President Trump grew frustrated with lawmakers in the Oval Office today when they floated restoring protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal, reportedly asking: “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?”

The Treasury Department updated its rules for tax withholding from paychecks, changing calculations so most workers will start getting more take-home pay in February as a result of the recently passed tax law.

In a major policy shift that could affect millions of low-income people, the Trump administration said it is offering a path for states that want to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients.

Vermont’s Legislature has approved a recreational marijuana bill, putting the state on track to become 1st to legalize pot by legislative act.

More than a dozen former nuclear launch officers are calling on Congress to rein in Trump’s ability to launch nuclear weapons, saying they are more worried about Trump now than before he took office.

Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon sent a letter to County Executive Mark Poloncarz asking the administration to release and detail all of the harassment settlements in Erie County government that have been paid for by taxpayers over the past five years.

The University of Rochester and embattled professor Florian Jaeger both exercised poor judgment but ultimately followed most policies and laws regarding sexual harassment, U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White said in a widely anticipated report that largely vindicated the university’s actions before and after the matter became public.

Erica Vladimer, the former state Senate staffer who accused IDC Leader Jeffrey Klein of forcibly kissing her, said Albany’s “insidious” culture of sexual harassment kept her from reporting the incident.

State Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco said there should be an investigation into the sexual misconduct claim made against Klein, though he cautioned that the allegation could become a political vehicle in the fractured chamber.

The New York-based agency Trump Model Management has profited from using foreign models who came to the United States on tourist visas that did not permit them to work here, according to three former Trump models, all noncitizens.

GOP Rep. Darrell Issa, who said yesterday he is not seeking reelection in California’s 49th district, has been discussing with colleagues the possibility of running in a neighboring San Diego district if embattled Rep. Duncan Hunter, also a Republican, resigns.

The Trump administration plans to unveil a major revision to decades-old banking rules that mandate lending to poor borrowers.

New NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson doled out plum committee posts, awarding powerful posts to allies of the county Democratic parties that helped him get the top job.

Former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg: “The opioid epidemic is now a full-blown national crisis, yet the federal government continues to dawdle.”

Bloomberg says he could probably run for president, but has no plans to do so.

Cuomo today announced a new record for the number of people arrested in 2017 attempting to use fake identification to buy alcoholic beverages under the legal drinking age.

The Empire State Forest Products Association, The Nature Conservancy and a bi-partisan group of state lawmakers as well as over 20 industry and conservation groups, have called on Cuomo to fulfill his promise to reform the Forest Tax Abatement Program in the 2018 State Budget.