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3:50 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:
Leisure and hospitality employers led the outsized January gains.  —  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.
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Jobs report gives Biden pre-State of the Union boost
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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ABC News:
Chinese spy balloon surveilling US, senior official says  —  The vessel is described as the size of three buses.  —  A massive spy balloon believed to be from China was seen above Montana and is being tracked as it flies across the continental United States, with President Joe Biden for now deciding against …
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.
U.S. Department of Defense:
DoD Statement on High-Altitude Surveillance Balloon  —  Attributed to Pentagon Press Secretary Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder:  —  The United States Government has detected and is tracking a high altitude surveillance balloon that is over the continental United States right now.
Joseph Trevithick / The Drive:
China's Spy Balloon Over Montana Is Part Of A Larger, More Troubling Pattern
Bloomberg:
US Postpones Blinken China Visit in Uproar Over Alleged Spy Balloon
Vivian Salama / Wall Street Journal:
Blinken Trip to China Postponed After Spy Balloon Spotted Over U.S.
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Fox News
David Weigel / Semafor:
‘At any age’: Donald Trump pushes the GOP towards targeting transgender adults  —  You'd be forgiven if you missed Donald Trump's new plan to stop “left-wing gender insanity.”  Other Republicans had talked like this for years, and far more media attention went to, say, Ron Desantis getting …
New York Times:
Trump Likened to Mob Boss John Gotti in Ex-Prosecutor's New Book  —  Mark F. Pomerantz, who resigned from the Manhattan district attorney's office last year, wrote that he had pursued a racketeering case against the former president.  —  Donald J. Trump grew his business, fortune and fame …
Discussion: The Daily Beast, HotAir and Raw Story
Tom LoBianco / Yahoo News:
Pence calls for Social Security reform, private savings accounts  —  48th Vice President of the United States  —  WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Mike Pence, a possible contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, said Thursday that he wants to “reform” …
Discussion: National Review and CBS News
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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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
Zeynep Tufekci / New York Times:
H5N1 Bird Flu is Causing Alarm.  Here's Why We Must Act.  —  As the world is just beginning to recover from the devastation of Covid-19, it is facing the possibility of a pandemic of a far more deadly pathogen.  —  Bird flu — known more formally as avian influenza — has long hovered on the horizons of scientists' fears.
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Restaurants can't find workers because they've found better jobs  —  Nearly 2 million hospitality and leisure jobs remain unfilled in what economists call a ‘deep, profound’ shift in the labor market  —  After losing her longtime restaurant job at the beginning of the pandemic, Emilia McGrath scrambled to find a backup plan.
Alexandra Steigrad / New York Post:
Don Lemon ‘screamed’ at ‘CNN This Morning’ co-host, left crew ‘rattled’: sources  —  Tensions on the set of “CNN This Morning” have recently boiled over, with Don Lemon allegedly “screaming” at co-host Kaitlan Collins off-camera during an ugly December incident that has left the cast and crew rattled ever since, The Post has learned.
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 …
Discussion: New Republic
Alayna Treene / CNN:
First on CNN: House Foreign Affairs chair to highlight plight of Afghan women by bringing former ambassador to SOTU  —  House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Mike McCaul has invited former Afghanistan Ambassador to the US Roya Rahmani to be his guest for President Joe Biden's State …
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 …
Fox News:
House Judiciary subpoenas FBI Director Wray to testify on targeting of parents at school board meetings  —  EXCLUSIVE: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan subpoenaed FBI Director Christopher Wray on Friday, compelling him to testify before the panel and turn over documents …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
GOP Rep. Clyde hands out assault-rifle lapel pins to House colleagues  —  By his own acknowledgment, Rep. Andrew S. Clyde (R-Ga.) has been handing out lapel pins shaped like assault rifles to fellow GOP lawmakers — an exercise that comes in the wake of a spate of mass shootings and during …
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 …
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
Miami Herald:
Legislature considers allowing Florida to transport migrants from anywhere in the U.S.  —  In the face of several lawsuits challenging Gov. Ron DeSantis' covert operation to relocate migrants from the Texas border to Massachusetts, the governor's office now wants lawmakers to revise the law …
Discussion: Politico and Florida Today
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.
 
 
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Reed Albergotti / Semafor:
ChatGPT's creators can't figure out why it won't talk about Trump
NBC News:
Nearly 600,000 migrants who crossed the border since March 2021 were released in the U.S. with no immigration court dates
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Wajahat Ali / MSNBC:
Republicans like DeSantis and Boebert are pushing guns — and banning books
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Trump Org Pays $1.6 Million Fine for Tax Fraud Conviction
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Iran Trade Mechanism INSTEX is Shutting Down
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OCCRP:
Kremlin-Linked Group Arranged Payments to European Politicians to Support Russia's Annexation of Crimea
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Washington Post:
Clyburn says Democrats should compromise on policing bill
Discussion: The Hill
Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
There's a remedy for Britain's problems: Rejoin the E.U.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Wall Street Journal
Steerpike / Spectator:
Could Boris Johnson run for president? 'I don't rule it out'
Discussion: HotAir and IJR
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The Powerful Lobbyist Behind Kevin McCarthy
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Andrew Williams / Wired:
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