The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

Paul Manafort indicted in Russia probe, Puerto Rican authorities cancel energy contract, Saudi Arabia to allow women to attend sporting events, and more.

by VICE Staff
Oct 30 2017, 3:30pm

Photo by Olivier Douliery/Sipa USA (Sipa via AP Images)

US News

Paul Manafort Indicted in Russia Investigation
The ex-Trump campaign chairman and his former business partner Rick Gates have been indicted on conspiracy, money laundering, and false-statement charges (plus others) by special counsel Robert Mueller. The indictment paints a broad picture of financial crime, hidden assets, and deceit. Manafort turned himself into the FBI early Monday.—VICE News

Kevin Spacey Apologies After Allegedly 'Trying to Seduce' Minor Decades Ago
Former child actor Anthony Rapp claimed the star laid down on top of him at a party when he was only 14 years old and Spacey was 26. "He was trying to seduce me… he was trying to get with me sexually," Rapp said. Spacey issued an apology on Twitter and said he was sorry "for the feelings [Rapp] describes having carried with him," but claimed he did not remember the incident. Spacey also revealed that he had chosen "to live as a gay man."—BuzzFeed News

Puerto Rican Authorities Cancel Energy Contract
After Governor Ricardo Rosselló said ditching Whitefish would be "protecting our public interests," the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority did exactly that. FEMA joined other federal and independent authorities questioning why the small Montana firm was given the $300 million commission to repair the island territory's electrical grid in the first place.—VICE News

Jared Kushner Made Undisclosed Trip to Saudi Arabia
The president's son-in-law headed to the Gulf state Wednesday and returned to the US on Saturday—a visit not previously disclosed to the public. The White House confirmed the Saudi trip and suggested it was related to Kushner's efforts to establish an Israeli-Palestinian peace process, but did not say who Kushner met with.—Politico

International News

Catalan Leaders Could Face Sedition Charges
Spain's attorney general, José Manuel Maza, said separatist leaders in Catalonia should face criminal charges of rebellion and sedition. Maza also said misuse of funds indictments would be appropriate. At least one Catalan regional government official tweeted from his desk Monday, suggesting their work would continue.—The Guardian

Rodrigo Duterte Suggests Nations 'Reach Out' to Kim Jong Un
The Philippine president said "somebody" in the US or in neighboring Asian countries should try to convince the North Korean leader that nobody wants to invade the county. Duterte said "if somebody could just reach out, talk to him and say, 'My friend, why don't you just join me in the table and we'll just talk about these things?'"—AP

Kurdish Regional Government Leader Resigns
Masoud Barzani has announced he will quit as president of the Kurdish authority on November 1 after his push for independence via referendum led to a military response from Iraqi forces. Barzani's supporters protested outside parliament, and the offices of Kurdish opposition parties were ransacked in multiple cities.—Reuters

Saudi Arabia to Allow Women to Attend Sports Events
Women in Saudi Arabia will be permitted the enter stadiums for the very first time starting early next year. Three facilities in Jeddah, Dammam, and the capital Riyadh will be changed to "accommodate families," according to the country's General Sport Authority.—CNN

Everything Else

Houston Texans Protest Grows After 'Inmates' Remark
Almost all of the Houston Texans players took a knee during the national anthem Sunday after the team's owner reportedly said: "We can't have the inmates running the prison." Bob McNair apologized but insisted he hadn't been talking about his own players.—Slate

'Jigsaw' Tops the Domestic Box Office
The latest installment in the Saw franchise debuted at No.1 despite taking only $16.3 million. The George Clooney–directed Suburbicon opened to a dire $2.8 million. Meanwhile, Thor: Ragnarok earned $107.6 million during its debut overseas.—The Hollywood Reporter

Magazine Publisher Steps Back After Misconduct Claims
Hamilton Fish will take a leave of absence from his role as president and publisher at the New Republic as the liberal magazine investigates allegations leveled by some of its female employees, according to owner Win McCormack.—The New York Times

Elon Musk Says Australia in Danger of Returning to 'Dark Ages'
Speaking on the Australian version of 60 Minutes, the Tesla CEO said the country urgently needed to switch to renewable energy or "into the dark ages we go." Musk added: "We will have the choice of the collapse of civilization… or we find something renewable."—VICE

Vic Mensa Pens Open Letter to the NFL
The rapper wrote a message addressing the ongoing protests over racial injustice and police brutality. "We are not your livestock… Please, try replacing the black man on your football field. I'd love to see you competing with hockey for ratings."—i-D

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