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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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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 …
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:
Senior Defense Official Holds a Background Briefing on High-Altitude Surveillance Balloon
fmprc.gov.cn:
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks on the Unintended Entry of a Chinese Unmanned Airship into US Airspace Due to Force Majeure
CNN:
Blinken postpones trip to Beijing after Chinese spy balloon spotted over US
U.S. Department of Defense:
DoD Statement on High-Altitude Surveillance Balloon
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
NBC News:
Republicans blast Biden, saying suspected Chinese spy balloon proves U.S. isn't deterring Xi
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:
Wall Street slips as investors interpret surprising labor trends.  —  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.
Laura Davison / Bloomberg:
George Santos Produced Broadway's Ill-Fated Spider-Man Musical.  At Least, He Claims He Did  —  Add Broadway producer to the long list of George Santos's fabrications.  —  While running for Congress in 2021, Santos told some potential donors he was a producer on the musical Spider-Man …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
Rebecca Beitsch / The Hill:
Jordan subpoenas Garland, Wray over school board memo  —  The House Judiciary Committee fired off its first subpoenas under the leadership of Chair Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), targeting a trio of Biden administration officials including Attorney General Merrick Garland over a short-lived memo dealing with threats against school board members.
Discussion: Breitbart and Plain Dealer
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Asta Hemenway / The Daily Beast:
Republican Lawmakers Overheard Calling Omar Decision the ‘Stupidest Vote in the World’  —  OOPS!  —  Not all House Republican were comfortable with the party's decision on Thursday to kick Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) off the Foreign Affairs Committee.  Congressional news outlet Roll Call overhead Rep. Ken Buck …
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
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 …
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David Siders / Politico:
The State Where the GOP Would Rather Lose Than Change
Reed Albergotti / Semafor:
ChatGPT's creators can't figure out why it won't talk about Trump  —  Even ChatGPT's creators can't figure out why it won't answer certain questions — including queries about former U.S. President Donald Trump, according to people who work at creator OpenAI.
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.
Discussion: CBS News
Associated Press:
Sorry, not sorry: Some 1/6 rioters change tune after apology  —  Appearing before a federal judge after pleading guilty to a felony charge in the deadly Capitol riot, former West Virginia lawmaker Derrick Evans expressed remorse for letting down his family and his community, saying he made a “crucial mistake.”
Discussion: Politico and Raw Story
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
Graham Kates / CBS News:
George Santos may owe thousands for traffic violations in two states  —  Add traffic and parking tickets to the growing list of legal and political woes facing embattled Rep. George Santos, a Republican from New York, who may owe more than $3,400 in unpaid citations, according to records from New York City and Florida.
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
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Dispatch
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: Florida Today
 
 
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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
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Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
House Republicans float one spending cut in a debt ceiling bill: unspent Covid money
Discussion: New Republic
OCCRP:
Kremlin-Linked Group Arranged Payments to European Politicians to Support Russia's Annexation of Crimea
Discussion: OCCRP
Steerpike / Spectator:
Could Boris Johnson run for president? 'I don't rule it out'
Discussion: HotAir and IJR
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Raphael Minder / Financial Times:
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