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11:10 AM ET, February 7, 2023

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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
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: Raw Story
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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.
Politico:   Ron DeSantis, former(?) FairTax supporter
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 …
Associated Press:
China says will ‘safeguard interests’ over balloon shootdown
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.
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Education Issues Vault to Top of the G.O.P.'s Presidential Race
Discussion: Political Wire
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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
Brink Lindsey / The Permanent Problem:
Fighting in a Burning House  —  The Media Environment vs. Democracy  —  The photograph above is a screen shot from an old Star Trek episode titled “The Day of the Dove.”  Pictured is a mysterious being of pure energy that has stolen aboard the Enterprise.
Lawrence Wright / New Yorker:
The Astonishing Transformation of Austin  —  My town, once celebrated for its laid-back weirdness, is now a turbocharged tech megalopolis being shaped by exiles from places like Silicon Valley.  —  A person can live in many places but can settle in only one.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Bloomberg:
Trump Charges in Georgia Over 2020 Could Lead to Bigger Fed Case  —  The first major criminal charges that Donald Trump could face for interfering in the 2020 election might come from Atlanta — and what happens in Georgia isn't expected to stay in Georgia.  —  Fulton County District Attorney …
Discussion: New York Post
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 …
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 …
Aubrie Spady / Fox News:
Sen. Daines responds after Twitter suspends his account for hunting photo: ‘My wife is a great shot’  —  The senator is working with Twitter to resolve the suspension, according to Daines' spokesperson  —  Sen. Steve Daines: This is a tremendous embarrassment to the US
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
AJ McDougall / The Daily Beast:
Chess Grandmaster Banned From Prize Events After Racist Rant  —  ‘NO PLACE’  —  Another day, another scandal in the cutthroat world of online chess.  On Monday, Chess.com—one of the largest such platforms in the world—said that it would hit a 2578-rated Georgian grandmaster with a partial ban …
Discussion: Esports.gg and Raw Story
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.
Sam Mellins / New York Focus:
Kathy Hochul Bets Half a Billion on Horse Racing.  Will the Industry Pay Her Back? … GOVERNOR KATHY HOCHUL'S proposed budget would guarantee a nearly half-billion dollar windfall of public money to New York's troubled horse racing industry.  —  She says New York taxpayers will be reimbursed in full …
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Exclusive: New PAC targets Dems written off by the establishment  —  2022 Senate almost-winner Mandela Barnes is launching a PAC to help candidates who are written off by institutional supporters, Axios has learned. … - Before he was elected, Moore — like others running in places like Illinois …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
The Times of Israel:
Ex-Pink Floyd partner brands Roger Waters antisemitic, lip-synching Putin apologist  —  Pink Floyd star David Gilmour and his wife Polly Samson step up the long-running feud with former bandmate Roger Waters with a scathing attack on Twitter.  —  Samson, an acclaimed novelist, tweets at Rogers …
 
 
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