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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President Bill Clinton invited incoming Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro to dine at the Clinton's private D.C. home last week, the Washington Post reported, making it impossible for the media to ignore the 2016 implications.

Castro, former San Antonio mayor and 2012 Democratic National Convention keynote speaker, was nominated by President Barack Obama to head HUD in May. The New York Times noted at the time that he "has often been mentioned as a potential vice-presidential candidate for the Democrats." The move to HUD was thought to help bolster Castro's national profile.

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A Missouri state senator tweeted "F--K you" at Gov. Jay Nixon (D) Thursday morning, seemingly upset by his absence from the protests in Ferguson.

Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D), who represents the Ferguson area, has spent time in the city during the protests. KMOZ reported Wednesday that Chapelle-Nadal said she had been hit with tear gas while standing with protesters.

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Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, who is assuming control of law enforcement operations in Ferguson, said that he would visit "ground zero" on Thursday night and meet with protesters.

Johnson said he would visit a Ferguson gas station that had been set on fire during the protests following the police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teen.

"When we talk about boots on the ground, my boots are going to be on the ground," Johnson said. "We are going have a different approach and have the approach that we're in this together."

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) said Thursday that the identity of the Ferguson police officer who shot an unarmed African-American teen should be released "as expeditiously as possible."

Nixon added that he did not know the name of the officer who shot Michael Brown on Saturday, sparking the confrontations between protesters and police that have captured the nation's attention.

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Ferguson, Mo., police chief Thomas Jackson said Thursday that his officers would work to allow for peaceful protests amid the escalating tensions between police and protesters, but added that "we need to have everybody tone it down" and defended the tactics being used to control the crowd.

Jackson said that the police would set up an area on a sidewalk for the protesters to congregate on Thursday and said that there were ongoing conversations about "the appearance" of having militarized law enforcement stand off with civilians. The authorities were "meeting to evaluate tactics," he said.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) pledged "a different tone" and "operational shifts" in Ferguson, Mo., the site of ongoing confrontations between police and protesters after the police shooting of a black teen, though he did not offer specifics.

"You will see a different tone," Nixon said at a community event in suburban St. Louis. He plans to address the media again at 2:30 p.m. CT, adding that there would be "operational things that we're doing to make that shift today."

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said on Thursday in a Time magazine op-ed that the events in Ferguson, Mo., meant that it was time to "de-militarize the police."

"There is a legitimate role for the police to keep the peace, but there should be a difference between a police response and a military response," he wrote. "The images and scenes we continue to see in Ferguson resemble war more than traditional police action."

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