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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 dylan@talkingpointsmemo.com.

Articles by Dylan

The House Energy and Commerce Committee asked John McAfee, the tech security guru who went on the lam in Central America last year under suspicion of murder, to examine the troubled rollout of Obamacare's online insurance website, according to CNBC.

The consultation never occured, but that didn't stop McAfee from sharing his thoughts with noted right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones in an interview posted Tuesday on Jones's website.

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The White House strove Monday to explain why Obamacare's ugly opening act could still be salvaged. They exuded confidence that the technical problems of the last few weeks could be fixed and that the expected pattern for enrollment meant that people would still be able to get enrolled for coverage in time.

But there was one catch. Senior administration officials acknowledged that they're still taking stock of HealthCare.gov's underlying problems and analyzing what exactly it's going to take to fix them. That reality belies the public assurances that the problems will be fixed -- and pronto! Simply put, while progress is being made, Obamacare isn't out of the woods yet.

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue suggested Monday that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) should reconsider his role as congressional troublemaker.

At a breakfast meeting with reporters in Washington, sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, Donohue responded to an initial question about Cruz and his growing influence within the Republican Party by saying the Chamber would look for ways to work with him. A reporter followed up by noting that the conventional wisdom is that the business community wants the Texas senator "to sit down and shut up."

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The conservative Heritage Foundation released last week a new report on insurance premiums under Obamacare, and the conclusion was that favorite of conservative talking points: people are going to pay more for insurance under Obamacare.

Only the foundation left out one key variable in the equation, one that undermines their conclusion that "individuals in most states will end up spending more on the exchanges."

They didn't account for the financial help that the Affordable Care Act gives uninsured people to purchase insurance, one of the law's central provisions.

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