The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

RNC ditches Roy Moore, Australia votes in favor of marriage equality, Sessions admits being told Trump aide had Kremlin ties, and more.

by VICE Staff
Nov 15 2017, 3:36pm

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

US News

RNC Ditches Roy Moore
The Republican National Committee has scrapped field programs and pulled fundraising resources for the embattled Republican's campaign for Senate in Alabama. The move follows allegations of sexual misconduct and assault five women made against Moore, which he's steadfastly denied. FOX News host Sean Hannity distanced himself from Moore Tuesday night, demanding he explain “inconsistencies” or “get out of this race.”—VICE News/Politico

Cops Praise School for Protecting Kids from Shooter
A gunman killed four people in northern California Tuesday, but police said a speedy lockdown at an elementary school almost certainly prevented more deaths. The suspected shooter tried to enter the Rancho Tehama school before firing in the streets outside. Though he did wound two children in the area, he was later fatally shot by police. “The quick action of those school officials… saved countless lives and children,” said assistant sheriff Phil Johnston.—NBC News

Sessions Admits Being Told About Trump Aide's Ties to Moscow
Attorney General Jeff Sessions told the House Judiciary Committee he could now recall a meeting he attended with Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos where the latter revealed some connection to Russian actors. Having failed to disclose the sit-down in previous testimony, Sessions nonetheless said he rejected “accusations that I have ever lied under oath.” At the meeting, Papadopoulos reportedly claimed he could set up contact between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.—The Guardian

UCLA Basketball Players Freed After Arrest in China
Three US college athletes returned to Los Angeles Tuesday night after being arrested and accused of stealing sunglasses by authorities in Hangzhou. Larry Scott, head of the Pacific-12 conference, said the case had been “resolved to the satisfaction of the Chinese authorities.” President Trump said he had raised the matter with President Xi Jinping.—CNN

International News

Army Seizes Control in Zimbabwe, Denies Coup
The Zimbabwean army has taken charge of state broadcaster ZBC, with Major General Sibusiso Moyo appearing on TV to explain that the military was “targeting criminals” surrounding President Robert Mugabe. South African president Jacob Zuma claimed Mugabe told him he had been “confined” to his home. The power shift followed a dispute within Mugabe’s ruling Zanu-PF party over who should succeed the 93-year-old leader.—VICE News

Australia Votes in Favor of Marriage Equality
A clear majority of Australians—61.6 percent—have endorsed the legalization of same-sex marriage. Liberal senator Dean Smith is set to introduce a marriage equality bill Wednesday following the results of the country’s mail-in vote. Senator Eric Abetz, a leading "No" campaigner, said he expected legislation to pass before Christmas.—VICE News

Russia Uses Video Game as Evidence of US-ISIS Collusion
The Russian defense ministry claimed photos it posted on social media show US forces protecting an ISIS convoy from Russian air strikes in Syria. But one photo was shown to be a screenshot from the game AC-130 Gunship Simulator: Special Ops Squadron, forcing the ministry to delete it. A spokesman for the US coalition against ISIS said the Russian photo was “about as accurate as their air campaign.”—The Washington Post

Injured North Korean Defector in Stable Condition
The solider shot and badly wounded by fellow North Korean troops as he fled over the demilitarized zone into South Korea has stabilized, according to a South Korean doctor. Surgeon Lee Cook-jong said a hip fracture and the potential for infection could still be problematic for the unnamed defector.—Reuters

Everything Else

Taylor Swift Album Becomes 2017’s Biggest Seller
Reputation has shifted 1.05 million units in just four days, blowing past the previous best-selling album of the year, Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide). Swift is now the first artist to have four albums sell more than 1 million copies in a week.—Billboard

Actress Sues Weinstein for Sexual Battery, Assault
The unnamed woman filed a lawsuit against the disgraced Hollywood producer in Los Angeles Tuesday. She alleged Harvey Weinstein forced her to watch him masturbate in 2015 and sexually assaulted her months later.—AP

Bryan Cranston Says Shamed Stars Could Be Forgiven
The actor said some of the Hollywood figures disgraced by sexual assault and misconduct claims could still be given “a second chance." Cranston said: “Maybe down the road there is room for that [a way back]. Maybe it’s possible.”—BBC News

Rose McGowan Arrested on Drugs Charge
The actress surrendered to police in Virginia Tuesday in response to a warrant issued over alleged drug possession. She was released by the sheriff’s office in Loudoun County on a $5,000 bond. McGowan said she would “clearly plead not guilty.”—The New Yorker

Congresswoman Alleges Sexual Misconduct by Colleagues
Representative Jackie Speier shared allegations that two members of Congress had sexually harassed staffers. Without naming any men, Speier said victims had “their private parts grabbed on the House floor."—Broadly

Forbes Conference Leaves Attendee Data Open, Member Says
A website for Forbes’ 30 Under 30 conference was said to expose members’ personal details, including phone numbers, emails, and dates of birth. The bug was discovered by Yan Zhu, a tech engineer included on the Forbes list in 2015.—Motherboard

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