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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.

Articles by Dylan

Noting that President Barack Obama said years ago that he opposed gay marriage because of his Christian beliefs, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee openly questioned those beliefs Friday because the president had since changed his position.

Huckabee spoke with Fox New's Laura Ingraham about his own comments regarding same-sex nuptials. He had told an Iowa audience Tuesday that his opposition was "on the right side of the Bible." On Friday, he argued that it was the same stance that Obama had taken in 2008.

"He said it was because of his Christian convictions. Does he have them or does he not?" Huckabee told Ingraham. "If one has them, they don't change depending on what the culture does. You don't take an opinion poll to come up with a new point of view."

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As Obamacare's first enrollment period ends and the law becomes a more established part of U.S. policy, the Republican base appears to be having an epiphany: Maybe it's not the end of the world.

A new Gallup poll found that the number of self-identified GOPers who think the law won't affect them spiked 20 percentage points from a month ago.

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The New York Times is being sued by Texas Monthly after hiring its top editor to head the Times's own magazine, the Times said Friday.

The Times announced on March 28 that it had hired Jake Silverstein, Texas Monthly's editor-in-chief, who is also being named in the lawsuit. He was scheduled to start later this spring.

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Fox News gave Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) the opportunity Friday to say that he would use the confirmation of the next Health and Human Services Secretary as an instrument in his quixotic quest to repeal Obamacare.

He didn't exactly say he would try to block the confirmation of Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who was nominated to replace Kathleen Sebelius -- but he didn't exactly pass on it either.

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the lightning rod for Obamacare's troubled rollout last fall, has resigned. During her five years heading HHS, she oversaw a fundamental transformation of the U.S. health care system. Considering she was never supposed to serve as secretary at all, she'll depart having left an indelible mark on the Obama administration.

Her tenure will be, in many ways, defined by two setbacks that could have been avoided and almost completely discredited the law in the public eyes -- and by her uncanny ability to bring Obamacare back from the brink and leave the law in as good of shape as it could be.

Her appearance Friday with President Barack Obama and her chosen successor, Office of Budget and Management Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell, had a celebratory tone. The president touted the historic implications of the law and Sebelius's final achievement of 7.5 million Obamacare sign-ups. About a half dozen standing ovations from HHS and White House officials greeted her.

But implicit in their remarks was a recognition that the law's implementation had not gone as smoothly as it could have. And, for the foreseeable future, it is likely that mix of commendation for her successes and a linger memory of her failures that will define Sebelius's legacy.

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Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) turned heads last week when he said members of Congress were underpaid.

But he put his, ahem, money where his mouth was this week by introducing legislation that would have offered a small stipend to help some members (with some limits) pay for their housing while they're in session. In announcing the bill, he suggested that if something didn't change, then only the wealthy would be able to run for Congress.

In an interview with TPM Thursday, Moran expanded on why he's made congressional compensation one of his top priorities before he leaves office.

"It's not a run-of-the-mill type of job," he said. "I think it's an elite profession, frankly. There aren't a whole lot of people out of 300 million who could elected to the Congress. I don't know why we have to sell ourselves short at every opportunity."

His stipend bill was nixed in committee, but Moran, who has already announced his plans to retire at the end of the current congressional session, has pledged to bring the issue back up on the House floor.

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Rush Limbaugh framed CBS's decision to replace retiring "Late Show" host David Letterman with professional conservative skewer Stephen Colbert in some decidedly apocalyptic terms.

"CBS has just declared war on the Heartland of America," Limbaugh said Thursday on his radio show. "No longer is comedy going to be a covert assault on traditional American values. Now it's just wide out in the open."

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Cecily McMillan is supposed to go on trial soon for her alleged assault on a police officer in 2012 during the Occupy Wall Street protests. But it seems the court is having a more difficult than expected time finding people in New York City who aren't biased against the protest movement.

The Guardian reported Thursday on the court proceedings. McMillian's attorneys had hoped that jury selection would take only one day, but it ended its second day with only seven of the 12 jury spots filled.

McMillan, who is 25, faces up to seven years in prison. Here are three explanations, according to The Guardian, from New Yorkers who effectively said they couldn't give an Occupy Wall Street protester a fair trial.

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