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The Weekend That Was

President Donald Trump said tariffs on Mexican goods are “indefinitely suspended” after negotiators from the US and Mexico were able to reach a deal on immigration enforcement.

The acting secretary of Homeland Security heralded Mexico’s decision to send thousands of its national guard troops to the Guatemalan border as a new development, disputing a report that said the concession that averted new tariffs had been agreed upon months ago.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed how Trump handled his latest trade and immigration talks with Mexico, repeating her claim that the President throws “temper tantrums.”

Michael Gove, a senior official in Britain and one of the top contenders to replace Theresa May as Conservative leader and prime minister, has admitted to taking illegal drugs in his youth, calling it “a mistake.”

Trump went after Comcast and various news networks late Saturday, accusing the media companies of reporting “lies” and claiming Comcast of showing “hatred.”

Former Vice President Joe Biden remains the top choice among Iowa Democrats, but his lead is slipping as two challengers build support in the crucial first-in-the-nation caucus state, according to a new poll.

The same poll showed Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg surging, while NYC Mayor Bill de Blasi doesn’t even register among Iowa voters.

Biden wished his former White House boss Barack Obama a happy “National Best Friend Day,” posting an image of two friendship bracelets with the names “Joe” and “Barack.”

Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon said that Biden must release his tax returns to prove that he’s not benefiting economically from China.

Hillary Clinton posted a rare personal message on Twitter, announcing her youngest brother, Tony Rodham, had died at the age of 65.

Clinton described her brother as “kind” and “generous,” adding: “We’ll miss him very much.” The cause of his death was not immediately reveled.

Clinton said that two “inescapable conclusions” came from special counsel Robert Mueller’s report — Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election and “obstruction of justice occurred.”

Actor Alec Baldwin says he’s “so done” playing Trump on “Saturday Night Live.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed to overhaul the MTA board following revelations that time clocks have been sabotaged amid a crackdown on overtime abuse.

The 62nd annual Puerto Rican Day Parade stepped off today in Manhattan. Singer Ricky Martin served as this year’s grand marshal and was celebrated for his foundation, which fights human trafficking.

Ruben Diaz Sr., a controversial Bronx politician, is under fire yet again — this time amid allegations he skirted a law prohibiting City Council members from earning outside income by accepting up to $30,000 in “birthday gifts” the past two years.

Linda Fairstein, the prosecutor involved in the “Central Park Five” case, was reportedly dropped by her publisher amid the fallout from a Netflix series about the conviction – and eventual exoneration – of five teens for a 1989 rape.

Monroe County Republican Chairman Bill Reilich has announced he is stepping aside from his position to focus on his role as Supervisor of the Town of Greece.

James J. Eagan of Orchard Park, the former secretary of the Democratic State Committee, who is often at odds with the party’s Erie County leaders, is demanding an investigation of headquarters finances and alleging “apparent violations” of campaign finance laws.

Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone says he’ll hold a series of listening sessions as the Roman Catholic Diocese continues to respond to criticism of its handling of complaints of sexual abuse by clergy.

The woman who leaked documents on clergy sex abuse in the Buffalo Catholic Diocese attended Malone’s first listening session with the laity Saturday.

Veteran New York City detective-turned-reporter Mike Sheehan, a key investigator in the Central Park Five case and the arrest of “preppie killer” Robert Chambers, has died at the age of 71 after losing a battle with cancer.

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The Trump administration is rejecting requests from U.S. embassies to fly the rainbow pride flag on embassy flagpoles during June, LGBTQ Pride Month, three American diplomats told NBC News.

President Donald Trump lashed out at Speaker Nancy Pelosi, calling her “a disgrace” after the California Democrat privately told lawmakers she wants to see him “in prison.”

Trump called on NASA to focus on sending astronauts to Mars instead of the moon with a parenthetical that left Twitter users puzzled. “They should be focused on the much bigger things we are doing, including Mars (of which the Moon is a part), Defense and Science!”

A majority of voters in a new poll say the U.S. Supreme Court should not revisit the Roe V. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

But more than six in ten Americans – 61 percent – think significant restrictions should be placed on abortion.

FedEx announced it is ditching its contract with Amazon to deliver packages for the company using its FedEx Express service.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called her potential alliance with Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz “super bizarre, really weird” and blasted former Vice President Joe Biden’s progressive cred.

Climate change is emerging as one of the 2020 election cycle’s most pressing issues.

Unemployment for workers without bachelor’s degrees fell to the lowest rate on record in May, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today.

Rising funeral costs and a lagging economy have made it increasingly hard for many low-income Americans to pay the necessary expenses to dispose of a body. When family members can’t afford to claim a body, the burden falls on local governments to handle the remains.

The Trump Organization appears to be breaking a 2017 promise not to mention the president in social media posts as his Ireland golf resort promoted the president’s visit.

The West Point Military Academy cadet killed in a vehicle rollover has been identified as Christopher J. Morgan, a 22-year-old from New Jersey who was a law major and on the Army wrestling team.

Paying for New York’s retired municipal workers could cost taxpayers an additional $1.5 billion dollars this year thanks to a trove of pension-pork bills introduced by Albany lawmakers in the final days of the legislative session.

Legislation to tweak regulations imposed on the title insurance industry in recent years by the state Department of Financial Services is poised to secure final passage by state lawmakers as early as next week, the bill’s sponsors said.

State legislation that would allow school districts to impose mandatory kindergarten attendance is awaiting action by Cuomo.

The Senate and Assembly both passed legislation this week that would allow women to delay jury duty up to two years if they are breastfeeding a baby.

Actress Lori Loughlin wants to take the University of Southern California (USC) to task amid claims that the college might sue her and husband Mossimo Giannulli.

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art Director Joe Thompson will face a motor vehicle homicide charge in connection with a crash that killed a motorcyclist last year, according to sources close to the investigation.

A $25 million warehouse and distribution facility for a Fortune 100 company received the go-ahead from Town of Tonawanda officials without public disclosure of the tenant’s true identity. The Buffalo News previously identified the prospective tenant as Amazon.

In a lawsuit filed in Buffalo federal court, a St. Bonaventure professor who still on the faculty there claims her Wiccan religion and gender played a role in her forced resignation as dean and her failure to win a promotion she feels she deserved.

Cuomo today directed iconic buildings and structures across the state to be illuminated orange this evening to mark National Gun Violence Awareness Day 2019, as well as Gun Violence Awareness Month and the beginning of Wear Orange Weekend.

The rise in homelessness in NYC is putting a strain on the New York Public Library.

It’s a really bad year for ticks.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in the “New York City area” and Albany with no interviews or public events yet announced.

At 8 a.m., NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams will conclude his upstate tour advocating for the state Legislature to pass Universal Rent Control legislation during a Housing Justice for All rally, where he will announce his endorsement of tenants’ rights advocate Misse Ross for Onondaga County Legislature in the 15th District, 401 S. Ave., Syracuse.

At 9 a.m., state Sens. Jessica Ramos and Timothy Kennedy host a public hearing to examine the legalization of e-bikes and e-scooters in the state, Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Queens.

At 9:30 a.m., state Assemblyman David Weprin visits the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s second chance vocational program, Wallkill Correctional Facility, 50 McKendrick Road, Wallkill.

At 10 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will appear live on WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show” and take questions from listeners.

Also at 10 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul promotes state workforce development efforts at Tilly Foster Farm, 100 NY-312, Brewster.

At 11 a.m., “The Capitol Pressroom” features Assemblyman Sean Ryan, WCNY.

Also at 11 a.m., Williams will join Lehrer to discuss the universal rent control package, his arrest in Albany, the Central Park Five case, and other topics.

At 11:30 a.m., state Assemblyman Charles Lavine joins fellow state and county officials to announce early voting locations in the 13th Assembly District and Nassau County, Mid-Island Y JCC, 45 Manetto Hill Road, Plainview.

At noon, Hochul delivers remarks at the swearing-in ceremony for Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan, Ulster County Courthouse, 285 Wall St., Kingston.

At 12:30 p.m., state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi, Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman and 32BJ SEIU President Hector Figueroa lead a discussion on providing benefits for workers at transportation centers to obtain affordable health insurance, 86-11 Lefferts Blvd., Queens.

At 1 p.m., Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer joins advocates in calling on the mayor and NYC Council budget negotiators to provide funding for one social worker in every single public school, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 1 p.m., Williams will speak on Instagram Live with the Women’s March co-founder Tamika Mallory about the “Central Park Five” case, and calls for action after release of the series “When They See Us.”

At 2 p.m., state Sens. Patrick Gallivan and Chris Jacobs, Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes and Assemblywoman Monica Wallace announce the launch of Elder Abuse Awareness Month Old County Hall steps, 92 Franklin St., Buffalo.

Also at 2 p.m., Rep. Nita Lowey joins White Plains Mayor Tom Roach and others to recognize Gun Violence Awareness Day, White Plains City Hall, 255 Main St., White Plains.

At 3:15 p.m., Hochul highlights state infrastructure investments during a tour of the Hudson River Skywalk, Rip Van Winkle Bridge Administration Building, 99 NY-23, Catskill.

At 3:45 p.m., state Assemblyman Felix Ortiz holds a press conference to alert the public to the measles outbreak taking place in Brooklyn, 4907 Fourth Ave., Brooklyn.

At 6 p.m., Rep. Nydia Velázquez attends the Puerto Rican Day Gala, Pier 60, Chelsea Piers, Manhattan.

At 6:30 p.m., state Sens. John Liu and Andrew Gounardes hold a community forum on school diversity and specialized high school admissions, I.S. 201, 8010 12th Ave., Brooklyn.

At 7:30 p.m., de Blasio will deliver remarks at the National Puerto Rican Day Parade Annual Gala and Banquet, Pier 60, Chelsea Piers, Manhattan.

Headlines…

One West Point cadet was killed, and 20 cadets and two soldier trainers were injured, after a military vehicle overturned en route to a training exercise near the academy, a West Point spokesman said.

The accident occurred near the Camp Natural Bridge, a summer training site for cadets, the academy said. Video from a news helicopter showed the vehicle overturned with its wheels up in a heavily wooded area.

US and Mexican officials continued to negotiate into last night in hopes of reaching a deal on immigration enforcement to avert President Donald Trump’s threatened tariffs on Mexican imports.

…They say they’re making progress on significant changes in asylum rules and border enforcement to forestall the tariffs, but the window is quickly closing.

President Donald Trump ripped Nancy Pelosi and mocked Robert Mueller during an interview from France before the solemn memorial ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

The world’s largest automakers warned Trump that one of his most sweeping deregulatory efforts — his plan to weaken tailpipe pollution standards — threatens to cut their profits and produce “untenable” instability in a crucial manufacturing sector.

Rudy Giuliani suggested yesterday that he would leave Team Trump after finishing “cleanup” from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe — only to reverse course some hours later.

Former Vice President Joe Biden says he now wants to throw out the Hyde Amendment, dropping his long-held support for the measure that blocks federal funds from being used for most abortions amid criticism from his 2020 Democratic rivals.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is plunging $500 million into an effort to close all of the nation’s remaining coal plants by 2030 and put the United States on track toward a 100 percent clean energy economy.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo handicapped for The NY Post a slew of closely watched bills that lawmakers are scrambling to address before they wrap up the legislative session. If his predictions hold up, mobile sports gambling, recreational marijuana and drivers licenses for illegal immigrants are dead on arrival.

In Cuomo’s opinion, the new state Senate Democratic majority is to blame for the lack of action on progressive issues.

New York state Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs, who was hand-picked by Cuomo, is warning lawmakers not to veer too far to the left — particularly objecting to a measure that would grant driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.

Cuomo signaled trouble ahead for a hotly anticipated package of rent regulation bills Albany is expected to take up before the legislative session ends in less than two weeks — as an Assembly source griped that members are being kept in the dark about the package’s future.

Even as hopes dim for mobile betting, the state Gaming Commission is expected to approve a new set of rules on Monday to authorize sports bets at four upstate casinos: Resorts World Catskills in Monticello, Rivers Casino in Schenectady, del Lago Casino in Tyre near Rochester and Tioga Downs near Binghamton.

A man under investigation by the New York FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force because he allegedly discussed wanting to set off an explosive device in the city’s iconic Times Square was being questioned early this morning, three law enforcement sources said.

For NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson, a Democrat who is exploring a run for mayor in 2021, the political has always been personal. And with de Blasio’s attention diverted, Johnson, 37, has seized the opportunity to use his personality to bring attention to Council issues — and offer New Yorkers a glimpse of an elected official who seems to genuinely enjoy his job and all its trappings.

NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza showed he isn’t backing down from his support of a controversial anti-bias training campaign, as he addressed a rally that touted the $23 million program.

State Sen. David Carlucci introduced a bill that would require all kids going to New York summer camps prove they’ve received a slew of vaccinations, as the state Legislature desperately tries to curb a growing measles crisis that’s plagued his Rockland County district, as well as Orthodox Jewish sections of Brooklyn.

Joe Calabrese, 58, the veteran NYPD homicide detective who went missing yesterday, sparking a massive manhunt, was found dead of an apparent suicide.

Calabrese’s apparent suicide was the second such case in less than a week – a situation that has shaken the NYPD.

A bill that would require New York residents of all ages to take a boater safety course before operating any kind of motorized craft awaits the governor’s signature.

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A West Point cadet was killed in a vehicle accident near an academy training site, and 19 other cadets and two soldiers were injured, the academy said.

The exercise taking place was described as a standard part of cadet training. An investigation is underway, and officials said they don’t yet know the details of how the accident happened. No other injuries are life-threatening, according to USMA Superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams.

Rudy Giuliani said he is planning to step down as Trump’s personal attorney as soon as he finishes “cleanup” from former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

House Democrats are set to vote next week on a resolution that would make it easier for the House of Representatives to drag members of the Trump administration to court ― and to find them in contempt ― for failing to comply with congressional subpoenas.

Faced with mounting public pressure to take action against robocalls, the FCC voted to make it easier for telecom companies to block suspected scam calls on their customers’ behalf.

CDC officials have confirmed 1,001 measles cases so far this year, the highest number since 2,126 cases were recorded in 1992, and they blame this year’s outbreak primarily on refusals by parents to have their children vaccinated.

The White House reportedly paid nearly $1 million to rent four limousines from an Irish funeral home for Trump’s two-day visit to Ireland.

Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, has fired his lawyers who arranged a 2017 plea deal that helped set the tone for others to cooperate with Mueller’s investigation.

The state Senate passed a package of nine new limousine safety laws designed to protect consumers from the twin tragedies in Schoharie and Cutchogue, Long Island that together took the lives of 24 people during limo crashes last year and in 2015.

A psychologist testifying at Keith Raniere’s racketeering and sex trafficking trial provided a detailed explanation of sexual assault and coercive control — characteristics matching those of the NXIVM spiritual leader known as “Vanguard.”

The owners of Yankee Stadium and Madison Square Garden could participate in online sports betting under a newly amended gambling bill introduced at the Capitol. But Terry and Kim Pegula, owners of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres? No dice.

Honest MTA workers have no reason to fear the agency’s crackdown on alleged overtime abuse — and no reason to sabotage machines meant to monitor their hours, Cuomo said.

Fifty years after the historic Stonewall riots, the New York Police Department apologized to the LGBT community for its role in the violence.

There’s a growing feeling among those on both sides of the debate that changes to the rent laws will not get resolved before the June 15 sunset deadline.

Even though he is not facing charges for bringing a loaded gun inside a school, Masten Council Member Ulysees O. Wingo still is facing fallout. After being barred from school district property, he now doesn’t know if he will be allowed to attend his son’s high school graduation.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is ​talking to Fox News about doing a town hall like several other Democratic presidential hopefuls, will appear this evening on “Special Report with Bret Baier,” according to his campaign schedule.

The presidential campaigns of de Blasio and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand got a welcome booster shot this week, with new polling data that suggests they will both qualify for the first Democratic primary debate.

Some New York farmers say they’re open to compromise on legislation designed to help agricultural laborers.

The Stillwater councilwoman who was arrested last month after driving with a blood-alcohol content nearly twice the legal limit, allegedly drove over multiple lawns and told police she was coming from a meeting, the Saratoga County Sheriff’s office said.

Madonna said she felt “raped” by a New York Times Magazine profile of her that she believes focuses “on trivial and superficial matters” and fixates on her age.

Crews removed more than 24,000 pounds of garbage, including four dead bodies, left behind on Mount Everest by adventure-seekers challenging the world’s tallest peak.

Ulster County Executive-elect Pat Ryan will take office tomorrow, and deliver his inaugural address in a ceremony in the Ulster County Courthouse in Uptown Kingston

Niagara Wheatfield High School Principal Michael Mann was placed on administrative leave over his handling of a student accused of raping another student.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo hasn’t yet released a schedule for the day.

The state Legislature is in session.

Vice President Mike Pence is headed to Roanoke, VA, where he will deliver remarks at the National D-Day Memorial “Final Salute” 75th Anniversary Commemorative Ceremony.

Pence will then travel to Middletown, PA, where he will tour JLS Automation and deliver remarks there. Later, Pence will speak at the Republican Party of Pennsylvania state dinner before returning home to D.C.

NYC Public Avdocate Jumaane Williams is traveling to WNY today to “advocate for housing justice.” At 7:15 a.m., he’ll appear on the WPIX11 morning news.

At 8:30 a.m., Rep. Max Rose attends the Association for a Better New York’s power breakfast, The Mezzanine, 55 Broadway, Manhattan.

At 9:15 a.m., the Public Health and Health Planning Council and the Committee on Codes, Regulations and Legislation hold a joint meeting, New York State Department of Health, 90 Church St., fourth floor, Room 4A and 4B, Manhattan.

At 9:30 a.m., the NYC Council Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises meets, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on Public Housing meets jointly with the Committee on Public Safety, Council chamber, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul delivers remarks commemorating the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, NYS Veterans Home at Montrose, 2090 Albany Post Rd., Montrose.

Also at 10 a.m., Williams will meet with tenants and tour the Lake Shore Villa Apartments to discuss bad landlords and the protections in the Universal Rent Control Package, 557 Broadway, Port Ewen.

Also at 10 a.m., State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and Regent Elizabeth Hakanson will launch the statewide summer reading program at the Utica Public Library, 303 Genesee St., Utica.

At 10:30 a.m., the state Senate Democrats hold a press conference on regulation reforms designed to make traveling in limos safer and provide peace of mind for those who enlist the alternate form of transportation statewide, Room 124, state Capitol, Albany.

At 11 a.m., the state Senate is in session, Senate chamber, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 11 a.m., Williams will speak with “Capitol Pressroom” host Susan Arbetter about the fight to pass the Universal Rent Control package and his arrest on Tuesday afternoon at the Capitol.

Also at 11 a.m., elections advocates rally to demand the state Board of Elections ban hybrid voting machines, state Board of Elections, 40 N. Pearl St., Albany.

At 11:30 a.m., Westchester County Executive George Latimer launches a campaign to promote safe sleeping for infants, Ridge Hill Shopping Center, Town Square, 1 Ridge Hill Blvd., Yonkers.

Also at 11:30 a.m., Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano pays tribute to those who fought and died during the Invasion of Normandy in World War II, Unity Fountain, City Hall, Unity Fountain, 40 S. Broadway, Yonkers.

Also at 11:30 a.m., state Sen. David Carlucci holds a press conference to announce and call for the passage of a new bill requiring all camps across the state to check children’s vaccination records to make sure they are up to date, fourth floor, state Capitol, Albany.

At noon, tenants and members of the Upstate-Downstate Housing Alliance, alongside New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer and others rally to demand that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Assembly act on the “universal rent control” package, City Hall Park, Manhattan.

Also at noon, criminal justice advocates, state lawmakers, formerly incarcerated people and community leaders will gather at the state capital to call on Cuomo to fully staff the Parole Board with Commissioners from diverse therapeutic backgrounds who embrace redemption, LOB, Room 130, 198 State St., Albany.

At 1 p.m., Rep. Nydia Velázquez attends the Beam Center grand opening, Pearl Street Triangle, Brooklyn.

Also at 1 p.m., Hochul honors WW II veterans at the Purple Heart Museum, 374 Temple Hill Rd., New Windsor.

Also at 1 p.m., the state Senate Committees on Higher Education and Finance meet, Room 332, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 1 p.m., the NYC Council Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses meets, 250 Broadway, 16th floor, Committee Room, Manhattan.

At 3:15 p.m., Hochul highlights state investment in the Garner Arts Center and Industrial Arts Complex, 55 W. Railroad Ave., Garnerville.

At 4 p.m., Williams will join advocates for a community discussion of the issues facing tenants across New York and the need to enact the Universal Rent Control package, 2421 Main St., Suite 100, Buffalo.

At 4:30 p.m., Hochul discusses end-of-session priorities and visits small businesses, Art Café, 65 S. Broadway, Nyack.

At 6 p.m., the NYC Commission on Gender Equity hosts a Manhattan Gender Equity Summit, Department of Records, 31 Chambers St., Manhattan.

Also at 6 p.m., NYC Councilman Andy King attends a town hall with Bronx residents calling on elected leaders to support “universal rent control,” Eastchester Gardens Community Center Gymnasium, 3016 Yates Ave., Bronx.

At 6:30 p.m., Velázquez attends the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s Sunset 20, Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn.

At 7 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray will deliver remarks at the Puerto Rican Heritage Celebration at Gracie Mansion, E. 88th St &, East End Ave., Manhattan.

At 7:15 p.m.m Hohcul addresses the Human Development Services of Westchester Annual Gala, Coveleigh Club, 459 Stuyvesant Ave., Rye.

Headlines…

D-Day veterans and other people are marking exactly 75 years since the invasion of Normandy that helped change the course of World War II.

Following a stay overnight at his golf club in Doonbeg, Ireland, President Donald Trump is traveling to northern France to commemorate the Allied landing on the beaches of Normandy 75 years ago — the starting point of the campaign to wrest Europe from the Nazis.

Trump said in a British TV interview broadcast that there was “a chance” of military action against Iran, after months of threats and an apparent de-escalation of tensions between Tehran and Washington.

The Trump administration has ordered major changes in the traditional Fourth of July celebration that draws hundreds of thousands of people to the National Mall each year — with the president personally taking a starring role as no other president has in modern times.

Illinois Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth, a military vet who lost both legs when her helicopter was shot, slammed Trump’s comments on not serving in the Vietnam War, saying that only “stable geniuses” think people are “fans” of war.

A group of 62 freshmen House Democrats demanded that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell allow a vote on a sweeping election reform and security bill previously passed by the House.

The ethics bill, passed three months ago by the House, in part aims to prevent scandals like the one enveloping WNY Republican Rep. Chris Collins. But it is going nowhere in the Senate.

Democrats vowed to push ahead with contempt votes against the Attorney General and the Commerce Secretary, even as they backed off on firing a new round of subpoenas at Trump administration officials.

Central American migrants surged across the United States border with Mexico in May, officials announced, as American and Mexican diplomats began discussions aimed at averting the damaging economic consequences from Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on all Mexican imports.

The Trump administration said that it would begin restricting or canceling education, legal aid and playground recreation for migrant children housed in government shelters as a result of financial constraints created by the “crisis at the border.”

Brooklyn Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, a member of House leadership and the Judiciary Committee, urged a full-fledged congressional investigation of the technology industry’s business practices, even if the probe causes shares of the biggest companies to drop.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly said she would like to see Trump “in prison” during a contentious meeting with senior Democrats over whether to launch impeachment proceedings.

Good news for taxpayers in New York, New Jersey and California. House Democrats are going to start talking about rolling back a new limit on a popular break for state and local taxes.

Trump said there are “two sides” to climate change and insisted Meghan Markle was actually “nasty” to him in a freewheeling British TV interview with Piers Morgan.

In one of the first signs of sparks flying in the 2020 primary fight, Democratic candidates – including NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio – took aim at former Vice President Joe Biden over his refusal to get in line on repealing the Hyde Amendment, a measure that mostly affects access to abortion services for poor women.

But de Blasio bungled the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde trope while trying to attack front-running Democratic presidential on funding for abortions.

Biden’s campaign said that the 2020 frontrunner “misheard” a question that effectively fed speculation that he’d flip-flopped on his support for the Hyde Amendment, a law blocking federal funding for abortion.

Minutes after championing a land use policy pushed by the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council, which had just endorsed his White House bid, de Blasio shrugged off concerns that special interests supporting his presidential bid might get special treatment from City Hall.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is trying a new gambit to puff up her presidential campaign: a platform to legalize weed at the national level.

Any plan to adequately address climate change would likely cost at least $10 trillion, freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said as she responded to a flurry of climate proposals from Democratic presidential candidates.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo hasn’t called for any direct marijuana legalization talks with the two houses of the Legislature since March, the state Senate sponsor of the measure, Liz Krueger, said. Asked what that indicated to her, Krueger said: “That he doesn’t want this to happen.” Wrong, said the Cuomo administration.

Two votes could be all that is standing between recreational marijuana and passage in New York’s Senate, largely due to opposition from lawmakers in New York City’s suburbs.

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President Trump says the Vietnam War was “terrible” and defended his failure to serve in the military by boasting that he has increased defense spending.

Trump met with world leaders today to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, when Allied forces landed in Normandy in 1944 to invade Nazi-occupied France.

NBC’s chief foreign correspondent, Richard Engel, said that Trump sounded “delusional” when he told reporters at a press conference that there were ‘thousands of people in the street cheering” his presence in the United Kingdom

Government scientists must stop research that uses human fetal tissue, the Department of Health and Human Services announced in a series of new restrictions.

Trump and Prince Harry did not discuss the controversy around the president supposedly calling Harry’s wife, Meghan Markle, “nasty” when the two attended a private lunch at Buckingham Palace on Monday.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand unveiled her plan to legalize marijuana, saying that ending the federal prohibition on the drug would be “a top priority of my presidency.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez came to the defense of Paul Manafort, arguing against holding Trump’s former campaign chairman in solitary confinement at Rikers Island jail.

The California city of Fresno is attempting to smooth things over with Ocasio-Cortez after its Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies aired a “misleading” and “offensive” video during a Memorial Day doubleheader.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s presidential campaign may not have much support from the real estate industry, but at least one powerful union – the Hotel Trades Council – wants him to get the nation’s top job.

The union’s nod came following the mayor’s crackdown on its arch rival, AirBnB.

Jess McIntosh, a former adviser to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, decried former Vice President Joe Biden’s “deeply troubling” support for a law that blocks federal funding for abortions.

A suspected saboteur cut a cable on a fingerprint scanning machine installed at one of the Long Island Rail Road’s busiest stations to cut down on rampant agency overtime abuse — spurring a thorough investigation of the Queens transit hub by MTA investigators.

Mega Millions is now worth more than a half-billion dollars. No tickets matched the winning numbers last night for the $475 million Mega Millions jackpot, the seventh largest prize in the lottery game’s history.

Newly released video shows the moment an arsonist lit gay pride flags on fire outside a Harlem bar.

Nassau minority Democrats are demanding that majority Republicans stop “playing politics” and ratify county legislation that will spread property tax assessment changes over five years.

A lot of unanswered questions surround the car crash involving Rochester Assemblyman David Gantt that sent four people to the hospital.

Gantt was distracted when he blew through a stop sign and caused the crash, according to the incident report, but by what, we do not know.

NYC Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg is resigning from her post on the MTA’s board.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he’s “appalled” by reports of a threatening message posted on Facebook, calling for a mass shooting of Watertown’s LGBTQ community during Gay Pride activities.

The Gow School in South Wales is investigating a former teacher’s alleged sexual misconduct with a male student more than 25 years ago.

Success Academy founder Eva Moskowitz violated federal guidelines when she released a young student’s disciplinary record in 2015 as part of a public relations war over the charter school’s suspension policies, federal education officials found.

The state Medicaid program paid more than $60,000 for sexual and erectile dysfunction drugs for 47 sex offenders, according to an audit by state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

Companies doing business with Nassau County government are prohibited from gift-giving or discussing future job opportunities with county employees and their family members under new rules aimed at better controlling the relationship between the county and its vendors.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public events or interviews yet scheduled.

The state Legislature is in session.

At 9 a.m., NYC Councilwoman Margaret Chin joins Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer to rally supporters before a hearing regarding the lawsuit Brewer and Chin filed against the City and the developers of the site, 1 Centre St., Manhattan.

Also at 9 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul delivers remarks at the SUNY Erie Canal Bicentennial Forum “Building the Empire State Trail,” University at Buffalo, School of Architecture and Planning, 3435 Main St., Buffalo.

At 10 a.m., the Senate Standing Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering and the Senate Standing Committee on Domestic Animal Welfare hold a public hearing to Examine the Health of Racehorses while Training and Racing, and Resources for Aftercare, Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Fl., Albany.

Also at 10 a.m. – Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte and Sen. James Sanders, Jr. join members of the de Blasio administration and members of the MWBE community to advocate for the reauthorization of Article 15-A and other proposed MWBE items to increase economic opportunities for the MWBE community, LOB, 3rd Fl., Terrace, Albany.

Also at 10 a.m., NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams will support Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, alongside a coalition of police reform advocates as the disciplinary trial for Daniel Pantaleo resumes, and join them for a media availability to discuss the case, 1 Police Plaza, Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., Smart Approaches to Marijuana New York leads a rally with concerned parents, medical professionals and addiction treatment specialists to call on lawmakers to reject the sale of commercial marijuana, Assembly staircase, 3rd Fl., state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 11 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and FDNY Commissioner Nigro will deliver remarks at the FDNY 150th Annual Medal Day Ceremony, City Hall Plaza, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., Senate Republican Leader John Flanagan and members of his conference will highlight “significant problems” with legislation that would provide illegal immigrants with New York driver’s licenses, Room 315, state Capitol, Albany.

At 11:30 a.m., 10 school leaders who have been denied the opportunity to open a new NYC charter school will be joined by NYC Charter School Center CEO James Merriman, parents, and supporters from across the five boroughs to call for a lift in the arbitrary cap on charter schools, Million Dollar Staircase, Capitol, Albany.

At noon, state Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz and others hold a March of Dimes Lobby Day and demand passage of a bill that would eliminate non-medical exemptions to immunization, Room 124, state Capitol, Albany.

At 12:30 p.m., state Assembly members Andrew Hevesi, Harvey Epstein, and Marcos Crespo join state Sens. Alessandra Biaggi and Brian Benjamin for a press conference on a bill relating to providing support and services for unaccompanied minors with no lawful immigration status, Million Dollar Staircase, Albany.

At 1 p.m., state Assembly members Richard Gottfried, Ellen Jaffee, and other legislators are joined by advocates to call for immediate action to protect New York’s drinking water, Outside of Senate Gallery, 4th Fl., state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 1 p.m., state Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal is joined by students, parents and anti-vaping advocates from across the state, to call for passage of her legislation (A.47A/S.428A) to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes in New York, Assembly staircase, 3rd Fl., state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 1 p.m., parents, pastors, and community leaders travel from NYC to Albany for a day of advocacy, calling on state lawmakers to increase diversity in NYC’s specialized high schools by improving educational opportunities in every community across the five boroughs, 3rd Fl., staircase across from state Senate chamber, Capitol.

At 2 p.m., Westchester County Executive George Latimer announces new noise and flight pattern analysis program, and installation of noise monitoring device at a Chappaqua home, 17 Hamilton Dr., Chappaqua.

Also at 2 p.m., Williams will join criminal justice advocates and elected officials to discuss the Central Park Five case, and call for DA Cy Vance to investigate misconduct by the prosecution, former DA Linda Fairstein, and for Fairstein to be disbarred, 1 Centre St. Plaza, Manhattan.

At 3 p.m., the state Senate is in session, Senate Chambers, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 3 p.m., Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams will honor Brooklyn’s latest “Heroes of the Month,” Brooklyn Borough Hall, Rotunda, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn.

At 3:30 p.m., Hochul addresses the Women@Work Summit, Hearst Media Center, 645 Albany Shaker Rd., Loudonville.

At 6 p.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. hosts the borough’s annual LGBTQ & Allies Pride Awards Ceremony, Billy’s, 856 River Ave., the Bronx.

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The White House has directed two former senior West Wing officials not to cooperate with House Judiciary Committee subpoenas for documents in the panel’s investigation into potential obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump, according to a letter the White House counsel sent to the committee chairman, Rep. Jerry Nadler.

Republican senators sent the White House a sharp message, warning that they were opposed to President Trump’s plans to impose tariffs on Mexican imports, just hours after the president said lawmakers would be “foolish” to try to stop him.

Trump blasted U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, New York’s senior senator, as a “creep” in an early morning tweet after Schumer said that he believed the president was bluffing about proposed immigration-related tariffs on Mexican imports.

Trump also blasted actress Bette Midler as a “washed up psycho” in an early morning tweet after the actress shared a false quote and attributed it to the president.

Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner said in a rare interview that the meeting he had with his brother-in-law and campaign leadership in June 2016 with a Russian attorney was a “clown show.”

Trunp in a new interview sought to explain his previous remarks about Meghan Markle, saying he didn’t think the Duchess of Sussex was “nasty” but that the comments she made about him were.

Trump has said he refused a request to meet with the U.K.’s opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, despite a request to do so from the avowed socialist, calling him “somewhat of a negative force.”

Michael Cohen, the convicted former personal lawyer to Trump, says he is making new friends in prison and enjoying time away from the spotlight, according to a person familiar with Cohen’s first few weeks there. he is not, however, too thrilled with the food behind bars.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is setting up a commission at the State Department to redefine human rights as based on what the department is describing as “natural law and natural rights.”

The Trump administration approved two nuclear technology transfers to Saudi Arabia after the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, according to Democratic lawmakers who oppose the deals.

Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman who is serving a federal prison sentence, is expected to be transferred within the next few weeks to the Rikers Island jail complex in New York City, where he will most likely be held in isolation while facing state fraud charges.

Two 2020 Democratic contenders- Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former VP Joe Biden – released competing plans to combat climate change.

If you want to be a member of the national finance committee for Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign, be prepared to raise up to $100,000.

Trump’s newly revealed prenuptial agreement with his second wife Marla Maples contains rules regarding their daughter Tiffany Trump — specifically on circumstances under which his child support payments for her would end early.

A former sheriff’s deputy was arrested in connection with the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., the latest in a series of actions to hold police accountable for their response to an attack that left 17 people dead.

Citing the shooting in Virginia Beach in which 12 people were killed, “as well as the tragedies that happen every day across Virginia,” Gov. Ralph Northam called for a special session of the General Assembly to vote on gun control bills.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has chosen a winner among the White House candidates who have proposed a climate policy proposal so far: Jay Inslee.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo defended his endorsement of Melinda Katz for Queens District Attorney in a proxy battle with Ocasio-Cortez, who is backing an insurgent Democratic socialist candidate, Tiffany Caban, and in doing so, incorrectly referred to “Melinda” as “Melissa.”

When asked by WNYC’s Brian Lehrer to respond to a Gothamist report that NYC Transit president Andy Byford might quit in frustration, Cuomo downplayed Byford as a mere “division head” and instead used the opportunity to pivot to his own pet project: Re-jigging the MTA board.

New York lawmakers and Cuomo last year tapped their favorite slush funds for more than $500 million in pork barrel spending, and before the current session ends, the Legislature could once again jack up its favorite pork appropriations.

Hundreds of protesters frustrated by the slow movement of proposals to strengthen tenant protections in New York state yesterday blocked access to the Senate and Assembly chambers.

Sixty-one protesters pushing for an overhaul of rent laws that expire June 15 – including NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, a former tenant organizer – were arrested by State Police officers for aggressively blocking the entrances, clogging the hallways and disorderly conduct.

Two of the people arrested were also charged with third-degree assault for striking the Assembly sergeant-at-arms, Wyane Jackson, according to a spokesman for the state troopers.

Assembly leaders have said they support eight of the nine rent-related bills the protestors want. The Senate leadership had stayed mostly mum until yesterday, issuing a statement backing “all nine priority housing bills” almost immediately after the protests wound down. Activists remain concerned the bills would be watered down.

The state Legislature voted to make New York the first state in the nation to ban cat declawing.

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U.S. stocks surged today, rebounding sharply from recent declines after Federal Reserve officials hinted the central bank could lower interest rates if the economy slows in response to escalating tariffs and economic uncertainty.

President Trump urged Britain to forge ahead with plans to quit the European Union, reiterating his support for Brexit at a time of acute political crisis, as the prospect of a Britain overly dependent on the United States divided politicians and further inflamed thousands of anti-Trump protesters on the streets.

During Trump’s visit to 10 Downing Street, which serves as the office and residence of UK Prime Minister Theresa May, a cat – Larry, the “chief mouser” of Downing Street – decided to lie down underneath the president’s limo, known as “the Beast.”

A group of Trump supporters were forced to take shelter in a London bar as a crush of protesters swept through the city.

The Trump administration has ended the most common ways for Americans to visit Cuba, halting cruise ships and an educational travel authorization, officials announced.

The state’s top medical schools and research institutions, including Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, risk having to halt scientific studies on cigarettes, cigars and other products because the Cuomo administration wants those products to be taxed and regulated in a way that scientists say is unworkable.

With commercial tenants fleeing his Trump Tower, the president continues to spend $37,500 a month of campaign money for office space there — with some of that cash destined for his own wallet ― even as thousands of square feet go unused at a newly opened office in northern Virginia.

A majority of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s 2020 campaign staff has said it wants union representation.

The Catholic Church has spent more than $10.6 million on lobbying in northeastern states since 2011 — and has poured a significant amount of that money into blocking bills aimed at clergy sexual abuse, a recent study revealed.

A retired state DOT employee is asking the state inspector general’s office to examine the role his former agency played in the Schoharie limousine crash last October that killed 20 people.

The people likely to pay the steepest price for Trump’s attempts to bend Mexico and China to his will on trade are poor Americans, who already live close to the financial edge and could have to pay more for everyday purchases.

Hope Hicks is facing a possible contempt of Congress charge after the onetime White House golden girl refused to comply with a subpoena to hand over documents in the presidential obstruction of justice probe.

Death Wish Coffee, a company based in Round Lake, is returning to the International Space Station as part of a science experiment conducted by California students.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is considering nominating two senior administration officials to the board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which would further cement his grip on the organization.

Lawmakers, environmental advocates, and actors urged action on climate change bills just days after Cuomo expressed doubts any new legislation could get passed before the end of session. Megan Boone, from the NBC show “Blacklist,” broke down when making her plea to the governor.

Students at Vassar College are calling for the removal of one of the lead prosecutors of the Central Park Five case from the school’s Board of Trustees, following the May 31 release of the new Netflix mini-series about the case.

After midterm elections led to the ouster of many of the Real Estate Board of New York’s favorites in the state Senate, the industry’s trusty political lobbying arm is playing catch up to influence the Assembly ahead of the June rent laws showdown in Albany.

There is no need to take Suffolk prosecutors off the case against the woman charged with running over and killing anti-gang activist Evelyn Rodriguez, despite Rodriguez’s friendship with District Attorney Timothy Sini, a judge ruled.

Justice Scott Stone, who served in the town of Wolcott and the town of Butler in Wayne County, has resigned amid allegations he ranted publicly that the legal system “sucks” and that most defendants should end up “swinging outside the door,” officials said.

Forged “city-issued” placards led to the genuine arrests of eight drivers nabbed trying to scam their way out of NYC parking tickets, officials said.

Comedian Tracy Morgan was involved in a car crash on 42nd Street today that left his brand-new, $2 million Bugatti all scraped up — and the funnyman leaving in an ambulance.

Nearly 400 facilities nationwide, including two on Long Island, had a “persistent record of poor care” as of April, but they were not included along with a shorter list of homes that get increased federal scrutiny and do have warning labels, according to a U.S. Senate report released this week.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no interviews or public events yet announced.

The state Legislature is in session.

NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams will travel to Albany today call for passage of the housing justice package before the Legislature.

Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence travel from D.C. to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where they will visit the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, and tour flooded areas and meet with impacted families before returning home.

At 7:30 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul is a guest on Fox 5 “Good Day New York” with Rosanna Scotto and Lori Stokes.

At 9 a.m., NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and others attend the dedication of The Spur, the last section of the original High Line to be converted into public space, 10th Avenue and 30th Street, Manhattan.

Also at 9 a.m., Hochul delivers remarks at an at Eid al-Fitr celebration, Andalusia Islamic Center, 380 Walnut St., Yonkers.

At 9:30 a.m., the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission holds a public hearing on the proposed designation of six buildings associated with the history of the LGBT community as individual landmarks, Landmarks Preservation Commission, 1 Centre St., 9th Fl., Manhattan.

Also at 9:30 a.m., Williams will join a coalition of New Paltz Elected Officials to discuss the need for housing justice measures to be enacted and the impact rent regulation and tenant protections would have around New York, 10 Main St., #312, New Paltz.

Also at 9:30 a.m., State Sen. Jim Tedisco and his Corgi, Gracie, Senator Monica R. Martinez and Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal will join with their legislative colleagues, law enforcement and hundreds of pet owners and animal advocates to hold the 9th Annual NYS Animal Advocacy Day, The Well, LOB, 198 State St., Albany.

At 10 a.m., state Sen. Kevin Thomas conducts a public hearing about his recently sponsored New York Privacy Act, Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building, Albany.

Also at 10 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will attend and deliver remarks at the NYPD Medal Day Ceremony, One Police Plaza, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., the state Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities and the Senate Committee on Health hold a public hearing on suicide and suicide prevention, Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, second floor, Albany.

At 11:05 a.m., the state Board of Regents meets, 89 Washington Ave., Albany.

At 12:15 p.m., tenants and members of the Upstate-Downstate Housing Alliance stage a major civil disobedience and demand that elected leaders pass the nine bills that make up the “universal rent control” platform, Million Dollar Staircase, state Capitol, Albany. (Williams will attend).

At 2 p.m., de Blasio holds a media availability on crime statistics, Patrol Borough Brooklyn North, 179 Wilson Ave., 1st Fl., Brooklyn.

At 3 p.m., the state Senate is in session, Senate chamber, state Capitol, Albany.

At 5:30 p.m., tenants of the Fulton Houses public housing development in Chelsea hold a press conference before NYCHA’s community meeting, NYC Lab School, 333 W. 17th St., Manhattan.

At 8 p.m., NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray will deliver remarks at the Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, Prospect Park Bandshell, 141 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn.

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A federal judge has ruled against Democrats who sought to temporarily stop the president from using military funds for a border wall.

Judge Trevor N. McFadden of the US District Court for the District of Columbia, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, ended the president’s court clashes with the House when he ruled that the Democrat-controlled chamber could not show that it had suffered the sort of injury that gave it standing to sue.

The US Justice Department issued a withering rebuke to assertions that a Republican political operative helped draft the department’s request to place a citizenship question on the 2020 census, a decision whose legality the Supreme Court is likely to decide within weeks.

Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, who is on maternity leave after the birth of her first child with her husband, Prince Harry, was a no-show at the Buckingham Palace banquet for Trump’s state visit to England.

Trump today plans to attend a business round table at St. James’s Palace in the morning, followed by a meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain at her office at 10 Downing St., and a joint news conference.

Jeremy Corbyn will lead a protest of thousands raging against Trump in London today after the British labor leader snubbed the president at a formal banquet hosted by the Queen.

A London museum is reportedly considering acquiring the inflatable blimp depicting Trump as a crying baby holding a cellphone.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas dismissed rumors of his impending retirement, saying he has “no idea where this stuff comes from.”

Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand, New York’s junior U.S. senator, defended her call for former Minnesota Sen. Al Franken to resign, saying that credible allegations of sexual misconduct are “not too high a standard.”

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, who once said “we would be a more unified country” without Fox News, is now courting the network to join one of its town halls to boost his floundering presidential campaign.

The president of the nation’s largest anti-abortion advocacy group said it would spend $41 million in the 2020 cycle to re-elect Trump and “pro-life” members of Congress while advocating for more abortion restrictions at the state level.

The federal government is stepping up its scrutiny of the world’s biggest tech companies, leaving them vulnerable to new rules and federal lawsuits.

Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort will reportedly be moved from a federal prison lockup in Pennsylvania to Rikers Island later this week.

George Nader, a one-time Trump campaign intermediary who figured in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, was arrested on child pornography charges and detained after a hearing in Brooklyn federal court.

The House passed a $19.1 billion disaster-aid package with a bipartisan majority, sending the legislation to the president’s desk after months of wrangling delayed the typically uncontroversial funding.

Walmart Inc. said it is seeking to attract high school students by offering them a low-cost path to a college degree and will expand an education program it started a year ago – in a new bid to draw workers in a tight labor market.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is jumping into the hotly contested Queens District Attorney’s race and holding a fundraiser for local machine favorite, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, putting him at odds with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is backing public defender Tiffany Caban.

State lawmakers in one house at least – the state Assembly – are moving to vote next week on a measure that would allow immigrants in the country illegally to obtain a New York driver’s license.

The issue brought the incoming state Republican Party chairman, Nick Langworthy, to the Capitol yesterday. He said New Yorkers are “outraged” that the driver’s license issue will be among the final major topics to be considered by lawmakers this year.

Cuomo said although he supports lifting the cap to allow more charter schools to open in New York City, a proposal to allow that to happen won’t pass the Legislature before the Albany session ends on June 19.

Cuomo says he doesn’t believe it’s feasible for lawmakers to legalize recreational marijuana this year.

Cuomo is making a last-minute push to permanently assign cases where someone dies following an encounter with a member of law enforcement to the state Attorney General’s Office for an investigation, rather than a local district attorney.

Cuomo has an end-of-session wish list, and it includes a four-point women’s justice agenda.

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The House Oversight and Reform Committee is moving to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress for defying the panel’s subpoena for information about efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

Queen Elizabeth II welcomed President Trump to Buckingham Palace with an honor guard and royal artillery salute, while Trump carried on an ugly dispute with the mayor of London, whom he called a “stone cold loser” and said was doing a terrible job of running Britain’s capital city.

​Mayor Bill de Blasio and the mayor of London slapped back at Trump after the commander-in-chief compared the two, saying Sadiq Khan reminds him of our “dum​b​ and very incompetent​”​ mayor of New York.

Prince Harry kept his distance from Trump, who called Harry’s wife, Meghan Markle, “nasty” in a taped newspaper interview, and then claimed he never said that.

Trump tweeted his praise for the queen and the British royal family as he said his trip to London was going “really well” before venturing to a state dinner at Buckingham Palace.

In response to her harsh criticism during a Fox News town hall, the NRA released a letter that then-Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand wrote to the group in 2008 offering praise, where she stated that she looked “forward to working with you for many years in Congress.”

When Fox News host Chris Wallace interrupted Gillibrand during the town hall, the presidential hopeful kept her cool with a sharp retort about women needing to get a seat at the proverbial power table.

Quest Diagnostics, the world’s largest blood testing provider, said today that the personal information of about 11.9 million patients may have been exposed in a recent data breach.

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide if a group of IBM retirees can sue the company’s retirement fund over IBM’s 2015 sale of its computer chip business to GlobalFoundries.

Organizers of the weekend’s disastrous Governors Ball offered refunds for its canceled final day of performances as furious fans fumed about getting “Frye Fest’d,” and vowed to never again attend the chaotic event.

De Blasio was in Albany today to push for several of his legislative priorities, including reforming rent regulations, legalizing marijuana and eliminating the Specialized High School Admissions Test.

…but before he addressed local issues, de Blasio made sure to touch on national politics.

The governor of Illinois is poised to sign a bill legalizing the recreational use of marijuana there, making it the first state to do so through its legislature and the 11th overall to legalize pot.

The University at Buffalo Council this morning voted to remove the name of billionaire pharmaceutical company founder John N. Kapoor from the building that houses the university’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences after he was convicted last month in a racketeering conspiracy to bribe doctors to overprescribe a highly addictive opioid medication.

A group opposed to legalizing recreational marijuana in New York has paid for a new billboard in Syracuse with a giant gummy bear to rally public opposition to the proposal.

Two of the three men involved in a violent confrontation with Albany Police have filed federal lawsuits against the department alleging excessive force and unlawful arrest.

Kathryn Garcia, the acting director of NYCHA, fired back at a federal monitor over his harsh criticism of her handling of the lead paint crisis in New York City’s public housing, accusing him of exaggerating backlogs in apartment inspections for lead paint.

Erica Vladimer, a former state Senate staffer who recently helped to organize the first hearings on sexual harassment in Albany in 27 years, announced she will seek to unseat a longtime House member in next year’s Democratic primary: Manhattan Rep. Carolyn Maloney.

A Syracuse city councilor drew a chorus of boos when he nixed a vote to support laws that would expand New York City rent control policies statewide and ban no-cause evictions.

National Grid has installed its first-ever battery storage system on its electrical grid in New York state.

The Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office isn’t expected to rule for several months on the cause of death for Timothy Budek, the Buffalo man who died Sunday in police department custody.