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10:40 AM ET, February 6, 2023

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Natasha Bertrand / CNN:
Chinese spy balloons under Trump not discovered until after Biden took office  —  The transiting of three suspected Chinese spy balloons over the continental US during the Trump administration was only discovered after President Joe Biden took office, a senior administration official told CNN on Sunday.
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Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Pentagon reports past Chinese surveillance balloons near Florida, Texas
Politico:
Biden, the balloon, and the age of anti-China one-upmanship
Daniel Greenfield / Frontpage Mag:   The UFO Craze is a Chinese Spy Balloon Crisis
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Gary Langer / ABC News:
Record numbers of people are worse off, a recipe for political discontent: POLL  —  4 in 10 Americans say they are worse off financially since Biden took office.  —  Four in 10 Americans say they've gotten worse off financially since Joe Biden became president, the most in ABC News/Washington Post polls dating back 37 years.
Associated Press:
Biden 2024? Most Democrats say no thank you: AP-NORC poll
David M. Drucker / The Dispatch:
Ranks of Republicans Refusing a ‘Clean’ Debt Ceiling Hike Grows … Republican pragmatists in the House of Representatives have a message for President Joe Biden: We don't support a clean debt ceiling increase, either.  —  Rep. Dusty Johnson says that the group of pragmatic conservatives …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP critic dials up pressure on McConnell: ‘Tired of caving’  —  Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) says he is “tired of caving” on the debt limit and is dialing up the pressure on Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) not to swoop in to strike a last-minute deal with President Biden.
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.
Discussion: Breitbart and Althouse
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Ben Smith / Semafor:
Welcome to Semafor Media, where we break the news behind the news.
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
How a Grassroots Revolt in the Iconic Retirement Community Ended With a 72-Year-Old Political Prisoner  —  The trouble began in 2019 when residents of The Villages were suddenly hit with a 25 percent hike in their property taxes.  Historically, nobody under 55 has been allowed to move to The Villages …
Discussion: Kevin Drum
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
New York Times:
Musk Pledged to Cleanse Twitter of Child Abuse Content.  It's Been Rough Going.  —  Child sexual abuse imagery spreads on Twitter even after the company is notified: One video drew 120,000 views.  “Sewer rats,” as one regulator described bad actors, remain.  —  Over 120,000 views of a video showing a boy being sexually assaulted.
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.
Jenny Leonard / Bloomberg:
US Plans 200% Tariff on Russian Aluminum as Soon as This Week  —  The US is preparing to impose a 200% tariff on Russian-made aluminum as soon as this week to keep pressure on Moscow as the one-year anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine nears, according to people familiar with the situation.
David Patrikarakos / UnHerd:
The madness behind the battle for Bakhmut  —  “The objective for today is to come back alive.”  Yevgeny is a young commando from the “Mad Pack”, a special forces unit that has been fighting in Bakhmut since November.  His words are familiar — lacquered with that mix of emotions common …
Michelle Toh / CNN:
Disney won't show ‘Simpsons’ episode in Hong Kong that mentions ‘forced labor’  —  Hong Kong CNN —  An episode of “The Simpsons” that includes a line about “forced labor camps” in mainland China has been pulled from Disney's streaming platform in Hong Kong.
Politico:
Trump's '24 game plan: Be the dove among the hawks  —  Donald Trump is settling on a simple foreign policy pitch in his second bid for the White House: Want World War 3?  Vote for the other guy.  —  Over the past week, Trump has assailed President Joe Biden's handling of Afghanistan.
Discussion: Townhall and Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: Florida Politics
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Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
Eric Trump tourmate claims Jewish people are frauds and “Hitler was actually fighting the same people that we're trying to take down today”
National Review:
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Associated Press:
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Max Moran / American Prospect:
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Ezra Klein / New York Times:
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Why does ‘The 1619 Project’ worry people? It offers a peek at the truth.
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Nicole Asbury / Washington Post:
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Haaretz:
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 Earlier Items: 
Vatican News:
Pope: ‘Entire world is at war and in self-destruction’
Discussion: Metro.co.uk and Breitbart
The San Francisco Standard:
Man Accused of Firing Blanks at Synagogue Linked to Nazi Imagery
Discussion: The Times of Israel
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Chinese spy balloons over US during Trump admin ‘discovered after’ he left office: senior Biden official
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
New York Times:
In China's Covid Fog, Deaths of Scholars Offer a Clue
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
AR-15 lapel pin is a perfect symbol for a GOP that's become a death cult