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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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Conservative commentator and Weekly Standard founder Bill Kristol wondered aloud Tuesday what could possibly go wrong if the United States were to decide to bomb members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, who have terrorized areas of those countries in recent months and killed an American journalist last week, for a little while.

"Someone said on a panel with me, 'We can't just bomb. We have to really think about this and have a long debate and discussion,'" Kristol said in an interview with fellow conservative Laura Ingraham during her radio show in a clip pulled by Mediaite. "You know, why don't we just [bomb]? We know where ISIS is. What’s the harm of bombing them at least for a few weeks and seeing what happens?

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The word out of the British press this week is that U.K. intelligence officials have identified a British citizen who had started his career as a hip-hop artist as the masked man who killed American journalist James Foley in a video released last week.

Almost immediately after the video purporting to show Foley's beheading was released by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria last week, experts noted that the executioner seemed to speak with a British accent. U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said Thursday it was "increasingly likely" that the killer was a British citizen. An unnamed former ISIS hostage told The Guardian that three of ISIS militants who guarded captured foreigners were British-born and that they were nicknamed "the Beatles."

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An Indiana city mayor was reportedly held in contempt of court and jailed on Tuesday by a local judge upset that drainage pipes had blocked an entrance to his courthouse.

The Kokomo Perspective reported that Kokomo, Ind., Mayor Greg Goodnight was taken into custody by the Howard County sheriff, who found Goodnight at his mayor's office, and taken before superior court Judge William Menges, whose court is located in Kokomo, a city of 45,000 in central Indiana.

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Health insurance premiums for plans sold under Obamacare in Arkansas are projected to decrease by an average of 2 percent next year, Gov. Mike Beebe's office announced Tuesday.

"This is an aggregate projection, meaning that some individual consumers will see a small increase in premiums, and others will see their costs drop more than two percent," Beebe's office said of the new estimates from the state insurance department.

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The New York Times editorial board said Tuesday that it would not re-endorse Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the upcoming Democratic primary.

The Times made clear that it was abstaining from extending Cuomo its endorsement for a second term because he had failed in his self-described primary goal of fighting corruption in the state.

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) did not want to be a defendant in a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. His lawyers filed a motion in May asking that the litigation be dismissed because Pence was not the proper defendant. They argued that he did not have "any authority to enforce, or other role respecting" the ban.

It might seem a little odd, considering Pence has partly built his career on a platform of social conservatism. But maybe the continued 2016 speculation, and the prospect of a national campaign, caught up with him. Pence has become regarded as one of the possible dark horses as the GOP's presidential bench still lacks a proper frontrunner.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) also asked to be dropped from gay-marriage litigation, but didn't argue that he didn't have the authority to enforce the ban as Pence did. He might have gotten the idea from former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), who successfully made the same argument before he left office. Advocates who follow same-sex marriage ban challenges couldn't name any other governors who petitioned to have his or her name removed from a lawsuit, underscoring how unusual of a move it was. Lawsuits have been filed in almost every state.

And now Pence has been called out, in a way, for his waffling. A federal judge said last week that Pence's argument had been "a bold misrepresentation" of his role and that he was in fact the proper defendant for the lawsuit.

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HealthCare.gov Finally Gets Its First CEO

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday that Kevin Counihan, executive director of Connecticut's health insurance exchange, would be the first CEO of HealthCare.gov.

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Americans generally agree that police departments collectively fail to treat racial and ethnic groups equally, according to a new Pew poll, taken in the wake of the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

The poll found 32 percent of Americans said police across the country do an excellent or good job of treating people from different racial and ethnic groups equally. In contrast, 65 percent said that the police did an only fair or poor job.

A majority of whites found police departments lacking, though not to the same degree that blacks did: 58 percent of whites said that police performed only fair or poor on racial equality, while 91 percent of blacks said the same.

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New York Times Magazine boldly wondered this month if the "Libertarian Moment" had finally arrived. They splashed their cover with an image of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), widely seen as the man precipitating that moment and the most talked-about 2016 presidential candidate outside of Hillary Clinton.

But what if there is no movement for the moment? Who are the libertarians, really? That was the question posed by the Pew Research Center in a Monday blog post. And their findings could create some skepticism about whether there actually is any libertarian movement to speak of.

"There are still many Americans who do not have a clear sense of what 'libertarian' means," Pew's Jocelyn Kiley wrote, "and our surveys find that, on many issues, the views among people who call themselves libertarian do not differ much from those of the overall public."

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) could use all the help he could get as he seeks re-election, currently trailing his Democratic opponent by 15.5 percentage points, according to TPM's PollTracker average. But even he has limits, which now apparently include Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) after Perry's indictment on abuse of power charges.

Corbett's campaign pulled the video of Perry's endorsement for Corbett from its website, the Associated Press reported last week. A spokesperson told the AP that the campaign didn't want Perry's indictment to be a distraction.

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