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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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In a grim national address Wednesday, President Barack Obama mourned murdered U.S. journalist James Foley and condemned in harsh terms the Islamic terrorist group that killed him.

Obama said that he had spoken with the Foley family and told them that "we are all heartbroken at their loss and join them in honoring Jim in all that he did."

"Jim Foley's life stands in stark contrast to the killers," Obama said of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which released the video Tuesday of Foley's beheading.

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Microsoft said on Tuesday that it will end its involvement with the American Legislative Exchange Council, the conservative advocacy group, reportedly because of the group's lobbying against renewable energy.

CNET reported that Microsoft would cease being a member of ALEC's communications and technology task force.

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A militant group that has terrorized areas under its control in Syria and Iraq released a video Tuesday that purportedly showed the execution of James Foley, an American photojournalist who has been missing since 2012.

Zaid Benjamin, a D.C. reporter for Radio Sawa, an Arabic-language news outlet, reported that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria said the video was "a message to U.S. to end its intervention in Iraq." The video first appeared on YouTube, but has since been removed.

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A Missouri GOP official bemoaned in an interview published Monday that race had been injected into the conversation about the Ferguson, Mo., shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer.

“This is not just a tragedy for the African American community, this is a tragedy for the Missouri community as well as the community of what we call America,” Matt Wills, Missouri Republican Party executive director, told Breitbart News. “Injecting race into this conversation and into this tragedy, not only is not helpful, but it doesn’t help a continued conversation of justice and peace.”

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The headlines were all too predictable when Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield announced in June that it would request an average 12.5 percent premium increase for its Connecticut market. "Now EVEN MORE States Report Double-Digit Premium Hikes," the conservative Daily Caller trumpeted.

But that wasn't the whole story. It never is with Obamacare premium news, though that hasn't stopped news outlets from blaring headlines like that one from the Daily Caller whenever an insurance company announces its proposed rates for next year. Skyrocketing premiums are one of the last anti-Obamacare talking points that conservatives have to hold onto.

But then on Monday, the conclusion of the Connecticut story came. State insurance regulators had rejected Anthem's proposed 12.5 percent premium hike. So after some revisions, the company would instead lower its premiums ever so slightly on average -- 0.1 percent -- in 2015, the Connecticut Mirror reported.

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If history is any guide, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who shot an unarmed black teenager on Aug. 9 is not likely to be charged -- much less convicted -- for the shooting.

Officer Darren Wilson left town in the days since he shot Michael Brown while multiple federal and local investigations are ongoing. The Brown family's attorneys have argued that the findings of their independent autopsy showed that Wilson should have already been arrested.

But he hasn't been -- and those familiar with the history of police-involved deaths say that a convergence of both U.S. law and cultural norms put the odds against it.

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Attorney General Eric Holder was critical on Monday of "the selective release of sensitive information" from the local investigation of the Ferguson, Mo. police shooting of Michael Brown.

"The selective release of sensitive information that we have seen in this case so far is troubling to me," Holder said in a statement.

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In the wake of the ongoing clashes in Ferguson, Mo., President Barack Obama said Monday that there would likely be bipartisan interest in re-examining the federal programs that help funnel military-grade equipment to local and state law enforcement.

"I think it's probably useful for us to review how the funding has gone, how local law enforcement has used grant dollars to make sure that what they're purchasing is stuff that they actually need," he said at a Monday press conference. "I think there will be some bipartisan interest in reexamining some of those programs."

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