Supreme Court Buzz Centers on Wood, Kagan
Both in DC; sources say Obama began interviews with Wood
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2009 6:01 AM CDT
This June 2008 photo provided by the University of Chicago shows Judge Diane Pamela Wood of the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals.   (AP Photo/University of Chicago, Lloyd DeGrane)
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(Newser) – The Washington rumor mill is focusing on two names as President Obama steps up the search for a Supreme Court nominee,  the Washington Post reports. Federal Appeals Court Judge Diane Wood visited the capital Tuesday, ostensibly to attend a judicial conference, but insiders say she met with the president for an interview, the first of several Obama plans with nominees in coming days.

Solicitor General Elena Kagan, the keynote speaker at Tuesday's conference, is also believed to be a frontrunner. Her address to the assembled judges began with a tribute to  retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, emphasizing the vital role she played in a court split between conservatives and liberals. The White House declined to comment on when Obama's choice will be announced.