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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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Mitch McConnell has spent the last six months beating off attacks from his Republican primary challenger, who alleges that the Senate minority leader hasn't done enough to stop -- repeal, really -- Obamacare.

Which makes a new ad in support of McConnell, released Wednesday by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a little hard to explain. The words "repeal" or "stop" are nowhere to be found. Instead, the ad touts that McConnell "is leading the fight to fix this Obamacare mess."

The ad starts by reiterating some of the conservative scare lines about the law -- losing a doctor or skyrocketing premiums -- and then praises McConnell for his work to "fix this Obamacare mess" by lowering costs and reducing red tape. It ends with a message urging voters to support the senator.

Ironically, that almost sounds like the "fix, don't repeal" message that Democratic campaigns want to utilize to fend off Republican attacks over the health care reform law, as TPM reported.

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A Virginia Republican lawmaker with a history of making provocative and outlandish public comments is urging Congress to impeach the federal judge who overturned his state's same-sex marriage ban last week.

Delegate Bob Marshall sent an email asking supporters of traditional marriage to contact their congressional representatives, according to WVEC, and petition for the removal of U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen, appointed to the federal bench by President Obama in 2011.

He named U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, as one particular member to target.

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The Obama administration's malice toward traditional marriage is of historic proportions, according to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

Cruz lamented the use of court decisions to overturn same-sex marriages bans on a conservative radio show Monday, Politico reported, but he also wagged his finger at President Barack Obama.

“But it’s also manifested from the federal government, with the Obama administration,” Cruz said. “This administration is the most hostile-to-traditional-marriage administration this country has ever seen.”

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The growing specter of legalized gay marriage, which has been advanced by numerous court decisions starting with the Supreme Court's overturning of the federal Defense of Marriage Act last year, seems to have put a scare in GOP lawmakers.

So they've started legislating, introducing a string of similar bills that claim to defend religious liberty, but would effectively allow for lawful discrimination against same-sex couples by businesses or government employees on religious grounds.

The bills have appeared in Congress and at least six state legislatures. One cleared the Kansas House last week and a South Dakota House committee is scheduled to consider another Wednesday, while a Tennessee Senate committee at least temporarily killed its bill Tuesday. Advocates say that they combine to form a newly invigorated push for anti-gay discrimination.

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The Arkansas House rejected funding to continue the state's unique Medicaid expansion Tuesday, the Arkansas Times reported, but more votes on the issue are expected to come in the next few days and it could still pass.

The funding bill failed 70-27, not enough to meet the 75-vote supermajority necessary to accept federal dollars provided through Obamacare to pay for Medicaid-eligible Arkansans to purchase private health coverage.

About 85,000 residents have signed up through the so-called "private option" thus far.

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Multi-million dollar hotel deals and a prolific hobby as an alleged amateur pornographer. It appears Melvin Reynolds, the former Illinois congressman who left office in disgrace following his conviction of, among other things, having sex with one of his underaged campaign volunteers, has been busy in Zimbabwe.

Reynolds had tried to become something of a business mogul in the country, leading U.S. business delegations and helping strike a $145 million deal to build a Hilton hotel in its capital city, according to various published reports of his post-prison business dealings.

But Reynold's arrest Monday in the capital Harare has echoes of his past troubles. A report from the state-controlled Herald newspaper, cited though not independently confirmed by other news outlets, said Reynolds was charged with possessing pornographic materials and violating the country's immigration laws.

The Herald, relying on an aide to Reynolds identified as "Sunny" and another unnamed source, supplied the sordid details of the ex-congressman's alleged lifestyle while cutting business deals in the African country.

He shot more than 100 pornographic videos and snapped 2,000 pornographic pictures while in the company of up to 10 "beautiful women" -- "famous models" even -- at a time, according to the report, while four personal aides kept watch.

He also amassed more than $24,000 in bills at two different hotels and remained in Zimbabwe after his visa expired, the Herald said.

The Herald, which is owned by the Zimbabwe government, has been described by Freedom House, an international watchdog group, as a newspaper "whose propagandistic coverage favors [President Robert] Mugabe." Mugabe has been targeted with sanctions by the United States and European Union for alleged human rights violations and suppression of democratic values, including freedom of the press.

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Virginia Republicans have proposed a new plan to expand Medicaid under Obamacare -- while touting that they've rejected the law's expansion of the health care program.

The Washington Post reported that the state senate's finance committee has released a proposal to use Medicaid expansion dollars to help people purchase private insurance on HealthCare.gov, the same alternative model already being used in Arkansas.

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Against the tide of digitization, the paper industry is bent on convincing the federal government to either stop or slow its move away from paper products, the Washington Post reported.

One of the industry's top lobbying groups, Consumers for Paper Options, has launched a new campaign to hinder what has been a constant transition to digital materials in recent years. It is working to convince federal agencies to continue offering paper documents for Social Security and other programs, arguing they're a benefit for older, computer-illiterate Americans.

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A California bill would extend health coverage to undocumented immigrants, using an Obamacare-style program to assist those left uncovered by the health care reform law.

Kaiser Health News reported that the legislation, introduced by state Sen. Ricardo Lara, a Democrat, would use state dollars to pay for Medicaid coverage for low-income residents who are in the state illegally. No federal funding would be used.

It would also establish an online marketplace where undocumented immigrants with higher incomes could buy private insurance.

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