Democratic Mayor Pete Buttigieg launches 2020 White House campaign

Pete Buttigieg, the Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana, launched an underdog 2020 bid for the White House on Wednesday, aiming to stand out as a problem-solving Midwestern outsider who would be the first openly gay nominee of a major U.S. political party.

Senate to vote on ending government shutdown, Trump wall impasse

The U.S. Senate shifted slightly closer on Tuesday to resolving a month-long partial government shutdown, but there was no sign of relief anytime soon for 800,000 federal workers who are furloughed or working without pay.

U.S. courts have funds to operate through Jan. 31: statement

U.S. federal courts can operate through Jan. 31 despite a partial government shutdown, but warned they will not have funds to operate as normal beyond Feb. 1, officials said in a statement on Tuesday.

Top Democrat warns acting U.S. attorney general about Russia probe

A top Democratic lawmaker warned U.S. Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker on Tuesday not to dodge questions about the Russia investigation when he testifies before the House Judiciary Committee, and provided him with a list of prepared questions before the congressional hearing.

House approves bill warning against U.S. NATO pullout

In a warning to President Donald Trump not to try to withdraw the United States from the NATO military alliance, the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday approved legislation aimed at preventing such a move.

Explainer: U.S. government shutdown leaves data vacuum in its wake

A partial shutdown of the U.S. government, which enters its second month on Wednesday, has delayed the publication of key economic data, leaving investors and businesses to follow their intuition and gut instincts as they make critical decisions.

‘Hola, I’m Mike Pence’: U.S. VP delivers message of support to Venezuelans

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence issued a video message of support to Venezuelans on Tuesday to encourage those who are protesting against President Nicolas Maduro and underline U.S. backing for opposition leader Juan Guaido.

Pompeo expects ‘good marker’ with North Korea by end-February

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday there remained “an awful lot of work to do” to achieve the denuclearization of North Korea but he anticipates further progress by the end of next month, when the U.S. and North Korean leaders are expected to meet for a second summit.