The VICE Morning Bulletin
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The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

Macron wins French presidency in boon for EU, Obama calls on Congress to spare Affordable Care Act, Sally Yates to testify before Congress, and more.
May 8, 2017, 2:36pm

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

US News

Obama Urges Lawmakers to Save Affordable Care Act
Barack Obama pushed members of Congress to save his landmark achievement, the Affordable Care Act, during his acceptance speech Sunday for the JFK Profiles in Courage Award. The ex-president said he hoped lawmakers recognized "it actually doesn't take a lot of courage to aid those who are already powerful… but it does require some courage to champion the vulnerable and the sick and the infirm."—The Hill

Kushner Sis Peddles 'Investor Visas' in China
At a Ritz-Carlton ballroom in Beijing on Sunday, Jared Kushner's sister Nicole Kushner Meyer promised Chinese investors that putting $500,000 toward a New Jersey development would secure them an "investor visa." "Invest $500,000," the event's pitch read, "and immigrate to the United States." The development is part of the Kushner family business, and although President Trump's son-in-law no longer has a role at the company, former White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter said the event was "incredibly stupid and highly inappropriate."—The Washington Post

Two Killed at Memorial in Suspected Gang Violence
Two people were fatally shot and another eight wounded Sunday in an attack on a memorial service in Chicago for a man killed earlier the same day. Chicago police deputy chief Kevin Ryan said the force has "a fairly good idea of who we're looking for."—CBS News

North Korea Detains Fourth US Citizen
North Korea has detained US citizen Kim Hak-song and is investigating him for suspected "hostile acts," according to state news. Kim, an employee at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, is now one of four US citizens held by North Korean authorities. The State Department uses the Swedish embassy in Pyongyang as a liaison in such cases.—CNN

International News

Macron Wins French Presidency
Emmanuel Macron triumphed over Marine Le Pen in the French presidential election, securing fully two-thirds of the vote. The centrist outsider—who, at 39, is now the youngest president in French history—said he would spend his five-year term "fighting the forces of division that undermine France." Le Pen, meanwhile, claimed the mantle of opposition leader, while vowing to begin a "deep transformation" of her National Front Party.—VICE News/Reuters

Eighty-Two Nigerian Girls Released by Boko Haram
A group of 82 Nigerian girls held by militant group Boko Haram were released after three years in captivity via prisoner exchange. Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari promised to supervise their "general well-being." More than 160 of the 276 schoolgirls captured in 2014 have now been freed.—Al Jazeera

ISIS Leader in Afghanistan Killed in Special Forces Operation
The leader of ISIS's Afghanistan cell was killed in a military operation last month, President Ashraf Ghani said Sunday. Abdul Hasib—believed to have planned several deadly terrorist attacks—and up to 35 other militants were killed in a joint raid by Afghan special forces and the US military.—The New York Times

More Than 2 Million Children Displaced by South Sudan Conflict
At least 2 million children have been upended by the civil war in South Sudan, according to UN agencies. More than 1 million South Sudanese children are now refugees in neighboring countries, with another million displaced within the country.—AP

Everything Else

'Stranger Things' Wins Big at MTV Awards
Stranger Things won show of the year at the MTV Movie & TV Awards. Millie Bobby Brown, who plays Eleven, took home Best Actor in a Show. Brown hailed the Duffer brothers for creating "a badass, female, iconic character."—Rolling Stone

Nicki Minaj to Pay Fans' College Costs
Nicki Minaj offered to pay several fans' college expenses in a flurry of tweets early Sunday. After agreeing to pay bills amounting to $30,000, she said: "Let me make those payments tmrw...I'll do some more in a month or 2."—The Guardian

'Guardians of the Galaxy' Sequel Makes Big Debut
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opened to $145 million at the domestic box office, earning 50 percent more than its forebear. Vol. 2 has now earned more than $427 million after it opened last weekend overseas.—The Hollywood Reporter

Meek Mill Drops New Mixtape
Meek Mill celebrated his 30th birthday by releasing a new, three-track mixtape called Meekend Music. It features contributions from A$AP Ferg and Young Thug, and finishes with a personal track entitled "Left Hollywood."—Noisey

Thirty-Year-Olds Considered Seniors by eSports
This year's DreamHack Summer 2017 eSports event will place people aged 30 and older in a new "seniors" category. The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competition also features a "female" category.—Motherboard

Scientists Develop Dating App Based on Celebrity Faces
Scientists at the New Jersey Institute of Technology have developed a dating app aiming to match users using the faces of their favorite celebrities. FaceDate asks users to input 50 celebrities they find attractive to match them with someone suitable.—Broadly