President Donald Trump insisted he is polling ahead of what he called the “Motley Crew” of 2020 Democratic White House hopefuls, despite leaked internal polling by his own reelection campaign showing him lagging former Vice President Joe Biden in several battleground states.

The U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed that a state and the federal government can press separate prosecutions over the same conduct, ruling in a case that might have extended the impact of Trump’s pardon power.

The court also ordered reconsideration of a $135,000 award against an Oregon bakery that refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding in a case that revived a fractious debate over religious rights and equal treatment.

In a 5-4 ruling in which Justices Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas sided with their liberal colleagues, the court ruled against the Virginia House of Delegates in a racial gerrymandering case that represents a victory for Democrats in the state.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he doesn’t know why Jon Stewart is so “bent out of shape” over securing health care for 9/11 responders, saying the Senate will “take care” of the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund.

The Office of Special Counsel’s recommendation last week that Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway be removed from service for violating the Hatch Act led two Democratic congressman to demand an investigation into whether the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner similarly broke federal law.

RIP Gloria Vanderbilt, the society heiress who stitched her illustrious family name into designer jeans and built a $100 million fashion empire, crowning her tabloid story of a child-custody fight, of broken marriages and of jet-set romances, who died at her home in Manhattan at the age of 95.

“Gloria Vanderbilt was an extraordinary woman, who loved life, and lived it on her own terms,” her son, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, said in a statement. “She was a painter, a writer and designer but also a remarkable mother, wife, and friend.

Bill and Melinda Gates have launched the Gates Policy Initiative to lobby for issues the billionaire couple has been working on through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

BuzzFeed News employees, citing mismanagement, pay disparities and job cuts, held a walkout in the hopes of getting the online-media company to voluntarily recognize their union.

An attorney representing four Lockport police officers said that the officers have been placed on administrative leave after the death of a man who collapsed following a fight with the officers on Park Avenue in Lockport late Sunday.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he’ll direct 500 additional law enforcement agents to the subway system to combat assaults against transit workers and what the MTA believes to be an increase in fare evasion, and will also explore additional video monitoring.

Cuomo kiboshed a long-shot effort by a pair of New York City Democrats to legalize prostitution during the closing days of the legislative session.

The International Joint Commission announced that it is seeking responses from interested parties about possible increases in outflows from Lake Ontario above the record-tying level of nearly 2.75 million gallons per second, in effect since Thursday.

For the first time in five decades, New Yorkers will trek to the polls without that hint of fall in the air as a new election calendar shifts primary elections into early summer – this year on June 25. Party officials are worried voters haven’t gotten the message, and turnout will suffer.

While New York mulls becoming the 12th state in the U.S. to legalize the adult, recreational use of marijuana, Canada legalized the use, sale and growing of marijuana nationwide in October.

Cuomo said that the New York State Thruway Authority Board of Directors has approved the selection of the design-build team that will complete installation of cashless tolling along the entire Thruway system by the end of 2020.

Harvey Weinstein can’t seem to keep a lawyer. His latest legal eagle, Jose Baez, is asking a Manhattan justice to let him off the case, just six months after the disgraced Hollywood mogul boasted about hiring the lawyer.

Accused NXIVM sex cult leader Keith Raniere was “a crime boss” who operated out of an upstate neighborhood that was so unassuming, it was creepy, a Brooklyn prosecutor said in closing statements.

Kyle Kashuv, a Parkland shooting survivor and pro-Second Amendment activist, said Harvard University rescinded his acceptance as a result of racist remarks he made before the 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.

“Hillary and Clinton,” a Broadway play that explores the relationship of a political power couple, will close on Sunday, four weeks earlier than scheduled.