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

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The Supreme Court will allow same-sex marriages to go forward in Kansas, lifting a stay of an order that struck down the state's ban on gay marriage.

BuzzFeed first reported Wednesday evening on the order from Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas dissented.

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Corrected: This article originally stated that Price's bill was newly introduced Wednesday. It had already been introduced, but his office highlighted it again after the midterms. We regret the error.

House Republicans are re-upping Wednesday on a Obamacare repeal-and-replace legislation after their party's big Election Day wins.

Budget Committee vice chair Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) pushed out a release about his bill that would start with repealing the Affordable Care Act.

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MIT professor Jonathan Gruber is once again a darling of the right, on tape confirming every suspicion that they have about the duplicity and elitism of the Obama administration. Earlier this year, he confirmed their version of events in the lawsuit that aims to undercut Obamacare by invalidating the tax subsidies offered on the federal health exchange.

Now there's much more.

A new video of Gruber has surfaced in which he seems to credit a "lack of transparency" for Obamacare's passage, while also referencing the role of "the stupidity of the American voter." It is, based on the video recorded in October 2013 at an economics conference at the University of Pennsylvania, a decidedly unappealing description of the legislative process that resulted in the most significant social reform in a generation.

It is given all the more potency because Gruber was a key consultant for the Obama administration during the law's creation, and so he serves, in the eyes of many conservatives, as a stand-in for President Barack Obama himself.

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During the first Clinton White House, First Lady Hillary Clinton became the public face of the administration's push for health care reform. She testified at public hearings, headed a task force, and the policies coalesced under the moniker "Hillarycare." When those proposals died in 1993, it arguably set comprehensive health care reform back for more than a decade.

Then in 2008, the political environment was ripe for reform for the first time since. Then-Sen. Hillary Clinton, now running for president, laid out her plan, which per the Washington Post, would have sought "to build on the existing health-care system, but ... make it easier for adults without health insurance to buy it through tax credits." But she lost the Democratic primary to a senator from Illinois and, six years later, those policies have a different name ascribed to them: Obamacare.

More than 10 million have gained health coverage because of that law, the Affordable Care Act, with the second enrollment period set to start later this week. So if, as is almost universally expected, Clinton decides to seek for the White House again, what will there be left for her to do?

A lot actually, according to one of her closest former advisers: Center for American Progress president Neera Tanden, who was policy director for the 2008 Clinton campaign, worked in the Clinton White House and worked for the Obama administration on health care reform.

Like most people close to the former secretary of state and first lady, Tanden refused to entertain any direct questions about Clinton's 2016 plans. But in an interview with TPM, she did talk about the role that health care might play in the coming presidential campaign and how potential Democratic candidates, and Clinton in particular, might approach it.

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Like their peers across the country, when some South Carolina voters walked out of the polling station this week, they were asked to take an exit poll. But some of the questions were a little different -- things like, "Blacks are getting too demanding in their push for equal rights. Agree or disagree?"

And South Carolinans weren't happy about it.

It wasn't the Ku Klux Klan canvassing voters in the Palmetto State. It was political scientists from Clemson University and the University of South Carolina. The irony is that they wanted to seize on a historical moment -- the election of Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), the first black senator to be elected in the South since Reconstruction -- to test whether racial animus was still a factor for voters.

But in doing so, they managed to stir up a lot of backlash. "This is shameful!" tweeted one person who received the survey. Another, according to WSPA in Greenville, said the questions were "overtly racist."

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Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus said Friday that the GOP views President Barack Obama's pledged executive actions on immigration as "a nuclear threat."

He described the upcoming orders, which Obama earlier this week reasserted his intention to issue, as "executive amnesty, which is in our mind a nuclear threat that would reject the basis of the separation of powers doctrine."

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Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus said Friday that he believed the party needed to take the threat of Democrats becoming competitive in Texas seriously or it could start turning purple by the end of the decade.

Though Republican Greg Abbott trounced Democrat Wendy Davis in the gubernatorial race on Tuesday -- which lead commentators like Red State's Erick Erickson to say that the Democratic Battleground Texas initiative got "curbstomped" -- Priebus said the national and state party had taken it "pretty seriously."

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In the aftermath of the resounding Republican takeover of the Senate this week, most everybody agrees two things are true. The GOP is going to face a much tougher Senate map and electorate in 2016. and the upper chamber is going to be populated for the next two years by a number of prominent Republicans (Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio) with presidential ambitions.

Of the three, Cruz is undoubtedly the biggest troublemaker -- and he relishes that role. But by positioning himself to appeal to conservatives in a Republican presidential primary, he could force his more moderate GOP colleagues in blue states to take uncomfortable votes and thereby put their brand-new Senate majority at risk.

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