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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 Thursday interview with PBS News's Charlie Rose, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that if Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down, it was likely by pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine using equipment that came from Russia.

“The questions I’d be asking is who could have shot it down, who had the equipment -- it’s obviously an anti-aircraft missile. Who had the expertise to do that?” Clinton said. "There does seem to be growing awareness that it probably had to be Russian insurgents."

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The leader of the pro-Russia rebel group that controls the area where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed on Thursday reportedly posted a warning on social media just as news about the commercial jet was breaking.

"We did warn you — do not fly in our sky," it reportedly said.

According to Mashable, Igor Gorkin, also known as Igor Strelkov, said that "a plane has just been downed" on VK.com, Russia's Facebook-like social network, around the same time that Flight 17 went missing.

Strelkov "deleted the post when he found out it was actually a commercial jetliner carrying 295 innocent people — not a military aircraft," Mashable reported.

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Homicides increase under the "castle doctrine" or Stand Your Ground laws, according to two studies published since 2012, while the laws do not appear to deter crime in any significant way.

Researchers at Georgia State and Texas A&M universities used different methodologies and data sources to reach their conclusions, but they ended up in the same place: More people are killed after these laws are passed.

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If not for this India-born Democratic district attorney, working for the largely Republican and Mormon Salt Lake County, the case that local press are calling Utah's "biggest-ever political-corruption scandal" might never have fully come to light.

Sim Gill, the county's DA, was the force behind the investigation that led to two former Utah attorneys general, Mark Shurtleff (R) and John Swallow (R), being arrested Tuesday and charged with two dozen felony counts, including bribery and obstruction of justice. He pressed on with the probe after federal prosecutors dropped it last year.

"We have filed what we think are appropriate and minimal charges," Gill said while announcing the charges, per the Salt Like Tribune. "We could have filed more, but we chose at this time to just file what we did."

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In public statements following their Tuesday arrests, former Utah attorneys general John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff's lawyer remained confident that they would be found innocent on the various bribery and obstruction of justice charges they were hit with.

The Salt Lake Tribune described it as "the most sweeping political scandal in Utah history." Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) called it "a black eye for our state." But though they now face a litany of allegations of criminal activity, including the acceptance of gifts and wielding the power of their office to aid associates, the two men asserted their innocence.

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Former Utah attorneys general Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow were accused Tuesday of numerous bribery and obstruction of justice charges, most of them felonies. The charging documents from the Salt Lake City district attorney allege a decadent lifestyle of private jets, all-expense-paid vacations and veiled threats of violence for those who caused trouble.

Shurtleff, a Republican, served as the state's top legal official from 2001 to 2013. He was succeeded by Swallow, also a Republican, who had been one of his top deputies. Swallow resigned less than a year after taking office, as federal and state investigations into his and Shurtleff's alleged improprieties intensified. Both men had also pursued failed bids for Congress (Shurtleff for a U.S. Senate seat in 2009; Swallow for a House seat in 2002 and 2004.)

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Rep. Sean Maloney (D-NY) reportedly used an aerial drone to capture images from his wedding to his long-time same-sex partner last month -- and the GOP is not at all happy about it.

The New York Daily News reported on Monday that Maloney had used a small drone to shoot video at his wedding in Cold Spring, N.Y. But the News also said that federal regulations prohibit the commercial use of drones like the one that he and partner Randy Florke used.

The National Republican Congressional Committee labeled Maloney's actions as a "stunning disregard for FAA rules regarding drone use." Maloney's seat is rated as "Lean Democratic" by the Cook Political Report.

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An Arizona charter high school allegedly required its students to read a conservative author beloved by pundit Glenn Beck and considered one of the philosophical forebears of the tea party, according to a complaint filed last month by a national watchdog group.

The complaint against Heritage Academy, following up on a December letter, was filed by Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. Heritage Academy is located in Mesa, Ariz., and expects to enroll 650 student next year, according to the Arizona Republic.

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