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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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House Democrats think they've found a legislative ploy to bring the Senate-passed temporary spending bill to the House floor and end the government shutdown.

The move amounts to a legislative Hail Mary because it would require moderate Republicans to break with their leadership, something they've so far been unwilling to do.

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Read the headlines, and the first week of Obamacare's health insurance marketplaces has been hugely problematic, bordering on disastrous.

Long wait times on the Obamacare websites and crashing web pages. A dearth of consumers who have actually purchased insurance -- at least those who can be found by reporters. It's frankly hard to imagine a worse rollout for the law, from a public relations standpoint.

But the administration isn't sweating things yet. Neither is a veteran of health reform in Massachusetts, the only truly comparable experience to what Obamacare is going through this week.

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An eyewitness to Thursday afternoon's incident near the U.S. Capitol saw police pursuing a black car and heard gunfire before one police car crashed into a security barrier.

Jeff Hamond, 46, vice president at Van Scoyoc Associates, a federal lobbying firm, said he was riding his bike west on Constitution Avenue after a meeting at the Hart Senate Building.

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The lockdown of the U.S. Capitol was lifted at about 2:58 p.m. ET, officials announced, roughly 40 minutes after first reports of gunfire near the grounds.

Moments after reports of shot fired near the U.S. Capitol, TPM spotted a group of tourists rushing away from the Capitol's West Lawn and across Independence Avenue, under the direction of U.S. Capitol police.

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The Caribou Coffee cups were stacked neatly on the U.S. Capitol steps. Two cardboard coffee pots were ready to be poured. More than a dozen reporters watched them closely. They were waiting.

A few minutes after 11 a.m. ET Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), the mastermind behind this bipartisan coffee summit, strode to the steps. He helped himself to a cup. Paul's office insisted that this wasn't a photo-op, but for the moment, the press were the only ones who were there. Rep. Tom Massie (R-KY), Paul's state brethren, finally showed up. A reporter inquired if Paul was expecting more people to come.

"I hope so," Paul said. "I hope this isn't going to the bipartisan summit, two Republicans from Kentucky!"

After a few minutes, some more representatives and senators -- all of them Republicans, except Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) -- did join Paul on the front steps. They chatted amiably, sometimes about the shutdown, sometimes about NASCAR. No path to reopening the federal government emerged. But the photographers snapped their shutters, anyway.

That's where we're at, three days into the shutdown.

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