Obama Reportedly to Nominate Elena Kagan to Supreme Court

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As predicted, President Obama will nominate U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, NBC News’ Peter Williams is reporting tonight. Kagan, 50, who served as dean of Harvard Law School from 2003 to 2009, became the first female solicitor general in early 2009 after she was appointed by Obama and then approved by a 61–31 Senate vote. If she is confirmed, Kagan would become the third woman on the court, taking over the vacancy left by Justice John Paul Stevens, who announced his retirement on April 9. [MSNBC]