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Senate resumes debate on SC's $5.8B spending plan

South Carolina Medicaid patients with AIDS, cancer or mental illness will have to use generic drugs if available under a budget measure the Senate agreed to Tuesday. Full story

Kan. lawmakers see progress in budget talks

Kansas legislators negotiating over a $14 billion budget saw progress Tuesday toward resolving differences between the House and the Senate, and state funding for arts programs appeared likely to survive their discussions. Full story

Disclosure would spell out checking account fees

The basic checking account is getting a lot more complicated. Banks in the past year have revamped terms to introduce new or hiked fees, change minimum balance requirements and tweak other terms. Full story

Chenault: House could pass its own capital budget

As the special session entered its third week Monday, Speaker Mike Chenault raised the potential of the House writing and passing its own version of a capital budget if the impasse with the Senate persisted. Full story

Cuomo boxes in NY Legislature on tax cap, ethics

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday pressured lawmakers returning from a two-week vacation to act on his proposed property tax cap and ethics reforms, or else. Full story

Conn. Senate approves Democratic budget deal

The state Senate bucked a national trend of forgoing tax increases early Tuesday and instead passed a two-year, $40.1 billion budget that attempts to tackle the state's deficit with a combination of cuts, labor savings and wide-ranging tax hikes. Full story

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  Toomey: Ryan budget puts us on right path

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid plans to hold a Senate vote on the Paul Ryan budget. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., joins Morning Joe to discuss his thoughts on the Ryan budget and says that President Obama should offer an alternative vision.

  Why is Sen. Ensign resigning now?

After over a year of scandal and facing a Senate ethics investigation, Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) is reported to be resigning. Jon Ralston of the Las Vegas Sun, who broke the story, joins The Rachel Maddow Show.

  Same-sex immigration bill proposed in Senate

Legislation that would give same-sex couples the same immigration rights as heterosexual couples is making its way through the Senate. Salon.com’s Glenn Greenwald, an American who moved to Brazil to be with his partner, discusses the bill with msnbc’s Thomas Roberts.

  For Tea Party, disproportionate attention, representation

Chris Hayes, Washington editor of The Nation, talks with Rachel Maddow about the Tea Party media celebrity despite its waning appeal, and the deference given conservatives in the Senate despite the American people giving Democrats the majority.

  Same-sex couples fight for immigration rights

The House and Senate are taking up a bill that would grant same-sex couples the same immigration rights given to heterosexual couples, including the right to sponsor a partner for U.S. residency. Karin Bogliolo and Judy Rickard discuss their new book, “Torn Apart,” and the hard choices their family

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