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Introducing his Supreme Court nominee to the nation, President Barack Obama on Monday portrayed Elena Kagan as a guiding force for a fractured court and a champion of typical Americans. She would be the youngest justice on the court and give it three women for the first time in history.
Obama chose a nominee who has never been a judge, a factor the White House said had worked in Kagan’s favor, giving her a different perspective from the other justices.
At Harvard, Kagan strongly criticized the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy regarding gay service members as discriminatory; she joined a Supreme Court case seeking to invalidate the law that put colleges at risk for losing federal money if they banned military recruiters. She has been a Supreme Court clerk, a law professor at the University of Chicago — along with Obama — and later a lawyer and domestic policy aide in Bill Clinton’s White House and the dean of Harvard Law.
Several bloggers have also reported that Kagan is lesbian although the White House has denied that allegation. Kagan, who is unmarried, was born in New York City and holds degrees from Princeton, Oxford and Harvard. Read more about Elena Kagan in this Associated Press report. Then answer the poll. http://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world/obama-taps-kagan-to-523263.html