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8:25 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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Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Biden Heads to Florida With a Fresh Political Foil in House Republicans  —  President Biden plans to use his visit to the University of Tampa to warn about what he says are Republican proposals to cut Medicare and Social Security.  —  WASHINGTON — President Biden heads to Florida …
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Biden-GOP exchanges at State of the Union forecast 2024 battle  —  The back-and-forth during the speech signal how Biden and House Republicans plan to use each other as political targets  —  President Biden was well into his State of the Union address when he noted that 25 percent …
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Joe Biden, Once Again, Lucks Out with His Enemies
Katie Rogers / New York Times:   What Does ‘Lots of Luck in Your Senior Year’ Actually Mean? An Investigation.
John Stoehr / The Editorial Board:   The night the old man handed them their asses
The Hill:
Greene's viral SOTU outfit was meant to echo Chinese spy balloon, her office says
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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CNN:
Twitter execs acknowledge mistakes with Hunter Biden laptop story but say no government involvement  —  Former Twitter executives acknowledged to lawmakers Wednesday that the social media company erred when it temporarily suppressed a New York Post story regarding Hunter Biden's laptop in October 2020 …
Kari Paul / The Guardian:
Ex-Twitter exec details ‘homophobic and antisemitic’ abuse over handling of Hunter Biden story  —  Yoel Roth testifies before congressional committee that Elon Musk's release of company's internal records led to harassment  —  A former Twitter executive testified on Wednesday that he was forced …
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
Calder McHugh / Politico:
The Hunter Biden investigations, Act I
Andrew Romano / Yahoo News:
Poll: DeSantis leads Trump for 2024 GOP nod — but not if Haley and others split the vote  —  The Florida governor edges out Trump and performs better against Biden in head-to-head matchups.  —  Read full article … 45th President of the United States  —  American politician  —  American politician
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David Freedlander / Politico:
The GOP Is Starting to Plot Against Donald Trump
Henry J. Gomez / NBC News:
Trump escalates his attacks on Ron DeSantis as a 2024 clash brews
Kayode Crown / Mississippi Free Press:
White-Appointed Capitol Courts in Jackson A Step Closer After Mississippi House Approval  —  JACKSON, Miss.—White Mississippi lawmakers moved closer Tuesday evening to creating a new system of unelected judges and prosecutors chosen by white officials to oversee a part of the majority-Black capital city.
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Andrew Rice / New York Magazine:
James O'Keefe Is on Paid Leave From Project Veritas  —  James O'Keefe, the founder and chairman of Project Veritas, has taken a paid leave from the conservative nonprofit media organization as its board considers whether to remove him from his leadership position, according to current and former employees of the organization.
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.
Seymour Hersh:
How America Took Out The Nord Stream Pipeline  —  The New York Times called it a “mystery,” but the United States executed a covert sea operation that was kept secret—until now  —  The U.S. Navy's Diving and Salvage Center can be found in a location as obscure as its name …
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: Washington Examiner
Mark Satter / Roll Call:
Hawley's departure from Armed Services draws speculation  —  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 …
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.
Associated Press:
Texas man pleads guilty in racist 2019 Walmart attack  —  1 of 17  —  A Texas man pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal hate crime and weapons charges in the racist attack at an El Paso Walmart in 2019, which prosecutors say was preceded by the gunman posting an online screed that warned of a “Hispanic invasion.”
Hailey Fuchs / Politico:
McCarthy brings in record haul at first fundraiser since becoming speaker  —  Kevin McCarthy raised $12.3 million on Wednesday evening at his first major fundraising event since his bitter battle for the House speaker's gavel last month.  —  The event, hosted by key McCarthy ally …
Discussion: Fox News and Breitbart
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.
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
DeSantis Threat to Crack Down on Press Protections Would Be Bad News For Conservative Media  —  Florida Governor Ron DeSantis sat at a desk fit for a cable news studio, flanked by several guests, where for an hour he proposed new ways to crack down on media outlets by weakening their legal protections.
Discussion: Alternet.org
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 …
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’  —  EXCLUSIVE: Marjorie Taylor Greene heckled President Joe Biden as he shared the story of Courtney Griffin's battle with addiction during his State of the Union speech.
 
 
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Zach Everson / Forbes:
Why Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Under Investigation? Probably For Her Dress, Makeup And Hairstyling At The Met Gala
Alec Karam / The Daily Beast:
Man Who Shot Blanks in California Synagogue Charged With Hate Crime
Sabrina Willmer / Bloomberg:
Trump Counsel Questions Ex-Homeland Security Chief Over Bid to Overturn Election
Ellis Juhlin / Montana Public Radio:
Bill would ban the teaching of scientific theories in Montana schools
Discussion: Montana Free Press
The Dispatch:
Ricketts Rival Herbster Mulls 2024 Senate Challenge in Nebraska
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar:
What I Think About LeBron Breaking My NBA Scoring Record
Lawrence Hurley / NBC News:
Supreme Court justices face new pressure to adopt code of conduct
Discussion: Washington Post and Alternet.org
Chris D'Angelo / HuffPost:
He Paid $1 Million For Destroying Wetlands. Now He's Fighting Clean Water Rules In Congress.
Discussion: Missouri Independent
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Ari Drennen / Media Matters for America:
The New York Times helped fuel an anti-trans panic in 2022. Will 2023 be any better?
Associated Press:
Tennessee House Speaker Mulls Rejecting US Education Money
Discussion: Alternet.org
NBC News:
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu takes a major step toward running for president
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Appeals Court Greenlights Donation Investigation Into GOP Group
Discussion: CNN
 

 
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Associated Press:
A judge dismisses Alec Baldwin's manslaughter case in the fatal shooting of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, after ruling prosecutors withheld evidence

Tony Mecia / The Charlotte Ledger:
McClatchy's Charlotte Observer is scaling back print editions to three days a week starting September 16, down from six days, and will rely on USPS for delivery

David Shepardson / Reuters:
The Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals puts the FCC's reinstatement of net neutrality rules on hold until August 5 as it considers industry legal challenges

 
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