Obama nominates Solicitor General Elena Kagan to US Supreme Court Jaclyn Belczyk at 10:16 AM ET
[JURIST] US President Barack Obama on Monday nominated [press release] Solicitor General Elena Kagan [official profile; JURIST news archive] to the US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive]. If confirmed by the US Senate [official website], Kagan would replace Justice John Paul Stevens [official profile; JURIST news archive] when he retires [JURIST report] at the end of the current term. Obama said [transcript; video] that Kagan "is widely regarded as one of the nation's foremost legal minds." Speaking to the press, Kagan described the nomination as an "honor of a lifetime." Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) congratulated Kagan on her nomination but warned [statement] that the Senate would not "rush to judgment." If confirmed, Kagan will become the youngest justice and the fourth woman to serve on the Supreme Court.
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