September 3 - North Korea Calls Trump's Bluff With an H-Bomb; Could Putin Recast Himself as a Global Leader and Peacemaker?; Russia's Election Hacking More Widespread and Invasive

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Part 1

We begin with the latest North Korean nuclear test that appears to indicate they have made a rapid advance in thermonuclear technology with a test explosion at least ten times greater than the last one about a year ago. Sue Mi Terry, the former deputy national intelligence officer for East Asia at the National Intelligence Council and the Director of Japan, Korea and Oceanic Affairs at the National Security Council, joins us. We will discuss whether Kim Jong-un has called President Trump’s bluff following Trump’s earlier threat to rain “fire and fury” down on North Korea. And while condemning the North’s nuclear test as “very hostile and dangerous to the United States”, Trump also had harsh words for our South Korean ally scolding the South’s new leader for “their talk of appeasement” while his top economic advisers threaten to scuttle the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement negotiated by the Obama Administration.

Part 2

Then we speak with Scott Horton, a professor at Columbia Law School and a contributing editor at Harpers in legal affairs and national security. He joins us to discuss the alarm expressed by Russia’s President Putin that the confrontation between the U.S. and North Korea could lead to nuclear war and the possibility that Putin could reset his image and emerge as the sober, global leader and peacemaker who is a responsible steward of Russia’s vast nuclear arsenal. Drawing a contrast to his counterpart in the White House with HIS hand on the nuclear button as Trump makes America’s allies nervous and has the Republican Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee questioning his own president’s “stability and competence”.

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Part 3

Then finally we examine recent revelations that Russian election hacking efforts were much more widespread and invasive than previously thought and speak with David Jefferson, a computer scientist formerly with the Center for Applied Scientific Computing at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory who is also the chairman of the board of Verified Voting. We will look into the penetration by Russian hackers ahead of voting in 2016 of VR Systems which operates in seven states including the battleground states of North Carolina, Virginia and Florida.