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Stalking the corridors of power as a deal is done

As one of our headlines succinctly put it over the weekend, It's a mad, mad, mad, mad, mad, mad DC. One less mad just would not have covered it. Here are a few images that struck me from a weekend of deal-making.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) walks from a meeting with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on the debt ceiling crises on Capitol Hill in Washington July 31.

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Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), right, talks with Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) as the U.S. Congress tries to hammer out a solution to the looming debt ceiling crisis at the U.S. Capitol July 30.

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Senate Minority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) gives a thumbs-up while walking to the Senate floor to announce a deal July 31.

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President Barack Obama walks past Vice President Joe Biden and White House Communications Director Daniel Pfeiffer after speaking on the debt limit impasse from the briefing room of the White House July 31.

Last Wednesday NBC's cameras secured unique access to the corridors of power, as well as a few more unlikely locations around town, for a special show entitled Taking the Hill: Inside Congress. For me, the most amusing vignette takes place in "what could easily be mistaken for a Capitol Hill frat house" (© Brian Williams) but is actually the shared DC home of Senators Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin and Congressman George Miller. Check it out at 3:10 in the clip below.

As the debt limit debate roiled Capitol Hill, members of Congress and their staffs used a variety of means to find common ground on legislation one member said was tougher to pass than a "kidney stone."