NBC News: Kagan will be Obama’s SCOTUS nominee to replace Stevens (MON AM UPDATE 2: IT’S OFFICIAL)

Hot off the presses:

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has nominated U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan to serve as an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, NBC News’ Pete Williams reported late Sunday night.

Kagan, 50, served as the Dean of Harvard Law School from 2003 to 2009. Obama nominated her to serve in her current post as solicitor general early in 2009, and she won Senate confirmation by a vote of 61-31. She is the first woman to serve as solicitor general of the United States.

Williams will be given credit for the early scoop, but Politico’s Mike Allen was actually all over this on Friday.

To learn more about Kagan, click here for several links detailing what issues will likely come up during her confirmation hearing.

Mon. AM Update – 8:26 AM: Will the anticipated nomination of Elena Kagan end the hopes of gay marriage proponents for the time being? Bill Jacobson says yes. All things considered, I’m not so sure about that, but a few prominent liberals – like Glenn Greenwald and others – oppose her nomination, so maybe there is something to Jacobson’s analysis.

BTW, Obama is expected to announce his nomination at 10 a.m. ET.

Update 2 – 10:29 AM: It’s official.

Cross-posted to Right Wing News.

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