The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

Kushner to head up office for streamlining government and may testify about Russia, police arrest at least 500 at anti-corruption protests in Moscow, Trump blames conservatives for healthcare failure, and more.

by VICE Staff
Mar 27 2017, 2:20pm

Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images

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

US News

Kushner to Lead Office for Streamlining Government Bureaucracy
President Trump is reportedly set to tap his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner as head of a new office aimed at tackling "stagnation" in government bureaucracy. Kushner, who's expected to officially be named to the post Monday, said the government "should be run like a great American company." Separately, Kushner may be questioned by Senate investigators over his talks with Russian officials.—The Washington Post/NYT

Trump Now Blames House Conservatives for Healthcare Fail
President Trump has shifted blame for the failure of the American Health Care Act from Democrats to conservatives, complaining on Twitter that the "Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club for Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!" Republican congressman Ted Poe resigned from the Freedom Caucus on Sunday, and one GOP aide predicted more resignations could be on the way.—CNN

Iran Slaps Sanctions on 15 US Companies
Iran imposed sanctions on more than a dozen US companies Sunday, including missile manufacturer Raytheon and real estate firm Re/Max Holdings Inc. Iranian state news said the sanctions were "reciprocal," referring to recent US sanctions on Iranian companies and individuals. Iran's foreign ministry said the listed American companies supported Israeli "atrocities... in the occupied Palestinian territories."—AP

United Airlines Bars Girls Wearing Leggings from Flight
A major US airline, United, refused to let two teenage girls onto a flight from Denver to Minneapolis Sunday because they were wearing leggings. An airline spokesman said the girls were traveling on a United pass, and so were obliged to comply with a dress code. Shannon Watts, a witness whose tweets helped the incident go viral, said it was "sexist and sexualizes young girls."—The New York Times

International News

Russian Police Arrest 500 at Anti-Corruption Protests
Opposition figurehead Alexei Navalny was one of hundreds arrested at an anti-corruption protest in Moscow Sunday, according to authorities. The Kremlin said the demonstrations, which saw thousands take to the streets of the capital and other Russian cities, were illegal.—Reuters

Syrian Rebels Seize Airbase Near Raqqa
The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces seized Tabqa airbase on Sunday, a site near the city of Raqqa that has been held by ISIS since 2014. The SDF launched the operation as part of an effort to remove ISIS from the town of Tabqa and secure its dam, the largest in the country.—BBC News

Six Aid Workers Killed in South Sudan
Six aid workers have been killed in South Sudan, according to the United Nations. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said the victims were ambushed while traveling from Juba, the capital, to the town of Pibor. At least 79 aid workers have been killed since South Sudan's civil war began in 2013, and this latest attack was said to be the worst yet.—AP

Eight Dead After Avalanche in Japan
Seven Japanese high school students and their teacher are dead after an avalanche at a ski resort north of Tokyo. The children were found with no vital signs, according to rescue officials. More than 40 others were injured in the avalanche at the Nasu Onsen resort, where more than 60 students and teachers had undertaken a climbing foray.—The Guardian

Everything Else

Drake Robs Ed Sheeran of Number One Spot
Drake ousted Ed Sheeran from the top spot on the Billboard 200 as More Life debuted at number one. The album has sold 505,000 units, with 257,000 coming from streaming equivalent sales. So far, he's nabbed almost 385 million streams since the album's release on March 18.—Billboard

Uber Suspends Autonomous Car Testing
Uber put the testing of self-driving cars on hold following a crash in Tempe, Arizona. The company said it was still investigating Friday's crash, which involved a vehicle in automated mode carrying no backseat passengers.—USA Today

Despite Strong Showing, 'Power Rangers' Couldn't Beat 'Beauty' at the Box Office
Power Rangers enjoyed a strong opening weekend of $40.5 million at the North American box office but couldn't compete with Beauty and the Beast, which netted $88.3 million. Chips took only $7.6 million on its debut weekend.—Variety

Snoop Dogg to Induct Tupac into Hall of Fame
Snoop Dogg will officially induct Tupac Shakur, his former Death Row Records label-mate, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month. Pearl Jam, Joan Baez, and Journey will also be inducted at the April 7 ceremony in Brooklyn.—Noisey

Cats Like Humans More Than Food, Scientists Say
A new study by researchers at Oregon State University poked holes in the widely held belief that cats are unsociable and untrainable, finding cats like interacting with humans more than they like to eat. They also prefer playing with humans to playing with toys, the study found.—Motherboard

Papa Roach Says It Listens to Paul Ryan When Defeated
Papa Roach tweeted a response to a fake screenshot of a New York Times story, which joked that Paul Ryan listened to Papa Roach's "Last Resort" following the failure of the American Health Care Act. "When we feel defeated we listen to Paul Ryan," the band joked.—Noisey