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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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Regarding the events at the Hinds County courthouse early on Wednesday morning after the Mississippi Senate Republican primary, here's what we know: Three Chris McDaniel supporters found themselves locked in the building, where the ballots were being kept, at 2 a.m. The last election official says that she left the courthouse more than two hours earlier.

They called the executive chairman of the Hinds County Republicans, a Thad Cochran supporter, for help and were eventually freed from the building by law enforcement. They have not yet been charged with any crimes -- and the Hinds County Sheriff's Department says no law were broken.

The sheriff's department investigated because the explanations for their circumstances offered by the McDaniel allies -- Janis Lane, Scott Brewster, and Rob Chambers -- have been conflicting. Lane told Pete Perry, the executive chairman, that she was locked in the courthouse with a female friend, while the sheriff's office has reported the two others with her were men.

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One of the key players in the Mississippi election-night courthouse caper told TPM that the stories offered by those found in the locked building with primary ballots in the wee hours of the morning haven't been matching up.

Pete Perry, Hinds County Republican executive chairman and a supporter of Sen. Thad Cochran, relayed the new details to TPM on the explanations being given by Janis Lane, a supporter of Cochran primary opponent Chris McDaniel, who found herself locked in the Hinds County courthouse at 2 a.m. on Election Night and called Perry for help.

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Hillary Clinton says she doesn't have any lingering effects from her 2012 concussion, which has been used to question her health ahead of a potential 2016 presidential run.

In fact, she told People magazine in an excerpt published by Politico's Mike Allen, another potential 2016 contender -- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) -- has told her that he's suffered at least three concussions.

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A Mississippi tea party official with close ties to U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel apparently ended up inside a locked and empty county courthouse late Tuesday night after primary election results had come in.

Hinds County Republican executive chairman Pete Perry told TPM that he received a phone call around 2:00 a.m. CT on Wednesday from Janis Lane, president of the Central Mississippi Tea Party, who said she was locked inside the Hinds County courthouse. That would be where the circuit clerk and election commission offices, and the primary election ballots, are located.

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Evidence is emerging that the electoral landscape surrounding Obamacare is a little more complex than previously thought. While Republican politicians have struggled to match their rhetoric to Obamacare's new reality, the law seems to be more of a wash between the parties than previously thought when it comes to motivating voters.

A Washington Post-ABC News poll released Tuesday found that Republicans and Democrats are almost evenly split on the importance of Obamacare to their vote: 73 percent of Republicans said the law would be important, and 67 percent of Democrats said the same.

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Much like Republicans, Democrats too are still figuring out what balance they should strike when discussing Obamacare. It doesn't excite their base in nearly the same way it does for Republicans, yet they can't avoid that it's a central piece of their legislative record during the Obama administration.

And while the law's 8 million sign-ups have squashed any serious talk that it could be an abject disaster, almost everyone -- up to and including the White House -- seems to agree that the law could stand to be improved. Democrats, perhaps in a candidate debate, should be asked what they would do about the law, now and in the future.

Here's what TPM would ask, given the chance. Tough questions for Republicans were published earlier this week.

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How frequently Republicans talk about Obamacare in the run-up to the 2014 midterms remains an unanswered question. Most agree the politics of Obamacare seem to be shifting, but Republicans still might bet that riling up their base with anti-Obamacare rhetoric is enough to catapult them into control of the Senate.

But at some point, perhaps during a candidate debate in the coming months, they should be obligated to answer serious questions about their opposition to the law.

Here's what TPM would ask, given the chance. Tough questions for Democrats will follow later this week.

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A favorite and particularly trolling question that conservatives love to pose to Hillary Clinton supporters is: Name one of her accomplishments as Secretary of State.

But while that question is knowingly baiting, it touches on a very real issue as Hillary 2016 discussions intensify. The 1990's might be old news, but Clinton's tenure at the State Department is in the very recent past. Republicans believe it can be a powerful tool in their mounting campaign to undercut a Hillary 2016 bid before it actually starts. That could be a tall order: It was her time at State that sent Clinton's approval ratings soaring. But the other side sees an opening.

"Clearly, the State Department record is both more timely and has not been scrutinized as closely," Tim Miller, executive director of America Rising PAC, which is dedicated to combatting Hillary 2016, told TPM, "So in that sense, I think that gives us more opportunities to highlight her failures and it will drive more of the discussion."

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