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7:00 AM ET, February 5, 2023

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Washington Post:
U.S. military downs Chinese balloon over Atlantic Ocean  —  A U.S. military aircraft on Saturday downed the suspected Chinese surveillance balloon that had been floating over the United States for several days, according to a U.S. official and eyewitness videos circulating on social media.
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Jim Garamone / U.S. Department of Defense:
F-22 Safely Shoots Down Chinese Spy Balloon Off South Carolina Coast  —  A U.S. Air Force fighter safely shot down a Chinese high-altitude surveillance balloon today, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III said in a written statement.  —  President Joe Biden ordered the action on Wednesday …
Matt Novak / Forbes:
Yes, Chinese Spy Balloons Flew Over The U.S. When President Trump Was In Office Too  —  Talking heads on cable TV are up in arms about the Chinese spy balloon that was floating across the continental U.S., before it was shot down Saturday afternoon.  Conservative commentators …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The inside story of how the U.S. shot down the Chinese balloon  —  Intelligence analysts distinguish between secrets and mysteries.  The bizarre Chinese balloon overflight of the United States that ended with Saturday's shoot-down over the Atlantic coast has elements of both.
Associated Press:
China balloon: Many questions about suspected spy in the sky
Peter Alexander / NBC News:
U.S. has downed Chinese spy balloon off the Carolina coast and will attempt to recover debris
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
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
Melissa Klein / New York Post:
Ex-staffer claims George Santos sexually harassed him, violated pay rules  —  A short-term staffer for George Santos claims he was sexually harassed by the disgraced Long Island representative, who allegedly touched his groin and invited him home, according to an ethics complaint the man says he filed.
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New York Times:
George Santos Is Accused of Sexual Harassment in His Capitol Office  —  The complaint was made by a man seeking work as a House aide, whose bid for a job was rejected because he faced criminal wiretapping charges in Ohio.  —  A prospective congressional aide has accused Representative George Santos …
Discussion: Insider and Slate
Nate Raymond / Reuters:
Ban on marijuana users owning guns is unconstitutional, U.S. judge rules  —  A federal law prohibiting marijuana users from possessing firearms is unconstitutional, a federal judge in Oklahoma has concluded, citing last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that significantly expanded gun rights.
Discussion: Truthout
Liz Truss / Telegraph:
Liz Truss exclusive: ‘I assumed upon entering Downing Street my mandate would be respected.  How wrong I was’  —  In her first intervention since she quit, former PM writes for The Telegraph about how she was brought down - and the lessons she learnt  —  One year ago this week …
Discussion: Reuters, Politico and The Guardian
Sara Boboltz / HuffPost:
Ron DeSantis Moves To Strip Florida Venue's Liquor License For Christmas Drag Show  —  The Orlando Philharmonic Plaza Foundation is the Florida governor's latest target as he wages war against drag performers.  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' administration moved on Friday to strip …
Francis Farrell / The Kyiv Independent:
One night in Bakhmut: Civilians wait for the end as Russia draws closer  —  Editor's Note: This piece tells the story of the lives of civilians and first responders in Bakhmut, Donetsk Oblast, directly through the personal experience of a Kyiv Independent reporter who stayed overnight …
Discussion: CBS News
Daniella Silva / NBC News:
Family found dead in Pennsylvania made a ‘joint decision’ to kill themselves, police say  —  A Pennsylvania family found shot dead in their backyard last week in what police say appears to be a suicide pact, included a mother and daughter who loved bowling and were devout Christian conservatives, people who knew them said.
Discussion: New York Post
James Kirchick / Air Mail:
Armie Hammer Breaks His Silence  —  For the vast majority of humanity, January 1, 2021—a year into the coronavirus pandemic, when most of the world remained under some form of lockdown and vaccines were not yet widely available—brought little to celebrate.  Not for Armie Hammer.
 
 
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