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Maryland's legislative session came to a screeching halt on Monday without action on the state's budget. Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), who tried to use his political capital to advance a wide range of issues this year, accused lawmakers of falling down on the job. He joins us in studio to give us insight into what comes next, and to analyze the bills that did pass before the session expired.

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