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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.
Eric Lutz / Vanity Fair:
Sarah Huckabee Sanders's State of the Union Response Proves the GOP Has Nothing New to Offer  —  From raging against the “woke mob” to belly-aching about left-wing “indoctrination,” the Arkansas governor revealed that the party is still hanging its hat on the culture war.
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Biden Heads to Florida With a Fresh Political Foil in House Republicans
Josh Barro / Very Serious:
Biden's State of the Union Was a Feisty Return to '90s Politics. Republicans Should Be Afraid.
Libby Cathey / ABC News:
GOP leaders defend members calling Biden a ‘liar’ during State of the Union
Politico:   Playbook: Nancy Mace brings down the house
Hannah Grabenstein / PBS NewsHour:
Takeaways from President Biden's interview with Judy Woodruff
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Biden-GOP exchanges at State of the Union forecast 2024 battle
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 …
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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 …
The Hill:
DeSantis edges closer to 2024 decision  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is on the cusp of making a final decision on a 2024 presidential run.  —  Several Republicans familiar with the deliberations say that DeSantis is almost certain to seek the GOP's presidential nomination.
Henry J. Gomez / NBC News:
Trump escalates his attacks on Ron DeSantis as a 2024 clash brews
Wall Street Journal:
Chinese Balloon Carried Antennas, Other Equipment to Gather Intelligence, U.S. Says  —  The U.S. preparing to take action against entities tied to Chinese balloon surveillance program, official says  —  WASHINGTON— The Chinese balloon that crossed the U.S. was outfitted with antennas likely capable …
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CNN:
Initial classified balloon report wasn't flagged as urgent, drawing criticism  —  A day before the suspected Chinese spy balloon entered US airspace over Alaska, the Defense Intelligence Agency quietly sent an internal report that a foreign object was headed towards US territory …
Washington Post:
U.S. exposes China's sprawling balloon surveillance program  —  The State Department on Thursday released several data points on China's high-altitude balloon surveillance program, declassifying information collected by U.S. U-2 spy planes and other sources to expose what it's calling …
Discussion: ABC News, Fox News and The Hill
Vladimir Isachenkov / Associated Press:
Russian diplomat says ties with US in ‘unprecedented crisis’  —  Russia-U.S. relations are in a state of “unprecedented crisis” without any sign of improvement, a senior Russian diplomat said Thursday.  Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov argued that the White House's emphasis …
Discussion: TASS
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Reuters:   Russia: U.S. demands to resume nuclear arms inspections ‘cynical’
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 …
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: HotAir and Washington Examiner
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.
Mark Satter / Roll Call:
Hawley's departure from Armed Services draws speculation  —  Corrected 9:08 a.m. Feb. 9 |  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 …
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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Calder McHugh / Politico:
The Hunter Biden investigations, Act I
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.
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 …
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CNN:
Twitter execs acknowledge mistakes with Hunter Biden laptop story but say no government involvement
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 …
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.
Maria Abi-Habib / New York Times:
Nicaragua Frees Hundreds of Political Prisoners to the United States  —  The authoritarian government of Daniel Ortega handed over 222 prisoners as a way to signal a desire to restart relations with the United States, according to officials.  —  Nicaragua released 222 political prisoners early Thursday …
Discussion: CBS News, Associated Press and NPR
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.
Zach Everson / Forbes:
Why Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Under Investigation?  Probably For Her Dress, Makeup And Hairstyling At The Met Gala  —  News broke two months ago that one of America's most-polarizing lawmakers was facing an ethics probe.  No one is willing to officially explain the rationale behind the investigation …
Discussion: Insider
Natasha Bertrand / CNN:
Exclusive: Iranian drones appear to contain modified explosives designed for maximum damage to Ukrainian infrastructure, report finds  —  Iran appears to be modifying the attack drones it's providing to Russia so that the explosive warheads can inflict maximum damage on infrastructure targets inside Ukraine …
 
 
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Valerie Wirtschafter / Brookings:
Audible reckoning: How top political podcasters spread unsubstantiated and false claims
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Gabe Kaminsky / Washington Examiner:
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Cara Anna / Associated Press:
Eritrean leader dismisses as ‘fantasy’ alleged Tigray abuses
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CBS News:
Rep. George Santos' work for firm accused of Ponzi scheme drew SEC scrutiny
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’
Ellis Juhlin / Montana Public Radio:
Bill would ban the teaching of scientific theories in Montana schools
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