President Donald Trump receives his intelligence briefing, and then has lunch with Vice President Mike Pence at 12:30 p.m.

The president is scheduled to announce his nominee to replace retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy at 9 p.m., and Pence will also be on hand.

Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, makes several stops in Central New York. She’ll be touring the Suit-Kote Corporation with Rep. Claudia Tenney at 9 a.m., and then holding a roundtable discussion there, 2188 Thomas Albert Dr. # 1, Tully.

Closing arguments take place in the Buffalo Billion federal corruption trial, Manhattan.

The National Homeland Security Conference, which will last through Thursday, kicks off. Speakers include NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill, Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, 811 7th Ave., Manhattan.

At 9:30 a.m., the NYC Design Commission meets, City Hall, third floor, Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon and state Senate candidate Jessica Ramos cross endorse one another, 35-51 81st St., Jackson Heights, Queens.

At 11 a.m., Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer testifies at a public hearing of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 42-09 28th St., Room 3-32, Queens.

Also at 11 a.m., Republican Tom Sullivan will formally announce his candidacy for the state Senate seat currently held by Democratic Sen. Joe Addabbo, Glendale Veterans Triangle, corner of Myrtle and Cooper avenues, Glendale, Queens.

At 1:30 p.m., Westchester County Executive George Latimer, County Chairman Ben Boykin and County Legislator Catherine Borgia to answer questions on the state of the county’s finances, Westchester County Office Building, 9th Floor, Media Room, 148 Martine Ave., White Plains.

At 2 p.m., LG Kathy Hochul joins Cuomo for an announcement, Manny Cantor Center, 197 E. Broadway, Manhattan.

At 4:30 p.m., Make the Road New York hosts the annual Translatina March, to celebrate the diversity of Latino communities and New York City, and demand an end to hate violence and housing and workplace discrimination against transgender women, 92-10 Roosevelt Ave., Flushing, Queens.

At 6:30 p.m., Brewer attends the River Project’s Wetlab Gala Cruise, Hornblower Cruises, Pier 40, 353 West St., Manhattan.

At 7 p.m., Long Island Rep. Thomas Suozzi holds a town hall, Samuel Field Y, 58-20 Little Neck Parkway, Queens.

Also at 7 p.m., de Blasio will appear live on NY1’s “Inside City Hall.”

Also at 7 p.m., PEN America hosts a celebration of Nelson Mandela’s 100th anniversary, “Nelson Mandela at 100,” with Salman Rushdie, Liesl Tommy, Condola Rashad, and Hisham Tawfiq, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, Manhattan.


President Donald Trump is going down to the wire as he makes his choice on a replacement for retiring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, but he says with his final four options “you can’t go wrong.”

Trump sought to mine a last bit of drama from his decision on a nominee, saying he might need to extend the process well into today – just hours before he is scheduled to announce the pick in a prime-time address.

Leonard Leo, the conservative, pro-life activist who has Trump’s ear as he decides on filling Kennedy’s seat, predicted the nominee would be confirmed before the mid-term elections but sidestepped a question about whether the candidate would oppose Roe v. Wade.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is ready, willing and able to play scorched-earth on the Supreme Court vacancy — up to a point. His role as opponent-in-chief in the upcoming Senate confirmation battle over Trump’s nominee promises to put him in the spotlight — or crucible — as never before.

With the established global order on shaky footing, Trump’s weeklong trip to Europe will test already strained bonds with some of the United States’ closest allies, then put him face to face with the leader of the country whose electoral interference was meant to help put him in office.

The House returns from its July Fourth recess this week in a state of remarkable uncertainty, with both Democrats and Republicans facing open questions about their leaders’ futures and neither party certain of which will be in control after November’s elections.

A group of Democratic Socialists and other angry protesters pursued U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell through a restaurant parking lot in Kentucky on Saturday, berating him with a mixture of immigration rhetoric and personal insults – and at one point an apparent threat to visit his home.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went to Pyongyang to get Kim Jong Un to give up his nuclear weapons. He left with a harsh reminder that the North Korean leader expects something in return.

Pompeo shot back against North Korea, saying the regime’s criticism that U.S. negotiators acted in a “gangster-like” way during his two-day visit to Pyongyang was unfounded.

Six months after Republicans pushed a $1.5 trillion tax overhaul through Congress, many of the most influential players who worked behind the scenes on the legislation are no longer on Capitol Hill or in the Trump administration. They are now lobbyists.

The United States turned to threats at the World Health Assembly in an effort to quash a resolution that sought to promote breast-feeding.

Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney, said he’s not worried about what another Trump attorney and confidant, Michael Cohen, might tell federal prosecutors, saying: “As long as he tells the truth, we’re…home free.”

“If he believes it’s in his best interest to cooperate, God bless him, he should cooperate,” Giuliani said. “…I do not expect that Michael Cohen is going to lie. I think he’s going to tell the truth, as best he can, given his recollection.”

Giuliani said that Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to give Michael Flynn a break, despite the president previously denying he said that.

The American Civil Liberties Union said it appears the Trump administration will miss a court-ordered deadline to reunite young children who were separated at the border with their parents in more than half of the cases.

Former Planned Parenthood president and author Cecile Richards said that the surge of Latina candidates elected across the United States – including NY-14 Democratic primary winner Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez – points to increasing political power among women.

The four young soccer players rescued from a Thai cave included the team’s goalie and a boy who didn’t even play with them but joined the group that day to be with his pal.

Skilled cave divers, part of a team assembled from around the world, hugged the four players to their bodies as they swam through the dark, twisty, water-filled underground passages.

With President Trump set to name his U.S. Supreme Court nominee today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo will kick off a campaign to call on state Senate Republicans to return to Albany to pass legislation to strengthen the state’s abortion rights laws.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, his wife, Chirlane, and their two kids spent a couple of days at Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ summer home on Lake Champlain.

Two important deadlines this week: Petitions are due from insurgent state candidates trying to get onto the September primary ballot, and financial filings are due at the Board of Elections, too.

Steve Cuozzo calls de Blasio “a traitor to the people of New York City whom he claims to care about most: the poor.”

With the Sept. 13 Democratic primary looming, Cuomo has filled out his campaign team with firms that have ties to Barack Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton. Veteran operative Maggie Moran will be the campaign’s full-time general consultant in charge of managing day-to-day operations and strategy.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon’s campaign is raffling off a bong signed by Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer from the stoner comedy series Broad City.

State Sen. Michael Gianaris, who heads the Senate Democrats’ campaign efforts, says he will not endorse any of the eight breakaway Dems who earlier this year returned to the fold, and didn’t rule out backing their challengers.

The combination of low turnout and name recognition may give LG Kathy Hochul the fight of her career as she faces Jumaane Williams, a Brooklyn Councilman, in a race that has gotten little attention. If he wins, Williams will be Cuomo’s running mate in November.

Antonio Delgado, the winner of the NY-19 Democratic primary, is a former rapper once known as “AD The Voice,” though he doesn’t explicitly mention his hip-hop exploits in his campaign web bio, or the fact that he spewed politically provocative and racially charged lyrics a decade ago.

In the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court order that weakens public labor unions, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone today is set to sign an executive order barring the release of personal contact information for county employees in a bid to protect them from anti-union campaigns.

The Manhattan district attorney’s office is locked in a battle with the NYPD over electronic access to disciplinary records of officers and investigative reports that prosecutors contend they need to catch bad arrests earlier in criminal proceedings.

Money — legal and less so — grabbed headlines last week, touching current and former Albany luminaries and underscoring the state Capitol’s reputation as a place where personal and professional financial concerns often overshadow the work of government.

Citing President Trump’s “all-out assault on women,” LGKathy Hochul in an open letter urged first daughter Ivanka Trump to also visit Seneca Falls, the birthplace of the women’s rights movement, while she’s in Syracuse today and speak out on her father’s “anti-women agenda.”

New Yorkers looking to score a used car should beware that thousands of vehicles damaged in last year’s Hurricane Harvey are hitting the market, said Schumer.

The NYPD cop who body-slammed tennis player James Blake is writing a book that claims he just “escorted” the athlete to the ground when he tackled him three years ago and that his technique should be on police training videos.

At $24.7 million, the funding for an emergency food program represents a tiny fraction of New York City’s $89 billion budget. That’s more than the mayor originally proposed, and it still might not be enough.

Cuomo attended the funeral for “29-year-old superstar” State Police Trooper Nicholas Clark, calling it the “absolute worst on a personal level,” among his many official duties.

Clark, who was killed on duty by a suicidal man, was remembered for his leadership, passion for life and willingness to help others.

The Lockport Union-Sun & Journal: “As community representatives prepare to argue against expanding the state’s only hazardous waste landfill a mere 10 miles from the natural wonder and tourism draw known as Niagara Falls, one of the state’s top leaders (Cuomo) is conspicuously absent from the conversation.”

Michael Goodwin speculated in the NY Post that Hillary Clinton might be plotting another presidential run in 2020.

Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh’s promise to add more city police officers and firefighters is being realized. The city will swear in 37 new police officers and 28 new firefighters at a ceremony today – just over a week after the mayor’s first operating budget took effect.

The harassing texts from an anonymous phone number began the same day that restaurant owner Michael Moscatiello wrote a social media post accusing North Greenbush Supervisor Louis Desso of engaging in pay-to-play practices with local developers.

State troopers assigned to a federal drug task force in New York City are the subject of a broad internal investigation that began quietly in February, when a senior investigator crashed his unmarked police vehicle on a Dutchess County highway and initially may have tried to cover it up, according to multiple people briefed on the case.

An “overburdened” veteran Queens Family Court judge says a law extending Family Court protections to people who aren’t related is clogging his courthouse with cases that take precious time away from more serious domestic violence disputes.

The Cycle the Erie Canal bicycle ride kicked off yesterday morning in Buffalo as roughly 700 people hit the road for the event’s 20th anniversary.