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McConnell: Talk of Kagan filibuster premature

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate's top Republican said Sunday it's too early to say whether GOP lawmakers might try to filibuster Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's confirmation, even though hearings are set to begin June 28.

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, said he finds some of her views "quite troubling" and mentioned political speech and the First Amendment in particular.

He's leaving open the possibility of a filibuster but told "Fox News Sunday" it's "entirely too early to know whether that would be appropriate."

President Obama chose Miss Kagan, the solicitor general, to succeed retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.

Democrats have a comfortable majority in the Senate, and Republicans so far have shown little inclination to undertake a filibuster.

 

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