Fewer than 10 possible U.S. Supreme Court nominees -- six of them women -- are on President Obama's short list to replace retiring Justice John
Paul Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court, according to ABC News sources.
Stevens announced his retirement Friday, and the White House has said it plans to name a nominee by early next month.
The short list includes: Solicitor General Elena Kagan; Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit; Judge Diane Wood of the
Seventh Circuit Appeals Court in Chicago; Democratic Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm; former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears;
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; Harvard Law School dean Martha Minow, who was once the president's professor; and Judge Sidney Thomas
of the Ninth Circuit Appeals Court in San Francisco.
There are others not on the short list whom the president might consider, including White House official Cass Sunstein, and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse,
D-R.I., is being pushed by some on Capitol Hill, sources said.
The White House denied reports that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would be tapped as the next Supreme Court nominee, despite widespread
"The president thinks Secretary Clinton is doing an excellent job as secretary of state and wants her to remain in that position," White House
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I'm sure the right will scream that Obama is "prejudiced" in favor of women, and therefore his nominees are not really qualified for the job.
It's odd that you never hear them scream when a white man is appointed to a high position. There have been how many male justices on the Supreme
Court in its long history? The vast majority of them. But that doesn't constitute prejudice, oh no no no no no. We are to assume that white men
are just naturally superior.
The truth, I believe, is that there are many people in this country who are qualified to sit on the Supreme Court. Some of them are women. Even if
Obama is motivated to rectify past gender discrimination, he will still have a fully qualified candidate to fill the bill.