Thurgood Marshall with George E.C. Hayes (left) and James M. Nabrit (right) outside the Supreme Court building on May 17, 1954. The three lawyers had just led the fight for abolition of segregation in public schools before the Supreme Court, which ruled that segregation was unconstitutional. AP hide caption

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Elena Kagan enjoys a lighter moment during her Supreme Court confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Kenneth Feinberg has emerged as perhaps the nation's top mediator. Ann Heisenfelt/Getty Images hide caption

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Sen. Pat Roberts and several other Republican senators have been hammering on the fact that among his voluminous writings, Donald Berwick has praised the workings of Britain's National Health System. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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Elizabeth Birnbaum, formerly the director of the Minerals Management Service, appeared May 18 on Capitol Hill. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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