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2:20 PM 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 …
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 …
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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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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Chinese spy balloons over US during Trump admin ‘discovered after’ he left office: senior Biden official
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
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: Hackwhackers and The Daily Caller
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP critic dials up pressure on McConnell: ‘Tired of caving’
Discussion: Washington Examiner
The Daily Beast:
Inside the Trump Campaign's Plan to Take Down Nikki Haley  —  “The difference between her and DeSantis is she's an also-ran.  Donald Trump doesn't need to fear her.  He's gonna toy with her.” … Nikki Haley's decision to become the first Republican to jump into the 2024 race against Donald Trump …
Discussion: Raw Story and Fox News
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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.
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:
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.
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
Unfortunately, the Biggest Election Case of the Supreme Court Term Could Be Moot  —  Will a power grab by the new Republican majority on North Carolina's Supreme Court—ostensibly to reverse a power grab by the earlier Democratic majority on North Carolina's Supreme Court …
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.
Discussion: New York Post, Mediaite and Raw Story
Ryan Bort / Rolling Stone:
Ted Cruz, Marjorie Taylor Greene Raise Hell Over Sam Smith's Grammys Performance  —  Right-wingers are using Pfizer's sponsorship to fuel conspiracies that Satan is controlling the federal government and coming for your kids  —  THE GRAMMYS WAS its usual lavish spectacle featuring scores of styled-out celebrities on Sunday night.
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
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 …
Reem Nadeem / Pew Research Center:
Economy Remains the Public's Top Policy Priority; COVID-19 Concerns Decline Again  —  Increased focus on deficit reduction; Republicans far more likely than Democrats to view it as a top priority  —  Increased focus on deficit reduction; Republicans far more likely than Democrats to view it as a top priority
Discussion: The Hill
National Review:
DeSantis Is Right to Reform Higher Education  —  Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida has taken the first steps in what seems set to be a decades-long political fight over the nature of America's public universities.  Among the host of major reforms that DeSantis proposed last week are a ban on …
Discussion: The Guardian
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Trump appeals nearly $1 million in sanctions for ‘frivolous’ suit he filed against Hillary Clinton  — Former President Donald Trump and one of his lawyers said they are appealing nearly $1 million in sanctions slapped on them by a federal judge in Florida.
Discussion: Law & Crime and HuffPost
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.
Alexander C. Kaufman / HuffPost:
Inside The Race To Tap A Controversial Source Of Carbon-Free Energy: Nuclear Waste  —  There's enough energy in spent uranium fuel to power the U.S. for over a century, but recycling waste was a challenge even in America's atomic glory days.  —  LEMONT, Ill. — Down a bright fluorescent hallway …
Discussion: Hot Tip
Brad Dress / The Hill:
Melania Trump watched 2019 ISIS raid from Situation Room, suggested ‘hero dog’ story in media  —  Melania Trump in October 2019 sat in and watched the U.S. raid that led to the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a compound in Syria, according to a new memoir set for release this week.
Doha Madani / NBC News:
School food vendor apologizes — again — for ‘inexcusable’ Black History Month menu  —  A vendor that provides food service to schools apologized for the “unintentional insensitivity” of its Black History Month menu, echoing similar apologies it has made for more than a decade amid backlash over racially insensitive menus.
NBC News:
FBI to search Pence's Indiana home for more classified documents  —  The FBI is expected to search former Vice President Mike Pence's Indiana home for classified documents in a matter of days, three law enforcement officials told NBC News.  —  The planned search was first reported by the Wall Street Journal last week.
Discussion: Alternet.org, Raw Story and Fox News
Mohamed Younis / Gallup:
One Year Later, Americans Still Stand by Ukraine  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nearly one year into the war between Russia and Ukraine, Americans' support for Ukraine holds steady.  A stable 65% of U.S. adults prefer that the United States support Ukraine in reclaiming its territory, even if that results in a prolonged conflict.
Discussion: Washington Post and The Hill
 
 
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