By Shannon Henson (May 10, 2010, 9:31 AM EDT) -- President Barack Obama has nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan for the U.S. Supreme Court, a choice experts say is a safe bet for the White House.
Obama made the announcement Monday morning with Kagan at his side. If confirmed, Kagan will replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens, who Obama called a "giant in the law."
Kagan could "ultimately provide that same kind of leadership on the court," the president said. He described her as an acclaimed legal scholar and a "trailblazing leader," and praised her temperament and her ability to understand before disagreeing.
Kagan said she was honored and humbled by...
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