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2:15 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
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 …
The Hill:
Greene's viral SOTU outfit was meant to echo Chinese spy balloon, her office says
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.
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Biden-GOP exchanges at State of the Union forecast 2024 battle
Jeffrey Blehar / National Review:
Deal with It: Biden's State of the Union Was an Aesthetic Win
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.
Henry J. Gomez / NBC News:
Trump escalates his attacks on Ron DeSantis as a 2024 clash brews  —  Former President Donald Trump is approaching Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis with a newly urgent hostility, rushing to turn the Republican base against his most formidable potential rival in 2024.  —  Out is “Ron DeSanctimonious,” Trump's clunky attempt at a nickname.
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
Sabrina Willmer / Bloomberg:   Trump Counsel Questions Ex-Homeland Security Chief Over Bid to Overturn Election
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.
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.
Associated Press:
Walmart shooting suspect pleads guilty to federal charges  —  1 of 7  —  A Texas man pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges accusing him of killing nearly two dozen people in a racist attack at an El Paso Walmart, changing his plea weeks after the U.S. government said it wouldn't seek …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Sarah Fitzpatrick / NBC News:
Hunter Biden's legal team asks Bannon, Stone, Giuliani others to preserve evidence for future lawsuits  —  Biden “has nothing to hide,” his lawyers said.  “The people who have yet to be held accountable for their wrongdoing are the recipients of these letters.”
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Christopher Hope / Telegraph:
SNP ‘would overtake Tories in snap Westminster election’  —  Exclusive poll of 28,000 people for The Telegraph finds Conservatives would slump to 23 per cent of the vote  —  The Conservatives would be relegated to Westminster's third party behind the Scottish National Party in a snap election, new polling for the Telegraph has found.
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 …
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Connor Mycroft / South China Morning Post:
Media orgs, WSJ union, and a congressional panel express support for Selina Cheng, who says WSJ fired her for assuming Hong Kong Journalists Association's chair

A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen: the Republican National Convention's final night averaged 25.38M US viewers over 14 outlets, up 7% from 2020; people 55+ were about 72% of the audience

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