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Obama Medal of Freedom
President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Freedom to former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 29, 2012. The Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest civilian honor. It's presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the national interests of the United States, to world peace or to other significant endeavors. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)