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7:15 PM ET, February 5, 2023

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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 …
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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.
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 …
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:   Trump documents: Congress offered briefing on records kept at Mar-a-Lago
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
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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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 …
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
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
US intel assesses Chinese spy balloons transited US several times, went ‘undetected’: Senior admin official
Discussion: RedState, IJR and Townhall
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
Jim Garamone / U.S. Department of Defense:
F-22 Safely Shoots Down Chinese Spy Balloon Off South Carolina Coast
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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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 …
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
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
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.
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
 
 
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Discussion: Politico
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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