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High court turns aside recusal request on health care challengeupdated: Mon Jan 23 2012 17:57:00

The Supreme Court has turned aside a motion from a political advocacy group that sought to argue that Justice Elena Kagan should not participate in the upcoming blockbuster appeals over the constitutionality of health care reform.

Chief justice addresses ethics and recusal questions in year-end reportupdated: Sat Dec 31 2011 18:04:00

Chief Justice John Roberts expressed "complete confidence" Saturday in his Supreme Court colleagues to fairly decide whether to remove themselves from hot-button cases such as health care reform -- a timely election-year issue that has created a judicial and political headache for the nine-member court.

Should justices bow out on health care?updated: Tue Nov 29 2011 00:56:00

A political battle is raging over whether three key Supreme Court justices should bow out of the health care case.

Should three key Supreme Court justices bow out of health care ruling?updated: Tue Nov 29 2011 00:56:00

The dinner was billed as a "Celebration of Service." The honorees: Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. The hosts: the Federalist Society, an influential conservative legal group whose membership includes judges, lawmakers and government officials.

Kagan talks about her faith, the court, and her hunting tripsupdated: Thu Oct 20 2011 18:17:00

Shortly after becoming the nation's 112th Supreme Court justice, Elena Kagan by tradition was presented with a silver cup, engraved with the names of those who preceded her in that particular seat. Speaking Tuesday evening before an audience at a synagogue here, Kagan recalled one name standing out in her mind: Louis Brandeis, the nation's first Jewish justice.

Justice Kagan's eagerness to speak bumps traditionupdated: Wed Oct 05 2011 15:55:00

The current Supreme Court is considered a "hot bench." Not because of the room temperature, or the relative good looks of the nine justices. "Hot" as in the spirited, often competitive oral arguments that have livened up -- or injected chaos into -- the public sessions where important legal and constitutional issues are openly debated and discussed.

Justice Kagan stays alert with a little bench humorupdated: Thu Jun 16 2011 19:08:00

Justice Elena Kagan must have had her morning cup of coffee. And it showed on the bench Thursday, with a surprising jolt of levity.

Arizona election finance law reveals high court riftupdated: Mon Mar 28 2011 16:17:00

The Supreme Court's conservative majority appeared to hold the cards Monday in a key campaign finance reform case involving an Arizona election law that would provide matching funds to underfunded candidates. The justices could continue a recent legal trend and strike down another effort at government restrictions on election spending.

Political Circus: Justice Kagan called for jury dutyupdated: Fri Jan 21 2011 12:41:00

Politics is serious business -- but not all of the time. From the halls of Congress to the campaign trail to the international stage, there's always something that gets a laugh or a second glance.

Harvard, Yale open up to ROTC plans after 'don't ask, don't tell' voteupdated: Tue Dec 21 2010 07:47:00

The presidents of Harvard and Yale universities have expressed interest in ROTC programs after Congress voted to repeal the military's controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy that has banned openly gay and lesbian service members.

Obama mentor admits sharp criticism of Sotomayor, others on high courtupdated: Fri Oct 29 2010 14:40:00

President Barack Obama's longtime legal mentor and current administration adviser has admitted privately telling him that Justice Sonia Sotomayor was "not nearly as smart as she seems to think she is."

New Supreme Court term begins; Kagan to recuse from dozens of casesupdated: Mon Oct 04 2010 20:26:00

Noisy protests at military funerals, immigration reform and violent video games were among the issues on the Supreme Court's docket as the high court began its new term Monday.

Previewing the Supreme Court termupdated: Mon Oct 04 2010 20:26:00

CNN's Kate Bolduan previews the hot-button cases the Supreme Court will hear this session.

Justice Kagan makes her mark on day one, then has to goupdated: Mon Oct 04 2010 17:18:00

Justice Elena Kagan made the most of her first day on the Supreme Court bench before reluctantly vanishing behind the burgundy curtains -- leaving behind her bench-mates.

Justice Kagan welcomed to the bench by new colleaguesupdated: Fri Oct 01 2010 16:33:00

Justice Elena Kagan was welcomed to the Supreme Court by her new colleagues in a brief special ceremony Friday in the ornate courtroom.

Kagan sworn in as Supreme Court Justiceupdated: Fri Oct 01 2010 06:00:00

In August, Elena Kagan became the 4th woman in history to be sworn in as U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

Kagan's Supreme Court investiture ceremony to be held Fridayupdated: Fri Oct 01 2010 06:00:00

A formal investiture ceremony will take place Friday for Elena Kagan during a special sitting of the Supreme Court.

The Kagan factor: Will she be a reliable liberal on the bench?updated: Wed Sep 29 2010 15:09:00

Ideology is hard to characterize, particularly in judges who presumably are not disposed to view the law through a strictly political lens.

Roberts-led Supreme Court marks 5 yearsupdated: Wed Sep 29 2010 13:47:00

The Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts is marking its fifth year under his leadership, with a high-powered bench that has been invigorated with four new members in that time to make for a shaky, divided conservative majority.

Kagan takes oath, prepares for several high-profile casesupdated: Sat Aug 07 2010 16:49:00

Elena Kagan, building on a long, diverse legal career in government and academia, was officially sworn in as the 112th justice at the Supreme Court on Saturday, promising to "faithfully and impartially" discharge her new judicial duties.

Facts about Supreme Court oath ceremoniesupdated: Fri Aug 06 2010 15:23:00

Elena Kagan was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday to become the 112th justice on the Supreme Court. Here is a look at what happens next:

Senate approves Kagan for high courtupdated: Thu Aug 05 2010 18:37:00

Solicitor General Elena Kagan was easily confirmed Thursday as the next associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, completing the 50-year-old native New Yorker's climb to the peak of the American legal profession.

Obama: Kagan will be 'outstanding'updated: Thu Aug 05 2010 18:37:00

President Obama says he's proud that the Supreme Court will soon have three female justices.

Kagan confirmed to the Supreme Courtupdated: Thu Aug 05 2010 15:50:00

Elena Kagan was confirmed as the 112th justice to the Supreme Court Thursday and could be sworn into her judicial post by week's end.

Latino legal group refrains from endorsing Kagan for Supreme Courtupdated: Wed Aug 04 2010 22:09:00

As the Senate nears it vote on the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, the influential Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF) has decided not to endorse her and to remain "neutral."

Senate continues debate on Kagan nominationupdated: Wed Aug 04 2010 02:40:00

Senators are expected to continue floor debate Wednesday on the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.

Senate begins debate on Kagan nomination to high courtupdated: Tue Aug 03 2010 16:58:00

Senators began floor debate Tuesday on the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, with Republicans mustering little desire to delay a final vote. The 50-year-old solicitor general is expected to be confirmed as the 112th justice on Thursday, and could be sworn into her judicial post by week's end.

Kagan clears Senate Judiciary Committeeupdated: Tue Aug 03 2010 15:48:00

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Elena Kagan as the next Supreme Court justice.

Poll shows opinions on Kagan divided along party linesupdated: Tue Aug 03 2010 15:48:00

A new poll reveals most Americans would like to see the Senate confirm Solicitor General Elena Kagan to serve on the Supreme Court, but Democrats are more likely to support her.

Senate Judiciary Committee approves Kagan nominationupdated: Tue Jul 20 2010 19:09:00

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved the nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to become the nation's fourth female Supreme Court justice, setting up a final confirmation vote by the Senate.

Senate committee delays Kagan vote for a weekupdated: Tue Jul 13 2010 10:38:00

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday delayed its vote on Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan for a week at the request of the panel's ranking Republican.

Salute the soldiers -- and the generalsupdated: Sun Jul 04 2010 15:49:00

As I watched the split screen of the Petraeus hearings and the Kagan hearings this week, two views of what makes America great were clearly on display.

Petraeus' challenge in Afghanistanupdated: Sun Jul 04 2010 15:49:00

CNN's Barbara Starr reports on what Gen. David Petraeus faces in Afghanistan.

Kagan leans on side of cautionupdated: Thu Jul 01 2010 21:25:00

The Senate Judiciary Committee has completed its public questioning of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.

Witnesses offer support, opposition to Kagan as hearing concludesupdated: Thu Jul 01 2010 21:25:00

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's confirmation hearing by the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded Thursday with witnesses for and against the solicitor general, including former military members who slammed her handling of military recruiters on the Harvard University campus.

Opposing gun groups take opposite stands on Kaganupdated: Thu Jul 01 2010 16:28:00

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan received a mixed reaction Thursday from groups on opposite ends of the gun control debate.

What is Kagan's stance on gun ownership?updated: Thu Jul 01 2010 16:28:00

The Supreme Court nominee vowed to enforce the constitution when asked for her personal stance on gun ownership.

Thurgood Marshall got Kagan treatment, tooupdated: Thu Jul 01 2010 11:28:00

Republican senators this week pressed Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on the degree to which her views mirror those of her mentor Justice Thurgood Marshall, whom Kagan clerked for in 1987-88.

Lighter moments from the Kagan hearingupdated: Wed Jun 30 2010 22:03:00

It wasn't all business at Elena Kagan's confirmation hearing as the nominee's sense of humor was on display.

Kagan pledges judicial independenceupdated: Wed Jun 30 2010 22:03:00

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan was hit with a blizzard of questions about politically thorny social and economic issues on the third and final day of her part in her Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday.

Kagan and Roberts united at confirmation hearingsupdated: Wed Jun 30 2010 19:20:00

If confirmed to the Supreme Court as expected, Elena Kagan would work with and independently of Chief Justice John Roberts. That's the nature of the court's internal dynamics, and the concept of the one justice-one vote system in which the chief justice is often called "first among equals."

Kagan candid as Harvard deanupdated: Wed Jun 30 2010 12:37:00

Videos of Elena Kagan show she raised questions about Harriet Miers and praised Barack Obama.

Legal laughs: Kagan shows funny sideupdated: Wed Jun 30 2010 09:23:00

It has long been the dream of many a liberal advocate: to have an unabashedly outspoken, cleverly articulate justice who can take on the conservative majority and inspire young progressives for decades to come -- a "Scalia for the Left," as many have called it.

Is Elena Kagan a liberal -- or a centrist?updated: Wed Jun 30 2010 07:24:00

The debate over Elena Kagan's confirmation for the Supreme Court is likely to hinge on the question of whether she is a centrist or a leftist.

Elena Kagan, Day Twoupdated: Wed Jun 30 2010 07:24:00

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan faced senators' questions today and used a dose of humor. CNN's Dana Bash reports.

Kagan: don't ask, don't tell 'unjust'updated: Tue Jun 29 2010 16:19:00

Elena Kagan is asked about her stance on the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy during her tenure as Harvard Law dean.

Kagan takes on GOP critics at Supreme Court confirmation hearingupdated: Tue Jun 29 2010 16:19:00

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan mounted a spirited defense against her Republican critics Tuesday, saying at her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing that she rejects the empathy standard for judges and believes the written law should be followed, including precedents in most cases.

Senators often talk past Kagan on opening day of confirmation hearingupdated: Tue Jun 29 2010 13:30:00

Elena Kagan was the nominee at her confirmation hearing Monday for the Supreme Court, but you would not be faulted for believing the real spotlight was on those not attending-- the conservative members of the bench who drew so much attention from senators on the Judiciary Committee.

Will Elena Kagan be confirmed?updated: Tue Jun 29 2010 13:30:00

A panel debates whether Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan will be confirmed or fall victim to partisan bickering.

Kagan promises impartiality if confirmedupdated: Mon Jun 28 2010 21:07:00

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan makes her opening statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Kagan pledges open mind, impartiality if confirmed to Supreme Courtupdated: Mon Jun 28 2010 21:07:00

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday that justices on the nation's highest court should be even-handed and impartial in order to promise "nothing less than a fair shake for every American."

Cornyn: 'Ms. Kagan has a sparse record'updated: Mon Jun 28 2010 11:34:00

Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, talk about Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.

Kagan hearings to begin with questions from left and rightupdated: Mon Jun 28 2010 09:17:00

The political irony for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is who she is, what she hopes to be and the path necessary to fulfilling a long-held dream.

Fortune: Elena Kagan, wild card for big businessupdated: Mon Jun 28 2010 04:25:00

Members of the Senate judiciary committee have plenty of ground to cover at this week's confirmation hearing of U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan. But when it comes to what big business should expect from President Obama's pick to replace U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, the talking heads are united in their uncertainty: Who really knows what she'll do? She's a wild card.

Kagan: Will she be a reliable liberal on the bench?updated: Sun Jun 27 2010 16:02:00

Ideology is hard to characterize, particularly in judicial candidates who presumably are not disposed to view the law with a strictly political lens. The term "reliably conservative" or "reliably liberal" may be the best a president can hope for when considering candidates for the Supreme Court.

Kagan: Will she bring diversity to the bench?updated: Sun Jun 27 2010 14:48:00

Diversity is not a word that describes the Supreme Court's makeup over most of its existence. Only three women justices have served (the first in 1981), and only two African-Americans (the first in 1967).

Kagan: Campaign finance reform proved a major defeatupdated: Sun Jun 27 2010 11:56:00

President Barack Obama in 2009 nominated Elena Kagan to be the nation's first female solicitor general.

Kagan: Past writings on abortion could be flashpoint issueupdated: Sun Jun 27 2010 11:21:00

First trimester abortions are legal and constitutionally protected, thanks to the 1973 Roe v. Wade high court ruling. But the current court has proven deeply divided whenever the issue arises, so it is possible a single change in the court's makeup could affect future cases dealing with access to the procedure, and the government's power to regulate it.

Kagan: Military recruiting controversy dogged her as dean at Harvardupdated: Sun Jun 27 2010 10:55:00

Shortly after Elena Kagan left the White House in 1999 to teach at her alma mater, Harvard Law School, the nationwide controversy over military recruiting on campus had just begun to heat up.

Who is Elena Kagan?updated: Fri Jun 25 2010 14:39:00

Do you want to know more about Supreme Court Justice nominee Elena Kagan? CNN's Mary Snow talks with those in the know.

White House confident of high court nominee days before hearingsupdated: Fri Jun 25 2010 14:39:00

Top White House officials expressed confidence Friday that Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan will earn the respect and votes of senators during her confirmation hearings, which begin next week.

Analysis: Kagan's lengthy e-mail record details tough-talking lawyerupdated: Mon Jun 21 2010 16:13:00

Every e-mailer's nightmare has become a political reality for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, who has 11,000 electronic messages from her years in the Clinton White House now available for public consumption.

McConnell: GOP filibuster of Kagan Supreme Court nomination possibleupdated: Sun Jun 20 2010 13:06:00

The top-ranking Senate Republican refused Sunday to rule out a filibuster against Elena Kagan's confirmation to the Supreme Court.

Kagan e-mails show confident, brassy side to Supreme Court nomineeupdated: Sat Jun 19 2010 19:41:00

More old documents unveiled are offering more fresh signs that Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan was an eager, tough-talking political player while working as a lawyer in the Clinton White House.

Pentagon had doubts about Kagan over military recruiting on campusupdated: Sat Jun 19 2010 15:58:00

New documents released Saturday may add new fuel to the debate over Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, a week before her Senate confirmation hearing begins.

Kagan notes label KKK and NRA as 'bad guy' organizationsupdated: Fri Jun 18 2010 18:15:00

A conservative magazine suggests Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is "hostile" to gun owners, based on notes she wrote in the Clinton White House in 1996.

Kagan documents reveal involvement in Whitewater negotiationsupdated: Fri Jun 11 2010 17:58:00

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan was a key behind-the-scenes player during the investigation of the Whitewater controversy, while working as a top lawyer in the Clinton White House, documents released Friday show.

Papers show Kagan's effort to get hearing on appeals court nominationupdated: Fri Jun 11 2010 15:18:00

A decade before being tapped by President Barack Obama to sit on the Supreme Court, Elena Kagan voiced frustration over her ultimately failed 1999 nomination to a federal appeals court seat.

Kagan opposed making doctor-assisted suicide federal crimeupdated: Sat Jun 05 2010 12:15:00

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan once believed a federal law to ban physician-assisted suicide was a "fairly terrible idea." The handwritten remarks were part of more than 46,000 documents released Friday, as Senate lawmakers prepare for confirmation hearings for the 50-year-old Kagan.

Kagan documents reveal pragmatic approach on abortion controversyupdated: Fri Jun 04 2010 15:13:00

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan took a pragmatic approach to the issue of late-term abortion when working as a top lawyer in the Clinton White House, documents released Friday show.

Papers reveal Kagan's lighter sideupdated: Fri May 21 2010 15:31:00

Funny and flip. Confident at times, nervous at others. An earnest student and a meticulous lawyer. Newly released documents of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's not-so-distant past reveal a determined, often blunt-speaking woman with an occasionally silly side.

What will Specter do with the rest of his Senate term?updated: Thu May 20 2010 11:52:00

After being beaten in his bid to keep his seat, Sen. Arlen Specter will make the most of the remainder of his term in office, some observers predict.

Arlen Specter: Great privilege to serveupdated: Thu May 20 2010 11:52:00

Sen. Arlen Specter gives his concession speech after being defeated in the Democratic primary by Rep. Joe Sestak.

Kagan Supreme Court hearings to start June 28updated: Wed May 19 2010 16:15:00

The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin its confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on June 28, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, announced Wednesday.

Why no black female court nominee?updated: Mon May 17 2010 10:26:00

The nomination of Elena Kagan to fill the seat of retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has caused quite a stir on the political left and right, as operatives on both sides try to ascertain exactly where she stands.

Senate should accept Kagan's '95 'challenge'updated: Mon May 17 2010 09:55:00

In 1995, Elena Kagan published a lengthy book review in the University of Chicago Law Review, titled "Confirmation Messes, Old and New," in which she was critical of the confirmation process for Supreme Court nominees.

The intrusive game of 'Is she or isn't she?'updated: Fri May 14 2010 17:19:00

Many people have begun to play the game of "Is she or isn't she?" about Elena Kagan, the president's nominee to the Supreme Court. This will prove to be a waste of time and a great distraction from the real issue: her qualifications for the bench.

Gays wrong to call for Kagan to declare sexualityupdated: Fri May 14 2010 10:51:00

On both sides of the battle between oppressed groups and their oppressors exist extremists. On one side are those whose prejudices help sustain the inequities most of us are trying to eradicate. On the other are those who refuse to see any significant progress, either because their worldview is seen through a victim's lens or they make their living picking fights.

Elena Kagan on the Hillupdated: Fri May 14 2010 10:51:00

Elena Kagan traversed the Capitol on Wednesday meeting Senators who could approve her nomination to the Supreme Court.

Moderate Republicans back Kagan on hot-button issuesupdated: Thu May 13 2010 19:22:00

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan received critical cover from moderate Republicans on Thursday on two issues likely to dominate her upcoming confirmation hearings: gays in the military and judicial experience.

Washington greets Elena Kaganupdated: Thu May 13 2010 07:29:00

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan met with Sen. Harry Reid as part of a series of briefings with government officials.

Kagan meets with key senatorsupdated: Thu May 13 2010 07:29:00

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on Wednesday kicked off what has become a ritual for modern high court nominees: making the rounds of key senators' offices on Capitol Hill while saying little to a boisterous press corps in tow.

Obama chooses Elena Kagan for Supreme Courtupdated: Wed May 12 2010 10:31:00

President Obama took a key step in cementing his judicial legacy Monday, nominating Solicitor General Elena Kagan to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court.

Kagan called consensus builderupdated: Tue May 11 2010 08:32:00

CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin talks about his law school classmate, Elena Kagan.

Pals from student days remember a determined Elena Kaganupdated: Tue May 11 2010 08:32:00

In the Hunter College High School yearbook of 1977, Elena Kagan is pictured in a judge's robe and holding a gavel.

Toobin on high court nominee Kaganupdated: Tue May 11 2010 07:19:00

President Obama named U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan on Monday as his nominee to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court.

Who is Elena Kagan?updated: Mon May 10 2010 16:43:00

CNN's Kate Bolduan profiles Solicitor General and possible Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.

Is Elena Kagan the right choice?updated: Mon May 10 2010 16:43:00

President Obama named Solicitor General Elena Kagan as his nominee to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court.

High court contender Kagan brings reputation for consensus-buildingupdated: Mon May 10 2010 16:15:00

"You are not my people." That was Elena Kagan's blunt but light-hearted declaration when she greeted conservative legal minds meeting at Harvard's prestigious law school in 2005.

Supreme Court: What's at stakeupdated: Mon May 10 2010 16:15:00

CNN's Kate Bolduan reports on the real-world stakes for the upcoming Supreme Court vacancy.

Left is mute on racial double standard in Kagan pickupdated: Mon May 10 2010 11:49:00

If a white Republican president of the United States appointed a white male as his next Supreme Court justice, and upon the inspection of his record, it was discovered that of the 29 full-time tenured or tenured track faculty he hired as dean of Harvard Law, nearly all of them were white men, this would dominate the headlines.

Fast facts: Elena Kaganupdated: Mon May 10 2010 10:53:00

President Obama has nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, picking her to fill the seat being vacated by retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.

What you need to know about the top Supreme Court contendersupdated: Sun May 09 2010 22:31:00

CNN has reported President Obama has personally met with four leading candidates for the upcoming Supreme Court vacancy.

Justice Scalia says the darnedest thingsupdated: Wed Jan 13 2010 15:59:00

Oral arguments at the Supreme Court are often a time for the ever-colorful Justice Antonin Scalia to attract attention with a provocative display of his rhetorical gifts and sense of humor. Both were in display this week in a pair of cases heard in public session.

Sources: High court selection process down to finalistsupdated: Wed May 13 2009 21:29:00

The search for a Supreme Court nominee has been trimmed to about half a dozen candidates by top White House officials, and an announcement may come by month's end, two sources close to the selection process tell CNN.

Commentary: Break the mold for Supreme Court picksupdated: Mon May 04 2009 18:17:00

I sometimes marvel that I probably couldn't get hired at my law school today.

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