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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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A St. Louis County police officer who had worked on crowd control in Ferguson, Mo., has been suspended after an online rant surfaced in which he disparaged a variety of groups, from LGBT people to Muslims to victims of domestic violence.

The officer, Dan Page, a 35-year veteran, also described himself as "a killer," according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. CNN reported that the video appeared to have been taken in April at an event for Oath Keepers, the right-wing law enforcement group that is aligned with the Patriot movement.

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Court documents released Friday provided new details on Gov. Scott Walker's recall campaign, including some insight into the role of the governor himself, as prosecutors probe whether the campaign illegally worked with outside groups.

Court documents filed by prosecutors back in June placed Walker at the center of a "criminal scheme" in which his campaign illegally coordinated with as many as 12 outside conservative groups in 2011 and 2012. They later said that Walker was "not a target of the investigation," but the legal probe into the campaign has continued.

The New York Times reported Friday on newly released emails from the investigation. In particular, the emails point to the Walker campaign's close relationship with the Wisconsin chapter of the conservative mega-group Club for Growth.

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Local police have now released two incident reports on the Michael Brown shooting, which media and advocates have been pressing for since the Aug. 9 shooting in Ferguson, Mo.

The St. Louis County police, which has been the lead investigative agency, released their report Wednesday, according the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri. The Ferguson police released their report Thursday. But both have redactions, the ACLU said, and they contain almost no information that was not already public.

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Earlier this week, the Chicago Cubs grounds crew experienced a disaster. As rain poured onto Wrigley Field, they were unable to cover the playing surface with a tarp in time. They were booed. The game was called. Because of the mismanagement, their opponents, the San Francisco Giants, protested the game after it had been called as a win for the Cubs. They succeeded. It was the first successful protest in Major League Baseball in 28 years, according to Deadspin.

But the whole bizarre episode was cast in a new light Thursday when the Chicago Sun-Times reported that the Cubs had slashed worker hours to keep them under 30 hours a week to avoid paying health benefits under Obamacare.

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A recently surfaced 2010 quote from one of the major funders behind the latest legal challenge to Obamacare perfectly encapsulates the ends-justify-the-means ethos that is driving the litigation.

The Competitive Enterprise Institute is helping to pay for the lawsuit, Halbig v. Burwell, which seeks to invalidate Obamacare's tax subsidies being offered on the federal health insurance exchange, HealthCare.gov. In 2010, CEI chairman Michael Greve made plain that anything should be done to stop the law. "I do not care how it's done," he said at the time. "I don't care who does it."

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Law enforcement lobbying groups appear unsettled by a growing call to reform the federal programs that funnel military-grade equipment to state and local police, sparked by images of decked-out police officers confronting protesters in Ferguson, Mo., over the last two weeks.

The Daily Beast interviewed the leaders of several law enforcement groups and they were adamant in their belief that the programs, which help agencies obtain things like the mine-resistant MRAP vehicles, should not be cut off.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) ordered the National Guard on Thursday to begin "systematically withdrawing" from Ferguson, Mo., after the reserve force was called in earlier this week to protect local law enforcement officials.

“As we continue to see improvement, I have ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin a systematic process of withdrawing from the City of Ferguson," Nixon said in a statement.

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Some schools in a St. Louis area school district are instructing teachers to change the subject if the police shooting and ongoing protests in Ferguson, Mo., come up in class.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Thursday that teachers in middle schools and high schools in the Edwardsville School District, an Illinois suburb of St. Louis about 25 miles from Ferguson, have been told to “change the subject and refocus the students” if Ferguson is brought up.

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Every vote will matter in the North Carolina Senate race, which could in turn determine which party controls the upper chamber next year. So the news that three write-in candidates will have their votes counted in the November election, including something of a foreign-language speaker, should not be overlooked.

The Fayetteville Observer reported that three candidates had received the state's approval to have their votes counted if they are written in on the ballot. One of them, David Waddell, is a former town councilman from Indian Trail -- who also speaks Klingon, the fictional language from the the Star Trek universe that has become a favorite of nerdy linguaphiles everywhere.

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As if the current clashes in Ferguson, Mo., needed any additional stimuli, a group of habitual revolutionaries has tried to insert itself into the drama. It hasn't gone well, and they've clashed with protesters as well as police, as a short video posted by a St. Louis alderman shows.

The group, which calls itself the Revolutionary Communist Party, emerged from the movement period of the late 1960s and early 1970s but is now a "parasitic" organization, in the words of one sociologist who has studied it, that tends to pop up opportunistically when and where civil unrest develops.

But just who is the Revolutionary Communist Party and what is it doing in Ferguson?

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