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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 Ebola outbreak that has killed thousands in West Africa might finally be starting to subside.

There are signs -- imperfect measurements, rife with caveats, but significant indicators nonetheless -- that the outbreak is abating. Health authorities are cautious, though, about saying that a corner has been turned, emphasizing that until the disease has been fully eradicated, there is always the risk it will pop up again.

But the picture looks much better now than it did in the summer, when the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned of a worst-case scenario in which there could be more than a million cases worldwide by January.

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Any day now, a St. Louis County grand jury is expected to announce its decision about whether to indict white Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson for shooting unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9.

Whatever the grand jury decides, the process has already been marred by a series of leaks, distrust between the Brown family and prosecutor Bob McCulloch's office, and anger from many in the Ferguson community who believe Wilson should have been indicted months ago. And as TPM reported, it is exceedingly rare in the U.S. for a police officer to be charged for a shooting in the line of duty.

Authorities already seem to be preparing for the worst. Gov. Jay Nixon (D) declared a state of emergency this week and activated the Missouri National Guard.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) took a little heat last month when his state put a nurse returning from West Africa in quarantine even though she said -- and a doctor reportedly agreed -- that she had no symptoms. Christie, with his usual bravado, was unapologetic and he even predicted that his state's quarantine policy would soon be the national standard.

These days, though, there isn't much left of that quarantine policy -- because thankfully, it seems, nobody has come back from the affected regions in Africa with symptoms of the disease that has killed more than 5,000 people on that continent this year.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) has declared a state of emergency and activated the state national guard in anticipation of a grand jury decision in the shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson.

But when asked Monday night if he was ultimately responsible for the coming response to any protests that might follow the decision, Nixon emphatically and loquaciously demurred.

"Does the buck ultimately stop with you?" Matthew Sledge, a Huffington Post reporter, asked during a conference call. The Guardian's Jon Swaine posted an audio clip of the exchange.

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Nearly two weeks after Election Day, Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) conceded the Alaska Senate race Monday to his Republican challenger Dan Sullivan.

Begich issued a statement Monday saying that he had called Sullivan to congratulate him on his victory. The Associated Press called the election for Sullivan last Wednesday, when he led by 8,100 votes.

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