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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

Tax, spending divisions laid bare in public forums

Peter Cass could stand it no longer as he listened to the Republican congressman defend a plan to cut taxes and Medicare simultaneously. Full story

Alaska governor: I won't abuse veto authority

Gov. Sean Parnell told key senators Wednesday that he would fairly evaluate capital spending projects and not abuse his veto authority, assurances seen as positive as he and lawmakers try to untangle a budget mess. Full story

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  Guthrie: Budget talks take 'acrimonious' turn

As the countdown clock ticks away, NBC's Savannah Guthrie and NBC's Kelly O'Donnell join Morning Joe to discuss why the budget talks between the House GOP and Senate Dems broke down Thursday night and what that means for an agreement.