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

Articles by Dylan

At least one veteran of the first Clinton administration is willing to bet that there won't be a second.

Mike McCurry, who served as President Bill Clinton's press secretary from 1994 to 1998, told Real Clear Politics that he might be the "last person in Washington" who thinks Hillary Clinton might skip another run at the White House.

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With Obamacare's coverage expansion fully underway, health care providers have started to notice changes. The Washington Post reported on Monday that hospitals operating in states that expanded Medicaid under the law are seeing notably fewer uninsured patients.

Wonkblog's Jason Millman delved into earnings calls for publicly traded hospitals and noticed the trend. In expanding states, the number of uninsured people that hospitals saw was going down significantly. But in non-expanding states, the shift was much less pronounced, if it was occurring at all.

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Needling Hillary Clinton is something of a favorite pastime for Republicans -- while also part of a very conscious effort to undercut her presidential candidacy before it officially gets started.

But while much of the stone-throwing has been left to the paid operatives at America Rising PAC and elsewhere, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has lately seemed to relish in getting in on the action. From Monica Lewinsky to National Security Agency wiretapping to Benghazi, he has been attacking the Clintons frequently and from all angles in recent months.

What is impossible to ignore, of course, is that Paul is a presumed 2016 contender himself. There is some disagreement on the right on what exactly his angle is. Is this simply red meat for the base? Or is he shoring up his general election bonafides? His camp, meanwhile, insists that he's just talking about the issues he cares about.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) took another shot at Hillary Clinton over Benghazi on Friday, saying she had "precluded herself" from being President because of how she handled the attack and its aftermath.

Paul made the remarks at the Republican National Committee's spring meeting in Memphis, Tenn.

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In the heat of his standoff last month with the Bureau of Land Management, Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy wanted to take the movement national. While he was still a favorite of Fox News, he called on "every county sheriff in the United States" to "disarm the federal bureaucrats."

Bundy's star has since faded after he made his views on "the Negro" known. High-profile conservative supporters have abandoned him. But Bundy and his closest allies haven't given up the fight. They still seem to believe that a war is on the horizon and they are trying to rally forces to their side.

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Just a couple months ago, the pair of hearings that congressional Republicans held this week on Obamacare would have gone very differently.

The GOP was at the top of its oversight game back then, leaving administration officials flustered. But this week, the party appeared powerless to conjure the bad Obamacare headlines it has been seeking.

The two hearings showed two sides of the Republican dilemma on Obamacare. And both contributed to the growing sense that the politics of the health care law are shifting after the law cemented itself by reaching 8 million enrollees last month.

First, House Republicans continued an increasingly desperate search for evidence that recent Obamacare news hasn't been as positive as the White House has said. At that hearing, the Republicans were stumped by their own witnesses, who had mostly positive things to say about recent developments or refused to speculate about possible future shortcomings.

Then a day later, Senate Republicans seemed to make the tactical decision that hitting hard on the law wasn't the right strategy while reviewing the person nominated to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who served as the lightning rod for many of the law's controversies.

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