President Trump would not commit in a CBS “Face the Nation” interview aired today to making public the results of the special counsel’s investigation into Russia’s ties to his campaign, adding that it was time to “get rid” of the inquiry.

Trump, who called out NFL players who took a knee during the National Anthem, said “a lot of people” in the pro-football organization have been thanking him for passing criminal justice reform.

Trump, who three years ago ripped the NFL as being “soft,” said that he would not steer his son Barron toward playing football, calling it a “dangerous sport.”

Trump will call for a fresh political start Tuesday in his State of the Union Address, even as the threat of a second federal shutdown looms.

Layoffs for about 4,000 salaried staff at General Motors are due to start tomorrow – a previously announced move that comes just as Trump prepares to trumpet American manufacturing at next week’s State of the Union address.

How does the president stay so tan? It’s a Washington secret, and the source of much speculation.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam resisted the calls to resign Saturday despite extreme backlash over a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook, which he now claims does not feature him.

Northam took back his words admitting he’d been in a racist yearbook photo — even as he fessed up to putting shoe polish on his face while imitating Michael Jackson during a dance competition in Texas in 1984.

As the calls for Northam to resign grow, the president of the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, the school that Northam attended and that produced the yearbook, vowed to review its past yearbooks in wake of the controversy.

Virginia’s lieutenant governor, Justin Fairfax, 39, the second African-American ever to win a statewide election, finds himself surrounded once more by the commonwealth’s painful racial history, and is in line to become governor if Northam succumbs to the pressure.

Deutsche Bank AG rebuffed a request from the Trump Organization in March 2016 to increase a loan for the Trump National Doral, a Florida golf resort, because of concerns about expanding the bank’s relationship with then-candidate Trump or his company, according to people familiar with the matter.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s longtime communications director Matt House was pushed out for allegedly having inappropriate sexual encounters with junior staffers, ending what was a nearly six-year tenure as communications director for the New York Democrat.

U.S. Senate investigators have evidence revealing the identities behind mysterious phone calls that Donald Trump Jr. had with blocked numbers during the 2016 presidential campaign – just days before he met with a Russian lawyer promising dirt on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

The Democratic Party’s presidential hopefuls differ on their approach to policy issues such as income inequality and climate change, but on one thing there is almost uniform agreement: They’re all very, very sorry.

Medicare for All has emerged as an early policy test for the 2020 Democratic hopefuls.

Howard Dean, the former Democratic National Committee chairman, accused reporters of spreading fake news about Clinton during her 2016 bid for the White House.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio took a shot at billionaire former mayor Mike Bloomberg, predicting he would be “laughed” out of the 2020 race for the White House.

De Blasio also threw his ex-boss, Hilary Clinton, under the bus for failing to connect with Democrats in her failed 2016 presidential bid during an appearance on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe may soon be another addition to the field of Democrats running for the White House in 2020, and said he’d represent a pragmatic choice with a bipartisan record. He’ll make a decision by March 31.

They may be running against each other, but don’t let that fool you: Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Cory Booker say their 2020 bids for the Democratic presidential nomination won’t get in the way of their friendship.

Though he hasn’t yet decided on whether to run in 2020, Bloomberg is reportedly not only already assembling a highly-experienced campaign team, but also putting hundreds of millions of dollars into building a data-driven political operation that could became a “Koch brothers-type group for Democrats” if he opts not to get into the race.

Long Island Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin accepted Michigan Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar’s invitation to discuss religious discrimination over Somali tea after the two lawmakers traded barbs over social media this week.

Despite all the fame she has achieved, Queens Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has not yet been embraced by New York voters – at least not suburbanites and independents, according to a recent poll.

Los Angeles prosecutors said they have declined to charge attorney Michael Avenatti with misdemeanor domestic violence but will hold hearings on the allegations.

Cuomo directed the state Department of Taxation and Finance to waive late payment penalties and suspend collection for 90 days after the April 15 income tax return deadline for furloughed federal workers.

Inmates at the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center have suffered for days without heat or power due to a fire that occurred during a wintry cold snap, according to lawyers and U.S. lawmakers who rallied outside the jail on Saturday demanding the problems be fixed and ill inmates moved.

“The situation is really, really a nightmare,” said Rep. Nydia Velázquez, a Democrat whose district includes the jail, after touring the facility. “It is like living in a closet without lights.”

Jail officials said Saturday that a new electrical panel was being installed after a “partial power outage” due to a fire in the switchgear room. Work is expected to be completed by tomorrow.

Protests continued outside the jail today.

Temperatures inside the prison “were within acceptable ranges” Saturday, and prisoners have hot water for showers, according to the federal Bureau of Prisons.

“Supervised release” allows judges to let those who cannot afford bail be released before trial on a kind of parole — and it may be what finally helps close Rikers Island.

If the budget is adopted by April 1, lawmakers in the new, Democrat-controlled Legislature say the final three months of session will be heavily skewed to bills that are priorities for individual lawmakers.

The limo company owner charged in connection with an upstate crash that killed 20 people has hired a prominent defense attorney – Joe Tacopina – as a court ruled that federal investigators can finally inspect the vehicle.

The chief pastor of St. Patrick’s Cathedral is organizing a letter-writing campaign urging Catholics to condemn Cuomo’s “tragic” support of New York’s expanded abortion rights law and calling for a special prayer at the church to atone for Albany’s sin.

Politifact: “No, New York abortion law doesn’t let mothers abort babies a minute before they would be born.”

New York’s law is not unprecedented. In 19 states, later abortion is permitted to save the life or health of the woman, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research and policy organization that advocates for reproductive rights.

Cuomo is vowing to step up enforcement of his weather-related truck travel bans, after personally chastising a number of truck drivers ticketed, this week, by New York State Police.

Cuomo spoke this weekend at the Human Rights Campaign gala in New York City.

The Citizens Budget Commission “notes that Cuomo’s budget wizards have shifted ‘items previously categorized as state operating spending’ to off-budget accounts, moved payments between fiscal years and reclassified other outlays — all gimmicks that distort the true fiscal picture.”

As Cuomo rolls out new policy proposals aimed at curbing e-cigarette and tobacco use, critics say his continued failure to adequately fund the state’s tobacco control program threatens to undermine those efforts.

Led by Albany County District Attorney David Soares, prosecutors from around the state gathered in New York City last week for their annual winter conference. They are not fans of Cuomo’s budget proposal.

Over a two-year period, Bronx Assemblyman Michael Blake, a rising star in New York and national politics, held an unusual side job: well-paid consultant for a political party in Bermuda, which he insists he did not require foreign agent registration to represent.

Dawn Smalls, a former aide to Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, who has never before run for public office, has suddenly become a top contender in the race for New York City public advocate after qualifying for $574,636 in matching funds.

There are seven under-the-radar candidates for public advocate who could splinter the race.

A rowdy rabbi rumble that erupted in a Brooklyn yeshiva office has yet to be properly investigated years after the fact, according to the victim of the fracas, who claims cops refuse to make an arrest because of politics.

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld has been slapped with a lawsuit saying he auctioned off a vintage sports car — with the winning bid coming in at $1.54 million — knowing full well that it was “not authentic.”

NYC Councilman Bill Perkins said he has “been confronting health issues” as he tried to downplay a bizarre incident the night before in which cops were called because he was acting so erratically.

The leader of the upstate sex cult Nxivm, Keith Raniere, is trying to use the frigid conditions at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center to finally get out of jail.

Former NYC Department of Investigation Commissioner Mark Peters shouldn’t have to testify in a civil case brought by moms who claim their kids were poisoned by lead in ­NYCHA housing, city lawyers say.

The leader of the NYPD’s second-largest labor union is attacking part of a report that suggests legislators overturn a law that shields police misconduct from public scrutiny.

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said he would begin releasing more information about departmental trials and would support legislation to make more of the department’s disciplinary records public.

Accused killer Abakar Gadiyev, who allegedly bludgeoned a Brighton Beach businessman in 2009 and spent the next decade in Australia outside the grasp of the NYPD, was finally flown back to New York and hauled into Brooklyn’s 60th Precinct, shackled at the wrists and ankles. He will now face murder and robbery charges.

A change is being considered by state lawmakers in response to a new law that moved state and local primaries from September to June. It means candidates for town, city and county offices will have to start collecting signatures later this month to get on the ballot – four months earlier than usual.

Former Brooklyn District Attorney Charles “Joe” Hynes was memorialized Saturday by loved ones, city officials and members of the FDNY.

For the first time in years, fatal opioid overdoses in Nassau and Suffolk counties decreased in 2018 after alarming spikes at the height of an epidemic that has claimed almost 3,700 lives on Long Island since 2010.

State regulators could soon have a new means of ensuring local authorities and economic development agencies comply with financial disclosure requirements.

Work is underway at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum to create a site honoring rescue, recovery and relief workers as well as survivors and downtown residents who got sick or died from 9/11-related illnesses.

Democrat Nathan McMurray lost his race to represent the voters in NY-27 by a mere 1,087 votes back in November – but ever since, he’s continued campaigning as if he represents them. His campaign HQ is even still open – more than two moths after he conceded to Republican Rep. Chris Collins.

All students in New York state would get a free round-trip ride to and from school, under a bill introduced by two Hudson Valley Democrats: Assemblyman Jonathan Jacobson and Sen. James Skoufis.

The New York State Teachers’ Retirement System (NYSTRS) will cut its employer pension rate by nearly two percentage points for 2019-20, reducing net costs to school districts by nearly $300 million.

Town of Hempstead officials say they will vote on a one-year moratorium on recreational marijuana sales and dispensaries in anticipation of statewide legalization.

American Legion officials are calling on New York lawmakers to request the Pentagon exhume the Long Island graves of sailors killed in a World War II ship explosion in an attempt to identify the fallen servicemen.

Polling sites. Inspectors. Electronic poll books. To implement early voting in New York, these are a few of the items on every county elections board’s to-do list. But there is a bigger question: How will they pay for it?

An auctioneer is selling a cake that was given out as a souvenir at Donald Trump’s 2005 wedding to Melania.

J. Kenji López-Alt, the owner of a California restaurant, apologized after he vowed not to serve customers who are wearing Trump’s signature “Make America Great Again” hats.

Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow at sunrise in the Pennsylvania town on Groundhog Day early Saturday morning, meaning he predicts an early spring in 2019. Similarly, New York’s local groundhog, Staten Island Chuck, did not see his shadow either.

According to the Staten Island Zoo, Chuck has an almost 80 percent accuracy rate with his predictions.

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont is bringing in Wall Street veterans for guidance as he seeks to rejuvenate the state’s struggling economy.