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. concerned

    This just in...she will stop for a triple thick milkshake before the hearings.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Vetramont

    lmao nice catch Bo

    May 9, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. KEvin

    Great choice, Mr. President. When the lefties are screaming aobut the court going to the right with a nomination, you know this is a good pick

    May 9, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Halston

    All of the Supreme Court Justices attended Harvard or Yale and 6 will now be from New York or New Jersey. This is Oligarchy in motion...I am a liberal leaning independent but even I know that the East Coast elites have gone too far.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Carpe Diem

    "she has never served as judge"....that's comforting.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. TTommy

    Two words ... Good Lord!

    May 9, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Siara Delyn

    I love the thought that there will be a significant number of women on the court. Given the fact that more than 50% of Americans are women, the lack of women on the court has always seemed bizarre.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mizzy

    Posting by Phillip:

    R U one of those "we don't want governemnt in our lives" people? If so, Tennessee will be just fine–your Governor should be able to handle this?
    Oh...not so much??
    Can't pick and choose when you want BIG government to get involved & help its people. I guess only when you REALLY need it, huh! Like when the flood waters are higher than your home?
    The entire country feels bad for Tennessee and its neighbors.
    It's people like you however, the hypocrites, that should now think twice about that whole stupid BIG government (whine, whine...leave my healthcare alone...whine, whine) rallying cry.
    The federal government has its role in all of our lives–and not just when the flood waters, raging forest fires, or terrorist attacks come!!

    May 9, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. LiveFreeor

    ..."And I'm proud to be an American..."

    May 9, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cliff

    Sorta looks like ann offspring of Barney Frank and Janet Reno.
    Only hope they can delay hearings until after November!!!

    May 9, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. SHEILA

    BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU SAY ABOUT PRES OBAMA...THERE ARE LIMITS TO FREE SPEECH.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Patrick

    Shes got the tea baggers panties in a bind? Then shes the one for the job! 🙂

    May 9, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mac

    Finally, someone who represents mainstream America. NOT!

    May 9, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mizzy

    BTW...Great pick, Mr. President!

    May 9, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Observer

    Pathetic how so many people are so shallow that they are more concerned about looks than brains. Explains a lot.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
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