Democrats and Republicans have challenged each other to start talks on how to stop the shutdown - but there's no sign of either side willing to compromise.
The US senator has said he will oppose the latest Republican attempt to replace Barack Obama's health care law. Another 'nay' from the Arizona senator could be the fatal blow, given the party's small Senate majority.
Republican Senate leaders have announced that the latest bid to repeal Obamacare has flatlined. Senator Susan Collins became the latest Republican lawmaker to announce that she would vote against it.
Donald Trump's conflicting remarks on immigration have caused confusion in both Democrat and Republican camps. Trump has been firm in his push for a border wall with Mexico. But the fates of "Dreamers" remains unclear.
The US president has suggested the government consider revoking broadcast licenses for outlets running stories critical of his administration. Some warned that freedom of speech is under threat.
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