Exclusive: Obama Interviewed Elena Kagan for Supreme Court on Friday

By Daniel Klaidman and Ben Adler

NEWSWEEK has learned that President Obama interviewedSolicitor General Elena Kagan at the White House on Friday for the open seat on the Supreme Courtcreated by Justice John Paul Stevens's impending retirement. Two senior WhiteHouse officials confirmed Kagan's visit to NEWSWEEK.

Kagan was interviewed last year for the position that ultimately wentto Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Kagan, a former dean of Harvard Law Schoolwho is seen as easily confirmable due to her warm relations withconservative colleagues at Harvard, is considered a leading contenderfor the current vacancy. Judge Merrick Garland and Judge Sidney Thomas are the other candidates known to have been interviewed by Obama thus far.

You can read NEWSWEEK's ongoing coverage of the positioning of leading contenders for the Supreme Court vacancy at Race for the Robe.

You also can read our package of arguments for various candidates for the Supreme Court vacancy, and Harvard law professor Charles Ogletree's case for Elena Kagan here.