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. Jeff

    I am heartened by the fact that just as many morons read CNN as do Fox News. The attacks on her appearance just go to show that some people's perception of intelligence and thoughtfulness is about as shallow as their end of the gene pool.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. London

    The gay community is rejoicing......

    May 10, 2010 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  3. Tony

    All liberal woman are ugly?. You guys have that man Anne Coulter on your side.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. 9thestate

    Mike Myers, FB.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mike Summers

    Another stupid obama move. This guy definitely lacks gray matter. How stupid of him. I'm not surprised. Every move he makes has been stupid. This guy should be riding on the short bus.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. mike

    If all you have to go against her is her looks, then she should have no problem getting in.

    I would like to place a bet with someone to how long it will take before some conservative talk show host calls her the most liberal person ever nominated to the court. I'm guessing it won't take 24 hours.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  7. libtex1

    looks like kevin james

    May 10, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  8. pierce

    um, she looks a bit manly. Not there is anything wrong with that . . .
    wow.
    I wonder how the republicans will come after this um, manly person's lifestyle and her um, activities. not that there is anything wrong with that. . . .

    May 10, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  9. Ms Eusebia Aquino

    Good choice for the President and now let's hope that Anglo/African Americans do not make her skin color a problem like they do with thing America.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  10. HawaiiBarry

    OBAMA IS NOW OFFICIALLY THE WORST PRESIDENT EVER. He makes G.W.Bush look like Abraham Lincoln. He just appointed an Fat, ugly, inexperienced, poosy eating man to the United States Highest Court. This has to be a joke. He doesn't even choosed qualified people for White House positions. He only chooses people if they are Gay, Jewish, Black, Latino, Ugly, Lesbian, Communist, or retarded. No wonder Hollywood Loves him.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  11. Linda Vickers

    This is a shame and disgrace. This country is quickly going down the sewer. I will never understand why these politicians, leaders or whatever you call them always talk about family values and all that and then go and nominate a gay or lesbian for a public position. They only talk about things that they think people want to hear for the time being and then do or think whatever they want after they are in office. Obama is way worse than Bush and I didn't think that could ever be, Thankfully I didn't vote last time because there was absolutely nothing to vote for. This is sickening!!!!!

    May 10, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  12. dogdude

    No, wikipedia says the rumors that she is gay are NOT true.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  13. Helene

    For those posting negative comments about the President and Miss Kagan, if you had 1/8 of their brains combined, you wouldn't be making a$$es out of yourselves with your ignorant comments. Looks aren't everything, but yet it seems to be the ONLY thing in our culture. If jealousy is getting the best of you, then I suggest you go back to school, educate yourselves and then come back and give your opinions on important grown up issues. Otherwise, step back and step down and let the rest of the nation do its job. People, we can all agree to disagree, but let's not stoop down so low with the ugly name calling. Peace.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  14. HawaiiBarry

    Please excuse my Typos. I was laughing while I was typing....because this selection so freakin' outrageous

    May 10, 2010 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  15. Tickles

    I'd blow her.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
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