The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

Trump's budget even crueler than usual, dirty cops convicted in Baltimore, Jeff Sessions praises "Anglo-American" law enforcement, and more.

by VICE Staff
Feb 13 2018, 3:52pm

Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

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

US News

Trump Proposes Replacing Food Stamps and Gutting Medicaid
The White House’s budget proposal for 2019 has revealed a plan to slash spending on food stamps and introduce “America’s Harvest Box,” a monthly supply of non-perishable food. The Department of Agriculture has estimated the boxes could cut government welfare spending by $129 billion over the next decade. Other proposed measures include ending the extension of Medicaid benefits and expanding work requirements for welfare recipients.—Politico/The Washington Post

Baltimore Detectives Convicted in Massive Corruption Trial
Police detectives Daniel T. Hersl and Marcus R. Taylor were convicted of robbery and racketeering by a federal jury Monday. The court heard evidence the two members of Baltimore’s Gun Trace Task Force took money from drug dealers and innocent city residents. They now face up to 60 years in prison.—The Baltimore Sun

Jeff Sessions Praises ‘Anglo-American’ Law Enforcement
The attorney general was criticized for his remarks at the National Sheriffs’ Association conference on Monday. Sessions said the office of sheriff was “a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement.” Brian Schatz, the Democratic senator from Hawaii, called the comment a “dog whistle," and the NAACP said it was “racially tinged.”—ABC News

Vanessa Trump Unharmed in White Powder Scare
Donald Trump, Jr.'s wife and two others were hospitalized as a precaution Monday after a letter containing white powder was delivered to the family’s home in New York City. Police said the substance was harmless, with officials noting the powder appeared to be corn starch. Trump, Jr. described it as an “incredibly scary situation.”—NBC News

International News

South Africa’s Ruling Party Demands President's Resignation
The African National Congress has formally urged leader President Jacob Zuma to step down, giving him 48 hours to quit. Zuma, however, has reportedly refused to go, forcing his party to consider ways to impeach him through parliament. The 75-year-old has seen his stature dented by multiple allegations of corruption.—VICE News

Commonwealth to Discuss Who Succeeds the Queen
The 53 countries that make up the Commonwealth have formed a group that will review who becomes the ceremonial head when Queen Elizabeth II dies. Prince Charles will not necessarily assume the role when he becomes British monarch. “I imagine the question of the succession, however distasteful it may naturally be, will come up,” said one source of Tuesday's meeting in London.—BBC News

South Korean Court Convicts Former Presidential Aide
Choi Soon-sil, a close friend of ousted president Park Geun-hye, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for bribery and other offenses Tuesday. In addition to taking bribes, Choi was found guilty of leaning on businesses to give money to her foundations, a major part of the scandal that led to Park’s impeachment.—AP

Julian Assange Faces Crucial Court Ruling
A judge will decide whether to uphold or reject a British arrest warrant for the WikiLeaks founder on Tuesday while he's still holed up inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Assange’s lawyers argue the warrant, which relates to violation of bail terms, has “lost its purpose and function” since Swedish prosecutors have ended their probe into sexual assault claims against him.—The Guardian

Everything Else

Omarosa Manigault Calls Mike Pence ‘Extreme’
The former White House staffer and Celebrity Big Brother contestant claimed the vice president thinks “Jesus tells him to say things.” She told fellow contestants: “We would be begging for days of Trump back if Pence became president.”—CBS News

‘Black Panther’ on Course for Mammoth Opening
The Marvel superhero movie was reportedly set to take in $165 million over the upcoming four-day holiday weekend, according to tracking company NRG. Its estimated draw at the North American box office has risen twice in the past two weeks.—The Hollywood Reporter

Oxfam Deputy Head Quits Amid Haiti Scandal
Penny Lawrence, the NGO’s deputy chief executive, said she took “full responsibility” for inadequately responding to allegations of sexual misconduct at the organization. Former Oxfam staffers stand accused of patronizing young prostitutes in Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in what has been described as a "full-on Caligula orgy." —AP

Marshmello Drops Lil Peep Tribute
The DJ has released a video for the track “Spotlight,” his collaboration with Gustav Åhr, who died last year at 21. The visuals include a series of nods to the late star, including a diner referring to his tattoo.—Noisey

Olympic Gold Medal Winner Says ‘Holy Fuck’ on TV
NBC cameras captured Red Gerard, the 17-year-old US winner of the Winter Olympics' slopestyle snowboarding competition, shouting “holy fuck” after he claimed the gold. The teen reportedly overslept on the morning of the contest, having stayed up watching Netflix the night before.—VICE

Convicted Terrorist Watched ‘Arrested Development’ at Gitmo
Ahmed al Darbi, a Saudi national who plead guilty to taking part in an attack on a French oil tanker, was reportedly granted special privileges after providing testimony to prosecutors. He was allowed to watch the Bluth family sitcom and play PlayStation 3.—VICE News

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