In remarks to reporters as he headed to the U.S.-Mexico border, Trump left open the possibility of declaring a state of emergency, which could allow him to bypass Congress to fund the wall.

Flanked by Border Patrol officers, as well as Kirstjen Nielsen, the secretary of homeland security, and a cache of drugs, cash and weapons seized by the authorities at the border, Trump again blamed the protracted shutdown affecting vast swaths of the federal government on Democrats.

The Pentagon is preparing options to build barriers on the southern border in the event that Trump declares a national emergency there, the latest indication such a move is gaining traction within the administration.

As the government shutdown drags on, senior White House adviser Jared Kushner is having discussions with members of Congress from both sides of the aisle about a potential l”DACA for the wall” deal.

Vice President Pence vowed that Trump would not back any deal to reopen the government without money for his proposed border wall, a sign the government shutdown will likely be headed into its fourth week this weekend. “Walls work,” Pence said. “It’s not a debatable point.”

Trump, who has himself been divorced twice, wished Jeff Bezos “luck” on his divorce.

Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal lawyer who implicated him in a scheme to pay hush money to two women claiming to have had affairs with him, has agreed to testify before the House Oversight Committee on Feb. 7 and give “a full and credible account” of his work for the president.

The pair of outside groups tied closely to Trump has retained the top Republican opposition group in an effort to smother Democrats seeking to challenge him — and perhaps even help pick his 2020 challenger.

Some Transportation Security Administration employees are quitting their jobs as the partial government shutdown continues through its third week, leaving more than 800,000 federal employees without a paycheck, the union that represents them maintains.

In his annual State of the City speech, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio offered progressive promises – including a redistribution of wealth, even as he has thus far been unsuccessful in his many attempts to raise taxes on high earners – and a new ferry to Staten Island.

“Brothers and sisters, there’s plenty of money in this city,” de Blasio said. “It’s just in the wrong hands.”

Brooklyn state Sen. Kevin Parker officially assumed a powerful new role as chairman of the Senate Energy Committee, and also is potentially setting himself up as a private consultant – he says for clients outside New York.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Schoharie County District Attorney Susan Mallery have reached agreement on a plan that will give the federal agency access to the limousine involved in the crash that killed 20 people on Oct. 6.

In its first major act designed to show partisan unity in the state Legislature, the Democratic-run Senate and Assembly on Monday will pass a multi-bill package designed to improve New York State’s voter participation rates.

Queens Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign was fined $1,500 by the state last year for failing to obtain workers’ compensation coverage.

Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is looking at basing a potential 2020 presidential campaign in Troy, New York, a small upstate city on the banks of the Hudson River, according to multiple people familiar with the discussions.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders gave a full apology after reports surfaced of another former staffer from his 2016 campaign accusing a top aide of sexual assault.

El Museo del Barrio in Harlem, the country’s oldest museum devoted to Latino art, announced that it was rescinding a decision to honor a princess from Germany known for her connections to archconservatives who complained that Pope Francis is too liberal at its upcoming 50th anniversary gala.

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran will establish a county task force dedicated to study the possible ramifications of statewide legalization of recreational marijuana, a measure supported by the governor.

Peter Breitnauer, a 34-year veteran of the Kenmore Police Department, the last six as police chief, stood in front of a federal judge and admitted he stole painkillers from a community drop box.

Lin-Manuel Miranda is already a composer, a lyricist, an actor and an author. Now he’s going to be a bookseller.