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

Articles by Dylan

Armed anti-government activists have forced federal authorities to stop their seizure of cattle that were illegally grazing on federal land in Nevada.

"Based on information about conditions on the ground, and in consultation with law enforcement, we have made a decision to conclude the cattle gather because of our serious concern about the safety of employees and members of the public," Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze said, according to ABC News.

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A dispute between a Nevada cattle rancher and the federal Bureau of Land Management became a flash point for anti-government sentiment this week, as conservative media hyped the showdown and protesters gathered on the federal land in question.

Here's the skinny from Reuters: Rancher Cliven Bundy and BLM have been feuding since 1993 over Bundy using federal lands to graze his cattle. BLM says Bundy stopped paying fees and ignored requests to remove his animals. Bundy says that his rights to the land pre-date those of the federal government.

So federal authorities have begun seizing Bundy's animals. That perceived government overreach drew as many as 1,500 protesters to the land on Friday, according to Reuters, with groups like the Southern Nevada Militia warning that their cause is "a last stand for American independence."

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Noting that President Barack Obama said years ago that he opposed gay marriage because of his Christian beliefs, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee openly questioned those beliefs Friday because the president had since changed his position.

Huckabee spoke with Fox New's Laura Ingraham about his own comments regarding same-sex nuptials. He had told an Iowa audience Tuesday that his opposition was "on the right side of the Bible." On Friday, he argued that it was the same stance that Obama had taken in 2008.

"He said it was because of his Christian convictions. Does he have them or does he not?" Huckabee told Ingraham. "If one has them, they don't change depending on what the culture does. You don't take an opinion poll to come up with a new point of view."

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As Obamacare's first enrollment period ends and the law becomes a more established part of U.S. policy, the Republican base appears to be having an epiphany: Maybe it's not the end of the world.

A new Gallup poll found that the number of self-identified GOPers who think the law won't affect them spiked 20 percentage points from a month ago.

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The New York Times is being sued by Texas Monthly after hiring its top editor to head the Times's own magazine, the Times said Friday.

The Times announced on March 28 that it had hired Jake Silverstein, Texas Monthly's editor-in-chief, who is also being named in the lawsuit. He was scheduled to start later this spring.

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Fox News gave Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) the opportunity Friday to say that he would use the confirmation of the next Health and Human Services Secretary as an instrument in his quixotic quest to repeal Obamacare.

He didn't exactly say he would try to block the confirmation of Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who was nominated to replace Kathleen Sebelius -- but he didn't exactly pass on it either.

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the lightning rod for Obamacare's troubled rollout last fall, has resigned. During her five years heading HHS, she oversaw a fundamental transformation of the U.S. health care system. Considering she was never supposed to serve as secretary at all, she'll depart having left an indelible mark on the Obama administration.

Her tenure will be, in many ways, defined by two setbacks that could have been avoided and almost completely discredited the law in the public eyes -- and by her uncanny ability to bring Obamacare back from the brink and leave the law in as good of shape as it could be.

Her appearance Friday with President Barack Obama and her chosen successor, Office of Budget and Management Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell, had a celebratory tone. The president touted the historic implications of the law and Sebelius's final achievement of 7.5 million Obamacare sign-ups. About a half dozen standing ovations from HHS and White House officials greeted her.

But implicit in their remarks was a recognition that the law's implementation had not gone as smoothly as it could have. And, for the foreseeable future, it is likely that mix of commendation for her successes and a linger memory of her failures that will define Sebelius's legacy.

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