The president sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accepting her initial invitation to deliver the State of the Union address — and dismissing her later request that he postpone it until after the government reopens.

…but Pelosi denied his request to hold the speech in the House – unless the government is reopened.

House Democratic leaders said that they were prepared to offer Trump a substantial sum of money for border security — perhaps even the $5.7 billion he has requested — but not for a wall and not until he agreed to reopen the government.

Queens Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was the lone Democrat to vote against a short-term bill to reopen the federal government over concerns over the bill’s funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Trump’s former fixer Michael Cohen will postpone testifying before a House panel next month because his family is being threatened by the president and his new attorney Rudy Giuliani, his lawyer said.

The House Oversight Committee is launching a “wide-ranging” probe into the White House’s handling of its security clearance process, kicking off one of the first high-profile investigations into the Trump administration by the new, Democratic-controlled chamber.

Some IRS employees are claiming they can’t return to work for the upcoming tax season because of financial hardship, a major union said, warning that others could follow in their footsteps if the government shutdown continues much longer.

Preliminary data from the CDC show a slight decline in opioid overdose deaths in the first few months of 2018 as states intensify efforts to save lives.

Chris Kay, the executive who led the New York Racing Association’s recent return to private control and oversaw major initiatives at the Saratoga Race Course, is abruptly stepping aside at the board’s request, according to a person familiar with the decision but not authorized to comment.

Risa Sugarman, the state’s top election-law enforcement official, has filed a lawsuit to overturn regulations adopted by the state Board of Elections commissioners in August that sought to rein in her office’s subpoena powers.

Amazon and New York City economic development officials are in the midst of a marketing blitz aimed at local residents who may be wary about the behemoth headed their way.

Rappers Jay-Z and Meek Mill joined a cross section of sports, entertainment and business industry leaders who collectively pledged $50 million with an aim to get at least one million people out of jail over the next five years.

Actor Alec Baldwin pleaded guilty to a charge of harassing a man over a parking spot last fall.

Baldwin agreed to take an anger management course in a deal with prosecutors to dispose of the charges, and was also ordered to complete a one-day anger management program and pay a fine of $120.

Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has started to cast his new “dream team” of lawyers, selecting a former Manhattan prosecutor and three litigators with a history of representing celebrity clients around the country.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that attempting to legalize recreational marijuana “is perhaps the stupidest thing anybody has ever done.”

Bloomberg offered a full-throated defense of the New York Police Department’s use of “stop and frisk” policing, attributing the city’s declining murder rate during his tenure as mayor to the controversial policy.

A new Quinnipiac University poll found Bloomberg is the most popular potential presidential nominee from New York, even though he has not made a decision about running yet.

Cuomo’s so-called energy czar Richard Kaufman – recruited in the wake of Superstorm Sandy to reshape the state’s electric grid – plans to step down from that role at the end of the month, but he will still be a part of the state’s energy policy team.

Nassau County is greatly expanding its efforts to fix potholes and repave damaged roads to make up for years of neglect, County Executive Laura Curran said.

More newspaper layoffs.

More snow is headed your way, Western New York.