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2012: Super PAC-men

“The top ‘super PACs’ supporting Republicans in the fall elections have raised more than three times as much money as super PACs aligned with Democrats, $158 million to $47 million, a [Boston] Globe analysis shows. Here’s a graphic showing the biggest donors.

A Civitas poll has Romney up 50-45% in North Carolina.

“Most Americans now say they would like to see the critics of the health care law stop trying to block its implementation and move onto other national problems, a poll released by the Kaiser Family Foundation on Monday found following last week’s Supreme Court decision upholding the overhaul,” the Boston Globe writes.

Political Wire: “Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) vetoed Republican bills that would have ‘required a photo ID for absentee voting, restricted voter registration drives and mandated a ballot box affirmation of citizenship,’ the Detroit News reports.”

Crossing the line? AP: “Justice Antonin Scalia ended his 26th year on the Supreme Court with a string of losses in the term's biggest cases and criticism that he crossed a line from judging to politics. Scalia's willingness to do battle with those on the other side of an issue long has made him a magnet for critics. But some of his recent remarks stood out in the eyes of court observers.” More: “Ten lawyers who appear regularly before the Supreme Court, including two former Scalia law clerks, were interviewed for this story and said they too had taken note of Scalia's recent comments. But mindful that they might appear before the high court or be in a position to submit legal briefs, they all declined to be identified by name.”

And: “Summarizing his views in court, Scalia commented on President Barack Obama's recent announcement changing the deportation rules for some children of illegal immigrants. And in his written opinion, he referenced anti-free black laws of slave states as a precedent for state action on immigration. Both drew critical notice.”

Take a look at the health-care oral arguments from Day 2, which we wrote about, and you can see some tense exchanges between Scalia and Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, including Scalia sarcastically calling Verrilli’s argument for the taxing authority of Congress “extraordinary” and dismissing his argument as “blah, blah, blah.” That’s in addition to his “broccoli” and health club comments.