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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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Former congressman and failed Senate candidate Todd Akin (R-MO) believes President Bill Clinton is a "credibly accused rapist" and he wants you to know it. But, he alleged in an op-ed published Sunday for the conspiracy-laden website WND, Politico has refused to run his accusations.

Akin's forthcoming book was covered last week by Politico, which got an advanced copy. But, Akin wrote in the op-ed, the news outlet censored its story to remove the book's reference to Clinton as "a credibly accused rapist."

In one paragraph of its story, Politico described how Akin says he wishes Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney had addressed the controversy surrounding Akin's "legitimate rape" comments at the 2012 GOP convention. It reads in the Politico piece: "[Bill Clinton] is giving the keynote speech at the Democratic convention in two weeks, and you want me to denounce a decent, God-fearing man for his inelegant comments about rape? No, not happening, and if the truth hurts, put some ice on it.”

Those brackets apparently eliminated Akin's description of Clinton as "a credibly accused rapist," according to his WND op-ed. Akin went on to recount previously reported sexual assault allegations against the former president.

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House Republicans are suing President Barack Obama for unilaterally delaying Obamacare's employer mandate. At the same time, the GOP has identified repealing the mandate as one of their potential moves if they take control of the Senate next year.

Can those two objectives really co-exist?

The GOP and its supporters believe they can simultaneously move ahead with the lawsuit and repeal. But some outside experts who are supportive of Obamacare said that if Republicans were to repeal the mandate, it could be problematic for their legal action.

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The White House still supports the Senate-passed Employment Non-Discrimination Act, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Friday, even though several LGBT rights groups have recently withdrawn their support for the bill.

Earnest told reporters at the daily press briefing that the White House was "aware" of the groups disavowing the legislation, which aims to stop employers from discriminating against workers based on sexual orientation.

But when pressed on whether that had changed the Obama administration's position on the bill, Earnest said: "This administration has not changed ours."

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The reported leader of an ongoing effort to organize an armed militia to go to the Texas-Mexico border was an active participant in Open Carry Texas, the Second Amendment activist group that forced the National Rifle Association to issue a rare apology last month, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

Chris Davis, the reported leader of the militia that encompasses many of the same groups that supported Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy in his standoff with federal authorities, was cited by San Antonio police for disorderly conduct because he and two other men were openly carrying firearms outside a Starbucks last year, the newspaper reported. It identified him as a member of Open Carry Texas.

Open Carry Texas protesters became notorious in recent months for holding armed demonstrations at various restaurants and chain stores, as TPM has reported. The protests caused such controversy that the NRA issued a statement calling the protests "downright foolishness."

The national gun lobby group later offered a rare public apology for its condemnation after Open Carry Texas members began cutting up their NRA membership cards.

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Indiana elected officials are allowed to use state-owned property for political purposes, state authorities decided Thursday, as long as they have drafted a formal policy permitting it.

The Times of Northwest Indiana reported on the decision after the state ethics commission approved an inspector general's recommendation.

As part of an investigation, the inspector general concluded that a statewide-elected official "could not use state materials, funds, property, personnel, facilities, or equipment to engage in political activity unless there was a policy or regulation that expressly permitted him to do so."

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An activist who is rallying a Bundy Ranch-style militia to the Texas border to address the ongoing crisis there reportedly released a YouTube video in which he said those crossing illegally would be warned: "Get back across the border or you will be shot."

Operation Secure Our Border, with its own Facebook page, is being organized by members of the "Patriot" movement along with Oathkeepers and Three-Percenters, according to the San Antonio Express News. Those are some of the same militia groups that came to Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's defense earlier this year.

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The subpoena of a Republican House aide in a federal investigation of insider trading has unnerved some of his colleagues on the Hill -- at least those who are paying attention.

The Securities and Exchange Commission earlier this year subpoenaed Brian Sutter, a staff director for House Ways and Means Chair Dave Camp (R-MI). The commission was investigating how a policy change for Medicare was leaked to Wall Street traders before it became public. The agency has since said in court filings that Sutter "may have been" the source of the leak, and it is currently battling with the House counsel's office in court over whether Sutter should be forced to comply with the subpoena.

The subpoena of a congressional staffer is unusual. (Lawyers for the House say it is also unconstitutional.) That, paired with the fact that what Sutter is alleged to have done is considered unremarkable by some on the Hill, has sent a chill through certain congressional staffers who are following the case.

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About three-quarters of Republicans who obtained health insurance under Obamacare are satisfied with their coverage, according to a survey published Thursday by the Commonwealth Fund.

The survey found that 74 percent of Republicans said they were very or somewhat satisfied with their new coverage. Overall, 78 percent of Americans said they were satisfied: 73 percent of those enrolled in a private plan and 84 percent of those enrolled in Medicaid.

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The millions of dollars being spent in televisions ads that criticize Obamacare might have actually backfired and led to increased enrollment under the health care reform law, according to a study published Wednesday by the Brookings Institution.

Brookings fellow Niam Yaraghi observed "a positive association between the anti-ACA spending and ACA enrollment." Spending on negative Obamacare ads has outpaced spending on positive ads 15 to 1, according to media research. In Senate races where Democrats are running for re-election, which have been the major targets for anti-Obamacare ads, Yaraghi detected a spike in enrollment.

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Niger Innis, the son of a civil rights activist with a long and contentious career, has been tapped as executive director of an organization that purports to be the largest tea party group in the United States.

TheTeaParty.net, which boasts of having 2.5 million members, announced on Tuesday Innis's selection as executive director. He failed last month in his bid to secure the GOP nomination in a congressional race in Nevada. Innis, who also serves as the Congress of Racial Equality's national spokesman, previously worked as a chief strategist for the tea party group.

"Liberals and GOP political elites alike have simultaneously assailed the tea party movement as racist, radical, and now irrelevant," Innis said in a statement. "We owe it to every American who identifies as a tea party supporter ... to bring the voice of the grassroots to Washington and stand up against crony capitalism and self-serving insiders of all stripes."

Innis, 46, like his father, Roy, 80, chairman of CORE, has a flair for provocative rhetoric. He once accused the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People of "racial terror." He also defended Nevada rancher and one-time conservative hero Cliven Bundy this spring after the rancher's racially charged remarks were publicized.

"They will try to distract, with the firestorm that Cliven started by using the r-word, the racism word," Innis said in May. "I can only tell you my experience with the Bundys. Having eaten with them and broken bread with them and I don’t consider Cliven or his wonderful family racist at all. Period, end of story."

With comments like that, Niger Innis has been following in the footsteps of his father, the long-time chairman of CORE, whose tenure there attracted significant controversy.

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