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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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The conventional wisdom has said that once states bought into Obamcare's Medicaid expansion, half of the law's two-pronged approach to expanding health insurance coverage, they wouldn't be able to back out of it. More likely, in fact, was that more and more states -- regardless of their ideology -- would sign onto the expansion. It's simply too good a deal to pass up.

But a group of Arkansas Republicans appear intent on defying those expectations as early as this month. In doing so, they would halt health coverage for more than 85,000 who have signed up for expanded Medicaid in Arkansas so far.

MAP: The 5 Million People The GOP Cut Out Of Obamacare

"ObamaCare is among the worst legislation ever passed," one newly elected conservative state senator wrote, explaining his opposition to Medicaid expansion. "I do not think that Obamacare is now or ever has been truly about who gets what and how much it will cost. I believe that the real question is if our health care system under ObamaCare will be destroyed in this country for everyone! I think that question only has one answer and it is yes."

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Less than two years ago, Republican presidential nominee and party standard-bearer Mitt Romney affirmed that he didn't support gay marriage or civil unions that guaranteed same-sex couples the same rights as married straight couples. The chairman of the Republican National Committee asserted that those views were in line with "most Americans."

But that was then.

Perhaps the surest sign yet that the fight over marriage equality is over, that sooner rather than later it will be a politically accepted fact, is the growing chorus of Republicans at the state level who are bucking the official party line and taking up the fight. In the coming years, they might even be crucial crusaders as the push for same-sex marriage rights spreads to the redder areas on the map.

Some of them, like a group of GOP legislators in Oregon, are actively getting in front of the issue and mounting their own campaigns on behalf of gay marriage rights. Others, like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, are simply getting out of the way, acquiescing to the installment of gay marriage approved by state lawmakers and courts. They'll become an evermore important piece of the marriage equality coalition, conservative and progressive advocates say.

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In an email leaked Saturday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's office responded more vigorously to new allegations by his former Port Authority appointee that he knew more about the George Washington Bridge lane closures than he has admitted.

The 700-word email, reported by Politico, is titled "5 Things You Should Know About The Bombshell That's Not A Bombshell." It was sent to friends and allies, according to the news outlet.

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A new book alleges that Rob Ford's wife confided to someone that her husband didn't intend to give up "the blow" after he was elected the mayor of Toronto, the National Post reported.

“He still thinks he’s going to party,” Renata Ford allegedly told a man, identified as "John" in the book, in a Tim Horton's parking lot. The book's author, one of the Toronto Star reporters who has chronicled Ford's exploits, wrote that she heard a recording of the conversation, and Ford's wife didn't know she was being taped.

“He thinks that he, oh, you know, ‘I’ll get off the pills, but I’m not giving up the blow,'" Renata Ford said, as reported in the book, "Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story."

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The notoriously unkind New York and New Jersey newspapers had a field day with the latest allegation that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie knew of the bridge lane closures that have haunted his administration as they were happening.

"YOU'RE LYING, GOV," the New York Daily News declared. "REVENGE OF THE NERD," read The Trentonian. "THEY BOTH CAN'T BE RIGHT," intoned the Newark Star-Ledger.

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Conservative author Dinesh D'Souza, charged last week with campaign fraud, insinuated Friday in an interview that he might have been targeted because of a film he directed that was unflattering to President Barack Obama.

Fox host Sean Hannity stated outright at the beginning of the segment that the Obama administration had targeted conservatives and that D'Souza "was the latest victim to be targeted by the Obama White House." He then asked D'Souza if he believed his indictment was linked to his criticism of the president.

D'Souza immediately noted that his film, which links the supposedly anti-colonialist views of Obama's father to the policies of the Obama presidency, "does seem to have gotten under President Obama's skin."

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Congressional Republicans threw a fit when President Barack Obama said during his State of the Union address this week that he would issue executive orders to forward policies if he couldn't reach an agreement with Congress.

"He's not a king," Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) said, warning that House conservatives might just sue Obama if he followed through on his pledge. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) bemoaned Obama's "imperial presidency" in the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal.

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As many as 17,000 Americans will die directly as a result of states deciding not to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, according to a new study.

Researchers from Harvard University and City University of New York have estimated that between 7,115 and 17,104 deaths will be "attributable to the lack of Medicaid expansion in opt-out states" in a study published in Health Affairs.

"The results were sobering," Samuel Dickman, one of the authors, said, according to the Morning Call. "Political decisions have consequences, some of them lethal."

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