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10:45 AM ET, February 7, 2023

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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
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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Erik Wasson / Bloomberg:
McCarthy Urges Negotiations on Debt Limit With No ‘Lines in Sand’
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Centrist Republican lawmaker rules out sidestepping McCarthy on debt ceiling
Washington Post:
In his SOTU, Biden will call for plugging gaps in his health policies
Discussion: BBC, Politico and The White House
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
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
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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
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
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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
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.
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
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
Wall Street Journal:
Remember to Tell All of Black History  —  Hulu's ‘1619 Project’ series focuses on victimhood and ignores the achievements of African-Americans.  —  WSJ Opinion: Banning Critical Race Theory  —  YOU MAY ALSO LIKE  —  Created with sketchtool.  —  The Hulu docuseries of “The 1619 Project” …
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
 
 
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Bloomberg:
Trump Charges in Georgia Over 2020 Could Lead to Bigger Fed Case
Discussion: New York Post
John D. Sailer / Wall Street Journal:
How ‘Diversity’ Policing Fails Science
Discussion: National Review and Cafe Hayek
Lawrence Wright / New Yorker:
The Astonishing Transformation of Austin
Discussion: Bloomberg
The Hill:
Here are some of the states that won big in the new House GOP
Discussion: Washington Examiner
 Earlier Items: 
Philip Lenczycki / The Daily Caller:
Rep. Judy Chu Was Named ‘Honorary Chairwoman’ Of Alleged Chinese Intel Front Group
Associated Press:
China says will ‘safeguard interests’ over balloon shootdown
The Daily Beast:
Ex-Fox News Star Claims Network Is Still Retaliating Against Her
Discussion: Raw Story
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
McCarthy, Scalise go to war with U.S. Chamber after group backed some Democrats in 2020 and 2022 elections
Slate:
The Worst Judge in America Could Outlaw the Abortion Pill Nationwide. It Gets Worse.
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Ms. Magazine and Vox
Politico:
Federal judge says constitutional right to abortion may still exist, despite Dobbs