AirTalk for May 10, 2010

Obama names Elena Kagan as Supreme Court nominee

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US President Barack Obama nominates Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court during an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, May 10, 2010.

It's official: President Obama has chosen Solicitor General Elena Kagan as his nominee to succeed retiring Justice John Paul Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court. As solicitor general, Kagan is the federal government's chief advocate before the Supreme Court, though she has never served as a judge. A former dean of Harvard Law School, at age 50 she also would be the youngest justice and the third female on the court. What are Kagan's legal views? Is she the best choice to replace the high court's flagship liberal justice? And are we headed for a contentious confirmation process?

Guest:


David Savage, Supreme Court Reporter for LA Times

Mark Tushnet, Professor of Constitutional Law, Harvard Law School

James R. Copeland, Director of the Center for Legal Policy at the Manhattan Institute


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