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Obama to meet with Senate leaders about Supreme Court opening

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama meets today with Senate leaders and top members of the Judiciary Committee about his eventual pick to succeed Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

Officials say Obama wants to talk with the Senate leaders about the confirmation process and listen to any suggestions they may have for the job.

Obama hopes to have his pick confirmed in time for the new court term this fall. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says that's how it worked with Justice Sonia Sotomayor (SOHN'-ya soh-toh-my-YOR') last year.

Meanwhile, aides say Obama has begun talking to potential picks from a list that's believed to number around 10, although they are not formal job interviews. The aides stress a selection is not imminent.


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