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Lying down speculation that the president has already selected a replacement for outgoing Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens.
Senior White House correspondent Major Garrett tonight looks at the contenders.
And when we may have a nominee.
President Obama returned to the Oval Office today after discussing the economy is top advisers said he hasn't yet decided on a Supreme Court nominee or necessarily.
Finished the interview process even -- -- -- beltway consensus has taken hold that mr.
Obama will select solicitor general Elena Kagan to fill justice John Paul Stevens seat.
Top White House officials tonight.
I can tell you without any hedging that he is not made up his mind yet and is still talking to -- looking through candidates a senior official told fox.
It may well end up being -- Kagan but there's no white smoke yet.
Obama's schedule is clear Monday and Tuesday raising expectations -- -- -- early next week.
Vice president Joe Biden returns this weekend from a trip to Europe and will feature prominently in the nominee's -- left.
The president and Biden have separately interviewed Kagan and three other potential nominees seventh circuit appeals judge Diane Wood.
DC Circuit Court of Appeals judge Merrick Garland and ninth circuit appeals judge Sidney Thomas -- The former dean of Harvard Law School Kagan fifty is viewed as a center left nominee who would be somewhat easily confirmable why.
Senate confirmation a solicitor general and her thin legal paper trail.
This is potential nomination that's closer to Harriet Miers than it is to Sam Alito were closer to Harriet -- in the sense that.
There's not a lot of written track record -- Former President Bush nominated White House counsel Harriet Miers to the High Court in 2005.
Bipartisan opposition -- on the right by questions about her judicial temperament -- -- to withdraw.
Samuel Alito was subsequently nominated and confirmed liberal activist bristle at -- Myers Kagan comparison she.
It couldn't be farther -- Harriet Miers and my -- she has stellar.
Academic and professional qualifications.
Top aides to mr.
Obama has spoken of his desire to make history by placing the third woman on the High Court T -- the demographic profile.
That that makes for easy confirmation she's a female she went to the right schools.
She doesn't have a paper trail that that could be explosive by and large.
Any time we can appoint more women.
To every level of court including the Supreme Court.
Is it a very healthy welcome.
There's an hour by hour quality -- nominee watch here bordering on sort of a mini mania.
-- senior administration officials very close the president tell fox as of this hour.
He still hasn't settled on the Supreme Court nominee and outside this White House and even as some precincts here Kagan is viewed as a prohibitive favorite.
-- -- White House seemed to like the nomination process with Sonia Sotomayor and how it rolled out.
Other trying to follow that script.
Absolutely and we do -- anticipate something happening Monday or Tuesday in all likelihood.
Probably Monday and the White House is well prepared for this and they believe -- in fact Kagan is the nominee -- solicitor general confirmation hearing and vote in the Senate.
They'll -- up to a very good start.
Our major will be watching very.
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