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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While explaining why his conservative state thoroughly embraced health care reform, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) said Tuesday that part of his strategy was avoiding the word "Obamacare" -- which, he said, "has been demonized."

"The phrase 'Obamacare' has been demonized," Beshear said during a panel discussion in Washington, D.C., hosted by the pro-Obamacare Enroll America group. "When you say, 'Obamacare,' it creates the immediate partisan reaction."

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In 1975, Hillary Clinton defended a man accused of raping a 12-year-old child during the early years of her private legal practice. She wrote about the case in her 2003 memoir, "Living History." It was the subject of the 3,000-word story by Newsday during the 2008 presidential campaign.

But after the Washington Free Beacon published an audio recording Sunday in which Clinton discussed the case, conservatives then spent Monday dissecting Clinton's role anew.

The Free Beacon portrayed Clinton's attitude as "casual and complacent" while she discussed the case in an interview for a never-published story by Esquire magazine.

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Explaining her hesitation to renounce her vote in favor of the Iraq War, Hillary Clinton said Monday that she didn't want to "break faith with" the U.S. military.

The remarks gave a little more context to Clinton's admission in her new book that voting for the Iraq War in 2002 was "wrong. Plain and simple."

Backtracking on the vote earlier would have been the "smart political decision," Clinton told a Toronto business group on Monday during her ongoing book tour. But she explained why she felt she couldn't.

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U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), who is running to replace Bobby Jindal as Louisiana's governor in 2015, said Monday he would consider adopting Obamacare's Medicaid expansion if elected.

The Associated Press reported that Vitter said he would not be opposed to expanding Medicaid under the health care reform law, on the condition that the state improved the performance of its Medicaid system and as long as it would not negatively affect other state programs.

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As much as it consumed news headlines after its failed October launch, Obamacare has been conspicuously absent since it eclipsed 8 million sign-ups in April and open enrollment came to an end.

That might be because, instead of the bad news that lends credence to Republican doomsaying and captures media attention, most of the Obamacare news lately has been pretty encouraging about the law's sustainability going into Year Two.

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The Virginia legislature passed a state budget that did not expand Medicaid under Obamacare Thursday night, just days after the resignation of a Democratic lawmaker that cleared the way for its passage.

The Washington Post reported that the budget did not include Medicaid expansion -- and would make it more difficult for the program to be expanded through other means. It would prevent Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe or an independent panel from expanding Medicaid unilaterally under the health reform law.

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Hillary Clinton got into a heated exchange on Thursday with NPR host Terry Gross over when exactly the former secretary of state started to support same-sex marriage.

In audio from the radio interview posted online by anti-Hillary group America Rising, Gross tried to pin Clinton down on whether she supported gay marriage during her husband's administration but couldn't say so for political reasons or whether her personal view on the issue had evolved since then.

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