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8:45 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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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Biden Lays Down Economic Challenge to House Republicans in State of the Union Address  —  President Biden was heckled during the State of the Union address when he spoke about fentanyl and when he accused Republicans of threatening Social Security and Medicare.
Politico:
Playbook: Biden's no-compromise SOTU  —  Presented by With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  Ukrainian President VOLODYMYR ZELENSKYY will visit Britain on Wednesday, his first trip to the U.K. since Russia's invasion began nearly a year ago and only his second …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Arthur Delaney / HuffPost:
Marjorie Taylor Greene Shouts ‘Liar’ At Joe Biden During State Of The Union
Washington Post:
Chinese balloon part of vast aerial surveillance program, U.S. says  —  Spy balloon effort operates in Hainan province off China's south coast and has for years collected information on military assets in several countries, officials said  —  The U.S. intelligence community has linked …
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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
Simeon Kerr / Financial Times:
UAE grants Russian lender rare banking licence  —  Move would meet growing demand for financial services from Russian expatriates in the Gulf state  —  The United Arab Emirates has approved a licence for Russia's MTS Bank, a move that risks exacerbating concerns among western nations …
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Geoff Earle / Daily Mail:
‘He would never do such a thing!’  Trump posts photos of Ron DeSantis as a teacher, allegedly partying with high school girls, as he ramps up attacks on Republican rival  — Trump re-posted photos of Florida Gov. DeSantis allegedly in his twenties  — ‘Whistleblower’ story claimed he was pictured with high school seniors
Ryan Tracy / Wall Street Journal:
Former Twitter Executives to Face GOP Scrutiny on Hunter Biden Laptop Decisions  —  House Oversight panel hearing kicks off broader inquiry into social-media content moderation  —  WASHINGTON—House Republicans are set Wednesday to launch hearings into what they describe …
Paul Seddon / BBC:
President Zelensky in first UK visit since invasion of Ukraine  —  Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has arrived in the UK for his first visit since Russia's invasion of Ukraine last year.  —  It has been announced he will meet British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and make a speech in Parliament …
Mattathias Schwartz / Insider:
Exclusive: The FBI's McGonigal labyrinth  —  The FBI's former chief New York spy hunter now faces shocking accusations.  Is the career of Charlie McGonigal a simple case of revolving-door greed, or could it be something worse?  —  2023-02-08T11:00:00Z
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
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: Off the Kuff
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Kaylee McGhee White / Washington Examiner:
Oklahoma gender activists fight for the right to mutilate children  —  On Monday, more than 100 gender activists stormed the Oklahoma Capitol building in protest of legislation that would prohibit healthcare centers from administering chemical treatment or performing surgical sex-change procedures on gender-confused minors.
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