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The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

NFL teams mount historic protest against Trump, new travel ban applies to eight nations, church shooting suspect charged in Tennessee, and more.
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Everything you need to know about the world this morning, curated by VICE.

US News

Trump's National Anthem Tirade Backfires Across NFL
President Trump's call for owners to fire "son of a bitch" football players who kneel in protest during the national anthem was met with a bold rebellion from teams across the nation and in the UK on Sunday. While the Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks, and Tennessee Titans remained in the locker room during the anthem, several owners came out to link arms with their players (many of whom kneeled) in solidarity. Trump doubled down in his attacks—which when personal have been directed at black athletes—Sunday, claiming the protests were hurting NFL ratings.—The Washington Post/ESPN

New Long-Term Travel Ban Applies to Eight Countries
The Trump administration has issued new entry restrictions on people from eight countries around the world as the president's previous, court-challenged executive order was set to expire. The policy now applies to North Korea, Venezuela, and Chad, as well as five Muslim-majority countries included in the previous 90-day ban: Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. Sudan was removed from the list under President Trump's latest executive order.—CBS News


Jared Kushner Uses Private Email in the White House
The president's son-in-law and adviser has made use of a personal email account to contact other senior figures in the Trump administration, his lawyer confirmed. Abbe Lowell said Kushner sent or received fewer than 100 emails this way between January and August.—Politico

Church Shooting Suspect Charged in Tennessee
Emanuel Kidega Samson, 25, has been detained and charged with first-degree murder after one woman was killed and another six people were wounded in a shooting at a church in Antioch, Tennessee. A church usher managed to prevent more deaths by grappling with the gunman, who entered the building Sunday morning and "began indiscriminately shooting," according to Nashville police.—NBC News

International News

Merkel Wins Out Over Germany's Growing Far-Right Movement
Although she has secured a fourth term in office, Chancellor Angela Merkel faces a struggle to form a new ruling coalition in the German parliament. Her CDU-CSU conservative alliance won its lowest share of the post-war era—33 percent—while the far-right nationalist party Alternative for Germany (AfD) rose to take third place and 12.6 percent of the vote. Protests were held outside the AfD office in Berlin.—BBC News

Kurds Hold Vote on Separation from Iraq
Iraqi Kurds were heading to the polls as the governing authority of the autonomous region in the country's north proceeded with a referendum on independence. Iraqi prime minister Haider al Abadi said the national government would "not recognize the referendum, nor its results," and that other nations should not do business directly with the Kurdish region for oil.—Al Jazeera


Dozens of Hindus Found Dead in Myanmar
Myanmar officials claimed to discover the bodies of 28 Hindus near a village in Rakhine state Sunday, accusing Rohingya Muslim militants—whose people have been facing what some call genocide—of carrying out the killings. The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army said it was not responsible for the deaths, asserting the group had "pledged not to target civilians."—Reuters

Japanese Leader Announces Surprise Early Election
Prime minister Shinzō Abe said Japan's parliament will adjourn this Thursday to allow an election to be held, a year before one was set to take place. Apparently keen to seize upon a spike in the polls, Abe said he wanted to "gain the confidence of the people… and push forward strong diplomacy" to counter North Korea. Experts, meanwhile, said the move was not without risks, citing Theresa May's disastrous snap vote in the UK last spring.—CNN/VICE News

Everything Else

Pharrell Williams Kneels in Protest During Virginia Show
The artist went down on his knees during his Concert for Charlottesville performance Sunday night, saying "that's what that flag is for." Stevie Wonder made the same gesture earlier in the weekend at the Global Citizen Festival in New York.—TIME

Celebrities Back NFL Protestors
A horde of actors, musicians, and other stars tweeted their support for the football players who chose to kneel or raise their fists during the national anthem this weekend. Chance the Rapper, J. Cole, Mark Ronson, Zoë Kravitz, Evan Rachel Wood, and Sarah Silverman—among others—backed the players.—i-D

New 'Kingsman' Movie Shoots to Top of the Box Office
The spy flick Kingsman: The Golden Circle ousted IT from the no. 1 slot, raking in $39 million from North American audiences in its opening weekend. IT became the highest-grossing R-rated horror ever, however, taking its domestic haul to at least $266.3 million.—The Hollywood Reporter

Jennifer Lopez Giving $1 Million to Puerto Rico
The singer pledged to donate the sum to relief efforts in the US territory following devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria. "We are working day and night to identify the needs," Lopez said at a Las Vegas press conference.—Billboard

Shania Twain Reveals Brush with Stalkers
The 90s star said she has been forced to deal with "a few" stalkers during her music career. Twain said "it's very destabilizing in your life because there's a whole process to dealing with them and it's scary."—VICE

Soul Legend Charles Bradley Dies at 68
The singer died after he "battled cancer with everything he had," his family announced over the weekend. Bradley released three highly acclaimed albums late in life, having worked menial jobs and sang as a James Brown impersonator.—Noisey