10 things you need to know today: February 4, 2023

Chinese balloon continues to sail through United States, Democrats to alter 2024 presidential primary schedule, and more

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1. Chinese balloon continues to sail through United States

A suspected Chinese spy balloon continued to make its way across the United States on Friday. The balloon, which was first spotted last week, was seen heading southwest over Kansas and Missouri going into the weekend, flying at approximately 60,000 feet — significantly higher than most commercial planes. Defense officials said the balloon had first been spotted flying over Montana, which is notably home to a nuclear missile silo site at Malmstrom Air Force Base. Backlash from American officials has been swift, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken canceling his upcoming trip to China. However, China has denied that the balloon is used for surveillance, claiming it is merely a weather ship.

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