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

Utah is one of the major hotbeds for disputes between the Bureau of Land Management and those who consider the federal agency in a permanent state of overreach.

Now the feud is spreading to another arena: contracts in which the agency pays local sheriffs for law enforcement on federal land. Alongside all the BLM-related controversy in the West, the BLM has allowed its contracts with five Utah county sheriff offices to expire over the past year or so.

The agency says that the move is wholly unrelated to any of broader disagreements over federal authority, which gained national attention since the Bundy Ranch standoff in Nevada. But the Utah county sheriffs believe otherwise.

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The federal estimates on health care spending in the first quarter of 2014 have been all over the place. First, the Bureau of Economic Analysis estimated that health care spending boomed 9.9 percent, one of the biggest quarterly jumps in decades.

But on Wednesday, the BEA revised its estimate to a 1.4 percent decrease in health care spending, contributing heavily to the overall estimate that economic growth dropped 2.9 percent in the first quarter of the year.

Observers had attempted to reconcile the originally projected boom with the beginning of Obamacare coverage in January. Federal analysts even pointed to the law in an interview with Business Insider after the first estimate came out.

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The Arkansas GOP official who reportedly said that Hillary Clinton would "probably get shot" if she entered the state as a presidential candidate asserted on Tuesday that he had been taken out of context.

"That comment was taken way out of context," 2nd Congressional District party chairman Johnny Rhoda told Business Insider about the U.S. News report on his remarks. "It certainly was not meant in a threatening or hostile way at all. It was just a comment. Perhaps I used the wrong word."

"It was completely blown out of proportion," he added.

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Early last year, Wall Street traders somehow found out that the Obama administration planned to make a policy change to Medicare before the news was even announced.

The flurry of stock trades in major health care companies that followed has since caught the eye of federal law enforcement as well as Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), who has made investigating the matter one of his pet projects on the Senate Finance and Judiciary committees. In his search, Grassley has gone as far as to cast suspicion on the Obama administration as the source of the leak.

But in a twist, the Wall Street Journal reported last week that federal regulators and law enforcement officials have now focused their attention on a Republican health policy staffer in the House. A lawsuit filed on Friday by the Securities and Exchange Commission, first reported by the Journal, said investigators believe the staffer "may have been" the source of the leak. It also sought to force the staffer to turn over records to investigators, something he and the committee have reportedly refused to do despite being handed subpoenas.

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Social conservative activist Ralph Reed drew an interesting parallel over the weekend while encouraging same-sex marriage opponents: Gay marriage has largely been imposed by the courts over the past year, much like the Dred Scott decision, he said. Abolitionists didn't give up then, he argued, and we can't now.

According to Yahoo News reporter Chris Moody, Reed stressed that he was not comparing gay marriage to slavery. But he did think that traditional-marriage supporters could draw on the lessons of abolitionists in the mid-1800's who were motivated by the Dred Scott decision.

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