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8:00 AM ET, February 7, 2023

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Politico:
Playbook: Inside Biden's high-road SOTU  —  With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  DeSANTIS DOWNLOAD — Two new stories offer further evidence that Florida Gov. RON DeSANTIS is moving deliberately toward a run for the Republican presidential nomination.
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Punchbowl News:
2/7/23 ☀️ Punchbowl News AM  —  The State of the Union is tonight at 9 p.m. For the first time ever, Speaker Kevin McCarthy will preside over the joint session, sitting next to Vice President Kamala Harris, a fellow Californian. … The Capitol has been turned into a fortress once again.
Erik Wasson / Bloomberg:
McCarthy Urges Negotiations on Debt Limit With No ‘Lines in Sand’  —  Speaker Kevin McCarthy urged President Joe Biden to enter negotiations with Republicans on a “responsible” debt limit increase that avoids any US payments default while addressing the nation's longer-term fiscal challenges.
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
McCarthy, Scalise go to war with U.S. Chamber after group backed some Democrats in 2020 and 2022 elections
Discussion: Breitbart and Political Wire
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Centrist Republican lawmaker rules out sidestepping McCarthy on debt ceiling
Gary Fineout / Politico:
Florida Republicans help DeSantis clean up legal and political dilemmas  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' likely presidential campaign is getting a major assist this week by Republican legislators who are moving quickly in a hastily called special session to help the governor.
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Melissa Ryan / CtrlAltRightDelete:
The Ugly Road to 2024  —  The 2024 Republican primary is already ugly.  Because any candidate who wants to win needs the full support of Trump's MAGA base of voters.  Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis are currently competing to win the hearts and minds of MAGA voters and at this point …
Bloomberg:
Ron DeSantis to Take Control of Disney's District Board in New Bill
Peter Hamby / Puck:   DeSantis Allies Are Eyeing a '24 Super PAC
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Exclusive: US intel assessment documents Chinese spy balloon incident under Trump  —  A US military intelligence report from last year that focused on China's use of high-altitude balloons mentioned sightings in Hawaii and Florida during the Trump presidency, according to an excerpt of the report reviewed by CNN.
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Patrick Tucker / Defense One:
China's Balloon May Have Taught Pentagon More Than Beijing Learned From It, General Says  —  Still, NORAD's chief says the U.S. military took “precautions,” including “non-kinetic effects.”  —  The recently-downed Chinese spy balloon may have sent more useful information to the Pentagon than to Beijing …
Maggie More / NBC4 Washington:
FBI Arrests 2 in ‘Racially Motivated’ Plot to Attack Baltimore Power Grid  —  Two people, including a known neo-Nazi leader, were arrested last week after the FBI interrupted their plot to attack the Baltimore power grid, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland announced Monday morning.
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Michael C. Bender / New York Times:
Club for Growth Distances Itself Further From Trump  —  The anti-tax group has invited six possible presidential candidates to its donor retreat in Florida, and a notable name was left off the guest list.  —  WASHINGTON — The Club for Growth, a conservative anti-tax group that spent nearly $150 million …
Discussion: The Atlantic, CBS News, WKBN-TV and RedState
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David Siders / Politico:
Sarah Huckabee Sanders gets a SOTU spotlight.  Trump gets the affirmation.  —  Sarah Huckabee's State of the Union response Tuesday night will mark the payoff of an extraordinary bet that many Republicans took in 2016 — that they could hitch themselves to Donald Trump, accumulate power in the process and …
Financial Times:
Russia's budget deficit soars as energy revenues slump by almost half  —  Fall in oil and gas sales coupled with sharp rise in defence spending highlight economic damage of Ukraine conflict  —  Russia's budget deficit reached Rbs1.76tn ($25bn) in January as the Kremlin boosted defence spending …
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Erin Woo / The Information:
Musk's Twitter Has Just 180,000 U.S. Subscribers, Two Months After Launch  —  Around 180,000 people in the U.S. were paying for subscriptions to Twitter, including Twitter Blue, as of mid-January, or less than 0.2% of monthly active users, according to a document viewed by The Information.
Semafor:
The Fair Tax is haunting the 2024 GOP field  —  President Biden and Democratic allies have relentlessly attacked Republicans in recent weeks for cracking the door open to a Fair Tax, a plan to scrap the American tax code and replace it with a jumbo-sized sales tax.  —  They might get many more opportunities to bring it up.
Discussion: Politico
Politico:
Federal judge says constitutional right to abortion may still exist, despite Dobbs  —  A federal judge in Washington, D.C., suggested Monday that there may be a constitutional right to abortion baked into the 13th Amendment — an area she said went unexplored by the Supreme Court …
The White House:
The White House Announces Guest List for the First Lady's Box for the 2023 State of the Union Address  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - First Lady Jill Biden will welcome guests to join her in the viewing box for President Biden's State of the Union Address on Tuesday, February 7, 2023.
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Brett Samuels / The Hill:
White House State of the Union guests include Tyre Nichols's parents, Paul Pelosi, Bono
Discussion: CNN, Bloomberg and Reuters
Associated Press:
China says will ‘safeguard interests’ over balloon shootdown  —  1 of 2  —  China said Tuesday it will “resolutely safeguard its legitimate rights and interests” over the shooting down of a suspected Chinese spy balloon by the United States, as relations between the two countries deteriorate further.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Breitbart
Hansi Lo Wang / NPR:
How a major election theory case at the U.S. Supreme Court could get thrown out  —  An unusual move by North Carolina's highest state court has raised the question of whether the U.S. Supreme Court will end up throwing out a major election case about a once-fringe theory that could upend federal elections across the country.
Slate:
The Worst Judge in America Could Outlaw the Abortion Pill Nationwide.  It Gets Worse.  —  A single judge could outlaw the abortion pill nationwide.  And that's not even the worst of it.  —  When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, it promised to “return the issue of abortion to the people's elected representatives.”
James Risen / The Intercept:
Marines Charged in Capitol Riot Got Highly Sensitive Spy Jobs After Jan. 6 … A Marine charged with taking part in the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol was transferred into a highly sensitive intelligence assignment at the headquarters of the National Security Agency after the violent attempt …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Twitchy
Chronicle of Higher Education:
Yes, DEI Can Erode Academic Freedom.  Let's Not Pretend Otherwise. … By Amna Khalid and Jeffrey Aaron Snyder  —  “We affirm both academic freedom and our responsibility to foster an inclusive learning community.  Importantly, these values neither contradict nor supersede each other.”
Philip Lenczycki / The Daily Caller:
Rep. Judy Chu Was Named ‘Honorary Chairwoman’ Of Alleged Chinese Intel Front Group  —  California Democratic Rep. Judy Chu was appointed to a leadership position within an alleged Chinese Communist Party (CCP) intelligence front group in 2019, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
The thing Harry Whittington refused to lie about  —  Shot in a hunting accident by then-vice president Dick Cheney, the Austin attorney remained gracious about what happened — and discreet.  —  Harry Whittington didn't want to be known as The Man Dick Cheney Shot.
Michelle Nichols / Reuters:
Exclusive: Record-breaking 2022 for North Korea crypto theft, UN report says  —  North Korea stole more cryptocurrency assets in 2022 than in any other year and targeted the networks of foreign aerospace and defense companies, according to a currently confidential United Nations report seen by Reuters on Monday.
Discussion: CoinDesk and The Hill
Bloomberg:
A Glance At World's Deadliest Quakes in Past 25 Years  —  A magnitude 7.8 earthquake shook Turkey and Syria on Monday, killing more than 4,000 people in the two countries.  The death toll is expected to rise as rescuers working in cold and snow look for trapped people in the rubble of toppled buildings.
 
 
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The Daily Beast:
Ex-Fox News Star Claims Network Is Still Retaliating Against Her
Discussion: Raw Story
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Jeffrey Katzenberg's escape to L.A.
The Forward:
Meet the Auschwitz survivor saluted by George Santos in Congress
Associated Press:
Aid, rescuers rushed to Turkey, Syria after deadly quake
Julia Azari:
The State of the Union speech can only be as powerful as the president delivering it
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Yair Rosenberg / The Atlantic:
From This Hill, You Can See the Next Intifada
Discussion: middleeastmonitor.com
Andrew Perez / The Lever:
Here's Who Will Be Talking About Jesus On Super Bowl Sunday
Discussion: NPR and Jacobin
Jason Koebler / VICE:
AI-Generated ‘Seinfeld’ Show Banned on Twitch After Transphobic Standup Bit
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
The Road to a Supreme Court Clerkship Starts at Three Ivy League Colleges
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Jerry Lambe / Law & Crime:
Convicted Jan. 6 Capitol rioter caught secretly filming woman undressing at tanning salon owned by his father: Police
 

 
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Associated Press:
A judge dismisses Alec Baldwin's manslaughter case in the fatal shooting of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, after ruling prosecutors withheld evidence

Tony Mecia / The Charlotte Ledger:
McClatchy's Charlotte Observer is scaling back print editions to three days a week starting September 16, down from six days, and will rely on USPS for delivery

David Shepardson / Reuters:
The Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals puts the FCC's reinstatement of net neutrality rules on hold until August 5 as it considers industry legal challenges

 
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