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10:10 AM ET, February 9, 2023

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The Hill:
GOP divided over whether heckling Biden hurts them  —  House Republicans are divided on whether the raucous heckling of President Biden during his State of the Union address on Tuesday night was inappropriate — or whether it helped them effectively communicate their position to the American public.
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Politico:
Playbook: Nancy Mace brings down the house  —  FETTERMAN HOSPITALIZED OVERNIGHT — After feeling lightheaded, Sen. JOHN FETTERMAN (D-Pa.) was admitted to GWU Hospital yesterday and stayed overnight for observation.  “Initial tests did not show evidence of a new stroke, but doctors are running more tests …
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Biden Heads to Florida With a Fresh Political Foil in House Republicans
Katie Rogers / New York Times:   What Does ‘Lots of Luck in Your Senior Year’ Actually Mean? An Investigation.
Hannah Grabenstein / PBS NewsHour:
Takeaways from President Biden's interview with Judy Woodruff
Josh Barro / Very Serious:
Biden's State of the Union Was a Feisty Return to '90s Politics. Republicans Should Be Afraid.
Libby Cathey / ABC News:
GOP leaders defend members calling Biden a ‘liar’ during State of the Union
Eric Lutz / Vanity Fair:
Sarah Huckabee Sanders's State of the Union Response Proves the GOP Has Nothing New to Offer
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Biden-GOP exchanges at State of the Union forecast 2024 battle
David Freedlander / Politico:
The GOP Is Starting to Plot Against Donald Trump  —  “It is,” he said, “A five-alarm fire.  And there is nobody coming to put it out.”  —  “It,” in this case, is the possibility that once again Donald Trump will prevail over a splintered Republican field, getting the same 30-40 percent …
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Isaac Arnsdorf / Washington Post:
GOP hopefuls' past positions on Social Security loom over 2024 primary  —  Donald Trump is going after Ron DeSantis and other potential GOP rivals, seizing on the same divisions over federal spending President Biden is seeking to exploit  —  Donald Trump is going on the attack …
The Hill:
DeSantis edges closer to 2024 decision
Henry J. Gomez / NBC News:
Trump escalates his attacks on Ron DeSantis as a 2024 clash brews
Rolling Stone:
Twitter Kept Entire ‘Database’ of Republican Requests to Censor Posts  —  Elon Musk's “Twitter Files” focus on Democrats, but former administration officials and Twitter employees say Trump's team and other Republicans routinely demanded posts be taken down  —  WHEN THE WHITE House called …
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Kari Paul / The Guardian:   Ex-Twitter exec details ‘homophobic and antisemitic’ abuse over handling of Hunter Biden story
Calder McHugh / Politico:
The Hunter Biden investigations, Act I
CNN:
Twitter execs acknowledge mistakes with Hunter Biden laptop story but say no government involvement
Washington Post:
GOP lawmakers allege Big Tech conspiracy, even as ex-Twitter employees rebut them
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Ex-Twitter Officials Confirm to Congress: Trump, Not Biden, Has Tried to Censor Tweets
Wall Street Journal:
Chinese Balloon Carried Antennas, Other Equipment to Gather Intelligence, U.S. Says  —  The U.S. preparing to take action against entities tied to Chinese balloon surveillance program, official says  —  WASHINGTON— The Chinese balloon that crossed the U.S. was outfitted with antennas likely capable …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Scoop: Mitt Romney reveals hundreds of emails to book author … The emails and journal pages span Romney's 2012 campaign as the Republican presidential nominee. … - The book “will also show Romney himself reckoning with what he considers his party's slide toward authoritarianism and what role …
Discussion: The Guardian and Alternet.org
Mark Satter / Roll Call:
Hawley's departure from Armed Services draws speculation  —  Corrected 9:08 a.m. Feb. 9 |  Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley was booted from his perch on the powerful Armed Services Committee last month as retribution for delaying the confirmation of numerous Defense Department nominees last year …
Jamie Reed / The Free Press:
I Thought I Was Saving Trans Kids.  Now I'm Blowing the Whistle.  —  There are more than 100 pediatric gender clinics across the U.S. I worked at one.  What's happening to children is morally and medically appalling.  —  I am a 42-year-old St. Louis native, a queer woman, and politically to the left of Bernie Sanders.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Manchin ‘raising hell’ over White House handling of marquee Dem bill  —  President Joe Biden and Joe Manchin met at the White House about a month ago on a topic that's critically important to the West Virginia senator: implementing the sweeping tax, climate and health care law that both men shaped.
Discussion: HotAir and Washington Examiner
Lee Moran / HuffPost:
James Carville Attacks GOP, Marjorie Taylor Greene As ‘White Trash’  —  The longtime Democratic operative told MSNBC's Ari Melber “the level of white trashdom in the Republican Party is staggering.”  —  Democratic political consultant James Carville on Wednesday described Republican lawmakers …
Joey Roulette / Reuters:
SpaceX curbed Ukraine's use of Starlink internet for drones -company president  —  SpaceX has taken steps to prevent Ukraine's military from using the company's Starlink satellite internet service for controlling drones in the region during the country's war with Russia, SpaceX's president said Wednesday.
Jamie Knodel / NBC News:
Fetterman hospitalized after feeling lightheaded  —  Sen. John Fetterman was hospitalized Wednesday after feeling lightheaded, his staff said.  —  “Initial tests did not show evidence of a new stroke,” said Joe Calvello, the communications director for the Pennsylvania Democrat.
Natasha Bertrand / CNN:
Exclusive: Iranian drones appear to contain modified explosives designed for maximum damage to Ukrainian infrastructure, report finds  —  Iran appears to be modifying the attack drones it's providing to Russia so that the explosive warheads can inflict maximum damage on infrastructure targets inside Ukraine …
Tyler Wornell / NewsNation:
NewsNation reporter released from jail after arrest  —  Preston Swigart, a photographer who was with Lambert, said Lambert was approached by police who asked him to stop talking.  The news conference was being held in a gymnasium at East Palestine Elementary School.
Zach Everson / Forbes:
Why Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Under Investigation?  Probably For Her Dress, Makeup And Hairstyling At The Met Gala  —  News broke two months ago that one of America's most-polarizing lawmakers was facing an ethics probe.  No one is willing to officially explain the rationale behind the investigation …
CBS News:
Rep. George Santos' work for firm accused of Ponzi scheme drew SEC scrutiny  —  Watch the CBS Reports documentary “Campaign of Deceit: The Election of George Santos” in the video player above.  It streams live on the CBS News app Sunday, Feb. 12, at 8p, 11p and 2a ET.
Vladimir Isachenkov / Associated Press:
Russian diplomat says ties with US in ‘unprecedented crisis’  —  Russia-U.S. relations are in a state of “unprecedented crisis” without any sign of improvement, a senior Russian diplomat said Thursday.  Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov argued that the White House's emphasis …
Discussion: Reuters and TASS
Gabe Kaminsky / Washington Examiner:
Disinformation Inc: Meet the groups hauling in cash to secretly blacklist conservative news  —  This is the first part of a Washington Examiner investigative series about self-styled ‘disinformation’ tracking organizations that are cracking down on conservative media and part of a lucrative operation …
 
 
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CNN:
Initial classified balloon report wasn't flagged as urgent, drawing criticism
Cara Anna / Associated Press:
Eritrean leader dismisses as ‘fantasy’ alleged Tigray abuses
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Katherine Tully-McManus / Politico:
Balloon questions fly on Capitol Hill
Rachel Sharp / The Independent:
Father of fentanyl victim says Marjorie Taylor Greene ‘crossed the line’ heckling daughter's story at SOTU: ‘Drugs are not a partisan issue’
Ellis Juhlin / Montana Public Radio:
Bill would ban the teaching of scientific theories in Montana schools
Discussion: Montana Free Press
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Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
DeSantis Threat to Crack Down on Press Protections Would Be Bad News For Conservative Media
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Post.News, the news-focused social platform launched in 2022 that offered micropayments to publishers, is shutting down after failing to grow “fast enough”

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