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Obama picks Kagan for high court nomination

May 10, 2010

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— President Barack Obama plans to nominate Solicitor General Elena Kagan to be the 112th justice of the Supreme Court, a source said late Sunday night.

Kagan, 50, the former dean of Harvard Law School, would become the fourth woman to serve on the high court; if she is confirmed, the nine-member court will have three female justices for the first time.

The choice was first reported by NBC News.

In replacing Justice John Paul Stevens, Obama would also be breaking with tradition. Every other member of the court is a former federal appeals court judge, and Kagan has never served in the judiciary. The last time a non-judge was appointed was in 1972, when President Richard M. Nixon nominated William Rehnquist and Lewis Powell in the same year.

Kagan is the government’s top appellate lawyer and representative at the Supreme Court. She was confirmed last year by the Senate in a 61 to 31 vote, and was the first woman confirmed to hold the job.

Obama considered a list of about 10 people for the job. He and Vice President Joe Biden interviewed three others, all federal appeals judges: Merrick Garland of the District of Columbia; Diane Wood of Chicago; and Sidney Thomas of Montana, who serves on the 9th Circuit in San Francisco.

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jayhawklawrence 3 years, 11 months ago

Unless something comes out that we don't know about, it looks like Obama made a great choice.

I hope she is used to people calling her "Shorty".

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bennyoates 3 years, 11 months ago

Elena Kagan is a superb choice. She will be a superb justice for a very, very long time after being confirmed. Shewmon and his minions can't do anything about it but whine.

As to the poll Shewmon quotes, it means nothing but that some people want to think the US's prestige has declined, so they say it has declined. Perfect illustration of the wise old saying, "Opinions are like _. Everybody's got one."

And conservatives like Shewmon hate polls unless they back up what they want to believe. And unless they are conducted by media sources with a conservative bias. Shewmon does not want fair and balanced reporting. He wants conservative reporting that seeks the President's personal and political destruction. Ain't gonna happen, Tommy.

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independant1 3 years, 11 months ago

Every man’s religion is good. There is none of it bad. We are all trying to arrive at the same place according to our own conscience and teachings. It don’t matter which road you take. (Will Rogers)

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independant1 3 years, 11 months ago

Mandeans, PL Kyodan, Ch'ondogyo, Vodoun, New Age, Seicho-No-Ie, Falun Dafa/Falun Gong, Taoism, Roma, Native American Church, Davy Crockett Church, Zoroastrianism, Sikhism, Taoism, Sikhism, Rastafarian, Druidism, Asatru, neo-Native American, Mandeans, Kyodan, Ch'ondogyo, Vodoun, Confucianism, Cowboy Church

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Mike Ford 3 years, 11 months ago

I love how dumblicans speak of a lack of experience with the SCJ appointments. Anyone remember Harriet Miers?

Furthermore, clowns like Penders and Shewmon with their Posercare garbage are the perfect LED's. Loud with their name calling, emotional with their Obama hating, and dimwits overall. They are LEDs, have a nice night.

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independant1 3 years, 11 months ago

She would be the third Jewish justice along with six Catholics. With Stevens' retirement, the court will have no Protestants, the most prevalent denomination in the United States.

Some major U.S. religious groups which have never been represented on the U.S. Supreme Court: Pentecostals (2.1%), Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints/Mormons (2%), Muslims (1.5%), GLBT (1.5%), Buddhists (0.5% to 0.8%), Jehovah's Witnesses (0.6%), Mennonites (0.6%), Eastern Orthodox (approx. 0.5%). Others - Wicka, Moonie, Scientologist, Athiest, Santa Ria, Resurrection of the Saint, Church of Perfect Liberty, Tienti Teachings, Baha'i,

Any conspriacy theorists skulking about?

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jaywalker 3 years, 11 months ago

Don't know much about her as yet, but the judicial experience issue probably shouldn't be much of an argument. First of all, check me if I'm wrong, but a person doesn't even have to be a lawyer to sit on the SCOTUS. Not only that, but I know it's not the first time someone with no bench experience has sat; I believe Rehnquist was the last such.
There'll be squawking; there always is regardless.

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Ray Parker 3 years, 11 months ago

Baby-hating lestist lesbian pervert.

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br549 3 years, 11 months ago

I'm hurt CC. I thought my third grade education was healthy and your telling me now that my stuipid voting is canceling your vote. Do you home school?

Have clubs will travel

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 11 months ago

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/mar/09/poll-says-us-has-lost-respect-under-obama/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter_must-read-stories-today

"A majority of Americans say the United States is less respected in the world than two years ago and believe President Obama and other Democrats fall short of Republicans on the issue of national security, according to a poll by two left-leaning groups.

The Democracy Corps-Third Way survey released Monday finds that by a 10-point margin — 51 percent to 41 percent — Americans think the standing of the United States has dropped during the first 13 months of Mr. Obama's presidency. "

And the band marches on.

May god be with us.

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ConcernedCynic 3 years, 11 months ago

I'll say it again - WHY ARE YOU RESPONDING TO TOMS, LG40, BERRYPENDERS, ETC. YOU ARE JUST LEGITIMIZING THEM. PLEASE, PLEASE JUST IGNORE THEM. Then we can have a healthy debate instead of a stupid one.

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 11 months ago

Any article about Obama, the congress, Pelosi or Reid is open season for on to illustrate their abject disgust for the afore mentioned. Got a problem, too bad. It's a free country. I haven't "hijacked" it either, others had hours without my input.

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Ralph Reed 3 years, 11 months ago

@Tom: re, your 1600.

Please explain to all, without sarcasm, just how your comment pertains to the article. It appears that you've successfully hijacked another discussion.

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 11 months ago

Jesse, I was talking about both chambers. Thanks Ag for clearing that up for him. I doubt the house swings (R), the senate will be a cliffhanger by all current indications.

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Defender 3 years, 11 months ago

I don't care what your race is, if your the right person for the job, then you should get the job, period. Stupidity rules, apparently.

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 11 months ago

Kagan loves her some White people. “…Guy-Uriel Charles, founding director of the Duke Law Center on Law, Race and Politics, has heavily scrutinized Kagan's hiring record as head of Harvard Law School. In a scathing blog post, he has said that of the 29 positions Kagan had a chance to fill, 28 were white and one was Asian-American. And of the group, only six were women -- five white and one Asian-American. These numbers on the surface are appalling, and would be ripped to shreds by those who value diversity, but my gut tells me that even though Kagan has been tapped by Obama, the normally vocal and persistent voices in this area will be tight-lipped and quiet, unwilling to oppose or heavily criticize the nomination of a woman to the court, and especially one made by an African-American Democratic president….” http://www.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/05/10/Martin.kagan.Supreme.court/index.html?eref=rss_politics&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+rss/cnn_allpolitics+(RSS:+Politics)&utm_content=Google+Reader

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deathpenaltyliberal 3 years, 11 months ago

TomShewmon (Tom Shewmon) says… "...but the first justice in nearly four decades without any prior judicial experience."

Yes, the last was Chief Justice Rehnquist. I don't recall that the wingnuts had any problem with him.

Oh, but this is different, right?

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 11 months ago

Bea, Dems will lose at least 30-40 seats in congress. Whether or not it gets them a majority back remains to be seen, but it will not be a good day for Obama, Democrats and his thuggish administration.

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Jim Williamson 3 years, 11 months ago

Wait a second -- Tom Keegan's being nominated for the Supreme Court?

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beatrice 3 years, 11 months ago

Tom, Snap and that barry guy represent conservative values. They must. I don't ever see any of the conservatives around here calling them on their anti-American, party-first, racist rants, just us "radical" liberals.

This is why the Republicans won't get anywhere near the bounce tom believes they will come No-vember, and certainly why Obama will easily win reelection in 2012.

The President is Near!

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 11 months ago

Where's Mr. Chuckles? I'd have expected him to be on this thread like a duck on a June bu....

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3crookedhearts 3 years, 11 months ago

Nearly 40% of the judges that have served on the Supreme Court had no judicial experience, and many of the best-known judges fit that model. William Howard Taft, John Marshall, Earl Warren, as well as another highly qualified Jew with ties to Harvard, Louis Brandeis. She is certainly more qualified than Clarence Thomas was (and she didn't put pubic hair on a staffer's Coca-Cola).

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 11 months ago

Keep dreaming beoB. At least you're demonstrating a sense of humor today. In 2024, people will still be steaming over what Obama has done to us.

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beobachter 3 years, 11 months ago

The next Republican pres is at least 14 years away. The 2024 election is their first hope. By then people will finally stop remembering what Bush did to us.

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Defender 3 years, 11 months ago

"so hopefully our next Republican president can recharge the supreme court with conservative justices."

Tom, you don't want conservative justices, you want extreme right wingers. There is a huge difference.

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 11 months ago

Palin, Palin, Palin......every time Palin is mentioned when she has nothing in the wide world of sports to do with this topic. Heck, the lamestream media led off an article about the Gulf spill with Palin. Talk about obsessions...WOW!

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barrypenders 3 years, 11 months ago

'Rubber Stamp' Kagan has a 'Whisp' of Harvard in her? Did she run with Amy Bishop? You know Amy. She's that 'Tea Baguette' that guns down the 'Defenseless' in Alabama and blows up stuff.

Harvard is a 'Nest' of ivalueamerica types that brim with love.

Stimulus, Hip Hip Jihad, and Posercare live unprecedented

Darwin bless us all

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Bob_Keeshan 3 years, 11 months ago

"...but the first justice in nearly four decades without any prior judicial experience."

So sad to see a "conservative" poster running down Dick Nixon.

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 11 months ago

The plain as day fact is, Obama won't be in but another 2 1/2 years.....so hopefully our next Republican president can recharge the supreme court with conservative justices. We already know Pelosi and Reid's time is about up. Reid's for sure. Can hardly wait 'til November 2 2010.

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Defender 3 years, 11 months ago

Wow, the extremist right wing is always accusing people from the normal right, left, and center of obsession with Palin, but look how the extremist right wing is obsessed with Kagan! Extremely hilarious and hypocritical.

Good God, where are the real conservatives today?

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 11 months ago

I thought she was OK on "King of Queens" a bit low-brow, but still funny.

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Jeff Cuttell 3 years, 11 months ago

We can only hope that this isn't the last nominee Obama gets for SCJ in his eight years as President. America needs to have all their ducks in a row while the Republicans are reeling, have no real leader, and are busy being haters.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 11 months ago

Kagan was nominated because she's very likely a moderate, just like Obama. But mostly because she has little to no paper trail over which the wackosphere can whine about the stain of "liberalness."

Given that for Republicans being the loyal opposition has come to mean opposing anything and everything Obama does, I expect this to be a bumpy confirmation process, nonetheless.

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beobachter 3 years, 11 months ago

lamestream media = any media that is not fox

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 11 months ago

"lamestream" media.....the media that hammered on President Bush every day, all day long.

If her lack of any judicial experience is of no concern to you left-winger zealots, I feel sorry for you.

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BigAl 3 years, 11 months ago

"lamestream" media. Any media that doesn't hammer on President Obama every day, all day long.

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BigAl 3 years, 11 months ago

georgiahawk, good point. I wondered about that one myself. And I don't have any idea if Kagan is qualified or not. Neither do the posters on this message board but that won't stop 'em....

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georgiahawk 3 years, 11 months ago

Lets see, if she does not have the experience then she is not qualified and Obama is filling the vacancies with 'first timers', a political sin. Yet these same tea bagger supporters are always complaining about the insiders that are destroying America. Can't have it both ways boys!

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 11 months ago

Please oblige me to re-post for those on the left/center left who are unwilling to question any one single thing The Anointed One does:

"...but the first justice in nearly four decades without any prior judicial experience."

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/10/us/...

Why is that OK? It's not OK. This disaster of a president who is protected by the corrupt liberal media has no business being president and, then he appoints again and again, people who are not qaulified or who are downright not fit (Van Jones) and if a Beck or someone doesn't out them, they'd stay, tearing down the consitution and America. The lamestream media will applaud anything this fraud does.

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ralphralph 3 years, 11 months ago

More Diversity: Another Harvard Lawyer who couldn't find Middle America without a magic GPS.

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75x55 3 years, 11 months ago

Oh, yes - let's indeed discuss her 'qualifications'.

How much actual courtroom experience does she have?

How long has she been an actual judge?

Hmm, traitor-baiter?

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Liberty275 3 years, 11 months ago

Hopefully the senate will filibuster this appointment, not because of her qualifications (you don't need any to be a supreme court justice), but merely to show this president that he is a lame duck because of the dirty dealings involved in the health insurance reform. The only word I expect to hear out of a republican's mouth until this president is gone is "NO".

If that makes me a traitor, so be it. I love my America, I don't have to love your's.

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Ralph Reed 3 years, 11 months ago

@ivalueamerica. I wouldn't go as far as you did in your post, but I do agree that there are very few comments above on Kegan's record and capabilities.

6 comments against President Obama 2 comments deriding Kegan 1 comment deriding both of the (the atheist comment) 1 attempted sarcastic strike at me

In addition to what I said earlier, she's also the government's top appellate lawyer and representative at the Supreme court, and she clerked for Justice Thurgood Marshall. Fairly impressive.

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Jeff Cuttell 3 years, 11 months ago

Great choice! I'm glad to see Obama is sticking to his guns about getting new blood out there to break the chain of the good ole boy network.

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barrypenders 3 years, 11 months ago

You ivalueamerica are the 'Epitomy' of 'PAD Consensus' value. Good, Wholesome, American purity is of value for 'PAD Consensus'

Team Consensus...., Righteous

Stimulus, Team PAD, and Posercare live unprecedented

Darwin bless you

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ivalueamerica 3 years, 11 months ago

look at all the traitors to America. How many of you discussed her qualifications?

You do not care about her qualifications because you have no honor, morals or values, only sides.

You can not enter a debate honestly, so you re liars, nothing more and have no value or business in a civilized world.

You fail America and dishonor your family names.

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 11 months ago

Why does Obama like inexperienced people so much? He's after gubment lifetimers, no room for real-life people in his administration or courts.

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barrypenders 3 years, 11 months ago

Hip Hip Jihad! Hip Hip Jihad!

Stimulus, PAD Consensus, and Posercare live unprecedented

Darwin bless us all

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 11 months ago

"I hope the GOP doesn't sit on her nomination like they did before." -mr. ralph reed

Yeah, and the Dems neeever held up any of W's, his dad's or Reagan's nominees, did they?

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cato_the_elder 3 years, 11 months ago

This announcement hits on the day of a news story that Obama has lost approximately 50% of his support among Jewish voters in America. Always the politician, Bam is trying to kill two birds with one stone. This may, however, prove difficult for him given the fact, as has been often observed, that he has no stones.

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Mixolydian 3 years, 11 months ago

Anyone else notice that Elena Kagan looks like Mike Myers?

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 11 months ago

Wonder how much the pay-to-play was for that?

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Ralph Reed 3 years, 11 months ago

Reading her resume, she seems like a good choice. The two things standing out for me are these. She was able to draw coallitions and unite the devisive Harvard faculty, and she was previously nominated for a Federal Bench. I hope the GOP doesn't sit on her nomination like they did before.

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independant1 3 years, 11 months ago

I lost my bet, thought he was going to nominate an empathetic animist.

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barrypenders 3 years, 11 months ago

Three 'Cheers' for 'First Timers'! Hip Hip Hooray, Hip Hip Hooray!!

The Poser's 'Manifested Destiny' is to surround himself and us, with inexperienced 'First Timers'.

Hip Hip Jihad! Hip Hip Jihad!!

Stimulus, Manifested Destiny, and Posercare live unprecedented

Darwin bless us all

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BigPrune 3 years, 11 months ago

I wonder if Obama is playing matchmaker for Sotomayor?

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