President Obama has nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan, formerly the dean of Harvard Law School, to replace Justice John Paul Stevens, who is retiring, on the U.S. Supreme Court. If confirmed, Kagan will be Obama's second appointee to the nation's high judicial body. Below is Slate's coverage of the run-up to Kagan's nomination and debate surrounding her confirmability.
"The Kagan Kids: Why the younger generation doesn't care about the debate over the latest Supreme Court nominee," by Dahlia Lithwick. Posted Wednesday, May 26, 2010.
"But Enough About Me: What Do You Think of Me? Can we please stop talking about Supreme Court nominees like they are real people?" by Dahlia Lithwick. Posted Wednesday, May 19, 2010.
"Detention Slip: The Obama administration wants to hold terrorists. Did SCOTUS just give them a green light?" by Dahlia Lithwick. Posted Tuesday, May 18, 2010.
"Youthful Indiscretions: Don't judge Elena Kagan by her college thesis," by Christopher Beam. Posted Monday, May 17, 2010.
"Question Time: An exclusive preview of Elena Kagan's Supreme Court nomination questionnaire," by Christopher Beam. Posted Friday, May 14, 2010.
"What Does He See in Her? What Obama's choice of Kagan tells us about his own judicial philosophy," by Dahlia Lithwick. Posted Thursday, May 13, 2010.
"Don't Stand So Close: If Elena Kagan is too close to the president, what was Harriet Miers?" by John Dickerson. Posted Wednesday, May 12, 2010.
"Don't Bork Kagan: Sex, religion, and a nominee's right to privacy," by William Saletan. Posted Tuesday, May 11, 2010.
"Kagan and Late-Term Abortions," by Emily Bazelon. Posted Tuesday, May 11, 2010.
"Empathy in Academia: Obama's case that Elena Kagan has a special understanding of ordinary people," by John Dickerson. Posted Monday, May 10, 2010.
"The Sphinx: Why the inscrutable Elena Kagan makes everyone nervous," by Dahlia Lithwick. Posted Monday, May 10, 2010.
"I Wish Elena Kagan Were an Uncloseted Lesbian: Not that I have the wildest clue about her sexual orientation. Honest!" by Jack Shafer. Posted Monday, May 10, 2010.
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Rock the Boat: Kagan's position on military recruiters at Harvard was hardly radical," by Emily Bazelon. Posted Monday, May 10, 2010.
"No Relation: The Kagans: Is the new Supreme Court nominee related to Donald, Robert, or Frederick Kagan?" by Cecile Dehesdin. Posted Monday, May 10, 2010.
"Untried, Untested, and Ready: Elena Kagan's youth and judicial inexperience recommend her for the Supreme Court," by Emily Bazelon. Posted Monday, May 10, 2010.
"The Limits of Influence: Asking 'Who can sway Kennedy?' is no way to pick a justice," by Dahlia Lithwick. Posted Friday, May 7, 2010.
"Too Powerful and Too Big Gabfest: Listen to Slate's review of the week in politics," with Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz. Posted Friday, April 23, 2010.
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Matter: Quit playing the she is/she isn't game with Elena Kagan," by Emily Bazelon and Dahlia Lithwick. Posted Friday, April 16, 2010.
"Elena Kagan Is a Progressive on Executive Power: Look closely at what the Supreme Court shortlister has said about presidential authority," by Walter Dellinger. Posted Friday, April 16, 2010.
Justice Stevens' Retirement
"What Are Liberal Law Students So Sad About? They have no one to look up to," by Dahlia Lithwick. Posted Thursday, April 15, 2010.
"Choose Your Own Supreme Court Justice: Out of our Top 21, whom do you like best?" Emily Bazelon, Dahlia Lithwick, Jeremy Singer-Vine, and Chris Wilson. Posted Monday, April 12, 2010.
"Pick Your Battle: What kind of Supreme Court confirmation hearing does Barack Obama want?" by Christopher Beam. Posted Friday, April 9, 2010.
"Who Should Replace Justice Stevens? An offbeat shortlist," by Emily Bazelon and Dahlia Lithwick. Posted Friday, April 9, 2010.
"The Unsung Empathy of Justice Stevens: Justice John Paul Stevens is the model for why empathy matters," by Dahlia Lithwick and Sonja West. Posted Friday, April 9, 2010.
"Short Shrift: The Supreme Court shortlist as political anthropology," by Dahlia Lithwick. Posted Monday, April 5, 2010.
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