A VERY newsy Friday, CivMixers. Let’s get right to it.

A fiercely divided House Judiciary Committee pushed President Trump to the brink of impeachment today, voting along party lines to approve charges that he abused the power of his office and obstructed Congress.

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide whether Trump can block the release of his financial records, setting the stage for a blockbuster ruling on the power of presidents to resist demands for information from prosecutors and Congress.

The Justice Department is reportedly preparing to take legal action against Live Nation Entertainment Inc. on allegations the company has sought to strong-arm concert venues into using its Ticketmaster subsidiary.

Half a dozen House Democrats – including New York Rep. Antonio Delgado (NY-19) – attended the White House Congressional while their colleagues on the Judiciary Committee worked late into the night on articles of impeachment.

The Green Light Law, which will allow illegal immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses, will take effect as planned this weekend after a federal judge rejected Rensselaer County Clerk Fran Merola’s challenge to the measure.

The decision by U.S. District Judge Gary Sharpe did not address the core issues surrounding the law, but determined Merola lacked “capacity,” or the personal right to litigate in federal court. Sharpe knocked down the county clerk’s assertion that Green Light would oblige him to offer voter registration to undocumented immigrants.

New York City police have arrested a 13-year-old boy in connection with the fatal stabbing of Barnard College student, Tessa Majors.

The teen confessed to detectives that he and two of his middle-school buddies headed out Wednesday evening planning to pull off a string of muggings.

He was charged with second-degree felony murder, robbery and criminal possession of a weapon, and is being held without bail.

Investigators do not believe that the boy under arrest, who has not been identified, stabbed her. His statements led investigators to two other suspects, who are believed to be 14 years old.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is calling on federal regulators to put the brakes on the ability of hackers and application developers to gain personal information about consumers through their smart televisions.

New U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette slammed New York state regulators for blocking pipelines that would bring natural gas from Appalachia to New England, but did not specify whether the Trump administration could do anything to push the projects forward.

A law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo will establish the 400 Years of African-American History Commission, a panel that will be tasked with developing activities throughout the state as a way of recognizing the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in the colonies.

Cuomo will deliver his State of the State address on Jan. 8, which is also the first day of the legislative session.

Dozens of county clerks who administer motor vehicle offices for the state sent a letter to the Cuomo administration today urging that the law be delayed in its implementation, pointing the lack of time for training given by the DMV.

New York should fully fund its rainy day reserves within five years, Democratic state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said in a report released today.

Former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg would shut down the nation’s remaining 251 polluting coal power plants and halt construction of 150 new gas facilities as part of a sweeping program to slash carbon emissions and boost clean energy alternatives if elected president.

A former NYPD cop who is one of numerous Republicans challenging Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez received the endorsement of the Bronx Conservative Party this week.

National Grid wants to keep a geothermal company as well as several environmental groups from being designated as “interested parties” as the state deliberates on whether to clear the way for the development of a 7-mile gas pipeline between Albany and Rensselaer counties.

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran’s husband resigned from his recently appointed position with the MTA amid conflict of interest concerns.

An explosive device was found Wednesday in a mailbox at a home on LaCosta Drive, a street that is a short distance from the home where a child was injured by a package bomb on Christmas Eve 1996.

A water-main break closed a portion of 19th Street, which runs through the heart of Watervliet’s business district.

A 60-year-old maintenance worker at St. Stephens Church in Delmar suffered serious head injuries after falling from a ladder while working on the roof today, town police said.

A 20-year-old Schenectady man was indicted on murder charges for allegedly beating his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son to death while he was babysitting the child last week.

Blessing’s Tavern reopened for the first time in three years this week. It was forced to close and rebuild after a drunk driver crashed his car into the restaurant, and the car burst into flames, causing a fire to spread throughout the establishment in 2016.

RIP Danny Aiello, the burly New York-born film and stage actor who was 40 when he made his movie debut and 16 years later earned an Academy Award nomination for his role as a pizzeria owner in Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing,” died yesterday at the age of 86.

Photo credit: George Fazio.