The president has selected R. Alexander Acosta, currently dean of Florida International University College of Law and chairman of U.S. Century Bank, to be secretary of Labor after fast food exec Andrew Puzder withdrew from consideration.

Acosta was assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division in the Bush administration. He’ll be the first Hispanic member of the Trump cabinet if he’s confirmed.

The U.S. Senate confirmed Rep. Mick Mulvaney, a South Carolina Republican, to lead the Office of Management and Budget in a narrow vote this morning, giving the congressman one of the most powerful positions in Trump’s Cabinet and the responsibility of reconciling the new administration’s conflicting spending priorities.

During a free-wheeling press conference, Trump expressed disappointment about media reports of “chaos” in his administration, saying that he “inherited a mess,” and adding: “It is the exact opposite. This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine.”

The House passed a measure in a 230-188 vote that would reverse a last-minute rule from the Obama administration that said conservative states can’t block the women’s health and abortion provider from receiving family planning dollars under the Title X program.

In her final State of the City address, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito decried Trump’s policies and promised that city lawmakers would strike back against federal immigration policies and guarantee women free birth control that the GOP has promised to restrict.

Another Broadway show standing ovation for Hillary Clinton last night. (She saw Sunset Boulevard).

Keep it short and free of nuance – that is the new guidance that has recently circulated to some intelligence analysts who compile materials for the president’s Daily Brief on security threats around the globe.

A coalition of Long Island business groups is calling on state judges to expedite LIPA’s legal challenges to the taxes it pays on National Grid power plants, saying the delays are costing businesses and homes millions of dollars a year.

The state Department of Health has sent out the first results to 370 residents whose blood was tested for a toxic chemical found in Newburgh’s water supply.
Not all the Momentive workers are happy with the three-year contract that ended their 105-day strike, though it was approved in a 317-211 by union members.

Outspoken political activist John “Rus” Thompson pleaded guilty this morning to a misdemeanor offense for voting on Grand Island in 2015 after he had moved to Niagara Falls. After rejecting a deal offered by a previous DA, Thompson said he felt this outcome was fair.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand penned an OpEd about why the country needs a national paid family leave program.

In an Albany TU OpEd, former Gov. Eliot Spitzer takes on Cuomo over his effort to do away with foundation aid, which was set up to settle the CFE case, but never fully funded.

For the first two months of the new Congress, the 292 Republicans have scheduled just 88 in-person town hall events — and 35 of those sessions are for Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin. In the first two months of the previous Congress in 2015, by contrast, Republicans held 222 in-person town hall events.

In NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s State of the City speech this week, which ran to over 8,000 words, a mere 214 of them were devoted to education.

The City of Buffalo is considering regulating AirBnBs like traditional bed and breakfasts.

A student at Sol La Music Academy in Santa Monica, CA turned Clinton’s campaign concession speech into a song called “To All the Little Girls.”

In the face of mounting complaints about his failure to fund capital improvements at the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced an $8 million allocation for the state-owned facility.

The Obama administration’s accountability regulations for the Every Student Succeeds Act have been paused by the Trump administration, and they’re on thin ice in Congress. But U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos wants states to keep going on their ESSA plans.

Clinton praised Oscar de la Renta as an inspiration to striving immigrants like himself at an event honoring the late fashion designer with a series of commemorative stamps.

In case you’re curious, actress Lena Dunham says she is not, in fact, single-handedly to blame for Clinton’s loss to Trump.

Government prosecutors may be investigating 21st Century Fox for quietly settling sexual harassment claims against former Fox News chief Roger Ailes without reporting it to the media giant’s shareholders.

Just one full-length novel under his belt and Syracuse University professor George Saunders is on Stephen Colbert’s list of top living authors.