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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Pope Francis has invited Patti Smith, the "Godmother of Punk," to perform at this year's Vatican Christmas concert, according to The Independent.

Smith will be one of 18 acts to perform Dec. 13 at Rome's Conciliation Auditorium, the British newspaper reported. She met Francis at the Vatican in 2013 (pictured above) and said that, while she is not Catholic, she found the new pontiff "very interesting."

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Taken in the aggregate, Obamacare premiums for the 34 states using are almost completely level in 2015 compared to 2014, according to a new analysis from Avalere Health.

That comes with a lot of caveats. Premium changes vary widely from state to state, and individual consumers who are re-enrolling might need to shop around to avoid substantial spikes in what they pay next year.

On average, premiums for the cheapest bronze-level plan, which covers 70 percent of medical costs, available to a 50-year-old non-smoker increased by 3 percent, according to Avalere. For the cheapest silver-level plan, which covers 70 percent of costs, premiums increased by 4 percent.

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Congressional Republican leaders seem hellbent on avoiding a government shutdown over President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, but their right flank is agitating for a fight.

Heritage Action put out a statement Friday urging the GOP to block or preempt the actions, expected to protect up to 5 million people from deportation, or else any long-term funding bill that Congress were to pass would simply be "a blank check for amnesty."

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The 2016 presidential campaign arrived fully formed on Friday when ABC News published the contents of an email list managed by one of the top contenders to be Hillary Clinton's campaign manager.

The breathless headline is "EXCLUSIVE: Read the Secret Emails of the Men Who May Run Hillary Clinton's Campaign."

It's a strange meeting of Journolist and the notorious infighting of Clinton's 2008 campaign. The actual content of the emails themselves are almost entirely without news value; the only news here arguably is that somebody wanted to damage the candidacies (as it were) of Robby Mook, the Democratic operative who set up the list, and Marlon Marshall, another operative active on the list who is rumored for a Clinton 2016 role.

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The specter of the Supreme Court gutting Obamacare and putting health coverage for millions of people at risk is back in a very real way, with the justices taking up the lawsuit that would prohibit tax subsidies from being given to people in the 36 states that use the federal health exchange,

But while the White House has been publicly mum about how it would address that worst-case scenario, policy experts have told TPM that there could be ways for the Obama administration to get around such a ruling.

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The tea party and establishment wings of the House Republican caucus are already splitting over how to respond to President Barack Obama's promised executive actions on immigration reform, which could be issued as soon as next week.

The big question is: Should Republicans be willing to shut down the government to block Obama's unilateral moves on immigration?

The far right believes they have the 2014 election outcomes, and therefore popular sentiment, on their side. But leadership sounds more cautious about wading into another showdown with the president after last year's shutdown left the Republican brand tarnished.

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House Republicans might demand that MIT professor Jonathan Gruber appear to testify about his comments about the "lack of transparency" in Obamacare's passage and "stupidity of the American voter," according to the Washington Post.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who serves on the House Oversight Committee, told the Post that his colleagues were showing interest in “bringing [Gruber] up here to talk.”

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The White House is publicly distancing itself from MIT professor Jonathan Gruber's comments on the legislative process behind Obamacare and its "lack of transparency," which have been seized on by conservatives this week, saying that they are "simply not true."

Gruber also invoked "the stupidity of the American voter" in 2013 comments unearthed last week about the Affordable Care Act. He has since said that he regretted the comments and spoke "inappropriately."

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