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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 …
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msnbc.com:
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:
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) …
Russell Berman / The Hill:
GOP uses Thurgood Marshall to attack Kagan  —  Republicans are questioning Elena Kagan's ties to a liberal icon and the nation's first African American Supreme Court justice, Thurgood Marshall.  —  In its first memo to reporters since Kagan's nomination to the high court became public …
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.
The Politico:
Obama to Senate: Act fast  —  President Barack Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court Monday - calling her a legal trailblazer who would embody “that same excellence, independence, integrity and passion for the law” as the man she would replace, retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Supreme Irony - Kagan Nomination Ends Gay Marriage Hopes  —  Later this morning, Elena Kagan will be nominated for the Supreme Court seat currently held by John Paul Stevens.  —  The meme has taken hold that Kagan is a stealth candidate who has avoided taking positions on important constitutional or other issues throughout her career.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Elana Kagan  —  The news that Barack Obama will nominate Elana Kagan for the Supreme Court vacancy is, it seems, now official.  I've seen some not very plausible efforts by Kagan's lefty critics to try to analogize her to Harriet Miers.  I think the clear similarity is between Kagan and John Roberts …
Media Matters for America:
Myths and falsehoods about Elena Kagan's Supreme Court nomination  —  Myth: Kagan's policies on military recruiters make her “an anti-military zealot” and an extremist on social issues  —  Myth: “Kagan Standard” means Kagan must answer questions about issues that will come before the Supreme Court
Ed Whelan / The Corner on National Review Online:
Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan — By: Ed Whelan  —  It's now being widely reported that later this morning President Obama will announce his decision to nominate Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.  Drawing on my many previous Bench Memos posts, I offer some initial comments on a Kagan nomination:
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?
Jeffrey Toobin / News Desk:
Elena Kagan's Nomination
Media Matters for America:   Conservative opposition to Kagan is motivated by politics, not substance
Radley Balko / Hit & Run:
“She is certainly a fan of presidential power.”
Roland S. Martin / CNN:   Opinion: A diversity double-standard
Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
Where We Go From Here  —  The Administration plans to identify …
James Doty / Salon:
The liberal case against Kagan is overstated
Ezra Klein:
Who is Europe really bailing out?  —  Tyler Cowen has some smart thoughts on the European Union's announcement of a $750 billion euro bailout fund: … More here.  Remember that this is no more a bailout of Greece and Spain and Portugal than TARP was a bailout of subprime borrowers.
Discussion: Deal Journal
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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.
Stephen Tall / Liberal Democrat Voice:
What Lib Dem members think about talking to the Tories: LDV poll results  —  Lib Dem Voice has been conducting a survey today of party members registered on our members' forum asking them for their views of the discussions that have been taking place between the Lib Dems and the Conservatives.
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Patrick Wintour / Guardian:
Gordon Brown told it's time to go as hopes fade for deal with Lib Dems
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
DCCC Pulls Out Of Hawaii  —  The DCCC is pulling out of the race to replace ex-Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI), effectively ceding the heavily Dem seat to the GOP as intra-party feuding splits the vote.  —  “The DCCC will not be investing additional resources in the HI-01 (Abercrombie-open) special election.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, TPMDC and RedState
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Jessica Taylor / The Politico:
DCCC pulls plug on Hawaii special
Discussion: The Note
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Op-Ed Columnist: Divorce and Abortion: Red States and Blue States  —  Fifty years ago, American family structures were remarkably uniform.  The rich married at roughly the same rate as the poor and middle class.  Divorce rates were low for the college educated and high school graduates alike.
Discussion: Don Surber
New York Times:
Banks Fight Ban in Derivatives Trading  —  Cory Strupp, who represents Wall Street in Washington, spent the last six months lobbying for more than two dozen changes in the derivatives chapter of the Senate's financial legislation.  —  He has spent the last two weeks focused on one …
Discussion: Wonk Room and Felix Salmon
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John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
Levin Aims to Ban Bets Against Customers
Discussion: Washington Post and DealBook
John / Power Line:
Are the Feds Trying to Nationalize Your Retirement Savings?  —  For some time, there have been rumblings that the federal government might try to solve its budgetary problems by nationalizing (i.e., stealing) the money that millions of Americans have set aside for retirement in 401(k) plans and the like.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Sex & Drugs & the Spill  —  “Obama's Katrina”: that was the line from some pundits and news sources, as they tried to blame the current administration for the gulf oil spill.  It was nonsense, of course.  An Associated Press review of the Obama administration's actions and statements …
 
 
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