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

    Kagen is NOT GAY. Get that through your heads. Remember the rumors about Condi Rice being gay. Would it matter anyway?

    May 10, 2010 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. david

    i thought soto was the worst thing obama could do to the court. i stand corrected. at least she had expirience. it was totally biased, but, it was expirience.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. dogdude

    No HawaiiBarry, Kagan is an extraordinary man.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. HawaiiBarry

    dogdude = Pedophile
    Kagan = Man

    May 10, 2010 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. dogdude

    I mean woman.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. libtex1

    mak tuk naht tahn tahn = klingon for fried green tomato

    May 10, 2010 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. Santosangre

    Thankfully this country has taken a turn and seems to be on track to be run by academics and the intellectual elite and not people who "are just like us" or someone one might "want to have a beer with."

    May 10, 2010 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  8. HawaiiBarry

    dogdude is just playing along. i knew he wasn't a Kagan supporter

    May 10, 2010 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. dogdude

    With a name like Barry I'd be careful about labeling people as gay or pedophiles. Barry, your name is as gay as it gets.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. Mike

    I've always seen myself as a fair-minded, independent thinker. But this time I'm actually pleased with the President's choice BECAUSE the party of "NO" is opposed.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  11. OMG

    To CNN: WHY POST THIS TRULY UNFLATTERING PHOTO OF A NICE LADY?
    You could have used any one of 1,000s of normal, businesslike and decent photos of this government official - why not, even her "official" portrait. Why choose this obviously biased picture, taken from the most unflattering angle possible?
    Is is POSSIBLE, CNN IS BIASED? SHAME ON YOU, CNN!

    May 10, 2010 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  12. Unknown

    I much rather have an overweight, lesbian, and not so good looking judge who is smart than a slim, straight, supermodel who can't even tell the difference between apples and oranges

    May 10, 2010 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  13. Pat

    I agree, dogdude is the the biggest moron on this board hands down.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  14. dogdude

    She is NOT a lesbian.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  15. Guest

    I am starting to think America is becoming the Jerry Springer show of the world.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
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