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Top NY Democrat Blasted for Spending $29K on Travel After Telling Voters to Stay Home Over COVID

A top New York Democrat is suffering a backlash after having spent $29,000 on travel expenses…

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A top New York Democrat is suffering a backlash after having spent $29,000 on travel expenses even as he was loudly telling New Yorkers to stay home to “stop the spread” of the coronavirus. According to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee records, Democrat Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, who leads the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, spent the cash on “ground transportation” and “automobile expenses” in the last nine months of 2020, the Washington Free Beacon reported. The exorbitant spending included “nearly $20,000 in lease and insurance payments, more than $3,600 in collision repairs, nearly $2,200 in gas, more than $2,100 in rental car fees, and nearly $500 for a satellite radio subscription,” the Free Beacon added. However, Maloney also halted personal campaign events with his voters in New York. Meanwhile he was loudly telling voters back home to accept the lockdowns to stem the tide of the coronavirus. “Stay at home. Don’t go out if you don’t need to, minimize your contact with other people,” Maloney said in a radio interview. “If a member of your family is sick, the whole family’s got to stay home so we don’t go spread it.” Now, some ethics experts are slamming Maloney. Kendra Arnold, executive director of the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, told the Beacon that Maloney’s expenditures raised “red flags” and that he “has a duty to explain” the expenditures. “Candidates don’t have to link [disbursements] to a specific corresponding event,” Arnold added. “We generally look for spending that isn’t in the realm of a candidate in the same state or in a similar-sized district.” Follow Warner Todd Huston on Facebook at: facebook.com/Warner.Todd.Huston.

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U.S. Birth Rate Declined More in 2020 Than in the Last 50 Years

Birth and fertility rates in the United States declined to the lowest level in nearly 50 years.

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Birth and fertility rates in the United States declined to the lowest level in nearly 50 years, according to data provided last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One would think that with so many millions of Americans stuck at home on coronavirus lockdowns that the birth rate might have ticked upwards in 2020. But, nope. The numbers are down another four percent over numbers from the previous year’s reports. According to UPI: The total and general fertility rates in 2020 also declined 4% from 2019 to record lows. The report said at the current level — known as “below replacement” — there are more people dying every day than are being born. The decline from 2019 to 2020 is the largest single-year decrease in nearly 50 years. The U.S. birth rate last year was down to about 56 births per 1,000 women of child-bearing age, which is the lowest rate on record. UPI added that this is the lowest birth rate since 1979. “About 3.6 million births were recorded nationally in 2020, down from the 3.75 million births in 2019, the data showed. The 2019 figure was down from 3.79 million in 2018,” UPI reported. The only good trend is that births to teens is also down. Births among 15- to 17-year-olds fell by 6% and to 18- to 19-year-olds by 7%. Consequently, abortion rates have also been falling. Abortions dropped 7% to 862,320 in 2017. that is down from 2014’s 926,200. America is hardly alone in this. Most economically wealthy nations are experiencing similar declining birth rates. Follow Warner Todd Huston on Facebook at: facebook.com/Warner.Todd.Huston.

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