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7:10 PM ET, February 5, 2023

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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?
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Associated Press:
US officials offer Congress briefing on Trump documents  —  U.S. officials have offered to brief congressional leaders on their investigation into the classified documents found at former President Donald Trump's Florida residence, people familiar with the matter said Sunday.
Hans Nichols / Axios:
China crashes Biden's State of the Union speech  —  China will be an uninvited guest at President Biden's State of the Union address Tuesday night, as he takes credit for a resilient economy, celebrates record-low unemployment, and previews a broader domestic agenda. … Now, a balloon from China has complicated that.
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Pentagon reports past Chinese surveillance balloons near Florida, Texas  —  The Defense Department tells members of Congress about several previous incursions of U.S. airspace as Republicans criticize Biden's response  —  The Defense Department has notified Congress of several previous incursions …
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:   Trump documents: Congress offered briefing on records kept at Mar-a-Lago
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
US intel assesses Chinese spy balloons transited US several times, went ‘undetected’: Senior admin official
Discussion: IJR, RedState and Townhall
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 …
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Jonathan Lemire / Politico:
Flexing his wins and eyeing a 2nd term, Biden will lay out contrasts with GOP in State of the Union
Discussion: Tell Me How This Ends
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Biden or bust: Democratic insiders are all in for Biden 2024
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: Washington Examiner, CBS News and CNN
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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:
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: NewsNation and The Times of Israel
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
AR-15 lapel pin is a perfect symbol for a GOP that's become a death cult  —  The backward walk of devolution that is the modern Republican Party, and the near-death experience of American governing, can be best told through the story of two adjacent Long Island congressional districts that …
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
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 …
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Jim Garamone / U.S. Department of Defense:
F-22 Safely Shoots Down Chinese Spy Balloon Off South Carolina Coast
Eric Reinhart / New York Times:
Doctors Aren't Burned Out From Overwork.  We're Demoralized by Our Health System.  —  Doctors have long diagnosed many of our sickest patients with “demoralization syndrome,” a condition commonly associated with terminal illness that's characterized by a sense of helplessness and loss of purpose.
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
In China's Covid Fog, Deaths of Scholars Offer a Clue  —  After Covid ripped uncontrolled through China, the government announced that 80,000 people had died.  But that is likely a vast undercount.  We scoured obituaries of the nation's top academics for clues about the true toll of the outbreak.
 
 
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Nate Raymond / Reuters:
Ban on marijuana users owning guns is unconstitutional, U.S. judge rules
Discussion: Associated Press
Francis Farrell / The Kyiv Independent:
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