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The VICE Morning Bulletin

President Obama blames Republicans for Donald Trump, the feds announce a pilot program to track police violence, Boko Haram releases 21 schoolgirls, and more.

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

US News

Obama Blames GOP for 'Swamp of Crazy'
President Obama is directly blaming the Republican Party for the rise of Donald Trump. "They've been feeding their base all kinds of crazy for years," he said at a fundraiser for the Ohio Democratic Party. Trump's candidacy "is in the swamp of crazy that has been fed over and over and over and over again." Obama will campaign for Hillary Clinton at a Cleveland rally later today.—ABC News

Justice Department to Track Police Violence
The Department of Justice is planning to track police shootings and the use of force by cops. The feds hope to have a pilot program in place by early next year. The database will be run by the FBI, but will involve all major law enforcement agencies.—The New York Times


Verizon Signals $4.8 Billion Yahoo Deal Is in Doubt
The huge data breach Yahoo acknowledged a few weeks ago could jeopardize the $4.8 billion purchase of the firm's core business by telecom mammoth Verizon. "I think we have a reasonable basis to believe right now that the impact is material," Verizon general counsel Craig Silliman said, referring to Yahoo's potential value.—The Washington Post

Ken Bone's Uber Tweet May Have Broken FTC Rules
Presidential debate star (if that's what we're calling him now) Ken Bone may have violated Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines for advertising Uber's black car UberSELECT service on Twitter by failing to mark his tweet as an ad or mentioning that Uber paid him for it. "He and Uber are in violation of FTC guidelines," lawyer Rick Kurnit said.—VICE News

International News

Thais Line the Streets to Mourn Revered King
Thailand has entered a one-year period of mourning following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej at age 88. Thousands of people dressed in black lined the streets of Bangkok ahead of the funeral procession. Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn is expected to become the new monarch, but he has called for a delay in succession.—BBC News

Boko Haram Releases 21 Schoolgirls
Boko Haram has released 21 of the 276 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped in the northern Nigerian town in 2014. The president's office said the release was "the outcome of negotiations between the administration and Boko Haram, brokered by the International Red Cross and the Swiss government."—VICE News


Twenty Killed in Car Bomb Attack in Northern Syria
At least 20 people perished in a car bomb attack targeting an opposition checkpoint in northern Syria. The blast struck a Free Syrian Army affiliate near the city of Azaz, close to the border with Turkey. ISIS has routinely targeted rebel factions at the border.—Al Jazeera

Colombian President Extends Ceasefire with FARC
Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos is prolonging a ceasefire with FARC rebels until the end of the year in hopes of breathing new life into the peace process, one voters recently rejected at the polls. Santos's team is trying to bridge the gap with the opposition that lobbied against the deal before taking new proposals to FARC leadership.—Reuters

Everything Else

Dylan Stays Silent on the Nobel Prize
Bob Dylan made no mention of winning the Nobel Prize for Literature when he performed at the Chelsea theater in Las Vegas Thursday night. He was given the prize for creating "new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."—The Guardian

J.K. Rowling Promises Five Fantastic Beasts Movies
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling says she's planning scripts for a total of five Fantastic Beasts films. A sequel to the first movie in the new series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, has already been confirmed by Warner Bros.—TIME

Samsung to Lose $3.1 Billion More on Galaxy Note 7
Samsung expects to lose an additional $3.1 billion by taking Galaxy Note 7 smartphones off the market after already taking major losses on the device. The Note 7 was recalled last month after battery fires, then scrapped altogether when replacement phones experienced the same problem.—The Wall Street Journal

Trudeau Pledges $4 Million to End Unsafe Water on First Nation Preserves
The Canadian government has announced $4 million in new funds to expand a program aimed at purging unsafe drinking water to 14 additional First Nation reserves. The scheme trains young indigenous people to operate water-treatment plants in their communities.—VICE

Universe May Contain Ten Times More Galaxies Than We Thought
The observable universe boasts at least ten times as many galaxies as previously estimated, according to new research in the Astrophysical Journal. This suggests there may be a whopping 2 trillion galactic systems.—Motherboard

Domestic Violence Victims Allegedly Charged Up to $200
The city of Columbus, Georgia, is punishing victims of domestic violence with charges of up to $200 if they decide they don't want to testify against their attackers in court, according to a lawsuit filed by the Southern Center for Human Rights.—Broadly