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UPDATE: Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan says it's an "honor of a lifetime"

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Supreme Court Justice nominee Elena Kagan says the Supreme Court gives Americans a fair hearing and equal chance at justice.

Kagan calls Supreme Court nomination 'honor of a lifetime.'


WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, saying she will demonstrate independence, integrity and passion for the law.

If confirmed by the Senate, Kagan will become the third woman on the high court. Obama introduced her Monday in the White House's East Room. He called her "my friend" and one of the nation's foremost legal minds.

Obama says Kagan will bring excellence, independence, integrity and passion to Supreme Court. 

Obama says he relishes the prospect of three women on the Supreme Court.


WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) -- The Supreme Court nominee President Barack Obama will announce today has a reputation for bringing together people of competing views and earning their respect.

A source close to the selection process says that was one of the reasons Obama has settled on Solicitor General Elena Kagan. The source says Kagan is also known as a legal mind with both a sense of modesty and sense of humor. And she has worked closely with all three branches of government.

Kagan would be the first justice with no experience as a judge since William H. Rehnquist and Lewis F. Powell Jr. joined the court in 1972.

She has clerked for Thurgood Marshall, worked for Bill Clinton and was the first female dean of Harvard Law School. She is also the first woman to serve as the top Supreme Court lawyer for any administration.

When she was confirmed as solicitor general in 2009, only seven Republicans backed her.


WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKOW) -- ABC reports Solicitor General Elena Kagan is one of President Barack Obama's top picks for replacing Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

The President is expected to make an announcement identifying his nominee Monday.

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