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 Congress reaching a bipartisan deal shielding hundreds of thousands of so-called Dreamers from deportation and averting a looming government shutdown promised to be tough, but doable. Then two things happened.
Republicans have revealed the final details of their tax overhaul bill, including corporate tax cuts promised by President Donald Trump. After winning over skeptics, the bill is on track to pass a vote next week.
The measure now goes to President Donald Trump for his signature. The biggest rewrite of the US tax code in more than 30 years marks the first major legislative achievement of Trump's presidency.
The US tax bill, the first key measure passed by the Republicans, does not even try to cloak its intent. It's an unashamed enrichment scheme for the wealthy and slap in the face for the poor, says DW's Michael Knigge.
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