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Executive Summary:

  • President Joe Biden hinted at a bid for a second term in the Oval Office when he delivered his annual State of the Union speech in front of an unruly Congress yesterday.
  • Biden signalled a desire to “finish the job” and focused on domestic issues, making only fleeting reference to the Chinese spy balloon and war in Ukraine.
  • Arkansas Governor Sarah Sanders (R-AK) said in the Republican response to Biden’s speech: “The dividing line in America is no longer between right or left. The choice is between normal or crazy.”
  • House Republicans are preparing to pass a bipartisan resolution condemning Chinese surveillance as the US warns allies of the scale of China's balloon espianage.
  • Germany Economy Minister Robert Habeck and French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire touted Franco-German unity following talks with Biden administration officials on the Inflation Reduction Act.
  • NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will hold meetings with Biden administration officials and lawmakers today
  • as concerns increase for ongoing support for Ukraine.
  • Poll of the Day: President Biden is currently experiencing his highest approval rating in over a year as the White House watches closely for a positive response to yesterday’s State of the Union speech.

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