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11:15 PM ET, February 6, 2023

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Washington Post:
Duo accused of neo-Nazi plot to target Maryland power stations  —  Atomwaffen founder Brandon Russell and Sarah Clendaniel allegedly sought to attack substations around Baltimore  —  BALTIMORE — A neo-Nazi leader recently released from prison is accused of plotting an attack …
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Bloomberg:
Chinese Balloons Were Spotted Near US Bases During Trump's Era  —  Alleged Chinese spy balloons were spotted on several occasions during President Donald Trump's administration, including three instances where they traveled near sensitive US military facilities and training areas, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Washington Post:
Four things that pop from the Chinese balloon incident
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Centrist Republican lawmaker rules out sidestepping McCarthy on debt ceiling  —  WASHINGTON — A key centrist House Republican is ruling out a fallback option to avert a calamitous debt default, which would require a small number of GOP lawmakers to sidestep Speaker Kevin McCarthy and work with Democrats on a legislative solution.
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David M. Drucker / The Dispatch:
Ranks of Republicans Refusing a ‘Clean’ Debt Ceiling Hike Grows
Discussion: Hackwhackers
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 …
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.
Peter Hamby / Puck:
DeSantis Allies Are Eyeing a '24 Super PAC  —  There are a handful of unofficial, and unsanctioned, “Draft DeSantis” groups raising money to encourage the Florida governor to run for president.  These sort of fundraising groups pop up online every few years as a nice little grift …
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Melissa Ryan / CtrlAltRightDelete:   The Ugly Road to 2024  —  The 2024 Republican primary is already ugly.
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.”
Discussion: Washington Post
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.”
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 Hill, CBS News and Political Wire
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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 …
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.
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Jerry Lambe / Law & Crime:
Convicted Jan. 6 Capitol rioter caught secretly filming woman undressing at tanning salon owned by his father: Police  —  An Iowa father who recently pleaded guilty to interfering with police during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol has found himself once again embroiled in scandal …
Bloomberg:
Ron DeSantis to Take Control of Disney's District Board in New Bill  —  Florida lawmakers are proposing to give Ron DeSantis full control over the board overseeing Walt Disney Co.'s special district, as the Republican governor escalates his fight with the entertainment giant.
NBC News:
Biden expected to visit Poland this month to mark first anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine  —  President Joe Biden is expected to travel to Poland this month to mark the anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, according to three people familiar with the planning.
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
McCarthy, Scalise go to war with U.S. Chamber after group backed some Democrats in 2020 and 2022 elections  — House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and House Majority Leader Steve Scalise refuse to meet with the Chamber of Commerce after it previously endorsed Democrats running for office.
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
U.S. Department of Defense:
Gen. Glen VanHerck, Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command, Holds an Off-Camera, On-The-Record Briefing on the High-Altitude Surveillance Balloon Recovery Efforts  —  Gen. Glen VanHerck, Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command
The Drive:
U-2 Spy Planes Snooped On Chinese Surveillance Balloon  —  The U.S. Air Force's U-2S Dragon Lady spy planes were among the assets tapped to monitor and collect intelligence on a Chinese government surveillance balloon during its recent trip across parts of the continental United States and Canada.
Jason Koebler / VICE:
AI-Generated ‘Seinfeld’ Show Banned on Twitch After Transphobic Standup Bit  —  “Nothing, Forever,” has been banned for at least 14 days.  —  Jason Koebler  —  “Nothing, Forever,” the infinitely-generating AI version of Seinfeld that tens of thousands of people were watching has been banned …
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Jeffrey Katzenberg's escape to L.A.  —  Early last year, the Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg sat for lunch with Rick Caruso, a billionaire mall tycoon who was preparing his run for Los Angeles mayor.  —  Katzenberg told Caruso he understood why he was running.
Discussion: Breitbart
Pilar Melendez / The Daily Beast:
This Judge's Ruling Could Be Very Bad for Alex Murdaugh  —  Jurors will get to hear about the South Carolina lawyer's alleged scheme to cover up millions in debt just before the murders of his wife and son.  —  South Carolina jurors will be allowed to hear about Alex Murdaugh's alleged financial crimes …
David Remnick / New Yorker:
The Defiance of Salman Rushdie  —  After a near-fatal stabbing—and decades of threats—the novelist speaks about writing as a death-defying act.  —  When Salman Rushdie turned seventy-five, last summer, he had every reason to believe that he had outlasted the threat of assassination.
The Forward:
Meet the Auschwitz survivor saluted by George Santos in Congress  —  Some doubted her story was real.  But it is, and it will break your heart  —  Jacob Kornbluh  —  When Rep. George Santos marked Holocaust Remembrance Day on the House floor by saying that the grandmother of one of his staff members …
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: The Hill
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.
Karen Townsend / HotAir:
Ticket to ride: NYC mayor gives free bus tickets to Canada for asylum-seekers  —  The hustle and bustle of New York City are just too much for some illegal aliens, so they are taking advantage of free tickets to Canada.  Free to them, of course, but no one is saying exactly where the money is coming from for the tickets.
 
 
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Eastern Ukraine Braces for New Russian Offensive
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From This Hill, You Can See the Next Intifada
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Office of the Texas Governor:
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Dark Brandon Takes His Shot
Discussion: One Small Voice and The Dispatch
Reem Nadeem / Pew Research Center:
Economy Remains the Public's Top Policy Priority; COVID-19 Concerns Decline Again
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Hill
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
The Road to a Supreme Court Clerkship Starts at Three Ivy League Colleges
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