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2:45 PM ET, February 5, 2023

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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.
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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 …
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump, top national security officials refute claim that Chinese spy balloons transited US under last admin  —  Biden officials claim Chinese spy balloons briefly transited the continental United States under the Trump admin  —  What did it take to shoot down the Chinese spy balloon?
U.S. Department of Defense:
Senior Defense Official and Senior Military Official Hold an Off-Camera, On-Background Press Briefing Update on the High-Altitude Surveillance Balloon  —  STAFF: So good afternoon, everyone.  Thank you for joining us for today's background briefing regarding the U.S. military takedown …
New York Times:
Before Chinese Spy Balloon Sighting, Classified Report Highlighted Foreign Aerial Spying
Isaac Arnsdorf / Washington Post:
Koch network to back alternative to Trump after sitting out recent primaries  —  The return of one of the biggest spenders in American politics to the presidential primary field poses a direct challenge to the former president's comeback bid  —  The network of donors and activist groups led …
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New York Times:
Taking Aim at Trump, Koch Network Will Back G.O.P. Primary Candidates  —  The move by the alliance of conservative donors could provide an enormous boost to a Republican alternative to the former president.  —  The donor network created by the billionaire industrialist brothers Charles G …
Discussion: TIME, Washington Press and RedState
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Few Americans are excited about a Biden-Trump rematch, Post-ABC poll finds  —  Most say they would feel dissatisfied or angry if either wins the general election  —  President Biden and former president Donald Trump may have each drawn a record number of votes in 2020 …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Moscow, Tehran Advance Plans for Iranian-Designed Drone Facility in Russia  —  The two countries are deepening a military partnership that has alarmed the West  —  How We Know Russia Is Using Iranian Drones in Ukraine  —  Created with sketchtool. … 1x
Discussion: The Times of Israel
John L. Dorman / Insider:
An ex-Romney presidential campaign strategist says Nikki Haley ‘embodies the collapse’ of the Republican Party  — Ex-Romney strategist Stuart Stevens on MSNBC blasted Nikki Haley for her expected White House bid.  — “No one else really embodies sort of the collapse of the party as well as Nikki Haley,” he said.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Lemire / Politico:
Flexing his wins and eyeing a 2nd term, Biden will lay out contrasts with GOP in State of the Union  —  President Joe Biden is planning to use his second State of the Union address to paint the broad strokes of a likely campaign ahead, contrasting his notion of steady leadership with the newly elected, likely chaotic Republican House.
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Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Imran Khan's Double Game  —  Following an assassination attempt, Pakistan's former Prime Minister discusses his views on the Taliban, his relationship with the military, and why he's more “evolved” than other people.  —  Thirty years ago, Imran Khan led the Pakistani national team to victory …
Discussion: New York Times and Bloomberg
Stephanie Lai / New York Times:
As G.O.P. Rails Against Federal Spending, Its Appetite for Earmarks Grows  —  While Democrats claimed a larger share than Republicans of the nearly $16 billion in earmarks in the latest federal spending bill, G.O.P. projects jumped by 85 percent.  —  WASHINGTON — In 2020, Representative Don Bacon …
Lauren Sforza / The Hill:
House Republican says he's working with Democrats on ‘fail-safe’ option for debt ceiling  —  Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) said on Sunday that he is working across the aisle on a bipartisan solution on the debt ceiling as lawmakers brace for bitter negations in the coming months over the nation's finances.
Discussion: CNN and CBS News
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.
 
 
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Discussion: Politico and The Guardian
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Discussion: Weight of the World and CBS News
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