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On the day that President Bush nominated John Roberts to the Supreme Court, the future chief justice reflected upon the great symbol at the heart of Cass Gilbert's design -- the steps.

"I always got a lump in throat whenever I walked up those marble steps to argue a case before the court," Roberts said, "and I don't think it was just from the nerves."

Over the years, countless Americans have shared Roberts' sense of awe as they entered Gilbert's temple of justice. Soon, however, no one else will. The steps will be closed to the public as an entranceway to the court. Read full article »

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