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Obama defends Summers as he mulls Fed pick

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama defended Lawrence Summers on Wednesday in the face of concerns by fellow Democrats that the president may name his former economic adviser as chairman of the Federal Reserve, lawmakers said. Full story

Congress commemorates 1963 march

House Republicans and Democrats are meeting in the grand Statuary Hall of the Capitol to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Full story

Obama heads to the Hill to promote economic plan

   Sen. Angus King talks about the president’s economic plan and the strategy moving forward.

MSNBC unveils new series on race and crime

   MSNBC’s Ari Melber joins Thomas Roberts to discuss the network’s new series, “Presumed Guilty,” which examines race and the criminal justice system in the U.S.

Some GOP senators willing to work with Obama

   Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., joins The Daily Rundown to talk about the fiscal fight and president’s time on Capitol Hill.

Top Democrat Reid criticizes Republican-White House budget talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said on Tuesday he was "disappointed" with budget talks between Republican senators and the White House, saying President Barack Obama has offered concessions while Republicans refuse to budge. Full story

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  The Agenda: Four out of five Americans deal with joblessness

The Nation’s Lee Fang, The Root’s Keli Goff and MSNBC.com’s Dafna Linzer discuss President Barack Obama’s attempt  to address  the income gap and the feud between entertainers Harry Belafonte and Jay-Z.

  John McCain – Obama’s key ally?

The Daily Rundown’s Chuck Todd talks about the transformation of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., from the president’s bitter rival into a key ally and legislative partner.

  Cardin: Racial profiling doesn't add to good police work, alienates communities

Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., joins Ari Melber to discuss his proposed bill that would outlaw racial profiling at the federal level.

  How Harry Truman helped desegregate the military

Rawn James, Jr., author of “The Double V: How Wars, Protest and Harry Truman Desegregated America’s Military,” joins Rev. Al Sharpton to discuss president Harry Truman’s influence on a more equal armed forces.

  Some in GOP calling for gov’t. shutdown over Obamacare

While some Republicans hope to shut down the government unless Democrats agree to defund Obamacare other GOP members believe it’s a step too far. The Huffington Post’s Sam Stein, TIME’s Michael Crowley, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, and Business Insider’s Josh Barro join NOW host Alex Wagner to disc

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U.S. President Barack Obama walks into a meeting with U.S. Senate Democrats and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Capitol Hill in Washington
U.S. President Barack Obama walks into a meeting with U.S. Senate Democrats and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Capitol Hill in Washington

U.S. President Barack Obama walks into a meeting with U.S. Senate Democrats and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Capitol Hill in Washington July 31, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, (D-NV) speaks to reporters after Senate luncheons as he is accompanied by Sen. Jeff Merkley, (D-OR) and Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) at Capitol Hill in Washington, July 16, 2013.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, (D-NV) speaks to reporters after Senate luncheons as he is accompanied by Sen. Jeff Merkley, (D-OR) and Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) at Capitol Hill in Washington, July 16, 2013.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, (D-NV) speaks to reporters after Senate luncheons as he is accompanied by Sen. Jeff Merkley, (D-OR) and Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) at Capitol Hill in Washington, July 16, 2013.REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid speaks to reporters after a policy luncheons at Capitol Hill in Washington
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid speaks to reporters after a policy luncheons at Capitol Hill in Washington

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks to reporters after a policy luncheons as he is accompanied by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) at Capitol Hill in Washington July 16, 2013. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana