge them to compromise, but not using the big guns of the bully pulpit of the white house, because they're not sure it would work. >> o'donnell: all right, let's see how it turns out. major garrett, thank you. well, tonight, the national school board association is taking extraordinary action, sending an s.o.s. to the white house and law enforcement. members have been berated at meetings and threatened online over covid safety protocols.
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here's cbs jeff pegues. >> no more masks! no more masks! >> reporter: school board officials are calling for help tonight... >> you ( bleep ) cowards! >> reporter: ...following increasingly violent incidents like this in minnesota. a man complimenting school board members during a debate over masks, who is then charged by an unmasked man. writing to president biden, the national school boards' association asked for help investigating the violent incidents, and suggested the f.b.i. monitor threats to board members, likening these heinous actions to domestic terrorism. >> the impact of the pandemic on public schools is creating all this heightened rhetoric around the nation, and unfortunately, in some places, it's leading to threats and actual incidents of violence. >> reporter: former nevada school board member kurt thigpen said that he resigned after the constant harassment over email, phone, and social media made him think about suicide. he cited the january 6th insurrection as a trigger for the unruly behavior.
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>> they were coming after me and my colleagues consistently, every day, through multiple mediums. they saw me as a targe >> reporter: the white house responding today to the school board letter, saying that they are looking at what more the administration can do. >> and obviously these threats to school board members is horrible. they're doing their jobs. >> reporter: obviously, local police are still going to have a presence at these very contentious, sometimes violent school board meetings, but what school officials nationwide want is for the feds to provide some level of intel that will give them some sense of what kind of threats are heading their way. norah. >> o'donnell: jeff pegues, thank you. social media giant facebook is under fire, and today, a top executive was in the senate hot seat over a recent report that showed facebook's instagram app can be toxic for teens, especially girls. we get more now from cbs' carter evans.
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>> instagram is that first childhood cigarette. >> facebook is in the process of hiding. >> reporter: in a rare show of bipartisanship, lawmakers hammered facebook... >> how can parents trust you? >> reporter: ...using the company's own data against it. leaked researched indicated about a third of teen girls, who already feel bad about their bodies, say facebook's instagram makes them feel even worse. >> this research is a bombshell. >> this research is a bombshell. i ask you to commit that you will make-- full disclosure-- all of the thousands of pages of documents. >> we are looking for ways to release more research. >> reporter: facebook's global head of security antigone davis testified a day after the company did release more research, showing that roughlye research 40% of users in the u.s. say their ideas of a perfect image, feeling attractive, and having enough money started on instagram. she says lawmakers are focusing on the wrong information.
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>> we found that more teen girls actually find instagram helpful than not. >> reporter: today, senator t foa faar-oenthal said his >> within a day, its recommendations were exclusively filled with accounts that promote self-injury and eating disorders. >> it can make me feel pretty insecure, and not very confident in my own body. >> reporter: 17-year-old destinee ramos joined instagram when she was in eighth grade. could you stop it if you wanted to? >> i think i could, but i think i would not like it at all. >> it's designed for addiction. >> reporter: tristan harris is a tech ethicist. >> instagram focuses on bodies and lifestyles. that creates these feelings of social comparison. right now, this business model is cancerous for teenage mental health. >> reporter: and next week, a whistle blower is expected to testify. it could expose more about what facebook knew, when they knew it, and what they did about it. earlier this week, the company
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paused development on a new instagram app aimed at kids 10 to 12 years old. norah. >> o'donnell: yeah, and first that whistle blower is going to be on "60 minutes." carter evans, thank you. fewer undocumented immigrants will face arrest, under new rules unveiled today by the biden administration. authorities are now being told to pursue only those migrants who have entered the u.s. illegally since last november, or those considered a threat to public safety. that's a major change from the trump policy of apprehending anyone in this country illegally. all right, tonight we're getting our first look inside a u.s. military base that's housing evacuees from afghanistan. it's one of eight bases helping more than 60,000 afghans resettle. cbs's nancy chen reports on how their lives have changed since fleeing their homeland. >> reporter: surrounded by miles of farm and corn fields, this is where life in america begins for nearly 13,000 afghan evacuees. today we were allowed inside
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fort mccoy in wisconsin, which houses the largest afghan evacuee population in the u.s. it's a chance for a life of freedom, after desperately escaping the brutal rule of the taliban. >> reporter: 24-year-old farzana mohammadi is ready for her new future. a former member of the afghan women's paralympic wheelchair basketball team, she believes, if she stayed, life as she knew it would have been over. >> reporter: many families arrive with nothing but the clothes on their backs. base officials say there's now ample access to donated clothing, english classes, and healthcare, including 29,000 covid shots over the past five days. 1,500 soldiers provide security. earlier this month, two evacuees were charged with assault and sexual abuse.
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>> reporter: the amanis fled kabul with their five children. now, 24-year-old najibullah teaches a boxing class for men and women on base as the family hopes for a better future. and at this point, there's not a clear timeline on when these families will be able to leave families for their permanent homes, but they are expected to resettle across the country, norah. >> o'donnell: all right, nancy chen, thank you. well, tonight, we're taking an in-depth look at the effects of climate change on america's great lakes. a new study finds children born today will feel nearly three times the severe impacts of climate change than their grandparents, as droughts, floods, and storms increase in intensity. now, this is forcing the 26 million americans who live along the five great lakes to come up with unique solutions. cbs' ben tracy has tonight's "eye on america"-- the great change along the great lakes.
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>> reporter: you aot g beaere. the force really xa >> reporter: when you live along a great lake named superior, you never forget who has the upper hand. ( wave crashing ) >> and the lake wins every time. >> reporter: dennis stachewicz is planning director for the city of marquette, on michigan's upper peninsula. so, this is the road to nowhere. >> it is. >> reporter: this shattered stretch of road used to be lakeshore boulevard. >> lake erosion really got the best of it, but ultimately it failed, because nature caught up with us. >> reporter: the solution was expensive. nearly $3 million to rebuild the road 300 feet away from its increasingly unpredictable neighbor. >> the intensity of the storms have really increased. >> reporter: more intense storms
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fueled by climate change are battering shorelines and cities throughout the great lakes, pulling the land right out from under some homes. >> cities like chicago, milwaukee, detroit, cleveland, they all have to adapt to this. >> reporter: melissa scanlan is director of the center for water policy at the university of wisconsin-milwaukee. the city sits on another great lake-- michigan-- which has swung from record low water levels in 2013 to record highs the past few years. so it's normal for the great lakes to rise and fall. how is that cycle changing? >> the highs are getting higher and the lows are getting lower. i'm most concerned about flooding, and sewage contaminating the drinking water supply for millions of people. >> reporter: when intense storms overwhelm milwaukee's storm water systems, sewage can get dumped into lake michigan. >> and what we're trying to do is, instead of speeding up the
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water, slow it down. >> reporter: kevin shafer runs the area's sewage district. it is replacing concrete channels built in the 1960s with more natural creeks to try to prevent future flooding. do you think cities around the great lakes are prepared for what's coming? >> none of us are. >> reporter: but with access to so much fresh water, the great lakes region is still considered something of a climate haven. dennis stachewicz says, with the right solutions, they hope to weather the storm. >> change is occurring, and we probably need to prepare for it. >> reporter: for "eye on america," ben tracy, cbs news, marquette, michigan. >> o'donnell: and there is still much ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news." three years after it destroyed hundreds of homes, hawaii's mount kilauea is erupting again. and, the story of a california beach and reversing the tide of racism. he tide of racism. s keep going. shopping for the game can be a minefield for young homeowners who have turned into their parents. can you believe how many different types of water
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for now, lava is staying within the crater, and the only threat to people in the area is high levels of volcanic gas. you may recall, kilauea destroyed more than 700 homes when it erupted for months back in 2018. all right, tonight, a stretch of southern carolina beach has been returned to the descendants of its rightful owners. bruce's beach, once a thriving resort for black families, was owned by willa and charles bruce until it was seized by the town of manhattan beach in 1924. historical records show the beach was taken only because its owners, and those who used it, were black. well, coming up next-- remember this baby handed to a marine in afghanistan? well, we found her. how her family plans to honor those who saved her.
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the baby's name is liya. her father, hamid, is on the other side, about to see his daughter for the first time. he missed her birth because he was assisting the u.s. with evacuations, unable toausee was assisting the leave the airport. how long did you get to hold her? >> two minutes, maybe. >> reporter: hamid says he handed liya over to another soldier, then focused on saving his wife, sadia. during her dangerous journey to escape the country, the taliban had robbed her of absolutely everything, even her shoes. >> that day, i handed over my baby to a total stranger, but the only thing i trusted was that he was a marine, and my daughter would be fine. >> reporter: liya is fine now. she's eight weeks old, safe in phoenix with her parents. they don't have much more than the clothes on their backs, but they certainly have their treasure. >> reporter: what do you think you'll tell her, when she's old enough? >> i will tell her she's a fighter. ( laughter ) she made it through the worst of the times, the beginning of her life.
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so that's why i'm thinking to put "marine" as her middle name. ( laughter ) >> reporter: jared dillingham, for cbs news, phoenix. >> o'donnell: marine as her middle name. what a beautiful tribute. we'll be right back. we'll be right back. it's the #1-used flu vaccine for people 65 and older. fluzone high-dose quadrivalent is the only vaccine approved by the fda for superior flu protection in adults 65+. i'm not letting my guard down. fluzone high-dose quadrivalent isn't for people who've had a severe allergic reaction to any flu vaccine or vaccine component, including eggs or egg products. tell your health care professional if you've ever experienced severe muscle weakness after receiving a flu shot. people with weakened immune systems including those receiving therapies that suppress the immune system, may experience lower immune responses. vaccination may not protect everyone. side effects include pain, redness, and/or swelling where you got the shot, muscle ache, headache, and general discomfort.
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tomorrow. good night. right now at 7:00, a big bay area school district could issue a sweeping new vaccine mandate in a minute. the clock is ticking down in the capital right now to the end of some key pandemic protections. today is the final day of an underwhelming water year. i show you how the drought conditions have changed over the last 365 days. we are all being told to conserve every last drop of water, so why are thousands of gallons being flushed down is in is a storm drain every single day?
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we get some answers. they've spent time and money hardening their homes against wildfires, so why are so many insurance companies still driving a hard bargain? >> it went from $900 a year to $9000. befo it gets better. get worse we go inside a massive multi-million-dollar drug bust in the east bay. in a legal empire exposed. right now at 7:00 and streaming on cbsn bay area, the west contra costa school board meeting in richmond as we speak to consider a districtwide vaccine mandate for eligible students, staff, and volunteers. it would join oakland, hayward, and piedmont, which passed vaccine mandates last week. we have a reporter at that meeting. we will let you know what comes out of it tonight at 11:00. the pandemic related deadlines are living all over the place tonight. in san jose, all city workers must be vaccinated as of today. medical and religious exemptions are allowed with a negative covid test. also today, the deadline for california healthcare workers


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