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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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The Obama administration caught a glimpse of the worst-case scenario for the president's signature health care law on Tuesday in a ruling by a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C.

The ruling will be appealed, but even if it ends up being upheld, policy experts told TPM that it might be fairly easy for the administration to craft a workaround to keep a key piece of the law from falling apart.

The D.C. federal appeals court initially appeared to throw a stunning legal blow to Obamacare with its decision to invalidate financial subsidies offered through HealthCare.gov. The loss of those subsidies could affect 4.7 million people and send premiums skyrocketing. But the ruling was quickly tempered by a separate appeals court ruling that upheld the subsidies in another case.

Either way, the legal case is far from over and likely to work its way through another court panel or two before possibly heading to the Supreme Court.

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Of the roughly 5.4 million people who purchased health insurance through HealthCare.gov this year, 87 percent -- 4.7 million -- received premium tax credits, according to the latest estimate from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Those are the people who would stand to lose their financial benefits under Obamacare if the U.S. appeals court decision on Tuesday that invalidated the subsidies offered through the federal website were to stand.

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A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit on Monday from Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) that challenges Obamacare and the Obama administration's decision to keep the government-subsidized insurance that Congress receives under the law.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that U.S. District Judge William Griesbach ruled that Johnson did not have legal standing to challenge the policy. The Obama administration decided last year to allow Johnson and others on the Hill to continue receiving government-provided employer contributions when, as required by Obamacare, they purchase health coverage through its insurance marketplaces.

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Jeremy Johnson's name appears 80 times in the charging documents against former Utah attorneys general Mark Shurtlef and John Swallow.

The pair of former officials were accused last week on multiple felony counts of bribery and obstruction of justice in what local media have described as the largest corruption case in Utah's history. Prosecutors allege that Johnson, a wealthy businessman who was trying to get the state to approve of online poker, was at the center of much of it.

Shurtleff and Swallow took advantage of Johnson's private jet, and Swallow and his family spent nights aboard Johnson's luxury houseboat, according to the indictments. In exchange, the former attorneys general allegedly helped Johnson propel his online poker ambitions as well as navigate a Federal Trade Commission probe into his business, I Works. Swallow allegedly offered, with the help of another associate, to connect Johnson with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to address the federal inquiry. (Reid's office has dismissed any connections to the case, saying the senator has not even been questioned by authorities.)

Now, as Johnson simultaneously faces that FTC investigation and a related federal criminal case alleging more than 80 counts of conspiracy and fraud, he has reportedly turned over evidence on Shurtleff and Swallow to local prosecutors in the probe that resulted in last week's charges.

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New York City has approved a real estate developer's plan to construct an apartment complex with a separate entrance for its less fortunate residents, the New York Post reported Monday.

The Department of Housing Preservation and Development signed off on the application from Extell to build a 33-story building on the Upper West Side. The building will have 219 luxury condos that overlook the waterfront, according to the Post, and 55 "affordable" units that face the street. They will have separate entrances, which, as Gawker noted, sparked outrage last year when the plans were first revealed.

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A report published last week in the esteemed New England Journal of Medicine provided an overview of Obamacare's first year, its successes and the challenges ahead. It also offered a yet another estimate of the number of people covered by the law: 20 million.

The NEJM report pulled a wealth of information, much of it already known by those closely following the law's implementation but presented together by the journal, from think tanks and government agencies. It covered a range of topics, including the number of people covered, 2015 premiums, and the adequacy of provider networks for plans offered through the law.

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President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Monday that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT people.

It did not include any broad religious exemption for religious employers, which had been sought by religious leaders in the wake of the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision. White House officials had said Friday that the order would not include such an exemption.

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