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

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Idaho Gov. Butch Otter (R) is pushing for state lawmakers to debate Medicaid expansion in the new legislative session, the Associated Press reported on Monday.

Otter told legislators in his State of the State address that they should hold a hearing on the key Obamacare program. The governor has expressed some openness to Medicaid expansion in the past, thought he rejected a 2012 state commission's recommendation to expand the program under the federal health care reform law.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) plans to introduce an amendment to the Keystone XL pipeline bill that would force Republican senators to go on the record about whether they think climate change is real and manmade, the New York Times reported Monday.

Sanders already floated the resolution last week when the Keystone legislation was in the Energy Committee, where it was tabled. The resolution's language states that "climate change is real; climate change is caused by human activities; climate change has already caused devastating problems in the United States and around the world."

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The new House Budget Committee chairman hinted Monday that he had big plans for Social Security reform in the next two years, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

A week after the House voted on a rule that critics say could force a manufactured crisis in the disability program in late 2016, a potential leverage point for Republicans aiming for changes, Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) told a conservative audience that he wanted his committee to tackle Social Security.

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State workers who issue same-sex marriage licenses would lose their salaries and benefits under a new bill proposed in the Texas legislature.

The bill, introduced last week by Rep. Cecil Bell (R), provides that state or local government employees "may not recognize, grant, or enforce a same-sex marriage license."

If a government employee did issue such a license, they "may not continue to receive a salary, pension, or other employee benefit at the expense of the taxpayers of this State," according to the bill.

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Senate Democrats are urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to refuse to go along with the House GOP's plan to force a battle over Social Security in the next two years.

In a letter sent Monday to McConnell, a group of Democrats called the Republican ploy "audacious." The House adopted a rule last week that will prevent the routine transfer of tax revenue between the retirement and disability funds, upping the chances of a crisis for the latter in late 2016.

The program's 11 million beneficiaries could face a 20 percent cut if nothing is done. House Republicans have said that their intent is "to force" debate about reforms to the program, and advocates have warned the crisis could be used as leverage for the GOP to cut benefits for the program as a whole.

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When House Republicans signaled last week that they would provoke a fight over Social Security in the next two years, progressive stalwarts like Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren decried the action, with Brown alleging the GOP wanted to "set the stage to cut benefits for seniors and disabled Americans.”

But notably silent on the Republican stance, which prevents what has been a routine transfer of revenue between the retirement and disability funds, upping the chances of a crisis for the latter in late 2016, was the Democratic official who might actually be at the table if conservatives succeed in forcing negotiations in the next Congress: President Barack Obama.

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Federal prosecutors want to charge retired Gen. David Petraeus criminally for allegedly sharing classified information with his then-mistress while he was CIA director, further fallout from the renowned officer's affair with his biographer that came to light in 2012, the New York Times reported late Friday.

The FBI and Justice Department have recommended charging Petraeus, according to the Times, but the decision to make an indictment resides with Attorney General Eric Holder.

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France 2 has posted exclusive video of the police raid Friday on a Parisian kosher market, which left the perpetrator dead and freed a number of hostages who had been held for hours.

The video, which lasts for less than two minutes, shows police amassing at the entrance to the market. As the door opens, a body appears to be lying on the ground just inside. One officer enters the store and gunfire erupts. A figure is seen moving inside the store. The video then pauses as somebody exits the store entrance amid gunfire.

Once the video begins again, officers are seen streaming into the store and hostages flee from the scene. Toward the end, officers are seen dragging people away from the storefront.

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ABC News reported Friday that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) was interviewed last month by federal investigators probing the 2013 closures on the George Washington Bridge that have hounded Christie ever since.

The interviews were conducted by the U.S. attorney's office in New Jersey at the governor's mansion, according to ABC News's Josh Margolin.

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