The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

Puerto Rico begs Congress for emergency cash, Las Vegas sheriff thinks shooter had help, Republicans actually consider banning gun tech used in Vegas, and more.
October 5, 2017, 2:22pm

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

US News

Puerto Rico Asks Congress for Emergency Cash
Raul Maldonado, Puerto Rico's treasury secretary, has warned that the US territory will go into "total shutdown" by the end of the month if Congress does not approve funding between $6 billion and $8 billion. Maldonado said the island's government has "zero revenue" and "will not be able to operate next month" without an emergency injection of money.—Bloomberg

Las Vegas Sheriff Thinks Shooter Had Help
Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said he is working on an "assumption" that gunman Stephen Paddock "had to have had some help at some point." The gunman's girlfriend Marilou Danley denied knowledge of the mass shooting, in which nearly 60 people have been confirmed killed and more than 500 others wounded. Danley said Paddock "never said anything to me or took any action… that I understood in any way to be a warning."—CBS News/VICE News


Republicans Mull Banning Gun Accessory Used in Vegas
Several GOP lawmakers have expressed a willingness to consider a ban on "bump stocks"—devices giving users of semi-automatic weapons the ability to fire more rapidly. Senator John Cornyn said it was "an obvious area we ought to explore," while Representative Carlos Curbelo said he would introduce a bill in the House to ban the device, used by Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock.—The New York Times

Living Ex-Presidents Come Together for Hurricane Fundraiser
Former Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama have agreed to appear at a benefit show to raise money for hurricane relief work. "Deep from the Heart: The One America Appeal" has been organized for October 21 at Texas A&M University.—CNN

International News

Iraqi Troops Drive ISIS from Hawija
Iraq's armed forces have seized control of yet another northern town previously held by ISIS fighters. Prime Minister Haider al Abadi described the "liberation" of Hawija as a "victory not just for Iraq but for the whole world." —AP

Catalonia Set to Proclaim Independence Monday
Catalonia's regional government is expected to declare separation from Spain after Monday's parliamentary session. Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont said the Spanish government had dismissed the idea of mediation. The Spanish government insisted the Catalan authority "return to the path of the law" after holding an unsanctioned referendum.—Reuters


Saudi Arabia Arrests 22 People Over Online Videos
Saudi authorities accused the suspects of inciting public disorder and "stirring up feelings" by posting video content on social media. One of the arrested was reportedly a Qatari national, while the others were from Saudi Arabia. The state press agency said "motives and links are being verified."—Al Jazeera

Australia to Implement National ID Database
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said an ID database using facial recognition technology would give law enforcement across the country faster access to photos of suspects. Despite concern it gives police access to too much private data, Turnbull insisted the new system "doesn't involve surveillance, or indeed mass surveillance."—The Guardian

Everything Else

Radiohead Nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Radiohead, Nina Simone, Kate Bush, Dire Straits, and Rage Against the Machine are among the first-time nominees up for inclusion in 2018's hall of fame. Fans can vote for potential inductees on the organization's official website from Thursday through December 5.—Variety

Ghostface Killah Starts His Own Cryptocurrency Company
The Wu-Tang Clan rapper's Cream Capital, a company he co-founded, is almost ready to sell its "Cream Dividend" tokens on the cryptocurrency market. The firm aims to raise $30 million from an initial coin offering next month.—CNBC News

Taylor Swift Gets Six MTV Europe Music Awards Nominations
The singer was nominated for best artist, best video, and best pop act awards for next month's show in London. Shawn Mendes was selected in five categories, and Kendrick Lamar and Ed Sheeran are each up for four awards.—Billboard

Chance the Rapper to Livestream Fundraiser
The artist will share his performance at the Hollywood Bowl Thursday live on his YouTube channel. Proceeds from Chance's show will go to the Direct Relief organization's work for those impacted by Hurricane Maria.—Noisey

Kelela Drops Track from Debut Album
The rising R&B star has shared "Blue Light," another single from album Take Me Apart, which finally gets released Friday. Kelela has been performing the song, the fourth single from the LP, during live shows since February.—i-D

Springsteen Is a Kanye West Fan
The artist said he thought Kanye's The Life of Pablo was "an amazing creation, especially the arrangements." Springsteen also revealed he listens to The National, Sufjan Stevens, and Iron & Wine.—Noisey