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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

Hillary Clinton will be in Iowa on Sunday, and the national press is dispensing with the formalities: She is running for president. No if's, and's or deeply personal decisions about it.

"Let’s just get this out of the way now: She’s running," BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith wrote Friday in a preview of sorts for Clinton's appearance Sunday at Sen. Tom Harkin's 37th steak fry in Indianola, Iowa.

Amy Chozick of the New York Times wrote a detailed piece on Friday, a thorough reading of the proverbial tea leaves. Some were superficial -- Hillary is taking yoga (to prepare for the physical rigors of a campaign) -- while others were substantive. She has been asking Wall Street types what they think of President Obama's fiscal policies and inquiring about the best people to know in Iowa.

“It’s very obvious what’s she going to do,” Sue Dvorsky, a former chairwoman of the Iowa Democratic Party, told Chozick. “Clearly she’s going to run.”

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell doesn't have many friends right now as his league is consumed by its players' off-field scandals. He's been accused of lying about what he knew and when about suspended running back Ray Rice hitting his now-wife and an independent investigation is underway.

But he still has at least one ally in league circles: Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder.

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Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy is still trying to stir things up with the federal authorities months after the national spotlight has turned away from his corner of the world.

The Elko Daily Free Press reported on comments Bundy made at a tea party-sponsored event Thursday in Elko, Nev. Officials there are advocating for public land to be transferred from federal to state control. But Bundy said that the state and local authorities already own the land.

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Colorado GOP Senate candidate Cory Gardner's attendance of a fundraising event hosted by a fellow Republican who cast doubt on the Sandy Hook school shooting has provoked some strong responses from those close to the shooting.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), whose state was devastated by the killing of 20 students and six adults at the elementary school in December 2012, called the reports "sickening."

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Minnesota Vikings All-NFL running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted on child injury charges in Texas, according to multiple reports.

Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston first reported that Peterson had been indicted for reckless or negligent injury to a child. Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported that Peterson would turn himself in.

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The family of a U.S. journalist beheaded by Islamic militants last month said members of the Obama administration told them that they would be prosecuted if they paid a ransom for their son.

ABC News reported Friday on the allegations from the family of James Foley, whose killing last month by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria was recorded and distributed in an online video. The family said the threats had been made by a member of President Barack Obama's National Security Council. The person was left unnamed in the ABC News report at the request of the administration.

"Three times he intimidated us with that message. We were horrified he would say that," Diane Foley, Foley's mother, told ABC News. "He just told us we would be prosecuted. We knew we had to save our son, we had to try."

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Officials at the Ohio prison where a school shooter escaped on Thursday night were allegedly aware of an escape plot in advance, according to the Associated Press.

Ohio Civil Service Employees Association, the union for prison guards in the state, is saying that officials at the Allen-Oakwood Correctional Facility, where convicted killer T.J. Lane is serving a life sentence, discovered a escape plot in the days before the escape. They had put one inmate -- who was housed in the same unit as Lane and the other escapees -- in segregation Wednesday after the plot was uncovered, the AP reported.

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Amid the chaos in the Kansas Senate race, two of the key players are now giving very different accounts of what happened on the day that the Democratic nominee attempted to withdraw from the campaign.

Democratic nominee Chad Taylor is suing Secretary of State Kris Kobach for refusing to take his name off the November ballot after Taylor submitted paperwork stating he would drop out of the race. In an affidavit filed with the lawsuit, Taylor said that he had consulted with one of Kobach's subordinates, Brad Bryant, when he filed the paperwork on Sept. 3. He said he showed Bryant the letter he had written to withdraw and asked if it contained all the information necessary to remove Taylor's name from the ballot. Bryant responded, "Yes," according to Taylor.

Now Kobach's office has released an affidavit from Bryant that offers his version of what happened.

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After mostly ignoring his independent opponent and then finding himself suddenly at risk of losing, Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) gave a preview of its future attacks on independent candidate Greg Orman in a new online video published Friday. The video is one of the first concrete examples of the tack the Roberts campaign, recently taken over by national GOP operatives will take to hold on to a seat that could decide who controls the Senate.

The online video, dubbed "PRETENDER," portrayed Orman as a closeted Democrat who is feigning conservatism to defeat Roberts. The ad invokes Orman's brief 2008 Senate run as a Democrat and his campaign donations to Hillary Clinton, Harry Reid, and Barack Obama.

"Like Obama, Greg Orman will saying anything to get elected," the narrator says, "even pretending he's a conservative like Pat Roberts."

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Rep. Cory Gardner, the Republican Senate candidate in Colorado, attended an August event hosted by a GOP county candidate who has said he doesn't believe the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting has been proven.

The Pueblo County GOP's 20th Annual Steak Fry on Aug. 23 was hosted at the home of Tom Ready, the Republican candidate for Pueblo County commissioner and former county party chair, who had posted a story on his Facebook page that was skeptical of the Sandy Hook shooting. Ready also said in a recent debate that he didn't believe the shooting had been proven.

Gardner's attendance at the event and Ready's past dabbling in Sandy Hook trutherism was first reported by the Huffington Post.

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