By Alan Mascarenhas
U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan looks like a shrewd pick for the Supreme Court. She's never been a judge, but given her stellar resume—she served as Dean of Harvard Law School and in the Clinton White House—no one could plausibly dismiss her as a lightweight. So, who exactly is she? The Clinton Presidential Library has recently released 90,000 pages of documents relating to Kagan's service as a senior aide between 1995 and 1999. (Still missing are Kagan's emails—these will be released just prior to June 28, when confirmation hearings begin). A NEWSWEEK team has pored over the documents—we uncovered a canny operative with the instincts of a politician as much as a jurist. Here are some illustrative examples of what we came across.