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8:40 PM 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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Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
GOP Rep Warns That Chinese Balloon May Have ‘Bioweapons’ From ‘Wuhan’  —  “Is that bioweapons in that balloon?  Did that balloon take off from Wuhan?”  Comer breathlessly exclaimed to Fox News on Friday.  —  House Oversight Chairman James Comer (R-KY) casually suggested to Fox News on Friday …
Lee Hudson / Politico:
It's 2023.  Why are militaries still using spy balloons?  —  The Pentagon says that a Chinese high-altitude balloon has been soaring above the U.S. this week, adding that it's carrying surveillance equipment and is violating sovereign airspace.  —  Spy balloons have been around since the late 1700s …
Washington Post:
What to know about the suspected Chinese spy balloon
Bloomberg:
High-Flying Balloon Seen as Part of Broader Chinese Spy Program
Discussion: CNN and The Defense Post
ABC News:
Chinese spy balloon surveilling US, senior official says
Bloomberg:
US Postpones Blinken China Visit in Uproar Over Alleged Spy Balloon
U.S. Department of Defense:
DoD Statement on High-Altitude Surveillance Balloon
U.S. Department of Defense:
Senior Defense Official Holds a Background Briefing on High-Altitude Surveillance Balloon
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.
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Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
NYC Prosecutors Had to Prove ‘Trump Was Not Legally Insane’  —  A new book reveals that the Manhattan District Attorney's office was worried they couldn't prove Trump had a sound mind. … As they prepared to potentially indict Donald Trump for relentlessly lying to banks about his wealth …
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 …
fmprc.gov.cn:
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks on the Unintended Entry of a Chinese Unmanned Airship into US Airspace Due to Force Majeure  —  Q: According to media reports, a Chinese unmanned airship has been spotted in US airspace.  Do you have any comment?  —  A: The airship is from China.
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New York Times:
Blinken Cancels China Trip After Pentagon Says Spy Balloon Is Drifting Over U.S.
NBC News:
Republicans blast Biden, saying suspected Chinese spy balloon proves U.S. isn't deterring Xi
CNN:
Blinken postpones trip to Beijing after Chinese spy balloon spotted over US
Politico:
Judge demands answers after Jan. 6 defendant recants guilt  —  A Jan. 6 defendant's boast in an interview this week that he had no regrets about his role in the Capitol riot — just days after he acknowledged his guilt in a federal courtroom — may upend the man's efforts to resolve the criminal case against him.
Discussion: Yahoo News
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Associated Press:
Sorry, not sorry: Some 1/6 rioters change tune after apology
Discussion: 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
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 …
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.
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: Politico, CNN, Plain Dealer and Breitbart
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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.
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
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.
Brooke Leigh Howard / The Daily Beast:
Internal Records Show San Diego Cops Have Done Some Wildly Racist Sh*t  —  DISTURBING  —  The San Diego Police Department has engaged in numerous racially discriminatory incidents, according to CBS 8's review of a wave of newly released records.  Departments across the state …
Discussion: Raw Story and NaturalNews.com
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: Risk Musings and CBS News
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.
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor / New Yorker:
The Meaning of African American Studies  —  The discipline emerged from Black struggle.  Now the College Board wants it to be taught with barely any mention of Black Lives Matter.  —  On Wednesday, February 1st, the first day of Black History Month, the College Board released …
 
 
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Discussion: New Republic
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Discussion: The Daily Caller
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