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President Obama interviews Diane Wood for Supreme Court

President Obama interviewed Judge Diane Wood of Illinois Tuesday for the pending US Supreme Court opening.

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met on Tuesday with Diane Wood, a federal appeals court judge seen as one of the most liberal of the potential nominees for the U.S. Supreme Court, a source with knowledge of the conversations said on Wednesday.

With congressional elections ahead in November, Obama is expected to decide quickly on a nominee for the seat being vacated by Justice John Paul Stevens. The retiring justice is the leading liberal on the court.

Administration officials said Obama could announce his pick as soon as this week. He has been interviewing potential nominees from a short list in recent days.

The favorites are U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan; Merrick Garland, a federal appeals court judge in Washington, D.C., and Wood, who sits on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.

Obama has also met with Sidney Thomas, a federal appeals court judge in San Francisco with a more liberal record than some potential nominees.

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