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9:55 AM ET, February 7, 2023

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Punchbowl News:
2/7/23 ☀️ Punchbowl News AM  —  The State of the Union is tonight at 9 p.m. For the first time ever, Speaker Kevin McCarthy will preside over the joint session, sitting next to Vice President Kamala Harris, a fellow Californian. … The Capitol has been turned into a fortress once again.
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Washington Post:
In his SOTU, Biden will call for plugging gaps in his health policies
Discussion: Politico and The White House
Erik Wasson / Bloomberg:
McCarthy Urges Negotiations on Debt Limit With No ‘Lines in Sand’
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
McCarthy, Scalise go to war with U.S. Chamber after group backed some Democrats in 2020 and 2022 elections
Michael C. Bender / New York Times:
Club for Growth Distances Itself Further From Trump  —  The anti-tax group has invited six possible presidential candidates to its donor retreat in Florida, and a notable name was left off the guest list.  —  WASHINGTON — The Club for Growth, a conservative anti-tax group that spent nearly $150 million …
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David Siders / Politico:
Sarah Huckabee Sanders gets a SOTU spotlight.  Trump gets the affirmation.  —  Sarah Huckabee's State of the Union response Tuesday night will mark the payoff of an extraordinary bet that many Republicans took in 2016 — that they could hitch themselves to Donald Trump, accumulate power in the process and …
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Education Issues Vault to Top of the G.O.P.'s Presidential Race
Discussion: Political Wire
Nikole Killion / CBS News:
Asa Hutchinson, former Arkansas governor and vocal Trump critic, may decide on presidential run by April
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
Gary Fineout / Politico:
Florida Republicans help DeSantis clean up legal and political dilemmas  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' likely presidential campaign is getting a major assist this week by Republican legislators who are moving quickly in a hastily called special session to help the governor.
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Bloomberg:
Ron DeSantis to Take Control of Disney's District Board in New Bill
The White House:
The White House Announces Guest List for the First Lady's Box for the 2023 State of the Union Address  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - First Lady Jill Biden will welcome guests to join her in the viewing box for President Biden's State of the Union Address on Tuesday, February 7, 2023.
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Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Exclusive: US intel assessment documents Chinese spy balloon incident under Trump  —  A US military intelligence report from last year that focused on China's use of high-altitude balloons mentioned sightings in Hawaii and Florida during the Trump presidency, according to an excerpt of the report reviewed by CNN.
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Patrick Tucker / Defense One:
China's Balloon May Have Taught Pentagon More Than Beijing Learned From It, General Says
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.
Semafor:
The Fair Tax is haunting the 2024 GOP field  —  President Biden and Democratic allies have relentlessly attacked Republicans in recent weeks for cracking the door open to a Fair Tax, a plan to scrap the American tax code and replace it with a jumbo-sized sales tax.  —  They might get many more opportunities to bring it up.
Discussion: Politico
Maggie More / NBC4 Washington:
FBI Arrests 2 in ‘Racially Motivated’ Plot to Attack Baltimore Power Grid  —  Two people, including a known neo-Nazi leader, were arrested last week after the FBI interrupted their plot to attack the Baltimore power grid, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland announced Monday morning.
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NBC News:
Neo-Nazi leader among 2 arrested in plot to attack Baltimore's power grid, feds say
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 …
NBC News:
Biden expected to visit Poland this month to mark first anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine  —  President Joe Biden is expected to travel to Poland this month to mark the anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, according to three people familiar with the planning.
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Financial Times:   Russia's budget deficit soars as energy revenues slump by almost half
Ashley Strickland / CNN:
Jupiter now has 92 moons after new discovery  —  Jupiter already reigns as king of the planets — it's the largest one in our solar system.  And now, the gas giant has the most known moons, too.  —  Astronomers have observed 12 additional moons orbiting Jupiter, bringing its total number of confirmed moons to 92.
Discussion: USA Today
Joe Pinsker / Wall Street Journal:
Households Burn Through What's Left of Their Pandemic Savings  —  High prices and the end of relief programs eats into previously flush accounts  —  The cushion of savings many built up during the pandemic is thinning out.  In some households, it is already gone.
Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post:
New French law will blanket parking lots with solar panels  —  The measure could add 10 nuclear power plants' worth of solar panels atop parking lots  —  French parking lots could soon generate as much electricity as 10 nuclear power plants, after a law is expected to win final passage …
NBC Los Angeles:
Rep. Katie Porter Says Governor Should Keep Promise to Choose Black Woman to Fill Feinstein's Seat  —  Rep. Katie Porter (D-Irvine) says Governor Gavin Newsom should uphold his promise to choose a Black woman to take Sen. Dianne Feinstein's seat, if the 89-year-old Senator doesn't finish her term in office.
Bloomberg:
Brexit Was a ‘Colossal Mistake,’ Former PM John Major Says  —  Britain made a “colossal mistake” when it left the European Union, former prime minister Sir John Major has told a Westminster committee.  —  Sir John said while he is not a “significant Europhile”, he believes the UK was stronger in the EU.
Discussion: TASS and RTÉ
Michael R. Gordon / Wall Street Journal:
China Has More ICBM Launchers Than U.S., American Military Reports  —  While the U.S. leads in intercontinental missiles and warheads, China's gains are fueling debate in Congress  —  The U.S. military has notified Congress that China now has more land-based intercontinental-range missile launchers …
Discussion: Political Wire
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
How an FBI Informant Derailed Denver's BLM Movement  —  A new podcast reveals how an undercover informant in a silver hearse sowed chaos inside Colorado's 2020 racial justice scene.  —  An outlandish guerrilla militant who drove a silver Hearse to Denver-area Black Lives Matter protests …
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Scoop: U.S. asked Israel and PA to “pause” certain actions in West Bank and at UN  —  Secretary of State Tony Blinken while in the Middle East last week asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for a temporary “pause” in certain actions each side opposes …
Discussion: Foreign Affairs and Haaretz
Stephen Totilo / Axios:
Hogwarts Legacy game launch becomes referendum on J.K. Rowling  —  Hogwarts Legacy, the new video game stemming from author J.K. Rowling's “Harry Potter” fiction, is launching this week to big sales and big controversy. … - The Potter author has been accused of transphobia — she denies it …
Hansi Lo Wang / NPR:
How a major election theory case at the U.S. Supreme Court could get thrown out  —  An unusual move by North Carolina's highest state court has raised the question of whether the U.S. Supreme Court will end up throwing out a major election case about a once-fringe theory that could upend federal elections across the country.
Financial Times:
Spy balloon furore puts focus on Xi Jinping's leadership  —  Concerns emerge about decision-making at top of Beijing's policy apparatus  —  President Xi Jinping's push to revive China's economy at the outset of his historic third term in power relies on two abrupt shifts in policy …
Associated Press:
China says will ‘safeguard interests’ over balloon shootdown  —  1 of 2  —  China said Tuesday it will “resolutely safeguard its legitimate rights and interests” over the shooting down of a suspected Chinese spy balloon by the United States, as relations between the two countries deteriorate further.
 
 
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