One hurdle for a Supreme Court nominee is to get through the first week without creating a controversy. So far, Elena Kagan has negotiated the halls of Congress deftly – and quietly.
A mosaic image of Vincent van Gogh's self-portrait, made from 2,070 polo shirts in 24 colors, is displayed in a lobby in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday.
Critics say Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan might not be qualified, since she's never been a judge. But historically, most Supreme Court justices never graduated from law school.
President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan, urged President Bill Clinton to restrict late term abortions in 1997.
Louis Brandeis (Associate Justice, 1916 - 1939): Justice Brandeis was nominated by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916. Wilson had offered him a cabinet position three years earlier but Brandeis declined, preferring to remain a lawyer and investigate the concentration of wealth by large companies, culminating in his 1914 book, “Other People’s Money, and How the Bankers Use It.” After a fierce political battle, Brandeis was seated as an associate justice in June, 1916. Brandeis is seen here (first l.) in a photo of the US Supreme Court Justices in their robes in New York City in 1917.
Ultraorthodox Jewish men harvest wheat ahead of the Jewish Shavuot holiday in a field outside the Israeli community of Mevo Horon on Monday. Shavuot commemorates Moses receiving the Ten Commandments and is also a harvest holiday. It begins next Tuesday at sundown.
If Elena Kagan were confirmed, she would become the third woman on the Supreme Court. Is three enough?
Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan will be questioned vigorously during Senate confirmation hearings. But she was confirmed last year as solicitor general – and won seven Republican votes.
President Obama praised Elena Kagan for her intellect and passion, but he only hinted at the quality he earlier deemed an essential ingredient in a Supreme Court justice: empathy.
President Obama notes consensus-building as a key attribute of Elena Kagan, his Supreme Court pick. She was the first female dean of Harvard Law School and the first female US solicitor general.