Attorney General William Barr, who is scheduled to appear Thursday before the House Judiciary Committee to testify about the special counsel’s report, is threatening to skip the session because he objects to the proposed format for questioning, a spokesman for Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the committee chairman, said.

During an interview on “The Cats Roundtable” broadcast on AM 970 in New York, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani told host John Catsimatidis that Mueller’s team of investigators might have even tried to “frame” Trump for working with the Russians during the 2016 campaign.

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton read parts of Mueller’s report aloud in a preview for comedian Jordan Klepper’s new Comedy Central show.

Trump doubled down Friday on his infamous claim that there were “fine people” on both sides of the deadly Charlottesville protests in 2017, arguing the comment was “perfect” because Robert E. Lee was “a great general.”

Oliver North announced on Saturday that he would not serve a second term as the NRA’s president, deciding to step down as the organization grappled with a bitter dispute over its future and its worst leadership crisis in decades.

Longtime NRA leader Wayne LaPierre told the group’s board he is being extorted and pressured to resign by North over allegations of financial improprieties, in a battle stirring up one of the nation’s most powerful nonprofit political groups.

State AG Tish James has opened a probe into the NRA’s finances, which could see it lose its non-profit status as a result.

One person was killed and three injured in a shooting at a synagogue in San Diego, California on Saturday afternoon, the authorities said.

Trump said the shooting “looks like a hate crime” and was “hard to believe,” as he was about to board Marine 1. He said said the White House is doing “heavy research” and “will get to the bottom of it.”

The gunman entered the synagogue yelling anti-Semitic slurs, and opened fire with an A.R. 15-style gun. He paused when the rabbi of the congregation tried to talk with him. But he fired again, shooting the rabbi in the hand.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was among Democrats who used the shooting to call for a gun control vote in the U.S. Senate.

Ocasio-Cortez accused White House counselor Kellyanne Conway of using the church bombings in Sri Lanka as a way to “stoke suspicion” of the first=term lawmaker’s Christianity.

Ocasio-Cortez held a 5k in Queens Saturday that she billed as “a Family Fun Run” in support of her Green New Deal. But many of the 400 runners didn’t realize their $30 registration fees were going directly into the lawmaker’s campaign coffers.

A man was taken into custody, officials said. The gunman, identified as a white 19-year-old man, used an AR-style weapon and opened fire on the people inside the synagogue, Sheriff William Gore of San Diego County said at a news conference.

Former Vice President Joe Biden raked in $6.3 million in the first 24 hours of his 2020 campaign, breaking Beto O’Rourke’s previous record and beating back concerns that he might not have what it takes to raise big bucks.

What started out as a Felix-and-Oscar odd couple between Biden and former President Barack Obama, bringing together a reserved, no-drama, new-generation intellectual and a gregarious, shoulder-squeezing, old-generation pol, evolved into a surprisingly close friendship unlike any between a president and vice president in modern times.

As Biden prepares for his first appearance of the campaign, at a union event in Pittsburgh, PA tomorrow, interviews across the state last week indicated that he draws from a wellspring of support among three key constituencies crucial to his campaign.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said she is neutral about Cuomo throwing his support behind Biden for the 2020 presidential election, adding: “Our governor can endorse whoever he likes, but I am the best candidate to defeat President Trump, and I will.” (She was playing beer pong in New Hampshire at the time).

Former Sen. Richard Lugar, an Indiana Republican and foreign policy expert who served in the upper chamber for more than 30 years, has died at the age of 87.

A bipartisan bill ending a ban on prisoners’ access to Pell Grants was introduced in Congress after several studies came out earlier this year that show higher education can reduce incarceration costs and recidivism.

A raid by Sri Lankan security forces on a house linked to the Easter suicide bombings erupted in violence, leaving 15 dead and wounding the wife and child of the accused mastermind of the attacks.

The NCAA men’s basketball champs from the University of Virginia won’t be celebrating their win at the White House. They delinked an invitation from the president due to scheduling conflicts, their head coach said.

The White House abruptly agreed to allow an official to testify at a Democratic-run Congressional hearing into the granting of security clearances to top officials including wunkerkind Jared Kushner.

Author Ron Chernow headlined a more subdued White House Correspondents’ Dinner Saturday using his historical knowledge to go after Trump, who again skipped the event in favor of a rally.

National security adviser John Bolton denied that the Trump administration paid North Korea $2 million after the release of comatose Otto Warmbier but acknowledged that a US envoy did sign a pledge to pay.

Trump took to Twitter to support San Francisco 49er’s top draft pick Nick Bosa, who recently faced scrutiny over past social media posts – including ones supporting the Commander-in-Chief and criticizing former quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Border agents have launched a new effort to fingerprint underage immigrants amid concerns about “child recycling,” which involves youths who’ve gained legal entry being smuggled back to Central America to pair up with adults as fake family members to help them cross into the US.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that he has directed state agencies to send resources to protect communities along the shores of Lake Ontario to help prevent potential flooding.

Cuomo has pushed for seven heavy hitters to join a group trying to restart the stalled construction of a Greek Orthodox church at Ground Zero.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and his sparring partners in the city’s press corps traded barbs about his tardiness and presidential ambitions for charity Saturday night at the 97th annual Inner Circle show.

Anthony Pappas, the 72-year-old Republican who ran against Ocasio-Cortez in November, shadowed the freshman Democrat at an Astoria Park event Saturday – and had to be shooed away by cops when he got too close.

An NYU pro-Palestinian group whose leader blamed Chelsea Clinton for the New Zealand mosque attacks has created a “hostile atmosphere” for the school’s Jewish students, according to a complaint.

De Blasio falsely claimed he hasn’t spoken to lobbyists “for years” despite talking with eight in 2018 alone — including Lin-Manuel Miranda’s dad, Mets bigwig Jeff Wilpon, the head of the city’s powerful teacher’s union and a rep for Amazon.

Bronx Councilman Mark Gjonaj has drafted legislation to ensure that foreign flags can fly alongside Old Glory in public parks after the de Blasio administration banned the practice.

Frightened by the measles outbreak that has gripped NYC, some moms are voluntarily quarantining their young children.

Special Operations Chief Shaun Donovan, a Navy SEAL, can’t be a firefighter because FDNY says he’s too old — by six months and 25 days.

The sanitation civil-service exam was thrown out because of suspected cheating cost NYC at least $1.2 million.

The high priest of a Harlem separatist group will be sentenced this summer for bilking millions of dollars from the church, but not soon enough for former parish leaders who say he’s a long way from repenting.

New York state prosecutors argued in a courtroom closed to members of the public and the press the jury in Harvey Weinstein’s approaching trial should hear evidence of the disgraced producer’s alleged bad acts and uncharged crimes.

Lobbyists in New York must now disclose much more information about which public officials they’re seeking to sway — a major step toward transparency that was authored and implemented by the state’s ethics watchdog agency.

Thousands of New York City kids live so-called “playground deserts” lacking swings, slides and monkey bars within walking distance, according to a new report from Comptroller Scott Stringer.

The Archdiocese of New York released a list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse, a turning point for victim-survivors and one of the largest dioceses in the country.

Thousands of pre-K teachers in New York City are set to strike on Thursday, but the union representing educators who work in community-run centers stopped short of calling for all of its 7,500 members to walk off the job.

Long Island lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are demanding hearings into off-the-rails payroll costs at the LIRR over revelations that its top earner raked in $344,147 in overtime alone last year.

Cuomo said “there will be some double tolling” on the bridges and tunnels entering Manhattan’s Central Business District — countering statements by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy suggesting a deal to provide a discount to Garden State motorists who pay tolls at the Hudson River crossings and then drive into Midtown.

Erie County Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy formally announced Saturday that he is running for chairman of the state Republican Party. Langworthy has been making the rounds across the state in recent weeks, mounting an all-out effort to replace veteran Edward Cox as state party leader.

Not all branches of New York government are moving in a progressive direction. While lawmakers at the Capitol are shifting the state to the left, down the hill the state’s top court is swinging right, analysts say.

The Democrat-led state Senate has scheduled a hearing for Tuesday focusing on the impact fossil fuel divestment would have on the state’s pension fund.

The NYC Board of Elections posted its voting rolls to its website, allowing anyone to access people’s home addresses and party affiliation and drawing criticism from privacy advocacy, elections experts and even – albeit obliquely – the governor.

Electric scooter and bicycle companies are spending big to try and get their products on New York’s streets.

Ronald Lauder, the billionaire cosmetics heir, and Richard Parsons, former Citigroup chair, are teaming up to try to influence one of NYC’s most intractable and divisive debates: how to address the lack of black and Hispanic students at the city’s elite public high schools that use a test to determine admission.

Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas is reviewing $350,000 in termination payments made to five employees of the county’s Industrial Development Agency while all were still employed there in early 2018, according to the district attorney’s office.

NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and state Assemblyman Dan Quart are calling for the release of police body camera video that shows the fatal April 14 shooting of 32-year-old Kawaski Trawick in his Bronx apartment,

Queens Councilman Rory Lancman sued the NYPD after the department refused to turn over statistics on subway farebeating arrests he says should be available under the state Freedom of Information law.

A St. Lawrence County lawmaker is coming under fire for an anti-Muslim Facebook post.

As more details emerge in the criminal case against his son in last fall’s deadly Schoharie limousine crash, Shahed Hussain continues to be an integral yet elusive presence in that and other Capital Region scenarios.

A Kuwaiti realtor and his multiple companies bought or brokered at least 160 houses in struggling Buffalo neighborhoods as part of an international Ponzi scheme. The realtor and his associates are serving prison time in the $140 million to $240 million scam that extended to Rochester, Detroit, Cleveland, Florida and North Carolina.

After months of collaborating, Buffalo and Amherst have settled on new home-sharing regulations that they hope could set a standard for smaller towns, villages and cities in the area. Not everyone is pleased with this new development.

The FBI is investigating the awarding of lucrative contracts by the Western Regional Off Track Betting Corp. to politically wired companies.

When local candidates file campaign finance reports on May 24, it’s a sure bet Republican Erie County executive contender Lynne M. Dixon’s will gain attention. Her supporters acknowledge she must have least $100,000 to generate optimism in a county where Democrats outnumber Republicans by about 135,000 voters.

Buffalo Niagara as a whole is still shrinking, new federal census data show. But individually, the stories are different in Erie and Niagara counties.

The historic Red House Sawmill in Allegany State Park has endured as one of the park’s main structures for nearly 75 years. But it was almost done in by an unexpected – and apparently ravenous – foe: porcupines.

The Buffalo Opioid Intervention Court will be able to expand its operations and serve more people thanks to a federal grant that will bring the court an additional $400,000 a year in funding each year through 2024.

“Avengers: Endgame” arrived to record-breaking ticket sales over the weekend. The superhero movie — the 22nd in a series from Disney’s Marvel Studios — collected roughly $350 million in the United States and Canada, according to Comscore, which compiles box-office data.