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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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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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Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) resigned in 2011 amid a particularly messy scandal that featured allegations that he slept with a top aide's wife and then lobbied to get the aide a cushy job in order to keep the affair secret.

The Justice Department decided not to indict Ensign and he has faded into relative obscurity working as a veterinarian in Las Vegas. But the revelations of new, though heavily redacted, documents from the investigation into his misdeeds has thrust Ensign back into the spotlight. They describe the "brazen" manner, in the words of one executive, that Ensign sought to save his career.

The New York Times and Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on the new documents, obtained by the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington through a lawsuit. Read the full documents at the Times. Here are the highlights.

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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) spoke at a 2002 meeting hosted by a white nationalist group, the Washington Post reported Monday.

The Post reported that Scalise "confirmed through an adviser that he once appeared at a convention of the European-American Unity and Rights Organization."

Louisiana blogger Lamar White first reported over the weekend about Scalise's alleged appearance in May 2002 in Metiarie, La. EURO, as it is know, is described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a white nationalist group and "a paper tiger" to sell books and otherwise publicize the work of former Ku Klux Klan leader and Louisiana representative David Duke.

White's report was based primarily on contemporaneous forum posts on Stormfront, a white supremacist website. Scalise was a state legislator at the time.

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Pope Francis is expected to issue a formal call for action to fight climate change in the coming year, The Guardian reported over the weekend.

His plans include an address to his church's 1.2 billion parishioners, a speech before the United Nations and a call for leaders of the world's religions to meet on the issue, according to the newspaper. The message to the church, known as an encyclical, is one of the most powerful tools available to the pope within the Catholic Church's traditions.

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Sunday that the city's police force should not express their dissatisfaction with Mayor Bill de Blasio by turning their backs on him.

"The mayor is not in any way to be treated with people turning their backs," Giuliani said on CBS's "Face the Nation" Sunday. "It doesn't matter if you like the mayor or you don't like the mayor, you have to respect the mayor's position. I don't support that."

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When the Castro regime assumed power in Cuba in 1959, it quickly nationalized the assets of almost every foreign corporation within its borders as the country transitioned to communism. For half a century now, American companies have laid claim to billions of dollars in lost assets on the Caribbean island 90 miles from U.S. shores. Under American law, the claims have been steadily accruing interest, but the companies have never seen a penny.

It's one of many knotty issues for the two Cold War adversaries to resolve as they end their prolonged estrangement that outlasted the Cold War itself by more than two decades. Like many of the other points of contention, the claims of U.S. companies against the Castro government dredge up difficult memories, long-buried grievances, and unpleasant histories that neither side may be eager to confront.

While it's not yet clear how the mid-century claims of U.S. companies will be handled, interviews in the days since President Obama's historic policy change with those involved in the claims and experts on Cuba reveal the claims have not been forgotten by the businesses and they're not going away.

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