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9:10 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 …
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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
Calder McHugh / Politico:
The Hunter Biden investigations, Act I
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
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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Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Biden-GOP exchanges at State of the Union forecast 2024 battle
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Biden Heads to Florida With a Fresh Political Foil in House Republicans
Hannah Grabenstein / PBS NewsHour:
Takeaways from President Biden's interview with Judy Woodruff
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
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 …
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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 …
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
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 …
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Katherine Tully-McManus / Politico:   Balloon questions fly on Capitol Hill
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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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Politico:
Playbook: Nancy Mace brings down the house  —  Presented by With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  FETTERMAN HOSPITALIZED OVERNIGHT — After feeling lightheaded, Sen. JOHN FETTERMAN (D-Pa.) was admitted to GWU Hospital yesterday and stayed overnight for observation.
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.
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.
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
 
 
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Biden weighs border deal that would deport non-Mexicans to Mexico
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:
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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
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
DeSantis Threat to Crack Down on Press Protections Would Be Bad News For Conservative Media
Discussion: Alternet.org
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