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Elena Kagan to be Obama’s Supreme Court Pick

President Barack Obama will name Solicitor General Elena Kagan as his pick to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, a choice that comes 176 days before the 2010 midterm election and is freighted with potential political implications. If confirmed, Kagan would become the fourth woman ever to serve on the Supreme Court and this would become the first time that three women are serving on the court at the same time. Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg are among the current nine justices.

With Obama’s second Supreme Court pick, he will almost certainly have more influence over the court than any president since Reagan, and perhaps even Roosevelt.

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