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

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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The Colorado Attorney General followed through on his threat Thursday to sue a county clerk for continuing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples after being ordered to stop.

The Associated Press reported Republican attorney general John Suthers filed the suit against Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall. A federal judge confirmed the overturning of Utah's gay marriage, which Hall interpreted as extending the ruling to Colorado, which also falls under the federal court's jurisdiction.

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Former Washington, D.C., mayor and current Ward 8 councilmember Marion Barry Jr. used the Fourth of July and a famous speech by Frederick Douglas as a starting point for an epic Twitter tirade about freedom and the lack of statehood for the District.

"So before you grab that hot dog to celebrate someone else's freedom you should know that as a DC resident you are NOT," Barry tweeted in an online soliloquy that lasted more than 45 minutes, characterizing Washington, D.C., as "colonized."

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