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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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Hillary Clinton's favorability has fallen to a six-year low, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday, effectively erasing the gains that she made while serving as Secretary of State. With 2016 preparation on both sides turning Clinton into a purely political figure again, the Gallup poll demonstrates what might be the most fundamental challenge for a Hillary presidential run: Can she stay popular as she becomes political again?

For now, Clinton still enjoys impressive popularity for a public figure: Gallup found that 54 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of her. But that's down from 59 percent in February and a peak of 66 percent near the end of her tenure at the State Department. It is the lowest recorded mark by Gallup since August 2008.

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As you may have read on just about any news site you've visited in recent days, former First Lady, Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has released a book.

With it, speculation about her potential 2016 ambitions has reached a historic fervor. And almost every news outlet has felt obligated to publish multiple stories about the book, the tour and what it all means.

That includes TPM. And, well, this is another.

The problem is, barring unexpected candor during a book signing or a sudden announcement during one of her many forthcoming media appearances, there isn't actually much new to say. The book will be a bestseller. Hillary fans will turn out en masse for her public events. The (prospective) candidate herself will continue dipping her toe in the 2016 water without making any final decision.

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) told his Republican colleagues on Wednesday that he would seek the speakership in 2014, during the same meeting in which ousted House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) told the Republican conference that he would resign his leadership post.

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David Brat, the unknown economics professor who unseated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Tuesday, earned a doctorate degree in economics from American University in 1995.

TPM obtained a copy of his dissertation, titled "Human Capital, Religion and Economic Growth." In it, he analyzes how research-and-development investment factors into international income inequality and the role played by the Protestant work ethic in scientific advancement during the 19th century.

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David Brat, the man who defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor for the Republican nomination in Virginia's seventh congressional district Tuesday night, is an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland.

Until he announced his plans to challenge Cantor in 2014, Brat had almost no formal political experience. He started sitting on the Virginia Governor Board of Economists under Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine. He graduated with a Ph. D. in economics from American University in 1995 after obtaining a master's degree of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1990 and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Hope College in Michigan.

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The grieving father of Amanda Miller, one of the two attackers in the Las Vegas shooting that left five dead this weekend, said in an interview published late Monday that his son-in-law, Jerad Miller, drew his daughter into the "patriot" movement and isolated her from the rest of her family.

"He was into all this 'patriot nation' and conspiracy theory stuff, and the next thing I know her phone was getting shut off and she was getting isolated from us," Todd Woodruff, Amanda's father, told the Los Angeles Times. "The whole world was against him and he was just, he was just nuts. He got kicked out of his family's house; they wouldn't talk to him. It was just that far out."

"She said there was something out there," he added of Amanda. "Some movement she wanted to be a part of."

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Las Vegas law enforcement has not yet determined how Jerad and Amanda Miller acquired the firearms that they used in this weekend's attack that left two police officers, a civilian and the two attackers dead.

But in the weeks leading up to the attack, Jerad Miller posted multiple times on Facebook that he was looking for a gun and asked for help obtaining one.

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