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As It Happened: Obama Nominates Solicitor General Kagan To Supreme Court

President Barack Obama nominates Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court during an event i i

Obama and Kagan this morning at the White House. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images) hide caption

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President Barack Obama nominates Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court during an event

Obama and Kagan this morning at the White House. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama this morning nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to be the nation's 112th Supreme Court justice. If confirmed, she will replace the retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.

As NPR's Nina Totenberg reported earlier today, Kagan, 50, has never been a judge. But, she would bring not only her experience as solicitor general but also time spent as dean of Harvard Law School, a private practitioner and as a lawyer in the Clinton administration. Kagan is "widely admired,: Nina reports, by many conservatives and liberals alike "for her intellectual acumen and administrative ability."

This is President Obama's second opportunity to put a justice on the Supreme Court bench. Last year, he nominated Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who won confirmation by a 68-31 vote in the Senate.

We used the box below to "live-blog" the president's announcement of Kagan's nomination. She also spoke during the White House event. Just click the "play" button below and our updates should flow in automatically:

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