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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This just in: Hillary Clinton commands a pretty penny when asked to make a public speaking appearance.

As breathless news stories about her hundred-thousand-dollar speaking fees have continued to reappear in some of the nation's biggest news outlets over the last few months, conservative operatives take every chance they get to paint Clinton as an out-of-touch elitist.

A nascent 2016 attack line? Yes, of course. But also an element of conservatives -- and maybe to some extent journalists -- still refighting the last war, when Mitt Romney's personal wealth defined him as aloof and inaccessible.

Peel back the layers, and it is an interesting case study in the GOP's uneasy position in the politics of personal wealth, as Hillary gears up for a campaign that is expected to focus if not explicitly on the theme of income inequality, then to at least play off the issue's striking imagery of struggling lower-class voters left behind by the gilded robber baron class.

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A Moscow-backed bank has provided a multi-million-euro loan to the far-right French political party, Time reported this week, which is leading some to wonder if Russian president Vladimir Putin is trying to interfere with Western Europe's domestic affairs.

Marine Le Pen, who runs the National Front party in France, announced that she had received a loan of 9 million euros ($11.1 million) from the First Czech Russian Bank, which has ties to the Kremlin, according to Time.

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Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead's administration is officially recommending that the state expand Medicaid under Obamacare, making the Republican governor the latest conservative to embrace a key pillar of the health care reform law.

The state department of health released a modified plan to expand the low-income insurance plan, the Casper Star-Tribune reported, which pulls from the alternative expansion plans pursued by some other states.

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has been on a tear since Sunday, turning himself into a B storyline as he offers what you might call unvarnished takes on race and crime in America amid the tension in Ferguson, Mo. It started with a "Meet The Press" panel, when he told a black panelist that white police officers wouldn't be in black communities if "you weren't killing each other."

And he hasn't let up while a grand jury has decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in Michael Brown's shooting and heated protests have followed.

Giuliani isn't a stranger to racially charged rhetoric, dating back to his time as mayor, but these recent comments were striking even to one of Giuliani's biographers who was quite familiar with the former mayor's past rhetoric on these issues.

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Obamacare's second enrollment period hasn't attracted nearly the media attention that the first did -- probably because the federal hasn't been the abject disaster it was in the opening days of 2014.

To wit: the Obama administration reported on Wednesday that 462,000 people had signed up for private health insurance through the federal website in the first week of 2015 open enrollment, which started Nov. 15.

That dwarfs the 27,000 people who signed up on, which serves 30-plus states, during the entire first month of enrollment last year.

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A St. Louis County grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson for the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown, and everyone is now trying to figure out what that means.

Brown's death, which surfaced the deeply burrowed and difficult-to-reconcile tensions that in some ways define our nation's history, seems too visceral, too revealing to be without consequence.

But that might be the deep fear that hides behind the second-guessing of the grand jury: No indictment is, as some have said, an indictment of the system. And what if that system is too difficult to change?

"I just think the institutions have to be looked at," Eugene O'Donnell, a former police officer and prosecutor who is now a lecturer at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at City University of New York, told TPM on Tuesday. "The titillating gotcha stuff, that's unfortunately what dominates the news. The real issues are profoundly more complicated."

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