May 9th, 2010
10:19 PM ET

Kagan to be Supreme Court nominee, CNN confirms

 

[Update 11:06 p.m. ET] President Obama will select Solicitor General Elena Kagan as the Supreme Court nominee to replace the retiring John Paul Stevens, a legal source close to the process told CNN Sunday evening. 

The nomination is expected to be announced Monday at 11 a.m. ET, another source familiar with the process said. 

Kagan, 50, a New York native, was widely reported to be the frontrunner for the nomination. She was a finalist for the high court vacancy last year when Justice Sonia Sotomayor was selected to replace the retiring David Souter. 

Kagan would be the third woman on the nine-justice bench if confirmed. 

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[Posted 10:19 p.m. ET] NBC News is reporting President Obama will select Solicitor General Elena Kagan as the Supreme Court nominee to replace the retiring John Paul Stevens. 

CNN is working to confirm the report.

Kagan is a former Harvard Law School dean and has never served as judge. As solicitor general, she is the Obama administration's top lawyer before the Supreme Court and has argued several high-profile cases before the justices since taking the job in spring 2009. 

Kagan was a law clerk for Justice Thurgood Marshall and served as associate White House counsel in President Clinton's administration. 

- CNN's John King and Bill Mears contributed to this report. 

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  1. dogdude

    Helene, such venom! Now tell us something about why you do or do not support Kagen for the Supreme Court.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. Victor

    It's ridiculous to suggest that she doesn't have enough experience just because she's never been a judge. William Rehnquist was never a judge before he was nominated to the court, and I don't think any conservatives complained when he became Chief Justice.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  3. Linda

    Great choice. I'm behind it 100%.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. HawaiiBarry

    Kagan is a refreshing choice. LMMFAO....yes yes. I'm sure a fat Lesbian will do wonders for our Nation

    May 10, 2010 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  5. pierce

    Glen, did the Walmart boys rought you up at some point?

    Did your slim physique give you lproblems in prison?

    Are your that insecure that you have to implie so we can infer that you a a bigoted, class-conscious woolsey?

    Now git with that whiney little voice and get me a beer, you sniveling little biotchbigot.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  6. times have changed...

    I started to say that Ginsberg would no longer be the ugliest justice...but, I don't know....this is getting tight.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  7. kim

    WOW – It's sad to see the lack of intelligence displayed for all the world to see. You truly show your knowledge of this woman & her experience by commenting on her appearance. The sad thing is... If he had chosen a man, there probably wouldn't be a single comment ahout his appearance.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. Sebastian

    Solid choice to bring all sorts of diversity to the court.

    It's hard not to see a 3rd female on the court given the fact that women ARE 50% of the population and well represented in law school.

    Now let's see a 30-something Asian or African American named to this "pipeline" position so that after serving 6 years, they can be named to the Federal judiciary before being elevated to the Supreme court in 14 years.

    Oh and for those freaking out that only 66% of jurists will be white men after Kegan is confirmed relax. The federal judiciary is dominated by them.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  9. Brad Glover

    Elena Kagan is a disgrace. She should not have removed military recruiters from Harvard. If DADT is bad policy then Congress, the Courts, and the President should change it. A dean of the most respected university in the world should not have made such a divisive move. She could have opposed it personally but not as the dean. I hope her confirmation process is a circus that way Obama will pick someone who is a centrist moderate that can unite the country and not divide it.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  10. HawaiiBarry

    Kagan looks like Gary Shandling and is about as qualified as my grounds keeper

    May 10, 2010 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. james

    SHE COULD LAND AIR FORCE ONE ON THE WASHINGTON MALL WITHOUT HARMING A STONE..SHE IS BUTCH ! BUT I LIKE THE CHOICE !!!

    May 10, 2010 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  12. Puzzled

    Funny: it seems T-baggers prefer looks to substance; maybe that's why they're flies on horse-flop over Palin.

    Serious: Clarence "I've got a hairball" Thomas served all of one year on the court before Bush #1 anointed him justice. T-baggers are quiet on his "extensive" experience. Scalia: 4 years. Alito, head of the lunatic fringe, actually has real and substantial judgeship experience.

    Seeds of Thought for the Bird Brains: Judges DO NOT need to be lawyers. They need good political backing, and a core of supporters. Anyone complaining about this round of nominations shouldn't wonder how a misogynist like Thomas got on the bench (T-baggers: don't worry about the big words there: it means "friend" in your lingo.)

    May 10, 2010 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  13. times have changed...

    Maybe she can wear a pastel robe or something so she won't be confused with Scalia.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  14. HawaiiBarry

    Kagan is the POSTER BOY for liberals. GAY, JEWISH, RETARDED

    May 10, 2010 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  15. bill

    There should be more women. This is GREAT!!!!

    May 10, 2010 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
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