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1:20 PM ET, February 3, 2023

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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.
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Jobs report shows increase of 517,000 in January, crushing estimates, as unemployment rate hit 53-year low  — The January jobs report showed nonfarm payrolls increased by 517,000, far higher than the 187,000 market estimate.  — The unemployment rate fell to 3.4% versus the estimate for 3.6%.
David Harrison / Wall Street Journal:
Jobs Report to Show Whether Labor Market Cooling Extended Into January  —  U.S. added 517,000 jobs in January, snapping five-month string of slowing employment growth  —  White-Collar Recession: Why Job Cuts Are Hitting Professional Workers  —  Created with sketchtool.
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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Bloomberg:
US to Postpone Blinken's Visit to China Over Its Spy Balloon  —  The Biden administration postponed 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.
CNN:
Blinken postpones trip to Beijing after Chinese spy balloon spotted over US, officials say  —  US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has postponed his upcoming trip to China in response to the flying of a suspected Chinese spy balloon over the United States, according to two US officials.
Washington Post:
What to know about the suspected Chinese spy balloon  —  The spotting of a high-altitude surveillance balloon over the U.S. mainland has quickly spiraled into a diplomatic incident.  U.S. officials say the object is a Chinese spy balloon, while Chinese officials called it a “civilian airship” mainly used to track weather.
Joseph Trevithick / The Drive:
China's Spy Balloon Over Montana Is Part Of A Larger, More Troubling Pattern
NBC News:
Republicans blast Biden, saying suspected Chinese spy balloon proves U.S. isn't deterring Xi
Vivian Salama / Wall Street Journal:
Blinken Trip to China Postponed After Spy Balloon Spotted Over U.S.
Discussion: Fox News
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: Morning Shots and Political Wire
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David Siders / Politico:
The State Where the GOP Would Rather Lose Than Change
David Frum / The Atlantic:   Do They Not Know He'll Betray Them?  —  House Republicans are preparing for a big confrontation …
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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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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Shelby Talcott / Semafor:
A packed 2024 field could hand Donald Trump the nomination.  He still hates it.  —  Republicans opposed to Donald Trump are complaining that a massive pile-up in the 2024 presidential field is set to hand him the nomination.  But you won't see Trump, who has publicly and privately groused …
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 …
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Trump Org Pays $1.6 Million Fine for Tax Fraud Conviction  —  A clerk confirmed the checks didn't bounce. … Former President Donald Trump's family company—notorious for stiffing contractors and dodging bills—has paid the $1.6 million fine it received for its tax fraud conviction in December.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Wall Street Journal:
FTC Prepares Possible Antitrust Suit Against Amazon  —  Federal Trade Commission considers challenge to array of practices by Amazon, a target of criticism from Chair Lina Khan  —  The Federal Trade Commission is preparing a potential antitrust lawsuit against Amazon AMZN -6.00%decrease …
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.
Wajahat Ali / MSNBC:
Republicans like DeSantis and Boebert are pushing guns — and banning books  —  The U.S. has more guns than it has people.  But to Republicans playing to their base, not even that excessive amount is enough.  —  When given a choice between saving their voters' lives or promoting the guns …
David Wallace-Wells / New York Times:
Why Are So Many Americans Dying Right Now?  —  About 1.1 million Americans have officially died from Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic, a number that may be familiar by now.  But here's a less familiar one: According to one tabulation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …
Esfandyar Batmanghelidj / Insight:
Iran Trade Mechanism INSTEX is Shutting Down  —  At the end of January, the board of the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX) took the decision to liquidate the company.  Established in January 2019 by the United Kingdom, France, and Germany, INSTEX's shareholders later came …
 
 
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Nearly 600,000 migrants who crossed the border since March 2021 were released in the U.S. with no immigration court dates
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Kimberly Ross / Washington Examiner:
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OCCRP:
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Nate Hochman / National Review:
A Closer Look at the College Board's Radicalism
Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
There's a remedy for Britain's problems: Rejoin the E.U.
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Steerpike / Spectator:
Could Boris Johnson run for president? 'I don't rule it out'
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Politico:
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David Shepardson / Reuters:
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