President Donald Trump signaled that he will not take strong action against Saudi Arabia or its Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the death and dismemberment of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

In a lengthy statement, punctuated with eight exclamation points, Trump says that “we may never know all of the facts surrounding” Khashoggi’s death, but “our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

Former President Barack Obama offered effusive praise of Nancy Pelosi as the Democratic leader faces opposition to her bid for House Speaker, saying that when the “history is written, (she) will go down as one of the most effective legislative leaders that this country’s ever seen.”

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke blamed “environmental radicals” for the devastating wildfires in California that have killed 79 people, accusing them of blocking forest management practices that would lessen the severity of such blazes.

Rensselaer Mayor Dan Dwyer, a Democrat who was first elected in 2005, died after a long battle with cancer at the age of 84. City Council president Richard Mooney will assume the mayoralty, a part time position, under the city charter.

Dwyer was a throwback “middle class blue collar mayor” who loved his city, flying and the impulse to help other people, according to several of his friends.

The federal prosecutor who convicted Dr. Alain Kaloyeros of bid rigging is recommending a more lenient sentence than the federal guidelines.

Sarah Palin excoriated Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for “fumbling basic civics” by misidentifying the three branches of government — even though the former Alaska governor has been ridiculed for her own series of political blunders.

A former staffer on Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign threatened to “boot” Queens Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan out of office after she expressed support for the controversial Amazon Long Island City project.

Michael Avenatti allegedly dragged his actress girlfriend, Mareli Miniutti, out of bed and called her an “ungrateful (expletive) bitch” during a recent spat over money.

Avenatti on Twitter said that he has “authorized” the release of all video he says will exonerate him of domestic violence allegations.

In the days and weeks following his shocking primary loss, Rep. Joe Crowley’s political action committee “JOE PAC” spent nearly $37,000 on trips to horse racing tracks, hotels, airfare and several high-end restaurants

Embattled Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse is out as the executive director of the city’s Industrial Development Agency.

The latest count of Erie absentee ballots from NY-27 shows Democrat Nate McMurray with 1,061 votes and Republican Rep. Chris Collins with 785, with the pair separated by approximately 2,300 overall votes, and Collins in the lead.

Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz said White House adviser and first daughter Ivanka Trump should be saved from scrutiny over her use of a private email account for government business, shooting down criticism as hypocritical “partisan bickering.”

Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and the day after Easter will no longer be official campus holidays at the University at Albany as the school works to accommodate an expanding roster of winter and summer programs.

The mother of Eric Garner, who died in 2014 after being put in a banned NYPD chokehold, demanded that the officer responsible be fired as an internal disciplinary hearing nears.

The CDC is advising that U.S. consumers not eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any, until we learn more about the E. coli outbreak. This investigation is ongoing and the advice will be updated as more information is available.

…The unusually aggressive step, which comes just days before Thanksgiving, signals that government officials have pinned the outbreak on romaine lettuce, but haven’t been able to narrow down the source or region more specifically.

The FDA said it was working with officials in Canada on the outbreak, which has sickened 32 people in 11 states in the U.S. and 18 people in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. The strain identified is different than the one linked to romaine earlier this year , but it appears similar to one linked to leafy greens last year.