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Kagan Will Get Scrutiny, But Confirmation Chances Good

It could be a long hot summer for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan with Republicans promising a very close look at the credentials of President Barack Obama

The Associated Press
Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court on Monday.

WASHINGTON (AP) - It could be a long hot summer for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan with Republicans promising a very close look at the credentials of President Barack Obama's nominee.

But as the 50-year-old solicitor general embarks on her quest for Senate confirmation, there are no signs of all-out opposition from the GOP. Critics make it clear she'll be questioned about her lack of judicial experience, gay rights and other issues, .

If confirmed, Kagan would take the place of retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.

Obama e-mailed a video to thousands of supporters in which he said Kagan could "ultimately provide that same kind of leadership," as Stevens, helping justices "find common ground amid controversy.

For the most part, Republican-aligned outside groups responded mildly to the nomination, and Kagan's chances for confirmation appear to be good.


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