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CBS defends '60 Minutes' DeSantis report despite pledge to provide 'full, fair, and contexted reporting'

When then-President Donald Trump accused CBS News' "60 Minutes" of deceptively editing an interview he did with correspondent Lesley Stahl during the 2020 election campaign, the program stood by a pledge of "full, fair and contexted reporting."
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A new bill would add 4 seats to the Supreme Court
Judge Merrick Garland at the announcement of his nomination to the US Supreme Court, in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC, on March 16, 2016. | Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images It’s on! Four Democratic members of Congress plan to introduce legislation that would add four seats to the Supreme Court, which would, if passed, allow President Biden to immediately name four individuals to fill those seats and give Democrats a 7-6 majority. The bill, which is being introduced by Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Hank Johnson (D-GA), and Mondaire Jones (D-NY) in the House and by Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) in the Senate, is called the Judiciary Act of 2021, and it is very brief. It amends a provision of federal law providing that the Supreme Court consist of a chief justice and eight associate justices to read that the Court shall consist of ‘‘a Chief Justice of the United States and twelve associate justices, any eight of whom shall constitute a quorum.” Although the Constitution provides that there must be a Supreme Court, it leaves the question of how many justices shall sit on that Court to Congress. Under the Judiciary Act of 1789, the Court originally had six seats, and it briefly had 10 seats under President Lincoln. Realistically, the bill is unlikely to pass anytime soon. Until recently, adding seats to the Supreme Court was considered a very radical tactic — President Franklin Roosevelt proposed similar legislation in 1937, and it did not end well for him. President Biden has in the past expressed reluctance to add seats to the Court. But the politics of Supreme Court reform have moved very quickly in recent years, and it’s possible to imagine a critical mass of lawmakers rallying behind Court expansion if a majority of the current justices hand down decisions that are likely to outrage Democrats, such as a decision neutralizing what remains of the Voting Rights Act. The new court-expansion bill would effectively neutralize a half-decade of work by Republicans to manipulate the Senate confirmation process in order to ensure GOP control of the nation’s highest Court. In February of 2016, Justice Antonin Scalia died. In response, Senate Republicans refused to give President Obama’s nominee to fill that seat, now-Attorney General Merrick Garland, a confirmation hearing or a floor vote. To justify this decision, Republicans invented a new rule, claiming that it is not appropriate to confirm a Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year. Prior to 2016, there had been seven election-year confirmations since the beginning of the 20th century, including the confirmation of Justice Anthony Kennedy in 1988. The vacant seat was eventually filled by conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch after President Trump took office in 2017. Then Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died in September of 2020. Republicans immediately abandoned the rule they invented to justify blocking Garland’s confirmation and confirmed Trump nominee Amy Coney Barrett just eight days before the 2020 election, which Trump lost. It’s worth noting, moreover, that Trump lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million ballots in 2016. And, while Republicans controlled the Senate for Trump’s entire presidency, they only controlled it because the Senate is malapportioned to effectively give extra seats to small states. Throughout Trump’s presidency, the Democratic “minority” in the Senate represented millions more Americans than the Republican “majority.” And all three of Trump’s appointees to the Supreme Court — Gorsuch, Barrett, and Justice Brett Kavanaugh — were nominated by a president who lost the popular vote and confirmed by a bloc of senators who represent less than half of the country. So legislation adding seats to the Supreme Court would give Democrats control of a body that they rightfully would already control if the United States chose presidents and senators in free and fair elections where each citizen’s vote counted equally.
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Pet owners pitch their pups to be dog brew's 'Chief Tasting Officer'
One lucky dog will win a job paying $20,000. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on Anheuser-Busch's contest for "Chief Tasting Officer" of its canine brew.
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Trump protesters shut down Chicago rally
A Chicago Donald Trump rally was first shut down, then cancelled when protests broke out Friday night. Demonstrators overwhelmed the crowd both inside and outside the arena.
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Chicago protesters: "We stopped Trump"
After a Donald Trump rally was cancelled Friday night in Chicago due to clashes between supporters and protesters, a crowd of anti-Trump protesters chanted jubilantly "We stopped Trump. We stopped Trump."
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Watch: Full funeral service of Nancy Reagan
1,000 guests have gathered for former first lady Nancy Reagan's funeral service at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. Speakers at the service included Patti Davis, Diane Sawyer, and Tom Brokaw. Watch the full 2-hour funeral service here.
Brittany Maynard's doctor on the right to die
Brittany Maynard has become a symbol for those who believe the terminally ill should control how they die. She suffered from brain cancer and took her own life at the age of 29. Dr. Jon LaPook spoke with Maynard’s husband and the doctor who prescribed her the lethal dose of barbiturates for "60 Minutes."
Friends, family bid farewell to Nancy Reagan
Thousands of people paid respects to former First Lady Nancy Reagan at the Reagan Library in California on Friday. Both of her children delivered eulogies. Ben Tracy has more.
Changes in India's monsoon rainfall could bring serious consequences to more than a billion people
Global warming is increasing the variability of India's monsoon rains faster than previously projected, according to a recent study from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).
Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, residents mourn death of Daunte Wright
For many in Brooklyn Center, the site where Daunte Wright died has become a place for mourning, reflection and hope. CBS Minnesota's Reg Chapman reports.
New details revealed about Congressman Gaetz's 2018 Bahamas trip
Prosecutors are continuing to investigate Florida Representative Matt Gaetz for federal sex crimes, and the details of a 2018 trip to the Bahamas could be crucial to their probe. The Republican is accused of violating sex trafficking laws and having an inappropriate sexual relationship with an underage girl. Gaetz denies all allegations, and last week called them quote "wild conspiracy theories." Marc Caputo, a national political reporter for Politico, joins CBSN's Lana Zak to discuss.
Whistle-blower guardedly optimistic about Wounded Warrior's future
Now that the CEO and COO of the Wounded Warrior Project have been fired, the charity's board of directors is looking at whether or not lavish internal spending has become part of the overall corporate culture. Chip Reid reports on the challenges ahead for WWP.
Trump-era border policy still being used to expel migrants from U.S.
The Biden administration will continue using a Trump-era immigration policy to expel migrants from the U.S. Title 42 allows U.S. Customs and Border Protection to deny migrants entry into the country due to the coronavirus pandemic. CBS News immigration reporter Camilo Montoya-Galvez joins CBSN's Lana Zak to discuss.
Beloved High School Basketball Coach Killed Trying to Rob Mexican Drug Cartel, Sheriff Says
Alamance County Sheriff's Office Students and parents alike joined in mourning the sudden death of a popular high school basketball coach earlier this week in Monroe, North Carolina. They fondly recalled his uplifting “all love, no fear” motto, the “encouragement and motivation” he gave to students at his school, and his smile that “will forever remain etched in our hearts.” But two days later, the local sheriff dropped a bombshell: teacher Barney Dale Harris had died while allegedly trying to rob a Mexican drug cartel.Harris, who taught Spanish at Union Academy Charter School and served as the boys’ head basketball coach, was found dead last week in a mobile home belonging to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, widely considered to be the most powerful and ruthless drug cartel in Mexico, Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson announced at a Wednesday press conference.Read more at The Daily Beast.
U.S. climate envoy John Kerry has talks in China
U.S. climate envoy John Kerry arrived in Shanghai Wednesday to discuss climate change with his Chinese counterpart. China is the world's leading emitter of carbon, followed by the U.S. CBSN contributor Isaac Stone Fish joins CBSN's Lana Zak to discuss.
Five days of floods in the South
Record floods that killed at least five people in the South are not letting up. Torrential rains are spilling over into a fifth day. David Begnaud reports from Louisiana.
Albany police station attacked by anti-police rioters throwing bottles at officers
A group of protesters in Albany, New York Wednesday evening descended on a police station where they threw bottles at police officers and broke a window, police said.
Disney chief says ABC passed on 'incredibly well-written scripts' that lacked diversity
One of Disney's top bosses has spoken candidly about pilots the company passed on due to a lack of diversity in their scripts.
Hillary Clinton retracts praise for Reagan and AIDS
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton apologized for her praise of the Reagan administration record on AIDS and HIV Friday after online backlash. In a television appearance ahead of Nancy Reagan's funeral, Clinton initially lauded President and Mrs. Reagan for starting a "national conversation" about AIDS. However, critics in the LGBT community attacked Clinton for overlooking the Reagan administration's initial dismissal of the AIDS epidemic. CBS News' Vladimir Duthiers has the details.
CDC panel needs more time to weigh risks of Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine
The CDC says it needs more time to weigh the risks of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. An advisory panel met Wednesday but said it did not have enough information to make a decision, leaving a temporary pause on the vaccine in place. Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease expert and senior scholar at Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health, joins CBSN's Lana Zak with more on the fate of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
Pete Rose: 'I'm not going to live the rest of my life worried about going to baseball's Hall of Fame'
Pete Rose celebrated his 80th birthday Wednesday by announcing he will provide exclusive daily baseball picks an online sports gambling site.
60 Minutes reveals model of new Redskins stadium
"Tailgating literally becomes a picnic in a park," says architect Bjarke Ingels of the football team's new stadium -- complete with a moat.
Reporter grills Psaki: How are more abortions in minority communities 'equity'?
ETWN reporter Owen Johnson clapped back at White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki during a press conference Wednesday when asked about President Biden’s changes to Title X.
C. Vivian Stringer gets five-year extension to stay at Rutgers
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Hall of Fame women’s basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer has agreed to a five-year contract extension that will keep her at Rutgers through the 2025-26 season. The New Jersey-based Big Ten Conference university announced the deal on Wednesday after it was approved by the school’s board of governors. Stringer, 73, has led...
Editorial: All drugs come with risk. The COVID vaccines are no different
The rare side effect among younger women who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID shot doesn't mean we should halt its use indefinitely.
Shake-up at Triller. TikTok rival replaces CEO and buys AI firm
Triller's parent company on Wednesday appointed a new CEO, Mahi de Silva, after acquiring his company, for an undisclosed price.
Patti Davis speaks at mom Nancy Reagan's funeral
Former first daughter Patti Davis spoke fondly of her mother, with whom she sometimes had a rocky relationship, during a funeral service for the former first lady on Friday, March 11, 2016.
Changes in India's monsoon rainfall could bring serious consequences to more than a billion people
The well-being, economy and agricultural sector of the Indian subcontinent is under threat as climate change delivers more erratic monsoon seasons in the future.
Cincinnati hiring UNC Greensboro men's basketball coach Wes Miller to replace John Brannen
Wes Miller, who spent the past 10 seasons as head coach of UNC Greensboro, will be the next men's basketball coach at Cincinnati.
Ron Reagan Jr. on mom Nancy Reagan
Ron Reagan Jr. recalled his mother's fierce loyalty to her husband, during the funeral service for Nancy Reagan on Friday, March 11, 2016.
Julius Erving blasts Brooklyn Nets for 'buying' their way into becoming championship team
Julius Erving, one of the greatest players in the history of the Nets, isn’t happy with how Brooklyn has assembled its team during the 2020-21 NBA season.
"48 Hours": Playing by the Rules
In a new "48 Hours," a man's murder trial may have been flawed by hidden evidence. With analysis, Richard Schlesinger joins CBSN to discuss his story, "Playing by the Rules."
Glass in frozen food products? #CBSNBusiness headlines
Some frozen food products have been recalled after a number of customers found glass in the box; Caitlyn Jenner signs deal with an H&M sports advertising campaign. Those headlines and more from CBS MoneyWatch's Hena Daniels at the New York Stock Exchange.
Past 'Jeopardy!' champ Buzzy Cohen to guest host 2021 Tournament of Champions
Past champ Buzzy Cohen knows the 'Jeopardy!' Tournament of Champions, having won the 2017 competition.
Is Ben Carson's endorsement of Trump a game changer?
Ben Carson endorsed republican front-runner Donald Trump for president Friday. If elected, Trump says he wants Carson to work with him on education. Analysis of what the endorsement means ahead of several key primaries with CBSN Political Contributors Leslie Sanchez, Leah Wright Rigueur, and CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett.
House panel poised to advance bill on slavery reparations
A House panel is expected to advance a decadeslong effort to pay reparations to the descendants of slaves
Ben Carson's endorsement of Donald Trump: Full press conference
Former rival Ben Carson endorsed front-runner Donald Trump for president Friday, praising the billionaire's intelligence and love for the country. Carson also said the media and the public will soon come to learn the "two Donald Trumps" distinguishing between his entertainer persona and the cerebral persona. Watch the full press conference.
What is behind more civil GOP tone at debate?
Donald Trump and rivals focused more on issues than insults at the final Republican debate before the Ohio and Florida primaries. Is the new civil tone a sign that Trump thinks he has the primary in the bag? With analysis, CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett joins CBSN.
Son of Former Navy SEAL Linked to the Proud Boys Caught Entering Capitol on Jan. 6
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyA former Navy SEAL who was pictured leading a Jan. 6 march on the Capitol alongside now-indicted Proud Boys told The Daily Beast that he and his son left the Capitol grounds before the building was breached. That’s not entirely true, The Daily Beast has learned.Video footage shows his son picking up what appears to be a dropped police baton as scuffles with cops intensified outside the building. Later, he is seen with the baton inside the Capitol, minutes after the building was first breached.And the ex-SEAL posted a video of himself on Capitol grounds on Jan. 6 with other Proud Boys, one of whom announced that “we just stormed the fucking Capitol.” The ex-SEAL, Shannon Rusch, responds with approval.Read more at The Daily Beast.
7th grader's experiment tackles "Deflategate"
A school science project could help prove Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's innocence in the "Deflategate" scandal. The evidence comes from an unlikely source: a 7th grader outside Boston. The 12-year-old says the NFL could have avoided controversy if it had just done an experiment, like he did. Anna Werner speaks to the student, Ben Goodell, no relation to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Women detail late-night parties with Gaetz
Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida attended parties which frequently involved drug use and sex and after which money was sometimes exchanged, according to two women in attendance who spoke to CNN in recent days.
Highlights: Ben Carson explains his endorsement of Donald Trump
Former Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson explained he and Donald Trump have "buried the hatchet" and that there are "two Donald Trumps," the brash public persona and the cerebral, thoughtful businessman. Carson predicted the latter would come out more frequently.
The Long Goodbye
In 2002, Nancy Reagan spoke candidly with Mike Wallace about her husband's battle with Alzheimer's. At the time, Reagan was 91 and in the advanced stages of the disease.
The Reagan Years
Mike Wallace's classic interviews with the Reagans -- from their 60 Minutes debut in 1975 to their 1989 farewell interview from the White House
Mets’ Luis Rojas reacts to Jed Lowrie’s surgery allegation
Across the country from Citi Field, Jed Lowrie is raking with a surgically repaired knee — and he has claimed the Mets would not allow him to get the knee operated on during his ill-fated tenure with the club. Manager Luis Rojas said Wednesday he knew of Lowrie’s desire to have knee surgery, but that...
Jessica Simpson ‘wanted to be a recluse’ amid constant body-shaming, mom says
Jessica Simpson allegedly dealt with so much body-shaming in her career that the negativity nearly forced the singer to "want to be a recluse," her mother Tina Simpson revealed to the "Today" show on Wednesday.
Anthony Weiner called ‘pedophile’ while having coffee in Bryant Park
“I think it’s disgusting that he’s able to sit outside in public. He’s a registered sex offender and I wanted to remind him of that, and raise awareness …"
All-female flight crew inspires new generation to aim high
Air India is celebrating a possible world record on a flight to the United States. The airline says a trip this week from New Delhi to San Francisco is the longest-ever with all women pilots. Women make up only about 6.5 percent of all pilots in this country. Major U.S. airlines are looking to replace as many 18,000 retiring pilots over the next seven years. Kris Van Cleave reports.
FCC chair on limiting Internet providers' sharing of user data
A new proposal from the Federal Communications Commission would require Internet providers to get their customers' explicit permission to share certain information. Right now, providers can track how long you spend on specific websites and the location of mobile users. Companies including Verizon and AT&T say the proposal creates an uneven playing field with websites that also track users. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss the proposal.