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Rep. Ruben Gallego has entered the Arizona Senate race, raising the possibility of a three-way contest among him, the GOP nominee and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Sinema would be wise to switch over to the Republican side.
New York City residents agree that there’s “no room at the inn” for more migrants seeking sanctuary in the five boroughs and support a proposal to relocate them upstate, a new poll shows. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Illegal migrants should be deported.
Mayor Eric Adams' approval rating has dropped to just 37% as New Yorkers continue to express dissatisfaction with how he is handling crime in the Big Apple, a new Quinnipiac University poll shows. New York Post
VOA VIEW: The expected big hope turns to be a big flop.

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“Every day Secretary Mayorkas remains in office America becomes less safe,” Biggs (R-Ariz.) said in a statement. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Good - he is an idiot.
The revelation came in a petulant letter from Hunter Biden's lawyers seeking a criminal probe into what they called, attempts to “weaponize” its contents. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Hunter is a drug user, womanizer. thief, liar, traitor and much less.
From the right: Joe’s Classified-Doc Corruption Six in 10 voters think it’s likely Hunter Biden used info from the classified documents found in President Biden’s home to “sweeten his foreign business deals,” note Issues & Insights’ editors, citing a Rasmussen poll. And with good reason: An email Hunter sent in 2014, disclosed by Post columnist... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Hunter and Joe are both idiots.
Nikki Haley is expected to join the 2024 race this month, but other G.O.P. contenders are taking a wait-and-see approach. Some anti-Trump Republicans worry that too much dithering could be costly. New York Times
VOA VIEW: It would be wise to wait.
Twenty years ago, migrants who crossed the southern U.S. border mostly came from Mexico. Now they are from many countries.       USA Today
VOA VIEW: One reason - Biden.
More officers were shot in the line of duty in January than there were days in the month, according to statistics released Wednesday by the National Fraternal Order of Police. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Sad!

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Hunter Biden is reportedly threatening to sue multiple people involved in the handling of his notorious laptop. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Hunter is an idiot.
A group of Hispanic lawmakers in Connecticut has proposed that the state follow Arkansas' lead and ban the term "Latinx" from official government documents, calling it offensive to Spanish speakers. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: It would be unconstitutional - First Amendment.
Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida is set to cross his state's border to headline the Alabama Republican Party's winter meeting. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: It would be too early to go against Trump.
House Republicans are putting Democrats on the record for their views on socialism with a vote on a resolution Wednesday that condemns the leftist ideology. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Dems will have a hard time clearing their name of socialism.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging Americans to stop using EzriCare Artificial Tears after the product was linked to an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Be careful.
The Fed has raised interest rates to cut prices but the move risks a recession. ABC
VOA VIEW: The increase will hurt all.
The U.S. Department of Labor on Wednesday announced new citations at three more Amazon warehouses for failing to keep workers safe. ABC

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The Trump Organization's controller is expected to testify Thursday before a grand jury in New York. ABC
VOA VIEW: Dems and lefties will do everything to hurt Trump.
The College Board is revealing framework for its new AP African American Studies program first on "CBS Mornings." The course will cover history and the arts and focus on primary sources over theories. CBS
VOA VIEW: The course is designed to put down whites.
Vice President Kamala Harris spoke at the funeral of the 29-year-old who died after being beaten by police. "We mourn with you," she told his family. CBS
VOA VIEW: Blacks still try to make the Nichols incident, racial.
The White House said Mr. Biden and McCarthy will discuss a "range of issues" in their first one-on-one sit-down since McCarthy became speaker. CBS
Icy conditions across parts of the South left at least two people dead in Texas and tens of thousands of people in the dark. CBS

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King spoke about the difficult days ahead during the civil rights movement – but the "promised land" on the horizon. Nichols' stepfather, Rodney Wells, also spoke about the "fight ahead of us" to achieve justice. CBS
VOA VIEW: Another black man considered a saint - the whole truth is yet to be heard.
Facebook-parent Meta reported revenue for the fourth quarter that topped estimates and gave a forecast suggesting that sales could rise in the first quarter. CNBC
The corporate job cuts come as the shipping giant tries to reduce costs amid cooling consumer demand. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Biden still tells that the economy is doing well.

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Everything from mortgages and credit cards to student and car loans will be affected by the latest rate hike from the Federal Reserve. CNBC
VOA VIEW: It will hurt all.
The FTC order against GoodRx includes a $1.5 million civil penalty for allegedly violating the agency's Health Breach Notification Rule. CNBC
Tom Brady, who won seven Super Bowls with the Patriots and Buccaneers, again announced his retirement from the NFL. CNBC
The Department of Justice is investigating the discovery of classified records found at private locations tied to both President Joe Biden and Donald Trump. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Did Biden have enough time to sanitize his house?
Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger will take a 25% base pay cut days after the company reported weak earnings, with executives down the line facing pay cuts as well. CNBC
VOA VIEW: They gave up a few million dollars.
House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer will lead the first major congressional hearing on Twitter since Republicans took control of the House. CNBC
President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy are meeting on Wednesday -- the first such gathering since the California Republican won the speakership after Republicans took over the House majority. CNN
Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen shares whether he believes Donald Trump will face repercussions over New York Attorney General Letitia James' civil investigation into the Trump organization's business practices. CNN
VOA VIEW: The Dems and fools never give up.
The lawyer who will lead the court fights mounted by the newly GOP-controlled House of Representatives is a former clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas and "seasoned litigator" with years of experience at the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission. CNN
VOA VIEW: The House needs the best lawyer to fight the sleaze bags.
A shocking 48 hours of violence -- bloody even by the standards of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict -- followed immediately by a fortunately timed flying visit from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, focused the eyes of the world on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week. CNN
Ukraine is preparing for reforms to combat corruption following a series of high profile resignations from the government. President Volodymyr Zelensky said new reforms were imminent in his nightly address Tuesday. UPI
Refineries in the U.S. south were hobbled by a cold snap in December and inclement weather in Texas in late January. UPI
VOA VIEW: Sad, but true.
U.S. employers added 55% fewer jobs last month than in December, according to the latest numbers out Wednesday from private payroll processor ADP. UPI
VOA VIEW: Facts are showing negative numbers.
The lack of certainty about the direction of the global economy may have encouraged OPEC to err on the side of caution, analysts said. UPI
Gun rights activists have filed a pair of lawsuits seeking to challenge a Biden administration rule requiring gun owners to place firearms that can be modified to become rifles on a federal registry. UPI
VOA VIEW: The truth will be known.
Two years after the Myanmar military seized power in a coup, a United Nations envoy called for the international community to deny the legitimacy of the ruling junta and to reject upcoming "sham" elections UPI
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has signed legislation enshrining abortion as a "fundamental right" in the state. UPI
VOA VIEW: How long will it last?
Former President Donald Trump vowed Tuesday that if re-elected he would end gender-affirming medical care for minors. UPI
VOA VIEW: A good reason to vote for Trump.

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced new resources Wednesday, to help survivors of domestic violence. UPI
The eurozone's annual inflation rate continued on its downward track last month, the third successive month that the pace at which prices are increasing has slowed, according to European Union figures out Wednesday. UPI

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February 03, 2023

     A new city analysis shows that a huge chunk of high-income earners fled in 2020. Yet progressives refuse to hear the alarm bell: They’re pushing to “tax the rich” yet again instead.  More people will leave, and NYC will have even more financial disparity.

     The study by the city’s Independent Budget Office shows a 10% plunge in taxpayers who made over $750,000, and 6% of those with incomes between $150,000 and $750,000. These now-former New Yorkers will no longer pay hefty taxes to the city or state, leaving significantly less revenue to fund progressives’ pet projects.  Kathryn Wylde of the Partnership for New York City calls the trend “ominous.” 

     Clearly, many taxpayers fled to escape New York’s off-the-chart taxes. Yet the radicals who increasingly dominate local politics want to slam those who haven’t left even more: Last Monday, a group of advocates and elected officials launched a campaign for a ludicrous $40 billion in new taxes on the rich.  “Everybody always worries about whether billionaires and the wealthy are going to get up and leave from New York,” huffed Queens state Sen. Jessica Ramos. “I’m sick of seeing working-class New Yorkers have to leave.”

     If lower-income workers are fleeing, it’s not for lack of poorly funded social programs; New York leads the nation in such spending. No, progressive policies that have allowed crime to skyrocket and schools to degrade would deserve much of the blame.  Meanwhile, the top 1% of taxpayers accounted for 45% of the city’s total income tax liability in 2020; they’re the ones most sensitive to high taxes. (The bottom 50% accounted for less than 4%.)