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The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

GOP bashes Trump over Charlottesville rant, bathroom bill fails again in Texas, top union leader quits White House council over Charlottesville, and more.

by VICE Staff
Aug 16 2017, 3:12pm

Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images

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

US News

GOP Bashes Trump Over Ambiguity on Charlottesville
President Trump has been criticized by leading Republicans for again failing to clearly condemn white supremacist hatred and violence in Charlottesville. Trump insisted Tuesday that there was "blame on both sides." A memo sent by the White House to GOP lawmakers in Congress reportedly advised them to argue the president was "entirely correct" on the issue. But House Speaker Paul Ryan tweeted: "White supremacy is repulsive... There can be no moral ambiguity." Senator Marco Rubio said "you can't allow #WhiteSupremacists to share only part of the blame," while Senator John McCain said there was "no moral equivalency between racists & Americans standing up to defy hate & bigotry."—NBC News / CBS News

Top Union Leader Quits Trump Council Over Charlottesville Comments
The leader of the nation's largest labour union federation has quit President Trump's advisory council on manufacturing jobs over his response to Charlottesville. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka explained his resignation in a statement on Twitter: "I cannot sit on a council for a President that tolerates bigotry and domestic terrorism."—Fortune

Bathroom Bill Fails Again in Texas
A second attempt by Republican lawmakers in Texas to pass a so-called "bathroom bill" has failed after the state legislature adjourned from its special session. The bill would have forced transgender people use public bathrooms corresponding with the gender they were assigned at birth. President of GLAAD Sarah Kate Ellis said the outcome "shows what can happen when transgender Americans and their allies stay vigilant."—AP

Trump's Favorite in Alabama Senate Race Heads to Run-Off
Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore and State Senator Luther Strange will contest a Republican runoff for Attorney General Jeff Sessions's vacant US Senate seat. Strange, backed by President Trump, finished 7 percentage points behind Moore, but neither managed to garner 50 percent of the vote.—VICE News

International News

At Least 30 Killed by Female Suicide Bombers in Nigeria
At least 30 people were killed and another 80 wounded in an attack carried out by three female suicide bombers in Nigeria. The women set off their explosives in a busy shopping area at the edge of a refugee camp in the town of Mandarari, in Borno State. Islamist militants from Boko Haram have carried out previous attacks in the area, but so far no group had claimed responsibility for the attack.—CNN

Civilians Depart ISIS-Held Town in Iraq
Thousands of civilians in the ISIS-held stronghold of Tal Afar in Iraq have begun fleeing amid air strikes by the government-led coalition intent on retaking the town. Hundreds who escaped Monday were taken by the army to a humanitarian aid area outside Mosul.—Al Jazeera

Death Toll from Sierra Leone Mudslides Reaches Almost 400
Nearly 400 people have been killed by Monday's mudslides and flash floods in Sierra Leone, with some 600 more believed missing. The UN said its own rescue workers had joined the Red Cross in a bid to find people and prevent the outbreak of disease.—BBC News

Philippine Army Deployed to Stop Spread of Bird Flu
Soldiers in the Philippines have been ordered to kill roughly 600,000 birds in a bid to stop the spread of avian flu, according to the country's agriculture secretary, Emmanuel Pinol. The outbreak among fowl has spread to dozens of farms, but no humans are believed to have caught the virus.—Reuters

Everything Else

Michael Moore Leads Audience to Trump Tower Protest
Michael Moore took members of the audience at his anti-Trump Broadway show to a protest outside Trump Tower Tuesday night using double-decker buses. Mark Ruffalo, who appeared as a guest in Moore's The Terms of My Surrender, joined the protest.—The New York Times

Daniel Craig Officially Back as James Bond
Appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Daniel Craig revealed he is returning to play James Bond, probably for the final time. "I think this is it," he said of the next 007 movie, expected in 2019. "I just want to go out on a high note."—The Guardian

Families of Manchester Bombing Victims Will Each Be Given $324,000
The families of the 22 victims killed in the bombing at Ariana Grande's show in Manchester, England, will each receive $324,000 from the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund. The public has helped raise more than $23 million for the fund since the attack in May.—Billboard

Drake Drops Off Billboard Hot 100 After Eight-Year Run
Drake has failed to appear on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time since 2009 after "Signs" dropped off the chart. The artist had been a constant presence on the Hot 100 since the release of "Best I Ever Had" eight years ago.—Noisey

Chuck E. Cheese Disbands Robot Rock Group
Chuck E. Cheese is reportedly getting rid of the animatronic rock group at its restaurants as part of a refurbishing exercise at branches in Texas and Missouri. The robots from Munch's Make-Believe Band will be replaced by live appearances from the restaurant's namesake character.—VICE