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Elena Kagan, Supreme Court-bound?

Solicitor General Elena Kagan fills vacancy left by the retirement of Justice Stevens on the Supreme Court.

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In this image released by the White House, shows 9-year-old Elena Kagan, left, with her family on Jan. 24, 1970.

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Elena Kagan selected a quotation from former Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter to accompany this photo from 1977 in her Hunter College high school year book: "Government is itself an art, one of the subtlest of arts."

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In this undated photo released by Hunter College High school, Kagan, second from left in the front row, poses with members of the student government in the school's 1977 yearbook. Kagan, wearing a robe and holding a gavel, was the student council president.

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Solicitor General Elena Kagan '81 (standing) served as editorial chariman for The Daily Princestonian while at the University.

Elena Kagan, standing, served as editorial chairman for The Daily Princetonian while she studied history as an undergraduate at the university. The New York City native graduated in 1981.

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Princeton alumna Elena Kagan '81 in an udated photo, Princeton Alumni Weekly announcement of Sachs Scholar.

Kagan graduated in 1981 summa cum laude from Princeton with a degree in history.

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Kagan joined the University of Chicago Law School faculty as an assistant professor in 1991 and served as a tenured professor from 1995 to 1997.

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In this 1992 photo provided by the University of Chicago Law School, Elena Kagan, left, then an assistant professor at the university, participates in the law school's faculty-student trivia contest with Daniel Shaviro, former law school professor, now with New York University.

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In this 1993 photo provided by the University of Chicago Law School, assistant professor Elena Kagan plays in a softball game.

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In 1999, Kagan, who earned her law degree at Harvard University, returned to the campus as a member of the faculty. This photo provided by the university shows Kagan in 2003 when she was the law school dean.

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Solicitor General Elena Kagan Addresses Georgetown Law Center Conference

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor talks to Solicitor General Kagan during the forum "Striking the Balance: Fair and Independent Courts in a New Era" at Georgetown University Law Center May 20, 2009.

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Solicitor General Elena Kagan Addresses Georgetown Law Center Conference

U.S. Solicitor General Kagan addresses the forum "Striking the Balance: Fair and Independent Courts in a New Era" at Georgetown University Law Center May 20, 2009 in Washington, DC.

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When Supreme Court Justice Stevens announced his retirement, Kagan's name was quickly floated as a potential replacement. A year earlier, the Senate confirmed her as Solicitor General by a vote of 61-31, with only seven Republicans supporting her.

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President Barack Obama meets with Solicitor General Elena Kagan in the Oval Office April 30, 2010.
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President Barack Obama meets with Solicitor General Elena Kagan in the Oval Office April 30, 2010.

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US President Barack Obama (R) and Vice President Joe Biden (L) applaud as  Solicitor General Elena Kagan accepts her nomination to the Supreme Court during an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, May 10, 2010. Kagan, 50, has close ties to Democratic power brokers, and the lifetime appointment would offer the party the hope of a progressive voice on the Supreme Court for many years to come. If confirmed by the Democratic-controlled Senate, Kagan would replace retiring John Paul Stevens, 90, the court's leading liberal, who sat on the bench for 34 years, through a time of turmoil and change in US life. A former Harvard law professor, Kagan would be the fourth woman to serve on the top US court, and the president's second pick after he chose Sonia Sotomayor, as the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice, last year. AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Vice President Joe Biden, left, and President Barack Obama, right, applaud as Solicitor General Elena Kagan accepts her nomination to the Supreme Court at the White House in Washington on Monday May 10, 2010.

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Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, rides the Senate subway during a day of meetings on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on May 12.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid meets with Elena Kagan on Capitol Hill on May 12.

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Elena Kagan talks with Sen. Arlen Specter in his office on Capitol Hill on May 13.

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Elena Kagan sits with Sen. Lindsey Graham on May 18 as part of her visits with senators who will vote on her confirmation to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court.

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Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan listens to opening statements by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on the first day of her confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill June 28, in Washington, D.C. Kagan is President Barack Obama's second Supreme Court nominee since taking office.

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Elena Kagan is sworn in as the Supreme Court's newest member as Chief Justice John Roberts, right, administers the judicial oath, at the Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Aug. 7. The Bible is held by Jeffrey Minear, center, counselor to the chief justice. Kagan, 50, who replaces retired Justice John Paul Stevens, becomes the fourth woman to sit on the high court, and is the first Supreme Court justice in nearly four decades with no previous experience as a judge.

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