The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

Republicans again probing Hillary Clinton's emails, Trump orders harsher screening for refugees, Clinton campaign helped fund Trump "pee tape" dossier, and more.
October 25, 2017, 2:45pm
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Everything you need to know about the world this morning, curated by VICE.

US News

Republicans to Reexamine Investigation of Clinton's Emails
House Republicans announced Tuesday a committee would look into the Justice Department's decision not to bring charges against Hillary Clinton for using a private email server. A separate committee will probe the Obama administration's role in a deal to place a large share of the US's uranium in the hands of a state-owned Russian company. Democrats Elijah Cummings and John Conyers called it "a massive diversion."—The New York Times

Clinton Campaign Reportedly Helped Fund Trump Dossier
Both Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee reportedly paid for research that ultimately led to the "Trump Dossier," a document complied by former British spy Christopher Steele alleging the Kremlin had compromising material on the president. According to anonymous officials, the Democrats' law firm Perkins Coie hired intelligence group Fusion GPS, who then commissioned Steele.—The Washington Post


Trump Orders Tougher Screening of Refugees
As a previous 120-day executive order suspending the entry of refugees into the US expired, the president issued a new order demanding "enhanced vetting" for refugees from 11 countries. Refugees will be forced to fill out more background paperwork, and US officers trained to discover fraud will flock to key areas abroad.—CBS News

White House Condemns Flake's Retirement Speech
Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Jeff Flake's address on why he'll leave Congress was "petty" and not "befitting of the Senate floor." The retiring lawmaker used his speech to attack Trump for "reckless, outrageous, and undignified behavior." Flake said: "We must stop pretending that the degradation of politics in our executive branch are normal. They're not normal."—The Hill/VICE

International News

Kurdish Authority Willing to Hold Off on Separation
The Kurdish Regional Government has suggested a "freeze" on the results of a recent referendum in favor of independence, expressing openness to an immediate ceasefire and talks. Iraqi troops have clashed with Kurdish forces in Kirkuk following the disputed vote.—Al Jazeera

Chinese President Offers No Hint of Successor
Xi Jinping has announced the new members of the politburo's standing committee, his six closest deputies. But none are his heir apparent, as all six men are in their 60s, and Jinping is expected to be in power until at least 2022.—The Guardian


Kenya Set to Hold Reelection
The head of the country's Supreme Court said it lacked enough judges to hear a case urging a delay in Thursday's election. Deputy chief justice Philomena Mwilu could not attend the hearing because her bodyguard was shot and hospitalized. The opposition is refusing to take part in the election replay, claiming the August vote was subject to corruption.—BBC News

North Korean University Facing Faculty Shortage
The Pyongyang University of Science and Technology is making "vigorous" efforts to recruit international academics now that US travel restrictions have left the institution without enough lecturers. Prior to the ban, roughly 60 members of the 130-person faculty at the English-language university were from the US.—Reuters

Everything Else

Eminem Wins Case Against New Zealand's Conservatives
A New Zealand judge ruled that the National Party has to pay the rapper $415,000 (plus interest) for using a song closely resembling "Lose Yourself" in a campaign ad. Eminem's publisher's lawyer said it was a "cautionary tale for people who make or use sound-alikes."—AP

Albert Einstein's Happiness Note Sells for $1.3 Million
A note penned by the renowned scientist for a bellboy in place of a tip was auctioned off in Jerusalem Tuesday. Einstein wrote: "A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness."—Deutsche Welle

Actor Robert Guillaume Dies at 89
Guillaume, who starred in the sitcom Benson, passed away at his Los Angeles home, his widow announced Tuesday. Winner of four NAACP Image Awards and two Emmys, the actor said he "sought consciously to avoid the stereotypical sociological traps."—Rolling Stone

Twitter Promises More Transparency
The social media giant is launching a new "Transparency Center" that gives details on current ads and why some have been targeted at certain users. Twitter will also bring in "stricter requirements" for political ads.—VICE News

Alice Glass Makes Sex Assault Allegations Against Ex-Bandmate
The singer has explained why she left Crystal Castles in 2014, claiming she suffered more than a decade of sexual, physical, and psychological abuse and assault at the hands of band member Ethan Kath, which he denies. In a long and detailed blog post, Glass said it started when she was 15.—Noisey

Gallery Hosts Wes Anderson Costume Party
The Spoke Art Gallery is holding its eighth annual Halloween gathering themed around the director's movies. Although all previous events have taken place in New York City, the October 27 party is happening at Portland's Talon Gallery.—i-D