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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

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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The House Ethics Committee has quietly done away with the requirement that lawmakers disclose their all-expense-paid trips on annual financial forms, National Journal reported on Monday.

Trips paid for by private groups are now no longer required to be noted on annual financial-disclosure forms filed by Congress members, according to the Journal. The move was never announced publicly; the Journal said that it discovered the change in a review of the disclosure filings.

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Everybody is looking for distance between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Every current political issue is run through her. Reporters are parsing her media appearances and recently released book for any arm-lengthening by Clinton from the current administration.

It's going to be a real question for her campaign, should she decide to run. Republicans want to tie her to the most unpopular elements of the Obama White House, while Democrats remain fond of the 44th president. As the administration's former secretary of state, the questions are inevitable and they will require a certain balancing act on Clinton's part.

So what might she do to set herself apart? Veterans of two previous presidential campaigns that faced the same question offered TPM a guess: Hillary Clinton can say that she will, as one strategist put it, "get shit done."

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