And Kagan makes nine

The U.S. Senate has finally confirmed Elena Kagan as the newest Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court in a 63-73 vote. [CNN.com]

Five Republicans in the Senate had signaled their intention to vote for Kagan, meaning conservatives didn’t have the strength in numbers to delay the proceedings with a filibuster.

Only one Democrat announced his opposition: Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska.

"I have heard concerns from Nebraskans regarding Ms. Kagan, and her lack of a judicial record makes it difficult for me to discount the concerns raised by Nebraskans, or to reach a level of comfort that these concerns are unfounded," he said in a statement.

SCOTUSblog discusses what’s next for Kagan in her new job.

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