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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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) said Wednesday that she opposed the congressional Republican effort to defund Obamacare, saying that it would be a blow to the state's budget.

“The bottom line is we need that money in our economy to save rural hospitals and jobs in the rural areas,” Brewer said, according to the Arizona Daily Star. “It’s all about jobs and getting back federal dollars that our taxpayers have paid to the federal government, to bring them home.”

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The federal Obamacare health insurance marketplace, which has endured a rough rollout, wasn't supposed to work like this. In fact, it wasn't supposed to exist at all.

But refusal by Repubican-controlled states to establish health care exchanges -- online marketplaces where the uninsured could shop for competitive insurance policies -- complicated things for the feds as they developed their own website and likely contributed to the problematic launch of HealthCare.gov.

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Late on the night of Sept. 30, with the federal government just hours away from shutting down, House Republicans quietly made a small change to the House rules that blocked a potential avenue for ending the shutdown.

It went largely unnoticed at the time. But with the shutdown more than a week old and House Democrats searching for any legislative wiggle room to end it, the move looms large in retrospect in the minds of the minority party.

"What people don't know is that they rigged the rules of the House to keep the government shut down," Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), ranking member of the House Budget Committee, told TPM in an interview. "This is a blatant effort to make sure that the Senate bill did not come up for a vote."

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) is considering accepting Obamacare's Medicaid expansion in his state via executive order, his office confirmed to TPM, after the state legislature stymied his efforts earlier this year.

The possibility was first reported by the Columbus Dispatch. “We continue to explore all our options and just want to get this done," Kasich spokesman Robert Nichols told TPM in an email Wednesday.

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In a letter to U.S senators dated Wednesday, Koch Industries denied ever advocating for a government shutdown as a way to force the defunding of Obamacare. The letter was in response to comments on the Senate floor Tuesday by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) in which he blamed Koch for the shutdown, which followed a conservative push to pressure Democrats into defunding or delaying Obamacare to keep the government open.

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A top conservative economist said Tuesday that a default "wouldn't happen" if the federal debt limit were breached, joining a chorus of conservative voices who are downplaying the consequences of a government default.

"I think it's a non-issue. I think it wouldn't happen," Martin Feldstein, a Harvard University economics professor and former chief economic adviser to President Ronald Reagan, told Charlie Rose on Bloomberg TV. "I think default as such is a scare tactic."

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