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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Hillary Clinton has recently met with two of the names most frequently floated to be her campaign manager in 2016, should she choose to run, Politico reported Thursday.

She met Wednesday with Guy Cecil, who oversaw the national Democratic Senate campaign arm during the 2014 election, according to Politico's sources. Clinton has also met with Robby Mook, who ran Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's 2013 campaign, though Politico could not secure firmer details of the meeting.

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It just sounds bureaucratic, archaic, the embodiment of insider Washington vernacular. And that is indeed the well from which it springs: A portmanteau of continuing resolution, shortened in Hill-speak to C.R., and omnibus.

The House GOP leadership wants to combine them -- funding most of the government for a year with an omnibus bill, but the agencies responsible for President Obama's executive actions on immigration for a shorter period with a CR. It's the best plan they have so far to fight the White House on the issue.

And that's why this unholy congressional creation is populating news reports and press releases as lawmakers lurch toward this month's funding deadline.

But where did it come from? TPM undertook an investigation. The term is less than a decade old. Nobody seems to want to claim responsibility for this particularly grating Capitol Hill slang, but in a twist, a 2007 statement from then-House Minority Leader John Boehner appears to take credit for coining it.

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Donald Blankenship, in some ways the personification of Big Coal, is finally going to trial after 29 of his miners died in a horrific accident four years ago.

In the unprecedented indictment released by federal prosecutors, the man who has dismissed climate change as "silly" and once described American capitalism as "survival of the most productive" allegedly chastised his subordinates for worrying about safety -- "Now is not the time" -- and threatened their jobs if they didn't hit production targets.

Blankenship, who, as the New York Times reported this week, grew up poor in West Virginia before rising to become one of the most powerful coal bosses in the United States, came to typify all the worst caricatures of ruthless industrialists. He broke unions. He dismissed federal regulations and dared inspectors to catch him in the act. He described his industry in evolutionary terms.

"It's like a jungle, where a jungle is survival of the fittest. Unions, communities, people -- everybody's gonna have to learn to accept that in the United States you have a capitalist society, and that capitalism, from a business standpoint, is survival of the most productive," he said in the 1980s.

But with the death of 29 miners in the April 5, 2010 explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in southern West Virginia, Blankenship's long run may finally have come to an end. He was indicted last month on conspiracy to willfully violate federal mining regulations before the accident and to defraud the United States by making false statements to the Securities and Exchange Commission in its aftermath.

The indictment lays bare the inner workings of the industry as Blankenship allegedly reminded subordinates that their "core job is to make money" and called efforts to comply with safety regulations "literally crazy." A system was allegedly created to cover up safety violations before federal inspectors came to the scene, and Blankenship allegedly urged his workers to "run more coal" no matter what safety issues had been raised.

For those close to the industry, the significance of Blankenship's indictment cannot be overstated. The Charleston Gazette called it "momentous." The Times noted that no other corporate head had ever been indicted after the loss of life at their mines.

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A grand jury has decided not to charge the New York City police officer who used a chokehold on an African-American man who later died, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

After months of investigation, Officer Daniel Pantaleo will not be charged in the death of Eric Garner, 43, who died in July after being placed in a chokehold by Pantaleo during a confrontation. The newspaper cited "a person briefed on the matter."

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is not down with one of his party's top presidential contenders on foreign policy -- but he sounds pretty amenable to the presumed Democratic frontrunner, Hillary Clinton.

The Associated Press' Steve Peoples caught up with McCain Wednesday before he appeared at a Foreign Policy Initiative forum in Washington, D.C. The senator weighed in on the foreign policy credentials of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who most believe will run for president, and Clinton.

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Retiring Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), who helped oversee the drafting of the Affordable Care Act, lamented in a recent interview that the law had become compromised amid the political turmoil that surrounded its passage.

He also expressed regret that the law didn't include liberal policies like a single-payer health care system or a public health insurance plan, as many had hoped it would in the early stages.

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In the nascent 2016 presidential campaign, two seemingly contradictory things are still simultaneously true.

Nobody actually has any idea what the field is going to look like by the time people start caucusing in Iowa. And yet Hillary Clinton is undeniably the historically prohibitive favorite for the Democratic nomination, should she choose to run -- far more than she was in 2008, when a hot-shot first-term senator with some star power of his own toppled her White House ambitions.

It is a reminder of the unpredictability of presidential politics. Things can happen, minds do change. But for the moment anyway, there has perhaps never been a more sure thing than Hillary Clinton in 2016.

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In the wake of the Michael Brown shooting, President Barack Obama wants Congress to authorize $75 million over the next three years to help local police departments purchase up to 50,000 body cameras for their officers, senior administration officials said Monday.

That money would be part of a $263 million community policing initiative that Obama is proposing Monday, part of an all-day White House effort to address the concerns raised by the shooting and the subsequent protests in Ferguson, Mo., a week after a grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for Brown's death.

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