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Lawmakers Demand Action on Chinese Spy Balloon; Blinken Postpones Trip to China Amid Rising Tensions

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are demanding action from the Biden Administration on Feb. 3, after a Chinese spy balloon was discovered over US airspace. President Biden chose not to shoot the balloon down due to potential risks to civilians on the ground. China claims that the balloon, which is the size of three buses, is a research airship blown off course. But the Pentagon rejected that claim, saying it is used for intelligence gathering. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Antony Blinken has postponed his trip to China amid rising tensions between the two countries. As a dangerously cold weather front hits the Northeast and New England, officials put emergency plans into place. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the US economy added 517,000 jobs in January. The unemployment rate fell to 3.4%, a level the country hasn’t seen since 1969. Mike Benz, executive director of the Foundation for Freedom Online and a former State Department diplomat under the Trump administration, explains how online censorship started and says it is much worse than shown in the Twitter Files.
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