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potus, short for president of the united states, tells hayney what time zone president obama is in. in case he has to reach the commander-in-chief in a hurry. who in the united states government has the authority to order the use of nuclear weapons? >> only the president of the united states has the that authority. >> does congress have to approve? >> no, congress does not have to >> these really are the president's own weapons. >> it is our nation's weapons with the president's authority. yes. >> hayney took us to the global operation center, top secret facility three stories underground. if a missile were launched against united states, the warning would be received here, and that clock would start ticking down. colonel barbara buhls, the watch commander. >> reporter: i see this sign up here. red impact. blue impact time.
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>> reporter: you would have the time. >> we would have time to impact. and blue impact would be, any, any, u.s. counterattack. >> reporter: lieutenant colonel brian highland would pull out the actions for a retaliatory nuclear strike. >> my responsibility is the strike con nuclear strike, nuclear precision handbook and alert status of all nuclear forces. also known as the black book. >> reporter: black book. >> is there ay book down here? >> there is in the safe. >> an identical copy of the black book is in the briefcase that follows the president wherever he goes. >> he is never away from the options? >> that's correct. >> reporter: would they tell him, what kind of weapons you could use? what targets you would hit? >> they would be that specific yes. >> reporter: would they give him an estimate of casualties? >> yep. we would have to give the
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that's one that i would expect to get. >> reporter: admiral haney would go to a room called the battle deck where he would talk directly to the president. >> is this the phone you would use? >> this is one of the phones, i might use, yes. >> chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. secretary of defense. i don't see the man who -- >> looking for the president. >> i an. >> i can speak to the president directly from this microphone. >> in a crisis how long does it take to get the >> not very long. >> reporter: if russia launched a missile from a submarine off the coast of the united states it would take only minutes to reach its target. >> so how long in fact does the president have to make a decision? >> he has minutes. 7, 8, 9, depending on details. but, less than ten minutes. >>the key architect of nuclear weapons during the cold war with the soviet union. >> reporter: if the weapons can
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does that mean we are -- still in the same old hair trigger. >> yes. >> standoff we were during the cold war? >> that's right. we are. we still have launch on warnings. same policy. same hair trigger response. >> reporter: what's changed since the cold war if we are still on this, this hair trigger alert? >> fundamentally, nothing has changed. >> reporter: but the numbers of weapons are much loper now than during the cold war? >> the number of weapons are sufficient to obliterate all of civilization. >> reporter: still? >> still. it doesn't take that many. we still have -- more than 1,000 nuclear weapons on alert. ready to go. and it doesn't take 1,000 to destroy civilization. >> reporter: at the end of the cold war both sides pledged to point their missiles at the open ocean. but it would take just minutes to change back to real targets. that provide a small hedge against an accidental war
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of the kind perry experienced in 1979 when a watch officer mistakenly inserted a training tape into a computer. >> looked like 200 icbms were on the way from the soviet union to the united states. happily, we got that situation figured out before we had to go to the president. but had we not, he would have received a call at 3:00 in the morning. said, sir you have 7, 8 minutes to decide whether to launch before the missiles land on icbm silos. >> reporter: what stopped it from going to the president? >> what stopped it was -- an astute general who sensed something was wrong. >> reporter: you have had one serious case in 45 years. that would seem like a pretty good record. >> yeah, only takes one. it only takes one. >> you can see the full report
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it's not all presidents and prime ministers at the united nations this week. rock star philanthropist bono is attending meetings. bono took time out from the humanitarian crusade to visit and sit down with charlie rose and they discussed bono's activism. music and views on the u.s. presidential race.
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social justice. where you and i met, on these, in the fight against extreme poverty. but that's, that's, how i got in the door. people weren't expecting that i wouldn't leave. but, you know when i would pea up on capitol hill here or any capital, you know, people would take the meeting. just to sort of have a look at this, exotic creature or whatever, rock 'n' roll person, but then, you know, i didn't leave. >> with all of the passion you have for social activism, is it in any way, doe ? oh-oh ? >> you know it has been -- the band works they have done. i know i have embarrassed them a lot. there is people that i meet they just wouldn't want me to meet. >> does trump come to you as somebody who is a change agent? because people are so unhappy about the status quo? or does he come to you as
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#. >> america is like the best idea the world ever came up with. but donald trump is potentially the worst idea that ever happened to america. potentially. it could destroy it. because of what we are saying. because, america is not just a country. ireland is a nice country. great britain is great country. all the rest. it is not an idea. america is an idea. and that idea is bound up in justice, equality for all. equality and justice for all. >> to making america strong. >> i think he hijacked the party. i think he is trying to hijack the -- the idea of america. and i think it is bigger than all of us. i think it is -- it's, this is really dangerous. >> why do you think this race is about even running against a woman who has been secretary of state, united states senator,
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>> i would not diminish trump supporters. or underestimate their angst. because i feel that in a way they have correctly assessed that the center parties haven't yet become clear. >> you are saying their angst is country. and where it is. >> yeah, yeah. >> there are very real problems facing not just america, facing europe. i remember, who is in the white house? i'm irish. i didn't have a vote. i can't be telling people how to vote. don't want to. but i have a voice. and i can say that who sits in that office, really affects everyone in this world. >> the "overnight news" will be
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some people are so upset with their choice this presidential election they called the whole thing a joke. helping matters by appearing on all the late night talk comedy shows the. michelle obama was on the late show with stephen colbert last night. last thursday alone it was donald trump, bernie sanders and bill clinton all on the set. don dahler has the story from outside the ed sullivan theater. >> for the candidates. late-night television can be risky. but it is an invitation too hard to pass up. a lot of people are worried that hillary clinton isn't healthy
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>> reporter: in an election season like no other, the candidates, hillary clinton and donald trump, have proven to be irresistible punch lines. >> tomorrow, hillary clinton is going to be cleared of all e-mail charges by judge judy. >> reporter: being a punchline is not the same as appearing in person. for a politician, late night interviews offer a chance to highlight a candidate's personality and reach a different audience. >> can i mess your hair up? ep along as tonight show host jimmy fallon poked fun at him thursday night. over the past 12 months, donald trump hit the late night circuit seven times. hillary clinton appeared eight times. rather than holding a press conference with journalists to address her health. hillary clinton did it with jimmy kimmel. >> take my pulse. >> oh, my god there is nothing there. >> reporter: late night interviews can be risky. her gamble backfired weeks later
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york city. >> she said she is not dead. but as we know she is a liar. >> her husband took to the daily show last night to try to set the record straight. >> used to be called when i was young, walking pneumonia. but some times you can't walk any more, you got to rest. that's what she did. >> richard zoglin, author of a time newsmagazine cover story, and late nights and changing political landscape. >> in johnny carson and jay leno, they made fun of candidates for personal foibles. th politically. >> there is still plenty of time for political satire, and for many people, any laughs are a welcome relief in this rancorous election season.
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the early warning about the bombing suspect. what ahmad khan rahami's father told authorities two years ago. and why that case was closed. also tonight, the wells fargo fraud scandal. the top man at the bank is called to account. >> i am deeply sorry that we failed in our responsibility to our customers. >> the costly mistake triple a says that millions are making when they fill their gas tank. >> and, brangelina, it is all over. hollywood's ultimate power couple splits. ? >> announcer: this is the cbs "overnight news."
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prosecutors have filed federal terrorism charges against him. earlier we learned that the man arrested in the weekend bombings in new york city and seaside park, new jersey, had been at one time, on the fbi's radar. homeland security correspondent jeff pegues begins our coverage. >> reporter: two years before the bombings, ahmad khan rahami's father says he warned police that his son might be a terrorist. >> i called the fbi two years ago. >> and what did you tell them? >> i told them you got a connection with this guy. >> reporter: a senior official tells cbs news, rahami's father mohammad called his son a terrorist during a heated argument at the new jersey family home. so heated police were called to the house. but the father later recanted his statement and the fbi never spoke with ahmad khan rahami
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lawyer. today, the fbi said it conducted internal database reviews. interagency checks. and multiple interviews of ahmad rahami none of which revealed ties to terrorism. after rahami was captured during a shootout with police monday, investigators found a notebook spattered with blood and pierced by a bullet. one police source described writings as gibberish. and quoted osama bin laden and anwar al-awlaki. rahami wrote of pipe bombs and cooker bombs in the streets. and oppression bwe he also wrote about wanting to live in peace. investigators are still trying to determine if rahami was acting alone. and they're looking closely at his trips overseas to afghanistan and pakistan. in 2013, rahami stayed in quetta, pakistan for a year, a known hotbed for al qaeda and taliban and made multiple trips to afghanistan where he and his family are from.
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according to police, rahami is in critical-but-stable condition. the two officers injured in yesterday's shootout are out of the hospital. a government official confirms that rahami's wife is in dubai and is apparently cooperating with investigators. late today, ahmad khan rahami was hit with several federal charges including use of a weapon of mass destruction. jeff pegues investigating for us. rahami's past. >> reporter: rahami lived here with his family, above their chicken restaurant in elizabeth, new jersey. he first came to the u.s. from afghanistan sources say. as a baby just a couple months aold. he attended edison high school in new jersey where one classmate contacted by cbs news described him as nice and easy going. others said he was quiet and kept to himself. this man knew rahami and his family.
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problem or a menace in school or society, or in the community. >> reporter: as a teenager, he and a girlfriend had a child. a daughter now in elementary school. after high school, he attended nearby middlesex county college, where he majored in criminal justice. a spokesman says he was a full time student from fall 2010 through fall 2012. but never graduated. neighbors said he later began working at his family's checken restaurant. in his early 20s, during his pakistan, he married. in 2014 he made efforts to bring his wife into the u.s. new jersey congressman confirmed rahami sent an e-mail from pakistan to his office, wanting to know the status of an entry visa and passport for his wife. she was later denied the visa the office said because she was fund to be 35 weeks pregnant and would have needed pakistani passports for herself and the baby to gain entry into the united states. now, the office says rahami told
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the congressman said his office did not have any reason to be concerned about rahami at that time. >> anna werner, thank you. now to the presidential election which is seven weeks from today. nancy cordes is covering the clinton campaign. ? and black voters has gotten blunter. >> i need you. i need you. i need you. >> reporter: that was clinton on the "steve harvey radio show" this morning and brought up the fatal shooting of an unarmed blackman in a traffic stop in tulsa. >> this is just unbearable. it needs to be intolerable. clinton phoned in from her chappaqua new york home where she spent the day prepping for
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day off again. she needs the rest. sleep well, hillary. see you at the debate. >> clinton's lighter public schedule in the face of tightening polls prompted some concern among donors and supporters. in a new memo her campaign manager reassures them that hillary clinton has many paths to 270 electoral votes. while donald trump has very few. it is an assertion even republicans strategists concede is true. clinton can get close to 270 by states and district of columbia and five states that consistently lean her way in the polls. from there she would need to pick up one or two of the remaining seven tossup states. while trump needs to win six of the seven. clinton may have won the support of a former republican president, george h.w. bush. robert kennedy's daughter, kathleen kennedy townsend visited with him and wrote on
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voting for hillary. bush spokesman would neither confirm nor deny. >> nancy cordes for us tonight. thank you. today, president obama took to the world stage and lashed out at donald trump. without mentioning him by name. here is mr. obama in his final address to the u.n. general assembly as president. >> today a nation ringed by walls would only imprison itself. so the answer cannot be a simple rejection of global integration. the embers of extreme is will continue to burn. countless human beings will suffer. most of all in that region. but extremism will continue to be exported overseas. and the world is too small for us to simply be able to build a
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affecting our own societies.
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donald trump is facing questions to night about his charitable foundation. after a report today in "the washington post." the foundation spent more than a quarter of a million dollars of donated money to settle lawsuits against trump businesses. that could be illegal. here's major garrett. >> if i give a lot of money to people and charities and everything. i love people. >> reporter: donald trump talks a good game about philanthropy. according to tax records he hasn't given to the foundation that bears his name since 2008. the documents show trump's foundation wrote a $100,000 check to the fisher house which provides homes to injured veterans and families to settle a lawsuit filed by palm beach against his mar-a-lago club.
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to the charity of a man who sued in 2010 for withholding prize money after he scored a hole in one at one of trump's golf courses. in another instance, trump's foundation paid $10,000 at a charity auction in 2014 for a portrait painted of trump. it was the second time trump used foundation fund for a portrait of him. nearly all of the foundation money since 2006 has come from other donors. federal of charitable fund for personal or business gain. david farenthold of "the washington post," investigated trump's charity for months. i talked to tax experts, who say they have never seen some body use character tee to pay off legal settlements for for profit businesses. >> trump's campaign had no comment at today's rally. trump said he would use other people's money to build a border wall and resettle refugees.
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people's money. >> major garrett reporting for us tonight. major, thank you. >> trump and clinton will hold their first debate next monday evening. in hempstead, new york. cbs news will bring it to you live. beginning at 9:00 eastern time. trump's son, donald trump jr. is taking the heat this evening for a tweet in which he used skittles to represent syrian refugees. he wrote, "if i had a bowl of and i told you just three would kill you. would you take a handful?" and among those taking issue are the makers of skittles. the wrigley company said today, "skittles are candy. refugees are people." the refugee crisis for the most part involves millions of syrians fleeing civil war. tonight, the u.s. is blaming russia for yesterday's attack on
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section of aleppo that has been starved by the syrian regime. elizabeth palmer continues her reporting from aleppo. >> reporter: morning light revealed the scale of the destruction. scorched wreckage and tons of humanitarian aid, food and basic supplies, scattered in all directions. the red crescents local head, was among the dead. he had set out with a convoy on monday to deliver aid in a rebel-held area. but after dark, a witness caught the moment the convoy was hit. multiple air strikes say witnesses, blew up not only the loaded trucks, but also the red crescent's warehouse. >> more than 20 vehicles. 20 trucks full of food. >> reporter: rescue crews among the first on the scene. >> pampers. pampers. aid from the u.n. >> reporter: it took the syrian
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strike had occurred. shortly after that, the syrian military came out and said, they had had nothing to do with it. u.n. representatives said earlier in the day, that the convoy was hit by air strikes. the only planes in the air in the area at the time were syrian and/or russian. and the pentagon is saying tonight, that preliminary indications show it was a russian aircraft that hit the convoy. all the russians deny it. as for the u.n., they're no longer calling it an air strike at all. but simply an attack. diplomatic language, scott that is going t people. but may just help to rescue a cease-fire in tatters. >> elizabeth palmer inside devastated aleppo. liz, thank you very much. today on capitol hill, the head of wells fargo said he is deeply sorry for a growing scandal. to meet sales quotas, bank employees opened millions of
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without telling the customers. the bank was fined $185 million. john blackstone is following this. >> i accept full responsibility for all unethical sales practices in our retail banking business. >> reporter: despite his apology, wells fargo ceo john stumpf came under withering criticism with democratic senator elizabeth warren leading the charge. >> did you fire any of the people? >> no. >> no. okay. you haven't resigned. you haven't returned a single nickel of your earnings, you haven't fired a single senior executive. your definition of accountable ties push the blame to your low level employees. it is gutless leadership. >> stumpf admitted his employees opened 2 million credit and checking accounts that may not have been authorized by customers.
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you should give back the money that you took while this scam was going on. and you should be criminally investigated. this just isn't right. >> wells fargo fired 5300 lower level employees because of the unauthorized accounts. ruth landaver department. was a credit manager in 2010. >> every hour you had to report how you were doing on sales to customers? >> yes, yes. >> she said she left because of the intense sales pressure. >> let's say if you had re credit card with us i would force a credit card if the system said you were approved for it. i had to sell this to you. >> that to sell it to me. >> had to. or we would get reprimanded. >> as well as ceo's apology, wells fargo apologized to customers in newspaper ads and e-mails. but in its settlement with regulators, scott, the bank has not admitted any wrongdoing. >> john blackstone tonight. thank you.
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gas stations are running dry? the costly mistake that drivers make at the pump. and, the breakdown of the high-profile, hollywood
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>> reporter: this quiktrip north of atlanta ran out of fuel four days age disappointed drivers were circling through all afternoon. mary madison was rung on empty. how long have you been looking? >> for two days. >> reporter: just as bad in the region. alabama to north carolina. it supplies the east coast with 40% of the fuel. the leak discovereut birmingham, alabama on september 9th. hazardous vapors, prevented crews from getting near the week until a week later. gas prices jumped in five states. in georgia average for regular was up 27 cents. south carolina, 18 cents. tennessee, 15. and north carolina, 11. gary townsend with triple a in georgia.
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take before things are back to normal? >> once the fix becomes effective. we thing it will be a few days before everything gets back to normal. >> governor pat mccrory said he was concerned. >> the pipeline is not resilient to interruptions. and we wish there was a more resilient type of structure for a nation. >> reporter: another concern is price-gouging. in north carolina more than 1,000 people have complained. scott the attorney general sent pampers. unlike ordinary diapers with two layers, pampers have three absorbent layers to stay up to three times drier,
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than detergent alone. sorry dishwasher. finish? jet-dry?. for drier, shinier dishes. a study out today says if you are pumping premium gas into your tank, you may be pouring money down the drain. here is transportation correspondent kris van cleave. >> it is a mistake, 16.5 million americans made at least once in the last 12 months. filling up with premium or high ta >> depending on the kind of car you have. much better for it. [ indiscernible ] >> reporter: triple a estimates americans have used high end gas instead of regular, 270 million times in the last year, essentially wasting 2.1 billion dollars. >> i think it is easy to believe
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sound like a treat. john neilson from aaa says the auto club tested cars designed for regular unleaded gas and found premium on average costs 23% more offered no benefit at all. >> the truth is if your car is designed to run on regular gasoline, using premium fuel or run better, get better fuel economy or lower emissions. >> reporter: 16% of cars require premium fuel. tip like high performance or luxury vehicles. 10% of vehicles on the roads require the mid grade. but 7 in ten cars, call for regular gasoline. now, certainly you can put premium in any vehicle. scott, your owners manual will tell you the grade of gas your car was designed for. >> kris van cleave, thank you. up next, a high-octane hollywood couple on the road to
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it is a hollywood ending. brad pitt and angelina jolie. here is carter evans. >> reporter: they were so famous together, they became one word. brangelina. brad pitt and angelina jolie were the ultimate red carpet couple. oscar winners.
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and parents. but after 12 years together. jolie filed for divorce from pitt monday due to irreconcilable differences, jolie's lawyer said the decision was made for the health of the family. in a 2012 interview with cbs "sunday morning brad pitt talked about parenting his large family. >> listen, i admit there are times. we have got to get up. get up. here are your shoes. drink this coke, coke, coca-cola. right now. drink it. drink it. drink it. so we can get them up and going. >> pitt and jolie's love story started in 2005 on the set of "mr. and mrs. smith." the couple quickly became tabloid regulars and six children later they were married in 2014. outside the spotlight, jolie and pitt traveled the world raising millions of dollars for refugees, and victims of hurricane katrina. brangelina has become a brand. says matt bellamy, executive
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>> the collective star power that the two people have is unprecedented in the modern media universe. >> reporter: they're worth about $400 million. they made three movies together. the latest "my sea" the story of a disintegrated marriage. after filming, jolie reflected on her own relationship: >> you have to embrace those hard times and challenges and know that is part of your marriage. hopefully it never gets as bad as the couple in this movie. >> reporter: but reality intervened. soon the story of brangelina carter evans, cbs news, hollywood. and that's the "overnight news" for this wednesday. for some of you, the news continues. for others check back with us a little bit later for the morning news. and of course, cbs this morning. from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm scott pelley.
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>> this is the cbs overnight news. hi, welcome to the overnight news. i'm demarco morgan. the russian government is denying that it played any role in the missile barrage that destroyed a united nations aid convoy in syria. 20 aide workers were killed. wa trucks unloading food and medicine were destroyed. one witness claims the attacks lasted for hours even while rescue teams were digging through the rubble searching for survivors. at the united nations, outgoing secretary-general moon called it a sickening, savage and deliberate act. he suspended all aid convoys into syria. the race is on to salvage the
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elizabeth palmer has the story from aleppo. >> reporter: well the cease-fire had held barely for a week. then suddenly last night the syrian army declared unilaterally it was over. and almost immediately, shells began to rain down on the opposition held side of aleppo. shortly afterward, an air strike hit the aid convoy. and the red crescent warehouse where it was unloading humanitarian relief. a rescue worker among the first to arrive on the scene. >> reporter: earlier in the day the red crescent announced they were sending 31 trucks of aid into opposition territory west of aleppo. 12 people are reported to have been killed.
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there was even more civilian carnage inside opposition held aleppo last night. activists report at least 45 dead including several women and a child. and those numbers are bound to climb. as the the shelling continues this morning. the u.n. is furious. its aid chief has said if it turns out the convoy was could amount to a war crime. meanwhile, the united states is still staying that it is open with russian cooperation to resurrecting the cease-fire. the war in syria and the refugee crisis it spawned took center stage at united nations general assembly in new york. president obama addressed the world's leaders for his final time in office. he ticked off the successes of
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it means being united and relentless in destroying networks like isil which show no respect for human life. but it also means that in a place like syria where there is no ultimate military victory to be won, we are going to have to pursue the hard work of diplomacy that that samz to stop the violence a d settlement and can see those who are not like themselves as worthy of dignity and respect. across the region's conflicts, we have to insist that all parties recognize a common humanity. and that nations end proxy wars that fuel disorder. because, until basic questions are answered about how communities co-exist. the embers of extremism will continue to burn. countless human beings will suffer most of all in that
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and the world is too small for us to simply be able to build a wall and prevent it from affecting our own society. and together, now, we have to open our hearts and do more to help refugees, who are desperate for home. we should all welcome the pledges of increased assistance that have been made at this general assembly gathering. i will be discussing that more this afternoon. but we have to follow through even when the politics are hard. because in the eyes of innocent men and women, and children, who through no fault of their own have had to flee everything that they know. everything that they love. we have to have the empathy to
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children. if the unspeakable happened to us. we should all understand that ultimately our world will be more secure, if we are prepared to help those in need. and the nation's who are carrying the largest burden. with the respect to -- accommodating the refugees. there are a lot of nations right now that are doing the right thing. many nations, particularly those blessed with wealth and the benefits of geography that can do more to offer a hand. >> now to the investigation of the terror bombings in new york and new jersey. the two police officers shot
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suspect, ahmad khan rahami have been released from the hospital. and there are reports that the fbi investigated rahami as a possible terrorist two years ago. jeff pegues has the latest. >> reporter: two years before the bombings, ahmad khan rahami's father says he warned police that his son might be a terrorist. >> i called the fbi two years ago. >> and what did you tell them? >> i told them you got a connection with this guy. >> senior law enforcement official tells cbs news, rahami's father, mohammad called his son a terrorist during his heated argument at the new jersey home. so heated police were called to the house. but the father later recanted his statement and the fbi never spoke with ahmad khan rahami because he was in jail on another charge and had a defense lawyer. today, the fbi said it conducted internal database reviews, interagency checks and multiple interviews of rahami, none of which revealed ties to terrorism. after rahami was captured during a shootout with police on monday, investigators found a notebook, spattered with blood and pierced by a bullet.
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radical born cleric, anwar al-awlaki. and rahami wrote of pipe bomds and cooker bombs in the streets and oppression by the west. he also wrote about wanting to live in peace. investigators are trying to determine if rahami was acting alen. and they're looking closely at his trips overseas to afghanistan and pakistan. in 2013, rahami stayed in quetta pakistan for almost a year. known hotbed for islamic militants including al qaeda and the taliban. he also made multiple trips to afghanistan where he and his family is from. during one of his trips, rahami got married. according to police, rahami is in critical but stable condition. the two officers injured in yesterday's shootout, are out of the hospital. a government official confirms
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one major question in this presidential campaign, who would you trust to command america's nuclear arsenal? despite the end of the cold war, both the u.s. and russia have enough nuclear weapons on alert to destroy civilization many times over. ready to fire is a job of the u.n. strategic command. david martin takes us inside for 60 minutes. >> 1-2-0. >> 1-2-0. >> 1-2-0. [ indiscernible ] >> reporter: uss kentucky rising to the surface off the coast of hawaii. nearly two football fields long it is the deadliest engine of destruction in the american arsenal. able to carry almost 200 nuclear
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commander brian freck, the captain. >> warhead that can be carried are powerable. >> reporter: compare them to the bomb that leveled hiroshima. >> much more powerful than that, than hiroshima. >> reporter: 30 times more powerful. on a given day, a number of submarines are hiding some where in the world's oceans ready to respond to a launch order from the president. when you are out here are other countries looking for you? >> i always operate on the for me. >> reporter: has any body found you? >> no, not even close. >> reporter: are you sure? >> yes, i am. >> reporter: 60 minutes found the kentucky only because we arranged a rendezvous to go aboard. if this boat were a country you would be a nuclear power? >> that's true, yes, sir. >> reporter: has that ever give you pause to have all that power under your command? >> it is a lot of responsibility.
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practice. >> dive, dive. >> reporter: operating at depth of 160 feet, the kentucky crew practice procedures needed to launch missiles. >> this is the captain. this is an exercise. >> sound the general alarm. >> sound the general alarm. >> i have permission to fire. >> reporter: before the trigger can be squeezed, multiple keys including one that unlocks the missile tubes which take up one third of the ship, have to be brought out from different saves. >> no one person can make a launch happen. so i have keys in my possession. other members of the crew have keys in their possession. one key is carried to the captain by two sailors who both must hold it.
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>> the thing you need to know about the safe where the key is kept. >> no one on board has the combination. we get the combination with the launch order. that's my way of knowing that the president has ordered the launch. is when, the combination he gives me opens the safe. >> reporter: the president literally gives you the combination to the safe that the key is in. >> yes. >> we have permission to fire. >> two weapons, permission to fire. >> weapons, con, you have permission to fire. >> reporter: the kentucky and nuclear missile submarines and intercontinental ballistic missiles and nuclear bombers are under the command of admiral cecil hain. head of the command, the most powerful military officer you have never heard of. in command not just of the nation's nuclear forces, but its space satellites and cyberweapons as well. >> there are no significant solar activity causing impact to satellite operations or communications. >> reporter: this morning briefing at strategic command
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is classified above top secret. >> thank you, appreciate the update. >> reporter: the clock marked potus, short for president of the united states, tells hayney what time zone president obama is in. in case he has to reach the commander-in-chief in a hurry. who in the united states government has the authority to order the use of nuclear weapons? >> only the president of the united states has the that authority. >> does congress have to approve? >> no, congress does not have to approve. >> these really are the president's own weapons. >> it is our nation's weapons with the president's authority. yes. >> hayney took us to the global operation center, top secret facility three stories underground. if a missile were launched against united states, the warning would be received here, and that clock would start ticking down. colonel barbara buhls, the watch commander. >> reporter: i see this sign up here. red impact. blue impact time.
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>> that is correct. >> reporter: you would have the time. >> we would have time to impact. and blue impact would be, any, any, u.s. counterattack. >> reporter: lieutenant colonel brian highland would pull out the actions for a retaliatory nuclear strike. >> my responsibility is the strike con nuclear strike, nuclear precision handbook and alert status of all nuclear forces. also known as the black book. >> reporter: black book. >> is there a copy of the black book down here? >> there is in the safe. >> an identical copy of the black book is in the briefcase that follows the president wherever he goes. >> he is never away from the options? >> that's correct. >> reporter: would they tell him, what kind of weapons you could use? what targets you would hit? >> they would be that specific yes. >> reporter: would they give him an estimate of casualties? >> yep. we would have to give the president answers to a lot of
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that's one that i would expect to get. >> reporter: admiral haney would go to a room called the battle deck where he would talk directly to the president. >> is this the phone you would use? >> this is one of the phones, i might use, yes. >> chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. secretary of defense. i don't see the man who -- >> looking for the president. >> i can speak to the president directly from this microphone. >> in a crisis how long does it take to get the president on the line? >> reporter: if russia launched a missile from a submarine off the coast of the united states it would take only minutes to reach its target. >> so how long in fact does the president have to make a decision? >> he has minutes. 7, 8, 9, depending on details. but, less than ten minutes. >> the key architect of nuclear weapons during the cold war with the soviet union. >> reporter: if the weapons can be launched within minutes.
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in the same old hair trigger. >> yes. >> standoff we were during the cold war? >> that's right. we are. we still have launch on warnings. same policy. same hair trigger response. >> reporter: what's changed since the cold war if we are still on this, this hair trigger alert? >> fundamentally, nothing has changed. >> reporter: but the numbers of weapons are much lower now than during the cold war? >> the number of weapons are sufficient to destroy, obliterate all of civilization. >> reporter: still? >> still. it doesn't take that many. we still have -- more than 1,000 nuclear weapons on alert. ready to go. and it doesn't take 1,000 to destroy civilization. >> reporter: at the end of the cold war both sides pledged to point their missiles at the open ocean. but it would take just minutes to change back to real targets. that provide a small hedge
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triggered by a false alarm. of the kind perry experienced in 1979 when a watch officer mistakenly inserted a training tape into a computer. >> looked like 200 icbms were on the way from the soviet union to the united states. happily, we got that situation figured out before we had to go to the president. but had we not, he would have received a call at 3:00 in the morning. said, sir you have 7, 8 minutes to decide whether to launch before the missiles land on icbm silos. >> reporter: what stopped it from going to the president? >> what stopped it was -- an astute general who sensed something was wrong. >> reporter: you have had one serious case in 45 years. that would seem like a pretty good record. >> yeah, only takes one. it only takes one. >> you can see the full report on our website, cbsnews.com. the overnight news will be right
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oh, he doesn't know any better. you just need to add finish? jet-dry? in the rinse aid compartment. it's there for a reason. it dries much better than detergent alone. sorry dishwasher. finish? jet-dry?. for drier, shinier dishes. it's not all presidents and prime ministers at the united nations this week. rock star philanthropist bono is attending meetings. bono took time out from the humanitarian crusade to visit and sit down with charlie rose and they discussed bono's activism. music and views on the u.s. presidential race. >> our music was wrapped around social justice.
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in the fight against extreme poverty. but that's, that's, how i got in the door. people weren't expecting that i wouldn't leave. but, you know when i would be up on capitol hill here or any capital, you know, people would take the meeting. just to sort of have a look at this, exotic creature or whatever, rock 'n' roll person, but then, you know, i didn't leave. >> with all of the passion you have for social activism, is i in any way, does it diminish the music? ? oh-oh ? ? oh-oh ? ? oh-oh ? >> you know it has been -- the band works they have done. i know i have embarrassed them a lot. there is people that i meet they just wouldn't want me to meet. >> does trump come to you as somebody who is a change agent? because people are so unhappy about the status quo? or does he come to you as
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the world ever came up with. but donald trump is potentially the worst idea that ever happened to america. potentially. it could destroy it. because of what we are saying. because, america is not just a country. great britain is great country. all the rest. it is not an idea. america is an idea. and that idea is bound up in justice, equality for all. equality and justice for all. >> to making america strong. >> i think he hijacked the party. i think he is trying to hijack the -- the idea of america. and i think it is bigger than all of us. i think it is -- it's, this is really dangerous. >> why do you think this race is about even running against a woman who has been secretary of state, united states senator,
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of the united states? the race is about even. >> i would not diminish trump supporters. or underestimate their angst. because i feel that in a way they have correctly assessed that the center parties haven't yet become clear. >> you are saying their angst is real and genuine. a sense that i worry about my country. and where it is. >> yeah, yeah. facing not just america, facing europe. i remember, who is in the white house? i'm irish. i didn't have a vote. i can't be telling people how to vote. don't want to. but i have a voice. and i can say that who sits in that office, really affects everyone in this world.
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some people are so upset with their choice this presidential election they called the whole thing a joke. candidates and supporters aren't all the late night talk comedy shows the. michelle obama was on the late show with stephen colbert last night. last thursday alone it was donald trump, bernie sanders and bill clinton all on the set. don dahler has the story from outside the ed sullivan theater. >> for the candidates.
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but it is an invitation too hard to pass up. a lot of people are worried that hillary clinton isn't healthy enough to be president. a lot of people are worried that donald trump is. >> reporter: in an election season like no other, the candidates, hillary clinton and donald trump, have proven to be irresistible punch lines. >> tomorrow, hillary clinton is going to be cleared of all e-mail charges by judge judy. >> reporter: being a punchline is not the same as appearing in person. for a politician, late night interviews offer a chance to highlight a candidate's personality and reach a different audience. >> can i mess your hair up? night. over the past 12 months, donald trump hit the late night circuit seven times. hillary clinton appeared eight times. rather than holding a press conference with journalists to address her health. hillary clinton did it with jimmy kimmel. >> take my pulse. >> oh, my god there is nothing there. >> reporter: late night interviews can be risky. her gamble backfired weeks later when she nearly fainted in new york city. >> she said she is not dead.
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>> her husband took to the daily show last night to try to set the record straight. >> used to be called when i was young, walking pneumonia. but some times you can't walk any more, you got to rest. that's what she did. >> richard zoglin, author of a time newsmagazine cover story, and late nights and changing political landscape. >> in johnny carson and jay leno, they made fun of candidates for personal foibles. they didn't really go after them politically. >> there is still plenty of time for political satire, and for many people, any laughs are a welcome relief in this rancorous election season.
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captioning funded by cbs it's wednesday, september 21st, 2016. this is the "cbs morning news." violent protests erupt in police shot and killed a man they say was armed with a gun. federal terrorism charges have been filed against ahmed khan rahami. suspected of setting off bonmbs in new york and new jersey. a hollywood power couple splits citing irreconcilable differences. angelina jolie files for divorce from brad pitt. good morning from the studio

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