The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

Trump agrees to meet North Korea's Kim face to face, federal judge offers Trump Twitter advice, Pacific nations flout US with free trade deal, and more.

by VICE Staff
Mar 9 2018, 4:20pm

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

US News

Experts Slam Trump's Plan to Meet One-on-One with Kim
The president accepted an invitation to speak directly with the North Korean leader after a White House meeting with South Korean officials who brokered the potentially historic encounter. South Korean National Security Adviser Chung Eui-Yong suggested the North was willing to suspend missile tests to enter negotiations with the US over denuclearization, but experts warned it could backfire horribly.—VICE News / The New York Times

Fake News Travels Faster Than the Real Thing, Study Shows
A study by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology concluded fake stories were the most rapidly shared on Twitter, and real users—rather than bots—were to blame. The MIT analysis found it took truthful information six times as long to reach 1,500 people as false information, and that bogus news was 70 percent more likely to be retweeted.—VICE News

Majority Believes #MeToo Movement Has Led to Change, Poll Finds
A new NBC News/Survey Monkey poll concluded 51 percent of US adults thought the wave of sexual misconduct stories in the past six months have “helped address gender inequality." Only 20 percent said they believed the #MeToo movement has treated men unfairly, while 26 percent said it has made no real impact.—NBC News

Interior Department Spending $139K on Ryan Zinke's Doors
The Secretary of the Interior denied knowing the huge sum had been set aside for the replacement of three sets of doors in his office. A spokeswoman for the Department said Zinke “agrees that this is a lot of money." —AP

International News

Pacific Nations Flout Trump with Free Trade Deal
Ministers from the 11 countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership signed a pact cutting tariffs across the region ahead of new ones being imposed by the US. Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Peru, and Brunei all signed the agreement to open up trade. Chile's foreign minister said the move was “a strong sign against the protectionist pressures."—AP

Aid Convoy Makes It to Eastern Ghouta
On Friday, UN trucks delivering food and medical supplies entered Eastern Ghouta, the brutally besieged suburb of Damascus. Despite a break in government strikes on the rebel-held area last night, new strikes on the Douma neighborhood were reported. The UN’s humanitarian chief said any attacks would violate “assurances of safety” for the convoy.—BBC News

Turkey Wants Another 243 People Arrested Over Attempted Coup
The country filed arrest warrants en masse once again, including nearly 100 for teachers accused of backing the US-based opposition leader Fethullah Gulen. Over 50,000 people have been sent to prison since the (failed) July 2016 coup attempt, with another 150,000 removed from government jobs.—Reuters

At Least Seven Killed in Kabul Bomb Attack
A suicide bombing on Friday near a Shia mosque in the Afghan capital left seven other people injured, according the interior ministry. The bomber was said to detonate the device while trying to enter a ceremony marking the anniversary of a local Shia leader’s death.—Al Jazeera

Everything Else

Obamas Negotiating for Netflix Series
Barack and Michelle Obama are reportedly hammering out a deal for a series of shows featuring “inspirational stories." Although the shows could feature political subjects, they were not expected to openly criticize Trump or his policies.—The New York Times

Toys R Us Close to Liquidation
The company was reportedly making plans to close stores across the US after attempts to find a buyer were at least initially unsuccessful. The toy giant’s US division filed for bankruptcy last year, and closed 180 of its 800 stores in January.—Los Angeles Times

Vince Staples Drops New Track
The rapper released the single “Get the Fuck Off My Dick,” his follow to last year’s album Big Fish Theory. Staples previously promoted the track with a GoFundMe page in which he asked fans to raise $2 million for his retirement.—Pitchfork

Prequel Movie for ‘The Sopranos’ is on the Way
The legendary TV series' creator David Chase reportedly inked a deal with New Line for his project The Many Saints of Newark. Set in 1960s New Jersey, the film was said to feature at least some characters from The Sopranos universe.—VICE

First Glimpse at ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2
Hulu dropped the trailer for the dystopian drama’s follow-up season on International Women’s Day. It featured narration by Elisabeth Moss’s character Offred. The first episode was slated to drop on April 25.—i-D

Federal Judge Tells Trump to Mute, Not Block Followers
Naomi Reice Buchwald encouraged the president to use Twitter’s mute function in a case raised by the Knight First Amendment Institute and seven users Trump blocked. Buchwald advised the parties to settle the matter before she offers a ruling.—Motherboard

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