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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.

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Obamacare's Medicaid expansion faces a tough reality in Maine. Republican Gov. Paul LePage vetoed the proposal last year and, though the state Senate approved another bill Wednesday, it didn't pass with enough votes to override another veto.

But maybe that's a good thing, according to at least one Republican state lawmaker. Maybe by rejecting the law's Medicaid expansion, intended to provide health coverage to low-income residents, those people will be encouraged to work more and make more money.

That's what Maine Rep. Deb Sanderson (R) told the Portland Press-Herald.

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Following in the footsteps of other "religious freedom" bills before it, the Mississippi version of the legislation was effectively neutered Wednesday.

The Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported the state House voted to form a study committee on the issue rather than approve the Senate-passed bill. The bill is now punted back to the Senate, which can either reject it, agree to it or propose negotiations. The committee's findings would be due at the end of the year.

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A new independent analysis projects that fewer Americans will sign up for private health coverage through Obamacare by the end of the open enrollment period, March 31, than has been projected by the Congressional Budget Office.

Avalere Health, an independent consulting firm, issued its projection after the Obama administration released new data showing that 4.2 million Americans had enrolled in coverage as of March 1. They now project 5.4 million enrollees by the end of March.

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Traffic to HealthCare.gov spiked 40 percent Tuesday from Monday after President Obama's interview with actor Zach Galiafinakis debuted online, the Obama administration said.

The Twitter account for HealthCare.gov said Wednesday morning that about 890,000 people visited the website Tuesday, a 40 percent increase from the day before. For reference, traffic in January and early February was generally fluctuating between 200,000 and 400,000 visitors per day, according to figures obtained by TPM.

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Americans aren't breaking one way or the other on Obamacare and how it will influence their vote in the 2014 midterm elections, according to a new poll.

A new NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll showed that neither Democrats nor Republicans have a clear advantage on the controversial law. About 48 percent of those polled said they would be more likely to vote for a Democratic candidate who supports keeping and fixing Obamacare; 47 percent would be more likely to vote for a Republican who supports repealing and eliminating it.

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Candidate A has applauded her state's decision to expand Medicaid under Obamacare and endorsed some of its insurance market reforms. Candidate B has recently voted to delay the law's individual mandate.

Who is the Democrat and who is the Republican? You'd be forgiven for being confident that Candidate A must be a Democrat and Candidate B must be the Republican. But in the Michigan Senate race, you'd be wrong.

No, in that hotly contested campaign, likely to be one of a handful that will determine control of the Senate next year, GOP nominee Terri Lynn Land has spent the last few weeks subtly walking back from her "full repeal" stance. She expressed support for her state's decision to expand Medicaid under the law and said Monday that she could back some other parts of Obamacare, too.

Meanwhile, the Democratic nominee, Rep. Gary Peters, voted alongside House Republicans last week to delay the individual mandate for one year, bucking party leadership by approving a bill that, even if only symbolically, is intended by House Republicans to significantly undermine the law.

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The Obamacare recovery continued in February, according to new numbers released by the Obama administration Tuesday: 942,000 Americans enrolled in private coverage last month, bringing the total through five months to 4.2 million.

Sign-ups are still lagging behind the original 7 million enrollments projected for the entire six-month open enrollment period that ends March 31, but the law has made up significant ground. And if enrollments have been spiking in March as White House officials and health policy experts have long predicted, Obamacare could come closer to meeting that 7 million projection, made by the Congressional Budget Office before the enrollment period began in October, than most would have thought possible after HealthCare.gov's disastrous launch.

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Is the dignity of America's highest office impugned if the president appears on a comedy web series? That was the question on the mind of some members of the White House press corps Tuesday.

ABC News's Jim Avila peppered White House Press Secretary Jay Carney with questions during a daily press briefing about President Obama's appearance on FunnyOrDie.com's interview series with actor Zach Galifianakis. The president plugged HealthCare.gov during the interview, a part of a concerted effort to reach young Americans.

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