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1:45 PM ET, February 4, 2023

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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:
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 …
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
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
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
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
House GOP embraces mainstream media after years of bashing ‘fake news’  —  Since taking over the majority, House Republicans are back on the airwaves after years of staying away  —  Awakening from a traditional media hibernation, House Republicans have begun to blitz the airwaves …
Discussion: Fox News
 
 
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