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9:40 AM ET, May 10, 2010


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NBC: Obama to name Kagan for high court  —  Kagan, 50, is currently solicitor general; would be court's third woman  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will nominate U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan to serve as an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, NBC News' Pete Williams reported late Sunday night.
New York Times:
Obama Is Said to Choose Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama will nominate Solicitor General Elena Kagan as the nation's 112th justice, choosing his own chief advocate before the Supreme Court to join it in ruling on cases critical to his view of the country's future …
New York Times:
Kagan's Climb Is Marked by Confidence and Canniness  —  WASHINGTON — She was a creature of Manhattan's liberal, intellectual Upper West Side — a smart, witty girl who was bold enough at 13 to challenge her family's rabbi over her bat mitzvah, cocky (or perhaps prescient) …
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Kagan strategy: Avoid a big GOP fight  —  President Barack Obama will name Solicitor General Elena Kagan as his second nominee to the Supreme Court Monday - a by-the-books pick straight from the top of his short list that seems designed to avoid a major confirmation battle with Republicans.
Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
Where We Go From Here  —  The Administration plans to identify its nominee in “guidance” at 7:20 tomorrow morning, with a formal announcement by the President at 10 a.m.  —  If the nominee is Elena Kagan, then Mike Allen of Politico will go down as the reporter with the best information on the Administration's thinking, bar none.
Ariane De Vogue / ABCNEWS:
AP: Obama Taps Elena Kagan for Supreme Court  —  Associated Press Reporting Solicitor General Kagan to Be Fourth Woman Nominated to Supreme Court  —  President Obama has selected Solicitor General Elena Kagan as his second nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, according to the Associated Press.
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
What Obama sees in Kagan  —  It's Kagan!  —  Why is President Obama choosing his solicitor general, Elena Kagan, as his second nominee to the U.S Supreme Court?  By all accounts, Obama wants someone who can serve as a counterweight to the intellectual heft of Chief Justice John Roberts.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
The Night Beat: Kagan It Is  —  At 11:00 a.m. ET, President Obama will introduce his solicitor general, Elena Kagan, as his choice for associate justice of the Supreme Court.  The pro-forma criticism will come from the right; the more interesting response will be from the left …
Washington Post:
Elena Kagan said to be Obama's Supreme Court pick  —  President Obama plans to nominate Solicitor General Elena Kagan to be the 112th justice of the Supreme Court, sources said late Sunday night.  —  Kagan, 50, the former dean of Harvard Law School, would become the fourth woman to serve on the high court …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
An Anti-Military Justice?  —  For me, the key obstacle to Elena Kagan's confirmation is pt. 5 in Ed Whelan's NRO post, which is also the question raised by Peter Berkowitz in these pages several years ago and by Peter Beinart just recently: Her hostility to the U.S. military.  —  Hostility?
Kagan is Obama's pick, source says
Discussion: This Just In and Cato @ Liberty
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Elena Kagan never let lack of experience hold her back
Discussion: Truthdig
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
AP source: Obama chooses Kagan for Supreme Court
Media Matters for America:
Myths and falsehoods about Elena Kagan's Supreme Court nomination
Mark Murray /
CBS News:
Obama to Nominate Elena Kagan to Supreme Court
Discussion: DaTechguy's Blog and Pajamas Media
James Doty / Salon:
The liberal case against Kagan is overstated
David Lat / Above the Law:
More Clues That It Will Be KaganJudge Wood was notified tonight …
New York Times:
E.U. Details $957 Billion Rescue Package  —  BRUSSELS — European leaders, pressured by sliding markets and doubts over their ability to act decisively, agreed on Monday to provide a huge rescue package of nearly $1 trillion in a sweeping effort to combat the debt crisis that has engulfed Europe and threatened markets around the world.
ECB decides on measures to address severe tensions in financial markets
Discussion: Guardian and Calculated Risk
Jeannine Aversa / Associated Press:
Federal Reserve opens credit line to Europe
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
EU Preps $645 Billion Fund to Fight ‘Wolfpack,’ Debt Crisis
Discussion: Firedoglake
Gary Gibbon / Snowblog:
Perhaps an outline deal today  —  Outside Cabinet Office.  Lib Dems went in saying it was going well.  They have Jim Wallace now in the team going in with them.  William Hague on his way in just said they were “optimistic of making further progress very soon”.
Discussion: Guardian and Guy Fawkes' blog
Benedict Brogan / Telegraph:
Hung parliament: Cameron's PR coup to wrong-foot Labour
Discussion: thetorydiary and Guardian
Anthony Wells / UK Polling Report:
More election stats
May 9: Eric Holder, roundtable
Discussion: Commentary and American Spectator
Aljean Harmetz / New York Times:
Lena Horne, Singer and Actress, Dies at 92  —  Lena Horne, who was the first black performer to be signed to a long-term contract by a major Hollywood studio and who went on to achieve international fame as a singer, died on Sunday night at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York.
American Prospect:
The Stark Reality of Defense Contracting  —  A summer blockbuster tackles disputes endemic to the military-industrial complex.  —  In Iron Man 2, billionaire industrialist Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) risks billion-dollar pieces of equipment to impress guests at a birthday party — a big mistake for a defense contractor.
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