Breaking: Obama Picks Elena Kagan for Supreme Court

From reported moments ago:

President Obama has selected Solicitor General Elena Kagan as his second nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, according to the Associated Press.

If her nomination is approved by the Senate, Kagen would fill the seat left open by the retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens and become the fourth woman ever to sit on the nation's highest court.

Kagan is considered one of the finest legal scholars in the country, dazzling both fellow liberal and conservative friends with her intellectual and analytical prowess but also her ability to find consensus among ideological opposites.

Kagan serves as the solicitor general arguing the administration's position at the Supreme Court, as well as supervising the handling of litigation in federal appellate courts.

Read the entire piece for more of her background.

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