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Ride-hailing car with Uber and Lyft stickers in NYC. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Uber has filed legal action against the city of New York over a law it passed last year capping the number of ride-hailing cars allowed on its street, fearing the city may make permanent the initial 12-month pause, according to court documents.

The big picture: Ride-hailing companies have aggressively pushed back against regulations. In 2015, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tried to impose a cap, but dropped the plan after pushback from the companies (namely, Uber which created a publicity stunt in its mobile app as protest).

  • Uber's lawsuit stems from the mayor's comments three weeks ago on a radio show, during which he said that he wants to make the vehicle cap permanent instead of the agreed-upon 12 months to conduct a study of ride-hailing's impact on street congestion.
  • The law was passed in August 2018 as part of a package that included a minimum wage for drivers. Ride-hailing companies Lyft and Juno recently filed lawsuits against the city over the pay requirements, while Uber says it's supportive of the rule.

From an Uber spokesperson:

"The City Council’s new law guarantees a living wage for drivers, and the administration should not have blocked New Yorkers from taking advantage of it by imposing a cap. We agree that fighting congestion is a priority, which is why we support the state's vision for congestion pricing, the only evidence-based plan to reduce traffic and fund mass transit."

Go deeper: NYC votes to cap ride-hailing cars and set minimum driver wage

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McConnell drops filibuster demand, paving way for power-sharing deal

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (R) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell attend a joint session of Congress. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has abandoned his demand that Democrats state, in writing, that they would not abandon the legislative filibuster.

Between the lines: McConnell was never going to agree to a 50-50 power sharing deal without putting up a fight over keeping the 60-vote threshold. But the minority leader ultimately caved after it became clear that delaying the organizing resolution was no longer feasible.

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Scoop: Google won't donate to members of Congress who voted against election results

Sen. Ted Cruz led the group of Republicans who opposed certifying the results. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Google will not make contributions from its political action committee this cycle to any member of Congress who voted against certifying the results of the presidential election, following the deadly Capitol riot.

Why it matters: Several major businesses paused or pulled political donations following the events of Jan. 6, when pro-Trump rioters, riled up by former President Trump, stormed the Capitol on the day it was to certify the election results.

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Minority Mitch still setting Senate agenda

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Chuck Schumer may be majority leader, yet in many ways, Mitch McConnell is still running the Senate show — and his counterpart is about done with it.

Why it matters: McConnell rolled over Democrats unapologetically, and kept tight control over his fellow Republicans, while in the majority. But he's showing equal skill as minority leader, using political jiujitsu to convert a perceived weakness into strength.

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