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For January 28, 2010, CBS

Thu, 01/28/2010 - 8:01am
Michelle GielanAssociated Press

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MAN 1: Madame Speaker--MAN 2: The President of the United States--

CROWD (in unison): Yeah.

MICHELLE GIELAN: Job One: President Obama says he gets (INAUDIBLE) economy and unemployment must take center stage.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Jobs must be our number one focus in 2010.

MICHELLE GIELAN: More Trouble for Toyota: The world's largest automaker expands its recall in the United States and in Europe.

And Super Controversy: A Super Bowl ad starring University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow tackles the abortion issue.

This is the CBS MORNING NEWS for Thursday, January 28, 2010.

Good morning, glad you're with us. I'm Michelle Gielan. This morning President Obama heads to Florida to announce a grant for a high-speed rail system. It's an enterprise to create jobs and job creation was the central theme of last night's State of the Union address. The President acknowledged mistakes, chastised Republicans, and promised to move forward. Tara Mergener is in Washington with details. Tara, good morning.

TARA MERGENER: Good morning, Michelle. Well, the President had a lot riding politically on that speech. Last night, he called for cooperation and support.

(Begin VT)

TARA MERGENER: President Obama's top priority this year is getting millions of Americans back to work.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I want a jobs bill on my desk without delay.

TARA MERGENER: After devoting much of his first State of the Union address to the issue, he'll drive home the message today in Tampa, Florida. He'll announce eight billion dollars in grants for high speed rail development, expected to create thousands of new jobs.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: We can put Americans to work today building the infrastructure of tomorrow.

TARA MERGENER: Several ideas for job growth came up last night, among them ending tax breaks for companies that move jobs overseas and using the thirty billion in bailout money repaid by Wall Street banks to boost lending for small businesses. The President also touched on the monster deficit, announcing a task force to tackle it, and proposing a freeze on some government spending.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Families across the country are tightening their belts and making tough decisions. The federal government should do the same.

TARA MERGENER: While jobs and the economy dominated much of the speech, the President didn't shy away from the other item at the top of his agenda, health care reform.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Don't walk away from reform. Not now. Not when we are so close.

TARA MERGENER: He urged Congress to take another look at the issue and work together to get the job done.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Just saying no to everything maybe good short term politics, but it's not leadership.

TARA MERGENER: But political differences were clearly on display last night both during the speech and afterwards.

GOVERNOR BOB MCDONNELL (R-Virginia): Top-down, one-size-fits-all, decision- making should not replace the personal choices of free people in a free market.

TARA MERGENER: Republicans say now that President Obama has laid out his message, it's time he starts listening to the American people.

(End VT)

TARA MERGENER: And after Florida today, the President will head for Maryland and New Hampshire. Michelle, back to you.

MICHELLE GIELAN: Tara Mergener in Washington. Tara, thank you.

A CBS News poll conducted online immediately after the President's speech found eighty-three percent of those who watched the speech approve of the proposals made by Mister Obama. Seventeen prevent disapprove. And after hearing what the President had to say, six out of ten thinks that he has a clear plan for creating jobs compared to just four out of ten before the speech.

Now to Toyota and another hit for the world's largest automaker which is expanding its recall. Toyota recalled another 1.1 million vehicles last night. This time the problem is gas pedals that could get caught on floor mats. Included are the Highlander, Corolla, Venza, Matrix, and Pontiac Vibe. That's on top of more than 2.-something million cars and trucks recalled over accelerators that get stuck, a recall that was expanding to Europe this morning.

SEAN KANE (Safety Research and Strategies Inc.): The credibility of the company is on the line in terms of what's really going on. They've left that door open and they realize they've got a bigger problem.

MICHELLE GIELAN: Toyota says it believes it has a solution for that problem. But in the meantime, it's suspended sales and stopped production of the affected cars and trucks. And several rental companies have pulled Toyota cars from their fleets.

North Korea says it's holding an American who illegally crossed its border with China. The man was detained on Monday. The North is also holding another American for illegal entry. He was arrested last month.

This morning, Iran executed two men convicted on charges of post-election unrest. The unrest began after the disputed June election. Thousands took to the streets during anti-government rallies. Dozens were arrested. Nine others have been sentenced to death.

Ending the war in Afghanistan is the focus of a seventy-nation conference in London today. One solution--pay the Taliban to stop fighting. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has joined the talks. The nations have pledged five hundred million dollars to target mid-level Taliban fighters, funding jobs, and paying for new housing.

In turkey, an incredible accident. Look at this. Surveillance video shows a dump truck with its dumpster raised slamming it to a footbridge in Istanbul on Monday. One person on the bridge fell to the ground, two others escaped without injury. The driver told police the dumpster just flew up suddenly while he was driving.

On the CBS MoneyWatch, stocks in Asia finally rebound and Emily Smith is here in New York with that and more. Emily, good morning.

EMILY SMITH: Good morning, Michelle. Yeah, Asian markets bounced back today after a week-long losing streak. Both Japan's Nikkei and Hong Kong's Hang Seng jumped almost two percent.

On Wall Street, a late day rally pulled stocks higher after the Fed signaled the economy was improving and that they're not raising interest rates. The Dow gained forty-one points. The NASDAQ was up seventeen.

Toyota's troubles are having a major affect on the company's bottom line since announcing they'd halt sales and production of eight vehicles to fix a potentially deadly defect. Shares of Toyota have dropped more than eight percent shaving thirteen billion dollars off its market value.

While Toyota is hurting, General Motors smells opportunity. To lure new customers, the Detroit automaker is now offering zero percent financing, a thousand dollars cash back, or a waiver of up to three lease payments.

Another Madoff is coming under scrutiny--a lawyer for Bernard Madoff's brother, Peter, says his client has been told he's now the subject of investigators probing the multi-billion-dollar fraud. Peter was a top executive for his brother's company.

Well, traveling JetBlue this weekend could be a headache. The airline's expecting some bumps as it transfers to a new reservation system. Passengers will not be able to check flight status, check in at jetblue.com, or make changes to an existing itinerary online for twenty- four hours that begins at noon on Friday.

And it's the first digital music on-- digital-only music album to hit the top spot on the Billboard Chart. The all-star Hope for Haiti Now album is a compilation of performance from last week's charity telethon. That's available only by download. It's sold more than a hundred and seventy thousand units over the weekend. Organizers of the telethon say it raised fifty-seven million dollars for relief efforts. And it has everything you need to be entertained. Michelle.

MICHELLE GIELAN: That's awesome. All right. Emily Smith here in New York. Emily, thanks.

Just ahead on the MORNING NEWS, John and Elizabeth Edwards go their separate ways.

Plus, it's finally here--Apple's iPad makes its debut--but will you buy it.

First, Katie Couric has a preview of tonight's CBS EVENING NEWS.

KATIE COURIC: How far have we come in the war against cancer and what still needs to be done in the next decade. Where America Stands on cancer and the innovative research that could be the key to finding a cure. Tonight, only on the CBS EVENING NEWS.

(ANNOUNCEMENTS)

MICHELLE GIELAN: Believe it or not, this is a very lucky dog--lucky, because after being trapped on an icy river and washed out into the Baltic Sea. He was spotted eighteen miles from shore by the crew of a Polish research vessel and rescued. And that, my friends, is one very lucky dog.

Not so lucky, Jammie Thomas-Rasset, a Minnesota woman, who may face another trial for sharing two dozen songs over the internet. Last year, she was ordered to pay nearly two million dollars in damages. A judge cut that to fifty-four thousand dollars, but Thomas-Rasset won't pay and the music trade group that sued her wants as new trial.

After a decade of top secret development, Apple has unveiled its latest electronic marvel, the iPad. At least, Apple CEO, Steve Jobs says it's a marvel and he's been right before with the iPod and the iPhone. So will this one join the seller list? Here's John Blackstone.

(Begin VT)

JOHN BLACKSTONE: Ten months after his liver transplant, a still-thin Steve Jobs used his signature zeal to unveil a gadget that's been the focus of speculation for weeks.

STEVE JOBS (CEO, Apple Inc.): And what this device does is extraordinary.

JOHN BLACKSTONE: It's called the iPad--a nearly ten-inch touch-screen tablet that Jobs says will fill a spot between a smartphone and a laptop.

STEVE JOBS: It's so much more intimate than a laptop and it's so much more capable than a smartphone.

JOHN BLACKSTONE: But what it does is actually quite familiar to anyone who uses a computer or a smartphone. It can browse the internet and display photos.

STEVE JOBS: Isn't that cool?

(Applause)

JOHN BLACKSTONE: It plays movies and music and runs all the games that now run on the iPhone. Industry analyst, Van Baker, had his doubts. But starting at five hundred dollars for the base model, he can see buyers lining up, even if it's not an entirely new concept.

VAN BAKER (Research Vice President, Gartner Inc.): Tablets have been around for a long time.

JOHN BLACKSTONE: And failed.

VAN BAKER: This may be the first generation of a tablet that is going to do extremely well.

STEVE JOBS: Just all works.

JOHN BLACKSTONE: If Apple is turning a new page with the iPad, it's with a big move into electronic books. The iPad has a new, e-book reader and Apple is opening its own online bookstore.

STEVE JOBS: And so I can browse around the New York Times so easily.

JOHN BLACKSTONE: There's been lots of speculation that Apple's tablet will bring new life to print media like newspapers and magazines. But so far there's no indication how the old media will wring profits from this new device.

John Blackstone, CBS News, San Francisco.

(End VT)

MICHELLE GIELAN: Former North Carolina senator and presidential candidate John Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth, have separated. The word came yesterday one week after Edwards admitted fathering a child with his mistress. Edwards' have been married for more than thirty years. They stuck together through many troubles, including Elizabeth's ongoing fight with cancer.

Howard Zinn, the author of a Peoples History of the United States, has died of a heart attack in Santa Monica, California. Zinn's popular and controversial book was published in 1980. It accused Christopher Columbus and other explorers of genocide, celebrated workers and war resistors and sharply criticized U.S. presidents and policies. Howard Zinn was eighty- seven.

(ANNOUNCEMENTS)

MICHELLE GIELAN: Check on the national forecast. The latest satellite picture shows the skies have turned cloudy over the Southern Plains and Southern Rockies. And it's a dry day, but very cold across the Midwest. Later today, much of the Northeast will see snow. A mixture of snow, sleet, and freezing rain will be developing over the Southern Plains and the West Coast will be cool but dry.

In sports, make it a straight for Denver Nuggets. But the Houston Rockets did not make it easy. In the second period, Trevor Ariza saves the ball to himself and then finishes off the fast break. On the fourth-- in the fourth, Denver's Chauncey Billups nails the turnaround jumper and JR Smith puts in a long three-pointer, as the Nuggets took it, 97 to 92.

And the New Jersey Nets gave their hometown fans a rare win. Chris Humphreys scored a career-high 25 as the Nets beat the LA Clippers, 103 to 87. The Nets are now 4-40 on this season.

Off the court, the NBA came down hard on Washington Wizards teammates Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton. They are suspended without pay for the rest of the season for bringing guns to the Wizards' locker room.

And now, to the Australian Open where defending champ Serena Williams powered her way past China's Li Na 7-6, 7-6. And Belgian Justine Henin dominated China's Zheng Jie winning 6-1, 6-0 in just fifty-one minutes. The two will meet in the women's finals.

Finally, Andre Dawson will enter Baseball's Hall of Fame as a Montreal Expo even though he asked to go in with as a Chicago Cub. Dawson spent eleven years with Montreal and then six with the Cubs.

When we return we'll take another look at this morning's top stories. And commercial controversy, the debate over a Super Bowl ad featuring college football star Tim Tebow.

(ANNOUNCEMENTS)

MICHELLE GIELAN: Here's another look at this morning's top stories. In his first State of the Union address, President Obama said he'll make jobs and the economy his number one and two priority this year. But the President said he won't walk away from health care reform.

And an international conference in London is considering how to end the Afghan war. Seventy countries, including the U.S., have pledged about five hundred million dollars in hopes of paying Taliban to stop fighting.

There's been another miracle rescue in Haiti. On Wednesday, a French rescue team pulled a seventeen-year-old girl alive from the remains of a house. She had been buried for fifteen days. Neighbors heard her calling. She had been buried for fifteen days. She was dehydrated, had broken leg and doctors say she was just moments from death. It's believed she may have had access to water from the home's bathroom.

Back home, there's more than a week to go before Super Bowl XLIV kicks off and a debate is heating up over an ad that will air featuring a popular college football player. Nancy Cordes reports.

(Begin VT)

NANCY CORDES: College superstar Tim Tebow is known for two things--his record-breaking plays and the Bible verses he wears on his cheeks during games. But it's his decision to tackle the abortion issue that's under the bright lights now. In a new ad to air Super Bowl Sunday, Tebow talks about his mother's choice to give birth to him despite doctors' concerns for her health.

TIM TEBOW: I think it's a great opportunity to show, you know, something very happy and a special story and, you know, my mom fighting for me.

NANCY CORDES: The ad, which is still under wraps, does not explicitly condemn abortion, but that hasn't stopped women's rights groups from demanding in a letter that CBS pull it.

JEHMU GREENE (Women's Media Center): CBS and the NFL need to listen to the forty percent of Super Bowl viewers that are women and scrap this ad.

NANCY CORDES: In fact, most media outlets have accepted advocacy ads for some time, CBS said in a statement, but this is the first time a divisive issue like abortion will be explored during the Super Bowl.

BARBARA LIPPERT (Columnist, Adweek): Do they really want an important message like that trivialized between dancing monkeys and farting horses, which is what people have come to expect of the advertising.

NANCY CORDES: The Tebow ad was produced by the evangelical group Focus on the Family, which spent at least 2.5 million dollars on the thirty-second spot even after laying off two hundred seventy-five people since 2008.

GARY SCHNEEBERGER (Focus on the Family): From our perspective, this money is a good investment because it allows us to put before the American people who we are and what we stand for.

NANCY CORDES: And while the ad may not be the kind of Super Bowl debut Tebow has in mind for his future, it's exactly what is on his mind now.

Nancy Cordes, CBS News, Washington.

(End VT)

MICHELE GIELAN: A close call in Boston's subway caught on tape. A man was seen tumbling head first into the tracks on Tuesday. He narrowly misses the third rail. The forty-four-year-old man was pulled from the pit by some good Samaritans. The victim suffered a head injury but was conscious and taken to the hospital. Police say he appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.

This morning on THE EARLY SHOW, reaction to the State of the Union address from Vice President Joe Biden and Republican Senator John McCain.

I'm Michelle Gielan and this is the CBS MORNING NEWS.

END

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