Washington has gotten back to work after the government shutdown over the budget and health care. The showdown between Democrats and Republicans cost the US billions and severely dented its reputation abroad.
President Vladimir Putin has ordered US diplomatic missions in Russia to reduce staff by 755 people. The move came in response to a new US sanctions package against Moscow that was passed by the US Congress.
US President Donald Trump has announced his latest policy decision via Twitter. Reactions from former military officials, politicians and service members has been swift and strong.
The budget gives the military more funding but no down payment on a border wall with Mexico. The financial plan still has to be approved by the full House of Representatives and Senate.
Republican senators have delayed a vote on their new health care bill after dissenting party members left them short of votes. Experts predict the bill would cause millions of Americans to lose their health insurance.
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