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. James

    Oh my! Reading all of these commnets scares me at how insane we all are!

    May 10, 2010 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. freelance7

    "An old University of Chicago buddy of his" So the entire faculty, or former faculty of one of the best law schools in the country should be out of the running?

    May 10, 2010 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  3. freelance7

    "Grow up already and behave as your parents had intended for you to do." He probably is.

    May 10, 2010 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. Zeeman

    Helene, you're right... it's dogdude who's stealing everyone's nickname, just ignore him.

    May 10, 2010 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  5. Helene

    @Freelance7, what a scary thought to think that some of these people posting such rude and crude comments could possibly be parents. I fear for their children.

    May 10, 2010 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  6. Helene

    To the intelligent and level headed people posting on here, thank you for your great inputs. 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.

    May 10, 2010 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  7. Phillip

    Good night helene. It was great to see that some people kept it clean and smart. I'm sure this isn't the last of these kind of exchanges. s long as Obama is President,we will have to go through this.

    May 10, 2010 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  8. Phillip

    For a change in pace check out the iReports.

    May 10, 2010 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  9. cnnentertain

    CNN moderators–
    what's the deal with updating the article and leaving all these "wonderful" comments behind??

    May 10, 2010 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  10. Phillip

    do they moderate all post. i would like to know why my post if longer than so many characters they don't go through? thanks

    May 10, 2010 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  11. Phillip


    May 10, 2010 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. Kominsens

    Down here in New Zealand we are considered liberal and the gay component is not even a prerequisite. The reai issue is, has she done the hard yards at the coal face or just another bleeding heart for minority causes. The world will judge Obama, not on his sucesses but his failures, and that includes lifetime appointees that others will have to suffer.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |
  13. HCHS

    she went to my HIGH SCHOOL 😉

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

    As a one of those horrible people with a gay agenda, can someone tell me why I'm supposed to overlook her lack of experience and be excited about her nomination? It's just another Obama crony, and I'm tired of seeing "on the job training" fail, she is unacceptable!

    May 10, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  15. SikofIt!1

    As a black man, i'm very dissappointed in Obama so far. Where's the diversity? You mean to tell me that he couldn't find ANY black man or women for this position? Nothing against her, but when will WE get our chance? As a matter of fact, if you look at his current cabinet I guess never. He's only got one black person on that staff, and he sucks! Pretty soon the same crooks that ran chicago in the ground will be running Washington, and our country.Thanks Bro!!!

    May 10, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
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