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May 10, 2010 8:15 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Obama to choose Kagan for Supreme Court

The woman President Barack Obama is set to nominate to the Supreme Court is known as sharp, politically savvy and someone who has led a blazing legal career. Solicitor General Elena Kagan was the first female dean of Harvard Law School and the first woman to serve as the top Supreme Court lawyer for any administration.

A person familiar with the president's thinking says Obama has made Kagan his choice to succeed legendary liberal Justice John Paul Stevens. Obama will announce his choice at 10 a.m. Monday. A source says a central element in Obama's choice was Kagan's reputation for bringing together people of competing views and earning their respect.

The decision positions the court to have three female justices for the first time in history. At 50 years old, Kagan would be the youngest justice on the court if she's confirmed by the Senate.

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