According to Ben Fuller of the Associated Press, the President has narrowed his potential Supreme Court nominees to a shortlist of six:
The six names confirmed as being under review by Obama include three judges, two members of his administration and one governor.
Officials familiar with Obama's deliberations say other people are also being discussed, including names that have not triggered public speculation.
Among those Obama is considering are Solicitor General Elena Kagan, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and U.S. Appeals Court judges Sonia Sotomayor and Diane Pamela Wood. California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno is also under review by Obama.
Sources familiar with Obama's deliberations confirmed the names to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no candidates have been revealed by the White House. The confirmation amounts to the first time any name has been directly tied to Obama.
- Garry J. Wise, Toronto