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12:40 PM ET, February 4, 2023

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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.
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Lily Kuo / Washington Post:
China rushes to cap damage over suspected spy balloon as Blinken delays trip  —  Beijing on Saturday offered a subdued rebuttal to Washington's decision to delay a high-level visit after a suspected Chinese spy balloon was discovered hovering over the United States, derailing China's recent efforts …
New York Times:
Blinken Cancels China Trip After Spy Balloon Detected Over U.S.
Lee Hudson / Politico:
It's 2023. Why are militaries still using spy balloons?
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’
NBC News:
Chinese spy balloon could ‘cause civilian injuries or deaths’ or ‘significant’ damage if shot down, Pentagon says
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.
Washington Post:
Biden's State of the Union address to take aim at Silicon Valley  —  As critical legislation has stalled in Congress, the president plans to call on Republicans and Democrats to work together to regulate the industry  —  President Biden plans to call for tougher regulation of Silicon Valley …
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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.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
New York Times:
Democrats, Seeing a Weaker Trump, Are Falling in Line Behind Biden  —  Concerns about the president's age are being overcome by enthusiasm about his record so far, optimism about the G.O.P. field — and the absence of better options.  —  PHILADELPHIA — Nine months ago …
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 …
Discussion: The Atlantic
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 …
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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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 …
Tom Lee:
fake tags are a real problem  —  As a bicyclist I am always ready to believe the worst about drivers.  Drivers are why I'm woken up by gunning engines in the middle of the night.  Drivers are why I have titanium screwed into my collarbone.  Drivers!  That I bring my children to school …
Annie Linskey / Wall Street Journal:
Classified-Documents Probe Highlights Biden Family's Deep Ties to Penn  —  Long before the Penn Biden Center, the family and the Ivy League school cultivated a close relationship that benefited both sides  —  The discovery of classified documents from Joe Biden's vice presidency …
Discussion: Fox News
Katherine J. Wu / The Atlantic:
I Bought a CO2 Monitor, and It Broke Me  —  I thought I could fix the air quality in my apartment.  I was wrong.  —  A few weeks ago, a three-inch square of plastic and metal began, slowly and steadily, to upend my life.  —  The culprit was my new portable carbon-dioxide monitor …
Discussion: Slashdot
Marcia Dunn / Associated Press:
Jupiter's moon count jumps to 92, most in solar system  —  Astronomers have discovered 12 new moons around Jupiter, putting the total count at a record-breaking 92.  That's more than any other planet in our solar system.  Saturn, the one-time leader, comes in a close second with 83 confirmed moons.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Gizmodo
Wall Street Journal:
China Aids Russia's War in Ukraine, Trade Data Shows  —  Despite sanctions, Moscow equips its jet fighters, submarines and soldiers with help of Chinese companies  —  WASHINGTON—China is providing technology that Moscow's military needs to prosecute the Kremlin's war in Ukraine despite …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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
 
 
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Jordan Rubin / MSNBC:
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Discussion: HuffPost and Raw Story
Zoe Tillman / Bloomberg:
Trump 2016 Campaign to Pay $450,000 to Settle Non-Disclosure Case
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George Santos may owe thousands for traffic violations in two states
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Republican Lawmakers Overheard Calling Omar Decision the ‘Stupidest Vote in the World’
 

 
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