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Roseanne Barr took to Twitter on Friday to celebrate the amazing ratings for the debut of her rebooted Eponymous sitcom, announcing to her fans that the final rating numbers were better than initial reports.

“Just got new figures! show did even better when they counted DVR’s! Higher than originally thought-thank you, America! enjoy the jokes and laugh alot!!” Roseanne wrote.

Initial overnight ratings showed that Roseanne earned some 18 million viewers, making the debut the second most-viewed scripted show of the year behind only the much-awaited episode of This Is Us which debuted on Super Bowl night.

But once the delayed viewership numbers, including DVR data, were added the show’s final numbers ended up at 21.9 million total viewers.

In fact, Barr was amused to note that the ratings for Roseanne were even better than the anti-Trump 60 Minutes interview with porn star Stormy Daniels.

“Wow! Final ratings show that our show beat Stormi Daniels after all!! thank you, peeps!!” Barr Tweeted.

With only two episodes of the new season aired, ABC announced on Friday that the network would renew Roseanne for a second season.

“We’re thrilled that America has welcomed the Conner family back into their homes,” Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment, said according to Deadline. “The show is as fresh and relevant today as it was when it left the air 21 years ago. We can’t wait to see what the ‘Roseanne’ team has in store for next year.”

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Blinken Nixes Beijing Trip After Furor Over Chinese Balloon



Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday abruptly postponed a long-planned weekend fence-mending trip to China after the Pentagon announced it was tracking a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon in airspace over sensitive sites in the Western U.S.

The postponement was the latest blow to efforts by both sides to ease tension following a meeting by President Biden with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a summit in Indonesia in November.

The two-day meeting was slated to begin Sunday but never was officially confirmed on Mr. Blinken’s schedule.

The two sides have clashed repeatedly over economic, human rights and security issues in recent months, with the U.S. imposing new restrictions on high-tech computer chip sales to China and the Chinese increasing military activity targeting Taiwan.

A Pentagon briefing Thursday evening about the surveillance balloon ignited a firestorm of concern on Capitol Hill. U.S. officials said they discussed deploying F-22s to shoot down the balloon, but decided against it in part because of the danger that debris might pose for those on the ground.

China’s Foreign Ministry, in a relatively conciliatory message, on Friday confirmed the craft was from China, but said the balloon was not engaged in espionage and was collecting meteorological data and had been blown off course by “westerly winds.”

“The Chinese side regrets the unintended entry of the airship into U.S. airspace due to force majeure,” the statement said, citing a legal term used to refer to events beyond one’s control.

China’s nationalistic press said the Biden administration was engaged in “another stunt” designed to exacerbate tension as anti-Beijing sentiment soars in Washington.

Major questions remain about the incident. The Pentagon said a major concern was that the balloon was spotted at one point over parts of Montana, which is home to one of America’s three nuclear missile silo fields at Malmstrom Air Force Base.

A Pentagon statement also said the balloon mission was not the first of its kind and U.S. officials had assessed it had “limited” intelligence value compared with more sophisticated satellites in orbit.

Canadian defense officials also scrambled after detecting the Chinese balloon this week, officials in Ottawa said, and were monitoring a “potential second incident as well.”

China’s ambassador to Canada was summoned to explain the intrusions, Canada’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“Canada’s intelligence agencies are working with American partners and continue to take all necessary measures to safeguard Canada’s sensitive information from foreign intelligence threats,” the statement read in part.

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Trump Responds to Pentagon Identifying Suspected Chinese Balloon Flying Over US



Former President Donald Trump weighed in Friday on the Chinese surveillance balloon flying over Montana in a Truth on Truth Social.

“SHOOT DOWN THE BALLOON!” the former president posted.

The Department of Defense (DoD) is tracking a suspected high-altitude Chinese surveillance balloon that appears to be collecting data on sensitive U.S. sites over Montana. Montana is home to the Malmstrom Air Force Base where U.S. Minuteman III nuclear missiles are stored.

The DoD released a statement Thursday night saying the balloon “is currently traveling at an altitude well above commercial air traffic and does not present a military or physical threat to people on the ground.”

“Instances of this kind of balloon activity have been observed previously over the past several years,” the statement continued, though it did not specify when the alleged other incidents took place. “Once the balloon was detected, the U.S. government acted immediately to protect against the collection of sensitive information.”

China responded, saying a weather balloon blew off course over the continental U.S.

China initially tried to avoid responsibility but later claimed ownership of a “civilian airship used for research, mainly meteorological, purposes,” that accidentally “deviated far from its planned course.”

“The Chinese side regrets the unintended entry of the airship into U.S. airspace due to force majeure.”

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said Friday at a briefing that “China is a responsible country and we always act in accordance with international law.”

“We hope both side can handle the matter together in a cool-headed and prudent manner.”

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‘Fame’ and ‘Flashdance’ Singer Irene Cara’s Cause of Death Revealed



“Fame” star Irene Cara’s cause of death reportedly resulted from hypertension and high cholesterol.

According to TMZ, which claimed to review the 63-year-old’s medical documents from the medical examiner in Florida’s Pinellas County, the singer’s official cause of death is arteriosclerotic and hypertensive cardiovascular disease.

The documents also allegedly state Cara was diabetic.

The Post has contacted the medical examiner’s office, as well as a rep for Cara.

Cara died on Nov. 26 inside her Largo, Florida, home. She is best known for massive soundtrack hits for the films “Flashdance” and “Fame.”

Her top hits included “Fame” in 1980 and 1983’s “Flashdance … What a Feeling,” the latter of which she won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance.

Although she once sang that she wanted people to remember her name, the ’80s icon allegedly became a “recluse” in recent years.

“She didn’t talk to anyone,” Roseann Nolan, who lived across the street from Cara, told The Post in December. “I didn’t even know it was her living there until a few years ago. It was the best-kept secret ever.”

Her next-door neighbor, Maria Contreras, 59, also told The Post that Cara would never take her up on offers to take walks on the beach or socialize. Contreras claimed she tried to befriend Cara even before knowing about her glitzy past but no one, even the man who mowed her star’s yard, ever went inside her house.

“She greeted you outside by the garage,” Contreras recalled.

“She got very angry with me when I took down a fence between our houses because I wanted to put a new one up. She sent me such crazy messages that I saved them on my phone. She was worried that she wouldn’t be safe with the fence down, even for a day,” she added.

However, Cara’s representative, Judith Moose, and her Los Angelles manager of nearly two decades, Betty McCormick, had a different version of Cara in recent years. McCormick told The Post that she disagreed with neighbors’ assessment of Cara’s last years, but she did admit that the COVID-19 pandemic was tough on the singer.

“She was very afraid of getting the [COVID] virus,” McCormick said. “She really struggled during that period.”

Her reps also told The Post that Cara left Hollywood and the music industry on her own terms, for the most part, and had been trying to revive her career in the months prior to her death.

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Federal Court Strikes Down Decades-Old Gun Law Targeting Domestic Violence



A federal appeals court struck down a decades-old gun law Thursday that blocked people under domestic violence protection orders from possessing firearms, saying the law is unconstitutional after a new precedent for gun laws was set in a landmark Supreme Court decision.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth District ruled that the federal criminal statute did not fit “within our Nation’s historical tradition of firearm regulation,” a requirement for all gun laws set forth in the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen (NYSRPA v. Bruen) case in June, according to the ruling. The law, established in 1994, blocked the transfer of a firearm to anyone who was placed under a court protective order for “harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner or child of such intimate partner,” further saying that the aforementioned individual cannot possess a firearm or ammunition.

“The question presented in this case is not whether prohibiting the possession of firearms by someone subject to a domestic violence restraining order is a laudable policy goal. The question is whether 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(8), a specific statute that does so, is constitutional under the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. In the light of N.Y. State Rifle & Pistol Ass’n, Inc. v. Bruen, 142 S. Ct. 2111 (2022), it is not,” U.S. District Judge Cory Wilson wrote in the ruling.

The court’s decision came after an appeal was submitted in the United States of America v. Zackey Rahimi case, where Rahimi was charged for possessing a firearm while being under a domestic violence protective order, according to the ruling. Rahimi’s appeal claimed that his charges were unconstitutional in light of the precedent set by the NYSRPA v. Bruen case.

“We conclude that Bruen requires us to re-evaluate our Second Amendment jurisprudence and that under Bruen, § 922(g)(8) fails to pass constitutional muster. We therefore reverse the district court’s ruling to the contrary and vacate Rahimi’s conviction,” Wilson wrote in the ruling.

“In sum, our Founders envisioned a nation in which both citizen and sovereign alike play important roles in protecting the innocent against violent criminals. Our decision today is consistent with that vision. I concur,” Wilson wrote in the ruling.

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Unemployment Falls, Biden Takes Credit Despite Lingering Economic Concerns



Unemployment fell in January as the number of new jobs drastically exceeded analysts’ forecasts, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released Friday.

Total nonfarm employment increased by 517,000, far surpassing analysts’ expectations of 187,000 new positions. The unemployment rate declined from 3.5% in December to 3.4% in January, falling below estimates of 3.6% and marking the lowest joblessness rate since 1969.

“The stronger than expected employment report stands in direct conflict with fears of an imminent recession, which has been weighing on the minds of economists and business leaders alike,” Bankrate Senior Economic Analyst Greg McBride said in comments provided to The Daily Wire. “The strength of the January employment report will raise eyebrows among Federal Reserve officials who’ve pledged to keep interest rates higher for longer.”

The unemployment data came after the central bank announced a 0.25% increase in the target federal funds rate, marking a slowdown from previous 0.75% and 0.5% rate hikes meant to combat inflation. Members of the Federal Open Market Committee said in a statement that “ongoing increases in the target range will be appropriate in order to attain a stance of monetary policy that is sufficiently restrictive.”

Average hourly earnings accordingly rose 4.4% year-over-year as of January, slightly exceeding the pace estimated by analysts and declining from the 4.6% year-over-year pace seen in December. Price levels have grown at a faster rate than nominal wages over the past two years, suggesting an erosion of purchasing power among households.

The gains in employment were led by the leisure and hospitality sector, which added 128,000 positions; the professional and business services sector, which added 82,000 positions; and government agencies, which added 74,000 positions.

Even as unemployment continues to decline, labor force participation has failed to recover in the wake of the lockdown-induced recession: the metric, which tracks the percentage of the working-age population currently employed or searching for a position, remained unchanged at 62.4% in January. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell has remarked that the workforce “participation gap” is largely the result of “excess retirements” that occurred beyond “what would have been expected from population aging alone.”

Price levels for many products and services meanwhile remain elevated. Food prices and shelter costs have increased 10.4% and 7.5% year-over-year, respectively, even as headline inflation figures decrease due to a more recent decline in certain energy prices, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Biden administration officials have nevertheless taken credit for the employment gains despite lingering inflationary pressures and supply chain bottlenecks emerging from the tight labor market. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre recently deflected questions from journalists regarding layoffs in the technology sector and noted that dismissals “remain near record lows according to job openings data.”

President Joe Biden responded to the newly released unemployment data on social media by proclaiming that “jobs are going up, inflation is going down, and my economic plan is working.”

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (R-MO) said in a statement provided to The Daily Wire that the state of the economy does not reflect the “false advertising” from the administration. “Any job growth is good news, but labor force participation is still disappointingly below pre-pandemic levels,” he remarked. “Democrats’ war on work made sitting at home and collecting a check more profitable than getting a job. Better policies are needed for stronger job and wage growth.”

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UPDATE: Teacher Who Was Brutally Attacked by 9th-Grade Girl Hospitalized and Unable to Walk, Student Charged



A Georgia teacher who was brutally attacked by a 9th-grade girl last week was hospitalized and said to be unable to walk; the student who beat on her was charged with aggravated battery.

The vicious beatdown was caught on video last Thursday at Heritage High School in Conyers, the Rockdale Citizen reported.

One video shows a female student hollering in a female teacher’s face inside a classroom: “I don’t give a f*** if you’re an adult or not! You’re not gonna talk to me like that, you dumbass bitch!”

The student is seen pushing or striking the teacher with both hands, and the teacher appears to put her hands up in order to protect herself. As the teacher walks away from the student and heads to the door, the student follows her and hollers, “Bitch, you’re not gonna talk to me like that! You’re not gonna talk to me like that!”

While the teacher is in the hallway, the student attempts to close the door, but the teacher steps back into the doorway, and things escalate. “Do not put your hands on me!” the teacher tells the student.

But the violence spirals out of control as the student repeatedly hits the teacher and grabs the teacher’s hair while the teacher appears to attempt to protect herself; students in the classroom react with hoots and hollers.

A second video shot from an opposite angle across the hallway shows the teacher and student grappling and then tumbling upon the hallway floor. The student quickly gets on top of the teacher and repeatedly hits her until she’s pulled away.

The paper said the teacher apparently didn’t strike the student.

The second video appears to show the teacher’s right leg buckle before she falls; at the end of the second clip, the teacher is heard saying, “My leg’s broken.”

The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office told the paper the teacher was injured and is recovering, and the student was detained and taken to a juvenile facility.

The sheriff’s office on Wednesday told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the student was charged with aggravated battery. Rockdale County Public Schools told WSB-TV the student has been suspended.

A GoFundMe campaign was launched on behalf of the teacher — identified as Tiwana Turner — to raise money as she recovers. The GoFundMe page says Turner is an English language arts teacher who’s “taught in public education for the past 27 years.”

“When Ms. Turner attempted to redirect the off-task behavior of one of the students, the student proceeded to physically attack her,” the GoFundMe page adds. “During the attack, Ms. Turner was thrown to the ground and sustained multiple injuries. She is currently hospitalized with knee and leg injuries, and is unable to walk. She will not be returning to work anytime soon, and she will require extensive rehabilitation and therapy.”

As of Thursday afternoon, just over $11,000 of the $50,000 goal has been raised.

A separate WSB story published Wednesday reported that a Heritage High School teacher has been fired and arrested allegedly for body-slamming a student while trying to prevent a fight in December.

Edward Senter — who also was athletic director — faces a simple assault charge, the station said.

WSB said it reached out to Senter but didn’t hear back from him; the station added that a request to interview Rockdale County Public Schools Superintendent Terry Oatts was denied.

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However, when Channel 2 asked a district spokesperson how can parents feel safe when their kids are at this school, they said they have a weapons detection system, plenty of surveillance cameras, clear backpacks for all students and more school police on campus than they did last year.

WSB said parents are questioning what kind of parenting is going on at home.

“The parents are being friends instead of being parents,” parent Cora Wilson told the station. “There’s a lot of fights here every day, and it’s ridiculous. It makes no sense.”

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Gisele Bündchen Reacts to Tom Brady’s Retirement Announcement



Supermodel Gisele Bündchen got everyone’s attention when she reacted to the news that her ex-husband, Super Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady, was retiring again — this time “for good.”

The 42-year-old former Victoria’s Secret model’s response could be found in the comments section of Brady’s post on Wednesday. In the now-viral video on Instagram, Brady first thanked fans and everyone who helped him along the way, before he explained that he was retiring from the NFL after 23 seasons in the league.

“I know the process was a pretty big deal last time, so when I woke up this morning, I figured I’d just press record and let you guys know first,” Brady shared, noting his previous retirement announcement on Feb. 1, 2022, before changing his mind.

In response, Bündchen wrote that she wished her ex only the best.

“Wishing you only wonderful things in this new chapter of your life,” the supermodel wrote, as she included a praying hands emoji in her comment.

The retirement announcement comes after a rather tumultuous 365 days for Brady, who first announced he was retiring on February 1, 2022, before he reversed course weeks later and said he was coming back to the Buccaneers.

Not long after, reports began surfacing that Bündchen, his wife at the time, was not pleased and had expected the retirement to stick.

Speculation continued for months that the two were headed for divorce. In October, Brady finally confirmed reports that he and Bündchen were officially divorced after 13 years of marriage.

In a lengthy post shared on social media, the Super Bowl champion wrote that in “recent days, my wife and I finalized our divorce from one another after 13 years of marriage.”

“We arrived at this decision amicably and with gratitude for the time we spent together,” the 7-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback shared. “We are blessed with beautiful and wonderful children who will continue to be the center of our world in every way. We will continue to work together as parents to always ensure they receive the love and attention they deserve.”

Bündchen and Brady share two kids. She previously made it clear she wanted her husband to be more present following his announcement that he was coming out of retirement in 2022, as The Daily Wire previously reported.

“Obviously, I have my concerns — this is a very violent sport, and I have my children and I would like him to be more present,” Bündchen previously shared. “I have definitely had those conversations with him over and over again. But ultimately, I feel that everybody has to make a decision that works for [them]. He needs to follow his joy, too.”


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Indian Company Loses $100 Billion After American Researchers Say They Run ‘The Largest Con in Corporate History’



Indian multinational conglomerate Adani Group lost some $100 billion in stock market value after a team of researchers claimed that the firm pulled “the largest con in corporate history.”

The valuation of the firm run by Gautam Adani, who is currently one of the richest men in the world, was artificially inflated by “a brazen stock manipulation and accounting fraud scheme over the course of decades,” according to a two-year investigation from American forensic financial company Hindenburg Research. The analysts spoke to former executives and conducted diligence visits in multiple nations, concluding that Adani Group companies have pledged shares of their stock for loans, assumed massive amounts of debt, and benefited from shell companies established by various family members.

Vinod Adani, the elder brother of Gautam Adani, allegedly controls 38 shell companies located in the island nation of Mauritius, as well as Cyprus, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and several Caribbean islands. The firms have negligible online presences and many appear to hire zero employees; the researchers found that efforts to mask the true nature of the companies were “rudimentary,” citing the fact that 13 of the companies’ websites were created on the same day and contain little more than stock photos.

Adani Group is involved in sectors such as port management, electric power, mining, oil and gas, renewable energy, and food processing. Gautam Adani plummeted from the third richest person on the planet to seventeenth following the release of the report last week.

The shell companies exist for stock parking, stock manipulation, and laundering money through Adani’s private companies “onto the listed companies’ balance sheets in order to maintain the appearance of financial health and solvency,” according to Hindenburg Research, which said that the offshore companies comprise many of the largest public holders of Adani Group stock. The report added that Rajesh Adani and Samir Vora, the younger brother and brother-in-law of Gautam Adani, were appointed to executive positions in the empire despite their involvement in alleged offshore diamond trading scams. Indian authorities have launched a number of investigations into the family over the past two decades.

Shares for Adani Enterprises, the flagship publicly traded company operated by Adani Group, have declined more than 52% over the past five days. Hindenburg Research said they took a short position in the company through American-traded bonds and various derivatives.

Adani Group published a document calling Hindenburg Research executives the “Madoffs of Manhattan” and said that their investigation was “a malicious combination of selective misinformation and concealed facts relating to baseless and discredited allegations to drive an ulterior motive.” The company also accused Hindenburg Research of launching an “attack on India, the independence, integrity and quality of Indian institutions, and the growth story and ambition of India,” leading the investors to rebut that the document “largely confirmed our findings and ignored our key questions.”

The economy of India has indeed grown significantly in recent decades despite corruption and a lack of sound institutions. The nation is scheduled to become the world’s third-largest economy in the next decade and most populated nation this year, surpassing longtime geopolitical rival China for the latter distinction.

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Don Lemon ‘Screamed’ at CNN This Morning Co-Host — Leaving Her in Tears and the Crew ‘Rattled’



Tensions on the set of “CNN This Morning” have recently boiled over, with Don Lemon allegedly “screaming” at co-host Kaitlan Collins off-camera during an ugly December incident that has left the cast and crew rattled ever since, The Post has learned.

According to two sources with knowledge of the situation, the 56-year-old Lemon approached 30-year-old Collins following the show’s Thursday Dec. 8 broadcast — and unloaded on her in front of staffers as he accused her of “interrupting” him on air.

“Don screamed at Kaitlan, who was visibly upset and ran out of the studio,” one source with knowledge of the skrimish said.

News of the explosive incident made its way up to CNN CEO Chris Licht, who is said to have been appalled by Lemon’s behavior, according to a source. A second source said a producer talked to Lemon at the behest of Licht and told the anchor to take the next day off to “cool off.”

The following night, the three co-hosts were slated to get drinks and arrive together at a White House Christmas party for the press, a source said. But the pre-party gathering never happened after the emotional day and they trickled in to the bash separately, an insider with knowledge said. After the party, Lemon had a late-night dinner with his agent, Jay Sures, according to sources.

The situation was especially awkward because Collins — a rising star who had most recently served as CNN’s youngest chief White House correspondent — is also represented by the powerful and well-connected Sures. While he dined with Lemon, Collins met up with the show’s other co-anchor Poppy Harlow, the sources said.

“At this point, Kaitlan wants to be on set with Don as little as possible,” a source with knowledge of the situation added. “It’s messy.”

A rep from CNN declined to comment on the incident but said: “In just three months, these anchors have created a compelling morning show that breaks news and drives the conversation.”

The Dec. 8 blowup wasn’t the first sign of trouble at “CNN This Morning” since the show’s Nov. 1 launch. A week earlier, Lemon got into an awkward dispute with Collins and Harlow on air, arguing that the US men’s soccer team should get paid more than the women’s team despite the mens’ relative lack of success at the World Cup.

The dustup made headlines, with the Daily Beast quoting Lemon saying the men were “more interesting to watch” — a comment Lemon quickly walked back and insisted was a joke.

Late last month, Eric Hall, executive producer of “CNN This Morning,” was reportedly ousted from the helm of the show and moved to a new role at the 11 p.m. hour of “CNN Tonight.” CNN didn’t comment on the move. Earlier this week, the network tapped former CBS producer Chris Russell to replace Hall.

Collins and Lemon, meanwhile, have been on set together less frequently since the purported dustup. Lemon was most recently sent to Memphis to quarterback coverage on the death of Tyre Nichols. Collins had been working remotely from Washington DC on and off in January.

A CNN rep said Collins has been on assignment as she also serves as the chief correspondent for the show, adding: “The intent was always for the anchors to get out from behind the news desk, and they are doing an extraordinary job taking viewers inside the most important news stories of the day.”

To address tensions, a second source told The Post that “Don has been given notes” by the show’s producers “to not talk so much, to let other people talk.”

“Don’s a bossy guy and difficult to work with — even he would admit that. He was a solo act before. He doesn’t want to be in Destiny’s Child,” the source added, referring to the music group headlined by Beyoncé in the early aughts.

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US Government Monitoring Chinese Spy Balloon over Northern States — China Responds



The U.S. government is monitoring a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon that has been moving over northern states over the past several days.

Pentagon spokesperson Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder said during a briefing on Thursday afternoon that the U.S. government has detected a high-altitude surveillance balloon over the continental U.S.

“The United States government has detected and is tracking a high-altitude surveillance balloon that is over the continental United States right now. The U.S. government to include Norad, continues to track and monitor it closely. The balloon is currently traveling at an altitude well above commercial air traffic and does not present a military or physical threat to people on the ground. Instances of this kind of balloon activity have been observed previously over the past several years. Once the balloon was detected, the U.S. government acted immediately to protect against the collection of sensitive information,” Ryder said.

A senior defense official said that the U.S. government is “confident” that the surveillance balloon belongs to the People’s Republic of China.

The defense official said that the balloon was recently over Montana and that officials were considering bringing it down with military assets, but they decided against doing so because of the risks associated, adding that President Joe Biden was briefed on the situation and asked for military options.

“You did see reports yesterday of a ground stop at Billings Airport and the mobilization of a number of assets, including F-22. The context for that was that we put some things on station in the event that a decision was made to bring this down while it was over Montana. So, we wanted to make sure we were coordinating with civil authorities to empty out the airspace around that potential area. But even with those protective measures taken, it was the judgment of our military commanders that we didn’t drive the risk down low enough. So, we didn’t take the shot,” the official said.

A well-placed senior U.S. official told Fox News that the government is still considering a variety of options with how to deal with the Chinese spy balloon, saying that the options presented to Biden and his national security team included concerns that if the military did shoot down the balloon, there could be civilian casualties the ground.

The White House hasn’t ruled out shooting the balloon down if it were deemed safe to do so, according to the source.

According to the source, there’s more than just a balloon, and heavy equipment would come crashing to the ground if it were to be shot down, creating a large debris field.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin convened a meeting with senior Department of Defense leadership Wednesday to discuss the balloon, and it was decided not to take military action due to “the risk to safety and security of people on the ground from the possible debris field,” the official said. At the time, Austin was visiting Camp Navarro in the Philippines, which is around 2,000 miles from China.

The balloon’s discovery also comes as the U.S. and Philippines agreed to increase its military presence within the islands amid escalating tensions between China and Taiwan.

The senior defense official said that the government has been tracking the balloon for “some time” and said it entered U.S. airspace a “couple of days ago.”

While maintaining that the balloon doesn’t present a military threat to the U.S., the official said that it likely isn’t gathering any information of significant value to the People’s Republic of China.

“They’re trying to fly this balloon over sensitive sites, one of which was just mentioned to collect information,” the official said, adding that it’s not the first time that a balloon “of this nature” has been over the U.S.

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WATCH: AOC Suffers Meltdown – Screams Racism, Smacks Her Book – Over Omar’s Committee Exit



Rep. Cori Bush accused Republicans of ‘white supremacy’ as she and other left-wing members of the Squad condemned their efforts to remove Ilhan Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Omar was removed from the committee after losing a largely party line vote 218 to 211.

But her left wing colleagues offered a fiery defense of their comrade, who had been accused of making antisemitic comments.

‘This institution is better because of her leadership and the foreign affairs committee benefits from her perspective,’ she said.

‘So let’s talk about what’s really happening.

‘Republicans are waging a blatantly Islamophobic and racist attack on Congresswoman Omar and I’ve said it before I’ll say it again: The white supremacy happening is unbelievable.’

Before the vote count was handed down, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez condemned the GOP for what she said amounted to ‘racism and incitement of violence against women of color.’

‘Don’t tell me this is about consistency. Don’t tell me that this is about a condemnation of antisemitic remarks…This is about targeting women of color in the United States of America,’ the fellow Squad member said.

And Rashid Tlaib broke down as she said: ‘Congresswoman Omar, I am so sorry that our country is failing you today through the chamber.

‘You belong on this committee.’

She raised her voice in a howl as she was told her time was cut off.

‘You belong on this committee,’ she half sobbed, half screamed before her microphone was cut off.


Democrats screamed ‘no’ before the GOP completed Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s bid to get the Squad member removed over her history of comments comparing Israel to Hamas and the Taliban and saying the relationship between the Jewish state and the U.S. is ‘all about the Benjamins’ in 2019.

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Project Veritas Exposes Pfizer Director Expressing Concerns over Vaccine-Related Menstrual Cycle Changes



In a video released by Project Veritas on Thursday, Pfizer Director of Research and Development, Strategic Operations and mRNA Scientific Planning Jordon Trishton Walker revealed that the company was concerned over reports that women’s menstrual cycles were affected by the Covid-19 vaccine.

Walker told the undercover journalist that the company “still have to do the monitoring” for vaccine-related issues over time, but added, “so, there haven’t been any problems so far, but we’ll see.”

“I hope nobody is growing three legs or something like that,” the Project Veritas journalist quipped.

“yeah, or like the entire next generation’s super f*cked up. Could you imagine the scandal? On my God. I would take Pfizer off my resume” Walker responded.

After a cut, Walker said, “There’s something irregular about their menstrual cycles. We will have to investigate that down the line, because that is a little concerning.”

“Because, if you think about the science, it shouldn’t be interacting with, you know, it’s called the hypothalamus, pituitary, gonadal axis. You know, the hormones that regulate their menstrual cycles and things like that. And the vaccine shouldn’t be interfering with that,” Walker added.

After pressing from the journalist as to whether this was happening and whether it should, Walker said that “there is something happening,” but the company doesn’t know what.

Walker later added, “I hope we don’t discover something really bad down the line.”

“I hope we don’t find out that somehow this mRNA lingers in the body and like — ’cause it has to be impacting something hormonal to impact menstrual cycles,” Walker said.

Walker said later in the conversation that “if it does come back down the line that there was something wrong with the vaccine, then obviously people will criticize the big push” that the government, society, and jobs placed on people to get the jab. “The scale of that scandal would be enormous.”

During the conversation, Walker also revealed that Pfizer is trying to move past Covid with mRNA vaccines, with uses “not just for viruses” including in oncology and “gene editing.”


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WATCH: Ron Klain’s Farewell Speech Dissolves Into Tears — Over A Rock



Ron Klain had a small boulder to cry on as he delivered a farewell address marking his exit as White House chief of staff.

At an event Wednesday in the East Room, Klain choked up as he talked about the “best job” he ever had, standing next to his boss President Joe Biden. Klain got emotional throughout his remarks, and toward the end, held up a small souvenir rock in his hand and tearfully explained its significance to him.

“This plain and simple rock was given to me a year ago on one of our darker days — by Louisa Terrell,” Klain said, referring to the head of White House legislative affairs.

“And it’s always symbolized to me the fact that this team has been rock solid in their support of our agenda and the president,” he added. “We’ve never wavered. We’ve been as solid as a rock. And so I ask you today to continue to play that role. I ask each and every one of you to continue your jobs as the rock of this White House, this administration, and this presidency. That’s our mission.”

Klain then introduced his successor as chief of staff, Jeff Zients, before giving Biden a hug while those in attendance applauded.

Earlier in the event, the president introduced Klain by sharing how they have been working together for decades, stretching back to when Biden was a senator.

“I knew the moment he started, he was a once-in-a-generation talent. And that’s not hyperbole,” Biden said. “He’s a fiercely brilliant intellect. And again, those of you who work with him know it to be true. And just as important, he has a heart as big as his head,” he added, prompting a round of laughter.

During his remarks, Klain expressed effusive praise for Biden and touted a number of accomplishments. “I learned everything I know about how to be a good father from Joe Biden,” he said. “He’s the best father I know and the best role model I know.”

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Biden’s New Adviser is a Climate Alarmist Who Suffered an ‘Acute Mental Health Crisis’ After Trump’s 2016 Victory



The President’s Intelligence Advisory Board was created by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956. The board counts among its alumni a Medal of Honor recipient, a steel magnate, a secretary of defense, a retired admiral, and a former state governor.

Joining the board Thursday per President Joe Biden’s apparent wishes: Kim Cobb, a climate alarmist who was admittedly left bedridden as a result of the American people’s election of former President Donald Trump in 2016.

Biden announced his intention to appoint Cobb to the PIAB on Jan. 26.

Cobb noted that she has “much to learn” but hopes “to contribute to the critical work of this esteemed Board.”

Cobb’s biography, lifted from her Brown page and included in the White House’s statement, is seeded with potential clues concerning the president’s decision.

Cobb is a climate scientist who has repeatedly appeared on CNN to discuss the specter of anthropogenic climate change. She co-authored an alarmist UN report in 2021 that simultaneously held that various allegedly man-made climate trends under way are now irreversible and it is still imperative that the world transition off fossil fuels.

Cobb has served as director at both the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society and the Global Change Program at Georgia Tech.

Extra to her background in politically charged weather science, Cobb also “champions diversity and inclusion in all that she does … and enjoys frequent exchanges with policymakers about climate impacts and solutions,” according to the White House.

Outside her past role as ADVANCE professor for diversity, equity, and inclusion, Cobb has made a show of her ideological bona fides on Twitter, where she has underscored her support for BLM; her belief that “racial justice and equity are inseparable from climate action”; and her support for hiring on the basis of skin pigmentation or sexual preference.

While climate change is her apparent nemesis, Cobb’s weakness is evidently democratic electoral results that she finds unfavorable.

In a 2019 interview with the leftist publication Mother Jones, Cobb reflected on that moment, years earlier, when she learned of Trump’s resounding defeat of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

Cobb had traveled by fossil-fuel-consuming vehicles to an idyllic atoll in the Pacific Ocean, 1,300 miles south of Hawaii. She had gone to collect coral skeletons in hopes of establishing historic ocean temperatures suggesting a tendency of weather patterns to change over time. Trump’s victory made her scientific beachside getaway especially trying.

“I was diving with tears in my eyes,” said Cobb.

Soon, the news that the American people chose someone she did not like because they prioritized issues besides the weather proved too much for Biden’s new intelligence adviser to bear.

“I had the firm belief that Washington would act on climate change and would be acting soon,” she said. “When Trump was elected, it came crashing down.”

Cobb claimed that upon returning home to Atlanta, she could not get out of bed, having suffered “an acute mental health crisis.”

She would reportedly sob sporadically and obsess over the question of “how could my country do this?”

Ultimately, she had to confront the possibility that “there was a veritable tidal wave of people who don’t care about climate change and who put personal interest above the body of scientific information that I had contributed to.”

Apparently, Biden may be willing to subordinate American interests to the body of “scientific information” Cobb and other climate scientists peddle in.

The Washington Free Beacon reported that Cobb’s appointment reflects the Biden administration’s “whole-of-government approach” to addressing fears about climate change, noting that one of the first things Biden did as president was make climate alarmism “central to United States foreign policy and national security.”

In a 2021 fact sheet, the Biden administration stated, “The climate crisis is reshaping our physical world, with the Earth’s climate changing faster than at any point in modern history and extreme weather events becoming more frequent and severe.”

Cobb appeared to audition for the role in a November CNN interview in which she tearlessly denigrated the previous administration, lauded the Biden administration’s ambitions, and discussed statist measures to clamp down on emissions:

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Chris Pratt Drops Huge News About ‘The Terminal List’



Chris Pratt dropped huge news on Thursday about the status of his hit show “The Terminal List” when he posted a clip on Instagram of his character sailing away to a new destination.

The 43-year-old actor didn’t caption the video he posted for his 41 million followers, but the shot picks up where the show left off at the end of the first season. In the clip, his character, Navy SEAL James Reece, is on board the same boat from the end of the first season — hinting at a new mission for the second season.

At one point the camera pans down to a map, making a reference to where he’s headed. Pratt’s character holds down the map with one hand and the camera focuses on the location “Mozambique” and “NIASSA.” The clip ends with him turning the wheel of the boat in a new direction as the shot fades out.



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Reading through the comments, followers seemed more than thrilled to learn that Reece was headed out on another mission after barely surviving his last one which started with the murder of members of his SEAL team and his family.

One comment that definitely stood out was from the official account for “The Terminal List” which read, “Do you believe?”

Former Navy SEAL and “The Terminal List” author Jack Carr also commented on the post with the emoji of the official flag of Mozambique, a southeast African country.

On Wednesday, Deadline reported that it had learned that Amazon had indeed finalized a second season of the hit series.

The eight-episode first season was a huge hit for Amazon, scoring the No. 2 spot on Nielsen’s weekly Top 10 streaming ratings chart, the outlet noted. The show is about “a former Navy SEAL officer” who “investigates why his entire platoon was ambushed during a high-stakes covert mission,” a description on IMDb reads.

In September, Pratt and Carr hinted that fans would be getting another season when the Marvel star appeared on Carr’s podcast “Danger Close,” as The Daily Wire previously reported.

“To the rabid fans of ‘The Terminal List’ out there, you have nothing to worry about,” Pratt shared. “We love you and appreciate your support. It’s our life’s mission to make sure you can come back to the well. We are working away.”

Carr replied, “There may be some cool stuff on the horizon being discussed.”

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People Who Think Themselves Unattractive More Likely To Keep Wearing Mask: Study



A report comprised of three studies showed that people who thought they were less attractive were more likely to wear masks.

The report was derived from three studies conducted by the Department of Psychology and Center for Happiness Studies at Seoul National University in South Korea. The first two studies found that people who thought they were good-looking were less willing to wear a mask; they were less likely to believe that mask-wearing made them look better. The third study found that their belief was stronger in situations where they needed to deliver a favorable impression.

“Research shows that individuals who perceive themselves as more (vs. less) attractive possess more socially desirable attributes … have higher self-esteem … and enjoy better mental and physical health,” the study stated.

The study claims that “as essential cues that signal (un) attractiveness (e.g., facial symmetry) … can be censored with a mask, mask-wearing might critically influence how one’s attractiveness is perceived. … relatively unattractive individuals are deemed more attractive with masks … previous findings suggest that mask-wearing enhances perceived attractiveness among unattractive individuals, while the opposite is true for attractive individuals.”

The study points out that in South Korea, the term “ma-gi-kkun,” was coined to refer to people who intentionally wore a mask to give a more favorable impression; the study cites the American term “mask-fisher” to mean the same thing.

“We expect that individuals who perceive themselves as attractive (unattractive) will be less (more) likely to endorse the belief that wearing a mask enhances their perceived attractiveness,” the study states, concluding, “Our results consistently demonstrated that self-perceived unattractive individuals were more willing to wear a mask, as they believed it would benefit their attractiveness.”

The Daily Mail reported that the people examined in the study were Americans recruited from Amazon Mechanical Turk and the average age of those in the study was 33 years old.

According to an Ipsos report from early December, roughly half of the Americans they surveyed reported wearing masks “at all times or sometimes when on an airplane.” 39% of respondents said they wore masks at all times or sometimes when on public transportation or in a rideshare; 33% said they wore masks at all times or sometimes in grocery stores. 85% of respondents said that the COVID-19 virus would not go away during their lifetimes.

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30-Year-Old Republican New Jersey Councilwoman Shot Dead Outside Her Home



A local councilwoman in New Jersey was killed during a shooting outside her home Wednesday evening, according to officials.

Sayreville Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour, a Republican, was 30 years old and described by Mayor Victoria Kilpatrick as “dedicated member of our Borough Council who was truly committed to serve all of our residents.”

A 911 call reported shots fired around 7:22 p.m, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office said. A female, identified by New Jersey Globe reporter David Wildstein as Dwumfour, was found dead in her vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds.

“This is an active and ongoing investigation anyone with information or surveillance footage of the area is asked to call Detective Rebecca Morales of the Sayreville Police Department at 732-727-4444 or Detective Michelle Coppola of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office 732-745-3477,” the prosecutor’s office said.

Kilpatrick called the shooting a “despicable criminal act.”

A Facebook account for Detective Juan Rodriguez and Pastor Doctor Nelia Rodriguez also reported that Dwumfour was killed.

“We are so heartbroken to announce that our friend, Councilwoman from Sayreville, part of our HRC (Human Relation Commission), our personal friend, a woman of God Eunice Dwumfour was [murdered] tonight in Sayreville,” the couple wrote.

They added, “She was an amazing friend, a woman who loved God. We were just at our HRC meeting January 5th 2023 and I just saw her this morning at the store. I remember saying to her I see you at the HRC meeting tomorrow, not knowing tonight was going to be the end of her life. I can’t stop crying. She was 30 years young and full of life.”

It is not immediately clear if she was the intended target of the alleged shooting.

“Beyond her dedication to our community, I can share that she was a woman of deep faith and worked hard to integrate her strong Christian beliefs in to her daily life as a person and a community leader,” Kilpatrick continued. “On a personal note, I can’t adequately express my feeling of sorrow at the loss of a friend.”

Community organizer Charles Kratovil also reported the death.

“A huge loss for the Sayreville community as Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour was shot and killed at approximately 7:20pm causing a crash near Samuel Circle & Check Avenue,” Kratovil tweeted.

He added, “I personally knew her to be a very kind person and public servant. May she rest in peace.”

According to her LinkedIn, Dwumfour was a scrum master, with a background as an IT Business consultant.

Dwumfour was elected to the Borough Council in 2021, and her term was set to run from January 2022 through December 2024.

She received a B.A. in Women & Gender Studies from William Paterson University, located in Wayne, New Jersey.

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Pelosi Endorses Schiff For Senate — with One Caveat



Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) endorsed Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) for Senate if Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) chooses not to seek re-election in 2024.

The longtime Democratic leader chose Schiff over Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA), who announced a Senate campaign last month, and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), who is widely expected to join the race.

If Feinstein decides not to run, “I will be supporting House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff, who knows well the nexus between a strong democracy and a strong economy,” Pelosi said in a statement Thursday. “In his service in the House, he has focused on strengthening our democracy with justice and on building an economy that works for all.”

Local media described the development as “the strongest sign yet that Feinstein will not seek re-election.”

In a statement of his own, Schiff said he is “honored to have earned” Pelosi’s support. He said after Pelosi made clear her stance, 20 current and former members of the California delegation also endorsed his campaign for Senate.

Schiff, whose district includes parts of Los Angeles County, announced his campaign for Senate two days after Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) removed him from the House Intelligence Committee over accusations of repeated lying. Schiff called the move “petty, political payback” for his participation in investigations into former President Donald Trump.

Pelosi said the United States is at a “crossroads” leading up to the 2024 election, casting the Democrats as the defenders of democracy and freedom while characterizing Republicans as being beholden to special interests.

“Ever since I supported Adam in his race for Congress in 2000, I have known his commitment to putting the American Dream in place for everyone,” Pelosi said in her statement. “Coming from a family of immigrants, Adam has dedicated his life to public service. Every time I have asked Adam to take on the tough fight against extremist forces, he has responded with integrity, strength and success.”

Feinstein has not yet shared whether she will seek another term. She told Bloomberg News late last month she would share her plans “in the spring sometime.”

At the age of 89, Feinstein is the Senate’s oldest member, and in recent years her colleagues have raised concerns about her mental fitness. She raised less than $600 in the last three months and has under $10,000 in her campaign account, The Hill reported Wednesday.

In her statement, Pelosi praised Feinstein as an “iconic” senator with a “remarkable legislative record.” Feinstein “has my whole-hearted support” if she does decide to run for re-election, Pelosi added.

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‘Let’s Start Treating Each Other with Respect’: Biden Pleads for Unity as GOP Prepares Hunter Investigation



President Joe Biden issued a plea to Republicans and Speaker Kevin McCarthy to ‘treat each other with respect’ – as the GOP prepares to investigate him and his son Hunter.

He sat alongside McCarthy at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, after their White House showdown over the debt limit, and said: ‘Let’s just sorta, kinda, join hands a little bit.

‘Let’s start treating each other with respect. That’s what Kevin and I are going to do. Not a joke.

‘We had a good meeting yesterday. I think we got to do it across the board. It doesn’t mean we’re going to agree – fight like hell. But let’s treat each other with respect.’

Republicans are planning to start their probe into the Biden family’s influence peddling and Hunter Biden’s foreign business deals after his State of the Union address next week.

Biden’s appeal to GOP sentiments came hours after Hunter sent letters to prosecutors, urging them to target critics who had shared his laptop with the media.

Biden’s call also came as both chambers of Congress have ratcheted up the partisan infighting.

Later in the day, House Republicans will hold a vote to kick Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, a practising Muslim, off the House Foreign Affairs Committee for her past comments critical of Israel.

The vote comes in retaliation after Democrats last year booted far-right GOP lawmakers from committees over their incendiary, violent remarks.

Biden didn’t answer DailyMail.com when asked about his call for respect, given the investigation his son is facing and the Omar vote.

But, in his remarks at the breakfast, he acknowledged that tensions were high.

‘Love thy neighbor as thyself. That’s the hardest one. I think. At least it’s hardest here,’ Biden said. ‘Didn’t used to be hard.’

‘I’ve been here a long time, but it seems to be getting harder. It’s easy to say. It’s hard to do,’ he added.

‘My prayer for this prayer breakfast is you started to see each other again, look at each other, travel with each other again. Argue like hell with each other again, but then still go to lunch together.’

Biden, who spent 36 years as a senator representing the state of Delaware, joked about his long service to the country.

‘I know I don’t look it – but I’ve done it for a few years,’ he said to much laughter.

Even as lawmakers came together Thursday morning in the Capitol complex, they prepared to take battle stations later today and in the days to come.

In addition to the vote on Omar’s removal, House Republicans are gearing up to go after the president’s son.

The House Oversight Committee has scheduled a February 8 hearing on Hunter Biden’s laptop and Twitter’s attempt to suppress a New York Post story on it.

The hearing will be the day after President Biden’s State of the Union address, in which he will lay out his vision for the country for the next year. He is expected to issue a call for bipartisanship.

Hunter’s legal team has gone on the offensive by sending letters to state and federal prosecutors urging criminal investigations into those who accessed and disseminated his personal data.

They also sent a separate letter that threatened Fox News host Tucker Carlson with a defamation lawsuit, The Washington Post reported.

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Top Biden Economic Adviser to Leave White House



Brian Deese, the top White House economic adviser to President Biden for the past two years, will depart the White House in the coming days, the president announced Thursday.

Deese served as the director of the National Economic Council and helped craft Biden’s economic agenda. He was also a key player in negotiations with Congress on major legislation Biden signed during his first two years in office, including the Inflation Reduction Act, which contained several of Biden’s major priorities on climate change and health care.

“When I took office, we faced high unemployment, an economy in crisis, and main streets shuttered across the country. I knew we needed to not just get families back to work and businesses re-opened, we needed to rebuild our economy so no one was left behind,” Biden said in a statement.

“For the past two years, I have relied on Brian Deese to help me do just that,” Biden continued. “Brian has a unique ability to translate complex policy challenges into concrete actions that improve the lives of American people. He has helped steer my economic vision into reality, and managed the transition of our historic economic recovery to steady and stable growth.”

Biden credited Deese with playing an integral role in passing some of the most significant pieces of economic legislation of his term thus far, including the bipartisan infrastructure law that was passed in 2021 and the CHIPS and Science Act, which was passed last year and will boost manufacturing in semiconductor chips.

Deese, who had been commuting to Washington, D.C., from New England, where his wife and two children live, had been rumored since last year’s midterm elections to be a likely candidate to depart the administration.

He joins former chief of staff Ron Klain as the second major Biden White House official to depart in the new year.

It is not yet clear who will replace Deese to lead the National Economic Council. Federal Reserve Vice Chair Lael Brainard and Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo are considered two of the likeliest candidates.

Deese departs his role at a time when Biden and his team are bullish on the economy ahead of a likely 2024 reelection campaign. They have repeatedly pointed to low unemployment numbers and steadily falling inflation over the past few months, which have soothed some recession fears among economists.

But Deese’s replacement will still contend with an uncertain economic outlook and will be involved in a looming fight with congressional Republicans over raising the debt ceiling.

Lawmakers likely have until some time in June to reach a deal to lift the debt ceiling before the federal government defaults on it debt. Economists have warned that a default, or even the specter of it, would send the economy into a tailspin, reducing government services, roiling markets and damaging the country’s credibility.

Biden on Wednesday met with Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to discuss the debt ceiling. McCarthy emerged optimistic about a potential agreement, while the White House said Biden indicated he would be open to discussing spending cuts as a separate issue from raising the debt limit.

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