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7:45 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 …
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.
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Obama picks Kagan for Court  —  President Barack Obama will announce Monday that he has selected Solicitor General Elena Kagan as his second nominee to the Supreme Court, according to an administration official.  —  If confirmed, the former Harvard Law School dean would be the first justice …
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) …
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.
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.
Discussion: The Swamp and American Power
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 …
Discussion: The Fix, SCOTUSblog, and
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
AP source: Obama chooses Kagan for Supreme Court
David Lat / Above the Law:
More Clues That It Will Be KaganJudge Wood was notified tonight …
Mark Murray /
Discussion: Mediaite and The Volokh Conspiracy
CBS News:
Obama to Nominate Elena Kagan to Supreme Court
Discussion: DaTechguy's Blog and Pajamas Media
May 9: Eric Holder, roundtable
Discussion: American Spectator
‘Pakistan Taliban’ behind NY plot
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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.
EU Preps $645 Billion Fund to Fight ‘Wolfpack,’ Debt Crisis
Discussion: Firedoglake
Ben Casselman / Wall Street Journal:
Rig Owner Had Rising Tally of Accidents  —  The sinking of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, which triggered the spill spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico, caught the energy world by surprise.  The operator, Transocean Ltd., is a giant in the brave new world of drilling for oil in deep waters far offshore.
Discussion: Clusterstock and The Page
Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
In the Gulf of Mexico, what went wrong with the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Unfogged
Alvin McEwen / The Huffington Post:
Religious right can lie about gay community without George Rekers  —  While George Rekers has pretty much destroyed his own credibility as an “expert” on the lgbt community, religious right groups who utilized his studies probably aren' t worried about losing him as a resource.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Laura Bush doesn't miss the stress  —  Former first lady Laura Bush says a surprising “sort of buoyancy” kicked in a few days after she returned to Texas after her eight years in the White House — a vivid feeling of relief from the post-Sept. 11 pressure cooker.
Discussion: The Page
Washington Post:
Obama makes personal diplomacy part of Afghan strategy  —  President Obama has bluntly instructed his national security team to treat Afghan President Hamid Karzai with more public respect, after a recent round of heavy-handed statements by U.S. officials and other setbacks infuriated …
Joshua Partlow / Washington Post:
Tensions between Eikenberry, McChrystal will be focus of their Washington visit
Discussion: Power Line
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