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Elena Kagan in her own words

Updated June 28
Elena Kagan is said by many observers to have left a thin paper trail. Below are some of the more interesting publications, reports and reported remarks that reveal her thinking over the years, compiled from and hosted by a variety of sites around the Web. To add to the paper and video trail, leave links in the comments.

Clinton administration documents:

* 1995-1999. "Elena's Inbox." Sunlight Foundation presentation of e-mails sent by Elena Kagan during her time in the Clinton administration. See also: Five of the most interesting of those e-mails, as selected by The Post.

On the decline of the Socialist Party (Princeton University senior thesis):

* 1981. "TO THE FINAL CONFLICT: SOCIALISM IN NEW YORK CITY, 1900-1933," Elena Kagan. Princeton University History Department. PDF

On gun rights:

* 2009. "Written Questions of Chairman Patrick Leahy For Elena Kagan Nominee to be Solicitor General of the United States." PDF
*1987. Bloomberg News: "Kagan Was 'Not Sympathetic' as Law Clerk to Gun-Rights Argument."

On late-term abortion:

* 1997. "Memorandum for the President: Daschle and Feinstein Amendments," Bruce Reed and Elena Kagan. PDF. See also Washington Post: "Abortion could be sleeper issue in Supreme Court confirmation process"

Kagan on receiving the nomination (White House video):

On standing for the solicitor general post:

* 2009. Public questionnaire for solicitor general nomination. Document reader
* 2009. Written Q&A for solicitor general nomination hearing. Document reader
* 2009. Full Feb 10. hearing. Video
* 2009. Personal financial disclosures. Document reader

On the detention of terror suspects:

* 2009. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) questions Kagan at her confirmation hearing about indefinite detention and whether the United States is at war. Video
* 2005. Letter to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) objecting to court-stripping provisions for detainees at Guantanamo Bay. PDF

On the Supreme Court:

* 2010. "The life and legacy of Associate Justice John Paul Stevens." Remarks at the annual dinner of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association at the Seventh Circuit Judicial Conference. Video
* 2009. Kagan on cameras in the court, remarks at the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. Video
* 1995. "Confirmation Messes, Old and New," University of Chicago Law Review. PDF
* 1993. "For Justice Marshall," Texas Law Review. PDF
* 1986. Application and letters in support of a Supreme Court clerkship with Justice Marshall. PDF

On the First Amendment:

* 1996. "When A Speech Code Is a Speech Code: The Stanford Policy and the Theory of Incidental Restraints," University of California at Davis Law Review. PDF
* 1996. "Private Speech, Public Purpose: The Role of Governmental Motive in First Amendment Doctrine," University of Chicago Law Review. PDF
* 1993. "Regulation of Hate Speech and Pornography After R.A.V.," University of Chicago Law Review. PDF
* 1992. "The Changing Faces of First Amendment Neutrality: R.A.V. v. St. Paul, Rust v. Sullivan, and the Problem of Content-Based Underinclusion," the Supreme Court Review. PDF

On women and the law:

* 2010. "Women Advocates of the Supreme Court Bar: Their Day in Court." The Newseum, Supreme Court Fellows Program Alumni Association and the First Amendment Center. Video Advice on what women should wear when arguing before the court: Video
* 2008. "Women in the Legal Profession" (National Constitution Center, Peter Jennings Project for Journalists and the Constitution) Video
* 2006. "Women and the Legal Profession: A Status Report (Leslie H. Arps Memorial Lecture)." PDF

On comprehensive tobacco legislation:

*1998. Kagan, then deputy assistant to President Bill Clinton for domestic policy, speaks from the podium of the White House briefing room. Video and transcript

On administrative law:

* 2009. "White House Counsel," an article in Mark Green and Michele Jolin's "Change for America: A Progressive Blueprint for the 44th President" (Basic Books). PDF
* 2001. "Presidential Administration," Harvard Law Review. PDF

The Senate Judiciary Committee has posted more on its Web site.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  |  June 25, 2010; 12:37 PM ET
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I think that Kagan would be a great teacher of leftist views. I think she would be a great author writing on the values of Socialism as opposed to Democracy. I think she would be an asset as a member of the White House Staff, rubber stamping Obama's socialist agenda. But, as a Supreme Court Magistrate, she is more apt to legislate law from the bench than apply the rule of law to critical social issues.

My greater concern is how so many of this nations political representatives blindly embrace the untested and untried legal socialist mind of Kagan for the highest court in the land. Are they merely blind lap dogs who lick the boots of Obamanation?

This nation and its' people have not yet seen the fullness of the vile evil "change that they can believe in" that is going to become so apparent under Obama's adminstration.

When Obama enacts restrictions upon "freedom of speech" in this nation, I see mass unemployment among the ranks of the television and newspaper reporters who were so instrumental in promoting Obamanations election. What poetic justice! Can men be so stupid and blind? To promote a man to a high political office who will establish propaganda controls throughout this nation which will remove the unbias dissemination of information. Surely, they will have received a just recompense for their ignorance and blind stupidity.

Let us all blindly endorse Kagan for the Supreme Court. I grow tired of seeing all these political bureaucrats who blindly bow down to their little god Obama! For in time, they too will be discarded and cast into obscurity. At least it will reduce our public deficit in paying their undeserved salaries.

I anxiously await the hue and cry of all these blind liberals, progressives, and secularists when they actually realize that their little god has taken away everything they had under the present democracy, despite its failings.

Go Kagan, Go! Build your socialist nation with Obama and his evil minions who have been duped by the master deceiver. Tear down this democracy and build your all powerful oppressive socialist government so that men can be cast into prison, not for what they do, but what they believe and say. A nation that no longer regards the rights of its' people, but demands subjagation and tribute. Let us hurry to embrace the refreshing "change" of Obamanation!

Posted by: A_lite_to_the_blind | June 28, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Will it be possible to post her senior thesis "To the Final Conflict: Socialism in New York City, 1900-1933" ?. I think this is probably the most honest insight into her ideological leanings.

Posted by: almeyer62 | May 11, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

How can the Solicitor General defend against THIS federal abuse of power -- or has she, among other high Obama officials, been kept in the dark?


• Veteran journalist exposes fusion center censorship that apparently defies policy directives of President Obama and other high administration officials.
OR re: "Gestapo USA..." and "U.S. Silently Tortures Americans with Cell Tower Microwaves"

Posted by: scrivener50 | May 11, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

I don't see where this is a particularly prolific, nor particularly informed group of 'writings'. The ones I read seemed to be more ideological than open minded, fair or even based in legal precedent. I'm not believing this is supposed to be considered adequate support for such an appointment by WaPo..

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