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2:25 AM ET, February 3, 2023

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Wall Street Journal:
Chinese Spy Balloon Tracked Over U.S. This Week  —  Incident comes days before Secretary of State Antony Blinken's trip to China  —  WASHINGTON—The U.S. tracked what officials described as a Chinese reconnaissance balloon over the continental states this week, in what would be an aggressive act …
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Courtney Kube / NBC News:
Suspected Chinese spy balloon found over northern U.S.  —  The government has been monitoring a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon that has been hovering over the northern U.S. for the past few days, and they have discussed shooting it out of the sky, according to two U.S. officials and a senior defense official.
Washington Post:
Chinese spy balloon flying over U.S. ‘right now,’ Pentagon says  —  The discovery, coming just days before Secretary of State Antony Blinken is due to visit Beijing, prompted discussion of whether to shoot down the surveillance system  —  A Chinese surveillance balloon has been spotted …
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Pentagon Discovers Suspected China Spy Balloon Over Northwest United States  —  The revelation comes days before Secretary of State Antony Blinken's visit to Beijing, where he is expected to meet with President Xi Jinping.  —  WASHINGTON — The United States has detected …
Joseph Trevithick / The Drive:
China's Spy Balloon Over Montana Is Part Of A Larger, More Troubling Pattern  —  The U.S. Air Force moved F-22 Raptor stealth fighters into position to be ready to shoot down what American officials say is a Chinese government high-altitude surveillance balloon over Montana.
Talking Points Memo:
Leaked Audio And Staff Dispute Show Chaos Inside George Santos' Office  —  Start your day with TPM.  —  After a little over a week working with embattled Rep. George Santos (R-NY), Derek Myers was informed that he would not be getting a permanent job.  During that tense conversation, Santos also offered some parting advice.
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Kadia Goba / Semafor:
George Santos: We've been secretly recorded  —  It's Groundhog Day, but George Santos is worried about a mole.  —  The Congressman told Semafor he expects recordings by a prospective staffer they interviewed this week to be published this evening by progressive news site Talking Points Memo.
New York Times:
Former Trump Executive, Already Jailed, Could Face More Fraud Charges  —  Manhattan prosecutors warned that they might charge Allen H. Weisselberg with insurance fraud to pressure him to cooperate in an investigation of the former president.  —  Manhattan prosecutors this week warned …
Discussion: Bloomberg, Raw Story, CNN and Political Wire
Christopher Wilson / Yahoo News:
AOC decries vote to remove Omar from House Foreign Affairs Committee  —  Moments before House Republicans voted to remove Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., from the House Foreign Affairs Committee over what a resolution said was a series of antisemitic remarks, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. …
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Sanjana Karanth / HuffPost:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Defends Ilhan Omar As Republicans Kick Her Off House Committee
Virginia Aabram / Washington Examiner:
Eighty-six House Democrats oppose resolution condemning ‘horrors of socialism’
Karoun Demirjian / New York Times:
House Ousts Ilhan Omar From Foreign Affairs Panel as G.O.P. Exacts Revenge
Rachel Oswald / Roll Call:
House votes to remove Omar from Foreign Affairs panel as Democrats cry hypocrisy and ‘racism’
Scott Wong / NBC News:
Rep. Ilhan Omar backs resolution recognizing Israel as a ‘legitimate’ ally as GOP moves to oust her from committee
David Byler / Washington Post:
Trump's Republican opponents are making a painfully obvious mistake  —  It's often said that military leaders “fight the last war”: They assume their current enemy is just like the previous one so they misjudge their foe and lose.  —  The Republican establishment is making that exact mistake in the 2024 presidential primary.
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Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Trump campaign staff on 2020 election lies: ‘fan the flame’  —  A newly released audio recording offers a behind-the-scenes look at how former President Donald Trump's campaign team in a pivotal battleground state knew they had been outflanked by Democrats in the 2020 presidential election.
Discussion: Political Wire
Politico:
Kari Lake meets with NRSC officials  —  Defeated Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake met with officials at the National Republican Senatorial Committee on Thursday, two people familiar with the matter told POLITICO.  —  The meeting comes as Lake is considering a run for the Senate in Arizona.
Politico:
Joe Biden's new squad  —  Presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration.  With help from Allie Bice.
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Wall Street Journal:
FBI to Search Mike Pence's Home for Additional Classified Materials
Tara Palmeri / Puck:
McCarthy's Horse-Trading Nightmare  —  His imperiled speakership was a collaborative effort that resulted in plenty of begging and favor-trading.  Now, as members expect reciprocity for loyalty in the form of committee assignments, McCarthy's up to his eyeballs placating unhappy former allies in his slim majority.
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Columbia Journalism Review's Big Fail: It Published 24,000 Words on Russiagate and Missed the Point  —  Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.  —  Misdirection, an essential tool for magicians, is not usually a component of media criticism.
Henry Rodgers / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: House, Senate GOP To Start ‘DC Home Rule’ Vote To Block District's New Crime Law  —  Republican Georgia Rep. Andrew Clyde and Tennesee Sen. Bill Hagerty will introduce a joint resolution of disapproval to block the Washington, D.C., Council's Revised Criminal Code Act of 2022 …
Discussion: DCist and Washington Times
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
The GOP Can't Remember Why It Took the Debt Ceiling Hostage  —  Hostage taking is, traditionally, a means to an end.  A criminal organization wants to earn fast cash, so it kidnaps the child of a business tycoon.  Or a militant group wants some of its members released from prison, so it seizes a government building.
Lawrence Richard / Fox News:
New Jersey Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour shot dead outside home in ‘despicable criminal act’  —  Sayreville Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour found dead inside vehicle outside apartment with multiple gunshot wounds  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for February 2
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Daniel Victor / New York Times:
New Jersey Councilwoman Is Fatally Shot, Officials Say
Kayode Crown / Mississippi Free Press:
As Mississippi Hospitals Fail, Leaders Kill Medicaid Expansion Efforts Again  —  Standing inside a shuttered hospital's abandoned emergency room in Newton County, Miss., on Monday night, Democratic candidate for governor Brandon Presley blamed Gov. Tate Reeves for the fact that more than half …
Department of Justice:
Broome County Man Pleads Guilty to Making Interstate Threats to Member of Congress  —  For Immediate Release  —  U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York  —  SYRACUSE, NEW YORK - Joseph F. Morelli, 51, of Endicott, New York pled guilty today to making threatening phone calls …
New York Times:
Soaring Death Toll Gives Grim Insight Into Russian Tactics  —  Moscow is sending poorly trained recruits, including convicts, to the front lines in eastern Ukraine to pave the way for more seasoned fighters, U.S. and allied officials say.  —  WASHINGTON — The number of Russian troops killed …
Discussion: Savage Minds
Wesley Lowery / Washington Post:
Nikole Hannah-Jones isn't done challenging the story of America  —  A new Hulu series is the latest version of “The 1619 Project,” a landmark reframing of American history around slavery that triggered a firestorm  —  Just about 16 minutes into the opening episode of Hulu's “The 1619 Project” …
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Bipartisan support for sending funding, weapons to Ukraine  —  Over half of American voters think Ukraine is winning the war against Russia  —  Europe needs to step up in supporting Ukraine: Rep. Mike Waltz  —  Just over half of American voters think Ukraine is winning …
Michael Luciano / Mediaite:
Tucker Carlson Ignores Virtually Every George Santos Lie to Say the Media Covers Him for Lying About Playing Volleyball  —  Tucker Carlson utterly ignored the many lies of Rep. George Santos (R-NY) and discussed just two of the freshman congressman's fabrications, which are fairly frivolous.
Ted Hesson / Reuters:
Close to 1,000 migrant children separated by Trump yet to be reunited with parents  —  Nearly 1,000 migrant children separated at the U.S.-Mexico border by the administration of former President Donald Trump have yet to be reunited with their parents despite a two-year effort by President Joe Biden.
Ellie Quinlan Houghtaling / The Daily Beast:
Potential Mass Shooting Thwarted in Hollywood  —  CRISIS AVERTED  —  Calls made to police by concerned neighbors in Los Angeles thwarted a potential mass shooting on Tuesday, authorities said.  Several neighbors flagged mental health concerns to cops after 25-year-old Braxton Johnson threatened …
Missy Ryan / Washington Post:
In rare move, U.S. releases ‘high-value’ Guantánamo Bay prisoner  —  A former al-Qaeda courier who endured dehumanizing treatment at CIA black sites before spending more than 15 years in Guantánamo Bay was released in Belize on Thursday, a milestone in President Biden's push …
 
 
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The Times of Israel:
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