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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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Washington Post:
Duo accused of neo-Nazi plot to target Maryland power stations  —  Atomwaffen founder Brandon Russell and Sarah Clendaniel allegedly sought to attack substations around Baltimore  —  BALTIMORE — A neo-Nazi leader recently released from prison is accused of plotting an attack …
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  —  Still, NORAD's chief says the U.S. military took “precautions,” including “non-kinetic effects.”  —  The recently-downed Chinese spy balloon may have sent more useful information to the Pentagon than to Beijing …
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 …
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New York Times:
Eastern Ukraine Braces for New Russian Offensive
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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 …
Melissa Ryan / CtrlAltRightDelete:
The Ugly Road to 2024  —  The 2024 Republican primary is already ugly.  Because any candidate who wants to win needs the full support of Trump's MAGA base of voters.  Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis are currently competing to win the hearts and minds of MAGA voters and at this point …
Discussion: The Atlantic and The Federalist
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Peter Hamby / Puck:   DeSantis Allies Are Eyeing a '24 Super PAC
Erik Wasson / Bloomberg:
McCarthy Urges Negotiations on Debt Limit With No ‘Lines in Sand’  —  Speaker Kevin McCarthy urged President Joe Biden to enter negotiations with Republicans on a “responsible” debt limit increase that avoids any US payments default while addressing the nation's longer-term fiscal challenges.
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Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Centrist Republican lawmaker rules out sidestepping McCarthy on debt ceiling
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.
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.”
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 …
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 …
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.
Bloomberg:
Ron DeSantis to Take Control of Disney's District Board in New Bill  —  Florida lawmakers are proposing to give Ron DeSantis full control over the board overseeing Walt Disney Co.'s special district, as the Republican governor escalates his fight with the entertainment giant.
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 Daily Caller and The Hill
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Megan Brenan / Gallup:
Americans Pessimistic About Inflation, Stock Market
Discussion: The Hill, Fortune and Breitbart
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.”
Discussion: Washington Post
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: Breitbart and Political Wire
Michelle Nichols / Reuters:
Exclusive: Record-breaking 2022 for North Korea crypto theft, UN report says  —  North Korea stole more cryptocurrency assets in 2022 than in any other year and targeted the networks of foreign aerospace and defense companies, according to a currently confidential United Nations report seen by Reuters on Monday.
Discussion: The Hill
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Jeffrey Katzenberg's escape to L.A.  —  Early last year, the Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg sat for lunch with Rick Caruso, a billionaire mall tycoon who was preparing his run for Los Angeles mayor.  —  Katzenberg told Caruso he understood why he was running.
The Forward:
Meet the Auschwitz survivor saluted by George Santos in Congress  —  Some doubted her story was real.  But it is, and it will break your heart  —  Jacob Kornbluh  —  When Rep. George Santos marked Holocaust Remembrance Day on the House floor by saying that the grandmother of one of his staff members …
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 …
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 …
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:
Ex-Fox News Star Claims Network Is Still Retaliating Against Her  —  ‘STRIP AWAY MY VOICE’  —  Former Fox News contributor Tamara Holder alleges the network has deleted all traces of her digital show in retaliation for her years-old sexual-assault accusations.
Discussion: Raw Story
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
The Road to a Supreme Court Clerkship Starts at Three Ivy League Colleges  —  The chances of obtaining a coveted clerkship, a new study found, increase sharply with undergraduate degrees from Harvard, Yale or Princeton.  —  WASHINGTON — When Ted Cruz attended Harvard Law School …
 
 
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Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Ben Sherwood and Joanna Coles take minority stakes in The Daily Beast; Sherwood will be CEO and publisher, and Coles will be chief creative and content officer

Laurence Peter / BBC:
Russia's Ministry of Justice labels BBC Russian correspondent Ilya Barabanov and science reporter Asya Kazantseva as “foreign agents”; both now live abroad

Sahil Patel / The Information:
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