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3:40 AM ET, February 8, 2023

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Toluse Olorunnipa / Washington Post:
Biden, in State of the Union, mixes bipartisanship with defiance  —  Speech is marked by unusual back-and-forth between president and Republican lawmakers  —  By Toluse Olorunnipa and Yasmeen Abutaleb  —  President Biden, facing a vocal and divided Congress, used his second State …
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The White House:
Remarks of President Joe Biden - State of the Union Address as Prepared for Delivery  —  Mr. Speaker.  Madam Vice President.  Our First Lady and Second Gentleman.  —  Members of Congress and the Cabinet.  Leaders of our military.  —  Mr. Chief Justice, Associate Justices, and retired Justices of the Supreme Court.
Associated Press:
Biden speech takeaways: More conciliation than conflict  —  1 of 3  —  The State of the Union address tends to have a ritual rhythm.  Grand entrance.  Applause.  Platitudes.  Policies.  Appeals for Unity, real or imagined.  —  President Joe Biden checked those boxes, and a few more …
The Hill:
Biden, GOP battle at raucous State of the Union  —  President Biden urged unity during his State of the Union address on Tuesday, but there was little of that on display in a raucous chamber where the president was heckled by a number of newly empowered House Republicans.
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Takeaways from Biden's State of the Union address  —  When President Joe Biden took to the House Chamber on Tuesday for his annual State of the Union address, his message was one of unadulterated optimism - even in the face of open hostility.  —  The spectacle of Biden smiling and offering …
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Alex Horton / Washington Post:
New images of the Chinese balloon recovery show the closest glimpse yet  —  U.S. service members have recovered substantial remnants of the Chinese surveillance balloon that was shot down over the Atlantic on Saturday, according to newly released photos that provided the closest glimpse yet of the craft.
New York Times:
Memphis Officer Texted Photo of Tyre Nichols After Beating, New Documents Show  —  The revelation came in Memphis police documents related to the firing of five officers who have been charged with murder in Mr. Nichols's death.  —  MEMPHIS — As Tyre Nichols sat propped against a police car …
CNN:
Romney told Santos 'You don't belong here' in tense exchange in House chamber before SOTU  —  Republican Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah told GOP Rep. George Santos of New York: “You don't belong here,” according to a member who witnessed the tense exchange in the House of Representatives chamber Tuesday night.
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Igor Bobic / HuffPost:
‘A Sick Puppy’: Mitt Romney And George Santos Get Into Tense Exchange At State Of The Union
Manu Raju / CNN:
Santos expected to face House ethics committee probe
Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Sarah Huckabee Sanders attacks ‘left-wing culture war’ in SOTU response  —  Republican Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders undercut President Joe Biden's State of the Union address as beholden to “woke fantasies” and untethered from mainstream America.  —  “Most Americans simply want to live …
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Arthur Delaney / HuffPost:
Marjorie Taylor Greene Shouts ‘Liar’ At Joe Biden During State Of The Union
Tom Cotton / Wall Street Journal:
The American Case for Supporting Ukraine  —  The U.S. can back its allies and send a message to the Chinese, without sparking a wider war in Europe.  —  WSJ Opinion: The Big Tanks Are Going to Ukraine  —  YOU MAY ALSO LIKE  —  Created with sketchtool.  —  After years of observing Russian leaders …
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Warren Rojas / Insider:
Matt Gaetz lands a spot on Judiciary's new ‘weaponization’ subcommittee after curious swap by GOP leaders  — Matt Gaetz is now on the Judiciary subcommittee panel he championed during the Speaker vote fight.  — He's replacing Rep. Chip Roy who just landed a spot on the House Budget Committee.
Discussion: NBC News
Meryl Kornfield / Washington Post:
Twitter reinstates Sen. Daines's account after he displayed hunting photo  —  Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) announced Tuesday that his Twitter account suspension was lifted by the social media giant's owner, Elon Musk, after the congressman had violated a policy regarding sensitive images.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Jim Jordan is about to lead Republicans into a dangerous trap  —  House Republicans are planning a long-running extravaganza of hearings designed to dramatize the notion that the “deep state” is persecuting conservatives.  In one sense, this will find a receptive audience …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Raw Story
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Trump rips Club for Growth after he wasn't invited to donor retreat  —  Former President Trump lashed out on Tuesday at the Club for Growth, a leading conservative group, after he was left off the guest list of its annual donor retreat.  —  In a post on his social media site, Truth Social …
Jen Rice / Houston Chronicle:
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, without evidence of disenfranchised voters, calls for new Harris County election  —  Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick this week joined other GOP state officials in calling for Harris County to redo its November 2022 election based on claims that voters were turned away due …
Discussion: WGN-TV
Michaela Mulligan / Tampa Bay Times:
First Florida voter fraud case goes to trial in Tampa, ends with split verdict  —  On Tuesday night, a jury found Nathan Hart guilty of false affirmation but not guilty of voting as an unqualified elector.  —  TAMPA — The trial of the first of about 20 people to be arrested in Florida …
Discussion: Raw Story
Greg Iacurci / CNBC:
Wholesale egg prices have ‘collapsed.’ Why consumers may soon see relief  — Egg prices rose to record highs in December.  A dozen large Grade A eggs had more than doubled in price during 2022, on average.  — A historic outbreak of bird flu in the U.S. disrupted egg production and supply, economists said.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Tara Copp / Associated Press:
Air Force leader's spouse shot at intruder in base breach  —  The intruder who breached Joint Base Andrews, the home of Air Force One, reached the residence of one of the Air Force's top leaders before her spouse opened fire, the air base said Tuesday.  Chief Master Sergeant …
Slate:
Why the Stormy Daniels Charges Might Actually Reach Trump This Time  —  A criminal investigation of former President Donald Trump that is now being restarted by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, and also discussed in a new book by one of his former prosecutors, Mark Pomerantz …
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Rep. Boebert suggests God used her to stand up to McCarthy  —  Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) suggested that God used her to stand up to House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), whom she indirectly referred to as one of her “demons,” while speaking at a women's conference at a Dallas church over the weekend.
Discussion: Insider, Mediaite and The Daily Caller
Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
Cringey 23-Year-Old Mayor Quotes Steve Jobs to Defend His Trumpian Coup  —  Residents unleashed their fury on baby-faced Goddard Mayor Hunter Larkin at a council meeting on Monday night.  —  A 23-year-old Kansas mayor who re-installed himself back into office last month in what some horrified observers …
Adam Laats / Washington Post:
Conservatives want to control what kids learn, but it may backfire  —  Conservatives want to make students patriotic.  Instead, they exacerbate historical illiteracy.  —  Adam Laats is professor of education at Binghamton University (SUNY) and author of “Fundamentalist U.” and “The Other School Reformers.”
 
 
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