Trump’s nominee for attorney general, William Barr, urged Congress to include border security funds in a bill to reopen the government, but stopped short of fully endorsing the president’s proposed border wall.

A federal judge in New York blocked the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census, a win for critics who say the question is unnecessary and would cause fewer immigrants and minorities to respond to the decennial survey.

No Democrats attended a lunch with Trump designed to reach an agreement to end the government shutdown and fund a border wall, the White House said.

The U.S. economy is taking a larger-than-expected hit from the partial government shutdown, White House estimates showed.

Queens Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is taking Washington by storm, but some Senate Democrats see her exploding appeal as more of a sideshow than meaningful statement about the future of their party.

Ocasio-Cortez and her Republican critics have both called her proposal to dramatically increase America’s highest tax rate “radical” but a new poll indicates that a majority of Americans agrees with the idea.

Assaulting on-the-job journalists would become a felony in New York state under a proposal put forth by Gov. Andrew Cuomo during his State of the State/budget address.

Sports gambling should be permitted at four upstate casinos, Cuomo said, though the Gaming Commission has yet to issue regulations as to how that would work.

Funding to the state’s public schools would go up nearly $1 billion under Cuomo’s proposed budget, but education advocates were hoping for about twice as much.

Also in Cuomo’s budget: An investment of $150 billion in critical infrastructure improvements, most of it on transportation and environmental projects.

Cuomo proposed extending mayoral control of New York City schools for an additional three years, which would be the longest extension for Mayor Bill de Blasio and could signal some newfound comity between the governor and mayor.

Former NJ Gov. Chris Christie, in his new tell-all about working on Trump’s campaign, paints a scathing portrait of first son-in-law Jared Kushner — depicting him as a vengeful, underhanded dullard ill equipped to work in the White House.

The Federal Aviation Administration is bringing thousands of furloughed inspectors and engineers back to work as the partial government shutdown drags on, the agency said.

The MTA considered an idea similar to the L train tunnel fix Cuomo has decided on five years ago, and dismissed it due to serious safety concerns – including the potential for the spread of cancer-causing dust that could harm commuters and workers.

De Blasio is going to Eastport, Maine to visit his 92-year-old aunt, and while there, will help raise money for the Eastport Arts Center, which provides year-round programming in a former Baptist church that was built soon after Maine became a state.

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul is going to Canada for outpatient surgery for treatment of a hernia related to an attack by a neighbor outside his home in 2017 — but don’t accuse the staunch opponent of all things socialist of seeking public health care. He’ll be paying for his care in full.

After spanning the Hudson River for more than six decades, a big chunk of the old Tappan Zee Bridge was toppled in a controlled blast today to the delight of hundreds of onlookers.

The field of candidates running for New York City public advocate in the Feb. 26 special election remains massive after 23 candidates submitted ballot petition signatures to the city Board of Elections to get on the ballot,

Queens state Sen. Jose Peralta, who was rushed to a hospital and died unexpectedly at the age of 47 the day before Thanksgiving, was killed by complications of leukemia, the city medical examiner revealed. He was the first Dominican American elected to the chamber, and the governor has proposed naming the DREAM Act in his memory.