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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Police and prosecutors in Virginia allegedly obtained a search warrant to photograph the erect penis of a teenager who is facing child pornography charges in a sexting case, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

Lawyers for the 17-year-old boy, whose name is being withheld, complained to the newspaper about the search warrant, allegedly obtained by the Manassas City police and Prince William County prosecutors. The teen is facing felony charges for child pornography, stemming from an alleged instance of receiving sexual pictures from his 15-year-old girlfriend and sending a video to her, according to the Post. If convicted, he could be sentenced to incarceration and be forced to register as a sex offender, the newspaper reported.

One of the teen's lawyers, Jessica Harbeson Foster, said she was told that the police would "just take him down to the hospital, give him a shot and then take the pictures that we need.” So far, a local judge has allowed the teen to avoid the warrant, the Post reported, letting him leave the area without complying.

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A former Daily Caller reporter who first reported on since-debunked allegations that Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) had hired Dominican prostitutes wrote Tuesday there were "no indications" his original sources were working on behalf of the Cuban government.

Matthew Boyle, who now writes for Breitbart News, had previously declined to comment on the bizarre case's latest twist in which an attorney for Menendez claimed there was evidence that the original story had been planted in the media by Cuban officials in an attempt to discredit the senator.

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Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK), one of the more vulnerable Democrats in this fall's midterm elections, was unusually harsh last week when he criticized his fellow Democrat, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), for scrutinizing the federal contracts of Alaska Native Corporations despite his "repeated attempts to reason with her."

It was an uncharacteristically abrasive tone for Begich to strike with another Democrat. But in the context of his re-election race, it makes more sense. His campaign's message has focused on Alaskan issues -- like energy and fishing policy -- and battling another Democrat is never a bad look for a Democrat in a otherwise red state.

Now a follow-up letter sent by Begich on Tuesday and the accompanying statement from McCaskill suggests that McCaskill, while legitimately pursuing an issue that she's studied for six years, is also content to let Begich score a few political points at home.

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Religious leaders in Kansas view the U.S. Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision last week as an opportunity to revive legislation that would protect their "religious freedom" -- measures that gay rights advocates warn would legitimize discrimination against LGBT people.

The Associated Press reported this weekend that social conservatives believe they have an opening to bring the state's religious freedom bill back in 2015. The legislation failed this spring; it passed the House, but stalled in the Senate after significant backlash from business groups. It would have prevented businesses from being sued if they refused to serve LGBT people for religious reasons.

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Ed Klein is back. The long-time journalistic nemesis of the Clintons has a new book, detailing the alleged and titular "Blood Feud" between Hillary and Bill and the Obamas, and a theoretically blockbuster report on Sunday in the New York Post that the 44th President would prefer Sen. Elizabeth Warren -- not Hillary -- be the 45th.

A grain of salt might be warranted. BuzzFeed has published a handy list of the more implausible moments in Klein's book -- which at least one TPM reporter has admittedly not yet read. The Post report relied on the premise that the top advisers from Obama's 2012 campaign are lining up for a Hillary Clinton 2016 campaign, while their former boss is making moves for another candidate.

But set all that aside. Klein's old reporting on the Clintons might provide the astute reader with enough perspective to evaluate the new ones. Here is TPM's refresher on the man who seems hellbent (again) on stopping Hillary.

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Attorneys for two Guantanamo Bay detainees have cited the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision in briefs arguing for their clients' rights to perform prayers during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Al-Jazeera America reported on the motions filed in a Washington, D.C., district court on behalf of Emad Hassan of Yemen and Ahmed Rabbani of Pakistan.

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An internal feud between Senate Democrats spilled back into public last week, with Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) berating Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) because the latter "refuses to try and understand the history and culture of a great state like Alaska."

The clash cropped up as McCaskill sought answers from the Obama administration about federal contracting perks for Alaska Native Corporations.

It's unusual for Senate Democrats to attack each other so publicly, and Begich pulled no punches in his Wednesday statement. He ripped McCaskill's efforts to scrutinize the contracting benefits for the native corporations as "misguided" on the same day that McCaskill sent a letter requesting information from the Small Business Administration.

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The Senate Conservatives Fund, one of the national groups backing Chris McDaniel's effort to overturn his loss to Sen. Thad Cochran in the Mississippi GOP primary last month, sent out an email Saturday asking for donations to the "McDaniel Legal Fund."

"We know that more Republicans voted for Chris McDaniel than Thad Cochran in the primary and the runoff," the group's email says, "and we can't allow the GOP establishment to illegally use Democrats to steal the election.

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House lawyers filed a brief Friday rebuffing the Securities and Exchange Commission's subpoenas for a GOP staffer and a congressional committee in its investigation into the leak of market-moving information to Wall Street.

And in it, after SEC lawyers had alleged the House aide "may have been" the source of the leaks, congressional counsel pointed the finger back at the Obama administration.

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Hillary Clinton said it was "his decision" if NSA leaker Edward Snowden ever returned to the United States to face any legal consequences for his actions.

The presumptive 2016 presidential frontrunner made the comments in an interview published Friday by The Guardian, the newspaper that broke many of the stories made possible by Snowden's leak of classified information about NSA surveillance.

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