Elena “Shorty” Kagan will step onto the national stage when her confirmation process to become a Supreme Court justice begins Monday. Undoubtedly the confirmation hearings will bring words like stare decisis into the public vernacular again, along with a whole lot of hoopla about abortion. Let the democracy commence.

Most believe that Kagan, a former dean of Harvard Law School, will be confirmed with bipartisan support. –JCL


Elena Kagan, nicknamed “Shorty” by a liberal mentor before becoming a legal giant, will introduce herself to the nation next week as the widely anticipated next member of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Kagan is certain to face a Republican grilling when her Senate confirmation hearing begins on Monday, with critics questioning if she’s driven more by politics than law and backers calling her a perfect fit for the high court.

Barring any unforeseen bombshells, the former Harvard law school dean, who has served in the last two Democratic administrations, will likely win approval with bipartisan support.

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