The VICE Morning Bulletin

VICE Morning Bulletin

American Otto Warmbier dies after release from North Korea, Senate Democrats hold "talk-a-thon" against Trumpcare, special election day in Georgia, and more.
June 20, 2017, 2:30pm
Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images

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

US News

US Student Dies After Returning from North Korea
Otto Warmbier, the 22-year-old Ohio student released by North Korea last week after spending over a year in prison, has died. Warmbier's parents confirmed his death, saying he suffered "awful torturous mistreatment" in North Korea. President Trump said the US "condemns the brutality of the North Korean regime as we mourn its latest victim." South Korean president Moon Jae-in said North Korea should release the South Koreans and Americans the country still holds.—VICE News

Senate Democrats Hold 'Talk-a-Thon' Against Trumpcare
Democrats spent more than six hours on the floor of the Senate Monday condemning the Republican legislative effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. The evening's planned "talk-a-thon" was designed "to shine a light on this shameful Trumpcare bill," according to Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. He said it had been "discussed in secret… the most glaring departure from normal legislative procedure that I have ever seen."—VICE News

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Sean Spicer Said to Be Seeking Replacement
White House press secretary Sean Spicer may soon step away from press briefings and take up a behind-the-scenes communications role full time. According to two officials, Spicer, currently both press secretary and communications director, is now helping search for a suitable replacement at the briefing room podium.—Politico

Data for 198 Million Voters Exposed by Analytics Firm
The personal data of 198 million voters has been compromised, an analytics company commissioned by the the Republican National Committee said this week. Deep Root Analytics took "full responsibility" for the security breach, discovered June 12 by cyber-risk analyst Chris Vickery.—CBS News

International News

Driver Killed in Attack on French Police Van
A man said to be on a terrorist watchlist drove a car containing guns and a gas canister into a police van on Paris's Champs Élysées Monday. The driver, reportedly a 31-year-old French national, was killed in the attack, but none of the officers in the rammed van were injured.—The Guardian

Portuguese Officials Fear Wildfires Will Spread
As firefighters try to stamp out the remainder of Portugal's rampant forest fires, officials have warned rising temperatures could fan the flames. At least 64 people have died in the wildfires around Pedrógão Grande since Saturday, prompting the government to declare three days of national mourning.—BBC News

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Mexican Journalists and Activists Accuse Government of Spying
At least nine Mexican journalists and activists have filed criminal complaints claiming the government used spyware to hack their phones. Israeli company NSO Group sold surveillance tools solely for use against suspected terrorists and drug cartels, but analysis shows it was targeted at prominent journalists and anti-corruption campaigners in Mexico.—The New York Times/BBC News

Marine Le Pen's Father Calls on Her to Step Down
Jean-Marie Le Pen, the 89-year-old founder of France's far-right National Front Party, said his daughter Marine should quit as its leader following disappointing election results. "You outlive your usefulness when you start harming your party by your policy stances or your stubbornness," he said.—Reuters

Everything Else

Man Dies at Las Vegas Music Festival
A coroner's office said 34-year-old Michael Adam Morse died at the Electric Daisy Carnival festival outside Las Vegas this past weekend, though the cause of death is not yet known. Almost 1,100 people required medical treatment at the three-day event.—AP

Bieber Breaks Download Chart Record
Justin Bieber is the first artist to be part of America's three best-selling downloadable tracks in a given week. Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito" is No.1 on Billboard's Digital Song Sales, while DJ Khaled's "I'm the One" and David Guetta's "2U," both featuring Bieber, are at No.2 and No.3.—Billboard

No I.D. Said to Produce New JAY-Z Album
The forthcoming JAY-Z album, 4:44, is apparently being produced by longtime collaborator No I.D. Roc Nation also announced the rapper is now officially using all caps to spell his name and has also brought back the hyphen, having dropped it in 2013.—Vibe/Pitchfork

2 Chainz Enlists Migos for 'Blue Cheese' Video
Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz dropped a video for "Blue Cheese," a standout from his new album Pretty Girls Like Trap Music. The song features verses from Migos, who make a cameo in the video, filmed on a vacant apartment block.—Noisey

Scientists Want Your Help Finding Exoplanets
The scientists who discovered the closest known exoplanet, Proxima b, want the public's help to search for other potentially habitable worlds. The Pale Red Dot Campaign aims to get amateurs to target Ross 154, Barnard's Star, and Proxima Centauri for possible leads.—Motherboard

Five Nannies Quit Jobs at 'Haunted' House in Scotland
A family in a rural Scottish village are looking for a new nanny and are willing to pay a $64,000 salary, but have admitted they believe the house is haunted. Five nannies have already quit, citing "strange noises, broken glass, and furniture moving."—VICE