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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Social conservative activist Ralph Reed drew an interesting parallel over the weekend while encouraging same-sex marriage opponents: Gay marriage has largely been imposed by the courts over the past year, much like the Dred Scott decision, he said. Abolitionists didn't give up then, he argued, and we can't now.

According to Yahoo News reporter Chris Moody, Reed stressed that he was not comparing gay marriage to slavery. But he did think that traditional-marriage supporters could draw on the lessons of abolitionists in the mid-1800's who were motivated by the Dred Scott decision.

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A George Will column about sexual assault, which received lots of criticism and caused one newspaper to drop the longtime syndicated conservative columnist, had all male editors, the Washington Post's Erik Wemple reported on Friday.

β€œOn that day, there were three males, if that is important to you,” Alan Shearer, CEO and editorial director of Washington Post News Media Services, which is the company that syndicates Will's columns, told Wemple in response to a question about whether any women had reviewed the column.

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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) said on Friday that he planned to act administratively to expand health coverage in his state, defying the Republican-controlled legislature that maneuvered to block him from expanding Medicaid under Obamacare.

The specifics of McAuliffe's plan aren't clear. But he vetoed an item in the Virginia budget Friday that would have required the legislature to approve any expansion and asserted that he planned to "move administratively" to expand coverage to as many as 400,000 low-income Virginians.

"We are very encouraged," McAullife said at a news conference. His administration "has several options that we're looking at, but we're going to provide health coverage to our citizens," he added. "We're moving forward."

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In an interview Thursday, former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum floated an argument against gay marriage that's becoming more common from those who oppose it: It is bad for the economy.

Santorum made the remarks in an interview with the conservative news outlet TownHall, while he attended the March for Marriage in Washington, D.C.

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Senior administration officials would not rule out military action in Syria to combat the extremist Islamic group driving the ongoing crisis in Iraq when asked about such action in a conference call with reporters Thursday.

The officials were asked specifically about military strikes in Syria being part of any potential action against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, an offshoot of al-Qaeda in Iraq, which has made gains in northern Iraq in recent days and has been advancing toward the capital Baghdad.

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President Barack Obama said on Thursday that the United States is prepared to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq to address the ongoing crisis and has positioned military assets to make targeted strikes if necessary.

He emphasized that "American forces will not be returning to combat in Iraq."

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