Dylan Scott

Dylan Scott is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. He previously reported for Governing magazine in Washington, D.C., and the Las Vegas Sun. His work has been recognized with a 2013 American Society of Business Publication Editors award for Best Feature Series and a 2010 Associated Press Society of Ohio award for Best Investigative Reporting. He can be reached at

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President Barack Obama declined Friday to say where he expects Cuba to be by the end of his presidency, after his decision to open formal relations with the country, but he did assert that the new policy will result in change.

"It would be unrealistic for me to map out exactly where Cuba will be. But change is going to come to Cuba," Obama said at his end-of-the-year press conference. "It has to."

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President Barack Obama said Friday that Sony had "made a mistake" pulling the film "The Interview" after its email archives were hacked, the contents were leaked, and threats were made against theaters if they showed the film.

"Sony is a corporation. It suffered significant damage. There were threats against its employees. I'm sympathetic to the concerns that they faced," Obama said at his end-of-the-year press conference. "Having said all that, yes, I think they made a mistake."

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The disagreement between Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rand Paul (R-KY) over America's changing relationship with Cuba is escalating quickly.

Rubio was among the loudest opponents to President Barack Obama's announcement that the United States would begin normalizing relations with its Caribbean neighbor. After Paul said he supported the change, Rubio lashed out, saying Paul "has no idea what he's talking about."

Both are considered potential 2016 presidential contenders, and Paul struck back on Friday on both Twitter and Facebook.

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Republican attorneys general in Nebraska and Oklahoma sued neighboring Colorado on Thursday over its recent legalization of marijuana.

The Washington Post reported that Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning filed their lawsuit in the U.S. Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has jurisdiction to hear legal disputes between two states under the Constitution.

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Vermont is abandoning its plan to establish a single-payer health care system under the Affordable Care Act, its governor announced Wednesday, a blow to reformers who hoped the state could set a national example.

Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) said that he was nixing the plan because it would require large tax increases to fund. The state had been working for years on a plan to institute a single-payer system in 2017, when Obamacare allows states to propose alternative reforms to extend health coverage and control costs.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) joined with other Republicans on Wednesday who condemned President Barack Obama's decision to open diplomatic relations with Cuba.

"Make no mistake, although we are glad (former prisoner Alan Gross) is now free, the agreement the Obama Administration has entered into with the Castro regime has done nothing to resolve the underlying problem," Cruz, who is Cuban-American, said in a statement. "Indeed, it has made it worse."

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President Barack Obama formally announced on Wednesday his administration's plan to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba, positioning the move as the historic reversal of a half-century-long failed policy between the two countries.

"We will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance our interests," he said in an address from the White House Cabinet Room. "Instead we will begin to normalize our relations between our two countries. Through the changes, we intend to create more opportunities for the American and Cuban people and begin a new chapter among the nations of the Americas."

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