The New Cold War

60 Minutes gets a rare look inside U.S. Strategic Command and discovers the extraordinary measures the military takes to make sure only the president can launch a nuclear attack

The following is a script from “The New Cold War” which aired on Sept. 18, 2016. David Martin is the correspondent. Mary Walsh, producer.

One of the key questions of this presidential campaign is who has the health and temperament to become the next commander-in-chief and assume the unthinkable power to use nuclear weapons. The Cold War as we knew it may be over, but both the U.S. and Russia still keep enough nuclear weapons on alert to end civilization. And now a new Cold War is brewing with both sides developing more sophisticated and more accurate weapons.

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South Korea reveals it has a plan to assassinate Kim Jong Un

Kim Jong Un inspects Farm No. 1116 in an undisclosed location in a photo released September 13, 2016.

Seoul (CNN)South Korea has elite troops on standby ready to assassinate Kim Jong Un if the country feels threatened by North Korean nuclear weapons, the country’s defense minister revealed this week.

Asked in parliament Wednesday if there was a special forces unit already assembled that could eliminate North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, Han Min-koo said: “Yes, we do have such a plan. “

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Yahoo confirms state-sponsored attacker stole personal data of “at least” 500 million users

As indicated by an earlier report, Yahoo today confirmed it’s working with law enforcement to investigate a data breach which affected the account information of “at least” 500 million users. The company says that the user account information was stolen from its network in late 2014 by what it now believes to be a state-sponsored actor. The stolen information includes people’s names, email addresses, telephone numbers, birth dates, passwords (most hashed with bcrypt), and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted responses to security questions and answers.

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Lyft’s ambitious future vision includes self-driving dominance by 2021

Lyft’s ambitious future vision includes self-driving dominance by 2021

This week, Uber started picking up passengers with self-driving test cars in Pittsburgh – so it’s not surprising that just a few days later, Lyft has something to say on the subject. Lyft’s response may not be autonomous cars in active duty, but it is a lengthy, detailed treatise on how Lyft sees the future of transportation over the next ten years, as penned by Lyft co-founder and President John Zimmer.

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Christie falsely claims Trump hadn’t talked ‘birther’ for years

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks on the second day of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on July 19, 2016.

Washington (CNN)New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Sunday Donald Trump’s questioning of President Barack Obama’s birthplace was “done,” arguing falsely that Trump hasn’t talked about it for years and had put to rest any remaining questions Friday.

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Putin’s party wins majority in parliamentary elections

(CNN)Russian President Vladimir Putin’s political party, United Russia, has won a majority in the country’s parliamentary elections.

According to a report from Russian state-run news agency Interfax, United Russia won 54.21% of the vote, with 90% of all votes counted.

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New York City explosion rocks Chelsea neighborhood

NEW YORK An explosion shook a New York City neighborhood Saturday night, leaving more than two dozen people injured.

The blast occurred on West 23rd Street in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood shortly after 8:30 p.m. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said it was too early to determine what caused the explosion, but early indications are that it was an “intentional act.” However, de Blasio said it there was no evidence of a terrorism connection as of late Saturday night.

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Democrats release email exchange between Colin Powell, Hillary Clinton

House Democrats late Wednesday released a full email exchange in which Colin Powell advised Hillary Clinton just after she was sworn in as secretary of state on the use of personal email and devices.

The exchange, released by Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, occurred two days after she took over the cabinet position in 2009.

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Tough night for Trump, Clinton at national security forum

Tuesday night’s “Commander-in-Chief” forum on NBC was the first time Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have appeared on the same stage for a candidate event—and it proved a difficult night for both of them.

Clinton, who took the stage first, faced a barrage of questions about her use of private email—including some from veterans themselves—and seemed irritated by the focus on that and her past actions with regard to the Iraq War and the intervention in Libya.

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PlayStation 4 Pro games look amazing, but don’t expect real 4K

4K rendering is hard, ya’ll.

The PlayStation 4 Pro is undoubtedly the most powerful game console I’ve ever seen. Its GPU (powered by AMD’s new Polaris technology) is more than twice as fast as the original PS4, and it sports a faster clock speed as well. But while Sony is marketing it as the ideal console for 4K gaming, the truth is a bit more complicated. Rendering 4K games is something that’s still tough for high-end PC gaming rigs today. So Sony is giving developers a variety of ways to make their games look better than standard 1080p titles on the PS4, even if they can’t quite reach 4K.

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