The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

CBO estimates 22 million more uninsured under GOP plan, US says Syria may be planning new chemical attack, American popularity abroad dives under Trump, and more.

by VICE Staff
Jun 27 2017, 2:25pm

Photo by Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post via Getty Images

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

US News

US Warns Syria May Be Planning Another Chemical Attack
The White House has claimed the Syrian government of Bashar al Assad seems to be preparing another chemical attack on his people. "The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack," the White House stated, before warning Assad and his military "will pay a heavy price" if they use chemical weapons again.—CNN

Immigrant Soldiers Could Face Deportation
The Department of Defense might scrap a program designed to help foreign-born service personnel become US citizens, a Pentagon memo showed. If the US abandons the program, roughly 1,000 soldiers without legal immigration status could become targets for deportation. Another 4,100 soldiers could be subject to "enhanced screening."—The Washington Post

CBO Report Estimates 22 Million More Uninsured
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that the Senate healthcare bill would leave 22 million fewer Americans with health insurance by 2026 if it becomes law. According to the CBO's report released Monday, it would also result in $772 billion less in Medicaid spending. Key Republican senators were believed to be wavering on the polarizing legislation.—VICE News

US Popularity Abroad Dives Under Trump
A survey published Monday by the Pew Research Center found international attitudes on the United States have soured significantly since President Trump took office. The survey of 37 nations found only 49 percent had a favorable view of the US now, compared with 64 percent at the end of Barack Obama's second term.—Reuters

International News

European Commission Slaps Google with Record Fine
The European Commission has fined Google a record $2.72 billion for allegedly breaching antitrust rules by boosting its own shopping tool in search results. The commission said Google had "stifled competition." The company's senior vice president, Kent Walker, said it would review the decision and consider an appeal.—AP

Brazilian President Charged with Corruption
Brazil's chief prosecutor charged President Michel Temer for allegedly accepting bribes from meatpacking company JBS. The charges follow the release of an audio recording in which Temer and Joesley Batista, chairman of JBS, may be discussing bribes. The Supreme Court will now decide if Brazil's lower house of parliament should vote on whether Temer should face trial.—BBC News

British PM Swaps £1 Billion for Power
Prime Minister Theresa May agreed to a £1 billion ($1.3 billion) deal with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to secure enough votes to give the Conservative Party a parliamentary majority. DUP leader Arlene Foster said she welcomed the "new financial support." Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon called it a "grubby, shameless deal."—Reuters

Mali Al Qaeda Cell Releases Swedish Hostage
A Swedish national held hostage by al Qaeda in Mali for nearly six years has been freed and reunited with his family. Sweden's foreign minister, Margot Wallström, said Johan Gustafsson, 42, was released a few days ago after "several years of efforts" by Swedish and international authorities to free him.—Al Jazeera

Everything Else

Drake Hosts Inaugural NBA Awards
Drake starred in a comedy sketch alongside Will Ferrell while hosting last night's first annual NBA Awards. The artist also roasted top NBA players and starred in a short spoof of Jordan Peele's Get Out.—Billboard

Three CNN Journalists Resign After Trump Story Pulled
Three CNN journalists stepped down after the network retracted a story on the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russia. CNN said the story "did not meet CNN's editorial standards" and apologized to Anthony Scaramucci, a transition official who figured prominently in the story.—USA Today

Trailer Drops for Spike Lee's Netflix Series
Netflix released a trailer for the new Spike Lee show She's Gotta Have It, a ten-episode series based on his celebrated 1986 debut in film. It will be available on Thanksgiving Day, and stars DeWanda Wise as lead Nola Darling.—Salon

Support for Gay Marriage Hits All-Time High, Even Among Conservatives
A poll released Monday by the Pew Research Center shows backing for same-sex marriage is the highest it's been for 20 years, with 62 percent of Americans in support. Republicans are evenly split. Forty-seven percent support marriage equality, and 48 percent do not.—VICE

Apple and Microsoft Laptops Terrible to Repair, Report Finds
Apple and Microsoft laptops score badly for repairability in the new iFixit + Greenpeace Consumer Electronics Guide. While Dell, HP, and Samsung laptops score highly, Apple models and the Microsoft Surface Book each earned a one out of ten.—Motherboard