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7:00 PM ET, February 6, 2023

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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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NBC News:
Neo-Nazi leader among 2 arrested in plot to attack Baltimore's power grid, feds say
Peter Hamby / Puck:
DeSantis Allies Are Launching a '24 Super PAC  —  It's the clearest sign yet that DeSantis is embarking on a national campaign.  And given the consultants involved, it's all but certain to have his approval.  —  There are a handful of unofficial, and unsanctioned, “Draft DeSantis” …
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National Review:
DeSantis Is Right to Reform Higher Education
Discussion: New Jersey Online and The Guardian
Melissa Ryan / CtrlAltRightDelete:   The Ugly Road to 2024  —  The 2024 Republican primary is already ugly.
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 …
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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.
Washington Post:
Americans not feeling impact of Biden agenda, Post-ABC poll finds
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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Financial Times:
China's military keeps rivals on edge with balloon strategy
Washington Post:
Four things that pop from the Chinese balloon incident
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.”
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.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and CNBC
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.”
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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 …
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 …
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Politico:
Trump's '24 game plan: Be the dove among the hawks
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.
Discussion: Slate and Fortune, more at Techmeme »
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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 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 …
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.
Office of the Texas Governor:
Governor Abbott Announces Statewide Plan Banning Use Of TikTok  —  Governor Greg Abbott today announced a statewide model security plan for Texas state agencies to address vulnerabilities presented by the use of TikTok and other software on personal and state-issued devices.
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.
Jill Lawrence / Los Angeles Times:
One smart way to win over working-class voters and help the economy  —  Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro has held his job for less than a month, so it's probably too early for him to think about running for president.  But it's not too soon for other governors considering a White House run …
Discussion: Associated Press and Joanne Jacobs
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 …
Associated Press:
Aid, rescuers rushed to Turkey, Syria after deadly quake  —  1 of 9  —  Countries have rushed to dispatch aid, personnel and equipment to help rescue efforts in quake-stricken areas of Turkey and Syria.  Here's a glance at what's being provided so far:  — The European Union …
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.
 
 
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Yair Rosenberg / The Atlantic:
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Discussion: NPR and Jacobin
New York Times:
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Reem Nadeem / Pew Research Center:
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Discussion: The Hill
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
The Road to a Supreme Court Clerkship Starts at Three Ivy League Colleges
Discussion: Above the Law
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Michael Lind, Case Study in the Perils of Discourse-Poisoning
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Trump appeals nearly $1 million in sanctions for ‘frivolous’ suit he filed against Hillary Clinton
Paul Blest / VICE:
Cops Seemingly Put a Fake MLK Quote on a Cruiser to Celebrate Black History Month
Discussion: Raw Story
 

 
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Associated Press:
A judge dismisses Alec Baldwin's manslaughter case in the fatal shooting of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, after ruling prosecutors withheld evidence

David Shepardson / Reuters:
The Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals puts the FCC's reinstatement of net neutrality rules on hold until August 5 as it considers industry legal challenges

Tony Mecia / The Charlotte Ledger:
McClatchy's Charlotte Observer is scaling back print editions to three days a week starting September 16, down from six days, and will rely on USPS for delivery

 
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