The Venezuelan president invites Trump's representative to his country in an interview while telling of talks held amid mounting standoff.
The compromise prevents shutdown but ignites a new confrontation over the president's authority to unilaterally siphon money for his wall.
He takes over a department President Donald Trump has assailed and will oversee the remaining work in special counsel's investigation.
It backs a measure sponsored by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that says Islamic State and al-Qaida militants remain a serious threat.
The World Economic Forum's vision of ever-closer commercial and political ties is threatened as the international financial outlook darkens.
Democrats dismiss the president's plan to end the shutdown as a "non-starter" while conservative firebrand Ann Coulter labels it "amnesty."
Donald Trump and the Republicans send conflicting signals as to what might bring an end to the standoff, now in its 22nd day.
Missed paychecks were just one sign of the mounting toll the 21-day partial government shutdown is taking on Americans' daily lives.
Efforts to end the 19-day partial government closure fall into deeper disarray over the president's demand for a U.S.-Mexico border wall.
CEO Tim Cook says the tech giant's October-December revenue will fall well below the company's earlier projections and those of analysts.