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

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President Barack Obama ended his State of the Union address Tuesday with a call for "a better politics." Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) followed with the formal Republican response and looked for "a little cooperation from the president" with the new Republican Congress.

But with their actual words, the stark differences between the executive and legislative branches remain crystal clear.

With memories of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's water-grab and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's famously flat response still fresh, Ernst was crisp and clean, with nothing at all for the Internet cling to. She began with her personal story, a farm girl who worked at Hardee's and became an Army officer and U.S. senator.

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President Barack Obama ended his State of the Union speech with some unscripted sarcasm.

As he was wrapping up his speech, the president focused on what he called "a better politics" and a call to bipartisanship with the new Republican Congress.

"I have no more campaigns to run," Obama said to emphasize his point.

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President Barack Obama warned the new Republican Congress in his State of the Union address Tuesday that he wouldn't hesitate to veto any bills they send to him that undo his administration's biggest achievements.

"The verdict is clear. Middle-class economics works. Expanding opportunity works," he said in his speech to Congress. "And these policies will continue to work, as long as politics don’t get in the way."

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Sen. Joni Ernest (R-IA) will emphasize the Republican mandate from the midterm elections and the need for President Barack Obama to work with the new Congress in the formal GOP response to the State of the Union address, according to early excerpts of Ernst remarks.

"We heard the message you sent in November -- loud and clear," the remarks begin. "And now we’re getting to work to change the direction Washington has been taking our country.”

Ernst will single out trade legislation and tax reform as possible areas of agreement between Obama and Congress.

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Most state legislatures are opening for business this month, and that means that Medicaid expansion is once again becoming a hot issue. The last year has seen a number of Republican-led states start to bend on the program, and the new legislative sessions offer new opportunities to make headways in red America -- but could also put one pioneering state at risk.

Four or more conservative mainstays could expand Medicaid in the next year, while another state might become the first to back out of the program after first adopting it. Here's what you need to know.

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A conservative group is suing Dallas County, Texas, for allegedly discriminating against white people in violation of the Voting Rights Act. But the catch is that the 5-member county body they're suing about has a majority of white members. The problem, apparently, is that the board is majority Democratic.

"Like something out of the bad old days, a southern electoral body plays naked racial politics, intentionally using its power to minimize a dissenting race’s political sway," according to the lawsuit, filed last week in federal court by the Equal Voting Rights Institute on behalf of individual white plaintiffs.

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When it comes to his legal opinions, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is by far the most sarcastic justice on the bench, according to a new analysis.

Scalia's penchant for biting humor isn't news to most who follow the Court closely, but University of California-Irvine law professor Rick Hasen has put a number on it in an essay published over the weekend.

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