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The Kagan hearings begin next Monday

From NBC's Ken Strickland and Mark Murray
You are forgiven if the BP spill -- as well other pressing issues -- made you forget that we have a Supreme Court confirmation fight this summer.

Indeed, SCOTUS nominee Elena Kagan's Senate confirmation hearings start one week from today -- on Monday the 28th.

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee announced that Monday's start time will be 12:30 pm ET.