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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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) is planning to liven up the governor's house in an effort to woo Republicans and forward his agenda, and he has some special ingredients: top-shelf liquor and craft beer.

The Washington Post reported that the governor wanted to throw "Sixty parties in 60 days!" during the two-month legislative session, which ends in early March. He's personally paid for and stocked up on better booze and microbrews at the governor's house; he's also catering daily breakfasts for the non-drinkers.

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Despite the consistent refutation of their claim that the Congressional Budget Office said Obamacare would cost the country 2 million jobs -- even from within their own party -- Republicans are now putting the attack in congressional ads.

A new web ad by Rep. Thom Tillis (R-NC), who is trying to unseat Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in North Carolina, blasts Hagan for "2 million lost jobs" because of her support for the health care reform law, the Washington Post reported.

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Implicit in the GOP's offensive since the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday that millions of Americans would stop working or cut back their hours under Obamacare is that those people are, well, lazy. Maybe it's not their fault, maybe the nanny government is lulling them into complacence. But whatever the reason, it's a bad thing.

House Budget Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) said as much at the beginning of Wednesday's hearing on the CBO report.

The law encourages Americans "not to get on the ladder of life, to begin working, getting the dignity of work, getting more opportunities, rising the income, joining the middle class," he said. "This means fewer people will do that."

But, as usual, the real story is more complicated than that. People choosing to work less could actually be a good thing, congressional Democrats have since suggested. It just depends on why they're making that choice.

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Amid a heated debate between the White House and conservatives over how much credit Obamacare can take for enrolling people in Medicaid, a new analysis has an answer: up to 1.8 million.

The White House has touted a bigger number, 6.3 million, which included people who were just renewing their enrollment. Critics said that was misleading; the law can only take credit for those who enrolled because their state expanded the program's eligibility or who were never enrolled but had now after the big sign-up push that accompanied Obamacare's launch.

Avalere Health, an independent consulting firm, estimated that between 1.1 and 1.8 million people have enrolled in Medicaid because of Obamacare. They either qualified through the law's expansion of the program, which 25 states adopted, or because they were already eligible but hadn't enrolled until Obamacare enrollment started on Oct. 1.

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At least one Republican is setting the record straight on what the Congressional Budget Office actually said this week about Obamacare and its effect on jobs.

House Budget Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) explained in a Wednesday hearing with CBO director Doug Elmendorf that the health care reform law wouldn't cost the U.S. economy more than 2 million jobs, as many of his colleagues alleged, but that Americans would choose to work less.

"I want to make sure we accurately understand what it is you are saying," Ryan said, before leading Elmendorf through a series of questions to explain the report and its findings.

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A House Republican accused journalist Glenn Greenwald Tuesday of selling stolen material because news outlets are paying for access to the documents leaked by Edward Snowden.

“For personal gain, he’s now selling his access to information, that’s how they’re terming it," House Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Rogers (R-MI), said after a hearing that included discussion of the national security leaks, Politico reported.

"A thief selling stolen material is a thief.”

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The GOP spin after the Congressional Budget Office released Tuesday its newest report on Obamacare was that the law would be disastrous for the U.S. economy, killing millions of jobs. But set aside that misreading of the CBO report and there's actually potentially great news in there: the law could end up boosting worker wages.

Business Insider's Josh Barro presented the theory shortly after the report's release. He cited economist Donald Marron, fellow and director of economic policy initiatives at the Urban Institute, who outlined his reasoning in four tweets.

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The Congressional Budget Office issued a new report Tuesday on the federal budget deficit, Obamacare and jobs -- and Official Washington exploded.

It all centered on one line about how the health care reform law would affect employment. CBO actually said that Americans would choose to work less, for various reasons, and that if you translated the fewer hours worked into full-time jobs, it would equal 2.5 million by 2024 (2.3 million by 2021). It didn't say that Obamacare would cost the country 2.5 million jobs, but Republicans said so anyway.

But it wasn't just the GOP, which had a political incentive to take advantage of economic jargon. It was the political press as well. They either misrepresented what the report said -- or shrugged off the actual facts, opting instead to speculate on what the political spin would mean for the horse race.

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