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11:45 AM ET, February 6, 2023

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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 …
Financial Times:
China's military keeps rivals on edge with balloon strategy  —  Data gathered by swelling ‘lighter than air’ programme could have defence applications  —  The Chinese balloon that transfixed America in recent days was no surprise to Cheng Ming-dean.  “This balloon has been appearing for a long time! …
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Politico:
Biden, the balloon, and the age of anti-China one-upmanship
Natasha Bertrand / CNN:
Chinese spy balloons under Trump not discovered until after Biden took office
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
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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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
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, Eunomia and Raw Story
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The Daily Beast:
Inside the Trump Campaign's Plan to Take Down Nikki Haley
Discussion: Raw Story and Fox News
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Neo-Nazi leader and girlfriend accused of targeting Md. power stations  —  A neo-Nazi leader recently released from prison has been arrested again and accused of plotting an attack on the Maryland power grid with a woman he met while incarcerated.  —  Brandon Russell, 27, and Sarah Clendaniel …
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
Eric Trump tourmate claims Jewish people are frauds and “Hitler was actually fighting the same people that we're trying to take down today”  —  Scott McKay also claims Jewish people are responsible for 9/11, presidential assassinations, and child sacrifices  —  Eric Trump has been touring …
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 and Mediaite
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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Douglas Martin / New York Times:   Harry Whittington, Texas Lawyer Shot by Cheney, Dies at 95
Carly Wanna / Bloomberg:
100,000 Green Jobs Announced Since US Adopted Climate Law, Study Finds  —  Between last August, when President Joe Biden's landmark climate bill became law, and the end of January, companies have announced more than 100,000 clean energy jobs in the US, according to an analysis released Monday …
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.
Paul Blest / VICE:
Cops Seemingly Put a Fake MLK Quote on a Cruiser to Celebrate Black History Month  —  The director of The Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University said “we have no record of the maxim.”  —  PB  —  The police department in Columbus …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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.
 
 
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