The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Elena Kagan for a position on the Supreme Court, sending her nomination to the full Senate for a likely vote in the first week of August.

Ms. Kagan, whose Senate confirmation appears highly probable, would join the Supreme Court when its 2010-11 session begins in October and would become the fourth woman to serve on the court. The committee vote was 13-6, with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) joining all the panel’s Democrats in supporting Ms. Kagan’s nomination.

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