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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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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 …
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 …
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.
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
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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 …
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.
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Republicans rally around conservatives who lost their elections
Discussion: Political Wire
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Do They Not Know He'll Betray Them?  —  House Republicans are preparing for a big confrontation …
Discussion: HuffPost and Raw Story
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  —  In a highly politicized vote, the Republican-led chamber criticized Ms. Omar's statements about Israel, exacting retribution for the removal of G.O.P. members when Democrats held the majority.
Tara Palmeri / Puck:   McCarthy's Horse-Trading Nightmare
Rachel Oswald / Roll Call:
House votes to remove Omar from Foreign Affairs panel as Democrats cry hypocrisy and ‘racism’
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.
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Times
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
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
Wall Street Journal:
FBI to Search Mike Pence's Home for Additional Classified Materials
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 …
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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
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Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Bipartisan support for sending funding, weapons to Ukraine
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.
Politico:
Old Bay melee: Maryland Dems circle as Cardin weighs reelection  —  Sen. Ben Cardin is still assessing whether to run for another six-year term in 2024.  In the meantime, ambitious fellow Democrats are preparing campaigns that can strike ASAP if the genial Marylander retires.
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.
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.
Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
The Powerful Lobbyist Behind Kevin McCarthy  —  Jeff Miller is the new House speaker's top fund-raiser and closest confidant.  He is also one of Washington's most prominent corporate lobbyists, an arrangement that is drawing scrutiny.  —  WASHINGTON — As he waged his messy campaign …
Ian Kennedy / Yahoo News:
NHL's commitment to diversity, inclusion under microscope again at All-Star game  —  The NHL must decide if it's prepared to adhere to its dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  —  Signed into law in 2022 by Florida's governor Ron DeSantis, the controversial “Don't Say Gay” …
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.
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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J. Michael Waller / American Greatness:
Planned New FBI HQ Is Twice the Size of the Pentagon
Michael Luciano / Mediaite:
Tucker Carlson Ignores Virtually Every George Santos Lie to Say the Media Covers Him for Lying About Playing Volleyball
The Times of Israel:
An open letter to Israel's friends in North America
Discussion: jihadwatch.org
Henry Rodgers / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: House, Senate GOP To Start ‘DC Home Rule’ Vote To Block District's New Crime Law
Discussion: Fox News, Washington Times and DCist
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Someone Called the Police on a Girl Catching Lanternflies. Then Yale Honored Her.
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