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weapon. election night in america. the closely watched race that's being called a referendum on joe biden's presidency. record day on wall street. the dow's big milestone. deadly afghan bombing: isis claims responsibility for a military hospital attack. supply chain crisis: an in-depth look tonight at just what's involved in the journey to get goods from china to american store shelves. and this great american company creates some of the most iconic signs in the nation's capital. what a gain by bringing in more female employees. 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. the president is leaving scotland with two big commitments that he hopes will slow the effects of climate change.
president biden announced today an effort to cut greenhouse gas that significantly contributes to global warming. the president and leaders of nearly 100 nations pledged to cut methane pollution by at least 30% this decade, and that could have a profound impact on the planet. but leaders of two of the world's largest polluters, china and russia, didn't sign the pledge or even show up for the summit. the u.s. is also one of more thn 100 nations agreeing tonight to end and reverse deforestation by 2030. that includes planting trees and using less paper. and as the president tries to reassert american leadership on fighting climate change, there are new developments on his social and environmental agenda here at home, including a deal between democrats on lowering prescription drug prices. cbs' nancy cordes is traveling with the president and leads off our coverage from glasgow. good evening, nancy. >> reporter: good evening, norah. before flying home tonight, the
president said he could not recall two more consequential days for the future of the climate, and he slammed two of his foreign rivals for being notable no-shows here. >> i'm confident we can do this. >> reporter:sp speech here the past two days, the president made ambitious promises to help heal an ailing planet. >> the united states is going to lead by our example. >> reporter: together with other leaders, he pledged to reduce methane emissions worldwide by a third and halt deforestation altogether by 2030. >> we're ending the great chainsaw massacre. >> reporter: but those kinds of changes don't come cheap. >> four billion dollars. initial investment. deploy up to $9 billion. >> reporter: and they require the consent of a divided u.s. congress. how do you convince republicans, and even some democrats, to get behind more spending if they look at this conference and say, "china isn't meeting these global goals. russia doesn't intend to meet these global goals. why should we?"
>> because we want to be able to breathe and we want to be able to lead the world. but the fact that china, china assert, understandably, a new role in the world as a world leader not showing up? come on. same with putin. he has serious, serious climate problems, and he is mum on willingness to do anything. i feel confident we're going to get done what we have to do at home. >> reporter: yet, at home, his party is still struggling to lock in the votes for mr. biden's "build back better" plan, which includes half a trillion dollars worth ofhich ia trillion dollars worth climate measures. >> the white house knew exactly where i stood. >> reporter: today, senator joe manchin from the coal state of west virginia, says he still has concerns that need to be addressed, as another group of democrats struck a deal on a big new provision that would enable medicare to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies to bring down drug prices.
it would also cap out-of-pocket drug costs for seniors at $2,000 a year. >> many of us would have wanted to go much further. but it's a big step in helping the american people deal with the price of drugs. >> reporter: under this compromise, medicare would only be allowed to negotiate down the prices of a handfull of very expensive drugs at first, but, still, it would be the first time. president biden said tonight he is still confident that he will get the support he needs from democrats to pass his bill, though a vote this week, norah, is now looking less likely. >> o'donnell: all right, nancy cordes, thank you very much. we're going to turn now to that breaking news in the fight against covid. the directr of the c.d.c. calls this a monumental day. late today, pfizer's mini-dose of covid vaccine for kids five to 11 years old got a thumbs-up from a c.d.c. advisory panel, and the first shots could be given out within hours. here's cbs' meg oliver. >> reporter: tonight, a final green light from the c.d.c. director will pave the way for vaccinations to begin as early
as tomorrow. >> it doesn't hurt at all. >> it's a historical milestone, and not to put too fine a point on it, i think this is really important for families and children. >> reporter: in a large clinical trial, the vaccine was nearly 91% effective, and almost three out of 10 parents of five to 11- year-olds surveyed said they're eager for their child to get a shot. a third said they will wait to see how the vaccine is working, but nearly a third said they will definitely not get their child vaccinated. how do you convince parents this vaccine is safe and effective for children? >> this is a disease that can cause children to suffer and be hospitalized and die, and it's a disease worth preventing. >> reporter: so far, nearly two million 5 to 11-year-olds have had covid. 8300 of them have been hospitalized. 172 have died. >> the mantra was that children suffer this disease infrequently, and when they suffer it, they suffer it less severely. but the fact is they can suffer
it, and they can suffer it severely. >> reporter: but thanks to families like the chavezes', who enrolled their nine-year-old son, nico, and six-year-old daughter, sofia, in pfizer's clinical trial, a vaccine for 28 million children is now only 28 million children has arrived. >> i thought, i don't want to do this, but i should. >> we know that it's scary, but the choices that we're making aren't only affecting us. they're affecting everybody. >> o'donnell: and meg joins us now. so it's a good time to ask, how are covid cases among children right now? >> reporter: norah, when covid first entered the u.s., only 3% of weekly cases occurred in children. that number is now closer to 25%. and as far as vaccinating kids younger than 5, pfizer expects to have its initial data from their studies before the end of the year, norah. >> o'donnell: some really interesting numbers. meg oliver, thank you. it's election night in america, and polls have closed in virginia, where
the race for governor between democrat terry mcauliffe and republican glenn youngkin has gained national attention. cbs's ed o'keefe reports from virginia. >> reporter: tonight in virginia, republican glenn youngkin holding a slim lead over democrat terry mcauliffe. >> let's bring this baby home! >> reporter: youngkin, the political newcomer and former college basketball player, showed off for reporters today, hoping to sink mcauliffe with a late republican surge to the polls. >> it's election day. we feel pretty-- pretty darn good, i have to say. >> reporter: democrats hope to be in a stronger position, given president biden easily won the state by 10 points just a year ago. he expressed confidence today. >> i think we're going to win in virginia. >> reporter: but a loss could spell trouble in next year's midterms, and pave the way for republicans to win in states without donald trump on the ballot. mcauliffe has relentlessly tried tying youngkin to the former president. >> glenn youngkin is not a reasonable republican. ( applause ) i call him donald trump in khakis. >> reporter: even mcauliffe supporters acknowledged that may
not have been effective. >> that still flames the hate speech a little. is that a good campaign structure, or strategy? i'll leave that to the experts. >> reporter: youngkin has successfully kept his distance from the former president, even declining to join him on a telephone rally last night. >> vote for glenn youngkin. he's a great man. >> reporter: instead, youngkin has seized on growing parental anger with local school boards. >> on day one, we will not have political agendas in the classroom, and i will ban critical race theory. >> reporter: that focus helped win over teacher jacqueline foley. >> every parent has the right to question the public education system, as well as the teacher. >> exit polls tonight show that more virginia voters disapprove than approve of the job president biden is doing, but half of them say it was a factor in their vote, and most say they showed up to vote geagainst what the president
done rather than to support him. a third during >> o'donnell: all right, we'll be watching closely. ed o'keefe, thank you very much. we want to turn now to the murder trial of illinois teenager kyle rittenhouse. the 18-year-old is charged with killing two people and wounding a third during a police brutality protest last year. cbs' nancy chen is at the courthouse in kenosha, wisconsin. >> we're not asking you to solve a mystery in this case. >> reporter: prosecutors argued kyle rittenhouse is responsible for the confrontation that led to him killing two people and injuring a third during protests in kenosha, wisconsin last summer. >> the only person who killed anyone was the defendant, kyle rittenhouse. >> reporter: 17 at the time, he could be sentenced to life in prison for intentional homicide and faces several other charges. rittenhouse had traveled to wisconsin from nearby illinois... >> the park is closed! >> reporter: ...after protesters vandalized property in response to the police shooting of jacob blake. this video was taken the night of the shooting.
>> reporter: rittenhouse claims he was acting in self-defense when he fired his illegally possessed semiautomatic rifle, killing joseph rosenbaum. >> all the defendant needs to do is to raise the issue. the burden then shifts to the prosecution, which must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant did not act in self-defense. >> reporter: protesters chased rittenhouse down after he shot rosenbaum. the crowd included anthony huber, who the defense said had hit rittenhouse with a skateboard, reaching for his gun, and was shot and killed by rittenhouse. another protester shot and wounded. the defense says rittenhouse felt like he was under attack. >> he runs away from him, because he doesn't want the confrontation. he doesn't want trouble. >> reporter: the trial's outcome being watched closely after the
shooting became a political touchpoint with president trump and conservatives rallying to support rittenhouse. and rittenhouse's attorney alluded today that rittenhouse himself would take the stand during this trial, which is expected to last about two weeks, norah. >> o'donnell: nancy chen, thank you. well, it was a record day on wall street. the big three-- the dow, s&p 500, and nasdaq-- all hit record highs, fueled by a surge in tesla shares and big gains for the energy sector. the dow was up nearly 139 points, closing above the 36,000 mark for the first time ever. all right, tonight, we're taking an in-depth look at the global supply chain crisis and why there are so many snags in the chain. cbs' carter evans and ramy inocencio teamed up to track goods on their long trip from china to the u.s. we begin with ramy inocencio in hong kong. hi, ramy. >> reporter: norah, hi. that's right. the early warnings that we're
hearing for american consumers to buy their holiday gifts early really is the result of a perfect storm. the pandemic here in china shuttered a lot of factories, but americans stuck at home and still with money to burn actually bought more goods. add to that, the shortage of containers, ships, and power-- that's both electrical and manmade. the manufacturing metropolis of guangzhou, china is where these high-performance speakers begin their long journey to the united states. on a good day, workers here build and box up 2,000 speakers, as long as the electricity is on. >> if we're shut down for more than 15 minutes, then it creates a headache. >> reporter: american philip robertson runs the factory, and says random power outages plaguing china are costing him time and money. a generator keeps the factory running. >> so electricity from a generator for our application costs me at least four times more per hour. >> reporter: china is trying to
cut carbon emissions, but cuts in coal production have led to record prices. utility companies are not allowed to raise their fees to match. since they can't make money, they stop making electricity. by the time richardson's speakers finally leave the factory and head to a chinese port, there's a different power problem-- man-power. for every two weeks on the job, dock workers spend three weeks off, in quarantine. >> they can be exposed to the covid virus coming in through the supply chain, so that's what china is worried about. >> reporter: one of the world's busiest cargo terminals is right there in mainland china. it is so important to u.s.-china trade because about a quarter of all goods the u.s. buys from china gets processed through this one port. after a two-week journey across the pacific, most container ships end up here. i'm carter evans at the port of
los angeles, when they finally dock and unload, the containers are stacked as far as the eye can see, waiting several days for trucks and trains to carry them across the country. by the time those speakers from china finally land at alto music in middletown, new york-- so all this stuff comes from phil's factory? >> yup. >> reporter: ...months have passed, and c.e.o. jon haber says he is paying a hefty premium for shipping. >> now it costs $25,000. takes 90 days. >> reporter: so it takes longer and costs five times as much. >> what a bargain. it's unbelievable. >> reporter: these tiny electronic components are critical for another one of haber's products. >> this is more valuable than gold to us. >> reporter: but due to shortages overseas... >> i'm sending them to china so they can make my product. >> reporter: and sending it back to you? >> yes. >> reporter: that sounds crazy. >> it's nuts. >> reporter: to avoid losing money, he's already raising prices. do you think they'll come back down? >> i've been doing this 30- something years. i never saw the manufacturer
raise the price-- "we're sorry, we'll bring them back down. once they're up, they're staying." >> reporter: and americans addicted to fast and cheap chinese goods will continue paying higher prices, at least until the backlog here at the port eases. right now, there are 77 container ships just waiting to get in here and unload, and more on the way. norah. >> o'donnell: really fascinating. we should make more of that here in america. all right, thanks, carter. well, tonight, isis is claiming responsibility for the deadly bombing of a military hospital today in kabul. at least 25 people were killed, and more than 50 wounded. isis is a rival of the taliban and has stepped up attacks since the taliban took control of the country in august. all right, still ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news," the federal government tells one michigan city to get the lead out of their water. and, a possible explanation for a wave of mysterious sightings-- yup, look at this-- in the skies over l.a.
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