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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When the 2016 presidential election finally rolls around, many of the voters casting ballots will have been so young that they hadn't even attained what could be properly considered personhood when Hillary Clinton last occupied the White House.

Even more of them -- anybody up to, say, 30 -- will have only been children or adolescents during the Clinton administration.

For the youngest generation allowed to vote in the next presidential election, the Clinton years could be a hazy picture of the booming economy and budget surpluses that descended into the Bush years of 9/11, the Iraq War and the Great Recession. That is, unless conservative strategists have anything to say about it.

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So far, most of the names backing Ready for Hillary are those that only a political insider would know, former aides and the like. But the PAC is earning an endorsement Saturday with some name recognition: Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA).

Kaine is the second sitting U.S. senator to formally endorse the group and a potential Hillary 2016 campaign. The first was Sen. Claire McCaskill, who got onboard early with an endorsement last June.

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House Republicans have come as close as they likely will to admitting that their much-touted Obamacare survey was bogus.

An industry source shared with TPM an email sent Thursday by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which said it plans to ask for new data from insurers that it hopes will "accurately capture" the number of enrollees who have paid their premiums.

The same source described a previous survey from the committee as "incredibly rigged" to reach a conclusion that only 67 percent of enrollees had paid their premiums, by ignoring the fact that the due date for some of those payments was still weeks out from the committee's deadline.

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Perhaps the most interesting thing about the House GOP's Obamacare survey, which an insurance industry source dismissed as "incredibly rigged" when sharing it with TPM, is the question that it didn't manage to answer: How many of the law's enrollees were previously uninsured?

It has been one of the pillars of the Republican efforts to undermine the law; they've effectively accused the Obama administration of withholding the data. When the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a survey to insurance companies that sold plans on, they naturally sought the answer they'd long been seeking.

And they got bupkis.

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House Republicans have spent the last few months decrying the lack of "complete, full and transparent" Obamacare enrollment data being released by the White House as the number of sign-ups climbed higher and higher. But given their own opportunity to set the bar a little higher, they fell remarkably short.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee released a report Wednesday that said only 67 percent of enrollees had paid their first premium, which formally initiates their coverage, as of April 15. But, unfortunately for the GOP, it seems their report is also incomplete and opaque in its own way.

Right-wingers practically rejoiced: 67 percent! That made the Obama administration's victory lap at the beginning of April as the law surpassed 8 million sign-ups look patently ridiculous. That might have been the explicit intention of the committee.

"Tired of receiving incomplete pictures of enrollment in the health care law, we went right to the source and found that the administration’s recent declarations of success may be unfounded,” Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) said in a statement.

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While Republicans wobble on Obamacare, trying to strike a balance between feeding the conservative base and being forced to acknowledge the law hasn't been an abject disaster, at least one Republican Senate candidate has dispensed with the dance.

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), looking to capture a currently Democratic-held seat, isn't running on Obamacare. She's not a fan of the law, but it isn't the centerpiece of her campaign. When she does talk about it, she's typically more realistic about what Obamacare has actually done and what Republicans can do about it than most of her conservative peers. West Virginia's participation in the law seems to have necessitated this more tempered attitude.

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