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2:55 PM ET, February 4, 2023

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Washington Post:
U.S. considers shooting down Chinese balloon as it nears Atlantic Ocean  —  The Pentagon is considering shooting down the suspected Chinese surveillance balloon that has been floating over the United States for several days, U.S. officials acknowledged Saturday after President Biden told reporters, “We're gonna take care of it.”
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Fox News:
US weighing decision to shoot down Chinese spy balloon over Atlantic Ocean, official tells Fox News  —  Senior US official confirms to Fox News that US is considering plan to shoot down Chinese spy balloon over Atlantic Ocean
Bloomberg:
From China to Big Sky: The Balloon That Unnerved the White House  —  Star gazing is nothing unusual in Montana, where skies go on forever.  But as Chase Doak left work on a Wednesday and looked up on a cold winter day he saw a mysterious round white object that was clearly neither the moon or a star.
Associated Press:
China plays down Blinken's canceled visit over balloon
Lily Kuo / Washington Post:
China rushes to cap damage over suspected spy balloon as Blinken delays trip
Associated Press:
China balloon: Many questions about suspected spy in the sky
Chris Pandolfo / Fox News:
Biden speaks about Chinese spy balloon on camera for first time, says 'we're gonna take care of it'
Lee Hudson / Politico:
It's 2023. Why are militaries still using spy balloons?
New York Times:
Blinken Cancels China Trip After Spy Balloon Detected Over U.S.
Fox News:
Pentagon says another Chinese spy balloon is traveling over Latin America
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
GOP Rep Warns That Chinese Balloon May Have ‘Bioweapons’ From ‘Wuhan’
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Exclusive: Supreme Court justices used personal emails for work and ‘burn bags’ were left open in hallways, sources say  —  Long before the leak of a draft opinion reversing Roe v. Wade, some Supreme Court justices often used personal email accounts for sensitive transmissions instead …
Bloomberg:
Forget Trump, Democrats Are Preparing Ways to Beat a DeSantis Campaign  —  Democrats are unfazed, even giddy about a possible 2024 rematch between President Joe Biden and Donald Trump.  But the prospect of facing upstart Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis is prompting whispers of angst within Democratic circles.
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Katie Glueck / New York Times:
Democrats Overhaul Party's Primary Calendar, Upending a Political Tradition  —  The proposal radically reshapes the way the party picks its presidential nominees, putting more racially diverse states at the front of the line.  —  PHILADELPHIA — Upending decades of political tradition …
James Kirchick / Air Mail:
Armie Hammer Breaks His Silence  —  Two years after some of the most shocking allegations of the #MeToo era lit up the Internet and destroyed his career, the actor has finally decided to tell his side of the story  —  For the vast majority of humanity, January 1, 2021—a year into the coronavirus pandemic …
Andrew Weissmann / Washington Post:
An insider's critical view of an investigation of Donald Trump  —  Mark Pomerantz's ‘People vs. Donald Trump’ lands as the Manhattan district attorney's office moves forward on work that could lead to criminal charges against the ex-president  —  In February 2022, Mark Pomerantz was a lead attorney …
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Philip Marcelo / Associated Press:
Florida weighs mandating menstrual cycle details for female athletes  —  CLAIM: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is requiring all female student-athletes in the state to provide detailed information about their periods in order to compete in organized sports.  —  AP'S ASSESSMENT: False.
David Siders / Politico:
Dianne Feinstein's extremely awkward, very uncomfortable exit from the political stage  —  LOS ANGELES — Several of her House colleagues are already running for her Senate seat.  She isn't raising real money.  And it's so widely assumed that Sen. Dianne Feinstein is on her way out that Nancy Pelosi …
Duncan Campbell / Byline Times:
Russia and the US Press: The Article the CJR Didn't Publish  —  Two and a half years ago, the Columbia Journalism Review refused to publish Duncan Campbell's investigation into The Nation magazine and its apparent support for Vladimir Putin.  It is published here in full
S.V. Date / HuffPost:
Much-Touted Trump Era Fundraising Platform WinRed Lost Millions In Midterm Elections  —  The loss came after Republicans pressured WinRed to lower its costs after complaints that the company generated millions for a handful of investors in 2020.  —  WASHINGTON — The GOP's much-touted …
Discussion: Raw Story
Julia Angwin / The Markup:
Journalistic Lessons for the Algorithmic Age … Hello, friends,  —  I'm sad to inform you that this is my last missive to you.  After founding The Markup five years ago, I am departing this newsroom to pursue other projects.  It's been an honor to correspond with all of you, dear readers …
Matthew Cappucci / Washington Post:
‘Historic Arctic outbreak’ crushes records in New England  —  Mount Washington in New Hampshire logged the U.S.'s coldest wind chill ever recorded: minus-109  —  Parts of the Northeast woke up to the coldest morning in decades on Saturday, with temperatures 30 degrees or more below average …
 
 
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