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A New York state judge ruled in Uber's favor on Monday in a lawsuit it filed against New York City over a rule that limits how much time drivers can spend "cruising"— driving around while waiting to get a ride request, per Reuters.

Why it matters: The rule is part of a package the city passed last year, and since extended, that also limits the number vehicles ride-hailing companies can have and sets minimum earnings for drivers. Ride-hailing companies have challenged the laws, though last month a judge dismissed Uber's lawsuit over the vehicle cap.

From Uber:

"We are pleased that the Court recognized that Mayor de Blasio's cruising cap is arbitrary. Uber remains committed to fighting for driver flexibility in the face of politically motivated regulations and to stand up for policies that actually combat congestion."

Background: Ride-hailing companies have been battling NYC over ride-hailing regulations for years that the city says aim to reduce congestion and improve conditions for drivers. In 2015, Mayor de Blasio attempted to pass a vehicle cap in 2015, but dropped the plan after heavy pushback.

Go deeper: Uber sues NYC to stop ride-hailing cap on for-hire drivers

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Inflation threatens Latinos' buying power

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Data: Hispanic Index of Consumer Sentiment; Chart: Jacque Schrag/Axios

Latinos in the U.S. are less optimistic about the economy than they were a year ago as inflation threatens to cut into their buying power.

Why it matters: Latinos have been economic growth drivers for the past decade, opening new businesses at faster rates than other groups and increasing their homeownership rates. The group's overall output would make them the seventh-largest GDP in the world if they were a country.

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First look: Frontline Dems seek cover with bipartisan police bill

Rep. Josh Gottheimer. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Moderate Frontline Democrats facing tough reelection fights are teaming up with House Republicans on a bill that would effectively help fund the police, according to a copy of the bill text obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: One of Republicans' core and most effective campaign attacks to date is their messaging around progressive rhetoric to "defund the police." Moderate Democrats have long tried to dodge that narrative, acknowledging its political peril despite their support for broader police reform.

Omicron pushes COVID deaths toward 2,000 per day

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Data: N.Y. Times; Cartogram: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

The U.S. Omicron wave may be peaking, but now COVID deaths are climbing as cases continue to soar in most of the country.

The big picture: Omicron's stranglehold in the U.S. started about a month ago. Its death toll — while almost certain to be smaller than previous waves of the pandemic — is only now starting to take hold, and deaths will likely continue to rise for several weeks.