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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How frequently Republicans talk about Obamacare in the run-up to the 2014 midterms remains an unanswered question. Most agree the politics of Obamacare seem to be shifting, but Republicans still might bet that riling up their base with anti-Obamacare rhetoric is enough to catapult them into control of the Senate.

But at some point, perhaps during a candidate debate in the coming months, they should be obligated to answer serious questions about their opposition to the law.

Here's what TPM would ask, given the chance. Tough questions for Democrats will follow later this week.

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A favorite and particularly trolling question that conservatives love to pose to Hillary Clinton supporters is: Name one of her accomplishments as Secretary of State.

But while that question is knowingly baiting, it touches on a very real issue as Hillary 2016 discussions intensify. The 1990's might be old news, but Clinton's tenure at the State Department is in the very recent past. Republicans believe it can be a powerful tool in their mounting campaign to undercut a Hillary 2016 bid before it actually starts. That could be a tall order: It was her time at State that sent Clinton's approval ratings soaring. But the other side sees an opening.

"Clearly, the State Department record is both more timely and has not been scrutinized as closely," Tim Miller, executive director of America Rising PAC, which is dedicated to combatting Hillary 2016, told TPM, "So in that sense, I think that gives us more opportunities to highlight her failures and it will drive more of the discussion."

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The Clarion-Ledger is reporting that State Sen. Chris McDaniel's campaign knew details about the break-in at the nursing home where Sen. Thad Cochran's wife lives before they were public.

Clayton Thomas Kelly, the political blogger supportive of McDaniel who is accused of sneaking into the nursing home and photographing Cochran's wife, had "no relationship" with the campaign, according to McDaniel's campaign staff.

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A political blogger allegedly sneaking into the nursing home where the wife of Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) lives to take her photograph is one of the more repulsive political stories in some time. And once the accused was linked to the tea party insurgent challenging Cochran in the GOP primary, establishment types leapt.

The blogger, Clayton Thomas Kelly, 28, has been an outspoken supporter of challenger State Sen. Chris McDaniel -- going so far as to wonder if he could be the next Rand Paul -- while consistently criticizing Cochran. That meant that his alleged transgressions immediately took center stage in what might be the most bitter Republican primary this cycle.

Explicitly and implicitly, establishment Republican operatives tied Kelly to McDaniel.

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A Mississippi political blogger has been arrested for allegedly sneaking into the nursing home where Sen. Thad Cochran's wife resides and taking her picture for an online video, the Clarion-Ledger reported Saturday.

The blogger, Clayton Thomas Kelly, 28, was charged with exploitation of a vulnerable adult. The video, described as a "hit piece" to the newspaper by its sources, was allegedly critical of Cochran (R-MS) and supportive of his GOP primary challenger, State Sen. Chris McDaniel.

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HBO host Bill Maher couldn't resist after this week's news that conservative media titan Rupert Murdoch's company had purchased a publishing company known for its sultry "romance" novels.

"I think their conservative agenda is going to get in the mix," Maher said of NewsCorp's $415 million acquisition of Harlequin, a publisher that churns out more than 110 books a month, with titles like "Relentless Seduction."

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Well, the jig is up: A GOP pollster predicted Friday that Republican rhetoric on Obamacare will change once they have cleared their primaries.

The New York Times reported on the comments made by Bill McInturff, a partner in Public Opinion Strategies, a Republican polling firm, at a conference for the American Association for Public Opinion Research in California.

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