In this July 27 file photo, Sen. Patty Murray speaks as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid listens at a news conference on Capitol Hill. Reid announced earlier this month he's naming Murray to co-chair a powerful supercommittee charged with finding more than $1 trillion in deficit cuts this fall.
Bank of Italy Gov. Mario Draghi speaks to bankers in Rome last month. Financial market participants worry that Italy will be the next big shoe to drop in Europe's debt crisis.
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W.C. Johnson, of the group Community United for Change, protests outside federal court in New Orleans on the opening day of the Danziger trial in June. On Aug. 5, five police officers were convicted of various roles in gunning down innocent civilians in the days after Hurricane Katrina and then covering it up. Five other officers pleaded guilty.
Wendy Wasserstein in 1985, beneath a poster for her play Isn't It Romantic. Wasserstein's plays examined the place where the upheaval witnessed by the baby boom generation met the demands of family and professional life.