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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 Colorado Attorney General followed through on his threat Thursday to sue a county clerk for continuing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples after being ordered to stop.

The Associated Press reported Republican attorney general John Suthers filed the suit against Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall. A federal judge confirmed the overturning of Utah's gay marriage, which Hall interpreted as extending the ruling to Colorado, which also falls under the federal court's jurisdiction.

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Former Washington, D.C., mayor and current Ward 8 councilmember Marion Barry Jr. used the Fourth of July and a famous speech by Frederick Douglas as a starting point for an epic Twitter tirade about freedom and the lack of statehood for the District.

"So before you grab that hot dog to celebrate someone else's freedom you should know that as a DC resident you are NOT," Barry tweeted in an online soliloquy that lasted more than 45 minutes, characterizing Washington, D.C., as "colonized."

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Stopping members of Congress from receiving their government employer contribution when they purchase health coverage on an Obamacare exchange was a hot topic last fall during the government shutdown. It was one of the many mechanisms that the GOP tried to use to extract a concession from Democrats on the law.

Though that ploy failed, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) didn't give up. He filed a lawsuit in federal court in January, attempting to undo the administrative rule allowing members and their office staff to keep their employer subsidy. The government's lawyers retorted that Johnson had no standing to challenge, and part of their argument was that this is a benefit for Johnson. What harm could he claim?

A federal judge will hear oral arguments Monday on the standing question, according to USA Today, and he'll consider a rebuttal from Johnson. Part of that rebuttal: Receiving this benefit under Obamacare could hurt Johnson when he runs for re-election in 2016.

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The Clark County, Nev., sheriff, who was in the middle of the Bundy Ranch standoff earlier this year, says he lays some of the blame with the Bureau of Land Management for "escalating" the situation with its tactics.

Sheriff Doug Gillespie, who served as an intermediary of sorts between Bundy and the BLM, gave one of his first interviews on the situation to the Las Vegas Sun's editorial board. He spoke specifically of an online video that surfaced of a BLM ranger allegedly using a Taser on a Bundy Ranch protester.

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Kentucky advanced some interesting arguments to defend its ban on gay marriage: The state said it had an "economic interest" in banning the marriages because only opposite-sex marriage leads to procreation, which in turn benefits the economy.

U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II had some choice words for those arguments in his decision Tuesday striking down the ban: They are "not those of serious people."

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According to its own ticker, DraftMitt.org has gathered more than 28,000 names of people who want Mitt Romney to run for president in 2016. That isn't anywhere near the 2 million-plus claimed by Ready for Hillary. It's only about a quarter of the interest needed to earn an official response from the White House (if it were on the We The People website, which requires 100,000 signatures.)

But it's not nothing.

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Without extensive media coverage and the armed militia, Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy told a GQ reporter for an article in the magazine's July issue that he and his supporters "would be dead" at the hands of federal authorities.

GQ's Zach Baron spent time at the ranch in April, which is when the Bundy Ranch standoff was at its peak. And at one point, Baron reported, Bundy thanked him, the rest of the media and the estimated 1,000-plus armed militia members who showed up at the ranch for saving his life.

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