The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

GOP Senator blasts Trump for potentially putting US "on the path to World War III," hundreds of thousands rally against independence for Catalonia from Spain, and more.
October 9, 2017, 2:25pm
Photo by Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images

Everything you need to know about the world this morning, curated by VICE.

US News

Trump Demands Border Wall in Exchange for Helping DREAMers
The White House has sent Congress a list of desired changes to immigration laws, including new restrictions on family members of residents, new ways to deport those in search of asylum, and perhaps most critically, measures to get a border wall erected. President Trump said these planks "must" be included in any deal to protect DACA recipients. In response, Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi said the administration could not be serious about "helping the Dreamers if they begin with a list that is anathema to the Dreamers."—VICE News

Republican Senator Says Trump Risks Starting 'World War III'
Tennessee US senator Bob Corker warned the president's behavior was in danger of putting the US "on the path to World War III." The head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said the White House was turning into "an adult day care center" and later explained he was genuinely troubled that administration staff appeared to spend each day "trying to contain" Trump.—The New York Times


NFL Players Association Responds to Mike Pence Walkout
After the vice president left Sunday's Indianapolis Colts game against the San Francisco 49ers early because some stars kneeled during the anthem, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones also vowed to bench anyone who does something "disrespectful to the flag." But NFL players aren't having it. "We should not stifle these discussions and cannot allow our rights to become subservient to the very opinions our Constitution protects," the association said in a statement Sunday night.—The Hill

Harvey Weinstein Ousted from His Company
The Weinstein Company's board has decided to dismiss the Hollywood producer "in light of new information about misconduct." His termination follows last week's report in the New York Times detailing sexual harassment allegations against Weinstein spanning multiple decades. He and his brother, Bob, reportedly still retain 42 percent ownership of the company they founded.—The New York Times

International News

At Least a Dozen Rohingya Drown After Boat Capsizes
Bangladeshi police said at least 12 people were killed after a vessel transporting Rohingya Muslims out of Myanmar overturned in the Naf River, along the border between the two countries. Ten of those discovered thus far were children. Bangladeshi officials are now searching for others, with some sources saying up to 100 people may have been onboard.—BBC News

Kim Jong-un Gives His Sister a Senior Role
Kim Yo Jong, the North Korean leader's 30-year-old younger sister, has been appointed as an alternate to the politburo, the country's central governing authority. She previously served as the deputy director of political communication and "agitation" for the national Communist Party.—CNN


Hundreds of Thousands Rally Against Independence in Catalonia
According to a police estimate, a crowd of roughly 350,000 people assembled in the Catalan capital of Barcelona Sunday to advocate for the region remaining part of Spain. The demonstration follows a referendum last weekend in which roughly 90 percent of Catalan residents backed independence but only 43 percent voted, sparking a constitutional crisis.—Reuters

Five Killed in Drive-By Shooting in Pakistan
Two gunmen on a motorcycle fatally shot the driver of a van and four others in the vehicle at a market area in Quetta. Police said the attack was deliberately directed at the Hazara Shia minority known to use the vegetable market. No group had yet claimed responsibility for the act.—Al Jazeera

Everything Else

Studios Frustrated by 'Blade Runner 2049' Debut
The long-awaited follow-up to Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic took in approximately $31.5 million during its opening weekend at the North American box office. Despite claiming the No.1 spot, Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures had reportedly hoped for more like $50 million.—AP

Dallas Cowboys Owner (Now) Opposes Anthem Protests
Jerry Jones said any Cowboys player who kneels during the national anthem will be benched, despite kneeling himself and locking arms with his players during the "The Star-Spangled Banner" two weeks ago. The owner said: "If there's anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play."—ESPN

Taylor Swift Announces New Live Shows
The singer will play at 99.7's Poptopia concert in San Jose and the B96 Jingle Bash show in Chicago in early December. They are the first live performances set to take place after Swift's new album Reputation drops on November 10.—Pitchfork

The Weeknd Is Getting His Own Comic Book
The artist took to social media to confirm Marvel is producing a "Starboy" comic, with the first issue expected next year. The Weeknd also shared the news at New York Comic Con over the weekend.—Noisey

'Rick and Morty' Fans Pissed Off About Szechuan Sauce
Many of the cartoon's enthusiasts were left disappointed after McDonald's ran out the sauce originally sold in the late 90s as a promotional gimmick. A three-pack of the discontinued sauce, made famous by an episode of the show, sold on eBay for $848.—Motherboard

Josh Homme Appears on British Kids' TV Show
The Queens of the Stone Age frontman read a bedtime story about "a heroic and good dragon" on the BBC's children's network CBeebies. Homme was reading from the book Zog, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.—Noisey