Kagan confirmation hearings set

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a confirmation hearing this week for the president's Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan.
 
American University law professor Stephen Wermiel says since Kagan has never been a judge, the constraints that other nominees have faced about discussing rulings won't come into play. Wermiel says Kagan should be able to discuss her views on key issues.
  
The White House says Kagan won't stonewall during questioning and Wermiel says that could shed light on her views about critical issues.
  
Republicans are expected to argue that her work during the Clinton administration was political and that she cannot reinvent herself as an impartial justice.
  
Opening statements from committee members and Kagan herself will take up all of tomorrow, with questioning expected to begin Tuesday.

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