A U.S. guided-missile submarine arrived in South Korea on Tuesday and envoys from the U.S., Japan and South Korea met in Tokyo, as North Korea marked the anniversary of the founding of its military.
Republicans hope to avoid the ignominy of a government shutdown while their party controls Congress and the White House.
The vice president met with American Samoan officials and troops on his way to Hawaii at the end of a tour of the Asia Pacific region.
Republican leaders in Congress remain dubious that a health care bill can emerge from the House next week after lawmakers return from their spring break.
Two Arkansas inmates who say they're in poor health after decades on death row argue that their medical conditions could lead to extreme pain during lethal injections.