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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.

Articles by Dylan

A school district that borders Ferguson, Mo, said Friday that it would cancel classes next week in anticipation of the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown shooting being announced.

Television station KDSK reported that the Jennings School District had decided to close its schools starting on Monday. The district had originally only been scheduled to be off Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving break.

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The incoming Republican speaker of the Nevada Assembly wrote about the "master-slave relationship" between Democrats and blacks, while also referencing "simple minded darkies," according to a report published Thursday.

The Reno News & Review, an alternative weekly in the state's second city, picked through past newspaper columns written by Rep. Ira Hansen, who was designated as speaker by the Republicans who won control of the state's assembly on Election Day.

What the weekly said it found in the columns, which date back to 1994 and were reviewed on microfilm, were shocking views on a wide variety of issues -- but particularly race.

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MIT professor Jonathan Gruber has been a paid consultant for Vermont as it develops a single-payer health care system under Obamacare, but the state is cutting off his payments after the recent revelations about his past controversial statements.

The Burlington Free Press reported on Wednesday that Gruber had been working on a contract worth up to $400,000 to perform economic modeling for the state, the same kind of work he had done for the Obama administration as the Affordable Care Act was being drafted.

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The Ebola outbreak that has killed thousands in West Africa might finally be starting to subside.

There are signs -- imperfect measurements, rife with caveats, but significant indicators nonetheless -- that the outbreak is abating. Health authorities are cautious, though, about saying that a corner has been turned, emphasizing that until the disease has been fully eradicated, there is always the risk it will pop up again.

But the picture looks much better now than it did in the summer, when the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned of a worst-case scenario in which there could be more than a million cases worldwide by January.

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Any day now, a St. Louis County grand jury is expected to announce its decision about whether to indict white Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson for shooting unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9.

Whatever the grand jury decides, the process has already been marred by a series of leaks, distrust between the Brown family and prosecutor Bob McCulloch's office, and anger from many in the Ferguson community who believe Wilson should have been indicted months ago. And as TPM reported, it is exceedingly rare in the U.S. for a police officer to be charged for a shooting in the line of duty.

Authorities already seem to be preparing for the worst. Gov. Jay Nixon (D) declared a state of emergency this week and activated the Missouri National Guard.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) took a little heat last month when his state put a nurse returning from West Africa in quarantine even though she said -- and a doctor reportedly agreed -- that she had no symptoms. Christie, with his usual bravado, was unapologetic and he even predicted that his state's quarantine policy would soon be the national standard.

These days, though, there isn't much left of that quarantine policy -- because thankfully, it seems, nobody has come back from the affected regions in Africa with symptoms of the disease that has killed more than 5,000 people on that continent this year.

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