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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said that there “certainly is” justification for launching impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, but cautioned that the public first must agree that it’s warranted.

“The American people right now do not support it because they do not know the story,” Nadler said. “They don’t know the facts. We have to get the facts out. We have to hold a series of hearings, we have to hold the investigations.”

US Attorney General William Barr disagreed with former special counsel Robert Mueller’s lack of a definitive conclusion on whether Trump committed obstruction of justice regarding matters related to the Russia probe.

Nadler said that he will call Mueller to testify before Congress, explaining that television viewers needed to see it, as most Americans didn’t read the full Mueller report on his Russia probe.

Two of America’s largest dollar store chains warned that rising tariffs due to escalating trade tensions between Washington and Beijing would hit U.S. shoppers, after reporting strong quarterly sales that sent their shares up about 6 percent.

The state Democratic Party’s effort to make pre-primary enrollment easier might have hit a snag with the state Board of Elections, which thinks legislation is required to make this change.

The F.D.A. has been skeptical of the rapidly growing cannabis industry, but it is under increasing pressure from Congress to ease the path to market for cannabis-derived products.

At this point, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand isn’t focused on winning the 2020 Democratic primary. She’s worried about surviving the next few months. Her biggest problem: fundraising.

New York City Transit head Andy Byford ripped the delinquents who caused pandemonium during today’s morning-rush when they set off a firecracker on a Manhattan train, calling them “mindless idiots.”

The CDC: “If these outbreaks continue through summer and fall, the United States may lose its measles elimination status. That loss would be a huge blow for the nation and erase the hard work done by all levels of public health.”

The New Jersey house that Tony Soprano called home is listing for sale 20 years after its television debut, with a “starting price” of $3.4 million.

Rochester Democratic Assemblyman David F. Gantt is recovering at home after being involved in a car crash last night on Central Park that injured several people. Police did not specify which vehicle Gantt was in, or if he was driving.

Presidential candidates and state lawmakers are all debating whether to remove penalties for prostitution, a proposal that used to be taboo in most political circles.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, ahead of a presidential campaign trip to South Carolina this weekend, named just one issue when asked by WNYC radio host Brian Lehrer what his “top priorities” are for the end of the legislative session in Albany: The rent laws.

Heineken International is the latest company to pull its sponsorship from the Fresno Grizzlies after the California minor-league baseball team showed an inflammatory video likening Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and other “enemies of freedom” during a Memorial Day game.

Lake Ontario has reached the record-high level set just two years ago, and was likely to exceed that today.

The Niagara Wheatfield Senior High School student who attended school throughout this entire academic year with the girl he raped was removed from school today, according to a statement on the district website.

But the number of hunters in WNY – the majority of whom are white men in their late 40s and early 50s – is shrinking at a rapid rate, according to data provided by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

The Museum of Broadway, presented by Untitled Theatricals and Rubik Marketing, is expected to open in Times Square in 2020.

The sale of the “cool Colonial crib” shared by the governor and Sandra Lee was picked up by….TMZ.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office has not yet released his public schedule for the day.

The state Legislature is not in session.

At 5:30 p.m., President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence attend a reception in honor of Gold Star Families.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray bring his 2020 presidential campaign to South Carolina (very briefly) this weekend. They’re due back in NYC Saturday night.

At 9 a.m., NYC Councilwoman Margaret Chin joins NYC Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mitchell Silver for a groundbreaking, Seward Park, East Broadway and Essex Street, Manhattan.

Also at 9 a.m., state Sen. Rachel May will host the first annual State of the Youth rally with Community Partnership V.O.I.C.E. (Violence Overcome by Involving Community Effort), Great Room, Gordon Student Center, Onondaga Community College 4585 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse.

Also at 9 a.m., state Assemblyman David Weprin delivers remarks at Queensborough Community College’s commencement ceremony, 222-05 56th Ave., Queens.

At 9:30 a.m., Girls for Gender Equity gathers to issue an urgent call to New York City and the Department of Education regarding the issue of sexual violence and harassment in public schools, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., “The Brian Lehrer Show” features NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, WNYC.

Also at 10 a.m., the state Assembly Health Committee holds a public hearing on rural health care services, Hearing Room C, Legislative Office Building, second floor, Albany.

At 11 a.m., a rally is held to call on de Blasio to increase funding for the Source of Income Unit at CCHR to help homeless New Yorkers find housing, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli attends the LGBT Network ground opening and ribbon cutting ceremony, LGBT Network Next Generation Community Center, 125 Kennedy Dr., Hauppauge, Long Island.

At noon, Rep. Carolyn Maloney joins census experts and community advocates in response to the revelation of documents showing that a Republican gerrymandering expert was the driving force behind the Trump Administration’s push for a citizenship question, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 1 p.m., NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams will interview Laura McQuade, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood NYC, live on Instagram to discuss the abortion bans becoming law in a number of states around the country.

At 1:45 p.m., state Sen. John Liu, Assembly members Nily Rozic and Edward Braunstein and others announce a new early voting site in northeastern Queens, Korean Community Services, 203-05 32nd Ave., Queens.

At 6 p.m., state Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon hosts a housing workshop to discuss rent stabilization and legislation to strengthen tenants’ rights, Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn.

Headlines…

President Donald Trump vowed to impose a 5 percent tariff on Mexican goods until that country stops immigrants from entering the U.S. illegally, brandishing a weapon used against a widening group of countries and jeopardizing a new North American trade agreement.

Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani straight-up accused former Vice President Joe Biden of bribing the Ukrainian president to make an investigation into his son go away.

Giuliani also dared Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify before Congress.

Hillary Clinton and her daughter Chelsea are reportedly forming a production company to pursue film and television projects, making a foray into Hollywood after decades in the public eye.

The former secretary of state, who had that high-profile problem with an email server in her basement, will serve as a keynote speaker at the Cyber Defense Summit 2019, the cybersecurity company FireEye announced.

With the U.S. Supreme Court poised to rule on whether the citizenship question added to the U.S. Census is legal, explicit information has emerged that demonstrates the Trump administration added the question specifically to advance Republican Party interests.

Republicans have been successfully leveraging the Supreme Court balance of power as a major campaign issue to ignite their base since the 1980s. For Democrats, the 2020 election may mark the first in modern times that they unite around the high court as a driving force in a presidential election.

The White House’s directive to hide a Navy destroyer named after Senator John McCain during Trump’s recent visit to a naval base in Japan was driven, administration officials said, by a fear of bad visuals — the name of the president’s nemesis clearly visible in photographs of him.

A number of prominent African-American lawmakers, including Rep. Maxine Waters of California, the powerful chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, are leading the charge to impeach the president, as they hear from constituents back home.

Among those still holding out on impeachment: Upstate Rep. Anthony Brindisi.

The U.S. government now owns a Trump Tower condo compliments of Paul Manafort. A federal judge granted the Justice Department’s request to seize the choice piece of New York City real estate that was formerly owned by Manafort, Trump’s ex-campaign manager.

According to federal data, nearly half of all voters who voted in person in 2016 signed in at their polling place using an electronic poll book. That’s up from 27 percent just one presidential election prior. Experts warn the systems have security and reliability issues.

After seven years and two previous vetoes, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill decriminalizing so-called “gravity knives” in New York.

Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio blew off a solemn dedication ceremony for a memorial to those who died from toxic exposure to Ground Zero — and got blasted by first responders and their families.

Advocates of legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in New York are preparing a final push on state lawmakers, though the chances of enacting such a measure this year remain uncertain.

With both houses of the state Legislature firmly in Democratic control, tenants are rallying for reversal of provisions in state rent laws that let landlords increase rents above the hikes on renewed leases permitted by the city Rent Guidelines Board.

Amid the worst measles outbreak in more than two decades, New York City health officials have issued 123 civil summonses to people found to be noncompliant with an April emergency order requiring unvaccinated people in parts of Brooklyn to get the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine.

There have been more measles cases in the United States the first five months of 2019 than there were in all of 1992, when the last large outbreak occurred, federal health officials said, in part because of the spread of misinformation about vaccines.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has certified as complete the Title V air permit application filed by Competitive Power Ventures for the company’s Valley Energy Center in Wawayanda.

An anti-Semitic message was found on a banner in front of the Jewish Children’s Museum in Crown Heights. Cuomo directed the State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to assist the NYPD in the investigation.

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Attorney General William Barr says he believes special counsel Robert Mueller could have reached a decision on whether President Trump obstructed justice during the course of his 22-month long investigation.

Despite preliminary discussions to the contrary, U.S. Navy leaders decided not to cover up the name of the USS John S. McCain, as requested by the White House, prior to Trump’s visit to Japan, U.S. officials said.

The president seemed to openly acknowledge on Twitter that the Kremlin had given him a leg-up against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, and then quickly walked that back.

Bill O’Reilly said Trump called him the night of Mueller’s statement on his report to complain that Mueller doesn’t like him because Trump once refused to refund a country club membership deposit.

New Hampshire repealed the death penalty after the state legislature voted to override a veto from GOP Gov. Chris Sununu, making it the 21st state to abolish the punishment in the US.

Longtime Trump associate Roger Stone attended a 2 1/2-hour hearing in a D.C. courthouse, during which a federal judge repeatedly pressed his attorneys over their legal arguments, saying previous court rulings prevent her from ruling in their favor.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand held a fundraiser targeting women in the entertainment community last night amid a growing uproar over the spread of abortion bans across the South.

With nothing left to lose, perhaps the incoming chair Nick Langworthy can, as he promises, revive the near-dead state GOP.

A man who set himself on fire near the White House has died of his injuries, authorities confirmed.

New legislation making its way through the Capitol would require pets be brought inside when the state issues warnings of extremely hot or cold conditions. An owner would face at least a $500 fine for a first offense, and pets could be seized for non-compliance.

Long Island Rep. Kathleen Rice is introducing a package of bills to combat impaired or distracted driving, including a requirement that within 10 years all new cars be equipped with advanced technology that uses infrared light to detect if a driver is under the influence.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren amplified her call for a state takeover of the city school district, releasing a video urging support of the plan that Regents Vice Chancellor T. Andrew Brown described in an internal email exchange last week.

An Illinois Republican lawmaker’s claim that New York’s graduated tax rate, which charges wealthier residents more, caused the rich to flee the state is rated untrue by PolitifactIL.

Lily Pond, the Westchester County home the governor shares with Sandra Lee, is officially on the market: Asking price: $2 million.

Speaking of houses, Hillary Clinton offered a rare glimpse into the pair’s urban retreat, after she opened the doors of the neo-Georgian residence to Architectural Digest.

Attorneys for SUNY Polytechnic Institute founder Alain Kaloyeros and Joe Percoco, a former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, separately filed appeals seeking to overturn their convictions last year on federal corruption charges.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez declared war on whiskey sour mix — and somehow turned it into a political point about the struggles of being a smart and attractive woman in politics.

The Erie County Board of Elections has proposed 37 sites for early voting before the Nov. 5 general election. The sites would open Saturday, Oct. 26.

A poster signed by Bruce Springsteen helped the “Healing Schoharie” effort clear its goal of raising $50,000 to aid the families who lost loved ones in the October 2018 limousine crash in Schoharie County and the first responders on the scene.

Sesame Street is turning 50.

Here and Now

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

The state Legislature is in session.

Today’s calendar is quite lengthy, and appears at the end of this post.

Headlines…

Rep. Jerry Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said beginning impeachment hearings against President Trump is among the “options on the table” after special counsel Robert Mueller announced the end of his Russia probe.

Mueller chose in the end to speak out, just this once if he has his way, to plead for a deliberate assessment of the facts from a deeply divided political system that shows no willingness to look at his findings through his dispassionate eyes.

Hours after Mueller broke his silence and said that Russia had sought to damage Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, Clinton said that the “systemic efforts to interfere” in the 2016 election “deserves the attention of every American.”

Clinton made the remarks as part of a commencement address yesterday afternoon to more than 2,400 Hunter College students inside New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand joined the chorus of Democratic presidential candidates calling for the House to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump, saying that Mueller made it clear that Congress should move forward with hearings on the president’s conduct.

Also on the impeachment train: Long Island Rep. Kathleen Rice.

Trump’s re-election camp launched a fundraising blitz just minutes after Mueller issued a statement saying he’s done with the Russia probe.

The White House asked the Navy to hide a destroyer named after the late Arizona Sen. John McCain in order to avoid having the ship appear in photographs taken while President Trump was visiting Japan this week, White House and military officials said.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi strongly rebuked Facebook, saying the company’s refusal to take down altered videos of her demonstrated how the social network contributed to misinformation and enabled Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Vice President Mike Pence and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will discuss their countries’ joint dispute with China over Huawei during a meeting in Ottawa today, a senior US administration official said.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will return to her restaurant roots Friday, tending bar in the 14th Congressional District (location TBA) to raise support for a campaign to change how tipped employees are paid. But the approach she’ll champion helped to close at least one establishment where she used to work.

On the heels of a spate of anti-abortion legislation passed in recent months across the South, Louisiana lawmakers voted to ban the procedure after the pulsing of what becomes the fetus’s heart can be detected. The restriction is backed by the state’s Democratic governor.

A government watchdog group requested an investigation into the head of the Environmental Protection Agency’s air office, arguing the Trump appointee violated an ethics pledge by meeting with former clients.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo rapped lawmakers for dragging their heels in passing a new law that would lift the ban on surrogacy contracts — which would enable New Yorkers for the first time to pay a woman in the state to carry their baby to term through in-vitro fertilization.

The leader of the state Senate, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, says the pressures of forging agreements on major pieces of legislation might be getting to Cuomo. She was asked about disparaging comments that Cuomo made about the Senate in recent days.

NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams wants the city to require a “racial impact study” for all proposed rezoning plans to stem gentrification, while also saying an income report would accomplish the same goal.

The state Business Council of New York backed legislation giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, claiming it will be a boon to the economy.

The safeguards put in place by New York City to protect its water supply should be used as a model for the state, according to the NY Public Interest Research Group report released this week.

Facing the prospect of state legislation that could dramatically alter the landscape of rent regulation, a trio of prominent and deep-pocketed New York City real estate companies met privately with a group representing the interests of the affordable housing industry to explore a potential compromise.

Lawrence Porcari, the corporation counsel for Mount Vernon, was indicted on charges of engaging in a scheme to divert public funds to pay for the criminal legal defense of the city’s mayor, Richard Thomas.

The resurgence of a once-eradicated disease – measles – has made its way to Staten Island, according to city officials.

Cuomo announced the state is launching a Lake Ontario Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Commission.

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller told the country in a dramatic statement that it was “not an option” for his office to have charged President Trump with an obstruction crime, adding it would be ‘inappropriate’ for him to speak further about his probe of Russian election interference.

“If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” Mueller said, reading from prepared notes behind a lectern at the Justice Department. “We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime.”

Mueller emphasized that he were to testify in front of Congress as requested, no new information would be provided. “The report is my testimony,” he said.

Mueller also publicly announced he is resigning as special counsel because the investigation he was appointed in 2017 to conduct is complete.

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker called for Congress to launch impeachment proceedings against Trump, becoming the latest 2020 White House contender to endorse the president’s removal from office.

An unidentified man set himself on fire early this afternoon in front of sightseers on the Ellipse park in downtown Washington, D.C., not far from the White House, authorities said.

New York Times White House reporter Maggie Haberman, who came under fire over the weekend for her article about Hope Hicks’ apparent dilemma about complying with a congressional subpoena, acknowledged the criticism and said it’s “unfortunate” that “the tenor” of critiques against her have “gotten extremely personal.”

Lawyers for a Navy SEAL accused of killing an Islamic State prisoner in Iraq in 2017 want the case thrown out because of alleged prosecutorial misconduct that includes withholding evidence and conducting surveillance on the defense.

The state’s largest business lobbying group – the Business Council of New York State – came out in support of New York granting driver’s licenses to immigrants who are in the United States illegally.

A leadership change in the New York Republican Party has left the state organization looking even more like the national GOP, with pro-Trump populists ascendant and wealthier social moderates on the wane.

New York’s mayors are throwing their support behind an end of session push to legalize the use of electric bicycles and scooters.

New York State Electric & Gas Corp. is seeking a rate increase that would raise the average monthly bill for its electric customers by more than $10 a month.

Approximately 500 Remington Arms employees will be furloughed for the months of June and July while much of the plant is shut down.

Clinton County Treasurer Kimberly Davis, a Democrat, will challenge Republican state Sen. Betty Little in 2020.

Retired Orchard Park Police Chief Mark F. Pacholec faced two votes of no confidence by his police officers and command staff in the months before he retired, according to a joint statement released by the unions representing those town employees.

Rod Watson: “Add one more crime to the list (WNY Republican Rep.) Chris Collins is accused of committing. Except when it comes to this one, the verdict already is in: He’s guilty of rampant hypocrisy.”

Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas is proposing a trio of bills inspired by a woman whose story shed light on a Columbia University doctor accused of sexually assaulting dozens of pregnant women in his care.

Tiffany Cabán’s grassroots campaign for Queens district attorney is drawing contributions from across the nation. But her two most frequent donors are local: two campaign staffers who together have made dozens of donations as small as $5.

If you are not yet registered and are hoping to vote on June 25, the deadline to sign up is this Friday, May 31. You can register in person at your county Board of Elections office or postmark a completed downloaded form by Friday so it’s received no later than Wednesday, June 5.

Here and Now

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

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is off the 2020 campaign trail and in the city, but has no public schedule.

The state Legislature is in session, and the countdown to the Big Ugly is on.

At 7:30 a.m., “Good Day New York” features Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Fox 5.

At 9 a.m., the state Senate Standing Committee on Judiciary holds a public hearing on legislation authorizing and regulating compensated gestational surrogacy agreements, Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Fl., Albany.

At 9:15 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul highlights state efforts to increase access to childcare services, Business Council of Westchester Foundation’s Child Care Forum, 800 Westchester Ave., 5th Fl., Board Room, Rye Brook.

At 9:30 a.m., the state Senate Committee on Cities meets, Room 123, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 9:30 a.m., the state Senate Committee on Social Services meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 409, Albany.

At 10 a.m., the state Senate Committee on Energy and Telecommunications meets, Room 124, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 10 a.m., the state Senate Committee on Elections meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 904, Albany.

Also at 10 a.m., the state Senate Committee on Banks meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 710, Albany.

Also at 10 a.m., the Senate Standing Committees on Education and Budget and Revenues holds a public hearing, Legislative Office Building, Hearing Room B, 198 State St., Albany.

Also at 10 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on Finance meets, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., Rep. Nydia Velázquez attends NYCHA Veterans and Military Families recognition and resource fair, Raices Community Center, 272 Wyckoff St., Brooklyn.

At 10:30 a.m., Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Councilman Francisco Moya, HPD, Enterprise, and HANAC host a ribbon cutting for the HANAC Corona Senior Residence, a newly constructed 88-unit affordable housing community for low-income seniors, HANAC Corona Senior Residence, 54-17 101st Street, Queens.

Also at 10:30 a.m., the state Senate Committee on Agriculture meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 816, Albany.

Also at 10:30 a.m., NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams holds a media availability with Councilman Rafael Salamanca Jr. and Churches United For Fair Housing on a bill to require a racial impact study to be conducted for all proposed land use actions, 1 Centre St., 15th Fl., conference room, Manhattan.

At 10:45 a.m., US AG Secretary Sonny Perdue and Rep. Tom Reed will visit Ravines Wine Cellars to participate in a roundtable discussion with local agriculture leaders and stakeholders, 400 Barracks Rd., Geneva.

At 11 a.m., national experts and immigrants from New York and New Jersey to release Safe Roads report on expanding access to driver’s licenses to nearly 1.2 million people, 520 8th Ave., Suite 1800, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., the state Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 810, Albany.

Also at 11 a.m., the state Senate Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 412, Albany.

Also at 11 a.m., the state Senate Committee on Civil Service and Pensions meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 901, Albany.

At 11:15 a.m., Hochul delivers remarks at a Celebrating Women in Government and Leadership event, Concordia College, Scheele Memorial Library, OSilas Gallery, 171 White Plains Rd., Bronxville.

At 11:30 a.m., the state Senate Committee on Local Government meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 801, Albany.

Also at 11:30 a.m., the state Senate Committee on Children and Families meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 915, Albany.

Also at 11:30 a.m., the state Senate Committee on Codes meets, Room 124, state Capitol, Albany.

At 11:45 a.m., Speaker Carl Heastie and Minority Leader Brian Kolb will address the luncheon of the Assembly’s 39th Annual Legislative Disabilities Awareness Day to highlight the accomplishments of individuals with disabilities and advocates, The Well, LOB, 198 State St., Albany.

At noon, NYC Councilman Antonio Reynoso, environmental justice and labor advocates and sanitation workers gather to announce the introduction of a bill to create a citywide commercial waste zoning system, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at noon, the state Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 816, Albany.

Also at noon, NYC Council members I. Daneek Miller and Margaret Chin host a rally in support of the Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act, Greenwich Street between Fulton and Dey Street, across from the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, Manhattan.

At 12:30 p.m., the state Senate Committee on Insurance meets, Room 124, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 12:30 p.m., state Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 804, Albany.

At 1 p.m., Rep. Grace Meng, joined by officials from the U.S. Postal Service and the Museum of Chinese in America, hold an unveiling ceremony for new stamps commemorating the 150th anniversary of America’s Transcontinental Railroad and the contributions that Chinese immigrant laborers made in building it, Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street, Manhattan.

Also at 1 p.m., NYC Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson joins the Alternatives to Incarceration/Reentry Coalition to call for increased support for prisoner reentry services in the City, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 1, Hochul announces the opening of the affordable hosing rehabilitation of Michelangelo Apartments, 225 E. 149th St., the Bronx.

At 1:30 p.m., the NYC Council holds a stated meeting, Council chamber, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 1:40 p.m., Hochul is a guest on WSHU’s “The Full Story” with Ron Ropiak.

At 1:45 p.m., a coalition of nearly 15 business leaders and community stakeholders will come together to launch the New York Smart Growth Coalition in support of the Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act, Million Dollar Staircase, 2nd Fl., state Capitol, Albany.

At 2 p.m., patient and disability rights advocates will hold a news conference to warn of the dangers of legalized assisted suicide, LOB, Room 130, 198 State St., Albany.

At 3 p.m., the state Senate is in session, Senate chambers, 3rd Fl., state Capitol, Albany.

At 3:45 p.m., Perdue and Rep. Anthony Brindisi will visit Chobani Yogurt Facility and participate in a stakeholder roundtable, 669 County Road 25, New Berlin.

At 5 p.m., NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson and City Council members hold a fundraiser for Farah Louis, who has been elected as the Council Member for the 45th District, The Beekman Pub, 15 Beekman St., Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., Hochul addresses the Consul General of Canada’s New York partnership reception, Renaissance Hotel, DeWitt Ballroom, 144 State St., Albany.

At 6:30 p.m., City & State hosts the 2019 Long Island Power 100, bringing together some of the most influential people in Long Island, The Mansion at Oyster Bay, 1 S. Woods Road, Woodbury.

Also at 6:30 p.m., Rep. Nydia Velazquez addresses the Spring 2019 Gowanus Superfund Town Hall, P.S. 133, 610 Baltic St., Brooklyn.

Also at 6:30 p.m., Diaz Jr. is honored at the DreamYard Benefit Gala, Capitale, 130 Bowery, Manhattan.

At 7:30 p.m., Williams attends the Brooklyn Children’s Museum Spring Benefit, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Brooklyn.

Headlines…

When it comes to him siding with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his description of Joe Biden as having a “low IQ,” President Trump says the former VP has got it all wrong, and he was actuallysticking up for” Biden.

“The President’s comments are beneath the dignity of the office,” Biden’s Deputy Campaign Manager Kate Bedingfield said in a statement. “To be on foreign soil, on Memorial Day, and to side repeatedly with a murderous dictator against a fellow American and former Vice President speaks for itself.”

Biden released the first major policy platform of his campaign, a sweeping education proposal that urges federal investment in low-income schools, supports universal prekindergarten and higher teacher pay, and, he added in a public appearance later, opposes for-profit charter schools.

In recent days, the disconnect between Trump and his national security adviser, John Bolton, has spilled over into public, sowing confusion around the world about America’s foreign policy, particularly on matters of war and peace.

Justice Clarence Thomas predicted the Supreme Court eventually will have to take up abortion law, after the court refused to consider reinstating Indiana’s 2016 law that bans women from aborting a fetus based on its race, gender or disability and requires burial rites for aborted fetuses.

The Federal Aviation Administration says it’s investigating decisions to exclude Chick-fil-A from airport concession contracts in San Antonio, Texas, and Buffalo, New York, over opposition to the fast-food chain owners’ record on LGBTQ issues.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez plans to return to her former employment of tending bar in her district at a Friday event to support tipped workers in the Empire State.

Ocasio-Cortez responded to a minor league baseball team that aired a video portraying her as an “enemy of freedom” and put her picture next to Kim Jong Un and Fidel Castro, saying actions like this one inspire a “flood of death threats.”

The pugilistic and embattled attorney Michael Avenatti pleaded not guilty to defrauding his most famous client, porn star Stormy Daniels, and seized the spotlight to toss a barb at Trump.

A young man has been sentenced to a year of probation after he snuck through a tunnel onto Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property in Florida while Mr. Trump was there in November, according to court documents.

Mark Lindblom, 19, apologized to a federal magistrate, saying he didn’t mean any harm when he infiltrated the swanky Palm Beach club, but “wanted to see how far I could get.”

A minor league baseball team in California is apologizing after displaying a YouTube video on a big screen that depicted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as an “enemy of freedom.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo provided his own end-of-session wish list, and it includes everything from legalization of marijuana and driver’s licenses for immigrants in the country illegally to permitting gestational surrogacy contracts.

…Cuomo also announced he plans on seeking a fourth term in 2022.

Cuomo and the state Legislature used a whole bag of accounting tricks to make it appear the latest state budget honored his perennial pledge to limit Albany’s operational spending increases to 2 percent, but it’s really more like 4.9 percent, according to an analysis by the nonprofit Citizens Budget Committee.

While Cuomo and lawmakers debate a litany of issues before the Albany session adjourns on June 19, former GOP US Sen.-turned-powerhouse lobbyist Al D’Amato is co-chairing a “Long Island cocktail reception” fundraiser in Great Neck Sunday for the governor, with tickets starting at $5,000.

It’s languished for more than two decades in the state Legislature, but a bill to create a single-payer health care system in New York may finally stand a chance now that Democrats have control of both houses.

NYC Councilman Brad Lander endorsed Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren for president in 2020, saying the reluctance of others to back her is due to a “a bias toward male leadership.”

He rose to power off the generosity of high-priced lobbyists seeking access to City Hall, yet NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio now says his pipe-dream presidential campaign won’t be accepting donations from lobbyists with business before the city and federal government.

Longtime Green Party activist and Syracuse resident Howie Hawkins formally launched his bid for the Green Party’s presidential nomination. The announcement, made in Brooklyn, comes several months after Hawkins this year formed an exploratory committee for a potential run.

More teens accused of serious felonies will be released from jail without bail under New York City’s latest push to limit incarceration.

Legislation to end what’s called the “gay panic” defense, which allows those facing murder charges to say their actions were driven by an extreme emotional disturbance incited by a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity, gained new momentum with renewed support from Cuomo.

New Yorkers, long proud of their status as cultural trendsetters on everything from fashion to Cronuts, have thus far been left out of the electric scooter craze sweeping the nation because they are not yet legal here.

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Loretta Lynch, the first black woman to serve as US attorney general, is about to re-emerge in the legal world, joining the law firm Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison as a litigation partner in its New York office, where she will work on complex lawsuits and defend companies in criminal prosecutions.

Minutes after Air Force One touched down, returning Trump to Washington after a formal state visit to Japan, former Vice President Joe Biden, the 2020 Democratic frontrunner, responded to the president’s decision to embrace an insult hurled at Biden by North Korean state media.

The US Supreme Court sidestepped part of a case that could have tested the constitutional right to abortion established in Roe v. Wade, turning down an appeal to reinstate a strict Indiana abortion law. But the court upheld part of the same law regulating the disposal of fetal remains.

Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani is reportedly pitching to reprise his “jack-of-all-trades” role within the Trump campaign as it gears up for the 2020 election.

Former Vice President Joe Biden is preparing for a June fundraising blitz in New York, where he will be joined by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and famed short seller Jim Chanos.

Facing a growing storm of outrage over an overtime scandal, Cuomo opened the door to possibly demanding work rule changes from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s unions as part of upcoming contract talks.

Cuomo also cracked open the door on a proposal to expand sports betting outside the confines of brick-and-mortar casinos.

Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s Spitzer Enterprises has landed a $386 million refinancing package for its luxury multifamily development at 420 Kent Avenue on the Williamsburg, Brooklyn waterfront.

The Problem Solvers Caucus released a report with bipartisan policy recommendations to build a 21st Century infrastructure network for America.

The number of new diabetes cases among U.S. adults keeps falling, even as obesity rates climb, and health officials aren’t sure why.

Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, won’t meet with Trump when he’s hosted by the royals next month. She has been critical of the president in her pre-marriage/Hollywood actress life.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is finally throwing his support behind paid vacation time — five years after it was first introduced by a city councilman — just as he’s made compensated leave a central component of his presidential stump speech.

NYPIRG’s review of the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Third Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule data (2013-2015) found that 176 water systems detected one or more emerging contaminants, affecting nearly 16 million New Yorkers.

The homes provided to college presidents in the Capital Region differ vastly in terms of comfort, size and opulence.

Ted Sarandos, the chief content officer for Netflix, stated the video streaming company may consider pulling out production from the state of Georgia if the recently signed heartbeat bill is upheld in federal courts.

Albany County Comptroller Michael Conners announced his office is investigating an allegation that a county employee had been doing political campaign work on the job.

MTA Police are investigating the vandalism of a billboard at the Bellmore Long Island Rail Road station advertising an upcoming Long Beach festival that attracts tens of thousands of members of the LGBT community, officials said.

Albany Medical Center President and CEO James J. Barba, who has led the major health care institution since 1995, will retire in March, the hospital announced.

The number of self-service laundry spots in New York City has dropped 25 percent since 2015, so owners are doing what they can to stay in business – offering pastries, coffee, free meditation classes and more.

Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino has stopped the town clerk – an elected official – from speaking to the town board during public hearings or on resolutions during regular meetings.

Here and Now

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

The state Legislature isn’t yet in session, (that occurs tomorrow), but when lawmakers return tomorrow after the Memorial Day break, they will have just 13 session days before the 2019 legislative session is scheduled to end June 19.

Issues yet unresolved include: Rent regulations, marijuana legalization for recreational use, medically assisted suicide, cracking down on sexual harassment, prevailing wage requirement for all publicly-funded projects, capital spending (left out of the budget deal), sports betting (online gaming), letting undocumented immigrants get drier’s licenses, a farmer workers’ bill of rights…and much more.

At 9 a.m., NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, Mayor Bill de Blasio, and a coalition of advocates will hold a rally in support of legislation from the public advocate mandating paid personal time for employees, ahead of a hearing on the bill, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., the state Senate and Assembly to hold the first-ever joint public hearing on the New York Health Act (single payer health care), Legislative Office Building, Hearing Room A, 2nd Fl., 198 State St., Albany.

Also at 10 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on Civil Service and Labor will hold a hearing on Williams’ bill, Intro 800-A, which would mandate that employers provide paid personal time for employees, Council chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., the state Senate Committee on Housing, Construction, and Community Development holds a public hearing, Town Hall, 177 Hillside Ave., Greenburgh.

At 10:30 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul announces funding for Restore the Gorge and launches the Discover Niagara shuttle season, Whirlpool State Park, Niagara Scenic Parkway, Niagara Falls.

At 11 a.m., Howie Hawkins will formally announce his bid for the Green Party nod for president in 2020, Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn.

At noon, NYPIRG releases a report analyzing federal drinking water data regarding emerging contaminants detected in water systems in New York, 3rd Fl., state Capitol, between the Senate and Assembly chambers, Albany.

Also at noon, state Sen. Brad Hoylman, Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz, parents,and their immunocompromised school aged children who are threatened by the ongoing measles epidemic urge the Legislature to end the non-medical exemption for vaccinations in New York, 250 Broadway, 20th Fl., Albany.

Also at noon, Hochul delivers remarks at a Pride Week flag raising ceremony, Buffalo City Hall, 65 Niagara Sq., Buffalo.

At 1 p.m., NYC Councilmen Chaim Deutsch and Rafael Espinal host a rally to call for Mayor Bill de Blasio to fund kosher and halal school lunches for students in the city, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 2 p.m., Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, holds a field hearing on the census, The Little Theater, LaGuardia Community College, 31-10 Thomson Ave., Queens.

At 4 p.m., state Assemblyman David Weprin sponsors a measles immunization testing event, Young Israel of Jamaica Estates, 83-10 188th St., Queens.

Also at 4 p.m., Hochul announces the launch of the University at Buffalo Innovation Hub, NYS Center of Excellence, 2nd Fl., Bioinformatics and Life Sciences Center, 701 Ellicott St., Buffalo.

At 6 p.m., Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer co-sponsors a Pier 40 legislative forum, 75 Morton St., cafeteria, Manhattan.

Also at 6 p.m., Williams and state Sen. Jessica Ramos will hold a discussion on tenants’ rights, with a focus on MCIs (Major Capital Improvements) and the rent regulation legislation currently before Albany lawmakers, 55-01 94th St., Elmhurst, Queens.

At 6:30 p.m., Brewer hosts an Iftar dinner, Masjid Malcolm Shabazz, 102 W. 116th St., Manhattan.

Also at 6:30 p.m., Rep. Nydia Velázquez attends CODA Annual Spring Fundraiser event honoring community members and organizations, Loverboy, 127 Avenue C, Manhattan.

Also at 6:30 p.m., Weprin attends NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer’s Jewish Heritage Month celebration, Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place, Manhattan.

At 7:30 p.m., following a screening of “The Grass is Greener,” Williams, state Sen. Leroy Comrie, Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman, and the Drug Policy Alliance will discuss the ongoing marijuana legalization efforts, 153-10 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, Queens.

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In what might be seen as a Memorial Day gift to President Trump, residents of a mountain range outside of El Paso woke up yesterday to a new vista—a mile-long wall of metal slats constructed along the border with Mexico that just shot up over the weekend.

GOP senators say that if the House passes articles of impeachment against Trump they will quickly quash them in the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has broad authority to set the parameters of a trial.

A China-US trade deal will happen – but not just yet, Trump said while in Japan.

After two years spent unraveling the environmental policies of his predecessors, Trump and his political appointees are launching a new assault, seeking to undermine the very science on which climate change policy rests.

Lawmakers in gun-loving Texas have quietly gone around the National Rifle Association by slipping language into a massive spending bill that would fund a $1 million public safety campaign on gun storage.

Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who now represents dairy farmers, is pushing Congress to provide financial incentives for farmers to move toward zero-emission agricultural operations because of the high cost.

Beneath the surface of a seemingly placid race for the 2020 Democratic nod, with former VP Joe Biden enjoying an early lead, is a much more volatile contest, as a series of primaries-within-the-primary unfold along lines that reflect some of the most animating forces in the Trump era: race, gender, age and ideology.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand brought her 2020 presidential bid back to Iowa, and sang a Lizzo song on the hustings.

From the back of the pack, Gillibrand is building her campaign on ideas as well as imagery. She has a number of policy proposals, though that hasn’t translated into much media coverage or support from voters in the polls.

Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani blamed Democrats, financier and philanthropist George Soros, and the former U.S. ambassador in Kyiv for undermining his Ukraine trip.

Queens Rep. Gregory Meeks mocked Trump as “the real low IQ person” after the president endorsed North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un saying Biden has low IQ.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo marched in the New Castle Memorial Day parade alongside former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Clinton had some pointed words for Scrabble game makers, Hasbro, while tweeting out a complaint that took a swipe at Trump and his lawyer, Giuliani.

After walking away from a deal to build a headquarters on the Queens waterfront in Long Island City, Amazon is back to shopping for office space on Manhattan’s West Side.

It’s going to be a tough day today for disgraced celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti, who faces two nearly back-to-back arraignments in Manhattan federal court.

Brooklyn Rep. Hakeem Jeffries is among the House Democrats helping Speaker Nancy Pelosi hold the line on impeachment for now.

Bronx/Queens Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed the New York Times, describing the newspaper’s treatment of whether former Trump administration staffer Hope Hicks would comply with a subpoena as “Hope’s Choice.”

An animal rights group has accused Facebook of lending its global platform to unethical puppy trading and illegal dogfighting.

New York City politicians and community leaders are pushing Mayor Bill de Blasio for more funding to fight hate crimes, as police record a dramatic rise – 83 percent – in anti-Semitism and other complaints.

De Blasio’s run for president is turning out to be a huge hit — with Republicans. He ranks among the top most-talked-about Democratic 2020 primary candidates online, but the majority of the Web chatter is coming from conservatives mocking his quixotic run.

As de Blasio enters the 2020 race, an exclusive group of people would seem to be natural allies: the 115 people who contributed $458,000 to his federal political action committee. Yet even among those who gave the maximum $5,000, few said they were willing to put their votes where their money went.

Thousands of veterans, their families and survivors — along with hundreds of active duty members in town for Fleet Week — commemorated Memorial Day at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.

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Extras + Memorial Day Weekend Details

We’re signing off a bit early today in anticipation of the three-day weekend, though the show will go on tonight at 7 p.m., as usual. There will be no Sunday headline wrap, and no blog posting or show on Monday. We will return to our regularly scheduled programming Tuesday morning. Bright and early. Enjoy.

The U.S. will bolster its military presence in the Middle East with an additional 1,500 troops, President Donald Trump said amid heightened tensions with Iran.

The Trump administration proposed revoking Obama-era discrimination protections for transgender people in health care on Friday, a move LGBT groups fear will result in some Americans being denied needed medical treatment.

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s resignation as the Conservative Party leader this morning officially started the high-stakes race to replace her, with multiple candidates expected to launch their bids.

Rudy Giuliani initially refused to apologize for sending an altered video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi out to his 317,000 Twitter followers, saying he “didn’t know” it was doctored and had “no reason to believe” it was because it “looked like enough of an extension of the way she communicates anyway.”

Giuliani later sent out what appeared to be an attempted apology on Twitter, but the tweet was garbled to the point of incoherence.

Pelosi’s daughter reacted to the video that made it appear as if her mother was intoxicated by stating that, actually, the House speaker does not drink.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee all but secured a spot on the Democratic presidential debate stage next month, after collecting the 65,000th individual donor of his campaign.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler was taken to a hospital for an evaluation Friday after he appeared to swoon during a news conference in New York City. He later tweeted that he was fine, merely overheated and dehydrated.

Missouri’s Republican Gov. Michael L. Parson signed legislation banning abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy with an exception for medical emergencies but not for rape or incest.

Corporate America is calling on Congress to pass big climate policy in the most aggressive and united way since 2009.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation barring the construction of new trash incinerators in the Finger Lakes region.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today that the new speed camera program will go into effect on July 11, with about 40 cameras installed every month through the end of the year.

De Blasio defended the use of taxpayer funds to cover the costs of his NYPD security detail while traveling for his long-shot presidential bid

Kensington Palace said that 4-year-old Princess Charlotte will join her brother Prince George at Thomas’s Battersea School in London in September.

Airbnb turned over partially redacted data of 17,500 listings — as part of a deal in the company’s long-simmering legal battle against NYC, according to court documents.

Legislation is making its way through the Capitol that would empower state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli to directly audit private organizations controlled by local government entities.

The state AG’s office is investigating the fatal shooting of an unarmed man by a state trooper on Interstate 84 in the Orange County town of Montgomery.

The alleged serial NYC subway staller possibly responsible for delaying some 750 delays by pulling trains’ emergency brakes told cops he loves to cause chaos and ruin New Yorkers’ commutes, law enforcement sources said.

Cuomo will soon be getting a formal thank-you from St. Lawrence County legislators expressing their appreciation for his decision not to close any of the county’s three state prisons open.

A national report finds that New York state’s ethics panel is among the worst in the nation. Reform groups say that’s not news to them and have called for an overhaul of the commission.

Oprah Winfrey’s longtime partner Stedman Graham explained why she’s not running for president.

Here and Now

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

The state Legislature is not in session.

At 8 a.m., NYC Councilman Robert Cornegy and his staff will be joined by area service providers to distribute information at local transportation hubs regarding the mental health services available in his Bedford Stuyvesant and Northern Crown Heights district, Brooklyn.

At 9 a.m., the Sexual Harassment Working Group, state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi and others hold a press conference ahead of the second legislative hearing on sexual harassment, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 9:30 a.m., state Sen. Robert Antonacci holds a roundtable forum on health care in New York as he prepares for the Senate Health Committee Hearing on the New York Health Act, One Group Center, 706 N. Clinton St., Syracuse.

At 10 a.m., state Assemblywoman Karines Reyes and New York City Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson join over 100 foster youth and advocates from the Fair Futures campaign to demand equal opportunity for young people in foster care, Bronx Borough Hall, 851 Grand Concourse, the Bronx.

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

Also at 10 a.m., state Sens. James Skoufis, Biaggi and Julia Salazar, alongside Assembly members Michele Titus, Marcos Crespo and Latrice Walker take testimony to examine sexual harassment in the workplace, Assembly Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, Room 1923, Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., Rep. Nita Lowey, Westchester County Executive George Latimer and others hold a press conference to urge responsible driving this holiday weekend, White Plains Department of Public Safety, 77 S. Lexington Ave., White Plains.

Also at 11 a.m., de Blasio will make an announcement on the NYC plan to rapidly expand the school zone speed camera program, PS 199, 270 West 70th St., Manhattan.

Later, de Blasio will tour the U.S.S. New York and welcome crew members as part of Fleet Week New York 2019 – an event not open to members of the media.

In the evening, the mayor and First Lady Chirlane McCray will travel to Nevada, as he continues his 2020 presidential bid.

Headlines…

President Donald Trump last night issued a memo giving U.S. Attorney General William Barr the authority to declassify any documents related to surveillance of the Trump campaign in 2016, and also ordered the intelligence community to cooperate with Barr.

The order is a change for Trump, who last year dropped a plan to release documents related to the Russia investigation amid concerns from Justice Department officials who said making them public could damage national security.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal said that he plans to take the Trump administration to court to enforce a subpoena and a legal request to review the president’s tax returns.

Trump unveiled a $16 billion bailout for farmers hurt by his trade war with Beijing, signaling a protracted fight ahead that is already prompting some American companies to shift business away from China.

The Trump administration is preparing to circumvent Congress to allow the export to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates of billions of dollars of munitions that are now on hold.

For reasons both political and personal, Bill and Hillary, the most powerful couple in the modern era of American politics, stand on the sidelines as one of the most important election cycles for Democrats unfolds.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld conceded in an interview this week that Republican voters have little appetite for his insurgent primary bid to block =Trump from renomination in 2020.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s attorney, shared a doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that had been making the rounds of right-wing media in which she appears to slur her speech.

The country’s social media giants are taking heat for the altered Pelosi videos circulating on their platforms — the latest incident in a roiling debate over what content companies like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube should allow on their platforms.

Pelosi and Trump traded insults on Twitter after Trump tweeted a video that showed moments when the Democratic congresswoman stammered during a press conference.

The U.S. Senate approved $19.1 billion in aid to help Americans rebound from a string of natural disasters, and Trump supported it even though it did not include the funds he requested to address a migrant surge at the southern U.S. border.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said special counsel Robert Mueller wants to testify privately about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg hammered Trump for in the past saying he had bone spurs to avoid being drafted into the Vietnam War, saying he faked the disability.

SpaceX, the private rocket company of high-tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, launched the first batch of 60 small satellites into low-Earth orbit for Musk’s new Starlink internet service.

A Chicago bank chairman has been indicted in Manhattan on a charge that he issued millions of dollars in high-risk loans to Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, in an effort to obtain a senior position in the administration, federal authorities said.

The Appellate Division of state Supreme Court in Albany ruled that a carve-out in state labor law excluding farmworkers from collective bargaining rights is unconstitutional.

The decision is expected to be appealed to New York’s highest court. But NYCLU, one of several plaintiffs, called the decision a major victory in part because it comes at a time when they and others are lobbying heavily in Albany for approval of a “farmworkers bill of rights.”

State legislators Tom Abinanti and David Carlucci announced their newest fix for cashless tolling. Their new Toll Payer Protection Act reduces penalties, holds the tolling authorities accountable and protects a driver’s data from being sold to third parties.

Reformers called on Cuomo to finally sign a bill to legalize so-called gravity knives, which has landed on his desk for a third time.

New York State released a $585 million plan to contain and treat the Bethpage groundwater pollution plume that has been spreading for decades from former Northrop Grumman and Navy facilities.

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