The House Judiciary Committee gaveled in to an empty witness chair for the second time this month after former White House counsel Don McGahn did not appear after he was subpoenaed.

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler subpoenaed former White House officials Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson to testify before his committee and provide documents related to a sweeping probe of figures in President Donald Trump’s orbit.

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has expressed reluctance to him testifying publicly in front of the House Judiciary Committee.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson tussled awkwardly with freshman Rep. Katie Porter, a California Democrat, at a hearing over HUD real estate owned — or REO — homes, at one point asking if she was referring to an “Oreo.”

Cardi B has reportedly canceled a concert this weekend due to complications from plastic surgery.

A law firm has completed its investigation into how a racist photo appeared on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s yearbook page 35 years ago, and is expected to release the results tomorrow.

Masten Council Member Ulysees O. Wingo, who has been barred from Buffalo Public Schools property after bringing a loaded gun inside Riverside High School last week, is stepping down as chairman of the Common Council’s Education Committee until an investigation is completed.

NXIVM leader Keith Raniere fancied himself an all-powerful “grandmaster” to his harem of sex slaves, yet ran and hid in a closet when the feds stormed his Mexico hideout, a witness testified.

The incoming chair of the New York State Republican Party, Erie County GOP Chair Nick Langworthy, said he would focus on local elections and building the party’s small-donor base when he formally takes the reins in July.

Seth Agata, executive director of the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics, will leave the top staff post at the watchdog entity near the end of June to join a law firm in Manhattan.

Three Brooklyn women at the head of a Coney Island affordable-housing development pocketed more than $870,000 in bribes to help fast-track prospective tenants into in-demand apartments, authorities alleged.

Sea levels could rise more than 6 feet over the next century, flooding major coastal cities such as the Big Apple and displacing millions of people around the globe in a “catastrophic” disaster, a new study warns.

New York’s spending on elementary and secondary education reached a record $23,091 per pupil in 2017, once again topping all other states in this category, according to the latest U.S. Census data.

In a would-be “open letter” circulated privately on May 11 to state elected officials, along with a request for their signature, Sen. Alessandra Biaggi called on Bronx Councilman Reuben Diaz Sr. to step down from the post he’s held since 2017.

Karen Feldman, the former acting chair of the state Adirondack Park Agency, has left the board, leaving more than one-third of the board’s appointed seats open.

The powerful state teachers union NYSUT has agreed to a $100,000 settlement to resolve allegations its top officials violated state election law.

New legislation would require New Yorkers to be at least 21 years old to purchase nitrous oxide chargers that are commonly used to make whipped cream and fill balloons.

Legislation before New York state lawmakers would create a new tax break for restaurants that donate oyster shells for environmental conservation.

The UB Foundation paid former Vice President Joe Biden $200,000 for his October 2018 speech in Alumni Arena, according to documents The Spectrum obtained through a Freedom of Information Law request.

DressBarn is closing the door on all 650 of its stores, including four in the Buffalo Niagara market. No closing date has been set, and operations will continue as usual for now, the chain’s owner, Ascena Retail Group, said.

Singer Ciara got into Harvard.