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6:55 AM ET, February 6, 2023

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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 …
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Chinese spy balloons over US during Trump admin ‘discovered after’ he left office: senior Biden official  —  Trump and his top defense and national security officials told Fox News Digital it never happened, and that they were never briefed on any Chinese spy balloons
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Mail
Financial Times:
China's military keeps rivals on edge with balloon strategy  —  Data gathered by swelling ‘lighter than air’ programme could have defence applications  —  The Chinese balloon that transfixed America in recent days was no surprise to Cheng Ming-dean.  “This balloon has been appearing for a long time! …
Wall Street Journal:
Biden Administration Decision to Delay Shootdown of Chinese Balloon Questioned
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump, top national security officials refute claim that Chinese spy balloons transited US under last admin
Suzan Fraser / Associated Press:
Powerful quake kills more than 230 people in Turkey, Syria  —  A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit southern Turkey and northern Syria early Monday, toppling buildings and triggering a frantic search for survivors in the rubble in cities and towns across the area.
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Washington Post:
Deadly 7.8-magnitude earthquake strikes southern Turkey, Syria … Updated just now  —  ISTANBUL — A powerful earthquake in southern Turkey early Monday leveled residential buildings in nearby Turkish cities and in northern Syria.  Video of the aftermath showed residents trapped under rubble.
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Trump documents: Congress offered briefing on records kept at Mar-a-Lago  —  Closed-door session could provide insight into the sensitivity of the documents Trump retained and possibility of indictments  —  US officials have offered to provide a closed-door briefing to congressional leaders …
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Hans Nichols / Axios:
China crashes Biden's State of the Union speech
Semafor:
Inside Harvard's misinformation meltdown  —  The highest-profile scholar of misinformation is being forced out at Harvard's premier public policy school, and interviews and internal documents reviewed by Semafor illustrate the institution's discomfort with her high-profile and politically charged work.
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Ben Smith / Semafor:
Welcome to Semafor Media, where we break the news behind the news.  —  This week's newsletter sent me back to what feels like a vanishing age: The years 2016-2020, when Donald Trump was the sun in the media sky, and his gravitational pull could be felt everywhere.
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 …
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Gut spending?  Slash the IRS budget?  7 GOP ideas for debt limit talks.  —  Republicans haven't settled on what to ask for in exchange for raising the debt ceiling, but officials are eyeing these proposals  —  House Republicans are demanding that President Biden agree to policy concessions …
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Sneha Dey / The Texas Tribune:
Harry Whittington, longtime Texas GOP supporter shot by Dick Cheney in a hunting accident, dies  —  Whittington, 95, was active in Republican politics since the party was powerless in the state.  He died after a short illness.  —  Copy link  —  A potent Democratic machine used to dominate Texas politics.
Discussion: New York Times and Bloomberg
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Biden or bust: Democratic insiders are all in for Biden 2024  —  PHILADELPHIA — President Joe Biden had one question for Democratic power brokers at a campaign-style rally Friday: “Are you with me?”  —  The roars of approval and chants of “four more years!” at the Democratic National …
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New York Times:
Kamala Harris Is Trying to Define Her Vice Presidency.  Even Her Allies Are Tired of Waiting.  —  Ms. Harris is struggling to carve out a lane for herself in what may be one of the most consequential periods in the vice presidency.  —  WASHINGTON — Kamala Harris was frustrated.
Discussion: Wide World of News
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.
The San Francisco Standard:
Man Accused of Firing Blanks at Synagogue Linked to Nazi Imagery  —  A man who allegedly fired blanks from a pistol at a Russian-speaking synagogue in San Francisco has been linked to social media accounts featuring antisemitic propaganda and pictures of him dressed in a World War II-era German military uniform bearing a swastika.
Discussion: The Times of Israel and J.
 
 
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Discussion: Breitbart
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