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10:50 AM ET, February 3, 2023

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Washington Post:
Blinken postpones China trip as suspected spy balloon detected over U.S.  —  Hours before the secretary of state was scheduled to depart for Beijing, the diplomatic visit was called off  —  President Biden postponed his top diplomat's first official trip to China on Friday in response …
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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 …
Bloomberg:
US to Postpone Blinken's Visit to China Over Its Spy Balloon  —  The Biden administration has decided to postpone Secretary of State Antony Blinken's upcoming trip to Beijing after detecting a Chinese surveillance balloon that was lingering at high altitude over sensitive nuclear sites in Montana, according two officials.
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.
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.
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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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
David Frum / The Atlantic:   Do They Not Know He'll Betray Them?  —  House Republicans are preparing for a big confrontation …
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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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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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’
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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Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
House Republicans float one spending cut in a debt ceiling bill: unspent Covid money  —  WASHINGTON — There's no Republican plan, let alone a bill, to resolve the debt ceiling problem.  But some GOP lawmakers are floating one idea to include in a package: rescinding approved but unspent Covid relief funds.
Discussion: New Republic
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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.
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Kadia Goba / Semafor:
George Santos: We've been secretly recorded
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Times
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.
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
Andrea Phillips / The Independent:
I'm a teacher in Florida.  Here's what the DeSantis book bans look like in my classroom  —  A new crackdown on books in Florida schools has had a chilling effect in classrooms.  —  “I'm done!  I'm done!  What do I do now?”  Every teacher, in every classroom, hears this many (thousands) of times daily from their students.
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
Joseph Zeballos-Roig / Semafor:
Matt Gaetz wants to make poor Americans work for their health care  —  Rep. Matt Gaetz is trying to convince his fellow Republicans to demand new work requirements for Medicaid as part of a deal to raise the debt ceiling.  —  The Florida congressman, who has been enjoying new influence within …
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 …
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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