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Obama nominates Elena Kagan for Supreme Court

U.S. Solicitor General is Obama’s second high court nominee


President Barack Obama has nominated Elena Kagan, the current Solicitor General of the U.S. and former dean of Harvard Law School, to replace the retiring Justice John Paul Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court. If confirmed, she will be the first justice in 40 years who was never a judge before being appointed. Though Kagan has had a long legal career, relatively little is known about her positions on most issues; in her confirmation hearings for Solicitor General, one of the issues brought up was her “relative lack of courtroom experience.” Some liberal critics of Obama have already expressed reservations about the pick, arguing that this was Obama’s last chance to nominate a genuine liberal for the Court and that he did not take it, preferring instead to nominate a “blank slate” who might move the Court to the right.
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