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Friday morning docket: Shortlist buzz

Time for an end-of-the-week look at the latest buzz about the next Supreme Court justice.

The short of it: According to reports, Solicitor General Elena Kagan is still at the top of the White House’s shortlist to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens, although that list has grown in 10 people.

This week CBS News’s Jan Crawford named the people on that shortlist – although, she notes, “chances are slim that an elected official – someone who’s been through the rough-and-tumble world of politics – will get the nod.”

Meanwhile, there is a small but vocal contingent lining up against one member of that list – U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Merrick Garland, reports the Washington Post. Yet unlike other nominees, it’s not conservatives who are complaining about Garland, but rather activists on the left.

Meanwhile, liberal supporters of 7th Circuit Judge Diane Wood are pushing back against conservatives who have voiced opposition to her being named to the High Court, reports the Atlantic.

And Yesterday President Obama wrapped up discussions about the confirmation process with all 12 Democrats and all 7 Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, the New York Times reports. White House officials said the president will meet with more members of the Senate in the coming days.

In other news:

Praying to a higher court: The Obama administration plans to appeal a ruling declaring the National Day of Prayer constitutional. (AP)

Eight is enough? Do we even need nine justices? We’ve gotten by with fewer in the past. (Christian Science Monitor)

‘Reality’ High Court? What would a “reality” Supreme Court justice look like? The Boston Herald’s Lauren Beckham Falcone imagines: “‘Crush videos? Even I’m not that mean,’ sniffs ‘American Idol’s’ Simon Cowell as he downs another flute of champagne.” (Boston Herald)

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