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3:15 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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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Shoots Down Suspected Chinese Spy Balloon  —  U.S. Shoots Down Suspected Chinese Spy Balloon Over Atlantic  —  WASHINGTON- U.S. fighter planes shot down a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon over the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday, days after it was spotted crossing the U.S. and leading to renewed tensions with Beijing.
Discussion: CBS News, NBC News and TASS
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
US military has shot down the Chinese spy balloon off US East Coast, US official says  —  The US military has shot down the suspected Chinese surveillance balloon over the Atlantic Ocean off the Eastern Seaboard of the United States, a US official said Saturday.
Discussion: Fox News and CNBC
Bloomberg:
From China to Big Sky: The Balloon That Unnerved the White House
Associated Press:
China plays down Blinken's canceled visit over balloon
Fox News:
US weighing decision to shoot down Chinese spy balloon over Atlantic Ocean, official tells Fox News
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'
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
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 …
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 …
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
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
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 …
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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The blue Midwest is where DeSantis's school crackdowns ‘go to die’  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is fond of describing his state as the place “where woke goes to die.”  —  If so, perhaps Democratic governors can do more to advertise their states as places where Florida-style school crackdowns go to die.
Discussion: NBC News, Current and Los Angeles Times
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
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