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New York’s slow reopening has begun just in time for a virtual April 15 — Tax Day 2.0, pushed back three months by the novel-coronavirus pandemic. In a way, it’s the end of an era: The tax returns due to be filed on Wednesday will report incomes earned in 2019, the close of a decade-long... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Not fare to those who have to pay.
A tough U.S. stance against China's sweeping sea claims elicits little public support from Asian allies loath to get in the middle of rising tensions. LA Times
VOA VIEW: China has a strong hold.
What’s amazing about handguns — apart from the tragedy and devastation that 20 ounces can unleash — is their indestructibility. Like the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards or Cher, they are timeless and, operationally, ­immune to the ravages of aging. In fact, with minimal maintenance and care, a handgun from 1920 will discharge a bullet with... New York Post
VOA VIEW: De Blasio must be forced to resign.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched a blistering attack on President Trump Monday yet had no real answer for his deadly nursing-home edict, which more and more experts are blasting after his folks tried to whitewash it. “Trump’s COVID scandal makes what Nixon did at Watergate look innocent,” the gov declared. “Nobody died in... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Cuomo is an idiot.
Back in 2012, a Goldman Sachs banker famously quit his job in a New York Times op-ed. On his last day at work, Greg Smith got on the biggest soap box he could find to declare that Goldman’s culture is “toxic and destructive.” Bari Weiss has now done the same thing to the Times itself.... New York Post
VOA VIEW: The NYT has lost control.
Hospitals have been ordered to bypass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and send all patient information to a central database in Washington, raising questions about transparency. New York Times
Relations are in free fall. Lines are being drawn. As the two superpowers clash over technology, territory and clout, a new geopolitical era is dawning. New York Times
VOA VIEW: To the liking of the NYT.
It doesn't take a storm to inundate the coast with potentially ruinous floodwaters. "Nuisance" or "sunny day" high-tide flooding is becoming more commonplace.        USA Today
The coronavirus knows no party affiliation, but the response to the U.S. epidemic is increasingly splitting along political lines. In states with Democratic governors, Republicans are pushing to lift restrictions and reopen the economy while crying foul at gubernatorial executive orders. The opposite is occurring in states with GOP governors, ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: China and liberals are at fault.

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President Trump on Tuesday said he isn't the underdog in the coming election, citing internal polls and the election signs and enthusiasm he sees on the road. "I think we have really good poll numbers," Mr. Trump said, though most mainstream polls have him losing to former Vice President Joseph ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Truer words are never spoken.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, offered encouragement — tinged by firsthand experience — to young people on doing their part in separating politics from science as they navigate life in the age of coronavirus. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Fauci is a joke.
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said President Donald Trump is focused on and concerned about the possibility that a white St. Louis couple could face criminal charges for displaying guns as they defended their home during a racial injustice protest. Parson told reporters Tuesday that he had just ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Good!
Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite and longtime companion of the infamous sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, pleaded not guilty to federal sex trafficking charges. ABC
VOA VIEW: She is guilty as sin.

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The government is also banning telecoms firms from buying new Huawei 5G kit after 31 December. BBC
VOA VIEW: Sooner would be better.
President Trump said China "hit us with the plague" after their previous trade deal was signed. CBS
VOA VIEW: Nor should he.
The president said school districts that don't reopen in the fall are making a "mistake." CBS
VOA VIEW: Trump is right.

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In an interview with CBS News, the president also said he believed waving the Confederate flag was a matter of freedom of speech. CBS
VOA VIEW: True!
Joe Biden ridiculed President Trump's response to the coronavirus outbreak and criticized Mr. Trump for failing to listen to his own medical experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci. A new CBS battleground tracker poll finds Biden ahead or close to Trump in Arizona, Texas and Florida, the current COVD-19 hotspots. CBS
VOA VIEW: Biden doesn't know up from down.
The Trump administration has previously blamed China for the unfolding health crisis caused by the coronavirus, and it has criticized Beijing for its illegal territorial claims in the South China Sea. CNBC
VOA VIEW: As he should.
Stocks directly tied to an economic reopening jumped following the vaccine news. CNBC
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized Tuesday for a possible infection, according to a spokeswoman for the court. CNBC
VOA VIEW: She should resign and enjoy her limited life.

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Biden aims to create jobs that pay at least $15 an hour during an overhaul of American roads, bridges and trains, along with the energy grid. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Sad!
Dallas Federal Reserve President Robert Kaplan said the U.S. economic growth will accelerate next year as the country rebounds from the coronavirus crisis. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Only is Trump wins in November.
The Trump administration has rescinded its policy that would bar international students who only take online courses from staying in the US, a federal judge announced Tuesday in Boston. CNN

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The fire on the USS Bonhomme Richard in San Diego is still burning but firefighters have made "significant progress" toward putting it out, a Navy admiral said Tuesday. CNN
The White House announced Tuesday that President Donald Trump plans to appoint former White House adviser Sebastian Gorka to be a member of the National Security Education Board. CNN
VOA VIEW: A good choice.
A Houston man is facing charges in connection with fraudulently obtaining more than $1.1 million in coronavirus relief funds, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Monday. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Thieves should be severally punished.
The Iranian government said Tuesday it has executed a defense ministry employee it suspected of spying for the United States' Central Intelligence Agency. UPI
House Democrats have signaled they will keep pursuing President Donald Trump's financial records, after the Supreme Court sent the issue back down to a lower court last week. UPI
VOA VIEW: Dems never give up.
The federal government carried out its first execution in 17 years on Tuesday, putting killer Daniel Lewis Lee to death at a facility in Indiana after a rare early morning decision by the Supreme Court. UPI

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     If New York State Legislature passes new legislation, cops will also have to take out insurance if they plan to wear a badge. State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi introduced a bill last week that would mandate all officers in New York obtain liability insurance throughout their career. The local city and police agency would determine the base rate of the policy.  Biaggi said this policy would act as a deterrent to police misconduct as an officer's insurance premiums would rise if they were involved in a civil suit by a civilian that ended with any payout.

     Between July 2018 and June 2019, New York City paid out $220.1 million in settlements for 5,848 tort cases involving the NYPD, according to a report by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer. NYPD tort claims represented 36% of all tort claims against the city, Stringer's report said. Currently, no state or municipality has a liability insurance requirement for their police officers. Colorado passed a bill last month that makes officers personally liable for up to $25,000 in damages in lawsuits related to misconduct.

     Why should police have to pay for insurance and having same will bring many lawsuits?