Florence continued to douse the Carolinas with unrelenting rain and unleashed widespread flooding, threatening to keep the region waterlogged for days as rivers rise further and risk more lives.

The storm claimed a 14th victim early Sunday when a pickup truck flipped into a drainage ditch in South Carolina.

The president reiterated his claim that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and Russia during the 2016 election is illegal.

Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani said that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s guilty plea meant nothing when it comes to the president and allegations of collusion.

Manafort is forfeiting an estimated $22 million worth of real estate in New York — including three Manhattan apartments, a Brooklyn townhouse and a home in the Hamptons — as part of his plea deal with federal prosecutors.

Alan Dershowitz said Giuliani can downplay the Manafort deal, but there’s no question Friday was a “very bad day for the Trump administration.”

New York federal prosecutors are considering charges against former Obama White House counsel Greg Craig in a probe linked to Manafort.

Stormy Daniels is free to talk, so Trump should be free to walk, his lawyer said in a court filing Friday.

Trump’s commerce secretary could get hauled in front of a federal judge in New York to explain the motive behind a citizenship question that could discourage immigrants from participating in the 2020 census.

Women have won more primaries than ever before. But it is possible that the number of women will decline or remain at status quo in Congress and in governors’ offices.

Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who is rumored to be considering a presidential run in 2020, visited Seattle to name the city one of two winners of his American Cities Climate Challenge, awarding Seattle $2.5 million of support for climate action projects.

A Texas education board voted to remove Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller from required learning in the state’s schools, while keeping lessons on Billy Graham, Moses and the defenders of the Alamo in the required curriculum on historical figures.

A day after his commanding Democratic primary victory over Cynthia Nixon, a triumphant Cuomo crowed that his win was “a very loud and clear and powerful statement” that New Yorkers want progressive leadership that can get things done, not “theoretical pontificators.”

Cuomo’s decisive win, coming less than three months after Queens Rep. Joseph Crowley’s stunning defeat at the hands of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a primary, was the latest sign that the wildfire of progressive energy that is burning through the Democratic Party nationally may not be potent enough to topple leading Democrats statewide.

As Cuomo positions himself for a possible 2020 presidential run, he’ll do so as the head of New York’s sizable Democratic majority in a state that fashions itself as a leader in challenging Trump’s actions to push the country to the right.

The state Senate could have a totally different look come January, with a host of new progressive members, and that may not be such a good thing for Cuomo.

The victory of seven insurgent candidates for the state Senate in the Democratic primary has progressive groups that backed them excited about issues that have long languished in Albany coming to fruition when the Legislature reconvenes next year.

Rachel May, who is on the verge of defeating incumbent Syracuse Sen. David Valesky in a primary, said the group of newcomers has spent the campaign season discussing their platforms together, even referring to each other as “future colleagues.”

Former IDC Leader Jeff Klein will probably end up spending more than $3 million in his stunning loss to a 32-year-old first-time candidate, Alessandra Biaggi, granddaughter of the late Bronx Rep. Mario Biaggi and a former lawyer in Cuomo’s office.

Though the former IDC members suffered in the primary, Sen. Simcha Felder, a Democrat who caucuses with the Republicans and has helped them maintain control of the chamber, did not, wining 63 percent of the vote.

More than 1.5 million Democrats — 27 percent of all those registered to vote — flocked to polls around the state, the highest in a Democratic primary in at least two decades, records show.

Only time will tell whether the surge in turnout augers a decisive blue wave in the midterm elections. “I assume what’s driving (turnout) is the Democratic party is charged up because of President Trump,” NYPIRG’s Blair Horner said, adding that it’s hard to say whether that same energy will carry over into November.

If turnout remains this high for the general elections, even congressional seats that in normal circumstances would fall to a Republican – like New York’s 27th, a rural and suburban swath of territory currently served by the indicted Rep. Chris Collins – could end up more competitive than you’d ever think.

Every single county in the state saw a higher turnout as compared to 2014 except for one: Jefferson, which had 350 fewer people vote than four years ago before paper ballots are counted.

Ginia Bellafante: “the primary revealed that not every newfound assumption about blue-wave politics is bankable.”

Despite his pledge during a debate with Nixon that he’ll serve a full four-year term if elected, Mike Goodwin says: “We should assume for now (Cuomo) will be a candidate in the next presidential election. His ambition combined with the unforgiving reality of politics almost guarantees it.”

With NYC Public Advocate Letitia James likely to become the next attorney general, the citywide position may become vacant this January — and a swarm of pols are already eyeing the nonpartisan special election that will likely be called to fill it.

One of the leading contenders for the public advocate’s office is Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams following his strong showing in the primary despite losing the lieutenant governor’s race to incumbent Kathy Hochul.

“I think there are going to be at least a dozen candidates running, probably more,” said Assemblyman Danny O’Donnell, a Manhattan Democrat who acknowledged his own interest. He predicted it would be “a free-for-all,” adding: “It’s going to be very difficult to predict who’s going to win that race.”

Among those elected in the primaries: a state Senate candidate who couldn’t stop lying about her background (Julia Salazar), and a former lawmaker who slashed his girlfriend and served time for corruption (ex-Sen. Hiram Monserrate, who will be a district leader in Queens).

Following Cuomo’s route of Nixon, the general election kicked off Friday as Republican Marc Molinaro launched his “Cuomo Corruption Tour” and picked up where Nixon left off.

It turns out Buffalo Sen. Tim Kennedy’s primary win was bigger than originally thought. Kennedy, who is seeking his fifth term, now heads into November unopposed, as his Republican challenger is no longer on the ballot.

Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the NY-14 candidate, suggested that adopting universal Medicare would actually boost the economy and put more money in Americans’ pockets, despite studies putting the cost of such a venture at tens of trillions of dollars.

The NY-14 Democrat defended what could accrue to a $40 trillion price tag for progressive policy programs, including Medicare for all, over the next 10 years, citing the success in some European countries that have similarly developed health care models.

Ocasio-Cortez said that while she endorsed Nixon in the New York gubernatorial primary, she focused on “local candidates” who didn’t lose.

…She also downplayed comments from Cuomo that her June victory over Queens Rep. Joe Crowley was a “fluke,” saying she intends to rally her supporters in November to support all Democrats – including the governor.

Susan Gutfreund, a lifelong liberal, is co-hosting her first political fundraiser — for a Republican: U.S. Senate candidate Chele Farley.

The NYC Council’s for-hire vehicle committee will hear a slew of bills aimed at helping taxi and Uber drivers tomorrow, including at least one that would add yet another surcharge onto rides.

NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza delivered a fiery speech at the weekly gathering at the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, saying, “If you look at every indicator of a healthy school system,” New York’s “black and Latino students are not being served.”

Staten Island Republican Rep. Dan Donovan, who has touted his tough stance on fighting the opioid epidemic, has taken nearly $10,000 in campaign cash from two execs tied to the drugmaker blamed for starting the crisis.

Two of the NYPD cops charged with helping protect a prostitution racket run by a retired vice detective are eligible for hefty pensions — as long as they retire before their potential convictions.

The mother of a teen girl allegedly killed by MS-13 gang bangers was fatally struck Friday after arguing with a driver on her way to a memorial for her murdered child, authorities said.

An irate Long Island woman who fatally struck the grieving mother of an MS-13 victim sparked the deadly confrontation by trashing a memorial for the dead teen, the mom’s friends told the NY Post.

Two male principal dancers were fired by the New York City Ballet after they were cited in a lawsuit for allegedly trading explicit photos of ballerinas.

A former New School professor who was allowed to resign after being accused of sexually harassing and having an orgy with students has accused the university of fraud.

A former city principal who fled to Long Island after a troubled stint at a Brooklyn high school has been rehired by the NYC Department of Education.

School districts with high numbers of students boycotting state standardized tests would not be penalized under changes being recommended by the state Education Department.

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse, who remains under investigation for allegations that he grabbed his wife by the neck and threw her to the ground during an argument last year, has been accused of using physical violence on multiple occasions against his wife and younger daughter.

The Town of Cheektowaga has filed a lawsuit against embattled Councilman James P. Rogowski to expel him from office, Supervisor Diane M. Benczkowski confirmed.

The 123-year old Henri Bendel — an upscale women’s brand known for its iconic brown and white striped shopping bags and products — will close all 23 of its stores, including its flagship Fifth Ave. location, in January. The Bendel website will also shut down.

For the first time in its history, the Metropolitan Opera is planning to offer regular staged performances on Sundays, putting an end to one of the last vestiges of New York City’s day-of-rest traditions.

More people are being diagnosed with hepatitis C, and experts say the increase is due partially to the opioid epidemic and the use of shared needles.

Affidavit and absentee votes in two Lackawanna elections will not be counted until later next week, said Derek Murphy, communications director for the Erie County Board of Elections.

The number of New York water bodies with harmful algae blooms spiked to 90 last week. September is the peak month for the blooms, and the recent warm weather has fueled their expansion.

Golf legend Jack Nicklaus will visit Buffalo tomorrow to help sell area civic leaders on plans for a new signature golf course in South Buffalo, the restoration of an arboretum designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in South Park and an upgraded course in Delaware Park.