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The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

​Latest Obamacare repeal looks dead​, North Korea says US has declared war, private email use said to be rampant in White House, and more.
Police remove a protester in a wheel chair from a Senate Finance Committee hearing on the proposed Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill in Capitol Hill's Dirksen Senate Office Building on September 25.

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

US News

GOP Healthcare Bill Looks Dead in the Water
Republican senator Susan Collins has made clear she will not support the Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, calling a new draft "very weak" and "as deeply flawed as the previous iterations." With fellow Republican senators Rand Paul and John McCain on record as opposed, the bill appears destined to fail. Collins cited a Congressional Budget Office analysis estimating the bill would leave millions more Americans uninsured.—VICE News

Dallas Cowboys and Owner Take a Knee Before Anthem
Jerry Jones joined his team in kneeling just before the national anthem at the Cowboys' game against the Arizona Cardinals last night. Although the visitors stood for the anthem itself, the Arizona crowd booed the gesture. The Cowboys' executive vice president explained the kneeling as "a statement on equality and representation of unity."—CBS News


Private Email Use Reportedly Rampant in White House
At least half a dozen senior figures at the White House made use of private accounts to conduct official business, according to anonymous administration staffers. Following Jared Kushner's admission he used a personal account, former chief of staff Reince Priebus, former senior strategist Steve Bannon, and current adviser Stephen Miller were said to be doing the same thing.—The New York Times

Russian Ads Focused on Black Lives Matter, Muslims
The Facebook ads bought by a Russian firm trying to interfere in the US election apparently pinpointed Black Lives Matter protests and other sensitive issues to stoke division. "Their aim was to sow chaos," said Senator Mark R. Warner, vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee.—The Washington Post

International News

Three Israelis Fatally Shot in the West Bank
A Palestinian gunman shot three men to death and injured another while targeting security personnel at the gates to a settlement in the West Bank, authorities said. The 37-year-old attacker was shot and killed by security forces at Har Adar near Jerusalem. The condition of the injured man is reportedly critical.—AP

North Korea Says US Has Declared War
Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said the US had already "declared war on our country" and warned Pyongyang would be entitled to shoot down US military planes outside of North Korea. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the war declaration claim was "absurd." UN secretary general António Guterres's spokesman has called for calm. "Fiery talk can lead to fatal misunderstandings," he said.—VICE News


Mexico Mounts Final Search for Quake Survivors
Rescue workers on Monday planned to look for three more days for 43 people still missing in Mexico City after it was rocked by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake. Luis Felipe Puente, the national coordinator for civil protection, admitted "it would be unlikely to find someone alive" a full week after the disaster. At least 326 people have died since the quake struck.—Reuters

Turkey and Iraq Launch Joint Military Drills
Turkish forces were slated to perform joint exercises with their counterparts from Iraq Tuesday after the countries pledged to defy the impending result of an independence referendum in northern Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region. Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, threatened to "close the tap" on pipelines transporting oil from the Kurdish region.—Al Jazeera

Everything Else

Release Date Set for 'IT' Sequel
Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema revealed the sequel will come out September 6, 2019. The first film's director, Andy Muschietti, is reportedly in discussions to helm the project, with screenwriter Gary Dauberman said to be on board already.—The Hollywood Reporter

Chance the Rapper Debuts New Song
The artist performed an unreleased, unnamed track he wrote over the previous two days on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Monday night. Chance told the host that he would not be running in Chicago's mayoral race in 2019.—Billboard

Cardi B Ousts Taylor Swift from Top of Hot 100
The rapper's "Bodak Yellow" moved past Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" to the top of the Billboard chart. It makes her the first female rapper to reach No.1 with a solo track since Lauryn Hill achieved the same feat with "Doo Wop (That Thing)" in the late 90s.—Noisey

Björk and Aphex Twin Share Material Regularly
The Icelandic artist has revealed she and Richard D. James send each other songs via email "all the time." Björk disclosed her creative friendship with the British electronic musician on Red Bull Music Academy's Couch Wisdom podcast.—Noisey