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The VICE Morning Bulletin

US spies reportedly withholding intel from Trump, immigrants strike across America, two more arrested in connection with Kim Jong-nam death, and more.
February 16, 2017, 3:05pm

Everything you need to know this morning, curated by VICE

US News

Spies Reportedly Withholding Intelligence from Trump
In a testament to the unusual divide between the White House and America's intelligence agencies, US spies are reportedly withholding some information about their sources and methods from President Trump out of fear it could be leaked. Anonymous officials said there were no known incidents of intelligence on security threats being withheld.—The Wall Street Journal

Immigrants to Strike Across the US
Thousands of immigrant workers and foreign-born residents across the United States are expected to stay away from work and avoid patronizing businesses Thursday, after the #ADayWithoutImmigrants campaign gathered momentum. José Andrés and other leading chefs are closing their restaurants in solidarity with the action, intended to highlight foreigners' central role in the US economy.—The New York Times


ICE Arrests Immigrant Who Reported Domestic Abuse
Federal agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested a woman who had just claimed protection from a Texas court for alleged domestic abuse. Attorney Jo Anne Bernal and other officials in El Paso county expressed concern that such arrests could scare undocumented migrants into staying silent about abuse.—El Paso Times

Tax Day Rallies to Pressure President to Release Returns
A coalition of progressive groups is organizing a series nationwide rallies to pressure President Trump to release his tax returns. The protests are expected to be held on April 15, tax day, in at least 60 cities across the US. Ben Wikler, Washington director of, said it was a matter of "moral urgency."—USA Today

International News

Two More People Arrested in Connection with Kim Jong-nam Death
Malaysian police have arrested two more people—one woman and one man—suspected of involvement in the killing of Kim Jong-un's half-brother, Kim Jong-nam, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Police chief Abu Samah Mat said the man was the boyfriend of the second female suspect. South Korea's spy agency had told the country's lawmakers that the two females suspected of the killing were North Korean agents.—Reuters

Palestinians Warn US Against Abandoning Two-State Solution
Palestinian officials have warned the US against abandoning support for the two-state solution after President Trump appeared to withdraw commitment to the long-held US policy Wednesday. Hanan Ashrawi, a senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organization, said the Trump administration "would be destroying the chances for peace" if it rejected the idea of a separate Palestinian state.—Al Jazeera


Australian Catholic Church Gave Abuse Victims $213 Million
Victims of sexual abuse in Australia have been given payments of $213 million by the country's Catholic Church over more than three decades. Evidence released by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse showed that since 1980 the average compensation payment to more than 3,000 victims was around $70,000.—BBC News

Thai Police Search Temple for Accused Monk
Thai police have raided an unusual Buddhist temple near Bangkok in a bid to detain a former monk accused of money laundering. Officers entered after a standoff with the Wat Phra Dhammakaya temple's monks and thousands of supporters Thursday. Phra Dhammachayo, 72, is believed to be hiding on the huge site.—ABC News

Everything Else

Sia Urges Kanye West to Go Fur-Free
The singer Sia tweeted at Kanye West about the "sad…reality of fur fashion" after the rapper appeared to include fur in his Yeezy Season 5 show. She tweeted: "Dear @kanyewest would you consider going fur free?"—Rolling Stone

Americans Blame Rising Stress Levels on Politics
A new American Psychological Association poll reveals 57 percent of US adults regard current politics as a "significant source of stress." General stress levels rising from 4.8 to 5.1 (out of ten) since August is the fastest rise in a decade.—Fortune

Trump to Hold Weekend Rally in Florida
President Trump is to hold a rally at Orlando Melbourne International Airport on Saturday. The ticketed event will be followed by a visit to Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach—the president's third visit to the "Winter White House" in the past three weeks.—Orlando Sentinel

Kesha's Lawyers Release Emails with Dr. Luke
Kesha's legal team has released a series of emails between her manager and her former producer Dr. Luke in the latest episode of their ongoing saga. They include details of alleged attempts to control her weight and lyrics to her songs.—Noisey

Massive Drug Catapult Discovered on Mexican Border
Mexican drug traffickers apparently built a huge catapult in a bid to throw drugs over the American border. US Customs and Border Protection agents in Douglas, Arizona, discovered the device when they noticed a crowd running away from it and found big bags of weed nearby.—VICE

NASA-Backed Project Invites You to Find Hidden Planet
A new NASA-funded website, "Backyard Worlds: Planet 9," is encouraging citizen astronomers to find a possible hidden planet inside our solar system. Users can tag moving objects for classification from infrared images of space.—Motherboard