President Trump wants to address the nation about the government shutdown tomorrow night, and later in the week plans to travel to the southern border as part of his effort to persuade Americans of the need for a border wall — the sticking point in negotiations with Democrats who are eager to reopen shuttered agencies.

Trump will visit the southern border on Thursday “to meet with those on the frontlines of the national security and humanitarian crisis,” according to a tweet from Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Lawyers for actor Kevin Spacey entered a not guilty plea on his behalf in Massachusetts court on charges he groped an 18-year-old busboy in 2016.

Talk of whether or not the U.S. is prepared to elect women leaders “takes me back,” 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton told an audience in New York, praising the resolve of that state’s female elected officials for getting legislation passed to protect women’s reproductive rights.

Airport security workers around the country are opting to call in sick rather than work without pay, widening the ripple effects of the partial government shutdown to include travelers and everyday Americans.

The U.S. Supreme Court said Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is missing arguments for the first time in more than 25 years as she recuperates from cancer surgery last month.

Former President Obama called for “new blood” in political leadership during a speech over the weekend in Hawaii.

The White House may try to block portions of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report from being shared with Congress and the public in a fight that could end up before the Supreme Court.

From the sinking city of Venice to the mass bleaching of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, climate change is drastically impacting some of the world’s most treasured heritage sites.

EJ McMahon: “The prospect of a 70 percent top federal income tax rate, as floated by U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a TV interview, seems to have struck a nerve across the political spectrum. But left or right, Democrat or Republican, politicians in her home state should recognize New York has a lot to lose from dramatically jacked-up federal taxes on higher earners.”

Jim Yong Kim, the president of the World Bank, unexpectedly announced he is resigning at the end of January.

Assembly members Deborah Glick, Peter Abbate Jr. and Fred Thiele have put in for their pensions as they are seated for another term in the state Legislature – the latest in a long line of pension double dippers in state government.

The Buffalo Diocese has added the names of two priests to its list of clergy that it says have been credibly accused of child sexual abuse. The total now stands at 80.

Two city council members from Seattle, Amazon’s hometown, visited New York City to deliver a cautionary message about the company’s plans for expansion, urging officials to pass legislation that will address potential housing and transportation issues

Former State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son, Adam, are slated to report to federal prison tomorrow to begin serving their 4-year sentences for using Dean’s powerful perch in state government to shake down businesses for $300,000 in jobs and fees for Adam.

A television meteorologist is out of a job one day after Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and City Council President Loretta Scott called for his firing for making a racial slur during a broadcast.

Utica Police are investigating a shooting death on Lincoln Avenue involving an off-duty Albany police officer.

The NYC Council plans to introduce legislation this week to allow politicians and their staffers to set up legal defense funds — accounts that collect contributions for lawyers’ fees that are not paid by taxpayers or personal wealth.

Matt Beadnell was sworn in today as Onondaga County comptroller, saying he looks forward to “hitting the ground running” in his new position.