More than four in ten Americans 42 percent – approve of Trump’s job performance, which is the highest job approval rating he has seen since he took office and an increase from the 38 percent score he received in Marist’s survey conducted Feb. 20-21.

The president signed a proclamation creating steel and aluminum tariffs, arguing he is “defending America’s national security” by taxing imports of the metals.

Trump said Gary Cohn might return to his administration some day even as he teased the departing economic adviser for being weak on tariffs.

Trump has threatened to veto a massive omnibus spending package if it includes money for the Gateway tunnel project in New York City, complicating the outlook for the $1 trillion-plus spending measure, which House Speaker Paul Ryan and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell want to pass before government funding runs out on March 23.

In the face of Trump’s newfound interest in denying federal funding to a rail tunnel between New Jersey and New York Penn Station — the Western Hemisphere’s busiest rail hub — the region’s leaders are playing it cool, somewhat.

A bill passed by Florida lawmakers empowering some personnel in public schools to carry firearms to guard against attacks like last month’s massacre near Miami could expose these employees to potentially costly civil lawsuits, legal experts said.

Amid the fairly large swings in the congressional generic ballot over the last three months, the odds of a Democratic takeover of the House have gone from very high to shockingly low to reasonably strong. That is not the case in the U.S. Senate.

Insurance premiums for Affordable Care Act health plans are likely to jump by 35 to 94 percent around the country within the next three years, according to a new report concluding that recent federal decisions will have a profound effect on prices.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, ever eager to expand his national profile, is expected to attend the South by Southwest conference in Austin to meet with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, host a panel discussion and attend a strategy session to discuss the 2020 census and immigration reform.

The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City is prohibiting U.S. government employees from traveling to popular resort town Playa del Carmen. The U.S. Consular Agency in Playa del Carmen in the state of in Quintana Roo will be closed “until further notice,” due to an unspecified security threat.

The world’s richest 1 percent of families and individuals hold over half of global wealth, according to a new report from Credit Suisse, suggesting inequality is still worsening some eight years after the worst global recession in decades.

New York hedge fund Alden Global Capital siphoned hundreds of millions of dollars from one of America’s largest news chains, a new lawsuit charges, damaging local news organizations to finance insider investment deals.

“Given that Cuomo’s administration has made gender equality a major part of its platform, responding to a viable woman challenger with snark and dismissiveness is a particularly bad look.”

A juror in the Joe Percoco corruption case was called for service on a second jury as deliberations stretch into the seventh week of trial.

Top officials at Nassau University Medical Center will be barred from spending two weeks a year in the Cayman Islands at hospital expense under one of a series of resolutions expected to be approved tonight by the Nassau Health Care Corp. board, its chairman said.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, today led a subcommittee hearing to examine the issues of intimate partner violence and child abuse within the military.

Former presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton will receive an award in May for her impact on society from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

Clinton honored a transgender woman, Virginia state Delegate Danica Roem, the first elected openly transgender state lawmaker, to mark International Women’s Day.

State Sen. John Bonacic, Racing and Wagering Committee Chair, accelerated his push to legalize sports betting in New York by introducing a bill that would allow it, but only at upstate casinos, which hinges on how the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a lawsuit to overturn the federal ban on sports betting.

The number of Long Islanders served by one of the region’s largest food banks increased by 19 percent last year despite the improving economy, according to the Hauppauge-based nonprofit.

A SUNY Oswego student was arrested and charged for attempted placing of a false bomb or hazardous substance, the university announced in a release.