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. Tickles


    Sorry to shatter your world, but the United States is ordinary. We just have money, but thank god that will soon change.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tony Marks

    Its a violoation of my rights to have gay people competing with me for a job. They are sick and should be given drugs and therapy to make them strate.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. Zeeman

    Holy crap, this dogdude idiot won't stop typing. Somone said he's posted like 10 messages. But you're not even close. These are all the ones he's posted (so far!): 58, 60, 65, 76, 79, 82, 90, 101, 132, 138, 151, 167, 177, 181, 183, 185, 189, 194, 197 and 200. What a loser this guy is.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  4. John

    Wow... I guess attractiveness is a pre-requisite for being on the supreme court. Because, of course, the rest of them are so hot. Seriously... who cares if she's liberal? Or lesbian. Or unattractive. It's like these people people who are complaining only know one thing– she's liberal. And possibly gay. How about letting her go through the confirmation process and letting her make her case. She's going to be a Supreme Court Justice– not a Prom Queen.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  5. John

    Reading these comments speaks to how completely lost the vast majority of the people in this country are when it comes to politics. Once again the people on this comment page have proven that we are slowly becoming a nation of uneducated, careless, clown-like partisans who know nothing about the most important issues of our times. Thanks for all your well thought out comments America.... well done.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. Tickles

    We are as ordinary as they come. We will be better off when the Taliban take over.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. Elena Kagan, U.S. Supreme Court Justice

    Pray for Elena Kagan . .
    Support for Elena Kagan ; her choice for the Supreme Court Justice is an excellent choice.

    BEST WISHES & PRAY FOR Elena Kagan . .
    Best news since Sonya Sotomayer

    May 10, 2010 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. cnnentertain

    @ Tickles: the idea of a "liberal elite" is such a joke. Especially coming from conservatives who are so privileged, they claim to be the "real" America and freak out when anyone who doesn't make the cut in their little power club seeks equal representation in OUR government. What's next by your logic, death camps for all us degenerates?

    May 10, 2010 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  9. Phillip

    Elena Kagan, U.S. Supreme Court Justice,
    you say pray for her. does she even know how to pray? I say pray for the country if she makes it.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  10. Bobb

    Sorry but no fat people and no gays and no women should get this job.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  11. cnnentertain

    @Tickles: you are a joke. Did you OD on Fox News?

    May 10, 2010 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  12. cody meyers

    Here are her stats and some much more flattering pics of Ms. Kagen.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
    • James Hood

      To the rest of you...well, what can I say other than goodnight and I hope you'll feel some shame for your childish behavior after a good night's sleep.

      December 30, 2010 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  13. Phillip

    Does CNN censor some peoples opinion. it seems as though I can only input so many characters and my post won't go through...???

    May 10, 2010 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  14. cnnentertain

    ID THEFT– I didn't post this: "@Tickles: you are a joke. Did you OD on Fox News?"

    But I wish I did. It tickled me!

    May 10, 2010 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  15. Helene

    For the person who just hijacked my name (most likely Hawaiibarry, or dogdude), why don't you just GROW UP. The only one here with a mental problem seems to be YOU. Grow up already and behave as your parents had intended for you to do.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
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