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but just a multimillionaire movie star. >> imagine the insurance i have to take out on every actor. >> i will be captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: there's a lot of news to cover tonight. the rising tensions with russia, as president biden is forced to clean up his comments about an invasion spool ukraine. plus our visit to the white house to speak to president biden's chief of staff. year two to have the biden presidency starts with a clarification from the president. >> any assembled russian units move across the ukrainian border, that is an invasion. >> o'donnell: did president biden give a green light to president putin to invade ukraine? we put tough questions to the president's chief of staff. we're reporting from inside ukraine tonight, with mu nick pictures of russia toupes amassing on the border. what the u.s. is sending to deter putin. trump investigation. a prosecutor in georgia asks a
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special grand jury to find out if the 45th presidents tried to change the results. >> fellas, i need 11,000 votes. >> o'donnell: plus why congress wants to speak to ivanka trump. arctic blast, frigid temperatures, snow and freezing rain expected from texas to virginia. are you one of the millions of americans preparing for the bitter winter weather? covid vaccine for young kids, the news tonight from dr. fauci about when children under five might be able to get a shot. the great outdoors, the program helping america's children and their mental health. and a really great story tonight honoring america's greatest generation, with a new tribute to the tuskegee airmen. this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. >> o'donnell: good evening, and thank you for joining us. we're going to begin tonight with year one to have the biden administration -- of the biden
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administration and the challenges that lie ahead for year two, from rising inflation and congressional gridlock to a still surging pandemic and the russia-ukraine crisis. despite early legislative wins such as passage of the bipartisan infrastructure package and record job creation, the president has recently come up short on several of his biggest priorities. last night the president suffered his latest legislative defeat with the voting rights bill after senate democrats failed to make changes to the filibuster rule. meanwhile, members of the administration spent most of today trying explain comments president biden made about russian aggression to ukraine yesterday during his mar than news conference. the majority of americans think the nation is headed in the wrong direction. what can he do to right the ship? nancy cordes joins us. >> reporter: poll numbers have prompted a re-think the white house about how the president should approach year two. it could involve scaling back
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some of his biggest goals and spending more time reassuring americans about challenges like covid, inflation, and russian aggression. >> any assembled russian units move across ukrainian border, that is an invasion. >> reporter: president biden started his second year in office today with a clarification, after suggesting yesterday that he might let a small attack on ukraine slide. >> it's one thing if it's a minor incursion and we end up having to fight about what to do and not do, et cetera -- >> reporter: on this one-year anniversary, the white house is touting an unemployment rate that plummet eds to 3.9%, a vaccination rate that's risen to 63% and, yet, the president's huge social spending bill is stalled in the senate and his voting rights bill was defeated last night. at his press conference yesterday, mr. biden made waves when he appeared to question the integrity of the upcoming
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midterm elections. >> i'm not saying it's going to be legit. >> reporter: that prompted another clarification. >> he was outintending to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the 2020 election. >> reporter: republicans marked a one-year anniversary with a list of everything that's gone wrong. >> the afghanistan withdrawal was truly a disaster. >> inflation is the highest it has been in 40 years. >> long lines, empty shelves. >> reporter: all that is taking a toll. a new a.p. poll finds just 28% of americans currently want mr. biden to run again in 2024. >> i thought he would be doing better at this point. >> reporter: andrew lupowitz is a marketing executive and biden's supporter from grapevine, texas. he thinks mr. biden tried to do a little too much in year one. >> i think it was very ambitious, and i don't think have anything against ambition, but i think -- i think reality got in the way. >> reporter: you think he bit off more than he could chew? >> i think so. >> reporter: the white house
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appears to have heard that message because the president is already openly musing about ways that he could break down his signature $2 trillion build back better social spending bill into more manageable chunks that might have a better chance of passing in congress. norah. >> o'donnell: nancy, thanks. and we went to the white house today to ask president biden's chief of staff ron klain about that and rising tensions with russia and whether those economic threats against putin are working. prbt said of the russian president, my guess is he will move into ukraine. does u.s. intelligence support that? >> i think we're quite concerned about it, and what the president was doing yesterday and again today when he reiterated it was making it very clear that if president putin makes this mistake, if he brings these assembled troops he has across the border into ukraine, there will be severe consequences, economic consequences from the united states and our n.a.t.o. allies. >> o'donnell: the president
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keeps threatening historic consequences but ukraine is surrounded, russian amphibious ships are headed there. does this threat work? it doesn't seem like it's a threat to putin. >> well, i think it is a threat. we'll see what happens, what president putin decides, if he vie lathe the international norms, 23 he upsets the regime that's existed in europe for decades vrpting international borders. the pain and consequences will be severe. we can make mr. president make the regime the russia may a price for this action if that's what he does. >> reporter: does paying a price include personally sanctioning president putin. >> i'm going to let the president and our national security team lay out the sanction also at the appropriate time but i think nothing on the economic side safety table and the consequences will be quite se vier for the russian regime. >> o'donnell: including for president putin himself? >> i'm not going to get ahead of the announcement on the sanctions. we'll take it at the appropriate
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time. >> o'donnell: there are other very aggressive moves, cyber attacks, other aggressive acts, will those be met with severe consequences. >> those are different than a military invasion, the consequences will be different but they will be met with appropriate and harsh consequences. >> o'donnell: i want to ask you about the weekly job numbers out too. >> yeah. >> o'donnell: americans collecting unemployment is up for the third week in a row. does that concern you. >> we always go up a little bit after new year's. people get let go from seasonal jobs. first of all, the ifortsd still at an historically chloe level. 3.9% unemployment, the fastest one-year drop in the history of the country, so the job market is very very strong. >> o'donnell: the president conceded build back better is going to have to change, may have to be broken up in chunks. is build back better now build back smaller? >> i think build back better is about delivering the relief the people need, the things the president was talking about yesterday, the cost of childcare, elder care and prescription drugs is too high.
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>> o'donnell: you can't get that all done, you've already learned that. the president side climate change, so can you also get the childcare and universal pre-k. >> we think we can get the key elements passed by the senate. they've passed the house, we need to get them through the senate. obviously it's not done till it's done. >> o'donnell: ron klain, thank you. >> thank you, norah, appreciate it. >> o'donnell: well, the ukrainians themselves weren't happy with president biden's comments. president zelensky had a pointed tweet today saying "there are no minor incursions just as there are no minor casualties." cbs's holly williams is in ukraine where tensions are reaching a critical level. >> it's bigger than a don flood victim between two countries, it's bigger than russia and n.a.t.o. >> reporter: with new satellite images showing the roughly 100,000 russian troops massed on ukraine's border, in berlin the secretary of state promised a swift severe response if russia invades. >> it may seem like a distant
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regional dispute or another example of russian bullying, but at stake again are principles that made the world safer. >> reporter: russia claims it's threatened by aggression from the west and it's demanding security garn teas to diffuse this crisis, including a ban on ukraine joining n.a.t.o. that's something the u.s. says it will never agree to. ruia says has nons to invade ukraine, while some believe russia's president vladimir putin is playing a high stakes game of brinkmanship, ratcheting up --. in ukraine, they're prepared for a russian attack with bomb shelters like this one. they're already fighting are russian-backed rebellion in the country's east a conflict raging for over seven years that's killed more than 14,000 people. we were in the trenches this month with ukrainian forces trained and equipped by the u.s. they're in little doubt about
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russia's intentions. >> a very big possibility that the russians will invade. >> yes, yes. >> reporter: the u.s. has now authorized its allies here in europe to transfer american-made anti-tank and antiaircraft weapons to ukraine. secretary blinken will meet with russian's foreign minister tomorrow in geneva. norah. >> o'donnell: those weapons are a big deal. holly williams, thank you. congressional investiga president trump didn't stop the mob on january 6th. today, they asked to speak to ivanka trump, she's one to have the people who asked her father to call off the rioters. scott macfarlane. >> reporter: one year today after donald john trump departed the white house ivanka trump has been asked to come back to washington. the january 6th committee wants to know exactly what ivanka trump heard in the oval office when her father spoke with mike pence that morning urging him to block
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certification of biden's win and what she might have done to stop him. >> we have testimony from other witnesses that ms. trump was sent in to persuade her father to issue a statement, to try to call off the riot. we would like to know nor about that. >> reporter: the committee has information the former president recorded outtakes of his january 6th video message to rioters in which he did not ask them to leave. >> go home and go home in peace. >> reporter: a spokesperson for ivanka trump did not address that claim or whether she would comply writing as she public pli stated that day at 3:15 p.m. any security breach or disrespect to our law enforcement is unacceptable. new text messages released from january 7 show fox news host sean hannity giving white house press secretary tips for the president. no more stolen election talk, no more crazy people. yes, 100%, she responds. also, today, more potential trouble for the former president. a prosecutor in atlanta has requested a special grand jury to investigate whether mr. trump
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tried to overturn the 2020 election flultses georgia. norah. >> o'donnell: scott macfarlane, thank you. much of the country is preparing for an arctic blast, bringing frigid temperatures, snow and freezing rain. let's bring in meteorologist mike bettes from the weather channelas global headquarters. good evening. i know the storm spreads from texas, to the carolinas to virginia. how much snow are we talking about? >> reporter: good evening, norah. we definitely have an impactful winter storm on the way and in places where we don't typically ged a lot -- get a lot of winter weather. in a place like norfolk, virginia, we can give you an idea of what it would look like. with the heaviest snowfall tomorrow evening not to mention a very strong wind in norfolk, accumulating snow, hazardous travel and potential power outages. winter storm warnings mixed down to south texas.
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damaging ice anticipated in south texas and awful travel in these locations. dangerous conditions in thechle. hheavy ice around myrtle beach, the coast of north carolina, could include virginia beach, norfolk. snow do you mean liting 1 to 3 frirches raleigh toward columbia. travel conditions and dangerous areas where we could see power outages as well. >> o'donnell: mike bettes, thank you. dr. anthony fauci says the f.d.a. could authorize the pfizer vaccine for kids under five in the next month, this comes as doctors are reporting a surge in cases among children. nearly a million child cases were reported in just the past week. that's four times the peak of last winter surge. on average, more than 900 kids per day admitted to the hospital tst positive for covid. the u.s. surgeon general halls declared a youth mental health crisis, that's been made worse
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by the pandemic caused lockdowns and remote learning. today's eye on america xplorers a program helping young people cope inside by taking them otdoors. cbs's jan crawford reports. >> reporter: denise sullivan didn't always think the great outdoors were so great. >> i didn't like going outside because i didn't like bugs. >> reporter: bugs? i really was terrified of things flying on me. >> reporter: kyla jackson says she used to like the great indoors. >> i was a home body. >> reporter: for the past six years, denay and kyleia have participated in "city kids," to empower kids and teens by connecting them with nature. >> for me being outside, i try not to worry about things in nature. you can go away for yourself. >> reporter: after a year of pandemic lockdowns, "city kids" has seen the impact. >> anside, depression. >> reporter: paige mclaughlin is program emergency for "city kids." >> they are using social and
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communication skills because they're locked up inside. >> the message to kids was don't go outside. >> that's unfortunate because the outdoors is so healing. >> reporter: the healing powers of nature is documented, blood pressure, diabetes, attention deficit disorder all improve with some time outside. most kids aren't getting it. studies show kids spend only four to seven minutes a day of unstructured play testimony outside versus seven and a half hours on electronic media. the lockdowns made it worse. >> i wasn't able to even try to do things because the pandemic was so hard. >> i even cried at my home. >> reporter: cried? yeah, cried, because "city kids," it brings a lot of stress. >> reporter: as they get ready to head out to college they see the struggle of stepping back into the world. >> going back to the normal routine has been really hard. >> it's been strestles because we're used to being virtual. >> being at home. , by yourself,
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not really doing anything. >> reporter: i know the answer is outside. >> you see the happiness return, ready to try anything. it's important what we're doing because we see the healing happening with the children with outdoor activities. >> they comout and it wants like a switch. >> it literally is a switch. >> reporter: for eye on america, jan crawford, sandy spring, maryland. >> o'donnell: we need more of that healing. still ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news," the c.i.a.'s explanation for havana syndrome, those mysterious illnesses striking u.s. diplomats and spice. spies. there's so much to take advantage of. like $0 copays on virtual visits... - wow! - uh-huh. ...$0 copays on primary care visits... ...and lab tests. - wow. - uh-huh. plus, $0 copays on tier 1 & tier 2 prescription drugs.
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ne ." i'm no >> announcer: from business partners... >> judge judy: you wrote this check out, right? >> announcer: ...to enemies. >> i was forced to write that check by fear, intimidation, and threat. >> judge judy: you put a stop payment on the check. >> he threatened to deposit the check and have me charged with worthless check. >> announcer: now, the judge is feeling short-changed. >> judge judy: you didn't tell me the whole story. >> so, you want me to tell you the whole story, your honor? >> judge judy: i got the whole story. i figured it out myself. >> announcer: "judge judy." you are about to enter the courtroom of you are about to enter the courtroom of judge judith sheindlin. captions paid for by cbs television distribution mustafa al shammari is suing his former employee alton staton for a loan. >> byrd: order! all rise! quiet in the courtroom. your honor, this is case number 105 on the calendar in the matter of al shammari vs. staton. >> judge judy: thank you. >> byrd: you're welcome, judge. parties have been sworn in.
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you may be seated. folks, have a seat. >> judge judy: mr. al shammari, it is your claim that the defendant, who was a former friend and an employee of yours... >> um, partner, your honor. partner and employee, your honor. >> judge judy: ...owes you for the balance of a loan. >> $3,600, your honor. >> judge judy: and he says the loan's been paid. and he's got a counterclaim because he says that you've been harassing him. that's what we're here for. when was the loan and in what amount? >> the loan, i paid him on march 2015, your honor. >> judge judy: how much did you give him? >> $3,600, your honor. >> judge judy: at that time, were you in partnership together? >> yes, your honor. >> judge judy: tell me the nature of your partnership. >> well, it started two years ago, your honor. and we started a trucking business, trucking company business. >> judge judy: mm-hmm. >> and the first truck we bought, it was a volvo, and for some reason, i could not put it on my name, 'cause i didn't have a cdl, and it was required by the dealership we bought the truck from. so, he actually put the truck in his name, but i made the payments on it. >> judge judy: i don't care. i don't care. let me explain something to you. when you start off doing the

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