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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 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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Senate Republicans have proposed another bill, the GOP's third in the last few months, to repeal and replace Obamacare.

The legislation is put forward by Republican Sens. Orrin Hatch (UT), Tom Coburn (OK) and Richard Burr (NC). It would begin, like its predecessors, with repealing Obamacare.

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In their priorities for the federal government, Americans knocked reducing the federal deficit the furtherest down the list over the last year, according to a new poll from the Pew Research Center.

The percentage of Americans who named "reducing the budget deficit" as a top priority for the president and Congress fell from 72 percent in January 2013 to 63 percent in January 2014. That was the largest drop of the 20 issues that the poll studied.

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Americans view Democrats as more willing to work across party lines and Republicans as more extreme in their beliefs, according to a new poll from the Pew Research Center.

Asked to chose which party was more extreme in its positions, 54 percent of Americans picked the GOP, while 35 percent selected the Democrats. On the question of who was more willing to work with the other party, 52 percent pegged the Democrats, and 27 percent deemed Republicans more bipartisan.

On the ultimate question, though, of who could better manage the federal government, Americans were evenly divided: 41 percent said the Democrats, and 40 percent said the Republicans.

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