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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.

Articles by Dylan

Nobody, even Republicans themselves, seems sure how the GOP is going to approach the confirmation of Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the next secretary of Health and Human Services. The fireworks, or perhaps lack thereof, are set to begin on Thursday at the first of two Senate committee hearings.

Will they raise all hell, obstructing the process as much as they can and using Burwell's confirmation to relive Obamacare's many alleged terrors? Or will they take a more restrained tack, getting their talking points across without blowing too much smoke, a recognition that the politics of the law might be changing?

It seems to depend on who you ask.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a presumptive 2016 presidential contender, wants the current 2016 presumptive frontrunner Hillary Clinton to be dragged in front of the House's new committee on Benghazi to testify about the attacks.

Paul said Monday that the House select committee on Benghazi should subpoena the former secretary of state to testify as part of its investigation.

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Massachusetts is planning to replace its struggling Obamacare website and could temporarily switch to HealthCare.gov if its new system isn't ready by the time the next open enrollment period begins in November.

The Boston Globe reported Monday that the state plans to switch its old system out for a new one used by other states. It is expected to cost $100 million.

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Health care reform in Massachusetts, which was enacted under then-Gov. Mitt Romney (R) and was the model for Obamacare, corresponded with a drop in the state's mortality rate, a study released Monday found.

The Los Angeles Times reported that study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found the state's mortality rate fell by nearly 3 percent, compared to a control group, after it expanded insurance coverage.

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The next big test for Obamacare, after clearing the 8 million enrollments threshold when nobody thought it could, will be what happens to premiums in 2015.

Given the timing of their public release, likely to be in the weeks before voters go to the ballot box this fall, the premiums could also be a factor in the final news cycles of the 2014 campaign.

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The transcript of CBS's October report about the Benghazi attacks, which the network later retracted, has been deleted from the LexisNexis archives, apparently at CBS's request.

ThinkProgress first reported the deletion.

Portions of the Oct. 27 show that featured Lara Logan's now-discredited report now appear with this message: "This document has been deleted at the request of CBS News due to legal or copyright reasons."

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Nothing is more conservative than guns and hating Obamacare, which might explain why multiple congressional candidates have now combined them in one of their campaign ads.

First was Will Brooke in Alabama. Now Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst, vying for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate race, has released her own version.

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The percentage of uninsured Americans in April hit its lowest point ever since Gallup began its monthly tracking poll in 2008.

The uninsured rate dropped to 13.4 percent in April, according to the Gallup poll released Monday, down from 15.6 percent in the first quarter of 2014 and a peak of 18 percent before Obamacare enrollment started in October.

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When the 2016 presidential election finally rolls around, many of the voters casting ballots will have been so young that they hadn't even attained what could be properly considered personhood when Hillary Clinton last occupied the White House.

Even more of them -- anybody up to, say, 30 -- will have only been children or adolescents during the Clinton administration.

For the youngest generation allowed to vote in the next presidential election, the Clinton years could be a hazy picture of the booming economy and budget surpluses that descended into the Bush years of 9/11, the Iraq War and the Great Recession. That is, unless conservative strategists have anything to say about it.

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