Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the budget, and his Wisconsin colleague Paul Ryan

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• President Obama’s third and final day of in-person courtship of Congress found him lunching on lobster Thursday with Senate Republicans, and chewing over prospects for reforming the nation’s tax code, entitlements and regulatory structure.

A Senate committee approved an assault weapons ban Thursday on a party-line vote that signaled how difficult it will be for the proposal to survive in the full Senate.

Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) has announced that he’s had a change of heart and now supports marriage equality. The change came two years after his son told him and and his wife that he is gay.

Stocks closed near session highs Thursday, with the Dow logging its first 10th-straight winning streak since 1996 and the S&P 500 within a hair’s breadth of its all-time closing high, lifted by a better-than-expected jobless claims report.