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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

A Republican congressman wants to prevent federal agencies from having their own "paramilitary units" and require them to rely on local authorities after the Bundy Ranch drama.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) said his proposal was in response to the armed standoff between the impromptu militia that supported Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and officials from the Bureau of Land Management.

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A Christian church group has sued to overturn North Carolina's ban on gay marriage, saying that the ban infringes on its First Amendment rights of religious freedom.

BuzzFeed reported that the lawyers representing the United Church of Christ leadership say theirs is the first case challenging a same-sex marriage ban that uses the religious freedom argument. It also cites an 'equal protection' argument under the 14th Amendment.

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A Democratic congressman from Nevada said in a letter this week that his constituents have reported the armed militia supporting rancher Cliven Bundy have set up checkpoints to verify the residency of anybody passing through.

Rep. Steven Horsford (D-NV), who represents the area, sent the letter Sunday to Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie, asking him to investigate.

"I am writing to bring your attention to the ongoing situation in northeastern Clark County which has caused many of my constituents to fear for their safety," Horsford wrote. Residents in the area "have expressed concern over the continual presence of multiple out-of-state, armed militia groups that have remained in the community" since Bundy's dispute with the Bureau of Land Management came to a boil.

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Despite ample evidence that Obamacare isn't the disaster they've warned about for years, Republicans just can't quite give up the ghost. They've started to hedge their language a little bit more, and they aren't beating the repeal drum as much as they used to, but get them in front of the home crowd -- say, a GOP primary debate in Georgia or North Carolina -- and it's 2010 all over again.

Three findings from a poll released Tuesday by the Washington Post and ABC News help explain why: Republican voters still believe that the law's rollout was completely botched, they are going to vote for Republican candidates and they say they are definitely going to vote.

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There is a subplot in the ongoing saga of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his alleged racism, one that involves his much-younger girlfriend as well as his wife of more than 50 years.

It's sordid and ugly, but it helps to reveal the other side of Sterling: Not only does he appear to hold racially backward views, but he is also apparently something of a sexual libertine with extremely unpleasant thoughts to share about women.

Sterling's attitude about the women in his life made an appearance in the audio recording that exploded over the weekend. He allegedly instructed V. Stiviano, his younger girlfriend, to avoid appearing in public and at Clippers' games with black people. In a more extensive version of the tape published by Deadspin, the voice alleged to be Sterling also let Stiviano know exactly how much she means to him.

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Threats made against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) are being investigated by federal law enforcement, Politico reported Monday, citing "people familiar with the matter."

Politico's sources said that threats were made against Reid following his numerous criticisms of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his backers, who he described as "domestic terrorists." Reid's security detail has been increased as a result, the report said.

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For years, the NAACP's Los Angeles chapter maintained a mutually beneficial but head-scratching relationship with Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

But the civil rights organization was finally forced to confront Sterling's alleged transgressions this weekend when reports of racially charged remarks exploded from the gossip website TMZ.

Leon Jenkins, president of the chapter, gave a statement and fielded questions Monday at a press conference in California, attempting to explain why his branch of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People had been planning to give Sterling a lifetime achievement award, despite the basketball team owner's history of alleged racist behavior.

Jenkins' tone was strikingly defensive, asserting that he didn't know whether it was really Sterling whose voice could be heard making racist statements on audio recordings that became public on Saturday. Jenkins also left the door open for future collaborations with the Clippers owner if Sterling proved penitent.

"There is a personal, economical and social price that Mr. Sterling must pay for his attempt to turn on racial relations," Jenkins said in his opening statement.

The chapter also plans to return Sterling's recent donations to the group, Jenkins said, though he declined to disclose how much the owner had given, saying only that it was "not a significant amount."

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