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Trump, Pope Francis offer to help terminally ill baby in Britain

The parents of a baby with an extremely rare condition want to take their son to the United States for an experimental treatment. Doctors say the illness is incurable and that any treatment would simply prolong his suffering. Charlie D'Agata has more.
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Prospects for approval of tax bill improving
The nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation estimated Thursday the Senate Republican tax bill would add $1 trillion to the deficit over the next decade. That conflicts with GOP claims that the tax cuts in the bill would pay for themselves. Even so, a final vote is expected by tomorrow. Nancy Cordes reports.
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White House plans to force Tillerson out
In 10 months as America's chief diplomat, Rex Tillerson has found no world leader a greater challenge than the President of the United States. Relations between President Trump and the senior member of his Cabinet, the former CEO of Exxon Mobil, have been strained almost from the start. Now, CBS News has confirmed the White House has a plan to force Tillerson out. Margaret Brennan reports.
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Earthquake felt in the Northeast
An earthquake that hit Thursday was centered just northeast of Dover, Delaware, and it could be felt from New York to Virginia.
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Border Patrol agent hospitalized with COVID-19 after responding to border crisis in March
A Maine man and U.S. Border Patrol agent who was assigned to work along the southern border in Texas earlier this year has been hospitalized for weeks after contracting the novel coronavirus, his loved ones have said.
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Exhibit of artwork by Guantanamo Bay detainees draws Pentagon review
The ocean-themed art show is making waves at the Pentagon after reports saying the work is available for purchase.
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Trump tells Theresa May to mind her own country
President Trump told British Prime Minister Theresa May to mind her own country, after she criticized him for retweeting anti-Muslim videos.
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High school students protest racist Snapchat video targeting classmate
Hundreds of Brookline High School students made a unified statement on the front steps of their Massachusetts school to denounce a racist Snapchat video, which targets one of their peers. CBS Boston's Anna Meiler reports.
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White House floats plan to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
The White House is considering a plan to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo. Yahoo White House correspondent Hunter Walker joins CBSN with the latest on the potential shake-up and the other political news of the day.
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Massage Heights sued over sexual assault claim
A woman in Houston is suing a massage parlor company, claiming she was sexually assaulted by a masseuse in 2016. The suit comes after reports of dozens of lawsuits against massage parlors across the country. KHOU-TV in Houston has the story.
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Networks deal with fallout after stars accused of harassment
NBC News anchor Matt Lauer is just the latest high-profile TV personality to be accused of sexual misconduct. NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik joins CBSN to discuss what this means for the media landscape.
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Sobriety Requires Humility, Not Humiliation
Stay sober for a while, and you stop being shocked by what people did in the grip of addiction. I’ve heard people confess to incest, to snorting carpets like a vacuum cleaner just in case something fell into the pile, to defrauding clients of millions of dollars, and—I admit this one made me gasp—to performing an amputation on himself amid a drug-induced mania.Once I found the courage to put the ugliest parts of myself out there, my reward was to find that no one really cared. I was relieved but also, to be honest, initially kind of offended—Hey, this is a big deal for me; couldn’t you be just a little impressed? I still had a perverse pride in my addiction—a very sick humblebrag. But when someone checks their watch while you’re baring your soul, believing you’re worse—or better or that different—than the people around you is a little difficult.Twelve-step critics say that the point of all this intimate sharing is humiliation for the sake of “breaking you down,” but in the best version of the practice, you experience no humiliation, just humility. The exercise strips away what others think of your addiction; you confront who you are without the judgment, or approval, of anyone else.[Molly Jong-Fast: I won’t drink today, and I won’t get the virus today]We eschew last names in “the rooms” not just to keep our outside identity a secret to others—it also helps us shed that outside identity ourselves. I thought a lot about the gift of anonymity and humility while reading Hunter Biden’s new memoir about addiction, Beautiful Things. I wondered if he’d ever been truly anonymous—to himself, if not others—in the rooms.Coverage of the book has dwelled on what normal folks find shocking: His months-long crack binges, when he consorted with hustlers, exotic dancers, and bouncers. But when I read a celebrity’s memoir on addiction, that stuff doesn’t grab me. What I want to know is whether we share a rehab alma mater (and I feel a weird form of school pride when we do). I also look for the kind of humility I’ve seen in others in recovery, the same kind I have to keep working on myself.I did find the book interesting, but mostly for what it didn’t say and where it didn’t go: I read almost 300 pages of tawdry confession, but I could count the times I felt close to him on one hand.Here is where I should note that a couple of years ago, my agent pitched me on ghostwriting what I presume is this book. Was I interested? I was! The big New Yorker piece about Hunter Biden had just come out; it focused mainly on his dealings with Burisma, but also exposed some of the most recent episodes in his addiction. The article raised many questions, none of them about oil and gas. I wanted to know if he had somehow grappled with being “the other son” of Joe Biden. What is it like to be the one whom no one talks about as a potential presidential candidate? Has he been able to figure out who he is without Joe, without Beau?I didn’t get the ghostwriting job; I also still don’t know the answers to these questions.Biden’s book is, self-consciously and explicitly, an answer to the Fox News chyron “Where’s Hunter?” The lurid stories he recounts—cooking crack at the Chateau Marmont, getting a gun pointed at him in an urban encampment—seem to have been accepted by many readers as proof of candor, but telling embarrassing stories about yourself is possible without actually letting anyone in.At one point, before his slide into hard-drug use, Biden meets with King Adbullah of Jordan on behalf of refugees (an opportunity derived, he says, from “nepotism, in the best way possible”) while undergoing alcohol withdrawal. The potentially ignominious event winds up being something of a résumé polisher, as “thoughts of those vodka mini-bottles back at my hotel were quickly subsumed by the gravity of our conversation.” He points out that the king eventually softened his policy.Later in the book, strung out in a Malibu Airbnb, he muses that his near-failure with King Abdullah could have been his bottom if only he hadn’t taken up crystallized cocaine. These sordid days in Southern California are when his ego is worn to its thinnest. He no longer believes that he’ll ever get sober. “I stopped trying to fool others into thinking I was okay. I stopped trying to fool myself,” he writes. But he still measures his low point against really specific heights: the tête-à-tête with the King of Jordan, campaigning with his dad.[Anne Applebaum: You’re not supposed to understand the rumors about Biden]Privileged people exposing the costs of their addiction definitely has value; it illustrates how the disease doesn’t discriminate. That fact can’t be repeated enough. But as a privileged person in recovery, I’ve found something else just as valuable: However outsiders perceive the distance of a fall, your bottom hits you just as hard no matter where you start.Biden writes ruefully about his bottom, how much money he spent on drugs and how much his fellow addicts stole. He was on the board of Burisma almost the entire time. When he performs the pro-and-con analysis of whether he’d take the job again, he notes that the cushy gig gave him the ability to attend to Beau during his final days, a gift no one should begrudge him. The thing he doesn’t mention explicitly is that his Burisma salary also funded his extended debauch. Forget the political scandal that his board position generated; what I would have given for him to meditate on the fully accounted trade-off he made in his personal life.Throughout, Biden’s proximity to depravity and desperation—a sort of class tourism—is buffered by whiteness and wealth. He is always just one phone call away from another rehab or someone coming to rescue him. Indeed, his salvation arrives in the form of his now-wife, Melissa, whom he meets by the pool at Los Angeles’s Petit Ermitage, where rates start at $300 a night.On the strength of one date, Melissa took him in and cut off his contact with his party pals. He slept for three days, and then he proposed. He testifies to sublime contentment. They have a son they’ve named Beau.I can’t criticize Biden for any of that. I married one of the first people I met in sobriety too. If Biden is sober and happy today, hey, whatever works. But I wonder if he’s figured out who he is without the scrutiny of the press or the aid of his family. Who he is when he’s the only person to get sober for.I sat with one particular paragraph of his book for a long time. Soon after Beau’s death, Biden sallies to another treatment center, this time under an assumed name. But as “Hunter Smith,” he declares that he feels like he’s playacting: “Yet for me to talk as ‘Hunter Smith’ about the loss of someone as close to me as my brother felt less than authentic, particularly when so many had seen me give his eulogy on TV less than two months before.”My first reaction was that he was greatly overestimating how much interest, or memory, alcoholics and addicts in rehab have for the news. (I was in treatment during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden; I didn’t find out about it for weeks.) Then I wondered, what exactly was the sticking point here? That other guests wouldn’t be able to know the depths of his grief if they didn’t know Beau Biden was whom he’d lost? Or was it that they wouldn’t be able to understand his mourning if they didn’t know that Hunter Biden was who was grieving?If I sound unduly judgy of Biden’s story, it’s because I don’t like how familiar it is. I thought I was hot shit too. I worried about people “finding out who I was.” I once tried to leave treatment because I didn’t want to miss the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, and I cried when I canceled the rental of my fancy dress.But early out of that treatment, I decided not to talk about my media job in a way that made it sound different from what an old colleague used to call a “jobby-job.” Media inflates, even as it deflates. Worrying about someone “finding out who I was” was just the flip side of demanding, “Do you know who I am?”[Sarah Hayes: Hunter Biden’s perfectly legal, socially acceptable corruption]I needed to understand my sobriety separate from what I did for a living. I wanted to be honest, just not specific. I was living in a sober community with a lot of other people fresh out of treatment, many struggling to put their life together in any way possible. I knew an Ivy League–educated scholar of religion who worked in retail. A lawyer who paid rent with a job at a bagel bakery. A former executive making cold calls for an internet-services company. So dropping in references to pitching stories to The New York Times or going on cable news … eh.One evening, I shared a story about a particularly tough ongoing assignment. I felt like the editor (“my boss”) was picking on me, finding new faults in every draft I turned in (“getting on my case about my work”). It no longer felt like a job; it felt like a punishment. I was thinking of quitting. I may have gotten a little emotional about it.After the meeting was over, a young man approached. He’d just gotten a job delivering pizza, and he knew they were hiring. Would he like me to put in a good word?I started to cry. And the kid, immediately uncomfortable, took a step back before I could reel myself in. Then I did, and I said that I was going to give this job a little more time, but that I appreciated his offer more than he could possibly understand. And then he smiled the brightest smile I’d seen months.I kept thinking of that experience reading Biden’s book. I wish that Biden could acquire that kid’s gift of grace that’s born of humility, of receiving and giving help because we’re all in the exact same place. We all fall the same distance to the bottom.The clearest I’ve ever been about who I am was when I let go of who I thought I was. Hunter Biden, I fear, is worried too much about letting people know who he is; he might get more out of losing himself. I know I did.
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Meet Jeff Glor, the new anchor of "CBS Evening News"
On Monday, Dec. 4, CBS News' Jeff Glor will take over as the new anchor of the "CBS Evening News." Glor grew up watching Walter Cronkite near Buffalo, New York, and has been a longtime CBS News correspondent. Watch Glor talk about his life, his career and what he brings to the anchor chair.
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Autoworkers join forces to build fellow employee a new limb
Coworkers at an auto plant in Anna, Ohio, combined their unique skills to literally give a team member a hand. Using a combination of old-school handiwork, high-tech engineering and relationships around the world, a group of people who make cars -- not mechanical body parts -- built something life-changing. Scott Light of CBS affiliate WBNS in Columbus, Ohio, reports.
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Women from national security community speak out on sexual misconduct
Only on "CBS This Morning," we are hearing from two of the women who signed an open letter pushing to stop sexual harassment in the national security community. Two hundred twenty-three female professionals in the field signed the letter, claiming they survived sexual misconduct or knew someone who had. Margaret Brennan reports.
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Former DOJ Civil Rights head calls Harvard probe "unprecedented"
Earlier this month, CBS News learned the Justice Department is investigating the role of race in Harvard University's admissions process and whether Asian-American applicants are held to a higher standard. Now Attorney General Jeff Sessions is not answering questions about the investigation. Paula Reid, who got the silent treatment, reports.
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Japan nears a Covid-19 crisis. The Olympics could tip it over the edge
In less than three months, the world will be watching as Japan attempts to host the Summer Olympics in the midst of a global pandemic. As a fourth coronavirus wave takes shape, doctors fear the country's medical system could be pushed beyond the breaking point. CNN's Blake Essig gets rare access to the Covid-19 ward at Saitama Medical University International Medical Center.
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Virginia showdown: GOP using ranked-choice voting to pick gubernatorial nominee
Virginia Republicans are set to gather across the Commonwealth on Saturday to choose their nominee for governor in November’s general election, in a race where most of the leading contenders have touted their support for former President Donald Trump.
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Mystery surrounds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's matchmaker
Who was the mystery matchmaker who introduced Prince Harry and Meghan Markle? Britain's media is scrambling to find out. The couple is engaged to be wed in the spring. Charlie D'Agata reports from Kensington Palace.
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Democrats' dream: Congressional earmarks aim to federally fund 'wokeism'
Democrats in Congress are using earmarks to federally fund millions of dollars of "woke" pet projects in their districts, in an attempt to use taxpayer dollars to advance an equity and diversity focused agenda.
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American Airlines scheduling glitch could impact 15K flights
More than three weeks before Christmas, American Airlines faces a holiday meltdown. A union blames a computer glitch for giving too many pilots time off. The scheduling mistake could leave 15,000 upcoming flights without a captain, co-pilot or both. Kris Van Cleave reports.
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U.S. issues stark warning after North Korea missile test
The Trump administration is urging all countries to cut ties with North Korea after its latest missile test. Analysts say it's capable of striking anywhere in the United States, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the test "brings the world closer to war." Ben Tracy reports.
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Tax bill still being revised to appease GOP deficit hawks
The Senate version of a sweeping GOP tax overhaul could be headed for final passage this week. Senators voted Wednesday night along party lines, 52 to 48, to start debate on the bill. No Democrats support the package. Nancy Cordes reports.
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Arizona man charged with manslaughter in head-on crash with armored truck that left girl, 11, dead
An Arizona man involved in a March car crash that left an 11-year-old girl dead was charged with manslaughter this week, according to reports.
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Chinese Rocket Falling Tracker As Out of Control Long March 5B Crashes Back to Earth
The Long March 5B is expected to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere at some point on Saturday but the point where it will crash down remains unknown.
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Now open: From the Bahamas to the Leaning Tower of Pisa and more
The European Union and UK work out plans for summer vacations, Broadway theatre tickets go on sale for the fall, and Germany cancels Oktoberfest for the second time. Here's what happened in travel news this week.
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Op-Ed: How anti-democratic politics make India's COVID calamity worse
Narendra Modi's suppression of dissent has brought India to its knees and tens of thousands of Indians to their deathbeds.
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Will Trump face repercussions in sexual misconduct allegations?
President Trump tweeted Wednesday after NBC News fired host Matt Lauer over complaints of sexual misconduct. However, the president still faces accusations from his campaign of sexual wrongdoing. CBS News White House and senior foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Brennan joins CBSN with the latest details.
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Ernest Angley, longtime televangelist and author, dead at 99
The Rev. Ernest Angley, a televangelist who developed a loyal following for his ministry over several decades, has died, his organization announced Friday evening. He was 99.
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Jared Kushner interviewed by special counsel's office
CBS News has confirmed that White House advisor Jared Kushner was interviewed by special counsel Mueller's office earlier this month. CBSN's Elaine Quijano has the latest.
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NBC News fires Matt Lauer
NBC News fired "Today" show host Matt Lauer after accusations of sexual misconduct. Hours after his firing was made public, Variety published an article about Lauer that the magazine said it had been working on for months. Debra Birnbaum, Variety's executive editor of TV, joins CBSN to discuss.
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NBC News Fires Anchor Matt Lauer; Prince William on Harry's Engagement
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Senate votes to begin debate on GOP tax bill
The Senate voted along party lines Wednesday evening to begin debating the GOP tax bill. Colin Wilhelm from Politico joins CBSN, and says senators could vote on a final version of the bill by the end of this week.
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NBC News fires Matt Lauer for alleged sexual misconduct; French daredevils leap from mountain and fly into plane
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Public radio host Garrison Keillor fired for alleged improper behavior
Garrison Keillor, the former host of "A Prairie Home Companion," says he's been fired by Minnesota Public Radio over an allegation of improper behavior. Keillor told The Associated Press of his firing in an email.
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The truth about cruise ships in Venice
Cruise ships in Venice have long been controversial. After the Italian government issued a decree banning them from the lagoon in March 2021, locals are debating the best solution to the 'big ships' problem.
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Woman with Down syndrome talks about competing in Miss Minnesota USA pageant
A Minnesota woman broke barriers over the weekend as the first contestant with Down syndrome to compete in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant. CBS Minnesota's Jennifer Mayerle has more on Mikayla Holmgren's story.
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Trump said the tax bill will "cost me a fortune" during speech
President Trump pushed the Senate's tax reform bill during a speech in St. Louis, Missouri, insisting "we're ready" if the bill went up for a vote in the Senate now. Further, he claimed "this is going to cost me a fortune."
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These twins were like two peas in a pod -- except when Covid-19 struck
Kelly and Kimberly Standard are identical twins. But their individual experiences with the coronavirus were anything but identical.
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French daredevils leap from mountain and fly into plane
All Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet had to do was strap on a wingsuit then leap from a 13,000-foot mountain in the Swiss Alps and fly into the open door of a light plane. Turns out, it's not so easy. Anthony Mason has the story.
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Glitch allows too many American Airlines' pilots to take vacation
There was a software glitch in the system that handles scheduling for American Airlines' 15,000 pilots. It allowed too many to take vacation time during the very busy Christmas travel season. Kris Van Cleave reports.
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I cleaned out my mother’s things years after she died. As I lost the clutter, I gained clarity.
I finally settled on what to keep, what to say goodbye to. I now understand that stuff and memories are two very different things.
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Opinion: We're still angry about the pandemic, but angry in a hopeful way
A few months ago, we were worried about the healthcare system collapsing. Now we're worried about vaccine hesitancy. That's progress.
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Vultures circle a tropical paradise in Florida as Brevard County's graveyard of manatees grows
Manatees are starving in Florida and humans are responsible for the mess. Sewage, detritus and fertilizers are fueling the crisis.       
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How parents can learn to recognize online radicalization and prevent tragedy – in 7 minutes
It doesn't take much time to make a real difference. Parents can build their competence and confidence in the time it takes to drink a cup of coffee.       
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Paula Reid on a question she asked that seemingly touched a nerve
At a news conference Wednesday, CBS News justice reporter Paula Reid asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions about his department's civil rights priorities. Her question seemed to have touched a nerve.
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Lauren Appell: Why Dems' poor performance in Virginia may flip state red, point to GOP victories in 2022
Republicans in Virginia will choose their nominees for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general at their party’s convention this Saturday.
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The Facebook Oligarchs' Betrayal of America | Opinion
To understand the depth of the hypocrisy and anti-Americanism of the Facebook elites, it is revealing to look at who they are not removing from the platform.
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How much harm comes from taking AP exams during a pandemic?
Leading educator calls the tough tests traumatic. I say they’re motivating.
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