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♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: breaking news tonight-- history in the senate, as the chief justice and senators are sworn in, the bombshell allegations that could change the impeachment trial. the new witness who says the president and his aides knew everything. plus, the government agency that says the white house broke the law. armed extremists arrested-- the f.b.i. stops three men with a homemade assault weapon and 1,500 rounds of ammunition, ahead of a gun rights rally in richmond. why prosecutors fear they were part of a larger call for violence by neo-nazis. mega-storm on the move. the weather systems bringing blizzard conditions to the midwest, and torrential rains to texas, now set to merge into a blockbuster storm.
tonight the new forecast putting half the country in its path. hot tempers caught on a hot mic: >> i think you called me a liar on national tv? >> o'donnell: that confrontation between presidential candidates, and the questions it's raising among democrats about whether a woman can beat president trump. medical wake-up call for women. the important new study about blood pressure and women's heart health-- what doctors may have been ignoring. hello, and good-bye. prince harry makes his first public appearance since announcing his royal exit, but could it be his last? and, forgotten no more. one woman's remarkable effort to restore the work of musicians ignored by history. 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. it was a day of ceremony in the u.s. senate, against a backdrop of new allegations
against the president. chief justice john roberts took the oath, and moments later he swore in senators, each pledging impartial justice in the impeachment trial of president trump. house managers formally read the charges against mr. trump, who becomes just the third president in american history to face a senate trial, but the first to do so while running for reelection. but just as history was unfolding on capitol hill, a government agency today ruled the president broke the law by withholding aid from ukraine. and tonight, there are explosive new accusations by a witness who says the president knew everything about efforts to dig up dirt on joe biden. we have all the developments covered. ben tracy is at the white house, but we're going to begin with nancy cordes on capitol hill. >> reporter: norah, even as this trial gets under way, new evidence continues to emerge, and what these 100 senators are going to have to decide at the oval of he day is whether all, m
ide ev >> io.eporteatckffice.? grassley whispered "god bless you" after chief justice john roberts took the reins in the senate trial. >> will all senators now stand. >> reporter: his first act, swearing in the senate, which will serve as the jury. >> you will do impartial justice onstrding to the constitution and laws, so help you god. >> we do. >> reporter: lead house manager adam schiff offered this refresher on the charges: >> president trump solicited the interference of a foreign government, ukraine, in the 2020 united states presidential election. >> reporter: just today, a non-partisan government watchdog agency announced that the white house office of management and budget violated the law last summer when it followed president trump's order to withhold millions in aid to ukraine. >> i have never, ever seen a repoik>> repter: but r
wnplay claims anarnas, idt's ha on ukraine to investigate the bidens. >> the source of the evidence is at best questionable. >> i don't want to hear from any mitnesses. o senaorter: house speaker nancn whsi. republicans who say they shouldn't have to consider new evidence, like the parnas material, because it wasn't included in the house investigation? >> they're afraid of the truth. this is just another avoiding of the facts and the truth on their part. >> o'donnell: and nancy joins us from the hill. nancy, the president is slated to deliver the state of the union in just 2.5 weeks. what happens if that impeachment trial is still going on? >> reporter: well, speaker slosi said today, norah, that the president has three options. he can come anyway and give his speech. he can ask for a delay. or, he can simply provide his address in writing without a speech, the way that presidents
used to do in the 1800s. incidentally, norah, president clinton faced the exact same dilemma back in 1999. he decided to go ahead with his speech. >> o'donnell: some important history, nancy. we want to turn now to those new allegations that challenge the president's defense, just as his impeachment trial is starting. soviet-born businessman lev parnas says he worked closely with the president's personal lawyer, rudy giuliani, trying to force ukraine to investigate joe biden. and parnas says the president knew exactly what was going on. ben tracy reports from the white house. >> reporter: pictures lev parnas gave to impeachment investigators show him with president trump, his family, and his inner circle, but today, the president denied knowing him. >> i don't know him at all. don't know what he's about. >> he lied. >> reporter: in a series of explosive interviews, parnas claims he was rudy giuliani's man on the ground in ukraine, tasked with making sure an investigation into the bidens t
was goi officials were also in the loop, including vice president mike pence, then-national security adviser john bolton, and attorney general bill barr. >> attorney general barr was basically on the team. >> reporter: the justice department says that's 100% false, and the white house argues, parnas is simply not credible. >> this is man who is under indictment and who's actually out on bail. >> reporter: parnas does deny working with trump donor robert hyde to have u.s. ambassador to ukraine marie yovanovitch followed. but today, the ukrainian government opened an investigation into whether she was under surveillance, and the f.b.i. searched hyde's connecticut home and office. trump allies saw yovanovitch as an obstacle to launching anen tn says she was removed for not supporting what it claims was its anti-corruption agenda. >> it was never about corruption.
it was never-- it was strictly about burisma, which included hunter biden and joe biden. >> reporter: white house sources say these allegations by parnas won't change the outcome of the impeachment trial, but they do acknowledge they have made things messy. other sources say that even more unsavory allegations could surface once the trial is over. norah? >> o'donnell: all right, ben, thank you. the f.b.i. arrested three members of a neo-nazi group known as "the base" today. prosecutors say they were armed with a homemade assault weapon and were planning to attend a pro-gun rally in richmond on martin luther king day. tonight, there are new concerns about violence at that rally. virginia's governor has declared a state of emergency, warning violent groups may try to storm the capital or use weaponized egreponigh richmond. >> reporter: among the men arrested is patrik mathews, a canadian army veteran said to be an explosives expert. the three men face weapons charges for building a "functioning assault rifle," and
are alleged to be members of a white supremacist group known as "the base," which calls for violence against minorities with sar ceme had discussed heading to richmond for monday's gun rights rally. they had recently purchased 1,500 rounds of ammunition. >> the threat in this kind of situation is, with 1,500 rounds and semi-automatic rifles, hundreds of people could go down in seconds. >> reporter: with fears of the charlottesville chaos in 2017, police in virginia have been bracing for violence on monday. governor ralph northam declared a state of emergency, banning all weapons near the capitol, and warned of threats from out-of-state militia groups. >> threats like storming our capital, is one specifically. weaponizing drones over our capital square is another. >> reporter: rally organizer phillip van cleave said the event should not be canceled because of the three men arrested. >> they're the problem makers.
if they're trying to create problems, the police will handle them. we will go on. >> reporter: one of the two americans arrested is an army veteran who served in iraq. and when the f.b.i. moved in to take the men into custody, we're told two of the men tried to destroy their phones. on powerfrmte s to howl across the country, with more than 170 million people in its path. snow is piling up fast in the northwest. in oregon, its icy roads are cutting visibility for drivers. it's also spinning tires in washington state. lonnie quinn from wcbs tv joins us. lonnie, what happens when this heads east? >> reporter: well, okay. it's going to be merging with the second storm. so here's storm number one that you're talking about, in the pacific northwest. storm number one will find storm number two, that is currently down around texas. in fact, this is causing its own problems with big flooding conditions outside of dallas.way make their push from the west to the east. who gets the worst of it?
i think the dakotas will be dealing with some blizzard conditions. places like minneapolis and detroit, i think you'll havema s move into the northeast as well. now, for a place like boston, before the snow gets to you-- and i think boston, you'll go from snow to rain. before the snow gets to you, your temperatures will plummet. take a look at this. this is a great story, norah. because boston on sunday, okay, had their warmest january da tomorrow morning, it will feel like 1 below. that's a big flip-flop for bean town. norah. >> o'donnell: look at those wind chills. >> reporter: isn't that something? >> o'donnell: all right, lonnie, thank you. tempers were hot in the moments after tuesday's democratic presidential debate, and so were the mics. now, the caught-on-tape between elizabeth warren and bernie sanders is highlighting the barriers women still face in trying to win the white house. >> have you spoken to senator warren? >> reporter: neither senator bernie sanders, nor senator elizabeth warren-- >> i have no further comment on. what everyone else is g
about: thes . >> i think you called me a liar on national tv. >> sorry, what? >> i think you called me a liar on national tv. >> you know, let's not do it if you want to have that discussion, we'll have that discussion. >> anytime. >> you called me a liar, you told me-- all right. let's not do it now. >> reporter: the disagreement stems from whether he once told her that a woman couldn't be president. >> as a matter of fact, i didn't say it. >> i disagreed. >> reporter: warren fund-raised off the episode, highlighting the success of women candidates since president trump was elected. but our poll of super tuesday voters finds 49% think the democrats would have a harder time beating mr. trump if their nominee is a woman. while they battle it out in washington-- >> i would rather be in iowa today. there is a caucus there in 2.5 weeks. >> reporter: --pete buttigieg is taking advantage in iowa, where he's holding nine events in two days. are you going to have an unfair advantage out here in iowa with that trial? >> i'll leave it to the analysts to figure out the political impacts. what i know is that we're going to use every moment available to us. >> o'donnell: and ed joins us
back from the campaign trail. so here's the interesting development. four democrats in the senate running for president, two of them warren and sanders. what are they all going to do when they've got to be in washington and can't be in iowa? >> reporter: they would love to be out on the campaign trail, but instead, they will be sending out their spouses and top surrogates to campaign in their place. this gives a huge advantage to pete buttigieg and joe biden, especially in iowa and new hampshire, because as we well know, those are two states where the voters love their face time with candidates. >> o'donnell: all right, ed. thank you so much. well, today, prince harry made his first public appearance since he and his wife meghan declared their independence from the royal family. harry will soon join meghan in canada. jonathan vigliotti is there, and also has new details about a possible announcement coming soon from buckingham palace. >> reporter: while meghan markle is getting to know what could be her new neighborhood in vancouver, prince harry was beginning to exit his, making what may be his last appearance at buckingham palace as an official senior royal. promoting the sport of rugby, prince harry joined kids in the
queen's backyard, and later, ignoring media questions, hosted the draw for the rugby world cup games.egos more se approach, shg arhis wet ung woman's social justice group ngwstorm, without theng>> s w rm making tmeeting work. >> reporter: zoe craig-sparrow with justice for girls spoke with the duchess over tea. >> her analysis is incredible. she really made all of us feel super comfortable and at ease. >> reporter: the conversation was kept professional, but meghan has been candid about the prying british media, and privacy may be a little bit easier to come by in canada. their first appearance as a couple was in toronto in 2017, where meghan lived as an actress. >> i get my meat here. my favorite bakery. you can bring your dog, too. >> reporter: but the feelings may not be mutual. experts estimate the price to protect the royals when living in canada could run as much as $10 million a year. in a recent poll by an independent research group, nearly 75% of canadians said
"no thank you" to paying for their protection. and british media now reporting that buckingham palace will hava the state of talks with the royal couple, and their potential new roles. we also hope to learn more about when prince harry will join his new family here in canada. norah? >> o'donnell: all right, jonathan, i'll bet you'll have the update for us tomorrow. thank you. and there is still much more news ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news." what researchers have learned about blood pressure in women, even those in their 20s, and how it could impact their treatment. strike three-- another manager is out in baseball's cheating scandal. and, their music was lost for generations because of discrimination. tonight, one effort to bring back the work of black composers. i was able to discover one cousin, reached out to him, visited ireland, met another 20 cousins. they took me to the cliffs of moher,
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our heart health? women make up nearly half of the 100 million americans who have high blood pressure, and a new study finds women's blood pressure begins to increase earlier and at a steeper rate than men's. it's a wake-up call that could impact how women are diagnosed and treated. we're joined now by cardiologist dr. tara narula, and doctor, we were talking earlier about this. what does this study say? >> reporter: well, norah, there has really been this perception that women are smaller versions of men, that we develop the same type of cardiovascular disease, just at a later stage of life. and, this research challenges that notion and says, no, in fact, the biology of women is different, the physiology of women is different, and the way we end up presenting with our cardiovascular disease is different. and so in this study they, in fact, found that blood pressure changes started happening in women as early as their 20s, and the rate of increase, the trajectory of rise, was bigger and steeper and faster in women. >> o'donnell: and it sounds like really a systematic issue. are women being under-diagnosed
and under-treated? >> yes, and they're also under-researched. we really have a lack of sex-specific research, and we need that to help inform our care. you know, we in the cardiology community who treat women have talked about how we've taken a "bikini" approach to treating women, where we focus on just the breasts and reproductive organs. and that's a big problem. that's why we find ourselves in a situation where more women die after their first heart attack than men. more women die after bypass surgery than men. so we need this type of research to change those statistics. >> o'donnell: i had never heard that phrase, "bikini medicine," before. dr. tara narula, thank you so much. >> thank you. >> o'donnell: we are following breaking news from outside chicago. a pickup truck slammed into a starbucks in mchenry, illinois late this afternoon. part of the building collapsed. at least five people were hurt, two critically. there are also reports of a possible gas leak. today, the new york mets parted ways with their newly-hired manager, carlos beltran. major league baseball says
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preservision. >> o'donnell: some of the world's finest classical music might have been lost forever, were it not for a woman who has spent nearly two decades restoring it to prominence. adriana diaz on the quest to find and catalog pieces writtena os >> ready? go. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> reporter: at brooklyn's ryder elementary school, students in the harmony program got a front- row seat to world-class violinist rachel barton pine. ♪ ♪ she's playing music by composers like ignatius sancho, a self- taught british slave. and chevalier de saint-georges,
>> this music, a lot of it hasn't been published. a lot of it was published, but is long out of print, due to historic discrimination. >> reporter: the classical music of more than 350 black composers spanning four centuries has resurfaced, thanks to pine's >> my primary motivation behind doing this work is to inspire young african american students that classical music is part of their history, and that they're an important part of classical music's future. >> reporter: and it seems to be working. who did you think classical music was for? >> old people. >> reporter: and now do you feel like classical music is for you? >> yes. >> reporter: pine's initiative, "music by black composers," has created a music book and even a coloring book-- inspiration composer jessie montgomery would have welcomed when she was younger. >> knowing about these performers and composers probably would have eliminated the question in my head: am i
odd for being black and interested in classical music? >> reporter: it's a question already answered by these young violinists. >> i want to be a composer so i can share my feeling with the world. >> oh, that's so sweet! i love that. >> tchaikovsky doesn't expect his violin concerto to only be played by russians. we're all supposed to play all the good music, because that's how we learn about each other. >> reporter: and, orchestrate harmony. adriana diaz, cbs news, brooklyn, new york. br o'donnell: what an incredible gift. and we'll be right back. (mom) were you planning on mowing the lawn today? [thunder] (son) no. (burke) saved by the bolt. seen it. covered it. at farmers insurance, we know a thing or two because we've seen a thing or two. ♪ we are farmers. bum-pa-dum, bum-bum-bum-bum ♪ (vo) get a quote today.
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