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2:50 AM ET, February 9, 2023


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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 …
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  —  A Wednesday hearing about Elon Musk's ‘Twitter Files’ fanned allegations that Democrats pressure Silicon Valley to censor conservative views  —  Soon after Elon Musk took over Twitter …
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Ex-Twitter Officials Confirm to Congress: Trump, Not Biden, Has Tried to Censor Tweets  —  After one Twitter whistleblower said Trump once tried to get a Chrissy Teigen tweet deleted, other ex-execs noted that Biden has never asked for content removal.  —  Spurred on by the so-called …
Calder McHugh / Politico:
The Hunter Biden investigations, Act I
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  —  In his State of the Union address, the President offered a strong performance—with an assist from House Republicans.  —  When Joe Biden stepped onto the House floor just after 9 p.m. on Tuesday, for his first State of the Union address since …
John Stoehr / The Editorial Board:   The night the old man handed them their asses
Katie Rogers / New York Times:   What Does ‘Lots of Luck in Your Senior Year’ Actually Mean? An Investigation.
The Hill:
Greene's viral SOTU outfit was meant to echo Chinese spy balloon, her office says
Jeffrey Blehar / National Review:
Deal with It: Biden's State of the Union Was an Aesthetic Win
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 …
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.
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
Henry J. Gomez / NBC News:
Trump escalates his attacks on Ron DeSantis as a 2024 clash brews
Tyler Wornell / NewsNation:
NewsNation reporter released from jail after arrest  —  EAST PALESTINE, Ohio (NewsNation) — A NewsNation reporter was released from jail late Wednesday after being arrested earlier in the day during a news conference being held by Ohio's governor about a train derailment.
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.
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.”
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.
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: Breitbart
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.
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 …
Alec Karam / The Daily Beast:
Man Who Shot Blanks in California Synagogue Charged With Hate Crime  —  INSIDIOUS  —  A San Francisco man has been charged with multiple hate crime felonies after allegedly shooting blank rounds in a Jewish synagogue.  Dmitri Mishin, 51, was arrested last Friday after allegedly entering …
Kyle Seraphin / UncoverDC:
The FBI Doubles Down on Christians and White Supremacy in 2023  —  · Exclusive: Unvaccinated at SRNS Considered ‘Insider Threat’ by DOE  —  The FBI's Richmond Division would like to protect Virginians from the threat of “white supremacy,” which it believes has found a home within Catholics …
NBC News:
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu takes a major step toward running for president  —  New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has taken his most significant step yet in exploring a White House bid, launching a national political organization that's a popular tool for prospective presidential candidates testing the waters.
The Dispatch:
Ricketts Rival Herbster Mulls 2024 Senate Challenge in Nebraska … - In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Joe Biden lauded his administration's first-term accomplishments in a speech widely seen as a soft launch for his 2024 reelection campaign.
Associated Press:
Tennessee House Speaker Mulls Rejecting US Education Money  —  Cameron Sexton said rejecting nearly $1.8 billion of federal K-12 education dollars would let officials to “educate the kids how Tennessee sees fit.”  —  One of Tennessee's most influential Republican lawmakers says the state …
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Appeals Court Greenlights Donation Investigation Into GOP Group  —  WinRed, the online donation platform for Republicans, tried to stymie a state investigation into their recurring donation practices.  The court wasn't having it.  —  A federal appeals court said on Wednesday …
Discussion: CNN and Election Law Blog
Tony Ho Tran / The Daily Beast:
Can We Slow Climate Change by Shooting Dust at the Sun?  —  A bold proposal offers one unique tool to fight global warming.  —  Deputy Editor, Innovation & Tech  —  So things are pretty grim right now.  Runaway greenhouse gas emissions have resulted in a rise in global temperatures …
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