The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

Bannon said to call for retaliation against Mueller, more than 100 million Americans exposed to shady Russian content on Facebook, White House defends Robert E. Lee, and more.
October 31, 2017, 3:02pm
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Everything you need to know about the world this morning, curated by VICE.

US News

Bannon Apparently Wants to Retaliate Against Mueller
President Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon is said to be keen for Republicans to question special counsel Robert Mueller's remit and disrupt funding for his investigation. The news follows Monday's indictment of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his partner Rick Gates, and word of a guilty plea entered by former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, who admitted he lied about contact with Russians.—CNN

FBI Authorizes Publication of Rest of JFK Files
The bureau has OK'ed the release of more documents on the John F. Kennedy assassination held back from a National Archives release last week, but insisted the names of some individuals be redacted. A spokeswoman for the FBI said the "limited redactions" correspond to people "whose lives may be at risk if they are publicly identified."—AP

Almost Half of Americans Exposed to Russian Content on Facebook
Around 126 million Americans saw Facebook content created by Russia, the company disclosed. Facebook general counsel Colin Stretch said 29 million US users received free Russian content, which then spread through shares and likes. Twitter has estimated at least 36,700 accounts linked to Russia had pumped out "election-related content" on its own platform.—VICE News

White House Chief of Staff Defends Robert E. Lee
Discussing a Virginia church's plan to remove a plaque to the Confederate general, John Kelly described Lee as an "honorable man" who "gave up his country to fight for his state." Kelly added that the Civil War was the result of "the lack of an ability to compromise."—VICE News

International News

Seven Killed in Israeli Strike on Gaza Tunnel
Israeli authorities said its air force had bombed a tunnel in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, near a border wall under construction. According to Gaza's ministry of health, five of the seven people killed were from the al-Quds Brigades, a militant Islamic group. Another nine people were reportedly injured in the strike.—Al Jazeera

Opposition Leaders Vow Boycott of Venezuela's Next Election
Leadership of three political parties—Justice First, Democratic Action, and Popular Will—said they will not take part in December's municipal polls, claiming recent votes had been "manipulated." Julio Borges, leader of Justice First, said: "The objective remains getting Nicolas Maduro out of power, and in this struggle, the world is with us."—Reuters

Hundreds Refuse to Leave Papua New Guinea Refugee Camp
Around 600 refugee men are determined to remain at a detention center on Manus Island, despite plans to shut off electricity, food, and water Tuesday. Australia refused to accept the group, though the processing center is run on its behalf. Human rights lawyers have filed action to stop the center's closure.—BBC News

Damage Caused by Climate Change 'Unequivocal'
New research published in the Lancet has found climate change caused an extra 125 million people to suffer in heat waves between 2000 and 2016. It also caused a 46 percent rise in extreme weather events since the turn of the century, according to the study. "The human symptoms of climate change are unequivocal and potentially irreversible," the report read.—Reuters

Everything Else

Arrest Warrant Out for Rose McGowan
A warrant related to drug possession has apparently been issued for the actress, with police claiming belongings she left at Washington Dulles International Airport "tested positive for narcotics." McGowan, who has accused Harvey Weinstein of rape, tweeted: "Are they trying to silence me? What a load of HORSESHIT."—Deadline

'House of Cards' Finale Announced Following Kevin Spacey Allegation
The sixth season of the show will be the last, a decision that apparently had nothing to do with an accusation its star made sexual advances toward a 14-year-old boy. Netflix did say it was "deeply troubled" by Anthony Rapp's allegation.—VICE

Coachella Organizers Reveal New London Festival
Goldenvoice has announced that All Points East, a new ten-day event featuring three days of music headlined by The xx, will take place in London next summer. The National, the War on Drugs, and Future Islands will also perform.—Billboard

Offset, Metro Boomin, 21 Savage Release Surprise LP
The rap stars dropped a ten-track album titled Without Warning Monday night. The track "Ghostface Killers" features Travis Scott and "Rap Saved Me" features Quavo, of Migos.—Pitchfork

Travis Scott Sued by Fan Who Fell from Balcony
Kyle Green filed a lawsuit against the Houston rapper and Terminal 5 for injuries he sustained during Scott's April show in New York City. The 23-year-old alleges Scott encouraged other attendees to push him.—Noisey

Paul Manafort Used James Bond Passwords, Researchers Claim
According to two anonymous security experts, the former Trump campaign chairman used variations on "Bond007" for his Adobe and Dropbox accounts. The researchers said they had made the discovery based on hacked data dumps.—Motherboard

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