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The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

Republicans attack Trump's tariff plan, feds reviewing California mayor's warning about ICE raids, two more Trump officials reportedly headed out, and more.
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Everything you need to know about the world this morning, curated by VICE.

US News

Trump's Tariff Plan Under Fire from Right
Leading GOP lawmakers condemned the president’s decision to introduce a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum. Senator Ben Sasse described the protectionist move as “weak, not strong,” while Senator Pat Toomey called it “a big mistake." It's also upsetting international leaders. “We will not sit idly while our industry is hit with unfair measures,” said the European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker.—The Washington Post

Feds Reviewing California Mayor’s Warning About ICE Raids
The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said the Department of Justice was examining Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf's comments after she warned immigrant families of looming ICE arrests in the area out of a “moral obligation.” Sanders said she thought it was “outrageous that a mayor would circumvent federal authorities.”—CBS News


Weinstein Company Strikes Deal to Prevent Bankruptcy
The production firm agreed to sell to an investor group headed up by Maria Contreras-Sweet and Rob Burkle, despite announcing a plan to file for bankruptcy earlier this week. The new owners plan to rename the company and install a female-majority board. The current board of directors said the sale would provide a “clear path for compensation for victims.”—Los Angeles Times

Two More Trump Officials Reportedly Headed Out
The White House plans to replace national security adviser General H.R. McMaster as soon as next month, according to five anonymous sources reached by NBC News. Ford Motor Company executive Stephen Biegun is reportedly under serious consideration for the role. Trump’s chief economic adviser Gary Cohn might also be on the verge of leaving after a dispute over the president’s tariff policy. - VICE News

International News

French Embassy Attacked in Burkina Faso
Armed men reportedly opened fire Friday outside the French embassy in Ouagadougou, the country’s capital. The French ambassador confirmed on Twitter that an attack was “under way,” while local police said special forces had responded. There was also some kind of assault on a military outpost, but both attacks appeared to be contained.—BBC News

Turkey Attacks Pro-Assad Forces in Northern Syria
At least 17 people in the Afrin region were killed by Turkish airstrikes overnight, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The monitoring group estimated 14 of those killed were fighters from militias loyal to Bashar al Assad’s government.—Reuters


Dozens Killed in Fire at Azerbaijan Rehab Center
At least 24 people were killed and three hurt in the blaze that broke out early Friday at a drug-treatment facility in Baku, the capital. Azerbaijan’s president, Ilham Aliyev, inspected the site of the Republican Narcology Dispensary after firefighters put out the flames.—Al Jazeera

Israeli Prime Minister Questioned by Police
Investigating officers interviewed Benjamin Netanyahu at his home Friday about an alleged corruption scheme involving a telecom company. Two people close to the PM have already been arrested on suspicion of helping the company with regulatory issues in exchange for favorable coverage from Bezeq’s news site.—AP

Everything Else

Taylor Swift Reveals Tour Openers
Swift announced Camila Cabello and Charli XCX will open for her on this summer’s Reputation stadium tour. Sharing the news in a video message on Twitter, Swift said she was “really excited about the whole thing in general.”—Billboard

Hasan Minhaj Gets His Own Talk Show
The correspondent for The Daily Show will front a new weekly show on Netflix beginning later this year. The company has already ordered 32 episodes. Netflix’s VP for content, Bela Bajaria, said she had been “a big fan of Hasan’s for many years."—The Hollywood Reporter

Mike Huckabee Quits Country Music Association Foundation
The former GOP governor of Arkansas resigned from the foundation’s board less than a day after joining. The conservative radio host blamed the “irrational vitriol” both he and the organization faced after he was appointed.—Variety


Gold Statue of Harvey Weinstein Installed Outside Oscars
Artist Joshua “Ginger” Monroe has installed a likeness of the disgraced Hollywood mogul on a casting couch near the ceremony’s venue as a protest against abuses in the industry. The gold Weinstein is shown clutching an Oscar at his crotch.—i-D

Offset and Metro Boomin Tap Ric Flair for a Video
The newly released clip for “Ric Flair Drip” stars the legendary wrestler, who shouts his trademark “WOO” and even makes a brief speech. Quavo, Takeoff, and 21 Savage also feature in the video.—Noisey

College Coach Fired for Rejecting Colorado Player Because of Weed Concerns
Texas Wesleyan University baseball coach Mike Jeffcoat was let go after he said he could not recruit Gavin Bell because he was from Colorado and previous players from the state “had trouble passing our drug test.”—VICE News

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