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O.J. Simpson appeared before a Nevada parole board today and was granted parole; he could be released as soon as October 1.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowed to stay in his job a day after President Trump upbraided him for recusing himself from the Russia investigation, saying he and his Justice Department colleagues intend to continue to serve “as long as that is appropriate.”

The FBI has turned over 7,000 new documents from Anthony Weiner’s private laptop to the State Department as part of a watchdog group’s lawsuit related to last year’s Hillary Clinton email case.

Following an election that had one of the largest gender gaps in history, women are more likely than men to say they are paying increased attention to politics, according to the latest national survey by Pew Research Center.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has joined a nationwide group urging U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to keep federal protections for college sexual assault victims.

Marc Molinaro, the Republican county executive of Dutchess County who is mulling a potential run for governor in 2018, did what few elected officials in New York dare to do: call out Gov. Andrew Cuomo for mishandling the MTA.

A jury has found Queens City Councilman Ruben Wills guilty on five of six counts against him in his corruption trial.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo defined the conflict over changing the health care laws in Washington as a class struggle, saying it’s all about the rich versus the rest.

Reps. John Faso and Chris Collins seem at odds over whether the Faso-Collins amendment can proceed as a stand alone measure.

Trump, who is very wealthy, appears to think that heath care coverage can cost $12 a year – or maybe $15 a month?

…actually, even in the most affordable states, most 21-year-olds pay much more than $12 a month simply for their premiums.

NYPD Officer James Frascatore, who is accused of using excessive force against retired tennis star James Blake, has turned down a plea deal that would have kept him on the job and only cost him a few vacation days, instead opting for an administrative trial.

Both of New York’s U.S. Senators have signed on to a bill that would criminalize any attempt by Americans to boycott Israel.

The DREAM Act is back.

New Jersey Transit is weighing whether it can pursue disciplinary action against train engineers after a manpower shortage forced dozens of ride cancellations this week amid summerlong track work at New York’s Penn Station, an agency official told lawmakers.

Republican Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney lined up a Democratic sponsor for a bill that targets her political rival, after a lackluster response from her own party.

NYC pet lovers are barking mad over a little-known city rule that makes dog-sitting for cash illegal unless it’s done by a licensed kennel.

Queens Rep. Grace Meng, a DNC vice chair, is taking an upstate tour this summer, and organizing bus trips of volunteers and elected officials from her borough to travel to GOP held districts.

E.J. McMahon: “Last week, (Cuomo) staged a series of upstate ribbon-cutting events in which he touted an economic turnaround in the region. Today brought a reality check: the monthly state Labor Department jobs report, which showed weak year-to-year private employment growth in upstate’s largest metro areas.”

Defense lawyers again are the beneficiaries of Albany politicians’ continuing run-ins with corruption accusations, new campaign finance filings show.

Local officials, environmental advocates and residents demanded that the EPA take more action to clean up the Hudson River from contamination by General Electric during a meeting in Saratoga Springs last night.

The Erie County Fairgrounds and adjacent Buffalo Raceway sustained serious damage when a mid-day storm tore through Western New York.

The $45 million redesign of Syracuse’s Hancock International Airport will begin in late August.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City.

In D.C. today, Vice President Mike Pence will join President Donald Trump to participate in a Pol-Mil session at the Pentagon.

In the afternoon, Pence will participate in a series of media interviews with Tucker Carlson of Fox News and Sean Hannity of The Sean Hannity Show.

Also ain the afternoon, Trump will make an announcement regarding a pharmaceutical glass packaging initiative.

At 9:30 a.m., Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio deliver remarks at the opening f the new Brooklyn Health Center, 265 Ashland Pl., Brooklyn.

Also at 9:30 a.m., the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey board of commissioners and its board committees meet, 4 World Trade Center, Manhattan.

Also at 9:30 a.m., the Right to Counsel New York City Coalition and AARP will host a celebration of the passage of the Right to Counsel bill, featuring New York City Council members Mark Levine and Vanessa Gibson, New York County Lawyers’ Association, 14 Vesey St., Manhattan.

Also at 9:30 a.m., jury deliberations resume in the corruption trial of NYC Councilman Ruben Willis, Part – K22, 3rd Floor – the new building, Queens Supreme Court, 125-01 Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens, Queens.

At 10 a.m., Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan will be joined by Fire Chief Warren Abriel and Capital Melts owner Robert Haggerty to recognize donations made in response to the June 23 structure fire on North Manning Boulevard, Capitol Melts Grilled Cheese Café, 136 State St., Albany.

Also at 10 a.m., NYC Councilman Mathieu Eugene, the New York Legal Assistance Group, the Legal Aid Society and Brooklyn Defender Services provide free legal services for Haitian temporary protected status re-registration, 900 Rogers Ave., Brooklyn.

At 10:30 a.m., NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito speaks at a right to counsel celebration with NYC Councilman Mark Levine, New York County Lawyers Association, 14 Vesey St., Manhattan.

Also at 10:30 a.m., NYC First Lady McCray, Deputy Mayor Glen, NYCEDC President Patchett, DCLA Commissioner Finkelpearl, MOME Commissioner Menin, NYC&Co President Dickson, and others attend a ribbon cutting of the new Jim Henson Exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Queens.

At 11 a.m., Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams hosts his third annual One Brooklyn Health Fair, Brooklyn Borough Hall and Columbus Park, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn.

At 11:15 a.m., de Blasio will visit the North Shore Towers to discuss the Senior Citizen Housing Exemption tax abatement, 272-40 Grand Central Pkwy., Floral Park, Queens.

At noon, NYC mayoral candidate Bo Dietl greets voters and discusses issues in Belmont with actor Chazz Palminteri, Mike’s Deli, 2344 Arthur Ave., the Bronx.

At 12:30 p.m., Mark-Viverito holds a press conference before the Council’s 1:30 p.m. pre-stated meeting, Red Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 12:30 p.m., a special presentation on how to effectively plan for automated vehicles in New York’s transportation system, New York Metropolitan Transportation Council, 25 Beaver St., Suite 201, Manhattan.

Also at 12:30 p.m., McCray, Queens Borough President Katz, NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Bassett and ACS Commissioner Hansell will make an announcement about a new program designed to help Queens parents with new infants, Atrium at NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens, 82-68 164th St., Jamaica.

At 1 p.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and others work on the Latinos Unidos Community Garden with the help of student volunteers who are taking part in the Bronx Youth Corps, 427 E. 157th St., the Bronx.

Also at 1 p.m., the New York Civil Liberties Union presents oral arguments in the Albany County Supreme Court challenging the exclusion of farmworkers from the state labor law that protects employees who organize, Albany County Courthouse, 16 Eagle St., Albany.

Also at 1 p.m., NYC Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez and the City Council honor the organizers of the Dominican Film Festival on the occasion of their sixth annual celebration, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 2 p.m., Cuomo makes an announcement, 52 Broadway, Manhattan.

Also at 2 p.m., the Municipal Housing Authority of Yonkers announces the launch of a $300 million, three-year plan to renovate more than 1,700 units of public housing, Dr. James O’Rourke Townhouses, 525-175 Shoreview Dr., Yonkers.

Also at 2 p.m., Dietl greets voters and discusses issues on City Island, Lickitidy Split, 295 City Island Ave., the Bronx.

Also at 2 p.m., de Blasio meets with a homeowner whose sidewalk is slated for repair as part of the Trees and Sidewalks program, 16-50 Francis Lewis Blvd., Flushing, Queens.

At 6 p.m., the Bronx Democratic Party hosts its annual dinner, Marina Del Rey, 1 Marina Dr., the Bronx.

Also at 6 p.m., civil rights groups and advocates hold a forum focused on criminal justice reform with Brooklyn district attorney candidates, St. Francis College, Founders Hall, 182 Remsen St., Brooklyn.

At 7 p.m., NYC Councilman Jumaane Williams takes part in a dramatic reading of the Madness of Hercules hosted by Theater of War, Macedonia Baptist Church, 330 Beach 67th St., Brooklyn.

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Arizona Sen. John McCain, 80, was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor – glioblastoma – following an earlier craniotomy to remove a blood clot from above his left eye, the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix said.

Glioblastoma is one of the most common but also one of the most malignant brain tumors. It can be treated with chemotherapy and radiation, but medical experts said it almost always grows back. McCain and his family are reviewing further treatment options, which may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation.

“Further consultations with Senator McCain’s Mayo Clinic care team will indicate when he will return to the United States Senate,” his office said in a statement.

The late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy was diagnosed with glioblastoma, which kills almost everyone who gets it, usually in a little over a year. Although he got the most aggressive treatment, Kennedy lived just 15 months after his diagnosis.

President Donald Trump ordered senators back to the negotiating table on for a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, just one day after angrily accepting the measure’s demise and vowing to allow President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement to crater.

In a remarkable public break with one of his earliest political supporters, Trump said that he never would have appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions had he known Sessions would recuse himself from overseeing the Russia investigation that has dogged his presidency, calling the decision “very unfair to the president.”

Trump made his comments about Sessions in a wide-ranging interview with the New York Times, excerpts of which can be found here.

Financial records filed in the secretive tax haven of Cyprus, where Paul Manafort kept bank accounts during his years working in Ukraine and investing with a Russian oligarch, indicate he was in debt to pro-Russia interests by as much as $17 million before he joined Trump’s presidential campaign in March 2016.

During the presidential campaign, Trump pointed to his relationship with Deutsche Bank to counter reports that big banks were skeptical of doing business with him. Now that two-decades-long relationship is coming under scrutiny.

Manafort, Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner are being called before U.S. Senate committees next week to talk about the 2016 election.

The United States Postal Service took heat during a congressional hearing for allegedly violating the federal Hatch Act by “favoring” a union doing pro-Clinton campaign work.

The Supreme Court says the Trump administration can strictly enforce its ban on refugees, but at the same time is leaving in place a weakened travel ban that includes grandparents among relatives who can help visitors from six mostly Muslim countries get into the U.S.

Trump appeared surprised when the CEO of an upstate company held up a spoon in the White House and explained, “We’re the only flatware maker in the United States.” “That’s incredible,” Trump said. “What happened?”

Despite Trump’s extremely active Twitter presence on his personal @realDonaldTrump account, former President Barack Obama’s @BarackObama retains a higher follower count.

Rep. Chris Collins — who is facing an Office of Congressional Ethics investigation into his investment in an obscure Australian biotech firm — walked off the House floor late yesterday afternoon, cellphone in hand, apparently talking about yet another stock trade involving that same company: Innate Immunotherapeutics.

Collins finally has a Democratic opponent for 2018, and if resumes win votes, she could be a serious challenger: Erin Cole of Lockport, an Army veteran who has worked all over the world as well as in trade development in Washington and Western New York.

Defense Secretary James Mattis is looking into Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s request that the U.S. Navy account for radioactive materials it used, handled or stored at a Bethpage site where aviation and space research and manufacturing took place for decades.

Many businesses are taking a wait-and-see approach about decisions coming out of Washington, before taking on new debt through loans, a top M&T Bank executive said.

A new war of words has erupted between NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, this time over the governor’s plan to light up downstate bridges and tunnels with a musically-coordinated light show. Critics, including the mayor, insist all available MTA resources should go toward fixing the city’s struggling subways.

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The U.S. Supreme Court is granting the Trump administration’s request to more strictly enforce its ban on refugees, at least until a federal appeals court weighs in, but leaving in place a lower court order that makes it easier for travelers from six mostly Muslim countries to enter the United States.

Specifically, the justices let stand a court order from Hawaii that grandparents and other relatives who want to travel to the United States to visit family must be admitted while the case proceeds on appeal.

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, has filed a new motion to dismiss corruption charges against him, finding hope in last week’s appellate ruling reversing the bribery conviction of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

The nation’s top highway regulator said his agency is working with New York to create a pilot program for the I Love NY highway signs dotting the state’s roadways, which the federal government has long said are illegal.

Matt Drudge, the man behind influential right-wing website The Drudge Report, seemed to issue a stern warning today to the White House on Twitter, writing “Heads Will Roll…” in a post accompanied by a picture detailing the president’s falling approval rating as measured by Rasmussen Reports.

Republican governors spent more than $400,000 at Trump’s golf course in Miami this year, according to the group’s latest filing with the IRS.

A new PPP poll finds only 45 percent of Trump voters believe Donald Trump Jr. had a meeting with Russians about information that might be harmful to Hillary Clinton…even though Trump Jr. admitted it.

A group of liberal House Democrats stepped up criticism of Trump on today, introducing a “no confidence” resolution that officially questions Trump’s fitness to serve as commander in chief.

As New York state’s brewing and distilling industries continue to boom, the farmers who provide one of the key ingredients should be granted access to the same federal protections available in other states, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said.

A bipartisan bill to reauthorize funding for brownfield sites and expand eligibility for rehabilitation support has cleared an important hurdle in the U.S. Senate.

The Cuomo administration will not say how much a project to outfit the region’s bridges with pulsating, multicolored LED lights will cost – except to dispute early, internal estimates it could cost more than $350 million – or where that money will come from.

The number of students who applied to SUNY schools this fall jumped 6 percent compared to last year as word spread that New York will offer free tuition to income-eligible students.

Cuomo is asking his Department of Homes and Community Renewal to widen its gaze as it looks for instances of housing discrimination across the state.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro is condemning Legislator Joe Tyner, who was recently censured by the Board of Legislators for comparing a county commissioner to the Nazis.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has proposed linking city funding for museums and arts groups to progress at increasing diversity among their employees and board members – an unusual move that would put pressure on elite cultural institutions that are led largely by white male executives and power brokers from Wall Street, real estate and other industries.

The Wild Center, Tupper Lake’s foremost tourist attraction, reached 1 million visitors Tuesday around noon as 8-year-old Andrew Chrien of South Carolina was welcomed into the museum by dancing, gifts and bee-related fanfare.

Peter Rive, a Solar City co-founder who was leading Tesla Inc.’s solar roof effort, is leaving the company. Rive is Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s cousin, and Rive’s brother, Lyndon – who was CEO of Solar City – left Tesla in May.

Rep. Adriano Espaillat led House members on the floor during a moment of silence for fallen NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia, who was killed in the line of duty earlier this month.

Here’s the ballot for the upcoming NYC primary elections.

Tropical storms “Don” and “Hillary” are swirling around two different oceans. (Can’t make this stuff up). More here.

Troy residents criticized Bow Tie Cinemas’ plan for 11 movie theaters at 1 Monument Square for being a suburban big box thrown into the middle of the city’s Victorian downtown.

Dan Caroleo, the Suffolk Democrats’ candidate for sheriff and a retired NYPD officer, has dropped out of the race, party leader Richard Schaffer said. No reason was given for his departure, and the party will search for another contender.

The Long Island Press, a local news website that ended its weekly print edition in 2014, will relaunch a monthly print publication on Sept. 1.

The Woodstock Town Board plans to draft a “sanctuary city” resolution stating the municipality is welcoming to undocumented immigrants.

A chartered helicopter carrying professional wrestler Shane McMahon — son of WWE CEO Vince McMahon and Linda McMahon, head of the Small Business Administration in the Trump administration — and a pilot made an emergency landing this morning in the waters off Gilgo Beach.

De Blasio Asks Senate Repub for Help

When running for re-election, it helps to keep supporters apprised of what you are doing. Keep those who may help drive turnout for example, aware that you care about them and need their help this November. So it makes sense for Mayor Bill de Blasio to call on supporters to help him organize voters over the next few weeks, although it’s a little weird he sent one such email to Republican State Senator Catharine Young (R) Olean. To her State Senate email address, no less.

The bubbly email from Amanda Clarke reads,

Hi, Catharine. My name is Amanda Clarke, Organizing Director for Mayor de Blasio’s re-election campaign.In just a few weeks, we’re hosting a series of volunteer-led organizing meetings all across New York City. They’ll all happen on the same day, at the same time, with the same agenda — our first step towards building the largest person-to-person voter registration and voter contact operation our city has ever seen.

We’ll let you know the date soon, but we will only be able to pull off that ambitious goal if the people who have the most at stake in this election step up and play a role in making it happen. So today, I need to ask you to do something very important. I want to ask you to host an organizing meeting. 

It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned veteran or a first-timer. If you say you’re in, we’re going to have someone work with you as much or as little as you need every step of the way. What do you say?

A few things are funny about this. First is the obvious, that Young is a Republican whose conference has had a long and uncomfortable history with the Mayor ( more on that in a minute ), so she probably isn’t terribly interested in helping the self-proclaimed Progressive Mayor. It’s also probably worth noting that Young’s district in Western New York is closer to Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Toronto than it is to New York City. And finally Young is the Chair of Senate Republican Campaign Committee, the fundraising arm of the Senate Republicans, which is kinda the cherry on the cake here. Moreover this email from the Mayor was sent to her government address, which is a no-no when it comes to private solicitations.

Reached for comment, Monica Klein a spokesperson for the Mayor’s re-election campaign says,

“New Yorkers on our email list receive news about the Mayor’s work to make NYC fairer and more affordable, and updates on campaign volunteer opportunities.”

One person close to the Mayor even suggested that Young must have signed up for the email blast herself on the candidate’s website(!), but that was quickly shot down by a source close to Young. Then there is that thing that happened three years ago between the Mayor and the Senate Republicans. You remember that time de Blasio actively campaigned against their members in the 2014 elections then seemed baffled as to why they gave him and his priorities such a hard time in Albany. As one GOP operative put it,

“The agreement extending mayoral control and providing new charter school opportunities for students and parents was a big deal, but it doesn’t wash away three years of bad blood or make up for the fact that most of the Mayor’s priorities are still out of whack.  The Mayor needs to tighten up his campaign so he knows who is a supporter and who isn’t, and while he’s at it he may want to give his staff a geography lesson.  We won’t be organizing anything.”

 

 

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Nassau County and New York City.

In D.C. today, Vice President Mike Pence will participate in the first meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

Pence and President Donald Trump will lunch with members of Congress, and then participate in a “Made in America” roundtable.

Later in the day, Pence will host a meeting with Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb.

At 8 a.m., Staten Island Borough President James Oddo and others host a symposium exploring recommendations for improving government’s approach to disaster recovery and preparedness, Baruch College, 1 Bernard Baruch Way, 14th floor, Manhattan.

Also at 8 a.m., state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia will deliver the keynote address at the 59th annual New York School Transportation Conference, Albany Marriot, 189 Wolf Rd., Colonie.

At 8:30 a.m., New York Nonprofit Media is recognizing 40 of New York’s rising stars in the nonprofit world under the age of 40, Capital Grille, 120 Broadway, Manhattan.

At 9 a.m., Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie continues his statewide tour in the North Country, where he joins Assemblywoman Addie Jenne to tour the Antique Boat Museum, 750 Mary St., Clayton.

At 9:30 a.m., closing arguments are scheduled in the corruption trial of NYC Councilman Ruben Wills, Part – K22, (3rd Floor – the new building), Queens Supreme Court, 125-01 Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens, Queens.

Also at 9:30 a.m., the NYC Conflicts of Interest Board holds a public meeting, 2 Lafayette St., Manhattan.

Also at 9:30 a.m., NYC Councilman Ben Kallos visits GrowNYC’s Compost-On-the-Go site on the Upper East Side to spread the word about benefits of increased public access to composting, 96th Street and Lexington Avenue, Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, the presumptive Republican nominee in the race for mayor, will hold a news conference to discuss “the lack of transparency surrounding Mayor Bill de Blasio’s travel expenses,” City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., Assemblywoman Diana Richardson and CAMBA host a free event offering housing assistance and advice to constituents, 330 Empire Blvd., Brooklyn.

At 10:30 a.m., de Blasio and NYC First Lady McCray will hold a media availability to announce CreateNYC, a plan to expand access to cultural institutions and the arts in New York City, Materials for the Arts, 33-00 Northern Blvd., Long Island City, Queens.

Also at 10:30 a.m., NYC Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver joins NYC Councilman I. Daneek Miller and state Sen. Leroy Comrie for a ribbon-cutting on a $900,000 reconstruction of Pat Williams Playground, 224th Street and 101st Avenue, Queens.

At 10:45 a.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli addresses the Teamsters Local 406 Allied Printing Trades Council Conference, Cutchogue, Long Island.

At 11 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul and state Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon hold a public hearing on the causes, scope and economic impact of the gender pay gap in New York, Buffalo City Hall, Common Council Chambers, 65 Niagara Square, Buffalo.

At 11:45 a.m., Cuomo Delivers Remarks at an LIA Luncheon about “transforming the LIRR,” Crest Hollow Country Club, 8325 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, Long Island.

At 1 p.m., Heastie holds a media availability, Boldt Castle Yacht House, 22320 Boathouse Rd., Wellesley Island.

At 1:45 p.m., de Blasio will visit Flushing Meadows Corona Park (Field 17) with Queens Borough President Melinda Katz.

At 2:30 p.m., de Blasio and NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña will hold their weekly meeting, Queens Borough Hall, Room 213, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens, Queens.

Also at 2:30 p.m., Van Bramer joins NYC Deputy Mayor Richard Buery and Department for the Aging Commissioner Donna Corrado to launch Age-Friendly NYC: New Commitments For a City For All Ages, Sunnyside Community Services, 43-31 39th St., Queens.

At 4:30 p.m., de Blasio will stop by an 1199 phone bank opposing efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, 330 W 42nd St., Manhattan.

At 5:45 p.m., de Blasio will stop by a Local 3 IBEW picket line to meet with cable technicians on strike, 22-85 31st St., Astoria, Queens.

At 6 p.m., Farina attends a meeting of the Panel for Educational Policy, M.S. 131, 100 Hester St., Manhattan.

Also at 6 p.m., the EPA holds a public meeting to discuss its second review of the cleanup of PCB-contaminated sediment in the upper Hudson River, The Saratoga Hilton, Saratoga Ballroom, Room 1, 534 Broadway, Saratoga Springs.

At 7 p.m., de Blasio will participate in a town hall meeting with residents of Astoria, Jackson Heights, Woodside, and East Elmhurst, P.S. 70, 30-44 43rd St., Astoria, Queens.

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reportedly said that he will hold a vote to repeal Obamacare next week — even though it appears he doesn’t have enough support for the measure.

Dozens of Republicans emerged from a closed-door House GOP conference meeting yesterday refusing to accept that their seven-year effort to gut President Barack Obama’s health care law appeared to have failed.

President Donald Trump declared that his plan was now to “let Obamacare fail,” and suggested that Democrats would then seek out Republicans to work together on a bill to bury the Affordable Care Act.

The president’s most senior aides appeared eager to move on from the health care loss, busying themselves with their own pet projects.

Trump went on a Twitter tirade last night, complaining about “fake news” and calling the news about his second – previously undisclosed – meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin “sick.”

The dinner discussion caught the attention of other world leaders, some of whom later remarked privately on the odd spectacle of an American president seeming to single out the Russian leader for special attention at a summit meeting that included some of the United States’ staunchest, oldest allies.

The U.S. military is spending $130,000 a month to rent space in Trump Tower in New York City for the White House Military Office, despite the fact that Trump hasn’t stayed at the property in months.

A Democratic candidate attempting to unseat House Speaker Paul Ryan mocked Republicans’ failure to pass a healthcare bill after they sent trackers to one of his events.

A Virginia congressman put together a group of over 20 Democratic members of the House who sent a letter to Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe asking him to “conduct a review of a potentially serious issue involving First Daughter and Assistant to the President, Ivanka Trump.”

Jon Huntsman, who has served as governor of Utah and was ambassador to China under Obama, has been nominated as the U.S. envoy to Russia by Trump, whom Hunstman challenged for the 2016 GOP nomination.

A federal judge has officially “severed” the corruption trials against eight individuals in a case that began with an alleged bid-rigging probe of the Cuomo administration’s Buffalo Billion program – setting one of the trial dates in the midst of the governor’s expected re-election bid.

The case involving former Cuomo lieutenant Joseph Percoco will begin in January.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office has been grinding out legal briefs and filings against a number of moves by the Trump Administration and the latest one supports an Hawaiian court’s partial halt to the president’s travel ban.

The former Obama administration official who helped oversee the funding behind New York City’s superstorm Sandy recovery program says the U.S. in many ways remains unprepared for major disasters and the recovery that follows.

For the second time in as many weeks, a statewide poll shows that voters’ support for Gov. Andrew Cuomo is waning as the summer wears on.

New York state voters want bigger public investments in the MTA, the same poll found, an issue set to play a role in coming elections.

If his poll numbers prove troublesome, Cuomo can take solace in the fact that his campaign finances are soaring. He has amassed a bank account balance of $25.7 million, thanks to a hefty round of fundraising the past six months, according to a new filing submitted to the state elections board.

As has been the case in previous filings, Cuomo’s biggest campaign donors over the past six months include people from the New York City real estate industry and supporters of charter schools.

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With their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in tatters, U.S. Senate leaders today pushed to vote on a different measure that would repeal major parts of President Barack Obama’s health law without a replacement — but that plan appeared also to collapse.

In his first on-camera remarks about the health care stalemate in the U.S. Senate, President Donald Trump said that Republicans should now “let ObamaCare fail” following the collapse of their effort to repeal and replace the law.

Could Trump’s love of fast food and lack of exercise catch up with him as the stress of his job mounts?

“In the modern history of American presidents, no occupant of the Oval Office has evinced less interest in his own health. He does not smoke or drink, but his fast-food, red meat-heavy diet, his aversion to exercise and a tendency to gorge on television for hours at a time put him at odds with his predecessors.”

Even though Trump has seen his approval ratings drop to all-time lows, the commander in chief might relish the fact that Americans view him slightly better than his former Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.

A new Bloomberg Politics poll showed Clinton with a 39 percent approval rating, two points lower than Trump’s approval rating in the same poll. It’s her second-lowest approval rating since Bloomberg started tracking her in 2009.

Two former campaign managers for Mitt Romney and Clinton are starting a new initiative to prevent further cyberattacks on political campaigns.

California Sen. Kamala Harris’ meetings recently in the Hamptons with Clinton’s donors signal that they are rallying behind her as the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee.

The MTA is investing in new cleaning equipment and considering launching a program focused on foods that are “appropriate” to eat on the subway following a track fire sparked by trash that suspended two train lines Monday.

Brooklyn City Councilman David Greenfield has tapped his ally Kalman Yeger to run for his City Council seat, in a deal criticized by good government groups who say it deprives Democrats of the chance to choose a candidate in an open primary.

Following the death last month of a Gansevoort man who contracted Powassan virus from a tick, a second Saratoga County resident has been hospitalized with the rare disease and a third is suspected of being infected, according to the state Health Department.

WNY consultant Michael Caputo is threatening to sue California Rep. Jackie Speier for suggesting he lied at the House Intelligence Committee hearing last week that she did not attend.

Singer Lorde said she loves the New York City subway, despite getting stuck on a crowded, overheated F train for four hours recently.

Former Vice President Al Gore says he’s given up hope that Trump will “come to his senses” and act on climate issues, telling “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert that his hopes about the president were wrong.

De Blasio, who has been spotted riding the subway more frequently in recent weeks, was seen on a jam-packed 7 train heading to Mets game at Citi Field after a particularly bad day for commuters.

The recently enacted legislation that boosts New York’s age of criminal responsibility to 18 years old is expected to have broad impacts on multiple agencies within county governments across the state, according to a new analysis of the measure.

A medical records technology firm, eHealth Technologies, has been awarded up to $2 million in state tax credits. The announcement was made at the Henrietta-based firm at events attended by Cuomo.

The state Education Department this week announced a plan to use student suspension rates to judge school performance – the latest criteria the department has proposed as part of its plan for school evaluations.

Syracuse developers Michael P. Falcone and Michael J. Falcone paid more than $35,000 to host Cuomo for a fundraiser earlier this month at a family home in Skaneateles. It was a casual, outdoor event with cocktails and finger foods.

Westchester County has finally met one of the most contentious requirements in its ongoing affordable housing agreement with the federal government. County Executive Rob Astorino declared “vindication for Westchester and our local municipalities.”

EJ McMahon takes issue with state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s assessment of the implications of tax reform for New York’s middle class.

Uber has discriminated against New York City riders with disabilities by providing scant access to cars that can accommodate their wheelchairs, a new class-action lawsuit against the ride-hailing company says.

The National Weather Service radar in Buffalo came back online shortly before 11 a.m. today following five days of repairs. Until last Thursday’s breakdown, the radar unit had rotated almost constantly for 22 years.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Niagara and Monroe counties.

In D.C. this morning, Vice President Mike Pence will deliver the keynote address at the National Retail Federation’s annual Retail Advocates Summit. He will then join President Donald Trump for lunch with service members.

In the afternoon, Pence will travel to the U.S. Capitol to participate in the Senate Republican Policy Lunch, and later host a series of meetings with lawmakers. He will return to the White House to participate in a life insurers roundtable.

At 9 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul addresses the New York City Regional Economic Development Council, NY Genome Center, 101 6th Ave., Manhattan.

At 9:30 a.m., closing arguments will be made in the corruption trial of NYC Councilman Ruben Willis, Part – K22, 3rd Floor, Queens Supreme Court, 125-01 Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens, Queens.

Also at 9:30 a.m., the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission holds a public hearing, 1 Centre St., Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., Cuomo makes an announcement, The Conference and Events Center, Cataract Room, 101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls.

Also at 10 a.m., the NYC Board of Standards and Appeals holds a public hearing, 22 Reade St., Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., the Center for Migration Studies of New York hosts a conversation with Juan P. Osuna, former director of the Executive Office for Immigration Review at the U.S. Department of Justice, Center for Migration Studies, sixth floor, 305 E. 60th St., Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will host Queens constituent office hours during the City Resource Fair, Queens Borough Hall, Helen Marshall Cultural Center, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens.

Also at 10:30 a.m., Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo will be joined by Seneca Park Zoo officials and representatives of local construction companies to break ground on the first phase of the zoo’s master plan improvements, Lower Seneca Park, 2222 St. Paul St., Rochester.

At 11 a.m., Hochul announces an initiative to encourage businesses to hire formerly incarcerated individuals, Vice Media Headquarters, 49 S. 2nd St., Brooklyn.

At noon, Cuomo makes an announcement, eHealth Technologies, 250 Thruway Park Dr., West Henrietta.

Also at noon, workers from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital’s furniture delivery company, Waldner’s, will rally with union allies outside the hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Milstein Building, 177 Fort Washington Ave., Manhattan.

At 1 p.m., de Blasio and NYC First Lady Charlane McCray will make an announcement about healthcare in Queens and discuss federal efforts to roll back healthcare at the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, 136-26 37th Ave., Flushing.

At 1:15 p.m., Cuomo makes an announcement, Rochester Train Station, 320 Central Ave., Rochester.

At 3 p.m., NYC Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver joins City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland and Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Vincent Sapienza for a ribbon-cutting on a $1.75 million renovation of Junction Playground, 34th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Queens.

At 3:30 p.m., de Blasio visits William F. Moore Park with Assemblyman Francisco Moya, 10706 Corona Ave., Corona, Queens.

Also at 3:30 p.m., NYC Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen and New York City Economic Development Corp. President James Patchett tour S&L Aerospace Metals LLC, S&L Aerospace Metals LLC, 120-12 28th Ave., Queens.

At 4 p.m., NYC Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland hosts the reopening of the Junction Playground with a free bike helmet fitting, 34th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Queens.

At 5:30 p.m., the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce sponsors a networking cocktail reception hosted by Hult International Business School, 20 W. 44th St., Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., NYC Councilwoman Laurie A. Cumbo is joined by city Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer to announce a plan to create nearly 600 affordable apartments at the Brooklyn Jewish Hospital Apartment Complex, 545 Prospect Place, Brooklyn.

At 6:30 p.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., New York City Councilman Fernando Cabrera and Assemblyman Victor Pichardo host a Bronx Dominican Heritage Celebration honoring the 2017 Dominican Day Parade Leadership, Bronx County Building, 851 Grand Concourse, Bronx.

Also at 6:30 p.m., Assemblyman Clyde Vanel hosts a discussion on Jay-Z’s “4:44” album, wealth and investments, 220-01 Linden Blvd., Queens.

Also at 6:30 p.m., de Blasio visits small businesses on Jamaica Avenue and Sutphin Boulevard with NYC Councilman Daneek Miller and Sen. Leroy Comrie, Queens.

Also at 6:30 p.m., the National Action Network and Spectrum convene a special discussion on technology for economic mobility and social change featuring the Rev. Al Sharpton, state Sen. Brian Benjamin and business leaders, National Action Network’s House of Justice, 106 W. 145th St., Manhattan.

At 7 p.m., NYC Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Lorelei Salas hosts a town hall as part of City Hall in Your Borough to talk to immigrant business owners, Elmhurst Hospital, Room A1-22, 79-01 Broadway, Queens.

Headlines…

Two GOP senators — Utah’s Mike Lee and Jerry Moran of Kansas — sealed the health care reform measure’s doom late yesterday when each announced they would vote “no” in an initial, critical vote that had been expected as soon as next week, bringing the total number of “no” voters to four.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the new plan is to try to separate the ObamaCare repeal and replacement efforts, which means Republicans will try to repeal the ACA now, while kicking a replacement until after the 2018 mid-term election.

“Regretfully, it is now apparent that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure of Obamacare will not be successful,” McConnell said in a statement that sounded like a death knell to the GOP’s promises to repeal Obamacare and replace it with something better.

President Donald Trump was not ready to give up. He immediately took to Twitter to say: “Republicans should just REPEAL failing ObamaCare now & work on a new Healthcare Plan that will start from a clean slate. Dems will join in!”

Yesterday morning, Trump posted a defense on Twitter of his son’s meeting with a Russian lawyer promising sensitive government information that could be damaging to Hillary Clinton by saying that it was simply politics as usual.

Trump claims to have bested all of his predecessors in turning bills into law. In fact, as he approaches six months in office on Thursday, he is slightly behind the lawmaking pace for the past six presidents, who as a group signed an average of 43 bills during the same period.

Trump agreed to certify again that Iran is complying with an international nuclear agreement that he has strongly criticized, but only after hours of arguing with his top national security advisers, briefly upending a planned announcement as a legal deadline loomed.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is reportedly planning to shut down the State Department office that focuses on war crimes.

New York prosecutors have demanded records relating to up to $16 million in loans that a bank run by a former campaign adviser for Trump made to former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

New York’s top Democrats, who don’t always see eye-to-eye, spoke out with one voice yesterday against the Republican health care bill. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie all attended a rally in NYC where they pledged to do everything possible – even sue – to stop the measure from becoming law.

Cuomo has nearly $25.7 million in his campaign account ahead of a 2018 re-election effort, his campaign said. He raised $5.1 million during the latest filing period between January and mid-July. He spent $1.35 million over that period.

De Blasio continues to maintain a sizable financial advantage over all his likely challengers as he runs for re-election in New York, having brought in $414,123 in contributions and spent nearly as much over the last two months, according to a campaign fund-raising report filed yesterday.

Republican NYC mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis, a Staten Island assemblywoman, who blasted de Blasio for his trip to Germany earlier this month, took three trips in 2016 that were at least partially paid for by somebody else, according to her recently revealed financial disclosure statement.

Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he’d “smack” Cuomo for predicting a “summer of hell” as part of track repairs at the nation’s busiest rail station.

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Extras

The “Summer of Hell” moniker is starting to fit, as a subway track fire in Upper Manhattan this morning sent nine people to the hospital and snarled trains across the city.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer held an off-camera briefing for the first time in weeks, in which he appeared to mischaracterize the motivation for Donald Trump Jr.’s controversial meeting with a Russian lawyer during the campaign.

Republican Gov. Chris Christie addressed Trump Jr.’s meeting with the Russian attorney, saying it’s “probably against the law” to get opposition research for his father’s presidential campaign from a foreign country.

Former Vice President Joe Biden weighed in on health care reform.

Former Vice President Al Gore said he thinks 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will “be fine.”

The Department of Homeland Security has agreed to hand over records related to Mar-a-Lago visitors in September. The move comes in response to a lawsuit filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, the National Security Archive and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University.

The Federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that gag orders issued with warrant-like national security letters do not violate the First Amendment.

The “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” raked in nearly $21 million from state taxpayers for its first season in New York, new records show.

In a move that comes as a surprise to many, Brooklyn Councilman David Greenfield, one of NYC’s most influential Democratic lawmakers, says he won’t seek re-election this year.

Greenfield, who chairs the powerful Committee on Land Use, will become executive director at a major city nonprofit – the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty – which has been trying to recover since a 2014 scandal involving a former top executive married to ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s onetime chief of staff.

Independent candidate for NYC mayor Bo Dietl says if he’s elected he will urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo to “fast-track” an expansion of the state’s medical marijuana program to give people a healthier alternative to highly addictive opioids.

On the three-year anniversary of Eric Garner’s death during a police confrontation caught on cellphone video, which fueled protests across the country, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said “a lot has been done” to prevent similar tragedies since that incident.

The New Republic on how Cuomo “keeps the left in check,” while raising his national profile and eyeing a potential 2020 run.

Former WNY Republican Rep. Jack F. Quinn Jr., who recently retired as president of Erie County Community College, has joined the Barclay Damon law firm in a newly created role, as senior adviser for public and community relations.

The EPA has asked nine City of Lockport residential property owners for permission to take soil samples at their homes, because it is trying to determine whether there was off-site contamination from the former Flintkote plant on Mill Street, which the agency tore down last year in a Superfund cleanup project.

Chris Fowler will not be on the ballot for a Democratic primary for Syracuse mayor in September, leaving five candidates vying for the line. But he still plans to run as a Libertarian in November’s general election, which will require significant leg work over the next five weeks.

The state Education Department has released a revised schools accountability proposal that’s slated to be considered for adoption in September.

There’s a mysterious proposal for a $205 million hotel and spa in Niagara Falls, made by a company owned by New York City investor Howard Milstein connected to the governor, who is – oddly – refusing comment on the project.

A former Nassau County legislator, Demcorat Roger Corbin, insisted on his innocence before surrendering today to go to prison following his 2012 conviction in a scheme to steer an $80 million New Cassel redevelopment project to a favored developer.

State police are investigating the death of an inmate at Auburn state prison last week.

Singer Sheryl Crow apparently enjoyed her time in Central New York this weekend.

The Trappings of Hubris

When you are trying to do the right thing, it helps to be humble. And former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara talked a very big game. The former St. Louis Cardinals Pitcher “Dizzy” Dean once said, “It ain’t bragging if you really done it.” That’s true. But you’ve got to deliver. I never really had much appreciation for the NFL player who scores a touchdown, spikes the ball in the end zone then does his own version of the “Ickey Shuffle.” I like the player who scores the touchdown, then quietly drops the ball. That’s the guy you fear.

Last week the Second Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the conviction of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. As someone who sat through every minute of testimony during that trial, I had my doubts from the very beginning. At the end of the day, Silver was convicted ( in one of the schemes ) of giving public money to cancer research. That’s a very strange thing to go to jail for. Not only was it cancer, it was mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that is little researched or understood but just happens to disproportionately affect Silver’s lower Manhattan district which saw a spike in these cases post 9/11 due to poor air quality in the neighborhood. The grant money was given to Dr. Robert Taub of Columbia University who was doing groundbreaking research on mesothelioma. He then referred victims to Silver who passed them along to his buddies at Weitz & Luxenberg who paid Silver finder’s fees for his referrals. Was this immoral? Probably. Illegal? Not so sure. The problem with the current system is that too much of this stuff is perfectly legal. Lawmakers are allowed to earn unlimited amounts of outside income. It’s enshrined in the State Constitution. So while finders fees may look bad, they happen in the legal profession all the time.

Silver was always just east of the line of legality. He knew where to go and where not to, which was why it was so surprising to see him in handcuffs. The problem of course is that Bharara danced on his grave a little early. The very day after Silver was arrested, Bharara gave a talk at New York Law School where he urged people to focus their outrage and join him in taking on the culture of corruption in Albany. Those comments, and others like them a couple of months later, eventually Brought an admonishment by the Judge, Valerie Caproni, who accused Bharara of orchestrating a “media blitz” by unfairly grouping Silver in with all that is pervasive and distasteful about our state politics.

I’m always a little wary of blustery prosecutors who are unelected. I think they need to be held to the same level of scrutiny as every other politician. When you win big you get credit, but when you haven’t won yet, it’s better to dial it down a bit. Reminds me very much of my years covering Chris Christie in New Jersey. Here is a man who goes out of his way time and again to prove that people’s worst instincts about him are 100% accurate. At least Christie had amassed an impressive record of public corruption convictions as U.S. Attorney in Newark before running for Governor. But when the “I’m a tough talking straight shooter” routine fades away you are sometimes left with a dude who people just don’t really like all that much. Christie had trouble getting along with people. And the one thing I’ll always say about politicians, the good ones know it’s always better to make a friend in this game than a enemy.

So, while I applaud Bharara for taking on the tough fight, I don’t know that the courts are the best arena to clean up the system. And unfortunately what has now happened is Bharara has bought our elected leaders two additional years to sit on their hands and do absolutely nothing to reform the system. Outside income laws need to be changed. It’s that simple. Bharara’s cases may ultimately prove successful, but I guess my feeling is that they are besides the point.

 

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio kicks off the latest in his “City Hall in Your Borough” series in Queens.

In D.C. today, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will be launching at the White House, and then participating in a “a Made in America” product showcase.

Pence will then participate in a bilateral meeting with President Aleksandar Vucic of Serbia.

In the evening, Pence will deliver the keynote address at the Christians United for Israel Washington Summit.

At 7 a.m., to mark the third anniversary of the choking death of Eric Garner, the Legacy Eric Garner Left Behind organization holds “Occupy Bay Street,” Tompkins Park, Staten Island.

At 8:15 a.m., the Board of Regents meets, state Education Department, 89 Washington Ave., Albany.

At 10 a.m., Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo will be joined by officials from the Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC) and revitalization project stakeholders to announce the next phase of the ROC Renovation project, 1200 Brooks Ave., Rochester.

Also at 10 a.m., de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill will host a press conference to announce the future site of the 116 Precinct in Queens, parking lot adjacent to 105 Satellite Precinct, 242-40 North Conduit Ave., Rosedale, Queens.

Also at 10 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul introduces a new pavilion at Island View Park, Main Street, Waddington.

Also at 10 a.m., Republican NYC public advocate candidate J.C. Polanco and state Reform Party Chairman Curtis Sliwa will announce a proposal aimed at preventing violent attacks by mentally ill individuals, City Hall step, Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña visits a “Summer in the City” classroom, P.S. 120, 58-01 136 St., Flushing, Queens.

Also at 10:30 a.m., NYC Councilman Andy King, members of Speak Up For a Better Bronx and residents speak at the Baychester Square Public Hearing, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., Hochul discusses the potential of federal health care reform on New Yorkers, Canton-Potsdam Hospital, 50 Leroy St., Potsdam.

Also at 11 a.m., the state Thruway Authority’s Finance Committee, Governance Committee and board will host a public meeting, Thruway Authority Syracuse Division Headquarters, 290 Elwood Davis Drive, Suite 250, second floor, Liverpool.

At 12:30 p.m., de Blasio will host a cabinet meeting with senior staff in Queens, Queens Borough Hall ­– Room 213, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens.

At 12:35 p.m., U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will visit Juckett Park in Washington County to announce the Trump Administration has begun to establish the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group, a key provision in her Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Prevention, Education, and Research Act, Hudson Falls.

At 2 p.m., de Blasio delivers remarks at a health care rally where Cuomo will be making an announcement in support of Obamacare and against the U.S. Senate’s reform bill, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai– Stern Auditorium, 1468 Madison Ave., Manhattan. (Hochul will also attend).

At 4:40 p.m., de Blasio participates in an “armchair discussion” with Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize Winner and New York Times columnist, at the Seventh Meeting of the Society for the Study of Economy Inequality, the Graduate Center at CUNY, Proshansky Auditorium, 365 5th Ave., Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer speaks at the New York City Department of Homeless Services’ public meeting, 400 E. 30th St., Manhattan.

At 6:40 p.m., Farina delivers remarks at the Remarkable Achievement Award ceremony, Citifield, 123-01 Roosevelt Ave., Corona, Queens.

At 7 p.m., de Blasio appears on NY1’s “Road to City Hall.”

Also at 7 p.m., the Manhattan Democratic Party hosts the Demmy Awards, Silas Theatre, School of Visual Arts, 333 W. 23rd St., Manhattan.

Also at 7 p.m., NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer delivers the keynote address at the Urban Justice Center “Cashing In On Incarceration” panel discussion, 40 Rector St., Manhattan.

At 7 p.m., the Rev. Al Sharpton and Garner’s daughter hold memorial a service and panel discussion to mark the third anniversary of Garner’s death, 912 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., Manhattan.

Headlines…

French President Emmanuel Macron says his glamorous Paris charm offensive on Donald Trump was carefully calculated — and may have changed the U.S. president’s mind about climate change.

Trump took to Twitter yesterday morning to thank Buffalo area political consultant Michael Caputo for testifying before the House Intelligence Committee investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and whether Trump’s campaign colluded with the Russians.

Caputo asserts the Trump-Russia scandal is part of an orchestrated left-wing effort to harass Trump and anybody connected to the campaign and spoil the president’s agenda. He also says the effort might bankrupt him.

Trump defended his son Donald Trump Jr., contrasting his Russia meeting with Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails and accused the news media of “DISTORTING DEMOCRACY” in a series of angry statements issued early yesterday.

In five TV interviews yesterday, Trump’s lawyer, Jay Sekulow, faced difficult questions about Trump Jr.’s attempt to glean damaging information on Hillary Clinton during a meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer.

The Trump administration is seeking to close a legal window opened for tens of thousands of refugees to enter the United States, appealing a federal judge’s order directly to the Supreme Court.

U.S. Sen. John McCain’s return to work after surgery won’t be enough to revive the ailing GOP health care bill, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said.

The Senate’s No. 2 Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, vowed to bring the party’s health care bill to a vote as soon as possible, even as detractors said they would use a delay caused by the absence of McCain to mobilize further opposition to the measure.

The blood clot condition for which McCain had surgery on Friday may be more serious than initial descriptions have implied, and it may delay his return to Washington by at least a week or two, medical experts said.

Schumer also urged Amtrak to put the kibosh on any discussion of trying to make economy seats smaller to squish in more passengers.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s effort to target at least six New York House Republicans in 2018 has reportedly already raised about a million bucks, with the bulk of contributions coming from major labor unions.

As he prepares to seek re-election for the second time next year, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has reached a personal fund-raising milestone. Schneiderman will report having $7.5 million in campaign cash on hand – the most he’s ever had in the bank at one time.

With next year’s battle for control of the state Senate fast approaching, the Republicans today will report having more than twice as much campaign money on hand than the chamber’s mainline Democrats.

Aides to Cuomo have begun talking up his chief counsel, Alphonso David, as a future attorney general candidate should there be a vacancy.

The battle between Airbnb and its critics continues to escalate. The online home-sharing site today will file a formal complaint with a state ethics panel charging that the ShareBetter campaign, a coalition of unions, lawmakers and other Airbnb opponents, has engaged in illegal and unreported lobbying.

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