The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

White House mulls roughly $29 billion in hurricane relief, Las Vegas shooter reportedly told girlfriend to leave US, Catalan government set to declare independence, and more.
October 4, 2017, 2:43pm
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Everything you need to know about the world this morning, curated by VICE.

US News

White House Proposes Nearly $29 Billion in Hurricane Relief
The Trump administration will reportedly ask Congress for $12.77 billion to boost hurricane relief work and $16 billion to clear some of Puerto Rico's debt. Puerto Rico is said to owe almost $70 billion to creditors. Referring to the territory's debt in a FOX News interview, President Trump said, 'We're going to have to wipe that out." Trump, who visited the island Tuesday, said Wall Street would have to "wave goodbye" to sums owed.—CBS News/CNBC News

Las Vegas Shooter Reportedly Told Companion to Leave US
Gunman Stephen Paddock asked his girlfriend to go overseas before Sunday night's mass shooting, the woman's sisters have claimed. Marilou Danley has now returned to the US from the Philippines to answer police questions. One of Danley's sisters told an Australian network: "She was away so that she will be not there to interfere with what he's planning."—CNN


Defense Secretary Suggests Sticking to Iran Deal
James Mattis told the Senate Armed Services Committee he thought President Trump "should consider staying with" the deal limiting Iran's nuclear development. Despite the president's repeated criticism of the accord, Mattis said: "If we can confirm that Iran is living by the agreement, if we can determine that this is in our best interest, then clearly, we should stay with it."—ABC News

EPA Defends Administrator's Reluctance to Meet with Environmentalists
A three-month diary for Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt shows he has held precious few meetings with environmental or public health organizations. The schedule from February to May, obtained by American Oversight, also revealed regular contact over fancy meals with corporate executives. The EPA said Pruitt was "meeting with those ignored by the Obama administration."—The New York Times

International News

Catalan Government Moves Closer to Independence
Carles Puigdemont, head of the Catalonia's regional government, said it would "act at the end of this week or the beginning of next" to separate from Spain. He said the result of the referendum—almost 90 percent of those who voted backed independence—gave the region "the right to create our own state." Spain's King Felipe VI said the Catalan government had "broken the democratic principles of the rule of law."—BBC News

Rohingya Refugee Camps Need $434 Million, UN Says
Aid agencies working with Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh need $434 million to sustain relief work for the next six months, according to the United Nations. More than 500,000 people have arrived at camps in Cox's Bazar since August 25.—Reuters


French Parliament Approves Counter-Terrorism Bill
Lawmakers in the lower house voted to grant police permanent power they previously only possessed during a state of emergency. The bill gives cops greater search authority and the ability to restrict suspects' movements and shut suspicious religious venues, among other things. Human Rights Watch warned that "the normalization of emergency powers crosses a new line."—France 24

Opposition Politician Wants the West to Sanction Cambodia
Mu Sochua, deputy president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), said Western nations supplying aid to her country should suspend assistance and introduce sanctions against government officials. Sochua left Cambodia this week in the wake of CNRP leader Kem Sokha's arrest last month after being accused by the government of treason.—Reuters

Everything Else

Jason Aldean Cancels Concerts
The country star whose performance in Las Vegas Sunday became the site of the worst mass shooting in modern US history is axing upcoming shows in California. Aldean said it was "the right thing to do." Jennifer Lopez has canceled three scheduled live shows in Las Vegas, too.—USA Today

'Stranger Things' Has its Own Retro Video Game
An 80s-style adventure game for cellphones is now available as a free download to mark the return of the Netflix show. Stranger Things: The Game allows users to choose between seven characters from the series.—Rolling Stone

Yahoo Now Says Three Billion Accounts Were Hit in Hack
The company has revealed that a 2013 data theft affected just about all of its users. Yahoo had previously claimed only one billion accounts had been hit, but a statement released Tuesday said the company had "recently obtained new intelligence."—Motherboard

Jared Leto to Star in Hugh Hefner Biopic
The actor has signed on to play the founder of Playboy. According to director Brett Ratner, Leto said, "I want to play him. I want to understand him."—VICE

Haim Releases Paul Thomas Anderson–Directed Video
The band dropped visuals for "Little of Your Love" from Something to Tell You. Featuring the There Will Be Blood filmmaker's typical long takes, the clip focuses on the Haim sisters line dancing in country/western-style bar.—Noisey

Louis Vuitton Collection Includes 'Stranger Things' T-Shirt
Designer Nicolas Ghesquière added a T-shirt with the show's promo poster to his latest collection for Louis Vuitton. Stranger Things stars Millie Bobby Brown, Caleb McLaughlin, and Gaten Matarazzo visited the fashion house last year.—i-D