Kagan Expected to be Confirmed by Senate

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CAPITOL HILL - Wednesday marked another grueling day of questions for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.

Sen. Jeff Sessions, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, suggested he's still not sure if Kagan will be more like chief Justice John Roberts or Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

For a third day in a row, Kagan's actions to block military recruiters from Harvard Law School's career services center while she was dean resurfaced.

Sessions accused her of spinning the facts on the matter.

Kagan said she blocked recruiters because the military's ban on homosexuals was in direct conflict with the university's anti-discrimination policy. Yet, Session's claimed she has been openly against the policy.

In another line of questioning, Kagan said she doesn't agree that justices appointed by Republican presidents are driving the law in a new direction by narrow margins.

"There's no question, I think that the court is served best and our country is served best when people trust the court as an entirely non-political body," she said. "When people look to the court as doing what we know it ought to be doing, which is deciding cases that come before it based on the best possible reading of the law."

Kagan also declined several opportunities to criticize the current Supreme Court, saying, "I'm sure everyone up there is acting in good faith."

Thursday, a panel of experts will testify on Kagan's nomination.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., told reporters that she "will be" confirmed.

President Barack Obama has urged Kagan be confirmed in time to take her seat before the court opens a new term in October.

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