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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

Shipments of crude oil by rail have exploded by more than 8,300 percent since 2006, effectively creating a new industry where one previously didn't exist while regulators scramble to figure out what they should do about it.

What's happening? As the chart indicates, the United States is producing increasing quantities of crude oil -- and the current pipeline infrastructure can't support it, leaving rail as the easiest alternative.

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Rep. Michele Bachmann chastised President Obama for his monarchical ambitions after his State of the Union address Tuesday night and warned that House conservatives were preparing to sue the president if he went too far in exercising his executive power.

“He’s the president of the United States. He’s not a king,” Bachmann said following Obama's speech, the Daily Caller reported. “He may think he’s a king, he may declare himself king, but that’s not what he is under our Constitution.”

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House Republicans are reportedly unhappy with Sen. Rand Paul's decision to give his own response to President Obama's State of the Union address, with a leadership aide ripping the move as "blatant" self-promotion in comments to the Huffington Post.

The aide told the Post that GOP leadership offices were "unhappy" with Paul offering his own response, which competed with the official party reply given by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and a tea party response from Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT).

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The House passed Wednesday a new five-year farm bill, the result of long negotiations between that chamber and the Senate, which will cut food stamps in the coming years -- though far less than the House GOP originally wanted.

The bill passed 251-166. It now heads to the Senate, where it is also expected to pass.

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There was no unified opposition at the conclusion of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night. Instead, four different Republicans -- representing, in some ways, four different factions of the Republican party -- had something to say to the nation.

They shared some of the same talking points: Obamacare is a disaster and Obama's economic agenda is ruining America's future. The GOP is trying to offer some kind of alternative to the electorate. But the similarities largely stopped there, in yet another display of the fractured Republican Party that has a chronic inability to present a coherent and singular vision to the country.

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Democrats expect President Barack Obama to strike a conciliatory tone on immigration reform Tuesday night when he delivers his State of the Union address, as a sign of good faith after Republican leadership has cracked open the door for a compromise on the issue.

"The president is going to be very respectful to the Republican initiatives to find bipartisan support for immigration reform," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told reporters. "I think you'll see a conciliatory approach."

The issue has been left for dead countless times because House Republicans appear uninterested in taking up the bipartisan comprehensive bill passed by the Senate last year and have shown little urgency in advancing their own preferred piecemeal series of bills. But new reports this week on House GOP leadership's thinking suggest that they might be seriously considering advancing the issue in their chamber.

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For the last couple months, the Republican critique of Obamacare has been founded on President Barack Obama's broken promise: "If you like your health plan, you can keep it." It was a pledge that the health care reform law wouldn't disrupt the existing insurance system, that those satisfied with the status quo would be protected from any unwanted intrusion.

It's been an effective line of attack, given the sinking approval ratings for both Obama and his eponymous insurance expansion. Which makes the new GOP alternative to Obamacare, proposed Monday by three Republican senators, a bit baffling. Because the bill seems to based on another fundamental disruption of the individual insurance market -- and on top of that, it could upend the employer insurance universe, through which most Americans receive health coverage, forcing many to either pay more or lose their coverage.

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