The U.S. Senate voted to end the government shutdown, clearing the way for passage of a short-term spending package that would fund the government through Feb. 8.

A promise from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to allow a vote on a major immigration proposal next month finally broke the logjam after a three-day shutdown that began at midnight Saturday.

Nearly every Democratic senator considering running for president in 2020 voted against reopening the government, as furious liberals accused Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of selling out the base in the immigration fight.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was one of 16 Democrats who voted “no.”

Trump’s relationship with John Kelly, his chief of staff, fraught from the beginning, may finally have gone past the point of no return.

Twenty states and Washington, DC, led by New York AG Eric Schneiderman – have sided with public sector unions in a Supreme Court case that union leaders say would upend governmental collective-bargaining agreements. Challengers say it is a key First Amendment issue that must be addressed.

Vice President Mike Pence says reports that Stormy Daniels, an adult film star, had an alleged affair with Trump are “baseless allegations.”

Smoke conditions in a Port Authority building near the Lincoln Tunnel caused a power outage and the closure of the center tube this afternoon, authorities said.

USA Gymnastics announced the resignations of three key leaders while more women and girls told a judge about being sexually assaulted at the hands of a sports doctor who spent years with Olympic gymnasts and other female athletes.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has long been pressuring the FBI Director to make a “fresh start” and clear out the bureau’s top staff – including deputy director Andrew McCabe – amid the backdrop of an intensifying investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

The first New York Grammy Week in 15 years kicked off with a bang, as Mayor Bill de Blasio and Recording Academy chief Neil Portnow presided over a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the organization’s new local headquarters: a $13.5 million, 1860 townhouse across East 37th Street from the J.P. Morgan Museum.

Facebook might not be good for democracy, the company admitted in a series of blog posts written by executives that analyzed Facebook’s impact on elections, politics, and misinformation, and acknowledged that the company had a long way to go.

So far, self-professed “activist elected official” Jumaane Williams, a Brooklyn Councilman, is having a hard time drumming up support for his primary challenge to LG Kathy Hochul.

In the first analysis of its kind in 2018, the Brennan Center’s Voting Laws Roundup shows that lawmakers in eight states have introduced at least 16 bills making it harder to vote, and 35 restrictive bills in 14 states have carried over from previous legislative sessions.

National Grid and state regulators have agreed on a three-year deal that would increase the average residential customer’s monthly bill by about 11 percent over three years.

Amid a resurgence in U.S. traffic fatalities now taking roughly 100 lives a day, an advocacy group today issued a report card identifying states that do the most, and least, to improve highway safety. (New York is in the middle).

NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson began his first round of Council staffer firings last Friday, gutting the public tech division — a unit created under the previous speaker and the only unit in the Council to be headed by a Latina woman.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants the state comptroller to audit the judiciary as part of his budgetary proposal to certify that judges work eight hours a day.

SUNY’s new chancellor, Kristina Johnson, laid out her vision for the year ahead in her first “State of the University” this morning.

New York has sold $35 billion of bonds backed by the personal-income tax, a levy Cuomo wants to largely do away with to protect residents from being hit by new federal limits on state and local tax deductions. But even if he succeeds with a payroll tax on employers, there’s little risk that investors won’t be repaid.

The state Thruway Authority today announced a website dedicated to the Amnesty Program for Tolls By Mail customers using the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge is now live.

This April, Harper will publish Chasing Hillary, a new political memoir from New York Times writer-at-large Amy Chozick.

Al Dirschberger, who resigned as Erie County Social Services Commissioner amid rape accusations, has been indicted on 3rd degree rape and 3rd degree criminal sex act charges connected to an incident with a subordinate during a conference in Albany in December.

Sharing her own #MeToo experience, 84-year-old U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told a crowd at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday that “it’s about time” women speak up about sexual harassment.

State Senate Democrats called for fast-tracking legislation that would force administrators of private schools to report sexual abuse allegations to law enforcement — a mandate that currently applies to public schools.

Shock jock Don Imus announced that he is retiring from his eponymous Imus in the Morning radio show. The “I-Man” will broadcast for the final time on March 29.