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10:15 AM ET, February 3, 2023

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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.
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Martin Goillandeau / CNN:
China says balloon that entered US was ‘civilian airship’ for research that deviated from course  —  The suspected Chinese high-altitude surveillance balloon flying over the continental US entered the entered US airspace “due to force majeure,” a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Friday …
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Pentagon Says It Detected a Chinese Spy Balloon Hovering Over Montana  —  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 what it says is a Chinese …
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.
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 …
CNN:
Pentagon tracking suspected Chinese spy balloon over the US
Associated Press:
China says it's looking into report of spy balloon over US
NBC News:
Suspected Chinese spy balloon complicates Blinken's high-stakes China trip
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and Fox News
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.
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Kimberly Ross / Washington Examiner:
DeSantis owes Trump nothing  —  There is no love lost between former President Donald Trump and Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL).  It seems nearly every week, DeSantis makes a name for himself in national headlines , strengthening his exposure and appeal and contrasting himself with Trump in a positive way.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Washington Post:
Clyburn says Democrats should compromise on policing bill  —  Good morning, Early Birds.  Do you ask people what they do for work?  Do you help strangers parallel park?  Do you put out bowls of cigarettes at the parties you throw (and do you let guests smoke indoors)?  We're dying to know.
Discussion: The Hill
Lauren Kaori Gurley / Washington Post:
Employers added 517,000 jobs in January, astonishing labor market growth  —  January marked the 25th straight month of solid job growth, and the unemployment rate edged down to a new low of 3.4 percent.  —  The labor market shattered expectations in January, as the economy added 517,000 jobs …
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Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Strong hiring hints at more work ahead for the Fed, but wages cool.  —  Pace of U.S. Hiring Surges Unexpectedly … U.S. employers added 517,000 jobs in January.  —  The American labor market unleashed a burst of hiring in January, producing another wave of robust job growth even as interest rates continue to rise.
David Harrison / Wall Street Journal:
Jobs Report to Show Whether Labor Market Cooling Extended Into January
Discussion: The Daily Caller
David Siders / Politico:
The State Where the GOP Would Rather Lose Than Change  —  PHOENIX — In a megachurch where the Arizona Republican Party met over the weekend to chart its course following heavy losses in the midterms, a package of resolutions was up for consideration, including one to censure Republican officials involved in running past elections.
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Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Republicans rally around conservatives who lost their elections  —  The GOP base lionizes some defeated candidates as wronged warriors and avatars of legitimate grievances  —  Donald Trump — the former Republican president who lost his 2020 reelection bid — spent last Saturday pinging between …
Discussion: 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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Rachel Oswald / Roll Call:
House votes to remove Omar from Foreign Affairs panel as Democrats cry hypocrisy and ‘racism’
Karoun Demirjian / New York Times:
House Ousts Ilhan Omar From Foreign Affairs Panel as G.O.P. Exacts Revenge
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
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Times
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Hunter Biden Claims His Laptop  —  And asks his dad's government to target his critics.  —  WSJ Opinion: The Biden Classified-Document Payback  —  YOU MAY ALSO LIKE  —  Created with sketchtool.  —  1x  —  Hunter Biden did some reckless things, is unhappy people found out, and so is now doing something equally reckless.
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Zach Montellaro / Politico:
All shook up: Why Dems see sliver of opportunity in deep-red Mississippi  —  Republicans have had a lock on the Mississippi governorship for decades.  But Democrats hope that a candidate with one of the most famous last names in America can change that.  —  Democrats are coalescing around …
Discussion: Mississippi Today
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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 …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Questioned on Biden documents, his press secretary has only one answer  —  Karine Jean-Pierre, eight months into her tenure as White House press secretary, has frustrated reporters with her inability to shed light on the classified documents probe, raising doubts about her own access.
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Politico:
Joe Biden's new squad
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Confidence in police practices drops to a new low: POLL  —  Just 39% are confident that the police are trained to avoid excessive force.  —  Americans' confidence in how police are trained and their  —  treatment of Black people  —  both have fallen to new lows in an ABC News/Washington Post poll.
Theodore B. Olson / Wall Street Journal:
The U.S. Must Resolve the Cases of the Guantanamo Detainees  —  If the 9/11 defendants were to plead guilty and accept a life sentence, justice will almost have been served.  —  1x  —  I remember exactly where I was standing on Sept. 11, 2001, when I heard my wife Barbara's voice …
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Missy Ryan / Washington Post:
In rare move, U.S. releases ‘high-value’ Guantánamo Bay prisoner
 
 
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