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. Amy

    @ Tee- One of the jobs of president is to nominate a new canditate for the Supreme Court when a judge retires. Many presidents have completed this job before President Obama came on the scene. So how is Obama acting as a dictator by fulfilling one of his responsibilities? Or is this a case of everything he does YOU hate and that therefore proves he wants to be a dictator? I'm fairly sure as an educated man who is from the U.S. that he knows it's impossible to be a dictator here. Considering how every single president- republican or democrat- has an agenda and a clear view of what he thinks the country should be, how is Obama any different? He wants certain laws passed and certain things fixed. Just like Bush, Clinton, Bush, Regan, Nixon....allllll the way to Jefferson and Washington. Considering every time he speaks, the republicans vow to destroy his plans, I think he knows he won't ever be a dictator. Grow up. Or maybe you should go away.

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

    @Observer, you're so right, people these days are far too immature...

    On a side note... I bet her milkshake brings all the boys to the yard!

    May 9, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kesorhan

    "...has never served as judge. "

    Fabulous...

    May 9, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Harry Calahan

    Steven Tyler is in his home right now singing, "Dude looks like a lady" or Chaz Bono's long lost brother.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. lawgeek

    I didint know Jabba the Hut had a law degree..

    May 9, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Vetramont

    Roughly 2.5 women on the Supreme court if her nomination goes through.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Phillip

    Steve,
    It has nothing to do with the nomination. It has everything to do with this President.
    Sure every President hasn't visited every flood but when the flood is this bad and 42 plus counties are reconized as disaster area's and loss of life they visit. Remember what happened to Bush with Katrina.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Steve

    This is great. Obama's 2nd pick for the court and he will get one more in after Ginsburg steps down in 2011 or 2012. What part of change some of you did not get I do not know.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. tee

    tea bagger thinks you suck

    May 9, 2010 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dr. Deborah Jean

    I'm delighted with this choice for so many reasons! She has a great reputation as someone who negotiates and listens well. The last thing we want to consider is that she is a woman...however, balancing the court with male and female viewpoints, as well as individual viewpoints is a good thing! We do better when we get the bigger picture!

    May 9, 2010 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Moosecakes

    Mike Myers sure is putting on weight!

    May 9, 2010 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Alex

    They're going to need to bring Horatio Sanz back to SNL for this.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dogdude

    Wow. A man with earings. I knew the pres was liberal but this is too much.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dr. DJ

    Having read some of these comments by the right...how sad. If you have something to say, why not use real words, instead of cursing others, bring something of value to the table! It's elementary school mentality to make fun of someone because they are different than you. Please, grow up, play in the adult world, and work on solving grown up problems, instead of calling names! The only person that you are saying something negative about is YOU!

    May 9, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. dogdude

    lawgeek, I love it!

    May 9, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
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