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. Elena Kagan, U.S. Supreme Court Justice

    PERFECT – – EXCELLENT- – OUTSTANDING- – GREATEST DECISION TO APPOINT
    Elena Kagan.
    AMERICA, THE STRONGER, BETTER WITH Elena Kagan.
    LOVE Elena Kagan,
    U.S.A for Elena Kagan
    AMERICA STANDS for Elena Kagan
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY,
    Elena Kagan

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

    Well for those looking for other races/ethnicities/religions on the court...

    Court is 11% black (Thomas). The US is 12.4% black. Pretty close.
    Court is 11% hispanic (Sotomayor). The US is 15.4% hispanic. Close, but less close.
    Court is 77.78% white (Scalia, Roberts, Breyer, Alito, Ginsburg, Kennedy [Kagan]). US is 75%.

    The real kicker is...

    The court is about to be 66% Catholic (US is 24%) and 33% Jewish (US 1.7%). Stevens was the last Protestant (US 51%).

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

    She's a really great choice. The Supreme Court is starting to look as if it actually can represent the diverse citizens of America.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jake

    She's never been a judge??? Gee, that might be a good prerequisite! It's only the Supreme Court.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MATTHEW MROCZKA

    The Best choice since John Paul Stevens....this is a judge who is smart and can "argue" on the court....and can move it forward in a way that is unique and overdue in our history.....

    May 9, 2010 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mac

    Regardless of how we perceive this nominee, I can only imagine the chips on her shoulders from prior negative experiences.... likely from childhood to the present. Can YOU imagine what she has to have dealt with her whole life? I'm beginning to feel sorry for her. Just picture the person voted least popular, becoming one of the most powerful 🙂 She has to have some serious baggage 🙁

    May 9, 2010 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Gordon

    What an awful choice! Harvard is infested with political correctness, and this woman
    will not be the liberal you think she will. She is likely one of the worst choices he could have made ( of course, Scalia, Thomas, and Alito are all ridiculous).

    May 10, 2010 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  8. Cameron

    I am so disappointed in his choice. If he picked because she was gay–that's an atrosity! I think he was afraid to pick an african-american because of the back lash he would've received. Really disappointed in his choice.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  9. Tickles

    Better yet, I think its about time that so called "little people" get the overdue representation they deserve on the high bench. Obama should be encouraged to nominate a midget. Looking at her face, Kegan can almost pass for one as it is...

    May 10, 2010 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  10. Hendrik

    Excellent choice. I really do like this President.

    The right wing tea baggers can smooch on my b**t

    May 10, 2010 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  11. ben hope

    I think she's pretty:)

    May 10, 2010 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  12. Phillip

    Mac,
    Your so right. I would hate to think she would be making decision based on her life and her values.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  13. times have changed...

    We need more like Justice Thomas.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  14. Dellmer

    Dogdude, you're making a complete fool of yourself. You've posted like 10 messages so far and every one of them sounds like it was written by a 3-year-old. Get a life, get a job and stop with all the drugs and alcohol.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  15. anders man pooper

    kagan is gay. its says so in wikipeidia

    May 10, 2010 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
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