By Chris Cillizza, Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake
1. President Barack Obama will name Solicitor General Elena Kagan as his pick to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, a choice that comes 176 days before the 2010 midterm election and is freighted with potential political implications.
The announcement, which was first reported by NBC’s Pete Williams, is expected to be formalized by Obama today.
Washington Post Staff Writer
Why is President Obama choosing his solicitor general, Elena Kagan, as his second nominee to the U.S Supreme Court? By all accounts, Obama wants someone who can serve as a counterweight to the intellectual heft of Chief Justice John Roberts. Regardless of how strong a liberal Kagan would prove to be, as a former dean of Harvard Law School, Kagan practically defines legal gravitas.
By Art Moore
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“Liberal cowardice” and “conservative discomfort” are burying the question many privately are posing about Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, asserts noted political commentator and blogger Andrew Sullivan, who identifies himself as a gay Catholic.
Elena Kagan – U.S. Solicitor General
BORN: April 28, 1960; New York, N.Y.
EDUCATION: Princeton University, A.B. (history), 1981; Oxford University, M. Phil., 1983; Harvard Law School, J.D., 1986
CLERKSHIPS: Judge Abner Mikva, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (1986-1987); Justice Thurgood Marshall, United States Supreme Court (1987-1988).
Hey, Republicans. Be nice to Elena. That’s the essential message from upper management. The urge to throw mud is irresistible now that President Obama has nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan for Supreme Court justice. But please. Get the point across in dulcet tones and stately language. The party will be “strong but respectful” in upcoming judicial confirmation hearings, the Republican National Committee promises.
BY MICHAEL SAVAGE
OBAMA HAS APPOINTED ANOTHER BIG SIS – ELENA KAGAN – TO BE THE NEXT JUSTICE ON THE SUPREME COURT. THIS TIME HE’S PICKED A REAL PRIZE. KAGAN TRIED TO KICK THE MILITARY OFF THE HARVARD CAMPUS WHEN SHE WAS DEAN OF THE LAW SCHOOL BECAUSE OF “DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL,” JUST TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF HER ORIENTATION ON THAT ISSUE.