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Can you feel the Mitt-mentum?

The Romney 2016 speculation is the story that nobody -- reportedly including the once (and future?) candidate -- seems to be able to quit. Mark Halperin at Bloomberg Politics reported last week that the losing 2012 presidential candidate had been seen huddling with conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch at a recent Republican fundraiser and had "tongues a-wagging." An upcoming private dinner with former campaign advisers "has Romney intimates abuzz," according to the Washington Post.

"A lot of people in Romneyland are rooting for him to get in," one inner-circle source told CNN in recent weeks, while another added: "I wouldn't bet on it, but I wouldn't bet either."

A Des Moines Register poll released Saturday found Romney leading presumed Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton in a (hypothetical) 2016 match-up. Now the Post is out with its report that "his friends said a flurry of behind-the-scenes activity is nudging him to more seriously consider it."

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Erwin Chemerinsky, the founding Dean of UC-Irvine School of Law and a renowned legal scholar, has some scathing words for the Supreme Court: It "has frequently failed, throughout American history, at its most important tasks, at its most important moments."

This critique is contained in the progressive legal luminary's new book, provocatively titled "The Case Against The Supreme Court."

Chemerinsky tells TPM he wrote the book after realizing he had been "making excuses" for the Court over three decades of teaching it, and decided to make the case that it has often failed its duty to protect individual and minority rights against the passions of the majority.

His disenchantment is shared: The Court's popularity with Americans is near an all-time low of 44 percent, down from 60 percent in the early 2000s. Forty-eight percent now disapprove of it, according to a Gallup poll last week.

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