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AP source: Obama chooses Kagan for Supreme Court

By BEN FELLER
Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will nominate Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, a person familiar with the president's thinking said Sunday night.

The move positions the court to have three female justices for the first time in history.

The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision had not been made public. Obama will announce his choice at 10 a.m. Monday in the East Room of the White House.

Known as sharp and politically savvy, Kagan has led a blazing legal career: first female dean of Harvard Law School, first woman to serve as the top Supreme Court lawyer for any administration, and now first in Obama's mind to succeed legendary Justice John Paul Stevens.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that President Barack Obama will nominate Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.

Kagan would be the third female justice to serve on the court at the same time, a first in U.S. history. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because Obama has not yet announced his decision.

The announcement will happen at 10 a.m. Monday in the East Room of the White House.

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