As a partial government shutdown entered its third week, negotiations between Vice President Mike Pence and congressional aides from both parties yielded little progress this weekend while the impact on government services and on federal workers was worsening by the day.

Trump’s national security adviser, John R. Bolton, appeared today to roll back the president’s decision to rapidly withdraw from Syria, laying out conditions for a pullout that could leave American forces there for months or even years.

On Saturday, Trump tweeted: ““I don’t care that most of the workers not getting paid are Democrats. I want to stop the Shutdown as soon as we are in agreement on Strong Border Security!”

Queens Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defended fellow Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib against the “faux-outrage” from conservatives claiming to be upset over her use of profanity in pushing to impeach Trump.

Political bickering over a border wall is weighing a heavy burden on the nation’s already backlogged immigration courts — delaying some cases until 2023.

U.S.-based Roman Catholic bishops will gather Wednesday for a weeklong retreat near Chicago on the church sexual abuse scandal that organizers say will focus on prayer and spiritual reflection and not formulating policy.

Rear Adm. Kevin M. Sweeney has resigned his post as chief of staff to the United States secretary of defense, the Defense Department said. His departure comes soon after the abrupt resignation of former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

California Governor-elect Gavin Newsom is expected to introduce a proposal to give families six months of paid leave after the birth of a child – the longest in the nation. What’s unclear is how he plans to pay for it.

It took less than 48 hours into the new Congress for some of the most liberal freshmen of the now Democratic-controlled House to upend Capitol Hill — and they see no reason to slow down.

CIA Director Gina Haspel has appointed a woman as the agency’s No. 1 analyst, creating an all-female team at the top.

Meera Joshi, the head of the Taxi and Limousine Commission, will step down from the role in March, de Blasio announced.

In an open letter on Saturday, the online retail behemoth Amazon ticked off a slew of benefits it promises to bring to Long Island City, where it has stirred controversy since it selected the Queens neighborhood in November as a site for its new HQ2 corporate headquarters.

De Blasio and his advisers went to great lengths to keep the controversial deal to bring a new Amazon headquarters to Queens under wraps, a trove of emails released Friday by City Hall shows.

Experts and officials were fuming at the governor for throwing his own agency’s plan for overhauling the NYC subway’s aging signal system under the bus, saying he is being irresponsible by announcing these ideas to the public instead of working through and testing them with MTA engineers.

The engineering team behind Cuomo’s miracle L train cure has little experience working on transit projects and spent a grand total of an hour evaluating the damage to the Canarsie Tunnel.

Borough President Eric Adams was joined by elected officials to call on Cuomo and the MTA to be more transparent when it comes to the new L train proposals.

The Brooklyn lawyer busted for three Manhattan cold-case sex crimes could be linked to at least two others, cops said.

The New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, which spent $1 million on annual scholarship-fundraising galas over two years but gave zilch to needy minority students, also failed to pay school taxes on its Albany building.

Leaders of the state Assembly and Senate will project a clear message to the governor this week as they kick off their formal sessions on Wednesday: We all have progressive goals, but don’t think you can push us around.

New York’s 911 communication services are in a state of emergency themselves as Albany siphons off hundreds of millions of dollars in much-needed funds to state coffers, an FCC commissioner says.

The NYC Council will hold an oversight hearing to grill Con Edison bigwigs about what went wrong at an Astoria substation that led to a power arc seen across the city — and to determine how Con Edison can upgrade its electrical grid to be safer and greener.

State Police began quietly seizing license plates from unauthorized limousines following the Oct. 6 crash in Schoharie County in which 20 people were killed when a stretch limo that had been ordered taken off the road careened through an intersection and crashed head-on into a ditch.

Both Letitia James, the new state AG, and new state Democratic Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins shattered glass ceilings last week, but they have very distinct views on the meaning of their moment in New York State history.

Serial pickpockets drove an uptick in crime in New York City’s transit system in 2018, one of the few areas in the city where major felonies increased last year, according to police officials.

State contractors spoke with the mayors of Hudson River towns this week about their plan to use explosives to take down the remains of the old Tappan Zee Bridge but officials still won’t say when the implosion will occur.

New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II, who announced on Friday that he’ll be stepping down from the job, did so after being asked to leave, according to law enforcement sources and an internal memo obtained by The NY Post.

State officials said they had reached a $9 million settlement with a major student loan servicing company that they said misled borrowers, costing them millions in additional fees and interest charges.

New York City Department of Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler is stepping down at the end of this month, retiring from public service after overseeing the agency’s modernization efforts.

Many big police departments will not use open-ended mug shot searches because of the chance of a mistaken identification. But New York City detectives turn to them routinely.

New federal research finds that residents of a census tract within Hamilton Hill in Schenectady are expected to live just 66.2 years — the shortest lifespan of any census tract in the Capital Region and far below the statewide life expectancy of 81 years.

Three years into the $4.1 million deer-vasectomy program meant to reduce Staten Island’s herd, the animals are causing more car crashes than ever – 103 accidents in 2018 — an all-time high — and injuring 17 people, according to the NYPD.

Cuomo swore in Peter Harckham as the state senator for District 40.

As some 900 FDNY paramedics and EMTs have left to become firefighters in the last year, the city’s ability to respond to medical emergencies has reached a crisis point, union leaders warn.

The outgoing New Jersey congressman, Thomas MacArthur, who sponsored a bill to funnel $25 million a year to 9/11 memorials says the money will make the World Trade Center site less vulnerable to attack — but critics are not convinced.

Two county executives – Erie’s Mark Poloncarz and and Suffolk’s Steven Bellone – co-authored an OpEd about they and other local government leaders are continuing to battle the opioid epidemic.

Democratic Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal wants to ban the incubation and hatching of baby chicks in schools, saying the practice is cruel and leads to the abandonment and death of countless young birds each year.

Unsafe sleep environments are increasingly to blame for infant deaths in New York, according to new state data.

A former Rensselaer County sheriff’s deputy who was fired from his job after the State Police mistakenly publicized his 2017 arrest on charges alleging he had committed a sex crime against a 7-year-old when he was 11 years old has filed a federal lawsuit against the investigators who handled the case.

NYC’s elite private school reserve funds have exploded thanks to a booming stock market and wealthy parents growing richer by the minute, tax filings show.

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn offered one word about the body-worn camera video showing part of a bloody encounter between a Bills fan and a sheriff’s deputy. “Troubling.” His office is investigating.

Before the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority asks the federal government for more money, the local agency needs to take advantage of millions of dollars – as much as $150 million – it already qualifies for but hasn’t sought out, says Rep. Brian Higgins.

A new lawsuit in Buffalo federal court says the Wegmans case is just one example of how the government is now using hacking in ordinary, day-to-day investigations, and not just in national security and foreign intelligence probes.

According to new federal data, in Buffalo’s “digital deserts,” more than half of households – most of them low-income – lack internet access, even though 80 percent of households in Erie and Niagara counties are online.

A new law requires all new or renovated buildings in New York that have bathrooms used by the public to make changing tables available to both men and women.

The work for a planned Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course in South Buffalo will begin in April.