President Trump announced a deal with congressional leaders to temporarily reopen the government while talks continue on his demand for border wall money, a move expected to bring an end to the longest shutdown in U.S. history.

Trump took no questions after announcing the deal to end the partial government shutdown – including those asked about the arrest earlier in the day of his longtime ally Roger Stone.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the indictment of Stone had “nothing to do” with the president. But when pressed by CNN’s John Berman, Sanders refused to say whether Trump directed a senior campaign official to contact Stone about WikiLeaks’ plans to release potentially damaging information about Hillary Clinton.

Federal agents arrested Stone, a self-professed GOP “dirty trickster” and longtime adviser to Trump, on charges that he had lied to investigators examining Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The special counsel disclosed evidence that a top campaign official dispatched Stone to get information from WikiLeaks about the thousands of hacked Democratic emails.

Barry Pollack, a lawyer for WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, called Stone’s arrest “intimidation,” and says the special counsel’s office has never spoken with Assange.

Stone’s NYC apartment, currently occupied by Kristin Davis – AKA the “Manhattan Madam,” whose 2010 gubernatorial campaign Stone managed, was raided this morning by the FBI.

Stone appeared at court in shackles later in the morning, did not enter a plea and was released on a $250,000 bond.

Stone vowed to fight the seven charges filed against him, and said he’ll plead not guilty. “I am falsely accused of making false statements,” he said, after making his first appearance before a federal judge in Florida in the case.

At least four major airports suffered flight delays today because of an increase in air traffic control employees calling in sick as the government shutdown continued.

The shutdown was also creating a strain on the Internal Revenue Service. At least 14,000 unpaid workers in the IRS division that includes tax processing and call centers did not show up for work this week despite orders to do so, according to two House aides.

Republican National Committee members voted to throw the party’s “undivided support” behind Trump ahead of his 2020 reelection bid as speculation continues to mount about potential primary challengers.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg savaged Trump, calling him a “pretend CEO” who’s “totally incompetent,” but said he still hasn’t decided whether to run for president himself.

Catholics are urging church leaders to publicly excommunicate New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo after he signed a radical pro-abortion bill into law this week.

Sexual harassment complaints filed by New York City workers spiked by 10 percent in the last fiscal year, 472 in total and only 36 substantiated, with de Blasio trying to tie the spike to the administration’s efforts to encourage more people to report.

Hundreds of people with marijuana convictions dating back at least 20 years will have their criminal records erased under a plan by the Onondaga County district attorney, starting before the expected legalization of marijuana.

New York City Councilman Brad Lander has declared his intention to run for city Comptroller in the 2021 election, joining Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal as the only declared candidates in the race.

The National Press Club is offering free drinks and tacos to the hundreds of journalists in Washington, D.C., who were recently laid off.