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

Articles by Dylan

Updated: 3:48 p.m. ET

In their victory lap after taking over the Senate on Tuesday, Republicans are poking some fun at Democrats for their candidates' laborious efforts to distance themselves from President Barack Obama: Thanks a lot, guys!

National Republican Senatorial Committee executive director Rob Collins needled his opponents on Thursday, saying that Democrats had "sidelined their best messenger" by avoiding Obama.

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Where incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) struck what was almost a conciliatory tone after his party's sweeping victories on Tuesday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) appeared ready for battle while issuing stern warnings to President Barack Obama not to overstep his bounds.

McConnell pledged to fix the Senate and acknowledged that there were "significant areas for potential agreement" with the White House. But Boehner was feisty and confrontational at his Thursday press conference.

Republicans picked up 14 seats in the House, expanding their majority to a historic 246-seat majority, their largest majority in more than half a century. The incoming freshman class includes substantial additions to the party's right wing, including David Brat of Virginia, a tea party candidate who knocked off Boehner's majority leader, Eric Cantor, in the GOP primary.

With that as the backdrop, Boehner sounded like he was in no mood to compromise.

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With a brand-new Republican Congress at his back, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) had stern words for President Barack Obama on his plans to issue executive orders on immigration: Don't even think about it.

"If the president acts on his own, he will poison the well," Boehner told reporters at a Thursday press conference. "If you play with matches, you can risk burning yourself. The American people made it clear on Election Day: They want to get things done and they don't want the president acting on a unilateral basis. "

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Going into Election Day, Medicaid expansion advocates had reason to be optimistic. If things broke the right way in a half dozen competitive gubernatorial races, health coverage could come to a million uninsured people.

But as Republicans stormed to victory in almost every notable election in the country, Medicaid expansion might not make any inroads in those states -- and might even lose ground in one place that pioneered a unique expansion plan.

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With some questions about his working relationship with incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), President Barack Obama quipped Wednesday that he'd love to have a drink with his new congressional sparring partner.

"I would love to have a Kentucky bourbon with Mitch McConnell," Obama said, playing off his April 2013 response to the same question: "Really?"

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President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he still planned to issue sweeping executive orders on immigration reform after the Republicans won control of Congress on Tuesday.

"Before the end of the year," he told reporters at a press conference, the White House will "take action to improve function of immigration system."

"I think it's fair to say I've shown a lot of patience and tried to work on a bipartisan basis as much as possible," he added.

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President Barack Obama summed up the 2014 election succinctly at a Wednesday press conference: "Obviously, Republicans had a good night."

In his first public remarks since the sweeping Republican wins on Tuesday, Obama grappled with the meaning of the election results, which saw the GOP flip control of the Senate, pick up a surprising number of governorships, and enlarge their majority in the House.

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Older voters helped propel Republicans to sweeping victories Tuesday in Senate and gubernatorial races nationwide, according to exit polls from NBC News.

The disparity between the under-30 and over-60 was the widest it's been in a decade, those polls found. The seniors comprised 37 percent of the electorate; young people made up 12 percent.

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Election forecasting guru Nate Silver concluded Wednesday, in the wake of Republicans thoroughly throttling Democrats across the map, that the 2014 polls had in fact been skewed — in favor of Democrats.

Going into Election Day, Democrats had to hope that the polls were biased against them — or at least not accounting for their much-touted turnout game. The day after, that looks like a bad joke.

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