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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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One of the next big tests for Obamacare's long-term viability -- matched only perhaps by whether people actually like their new coverage -- is what happens to health insurance premiums in 2015.

House Republicans were digging for bad premium news last week, though insurance executives declined to give it to them, and prominent GOPers have sounded the warning bells whenever a headline suggesting skyrocketing prices gets published.

"Americans will be shocked by higher premiums this November," teased the Republican National Committee in late April. House Speaker John Boehner's office tweeted a similar headline the month before. It looks like to be their next big attack on the law.

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Louisiana has dropped its lawsuit against the liberal group MoveOn.org, which had aimed to remove the group's billboard that was critical of Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) for not expanding Medicaid under Obamacare.

MoveOn announced Tuesday that the lawsuit had been dropped and that it would keep the billboard up through at least November.

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The state of Kentucky is now defending its right to prohibit same-sex marriage with an unconventional stance: Procreation, the purview of heterosexual couples, is good for the economy, so the state has an obligation to ban gay marriage.

Lawyers for the state filed a brief last week after a federal judge ruled it must recognize gay marriages from other states. The lawyers argued opposite-sex married couples recoup the state for the tax benefits they recieve by procreating and thereby improving the state's economy. Same-sex couples, they argued, do not.

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At least one veteran of the first Clinton administration is willing to bet that there won't be a second.

Mike McCurry, who served as President Bill Clinton's press secretary from 1994 to 1998, told Real Clear Politics that he might be the "last person in Washington" who thinks Hillary Clinton might skip another run at the White House.

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With Obamacare's coverage expansion fully underway, health care providers have started to notice changes. The Washington Post reported on Monday that hospitals operating in states that expanded Medicaid under the law are seeing notably fewer uninsured patients.

Wonkblog's Jason Millman delved into earnings calls for publicly traded hospitals and noticed the trend. In expanding states, the number of uninsured people that hospitals saw was going down significantly. But in non-expanding states, the shift was much less pronounced, if it was occurring at all.

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Needling Hillary Clinton is something of a favorite pastime for Republicans -- while also part of a very conscious effort to undercut her presidential candidacy before it officially gets started.

But while much of the stone-throwing has been left to the paid operatives at America Rising PAC and elsewhere, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has lately seemed to relish in getting in on the action. From Monica Lewinsky to National Security Agency wiretapping to Benghazi, he has been attacking the Clintons frequently and from all angles in recent months.

What is impossible to ignore, of course, is that Paul is a presumed 2016 contender himself. There is some disagreement on the right on what exactly his angle is. Is this simply red meat for the base? Or is he shoring up his general election bonafides? His camp, meanwhile, insists that he's just talking about the issues he cares about.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) took another shot at Hillary Clinton over Benghazi on Friday, saying she had "precluded herself" from being President because of how she handled the attack and its aftermath.

Paul made the remarks at the Republican National Committee's spring meeting in Memphis, Tenn.

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In the heat of his standoff last month with the Bureau of Land Management, Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy wanted to take the movement national. While he was still a favorite of Fox News, he called on "every county sheriff in the United States" to "disarm the federal bureaucrats."

Bundy's star has since faded after he made his views on "the Negro" known. High-profile conservative supporters have abandoned him. But Bundy and his closest allies haven't given up the fight. They still seem to believe that a war is on the horizon and they are trying to rally forces to their side.

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