President Trump’s first Oval Office address at 9 p.m. tonight is aimed at building public support for his signature campaign issue – his proposed border wall – and comes on the 18th day of a partial government shutdown over his demand that Democrats agree to billions of dollars to pay for it.

Trump is not expected to declare a national emergency that could empower him to move forward with construction without congressional consent.

Some White House insiders worry the wall is Trump’s “personal Alamo.”

Vice President Mike Pence said Trump got the “impression” that his predecessors wanted to build a wall after the president said his predecessors told him they should have erected a border barrier – something they all now say never occurred.

Natalia V. Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who in 2016 met with Trump campaign officials in Trump Tower, was charged in a separate case that showed her close ties to the Kremlin.

Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort lied to federal investigators about sharing campaign poll data with a Russian associate linked to Russian intelligence services, according to court papers filed today.

New York City will spend at least $100 million to ensure that undocumented immigrants and others who cannot qualify for insurance can receive medical treatment, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced, seeking to insert a city policy into two contentious national debates.

Queens Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ripped Max Boot for comparing her to former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, calling The Washington Post’s columnist’s piece “resentful.”

Here are five of the most pressing and vexing questions that loom in Albany as Democrats prepare to take full control of state government and the 2019 session kicks off tomorrow.

Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is scheduled to go to trial on sex-crime charges May 6 in state court in Manhattan, court filings show.

Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, a Bronx Democrat who has been implicated in a racially charged school segregation scandal, said he never hired a black staffer in his 25-year career as a lawmaker, court documents show.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants toblow up the MTA,” metaphorically speaking.

The governor says $10 million in capital funding is available to expand addiction treatment services in the state.

County governments are urging state lawmakers to fund school resource officers for all districts and to spare them from having to foot the bill if New York adopts a “cashless” bail system for non-violent felonies and all misdemeanor offenses.

The two sides in the criminal case against WNY Republican Rep. Chris Collins won’t meet in court again until September under a schedule laid out late yesterday by the judge presiding in the case.

Village of Lake George Mayor Robert Blais is making a personal appeal to Cuomo for more funding for the new wastewater treatment plant, saying village taxpayers cannot handle a big tax increase to pay off the bond for the project.

NYC school integration advocates are calling on city Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza to toss academic standards and other competitive screens used for admissions by dozens of public middle schools.