For Democrats, the midterms have intensified a debate over how to retake the White House, with moderates arguing they must find a candidate who can appeal to Trump’s supporters and historically Republican suburbanites, and progressives claiming they need someone with the raw authenticity to electrify the grass roots.

Here’s a list of potential 2020 Democratic contenders. U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand makes the cut, coming in at No. 6; Gov. Andrew Cuomo does not. Former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg is at No. 9.

After taking back control of the House, Democratic lawmakers are reportedly planning to launch an investigation into Trump’s attacks on some media outlets like CNN. and the Washington Post.

Former journalist Sam Donaldson says he has been asked to prepare an affidavit to support CNN’s case after the Trump White House banned reporter Jim Acosta earlier this week.

First Amendment legal expert Floyd Abrams told CNN’s Brian Stelter that he believes the cable network should sue over the yanking of Acosta’s White House press access, and that “it’s a really strong lawsuit.”

Two members of congress, a cabinet official, a presidential confidant and a frequent guest on Fox News are among those reportedly being considered by Trump to be the next attorney general.

Momentum is building within the House Democratic conference to move aggressively on campaign finance reform next year after candidates promised the issue would be at the center of their agenda if they took back the majority.

Former FBI Director James Comey used his personal email account to discuss his agency’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s unauthorized private email server.

Florida officials Saturday ordered recounts in a trio of tight midterm races as Trump claimed, without evidence, that Democrats are “trying to steal” the elections.

Acting US Attorney General Matthew Whitaker can hold office through June under the law Trump used to appoint him, but he probably won’t last that long.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday he’s given the US and three other countries an audio tape of Jamal Khashoggi being murdered in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul.

Top Saudi intelligence officials close to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman asked a small group of businessmen last year about using private companies to assassinate Iranian enemies of the kingdom, according to three people familiar with the discussions.

California was ablaze this weekend — with massive, fast-spreading wildfires claiming 25 lives, while forcing a quarter-million people from their homes, including in celebrity-thronged Malibu.

Trump threatened to withhold federal funds from California as the death toll in the state’s worst wildfire rose, blaming “gross mismanagement of the forest” for the devastation.

Guns N’ Roses front man Axl Rose tore into Trump after the president blamed the wildfires in California on mismanagement by state officials and threatening to withdraw federal dollars.

Trump faced a deluge of criticism Saturday after blaming bad weather for skipping out on a scheduled visit to a French cemetery to honor U.S. soldiers killed in World War I because it was raining.

The Florida man, Cesar Sayoc Jr., accused of mailing 16 pipe bombs to critics of Trump was indicted in Manhattan on Friday on charges that carry a potential sentence of life in prison.

Hudson Valley Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, who was re-elected after a failed state AG bid, announced his candidacy to lead the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the House Democrats’ campaign arm.

Queens Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed Fox News after its hosts had a ball mocking her for saying she couldn’t afford rent in Washington, D.C.

A state Supreme Court judge on Friday ordered all ballots impounded from Tuesday’s election between Rep. Claudia Tenney and Anthony Brindisi in NY-22.

In its 11 months of existence, Democrat Nate McMurray’s NY-27 campaign employed four campaign managers and at least 17 consultants performing various tasks, federal records show. This who left were frustrated by his reluctance to raise money or stick to a schedule or take advice.

Bob McCarthy reflects on the fallout from last week’s elections.

A DOT official says the limo company involved in the fatal Schoharie accident in October by treated with “kid gloves” despite numerous violations. Also, records show the state often fails to verify that repairs are made on vehicles like the that crashed, killed 20 people.

New York’s Department of Health has rescinded regulations that sought to ban flavored e-cigarettes and liquids after industry insiders raised concerns over their legality.

The CUNY board passed a resolution spelling out state law that prohibits retirees who are younger than 65 from earning more than $30,000 a year in taxpayer-funded salary unless they get a special waiver.

When Lisa Coico stepped down as City College president amid allegations of financial misconduct, it was a black eye for CUNY’s flagship university. But she merely moved across campus to the CUNY School of Medicine where she is being paid $129,213 this year to work intensively with fewer than 10 students.

The bar of the El San Juan Hotel was packed with politicians last week — all of them New Yorkers buzzing about the big winners of the week’s election, and about those who would run in the next one. One name not mentioned much: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The city will donate $100,000 to help fund mental health services in Puerto Rico through its non-profit, The Mayor’s Fund to Advance the City of New York, de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray, the fund’s chairwoman, announced.

Following startling losses in the State Senate and all the statewide contests in New York, Republicans are weighing leadership changes, GOP officials and allies said.

After losing the governor’s race to Cuomo, Marc Molinaro, 43, returns to his day job as Dutchess County executive, though, as a more well-known figure in New York and as the Republican Party’s flag bearer for the next four years, potentially setting him up to run for the post again in 2022

The two unions representing court officers are calling on judges not to take the bench unless staffing levels improve.

For the first time, the state is requiring districts across New York to report school-by-school budgets, giving the public a clearer picture of how school districts are allocating hundreds of millions of dollars in resources and whether those funds are being distributed equitably to support the kids who need help most.

In NYC, where food scraps account for an estimated one-third of all garbage, composting is hardly making rapid or dramatic progress.

Con Edison’s customers may be forced to juice up the MTA by covering $270 million worth of repairs to subway electrical systems.

Brooklyn teens are protesting their high school’s adoption of an online program spawned by Facebook, saying it forces them to stare at computers for hours and “teach ourselves.”

For the first time in 235 years, the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick in the City of New York is allowing women to attend its anniversary gala in March.

The post-Pittsburgh era: While a Queens synagogue has hired a heat-packing, off-duty cop to protect its congregation on the Sabbath, Catholic churches have been taking live-shooter training and mulling armed ushers at Mass.

A smoking manhole erupted on a Bronx street Friday night, injuring five people — including two responding cops, authorities said.

A cooling tower at the same housing complex in Washington Heights has been identified as the likely source of two Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks within a few months, NYC Health Department officials said.

RIP Robert F. Flacke, the only person to have led both the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Adirondack Park Agency, and who is credited with preventing the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics from becoming an international embarrassment He died Saturday at the age of 85 after a period of declining health.

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree has arrived!