Nearly a month after he was fired by the Trump administration, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in his first interview since his ouster that he remains mystified by the circumstances of his ouster, saying he had never been told why President Trump changed his mind about wanting him to stay on.

U.S. Senate Republicans deployed the so-called “nuclear option” and changed longstanding rules to clear the way for the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court, bypassing a precedent-breaking Democratic filibuster by allowing the nomination to go forward on a simple majority vote.

Rep. Devin Nunes, the embattled California Republican who is chairman of the Intelligence Committee, announced he would step aside from leading his committee’s investigation into Russia’s efforts to disrupt last year’s presidential election.

Republican leaders and high-powered donors in Utah are waging a quiet but concerted campaign to convince 83-year-old incumbent Sen. Orrin Hatch, of Utah, not to seek reelection next year, and Mitt Romney, the one-time presidential nominee and leading Trump critic, is exploring a run for the seat.

BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith has launched a new podcast, called “NewsFeed.”

In the United States, Ivanka Trump has become a controversial figure, battling persistent questions about business conflicts and criticism for not doing more to moderate her father’s policies toward women. But in China, she is widely adored.

A federal judge has reportedly told prosecutors and defense in the upstate development pay-to-play scandal involving former top Cuomo aide Joe Percoco and seven others to prepare for a trial date of Oct. 30.

Hours before news broke that Ivanka Trump had sought and received a secret meeting with Planned Parenthood’s President Cecile Richards in January, Richards criticized the first daughter for her continued silence on women’s health care.

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem joined indigenous people and allies at City Hall in Lower Manhattan this morning to call on NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Comptroller Scott Stringer to “take our dollars out” of banks financing the Dakota Access Pipeline and other oil conduits, and to “take our power back.”

The powerhouse healthcare union 1199 SEIU remains conspicuously absent from the long list of unions that have backed de Blasio’s re-election. Also missing: the smaller, but politically powerful, Hotel Trades Council.

Michael Treiman, the only Democratic candidate for Binghamton mayor, announced he has pulled out of the race “as of this moment” after receiving threatening emails that addressed his wife and children.

The mayor of Muttontown, LI — who ran in the past on the slate of the Concerned Taxpayers Party — and her physician husband surrendered this morning to prosecutors to face criminal charges for allegedly failing to file tax returns for five years.

Nassau County is one of nine large counties across the United States where homeowners pay more than $10,000 a year in property taxes, a new report shows.

RIP Don Rickles, the legendary comedian whose acid-tongued insults and cantankerous persona delighted audiences for generations, who died of kidney failure at his LA home at the age of 90.