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biden. the group president trump is begging for support. >> suburban women, will you please like me? >> o'donnell: and the record nearly 15-million votes already cast. >> i think the lines are going to be maybe even worse on november 3. >> o'donnell: the showdown tonight between president trump's choice for the supreme court, amy coney barrett, and the democratic nominee for vice president, kamala harris. only on cbs news: breonna taylor's boyfriend, kenneth walker, tells gayle king about the night his girlfriend was shot and killed by louisville police. >> she screamed. like, i was holding her hand. >> reporter: you were holding her hand? >> yeah, like, while this was happening, pulling her down to the ground. >> o'donnell: and the american astronaut who spent her 42nd birthday blasting off into space. it's truly out of this world. >> this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell,
reporting from the nation's capital. >> o'donnell: good evening, and thank you for joining us. we are going to begin tonight with that revealing new announcement from melania trump, and a dire new warning about coronavirus spreading at thanksgiving. tonight, the first lady says her son, barron, did have the virus at the same time that she and the president were infected, but that the 14-year-old has now tested negative. and she's opening up about what she calls a roller coaster of symptoms, even as her husband has declared himself cured and immune from the virus. tonight, he's holding another campaign rally in iowa, expecting as many as 10,000 supporters to pack into an airport hangar there, even though cases of coronavirus in iowa are exploding. the nation's top infectious disease expert, dr. anthony fauci, says holding that event is risky. and in a new interview with us tonight, he's also warning about what he sees as another danger: family gatherings, including upcoming holidays. we'll have all that in just a moment, and our team of correspondents is standing by with a lot of new reporting tonight. cbs' weijia jiang is going to
lead off our coverage tonight from the white house. good evening, weijia. >> reporter: good evening, norah. tonight, cbs news has learned that rose garden super-spreader event had a wider reach than we thought. the first lady says she is glad that she, barron trump, and president trump trump all got the coronavirus at the same time, so they could take care of each other. first lady melania trump is opening up tonight about her son's covid-19 diagnosis and her own battle with the virus, writing, "my fear came true when 14-year-old barron trump tested positive." adding, "luckily, ha a strong teenager and exhibited no symptoms." mrs. trump revealed she had body aches, a cough and felt extremely tired, choosing a more natural route in terms of medicine, opting more for vitamins and healthy food to help her recover. asked about his son, president trump did not give any further details. >> barron's fine. >> reporter: tonight, the
president is making his first campaign stop in iowa since january. for a state that wasn't supposed to be competitive, the race is now tied, even though mr. trump won by nearly 10 points in 2016. the visit comes as iowa surpassed 100,000 coronavirus cases this week and has logged a recent surge in hospitalizations. >> i'm in such perfect shape. >> reporter: even after catching covid-19 himself, the president is holding one packed event after another. this billboard points to the site of tonight's rally. an estimated 10,000 people are attending, deifying federal guidelines limiting large gatherings in central iowa to 25. with biden leading nationwide and in most swing states, president trump must make up ground with seniors, a group he won by seven points in 2016, but now finds himself splitting evenly with biden. mr. trump is also struggling to
gain the support of suburban women, which may have prompted this direct plea in pennsylvania on tuesday: >> suburban women, will you please like me. ( cheers and applause ) please. please. i saved your damn neighborhood, okay? >> reporter: tomorrow night, the presidential candidates will hold dueling town halls after their second debate was scrapped over concerns about president trump's covid-19 diagnosis. he will be in miami, florida, while joe biden is in philadelphia, pennsylvania, two crucial battleground states. norah. >> o'donnell: weijia jiang, thank you. there is a dire prediction tonight that 135,000 more americans could die from covid in the next three months. that's because new cases are on the rise in at least 37 states, and only three are seeing decreases. we get more on this now from cbs' adriana diaz. >> reporter: wisconsin just set two records no one wants: the most daily covid cases and deaths the state's ever seen.
>> this is really the five-alarm fire in our communities. >> reporter: one hospital system saw a 500% rise in covid patients in the last few weeks. to ease the strain, a field hospital built near milwaukee opened today, all while midwest hot spots raged. in minnesota, the national guard is helping contain a nursing home outbreak. next door in south dakota, the more than 30,000 people infected so far would make it the state's third-largest city. michigan, once a covid hot spot, hospital admissions have doubled in last month. the wider view isn't much better. least 13 states broke records for hospitalizations in the last week. a bad omen for the u.s. could be what's happening now in europe, which has more daily cases than the u.s. for the first time since spring. a curfew was announced today in paris, while italy set a record for a one-day surge. and countries across the continent are re-imposing lockdowns. here at home, the c.d.c. says
small gatherings are fanning the spread, along with larger events like a sweet 16 party at this new york venue. of the 81 guests, 37 tested positive for covid, including students from eight schools. >> i have to admit, i've lost some faith in humanity. >> reporter: deb sumeic knows covid's impact firsthand. the wisconsin healthcare worker is on day 86 of lingering symptoms. what do you think of what's happening now in your state? >> i'm really disheartened by it. this state right now is so incredibly divided, and we've turned a health crisis into a political thing. >> reporter: the c.d.c. has announced that it may not recommend children receive the first wave of the vaccine because, as of now, clinical trials are only testing adults. norah. >> o'donnell: adriana diaz with all that important information. thank you. earlier, we spoke with dr. anthony fauci, the director of the national institute of allergy and infectious diseases
about the nationwide spike in cases and where the country goes from here in the fight against covid. >> we were in a difficult place to begin with, norah. as you know, what we're seeing, unfortunately, is upticks in case positivities, test positivities. that's going to translate, as it already is, into additional hospitalizations, which ultimately are going to translate into additional deaths. and now we're starting to see, as you said correctly, an uptick in cases, you know, in 37 states. i mean, that is a substantial proportion of the united states of america. >> o'donnell: let me ask you about these large-scale events. 10,000 people will reportedly attend president trump's rally tonight in an airport hangar in des moines, iowa. do you consider that type of event dangerous? >> when people are close to each other and you don't have virtually everyone wearing a mask, that is a risky situation that could very well lead to the
kind of spreader events that we have seen in similar settings. >> o'donnell: there is no approved cure for coronavirus. when people say, "the president beat it, i'm not worried about it," what's your response? >> you know, that's sort of like saying somebody was speeding in a car at 95 miles an hour and didn't get in an accident, so i can go ahead and speed and not get in an accident. we're very, very pleased that the president did so well when he was infected with coronavirus, but there are also a lot of people who are his age and his weight, which did not do as well as the president did. >> o'donnell: nearly 30 million children nationwide are physically back in the classroom, at least for part of the week. has this led to some of the outbreaks that were feared? >> for the most part, there has not been an indication that
children are massively spreading the virus in community. i'm sure that there is going to be some indication that it might happen, but we're not seeing that as a really major issue right now. >> o'donnell: the president also said there will be 100 million doses of the vaccine by the end of the year. is that number accurate? >> available to use in a person would mean that that vaccine would have to have been proven to be safe and effective. and right now, thre are a couple of candidates that are probably in a position that we will know by november or december whether or not they have a safe and effective candidate. if they do, there are only a few million doses of those vaccines that would be available. but when you say "is it available" of a vaccine that is proven to be safe and effective, it's not going to be 100 million doses. >> o'donnell: so what is your advice about thanksgiving? >> i think people should be very
careful and prudent. but when you're talking about relatives that are getting on a plane, being exposed in an airport, being exposed in a plane, then walk in the door and say, "happy thanksgiving," that you have to be careful about. >> o'donnell: and you can watch more of our interview at cbsnews.com/fauci. we turn now to 2020, america decides. the election is still 20 days away, but early voting records are already being broken. today voters lined up to cast their ballots in texas, virginia, georgia, and tennessee. they're among the 22 states where early voting is now under way. here's cbs' ed o'keefe. >> ladies and gentlemen, the polls are now open. ( cheers and applause ) >> reporter: nationwide, there are long lines and hours-long waits as more than 14.9 million early votes are in, shattering records from 2016. nearly two million in florida, about 1.2 million in michigan, at least another million each in california and texas, nearly 743,000 over the first two days
in georgia. and over a million here in virginia. among those in line at this suburban location are women fed up with president trump. >> i don't like the way trump acts. you know, he's always pumping his fist. and the pandemic, he hasn't done what he should have done. he stayed in a couple of days, and bullied his way out of the hospital. >> reporter: currently, joe biden leads the president nationwide by 18 points among women with college degrees. that's 11 points better than hillary clinton did with them four years ago. >> i'm part of the "team joe." i get probably 15 texts a day. ( laughs ) >> reporter: the biden campaign is seeking out women voters with ads like this one, starring a wisconsin mother concerned about the pandemic: >> but i think what's been really hard is that there's just no end in sight. >> reporter: polls show democrats are more likely than republicans to vote early. dana cogar took the whole day off from work just in case the lines were too long.
>> i felt anxious to get my vote in. i think the lines are going to be maybe even worse on november 3. >> reporter: here in virginia today, the voter registration deadline was extended another 48 hours after the voter registration web site crashed earlier this week. but that's done nothing to dampen enthusiasm. some of the folks in line have been waiting more than two hours to vote early. norah. >> o'donnell: even in the dark. ed o'keefe, thank you. today, supreme court amy coney barrett would not commit to to recusing herself from potential legal dispute over the election, but also said she would not be "used as a pawn" to decide the winner. this as barrett wraps up her second and final day of questioning moving ahead on what appears to be a clear path to a seat on the nation's highest court. here's cbs' nancy cordes. >> welcome back. >> thank you, senator. >> reporter: with her confirmation in site, judge amy coney barrett was even more cautious today, declining to weigh in on everything from the constitutionality of medicare... >> it's not a question that i've
ever considered before. >> reporter: ...to the validity of mail-in voting. >> that's a matter of policy on which i can't express a view. >> to me that just feels like a fundamental part of our democracy. >> reporter: democrats tried, unsuccessfully, to divine her views on voter discrimination. >> do you believe voter discrimination exists based on race in america in any form? >> i'm not going to express an opinion, because these are very charged issues. >> reporter: the 48-year-old appeals court judge did try to reassure her opponents on one front: obamacare. >> i think you're suggesting i have some hostility to the a.c.a., which i assure you i won't. >> reporter: they didn't buy it. >> i will be voting against her confirmation, your honor. >> reporter: but the republicans the cusp of a 6-3 court majority, gave her rave reviews. >> this is the first time in american history that we have nominated a woman who is unashamedly pro-life and embraces her faith without
apology and she's going to the court. >> reporter: if confirmed, barrett will help decide obamacare's fate this year. and repeatedly at this hearing, she argued that the justices may one decide to slice out one part of part of the law that's already defunct, but keep the rest. but, norah, she didn't say whether she backs that approach. >> o'donnell: tonight we are getting new insight into what night louisville police shot and killed breonna taylor in her home during a botched drug raid. no drugs were founder and no officer harbor charged. taylor's boyfriend, kenneth walker, tells gayle king what they heard that night and why he fired his gun, which is licensed, at officers. >> reporter: take us to that moment when your life really changed forever. >> it was a loud bang at the door, and nobody was responding. we were saying, "who is it?" >> reporter: you all did ask,
"who is it?" >> several times, several times, both of us. there was no response. >> reporter: you know, the police say that they said several times, "it's the police." >> if they knocked on the door and said who it was, we could hear them. it was dead silent. >> reporter: so the doors-- the doors fly off the hinges. >> i let out one shot, and, you know, i'm figuring somebody is trying to break in or some, they're not going to do anything after that. >> reporter: and after that, what happens? >> you know, i don't think i ever heard so many gunshots, like, all at the same time. >> reporter: when did you realize that breonna had been shot? >> you know, i guess in the-- in the middle of all the gunfire. like, she screamed. like, i was holding her hand. >> reporter: you were holding her hand? >> yeah, while this was happening, pulling her down to the ground but, you know, she was just scared so she just didn't get down. it's like march 13 every day pretty much. i never got to say bye. >> reporter: what does justice look like for you for breonna
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access.wgbh.org ♪ >> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." >> i'm kris van cleave in washington. thanks for staying with us this morning. the race to find a covid-19 vaccine and the politics behind those efforts has caused concerns to mount in the minds of many across this country. check out this new associated press poll. a quarter of americans say they won't take a vaccine when it's available. only 46% say they'll get the shot. 29%, nearly one in three, say they're unsure. this as the final stage of testing for two potential vaccines has been put on hold because of, quote, unexplained
illnesses in some volunteers. trials of a separate antibody therapy are also on pause. adriana diaz reports. >> reporter: drugmaker eli lilly announced a hold on its drug trial tuesday. it's the one taken by president trump. since his return to the white house, the president has heavily promoted antibody therapies to the public. >> it's totally safe, but it's powerful against this disease. so we're going to get it out to you. >> reporter: the national institute of allergy and infectious diseases said tuesday that the eli lilly trial was halted following a recommendation from the independent data and safety monitoring board, and that the trial will be on hold until october 26th at the earliest. cbs news medical contributor dr. david agus says these types of pauses are routine. >> this is nothing to cause great concern. i think it should be the opposite, that the public should say this is amazing. they're really taking every safety issue to heart and looking deeply before restarting the trial, which in almost all
cases they have done. >> reporter: the pauses come as the need for coronavirus treatment grows, with the rise in new cases in 37 states. a key driver, gatherings at places like family events. a recent cdc report found that a 13-year-old girl infected 11 people staying in the same house during a family vacation without masks or social distancing, dr. deborah birx of the white house coronavirus task force is telling americans to be prepared to adapt upcoming gatherings ike thanksgiving to the realities of the pandemic. >> this virus can spread among families and friends if you are -- take your mask off and you're primarily indoors. >> reporter: eli lilly said in a statement that this pause is really out of an abundance of caution. also, keep in mind that it's not known if any sick patients in either trial took the placebo or actual treatment. as for