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.

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Emerging from a closed-door meeting with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NY) told reporters that the sides were making progress on a deal to end the government shutdown and raise the debt limit and that he hoped to have a plan ready for a Monday afternoon meeting at the White House.

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Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) outlined Sunday a possible deal to re-open the federal government and increase the debt ceiling, saying he was encouraged by recent talks between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

The potential deal would fund the government until some point before the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration take effect again in January. The sides would then work to replace the cuts. It would also raise the debt limit before it is breached on Oct. 17.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said Sunday that no Senate Republicans would vote to advance a government spending/debt-limit increase bill that replaces the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration, which Senate Democrats are reportedly considering.

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An Omaha city councilman announced this weekend that he would challenge Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE) for his congressional seat in 2014, the Omaha World Herald reported.

Councilman Pete Festersen had said in August that he didn't want to run for the sake of his family, according to the World Herald. But the dysfunction in Washington seems to have changed his mind.

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Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) painted a grim picture Sunday of ongoing negotiations to re-open the government and increase the debt limit.

"I think things are not moving now," Corker said on Fox News Sunday. "The last 24 hours have not been good."

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Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) said Friday that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius should resign over the troubled rollout of Obamacare's health insurance marketplaces.

“In the absence of a full repeal of Obamacare, which is my preference, we need new leadership from top to bottom. I am calling on the Secretary to resign,” Roberts said in a statement. Sebelius is the former governor of Kansas.

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Ohio appears on the verge of adopting Obamacare's Medicaid expansion in the coming weeks, after the Obama administration approved an application from Republican Gov. John Kasich's administration to expand the program.

The federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services sent a letter Thursday to Ohio Medicaid Director John McCarthy, obtained by TPM, approving his request to increase Medicaid eligibility to 133 percent of the federal poverty level, as the Affordable Care Act prescribes.

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