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The New Yorker's Jeffrey Toobin has an extended and important look at the Supreme Court's hearing of the 2010 case Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. One of the most important parts: "As the senior Justice in the minority, John Paul Stevens assigned the main dissent to Souter, who was working on the opinion when he announced his departure, on April 30th. Souter wrote a dissent that aired some of the Court’s dirty laundry. By definition, dissents challenge the legal conclusions of the majority, but Souter accused the Chief Justice of violating the Court’s own procedures to engineer the result he wanted. Roberts didn’t mind spirited disagreement on the merits of any case, but Souter’s attack—an extraordinary, bridge-burning farewell to the Court—could damage the Court’s credibility. So the Chief came up with a strategically ingenious maneuver. He would agree to withdraw Kennedy’s draft majority opinion and put Citizens United down for reargument, in the fall. For the second argument, the Court would write new Questions Presented, which frame a case before argument, and there would be no doubt about the stakes of the case. The proposal put the liberals in a box. They could no longer complain about being sandbagged, because the new Questions Presented would be unmistakably clear. But, as Roberts knew, the conservatives would go into the second argument already having five votes for the result they wanted. With no other choice (and no real hope of ever winning the case), the liberals agreed to the reargument. On June 29, 2009, the last day of the term, the Court shocked the litigants—and the political world—by announcing, 'The case is restored to the calendar for reargument.'"

Read the whole thing here.

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Newt Gingrich (R), $13,017,772 to support, $18,885,161 to oppose.
Rick Santorum (R), $7,548,235 to support, $20,923,379 to oppose.
Mitt Romney (R), $7,327,516 to support, $8,743,763 to oppose. (Support: +$1,965,688; Oppose: +$67,010)
Rick Perry (R), $4,167,697 to support, $1,404 to oppose.
Ron Paul (R), $3,748,218 to support, $214,158 to oppose.
Jon Huntsman (R), $2,453,204 to support, $0 to oppose.
Barack Obama (D), $455,569 to support, $1,241,547 to oppose. (+$20,591)
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FreedomWorks for America, $7,000 to support Dan Llijenquist for Senate in Utah.
FreedomWorks for America, $9,501 to oppose Orrin Hatch for Senate in Utah.
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House Majority PAC, $21,931 to oppose Linda Parks for Congress in California's 26th District.
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