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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

Senate panel refuses IRS cuts sought by GOP

Senate Democrats on Thursday rejected a bid by Republicans to cut back spending on transportation and housing programs to keep them in line with automatic spending cuts required under the rules set by a budget deal two years ago. Full story

More changes for student loan rates

Senate democrats and republicans compromised on a deal for student loan interest rates Wednesday.  They passed a bill that would keep undergraduate rates to 3.9 percent for the moment, but they may not stay low permanently. Full story

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Congress managed to get something done this week showing rare progress as Senate Democrats and Republicans reached a deal to avert changing filibuster rules, which lead to the confirmation of several Obama administration nominees, NBC’s Mark Murray and Domenico Montanaro report.

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The Daily Rundown’s Chuck Todd reports on the battle which will most likely dominate Washington in the next month.

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The Up panel looks at New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s push to target Senate Democrats who voted against the universal background check bill, and why it’s scaring leaders in the Democratic party for 2014.

  Why are Senate Democrats running away from 2014?

Democratic strategist Chris Kofinis and Republican strategist David Winston discuss the battle for control of the Senate in 2014 and the challenges Democrats face in light of decision by Sen. Baucus not to run in 2014.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks to the press after the weekly Senate Democrats policy luncheon on March 19, 2013 in Washington, DC.