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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

The number of uninsured Americans has dropped by three to four million since Obamacare coverage took effect Jan. 1, according to a new Gallup survey. How much of the drop can be precisely attributed to the health care law is a matter of debate, though there are signs that enrollment among the uninsured is picking up.

What isn't up for debate: Republicans are now confronted with a fork in the road in how they approach Obamacare. Repeal or relent.

Every newly insured American undermines the "repeal" stance that has been the party's status quo over the last four years. But relenting, acknowledging the law won't be undone and pivoting to more of a "fix" mentality isn't going to be easy either, given the demands of the far-right.

You can't have both.

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Last Thursday, four Clinton veterans gathered in Washington, D.C., and gave their voice to the Hillary 2016 movement, another one of the innumerable tea leaves that those with close ties to Clintonland -- who therefore presumably have some idea about what the presumptive candidate herself is thinking -- are jumping onboard.

At this point, one would be stretched to find evidence that the Clinton gang isn't getting back together for a 2016 White House run.

Ann Lewis, White House communications director during the Clinton administration; Ellen Tauchser, who served at the State Department with Hillary; Binata Niambi Brown, who informally advised the 2008 campaign; and Laurie Rubiner, legislative director during Clinton's Senate tenure, spoke Thursday in D.C. at an event for Women Ready for Hillary. It's one of the several constituency-targeted efforts undertaken by Ready for Hillary, the super PAC that, along with Priorities USA and American Bridge, is laying the foundation for Clinton 2016.

They're far from the first, though. Here is a (likely incomplete) list of key Clintonites who have, in one way or another, signed onto their next shot at the White House.

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Conservative favorite Ben Carson clarified on Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference that gay people have rights -- they just don't have "extra rights" like the right to marry.

"As you know, I am not a fan of political correctness," Carson said to loud applause in a video clip pulled by Media Matters. "I still believe that marriage is between a man and a woman."

"Of course gay people should have the same rights as everyone else," he continued. "But they don't get extra rights. They don't get to redefine marriage."

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The Louisiana government is trying to get a billboard criticizing Gov. Bobby Jindal for not expanding Medicaid under Obamacare taken down.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne sent a cease-and-desist letter to MoveOn, the liberal organization that paid for the billboard, demanding that the billboard be dismantled. It is currently stationed alongside Interstate-10 near Baton Rouge.

The sign states: "LOU!SIANA Pick your passion! But hope you don't love your health. Gov. Jindal's denying Medicaid to 242,000 people."

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A witness appearing on behalf of the state of Michigan in a trial over the state's gay marriage and adoption bans testified Thursday that gay people were going to hell, the Detroit News reported.

The witness, Douglas Allen, had authored the report “More Heat Than Light: A Critical Assessment of the Gay Parenting Literature, 1995-2010.” He criticized the earlier testimony of a Stanford sociologist whose research had concluded that gay parents had no adverse effects on children.

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During his visit to Washington, D.C., the Dalai Lama expressed his support for gay marriage and criticized discrimination against LGBT people.

“If two people really feel that way and both sides fully agree, then okay," the spiritual leader of Buddhism said in an interview with Larry King, according to NBC News.

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Conservative radio host Michael Medved said Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference that no state has ever banned gay marriage and any claim to the contrary is "a liberal lie."

"There has never been a state in this country that has ever banned gay marriage," Medved said during a panel titled "Can Libertarians and Social Conservatives Ever Get Along?" after another panelist referenced historical discrimination against LGBT couples. "That is a liberal lie."

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In the end, Obamacare is going to be judged by whether it has successfully reduced the number of uninsured Americans. But with a few weeks to go before this year's deadline to sign up, whether the law has made much progress toward that goal isn't yet clear -- though there are signs that it's picking up momentum in the private market.

More than four million Americans have enrolled in private coverage under the law, according to the Obama administration, and the law will likely come closer to the Congressional Budget Office's initial projection of seven million enrollees than most would have thought possible after HealthCare.gov's disastrous launch.

But how many of those enrollees were uninsured, now newly covered under Obamacare, and how many are simply signing up for new coverage to replace what they already had? A new survey has found that 27 percent of people who signed up for coverage in February were previously uninsured.

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Jeremy Bird and Betsy Hoover, veterans of the Obama 2008 and 2012 campaigns, lost their first child, Elijah, after his premature birth last week. "We are devastated and heart broken," Bird wrote Wednesday on his Facebook page. "We miss him more than we ever thought possible."

"He really was beautiful. He had his dad’s nose, his mom’s mouth and even a little bit of hair. He was 11 inches long and weighed one pound, one ounce. He was precious, innocent, remarkable," Bird said. "Unfortunately, Elijah came too soon. His lungs weren’t yet formed, and he was just not able to survive on his own. We lost our baby boy."

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