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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 …
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.
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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.
Discussion: Rolling Stone
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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Michael C. Bender / New York Times:
Trump Won't Commit to Backing the G.O.P. Nominee in 2024  —  The former president faces several potential Republican challengers in his bid for the White House.  —  Donald J. Trump refused to say he would support the next Republican presidential nominee if it was not him …
Stephen Neukam / The Hill:
Larry Hogan says he will support Trump if he's the nominee
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 and Raw Story
Scott Wong / NBC News:
Rep. Ilhan Omar backs resolution recognizing Israel as a ‘legitimate’ ally as GOP moves to oust her from committee  —  WASHINGTON — More than 30 House Democrats have signed onto a new resolution “recognizing Israel as America's legitimate and democratic ally and condemning antisemitism.”
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Karoun Demirjian / New York Times:
House Ousts Ilhan Omar From Foreign Affairs Panel as G.O.P. Exacts Revenge
Sanjana Karanth / HuffPost:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Defends Ilhan Omar As Republicans Kick Her Off House Committee
Associated Press:
House GOP votes to oust Democrat Omar from major committee
Rachel Oswald / Roll Call:
House votes to remove Omar from Foreign Affairs panel as Democrats cry hypocrisy and ‘racism’
Wall Street Journal:
FBI to Search Mike Pence's Home for Additional Classified Materials  —  Justice Department is in talks with former vice president's legal team about scheduling search  —  How Presidential Documents Are Supposed to Be Archived  —  Created with sketchtool. … 1x
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Politico:
Joe Biden's new squad
Discussion: Associated Press
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.
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
Balázs Gulyás / The Bulwark:
How Rod Dreher Caused an International Scandal in Eastern Europe  —  Blogging and backtracking.  —  Last week, Rod Dreher, the American author now living in Hungary, caused a diplomatic scandal that has gone largely unnoticed in his home country.  —  Dreher's stay in Hungary is apparently financed …
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Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
A U.S. Ambassador Finds Himself on Hostile Ground in Hungary
ProPublica:
“We're Still Gonna Say No”: Inside UnitedHealthcare's Effort to Deny Coverage to Chronically Ill Patient  —  Co-published with The Capitol Forum  —  In May 2021, a nurse at UnitedHealthcare called a colleague to share some welcome news about a problem the two had been grappling with for weeks.
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.
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 …
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.
Miles J. Herszenhorn / The Harvard Crimson:
Harvard Misinformation Expert Joan Donovan Forced to Leave by Kennedy School Dean, Sources Say  —  Harvard Kennedy School Dean Douglas W. Elmendorf is forcing out online misinformation expert Joan M. Donovan from her role at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy and ending …
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: Washington Times and DCist
The Cut:
Do You Know How to Behave?  Are You Sure? … THE NEW RULES FOR  — Friends & Lovers  — Strangers & Others  — Going Out & Staying In  — Tipping  — Work  — The City  — Parenting  — Posting & Texting  —  The ways we socialize and date …
Discussion: Slate
Hugh Hewitt / The Hugh Hewitt Show:
Former President Donald Trump On Nikki Haley's Announcement, Taiwan, Ukraine And More  —  Former President Donald Trump joined me this morning:  —  Audio:  —  02-02hhs-trump  —  Transcript:  —  HH: Former President Donald Trump, welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show.  Great to have you on again, sir.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Blue Virginia
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 …
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” …
 
 
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