Americans reflected on Wednesday on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. Former CBS News correspondent Bill Plante covered the aftermath in Memphis of the April 4, 1968 assassination. Plante, who retired in 2016, told CBSN's Tanya Rivera on "Red & Blue" that King's assassination made him a "martyr." "As I think Jesse Jackson said today, people hate marchers but they love martyrs -- and that's a very good point," Plante said. "Once he was martyred as it were, he assumed an importance that will never die ... The fact that he did die enshrined him forever as the person he was -- who spoke fearlessly for civil rights and nonviolence. He was really deeply committed to nonviolence." MLK assassination: How Walter Cronkite covered the April 4, 1968 tragedy In his initial report, Plante reported the hundreds of people who visited King's body in Memphis. "They were old, they were dressed for work, they were almost all black -- and for some of … [Read more...] about MLK assassination: CBS News’ Bill Plante recalls covering Martin Luther King Jr.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin told CBS News that teachers wanting a raise is "kind of like having a teenage kid that wants a better car.""Teachers want more," Fallin said. "But it's kind of like a teenager wanting a better car."Read the CBS News story here.Talked w/Ok Gov Mary Fallin about #oklahomateachersstrike. She mentioned “outside” groups w/teachers at Capitol. I said yes...NEA and WV teacher union leaders.— Omar Villafranca (@OmarVillafranca) April 4, 2018 … [Read more...] about Gov. Mary Fallin to CBS News: Teachers wanting raise is ‘kind of like having a teenage kid that wants a better car’; mentions ‘antifa’
By Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus, Kabir Khanna and Anthony Salvanto Two in three Americans say gun policy is something a candidate must agree with them on in order to get their vote, a new CBS News Nation Tracker poll conducted by YouGov shows. This is true of Americans on both sides of the gun issue. Democrats are as likely as Republicans to say they must agree with a candidate on guns in order to support them. In total, 66 percent of respondents say a candidate must agree with them on gun control policy to have their vote, while 34 percent say a candidate can disagree and still have their vote. Among Republicans, 68 percent say a candidate must share their position on gun control to get their vote, while 32 percent say the candidate can disagree. Among Democrats, 68 percent say the candidate must agree with them on gun control to have their vote and 32 percent say the candidate can disagree. Among independents, 65 percent say the candidate must agree with them to have their vote, … [Read more...] about CBS News Nation Tracker: 2 in 3 say candidate must share their views on gun policy
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Demonstrators broke at least one car window, doused a bystander with drinks, and blocked busy downtown Sacramento thoroughfares in a second day of protests over the fatal officer-involved shooting of an unarmed black man. The Sacramento Bee reports Friday's protests grew unruly and sometimes violent. About 200 protesters confronted drivers in traffic, breaking the rear window of one car as it made its way through the throng. One video shows a protester jumping on an SUV's hood and the vehicle starting to drive off with him on top. The man jumped off, and the SUV sped away. The California Highway Patrol blocked ramps to Interstate 5 from protesters trying to disrupt traffic for a second day. Police fatally shot 22-year-old Stephon Alonzo Clark in the darkened backyard of his grandparents' home. He was shot while holding a cellphone that police said they thought was a gun, CBS News' John Blackstone reported. Directed by a law enforcement helicopter, two … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Protests in Sacramento over unarmed man’s death grow unruly
Last Updated Mar 24, 2018 9:55 AM EDT WASHINGTON -- Thousands are gathering in Washington Saturday for a protest that organizers claim will be a defining moment in the long-simmering national debate over gun-control legislation. Organizers of the March for Our Lives rally are hoping to draw 500,000 protesters; that would match last year's women's march and make this one of the largest Washington protests since the Vietnam era. It would also bolster claims that the nation is ready to enact sweeping changes to its gun control laws. More than 800 marches are planned in cities across America and dozens of locations overseas to be held at roughly the same time. Washington is generally nonchalant about protests, but Saturday's gathering has prompted more attention and speculation than usual. Police are bracing for the hundreds of thousands expected to gather for the rally, CBS News' Jeff Pegues reports. Washington officials say they are prepared to handle the crowds -- more prepared … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Organizers hope to draw half a million to the March for Our Lives rally