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

Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), a top House Republican, reminded TPM in an interview that President Obama voted against raising the debt limit while serving as a senator in 2006.

"I think there's a little hypocrisy on the part of the president. When he was in the Senate, he never voted to raise the debt ceiling and actually voted against it," Cole, a deputy majority whip, said. "Lectured everyone on the morality of debt. and is now asking us to do for him what he wouldn't do for George Bush."

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Speaker John Boehner urged his House Republican conference to "hang tough" at a Friday meeting, the New York Times reported, even as his allies privately admitted that the House will likely ultimately re-open the government and raise the debt ceiling without extracting concessions from the White House.

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House Democrats think they've found a legislative ploy to bring the Senate-passed temporary spending bill to the House floor and end the government shutdown.

The move amounts to a legislative Hail Mary because it would require moderate Republicans to break with their leadership, something they've so far been unwilling to do.

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Read the headlines, and the first week of Obamacare's health insurance marketplaces has been hugely problematic, bordering on disastrous.

Long wait times on the Obamacare websites and crashing web pages. A dearth of consumers who have actually purchased insurance -- at least those who can be found by reporters. It's frankly hard to imagine a worse rollout for the law, from a public relations standpoint.

But the administration isn't sweating things yet. Neither is a veteran of health reform in Massachusetts, the only truly comparable experience to what Obamacare is going through this week.

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