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establishment fights back. >> donald trump is a phony, a fraud. watch, by the way, how he respond to my speech today. >> pelley: we did. >> mitt is a failed candidate. >> pelley: also tonight, our correspondents give us a rare look inside syria's civil war. >> reporter: so this was an american air strike. >> pelley: major donors cut off the largest veterans' charity after we exposed how the money is being spent spp and a soccer star pledges to donate her brain to study concussions. >> the more we know, the more we can help protect the next generation and the generation after that. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" >> pelley: the man who carried the baton for the republicans to donald trump. he's hitting him over the head with it. today, mitt romney became the party establishment's unofficial spokesman for the "dump trump"
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then, the 2008 nominee, john mccain, double teamed, saying that he shares romney's concerns and called trump's national security ideas uninformed and dangerous. in any other election, this would have been unimaginable, the two most recent nominees denouncing the g.o.p. front-runner. dean reynolds is in salt lake city. >> here's what i know. donald trump is a phony, a fraud. he's playing the members of the american public for suckers. he gets a free ride to the white house and all we get is a lousy hat. >> reporter: the man who lost a race many republicans thought was winnable said trump is a sure loser in a general election. >> a person so untrustworthy and dishonest as hillary clinton must not become president. ( applause ) , of course, a trump nomination enables her victory. policies would create recession
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>> what he said on "60 minutes." did you hear this? it was about syria and isis, and it has to go down as the most ridiculous and dangerous idea of the entire campaign season. let the most dangerous terror organization the world has ever known take over an entire country? >> reporter: he stopped short of saying trump supporters are misguided, but he urged them to reflect and reconsider. >> the bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, the absurd third-grade theaterrics. he's not of the temperament of the kind of stable, thoughtful person we need as leader. >> reporter: and romney anticipated some blowback. >> watch, by the way, how he respond to my speech today. ( applause ) >> reporter: the answer came along predictably and pugnaciously. trump said romney is a light weight air, choke artist, a
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>> mitt is a failed candidate. he failed. he failed horribly. >> reporter: and trump recalled how delighted romney was to get his endorsement just four years ago. >> i could have said, "mitt, drop to your knees." he would have dropped to his knees. he was begging. ( cheers ) he was begging me. >> reporter: later, romney took to twitter writing, scott, "if trump said four years ago the things he is saying today about the k.k.k., about muslims, mexicans, disabled, i would not have accepted his endorsement." >> pelley: dean, thanks very much. well, no doubt all this will spill into tonight's republican debate, and major garrett is in detroit. >> reporter: advisers to marco rubio and ted cruz promise another brute although showdown tonight with trump, like the one last week in houston. >> and he had to pay a million dollars for a judgment. >> it's strong wrong. >> that's a fact.
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>> reporter: both campaigns saw races tighten before super tuesday, convincing them personal and policy attacks can slow trump down. trump added a stop today in maine in advance of saturday's caucuses and promised to fight back. >> they said act presidential tonight. i said i'll act presidential, but if somebody hits me, i'm going to hit him back harder, right? >> reporter: vying for support in michigan, which votes tuesday, john kasich vowed to stay out of the donald trump cross-fire. >>un, beat trump by personal attacks. . >> reporter: for the first time, the mexican government offered its official opinion on trump's promise that it would pay for a wall on the u.s. border. scott, the treasury department said simply and succinctly, never. >> pelley: major, thank you. the f.b.i.'s investigation into democratic candidate hillary clinton'shillaryclinton's e-mail may zhong wrap up soon. as secretary of state, clinton used an unsecured, private e-mail server in her home for official business. none of the e-mails on the
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the time, but recently, thousands have been reevaluated, and some marked top secret. it's a crime to mishandle classified documents. tonight, nancy cordes tells us a former clinton staffer has been given immunity and had is talking to the f.b.i. >> reporter: bryan pagliano is an i.t. specialist who set up the private e-mail server at clinton's new york home. he took the fifth when he was called before congress last year, but is cooperating with the f.b.i. an indication of the breadth of the investigation into whether anyone intentionally mishandled classified information. the clinton campaign said today it is pleased that pagliano is helping with a case the f.b.i. director, james comey, acknowledges is uniquely sensitive. >> i am very close personally to that investigation to ensure that it's done the way the f.b.i. tries to do all of its work-- independently, competently, and promptly. >> reporter: the state
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clinton's 30,000 e-mails on monday. more than 2,000 of them contained information now considered classified, providing fodder for republicans. act. she shouldn't be allowed to run. ( cheers ) okay. >> reporter: white house press that. >> what i know that some officials over there have said is that she is not a target of the investigation. >> reporter: in new york last night, former president bill clinton argued the e-mail controversy has made his wife more relatable. >> i saw this remarkable story by a woman who said, "you know, i never really was enthusiastic until i read her e-mails, and it made me appreciate how really good she is as a human being, as well as a public servant." >> reporter: but the question at the heart of this f.b.i. investigation is why a public servant in a sensitive position would need to communicate solely via private e-mail. scott, clinton's top aides and
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be interviewed by f.b.i. agents in the coming month. >> pelley: nancy, thank you. well, tonight, we have some remarkable reporting from inside syria where a partial cease-fire appears to be holding. next week will mark five years since the uprising that led to the civil war that has killed a quarter of a million people and forced 11 million from their homes. elizabeth palmer has reached aleppo, and holly williams is in northern syria. we'll begin with holly. >> reporter: masorat al rashid village was liberated from isis just three days ago. we saw the body of an isis fighter lying in the rubble of a house hit by an air strike. joza khalaf and her cousin khatar told us the extremists held guns to their heads, forcing their way into the women's homes to hide. they said the isis fighters also dressed up as women to avoid
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the nearby town of al shaddadi was liberated last week. the isis slogans are still there, but the town's now under the control of the syrian democratic forces, an arab-kurdish alliance that is supported by the u.s. so this was an american air strike? commander media kobane told us that u.s. coalition air strikes helped her fighters win the battle here. this used to be the main road connecting raqqa, the so-called isis capital in syria, with mosul, iraq's second biggest city, also controlled by isis. but now the road has been recaptured by the syrian democratic forces. colonel tala selo told us his fighters have been given over 100 tons of ammunition by the u.s.-led coalition in the last six months, all of it dropped by parachute. but america's most effective
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alliances. it's accused of coordinating with russia, which backing the syrian regime and is also allegedly fought against other u.s.-backed groups. colonel selo denied both those claims, but admitted his group enjoys a long-standing truce with the syrian regime. its flag flies over two compounds inside his territory. this u.s.-backed group is taking on isis and winning, sometimes paying a terrible price, but its allegiances are complicated. colonel selo also told us that he met with brett mcgirg, president obama's special envoy to the anti-isis coalition when he visited syria in january. the colonel said his group asked for antitank missiles and machine guns but so far, scott, he says they've received only promises. >> pelley: now, correspondent elizabeth palmer and her team
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industrial center of more than two million people. still partly in the hands of rebel forces. we spoke with liz a short time ago. >> reporter: add we rolled along, scott, we could see the villages isis has just been pushed out of deserted and very heavily damaged. we stopped in the outskirts as we came in and went into a poor neighborhood right on the front lines. they are living in ruined buildings in shocking condition with neither electricity or running water. we carried on a little bit to the jewel of aleppo, what used to be the largest covered market in the middle east. it was a unesco world heritage site, and i'm sorry to have to tell you that it is in ruins. it's heartbreaking, buildings that existed for more than 1,000 years have finally been smashed by the savage war. >> pelley: liz, what's it like
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>> reporter: weary, desperate, in some cases for necessities like medication or water. everybody is desperate to be able to relax, to travel freely, but people make do. i mean, you have to bear in mind that there are hundreds of thousands of displaced people who stayed inside syria who are cramming into every tiny room and in some cases campsites. >> pelley: as you look around the buildings, the streets, paint the picture for me. >> reporter: well, it's a patchwork. so area where's there have been heavy fighting are just ruined beyond your imagining. it's like pictures of the second world war, berlin. i mean, smashed beyond belief. and then you go on a mile or two, and there are rather beautiful buildings from the early part of the last century, very graceful, dilapidated but
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dizzying mix of everything. >> pelley: elizabeth palmer way rare report from inside aleppo, and holly williams, wth another report from inside syria as well. thank you both. now, we have an update on our investigation of the wounded warrior project. we reported that that charity spends far less of its donations on veterans as compared to other charities. we were surprised and turns out some major donors were, too. here's chip reid. >> reporter: with two sons serving in iraq, raising money for wounded warrior project was more than a cause for fred and dianne kane. it was a calling. since 2009, the kanes' charity, tee-off for a cause, raised $325,000 for wounded warriors through golf tournaments in the carolinas. the organization even honored fred kane with an award for being a v.i.p. donor. but allegations that only a
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went to help wounded vets came as a blow. >> and then hearing that there was this waste of money and donor dollars that should have been going to the service men and women that were injured, and it was spent on their having a good time. it's a real disappointment. >> reporter: wounded warriors' tax forms shows spending on conferences and staff meetings grew to $26 million by 2014, but the charity insists those expenditures qualify as programs and services. outraged, kane canceled this year's benefit tournament and started a petition on, calling for a public audit. he also called senior management and said he thought c.e.o. steven nardizzi should be fired. >> i said, "you know, where is he? you lead from the front, good or bad." i said, "you don't hide." i don't understand how an organization that has many
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service and the chain of command can be led by a guy like that. >> reporter: cbs news has learned kane is one of several major donors who rending their support, and he wants answers from the group's board of directors. did they have a responsibility to know what was going on? >> absolutely. any board of directors does. >> reporter: sources with direct knowledge of the charity's operations said the board signs off on all the charity's major spending, including expensive staff retreats. those sources also told us the board has spent donor dollars on its own meetings at five-star hotels, including the beverly wilshire hotel in los angeles york. they also said that when board members questioned spending decisions and executive salaries, their concerns were ignored. we tried to speak with each board member in person, but they declined. >> i feel like i'm representing all these people that have donated over the years, all
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that have sent them $19 a month, all these people on fixed incomes, if nobody's going to talk about this right now, and it has to be me, then it has to be me. >> reporter: are you done with wounded warrior project? >> yes, except for my new mission of trying to see change there. >> reporter: the board says it's ordered a review by independent auditors and that it would be inappropriate to answer questions until all the facts are known. full disclosure-- a cbs corporate executive serves on that board. scott, the board won't say if the results of their review will be made public or whether the board spending is under review as well. they have also hired legal counsel. >> pelley: chip reid, thanks. there's been a break in that robbery of a houston gun store. and a soccer star is donating her brain to science when the cbs evening news continues. aleve pm is the only one to combine a safe sleep aid plus
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the defining image, a victorious 30-year-old brandi chastain ripping off her jersey after scoring the winning goal. >> i'd really like to leave something beyond that. >> reporter: now 47, chastain has a new goal. she plans to donate her brain poscience. how much head trauma do you career? >> i know two specific incidencewhen i was in college that would today definitely be considered a concussion. what we used to call you know "had my bell rung "or "i've seen off. >> reporter: chastain's brain will eventually examined by researchers checking for c.t.e., encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease believed to be head. boston university researchers have examined 307 brains of mostly male athletes. just seven were from women. nfl players have dominated the
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chris nowinskiy is founder of the concussion legacy foundation alcohol eventually study chastain's brain. >> with women not playing football, we don't have a generation of former female athletes with a lot of exposure who are in their 60s, 70s, or 80s, like we do with men. >> open your bodies. >> reporter: chastain now helps coach soccer at santa clara university and is a fierce advocate for not allowing youth soccer players to head the ball until they are 14. her contribution to science will outlast even the most memorable of games. ben tracy, cbs news, santa clara, california. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned
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>> wbtv news starts right now. >> tonight on "primetime" the search for this missing pregnant woman and her 2-year-old child. what the woman's brother told him the last time they spoke. and a protest in uptown charlotte ahead of the primary. what is now happening in the polls that has these people upset. and first we are on your side tracking changes in the forecast including snow. i'm maureen o'boyle. joining eric thomas in the first alert weather center. and we had a wacky afternoon of weather. i know there's been rain and a few bursts of snow. >> they are seeing more sustained snow. they are really getting ra em gedy -- raggedy. they are getting some accumulations. what a conversation piece that was as they had the burst of snow around the greater charlotte area and the
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temperatures were in the mid40s. that was fun while it lasted. now the rain is moving off to the east. you will see these light patches of snow continuing to move in and out of the high country. the national weather service posted these for ash, hua -- watauga, burke. we are thinking another inch or maybe more than that in the highest elevations. we have had some up there. so again it is really beginning to get rung out. around 40 in the piedmont and mid40s in the corridor and hour by hour forecast. a slow drop in temperatures. we will be around 40 even by 11:00 this evening, maureen. and then thereafter, we will talk about a warming trend. that's part of your seven-day first alert forecast. >> maureen: eric, thank you. snow in the mountains lead avery county schools to close early.


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