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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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With the final enrollment figures expected Thursday, House GOP leadership decided to fully take up the mantle of Obamacare trutherism. House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy's office released a full "debunking" of the fabled 7 million sign-ups that the administration touted earlier this month.

The supposedly unanswered questions -- intended, as the headline of McCarthy's release makes perfectly clear, to call the official numbers into question -- are familiar to the budding enrollment trutherism movement. The only problem is several of the questions have already been answered. Others, the administration has said it doesn't have the answers for, so House Republicans are left accusing the White House of blatantly withholding information.

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Richard Mack, a former Arizona county sheriff, was one of the better known activists to voice support for Bundy Ranch during its long-running standoff with federal officials over cattle grazing rights. In recent days, as tensions rose, he eventually made his way up to the Nevada ranch to join the fight.

In an interview with TPM on Wednesday, Mack portrayed a scene where the protesters genuinely believed they could be killed by federal agents at any moment. But he also backed off one of the more striking claims he'd made during the standoff. He caught national attention on Monday when he said the protesters were "strategizing to put all the women up at the front" in case the federal officials fired on them. He later said it "was a tactical ploy that I was trying to get them to use."

But Mack backtracked somewhat and told TPM he was mistaken when he said those things. The women had volunteered to go to the front, he said.

"The mistake I made was it was never a strategy. It was never strategized. It was never talked about. The women just did it," he said. "I was never privy to that, so I thought they did strategize that. I thought that would be the only way they would send women up to the front."

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Ready For Hillary, the super PAC laying the grassroots groundwork for a presumed 2016 campaign, has hired new staff to oversee its field operations in four regions across the country.

They've divided the country into Western, Southern, Midwestern and Northern regions, and the new staffers bring experience in key primary states like Iowa, New Hampshire and California. As TPM reported last month, the new hires are intended to help the group further expand its volunteer base on the ground.

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An internal feud between ABC News and the Center for Public Integrity spilled into the open Wednesday with the two organizations going to war over credit for the investigative series that won a Pulitzer Prize this week.

Chris Hamby of CPI, a Washington, D.C., non-profit investigative journalism outfit, won a Pulitzer Prize on Monday for his investigation into coal miners who were denied black lung benefits. The very next day, ABC News President Ben Sherwood sent a letter to the executive director of CPI, asking that the names of two ABC News reporters be added to the award.

ABC News aired various reports on the subject in collaboration with CPI. "We believe that our reporters ... should share in this high honor as they shared in the long months of reporting and producing the stories," Sherwood wrote in the letter to CPI executive director Bill Buzenberg, which was first reported by Politico.

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While describing the Bundy Ranch standoff between armed anti-government activists and federal authorities, Richard Mack -- the right-wing former sheriff who helped organize the militia -- managed to squeeze in references to both Rosa Parks and the Nazis.

Mack, who said that the protesters had considered using women as human shields and warned that the feds are still planning to raid the Bundy family, made the comments in a Monday interview with conservative radio host Steve Deace.

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States that have embraced Obamacare have also seen a significantly larger drop in their uninsured population, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday.

In states that expanded Medicaid and actively participated in their insurance marketplace under the law, the uninsured rate dropped 2.5 percentage points, from 16.1 percent in 2013 to 13.6 percent in the first quarter of 2014.

But in states that did not expand Medicaid or participate in their insurance marketplace, the uninsured rate dropped only 0.8 percentage points, from 18.7 percent in 2013 to 17.9 percent in the first quarter of 2014.

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Two days after Frazier Glenn Miller was accused of killing three people at Jewish community centers in Kansas, the Southern Poverty Law Center released audio recordings of Miller's 2013 calls to SPLC staff. In one of them, he claimed he had already "done a hell of a lot of violence on behalf of my race."

According to SPLC, Miller wanted a staff member to appear on a radio show associated with Vanguard News Network, a white supremacist website with the tagline: "No Jews. Just right." The calls were recorded by SPLC and released Tuesday.

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Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy, whose dispute with the Bureau of Land Management spurred a tense standoff between armed anti-government activists and federal officials over the weekend, had some strikingly specific directions for sheriffs across the country Monday night.

“Disarm the federal bureaucrats," Bundy said in an interview with Fox News's Sean Hannity. He had been asked to respond to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's assertion that the Bundy Ranch standoff (as it is now officially known on Wikipedia) was "not over."

Bundy had already asked his local sheriff to arrest the BLM officials who were rounding up his cattle, but he directed his new message to "every county sheriff in the United States."

Bundy's statement brought to the forefront a theory that some on the far right have held for decades: that local sheriffs are ordained with an immense amount of power, going beyond that of even federal authorities. In the Bundy Ranch dispute, that theory is the driving ideology of some of the groups that have rallied to the rancher's side. Those include the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association and the Oath Keepers, whose members are law enforcement officials and military who have pledged to defend the Constitution against government overreach.

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Exactly how much vulnerable Senate Democrats should talk about Obamacare remains an open question, but an ad released recently in support of Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) supplied a taste of what an unabashedly pro-Affordable Care Act campaign would look like.

"I was lucky. I beat cancer, but the insurance companies still denied me health insurance just because of a pre-existing condition," Lisa Keller of Anchorage says in the ad's narration. "I now have health insurance again because of Mark Begich, because he fought the insurance companies so we no longer have to.

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It appears that the anti-government activists protesting the Bureau of Land Management's actions against a Nevada cattle rancher were considering using women as a human shield if a gun battle had erupted during the standoff.

The Blaze, the conservative news site affiliated with Glenn Beck, flagged the comments made Monday by Richard Mack, identified as a former Arizona sheriff who had joined more than 1,000 other protesters alongside Cliven Bundy, who has been feuding with BLM over his use of federal land to graze his cattle.

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