Obama Expected to Name Solicitor Gen. Elena Kagan to Supreme Court, Politico Reports

Elena Kagan
Elena Kagan
By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — President Obama is expected to name Justice Department Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, reporter Mike Allen of Politico is reporting.

“The pick isn’t official, but top White House aides will be shocked if it’s otherwise,” Allen wrote.”Kagan’s relative youth (50) is a huge asset for the lifetime post. And President Obama considers her to be a persuasive, fearless advocate who would serve as an intellectual counterweight to Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Scalia, and could lure swing Justice Kennedy into some coalitions.”

UPDATE: A White House official tried to knock down the report, calling it “pure speculation” and saying no final decision has been made, according to The BLT: The Blog of LegalTimes.

Kagan, the former Harvard Law School dean, has been Solicitor General since March 2009.  She served in the Clinton White House, first as Associate Counsel to the President and then as Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy and Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council.

Read NY Times Story on What She Might Be Up Against During Confirmation

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