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

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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An eyewitness to Thursday afternoon's incident near the U.S. Capitol saw police pursuing a black car and heard gunfire before one police car crashed into a security barrier.

Jeff Hamond, 46, vice president at Van Scoyoc Associates, a federal lobbying firm, said he was riding his bike west on Constitution Avenue after a meeting at the Hart Senate Building.

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The lockdown of the U.S. Capitol was lifted at about 2:58 p.m. ET, officials announced, roughly 40 minutes after first reports of gunfire near the grounds.