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9:30 AM ET, February 5, 2023

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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 …
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Washington Post:
U.S. military downs Chinese balloon over Atlantic Ocean  —  A U.S. military aircraft on Saturday downed the suspected Chinese surveillance balloon that had been floating over the United States for several days, according to a U.S. official and eyewitness videos circulating on social media.
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.
Matt Novak / Forbes:
Yes, Chinese Spy Balloons Flew Over The U.S. When President Trump Was In Office Too  —  Talking heads on cable TV are up in arms about the Chinese spy balloon that was floating across the continental U.S., before it was shot down Saturday afternoon.  Conservative commentators …
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
U.S. Department of Defense:
Statement From Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III
Associated Press:
China balloon: Many questions about suspected spy in the sky
Peter Alexander / NBC News:
U.S. has downed Chinese spy balloon off the Carolina coast and will attempt to recover debris
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
Associated Press:
China plays down Blinken's canceled visit over balloon
New York Times:
Koch Network, Aiming to ‘Turn the Page’ on Trump, Will Play in the G.O.P. Primaries  —  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 …
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Isaac Arnsdorf / Washington Post:
Koch network to oppose Trump in primary after sitting out recent cycles  —  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 …
Discussion: CNN, Wall Street Journal and Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: The Guardian and Insider
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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 …
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.
Peter Nicholas / NBC News:
Biden's State of the Union address will make his case for re-election in 2024  —  Biden will use the speech to reach more people and assure them that he's enacted plans to make their daily commutes shorter and their prescription drug bills lower  —  WASHINGTON — At the start of his speech Tuesday night …
Liz Truss / Telegraph:
Liz Truss exclusive: ‘I assumed upon entering Downing Street my mandate would be respected.  How wrong I was’  —  In her first intervention since she quit, former PM writes for The Telegraph about how she was brought down - and the lessons she learnt  —  One year ago this week …
Discussion: Politico and The Guardian
Politico:
The Shows: Sunday listings for Feb. 5, 2023  —  CNN “State of the Union”: Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg ... Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) ... Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.).  Panel: Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), Jonah Goldberg, Karen Finney and David Urban.
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
Sara Boboltz / HuffPost:
Ron DeSantis Moves To Strip Florida Venue's Liquor License For Christmas Drag Show  —  The Orlando Philharmonic Plaza Foundation is the Florida governor's latest target as he wages war against drag performers.  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' administration moved on Friday to strip …
 
 
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