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. Dellmer

    All you people commenting on Kagan's looks are pathetic and insecure. I'll bet that most of your mothers are ugly, but I'll bet they're great mothers.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. steve5150

    Filibuster till November.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. The tenth Justice

    Tto those who speak against her lack of qualification for the position, I simply request that you research the role of the Solicitor General. This position is oftened called "The Ttenth Justice" because of what the role entails. She argues the most cases for the government within the Supreme Court. Over 70% of their cases are accepted for review compared with a 5% acceptance rate for the general public. This position allows her to be the most familar person with the Supreme Court in the country. So much so that she has an office in the building! Many notable justices have also filled the role of SG those like Thurgood Marshall and President Taft who later became Chief Justice. I applaud President Obama in choosing Kagan, he clearly looked to substance rather than politics.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. fizzlerz

    Ohbummer!

    May 9, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Amy Libeman

    Man she is one ugly broad

    May 9, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hawthorne999

    Looks like a beached whale has been appointed to fill the seat of a legal mastermind. If the Supreme Court is a life-term, wouldn't you want to appoint someone a little younger and a little leaner? Bush appointed guys who will be around forever. Sotomyor and Kagan look VERY unhealthy.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Phillip

    Tickles,
    You must be smoking crack! Louis Farrakhan.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Vetramont

    @bill, I think we're getting Punk'd... where's Ashton?

    May 9, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. SmartPyramid216

    I agreed with Obama about choosing Sotomeyor to replace David Souter. One thing I disagree about this choice is the fact that there's no judicial experience. She may of been a Harvard Law Dean, but not once has she stepped foot into the courtroom. On the other hand, maybe theoretical law interpretation is what this country needs to progressively solidify the future of the United States.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dvid

    way to go obama, you're still batting 1000. wish you were on team usa.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dogdude

    Dellmer, we are saying it. You are thinking it. Think about it.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Alchemi

    I fail to see how beauty makes a difference. Not all liberal gals are ugly (ref: Gore daughters, I betcha they're libs). Wait a minute–does that mean that Scalia and Thomas are hunky? You know who you are, those with posters of these two on your bedroom walls, having trouble sleeping at night...

    May 9, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. anders man pooper

    can anyone confirm if kagan is a gay or not?

    May 9, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. rk

    great a gay on the court!! oh wait they all look gay!!

    May 9, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ben braddock

    She has a law degree from Harvard – That speaks volumes, that she was Dean – shouts briliance.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
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