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10:05 AM ET, February 6, 2023

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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 …
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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.
Politico:
Playbook: China deflates Biden's SOTU swagger  —  With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  THE WEEK AHEAD — Tomorrow: President JOE BIDEN's State of the Union address ... House Financial Services Committee hearing on the economic threat from China …
Discussion: NPR, Fox News, The Dispatch and USA Today
Daniel Greenfield / Frontpage Mag:   The UFO Craze is a Chinese Spy Balloon Crisis
Politico:
Biden, the balloon, and the age of anti-China one-upmanship
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
US intel assesses Chinese spy balloons transited US several times, went ‘undetected’: Senior admin official
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Chinese spy balloons over US during Trump admin ‘discovered after’ he left office: senior Biden official
Discussion: Raw Story
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump, top national security officials refute claim that Chinese spy balloons transited US under last admin
Hans Nichols / Axios:
China crashes Biden's State of the Union speech
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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Associated Press:
Biden 2024? Most Democrats say no thank you: AP-NORC poll
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Record numbers of people are worse off, a recipe for political discontent: POLL
Suzan Fraser / Associated Press:
Powerful quake kills more than 230 people in Turkey, Syria  —  A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit southern Turkey and northern Syria early Monday, toppling buildings and triggering a frantic search for survivors in the rubble in cities and towns across the area.
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Washington Post:
Deadly 7.8-magnitude earthquake strikes southern Turkey, Syria … Updated just now  —  ISTANBUL — A powerful earthquake in southern Turkey early Monday leveled residential buildings in nearby Turkish cities and in northern Syria.  Video of the aftermath showed residents trapped under rubble.
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.
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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
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Ben Smith / Semafor:
Welcome to Semafor Media, where we break the news behind the news.
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.
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.
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:
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 has been allowed to move to The Villages …
Discussion: Kevin Drum
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
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Trump documents: Congress offered briefing on records kept at Mar-a-Lago  —  Closed-door session could provide insight into the sensitivity of the documents Trump retained and possibility of indictments  —  US officials have offered to provide a closed-door briefing to congressional leaders …
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Nicole Asbury / Washington Post:
Montgomery County schools report another spate of antisemitic acts  —  Around the same time a vandal wrote “Jews Not Welcome” on Walt Whitman High School's entrance sign in December, two students from the Bethesda high school's debate team allegedly joked about using challah to lure Jewish people …
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 …
Sneha Dey / The Texas Tribune:
Harry Whittington, longtime Texas GOP supporter shot by Dick Cheney in a hunting accident, dies  —  Whittington, 95, was active in Republican politics since the party was powerless in the state.  He died after a short illness.  —  Copy link  —  A potent Democratic machine used to dominate Texas politics.
 
 
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