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

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One of the members of the grand jury that decided not to indict a Ferguson, Mo., police officer in the Michael Brown shooting has sued the St. Louis County prosecutor who oversaw the case, St. Louis Public Radio reported Monday.

The St. Louis County grand juror, who is remaining anonymous, alleges that prosecutor Robert McCulloch's "public characterization" of the grand jury does not reflect the juror's own views.

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What a ride this year has been.

Obamacare began 2014 still sullied by its disastrous debut in October 2013 -- but now, 12 months later, what's most notable about its second open enrollment period is how unremarkable it's been.

Republicans have dealt with this reality in myriad ways. Sometimes, they have simply denied it. Otherwise, they have fixated on new scandals -- the case now before the Supreme Court and what became Gruber-gate -- that, in their minds, undermine any success that the law has had.

Here are the stages, if you will, of Republican grief over the law that they have spent the better part of a decade trying to destroy.

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A Republican lawsuit challenging Arizona's expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare got a big boost from the state supreme court, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.

The high court agreed to allow the case, brought by 36 GOP state legislators against Republican Gov. Jan Brewer's administration, to move forward. It alleges that part of the state's expansion plan, an assessment on hospitals to pay for the state's share of any expansion funding, is unconstitutional.

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Official White House photographer Pete Souza this week released a 2014 review of President Barack Obama's sixth year in office. The photos cover moments from the President donning a tiara for his photo op with a Girl Scout troop to a very intimate face-to-face encounter with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

There is also this.

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The advisor to former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke who invited House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) to a 2002 white nationalist meeting now asserts that Scalise never actually spoke at the meeting.

Kenny Knight, who once served as national director of the European-American Unity and Rights Association, told Slate on Tuesday that Scalise "was not there as a guest speaker at the (EURO) conference.”

That was after Knight was quoted by the Washington Post earlier in the day saying he asked Scalise "to be the first speaker before the meeting kicked off.”

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Gilda Werner Reed and her son Robert say they have been sitting on information putting House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) at a 2002 event hosted by a white nationalist group founded by the former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke for about seven years.

Now it is finally getting the play that they had feared it might never see.

In phone interviews with TPM Tuesday, Gilda and Robert outlined what they knew — and didn't know — about Scalise's appearance at the event and how the information ended up in the hands of Louisiana blogger Lamar White, who broke the story Sunday and sent the national press chasing his scoop.

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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) said Tuesday that his 2002 appearance at an event hosted by a white nationalist group was "a mistake I regret."

The new statement from Scalise also removed all doubt about whether he had actually spoken at the meeting.

"Twelve years ago, I spoke to many different Louisiana groups as a state representative, trying to build support for legislation that focused on cutting the wasteful state spending, eliminating government corruption, and stopping tax hikes," Scalise said. "One of the many groups that I spoke to regarding this critical legislation was a group whose views I wholeheartedly condemn."

"It was a mistake I regret, and I emphatically oppose the divisive racial and religious views groups like these hold," he continued. "I am very disappointed that anyone would infer otherwise for political gain."

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Texas is the biggest get remaining for Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, and recent reports indicate that the state's incoming governor is taking a look at it.

The San Antonio Express-News reported last week that governor-elect Greg Abbott asked about Utah's recently agreed-upon alternative Medicaid expansion plan during a recent private meeting with state lawmakers. Abbott was looking for additional information about that conservative state's model, according to the report.

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