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11:00 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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Politico:
Biden, the balloon, and the age of anti-China one-upmanship
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Pentagon reports past Chinese surveillance balloons near Florida, Texas
Daniel Greenfield / Frontpage Mag:   The UFO Craze is a Chinese Spy Balloon Crisis
Washington Post:
Americans not feeling impact of Biden agenda, Post-ABC poll finds  —  More than 6 in 10 say the president has not accomplished much, despite the passage of numerous bills  —  Two years into a presidency that the White House casts as the most effective in modern history …
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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  —  A majority of Democrats now think one term is plenty for President Joe Biden, despite his insistence that he plans to seek reelection in 2024.  That's according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research …
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.
Washington Post:
Live updates: Earthquake kills more than 2,000 in Turkey, Syria; second massive quake follows  —  The first earthquake occurred in Kahramanmaras province, north of Gaziantep, near the Syrian border.  A second was recorded in southeastern Turkey, near Ekinozu.
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Associated Press:
Powerful quake rocks Turkey and Syria, kills more than 2,300
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.
Discussion: HotAir
Max Moran / American Prospect:
Whatever Happened to ‘Helping the Sh*t’ out of People?  —  The Biden administration might not have learned enough from the bad old days of the early 2010s.  —  President Joe Biden talks with reporters after speaking in the East Room of the White House in Washington, January 20, 2023.
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.
Rana Foroohar / Financial Times:
Letting the public decide is key to Big Tech regulation  —  The US Department of Justice is insisting that its new Google suit be tried by a jury  —  Complexity is often used to obfuscate.  Industries like finance, pharmaceuticals and particularly technology are rife with examples.
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
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
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.
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
THE VILLAGES VENDETTA  —  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 …
Discussion: Kevin Drum
 
 
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National Review:
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Associated Press:
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Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Haaretz:
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Discussion: middleeastmonitor.com
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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
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