Senate to Confirm Kagan Today

3 women on the high court for the first time
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 5, 2010 6:18 AM CDT
In this June 30, 2010 file photo, Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on her nomination.    (Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – Elena Kagan is on the brink of becoming the fourth woman ever to serve as a Supreme Court justice, with the Senate expected to vote to confirm her nomination today. Her addition to the court will mark the first time three female justices have served concurrently. Nearly all Democrats, the Senate's two independents and a handful of Republicans are backing her.

The vote is to be one of the Senate's last actions before its members depart for a monthlong vacation. She's not expected to alter the ideological balance there as she succeeds retired Justice John Paul Stevens, who's regarded as a leader of the court's liberal wing.

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