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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MIT professor Jonathan Gruber faced the music Tuesday. He appeared before the House Oversight Committee to answer questions about his comments on the "stupidity of the American voter" and the "lack of transparency" during the drafting of the Affordable Care Act. Coming more than a month after video of his remarks were revealed, today was the public climax of what has become Gruber-gate.

Whether it was an edifying exercise -- or a chance for House Republicans to score points -- is debatable. But nevertheless, these were the most important moments from the four-plus hours of Gruber's testimony.

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House Oversight Committee Chair Darrell Issa (R-CA) cut right to the chase in his questioning of MIT professor Jonathan Gruber's comments on the "stupidity of the American voter" at a Tuesday oversight committee hearing.

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MIT professor Jonathan Gruber made a lengthy apology for his comments on the "stupidity of the American voter" and the "lack of transparency" during the passage of the Affordable Care Act during a House Oversight Committee hearingTuesday.

He called his comments, revealed in a series of videos, "glib, thoughts and sometimes downright insulting."

"I would like to begin by apologizing sincerely for the offending comments that I have made," Gruber said in his opening statement. "In some cases, I made uninformed and glib comments about the political process behind health care reform. I am not an expert on politics and my tone implied that I was, which is wrong."

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney, America's greatest champion of enhanced interrogation, has not yet read the so-called "torture report" being released by the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, but that isn't stopping him from preemptively criticizing it.

Cheney spoke with the New York Times's Peter Baker on Monday about the report, which details the Central Intelligence Agency's interrogation of terrorist suspects under the Bush administration.

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Haughty. Condescending. Pernicious.

Everything that the right already believes about President Barack Obama, MIT professor Jonathan Gruber embodied in his recently revealed comments on the "stupidity of the American voter" and the "lack of transparency" in the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Now he'll be back center-stage on Tuesday to testify at the House Oversight Committee, expected to face a classic Hill grilling.

Gruber-mania has gripped the conservative mediasphere in a way that few stories have, becoming another brand-name controversy like Benghazi and the IRS. An academic who had been little known outside of Washington or Boston has been mentioned nearly 2,800 times in English-language news since news of the most recent video broke last month. Prior to that, across a career that spanned decades and after playing an important role in Massachusetts and national health care reform, he'd been named less than 1,000 times, according to a TPM LexisNexis search.

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To the surprise of no one, new campaign finance disclosures reveal that a top Democratic PAC gave money in support of independent candidate Greg Orman in this year's Kansas Senate race.

The Kansas City Star reported Sunday that Senate Majority PAC, one of the biggest backers of Democratic Senate candidates in the midterms, funneled at least $1.5 million to two other groups that were supporting Orman. The PAC is run by former advisers to outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

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It hasn't been at the top of the conversation about Obamacare, but new evidence suggests that yet another piece of the law is working exactly as it's supposed to.

A key provision of the Affordable Care Act that was designed to keep insurers from overspending on administrative costs or else be forced to rebate premiums to customers looks to be succeeding in not only reducing those costs but in lowering premiums.

A new report from federal health officials, which concludes that health spending had grown at a historically slow rate in 2013, says the so-called MLR provision is helping drive the broader easing of spending growth in the industry.

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