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Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer on Sunday said that "many factors" will play into the timing of his retirement, suggesting that the chances of a Republican president appointing his successor is among them.

What he's saying: "I see the point, and probably in the background, there could be something there. There are many considerations," Breyer said when asked if it was a factor in an interview with "Fox News Sunday."

  • Breyer said he is also factoring “the role of the court" and "institutional considerations."
  • "I don't intend to die on the court," Breyer said, repeating earlier comments. "I don't think I will be there forever."

"I think they're entitled to their opinion," Breyer said about the people calling for his retirement. "Not only, they understand the political world much better than I, or they understand it pretty well."

Why it matters: Breyer has faced increased pressure to retire from some Democrats, fearing a situation similar to the death of former Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which allowed former President Trump to select a conservative replacement shortly before the end of his term.

  • Breyer, the court's oldest justice at 83, declined to give a timeline on him potentially leaving the court during an NPR interview last week.

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Unpacking the Supreme Court’s abortion arguments

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization — a case that offers a rare opportunity for the majority-conservative court to strike down the precedent set by Roe v. Wade

Host Erica Pandey is joined by MSNBC columnist Chris Geidner to understand why those in favor of abortion access are concerned by what they heard in court and where this case could be headed.

Supreme Court appears likely to roll back abortion rights

Abortion rights advocates and anti-abortion protesters demonstrate in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 1. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

The Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed likely to weaken abortion rights and perhaps to let states ban the procedure altogether.

The intrigue: The court seemed likely to throw out the framework established in Roe v. Wade, but it wasn't clear whether a majority of the justices were inclined to overturn the court's precedents entirely.

China builds its own movie empire

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Data: Gower Street citing Comscore; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

China blocked all four of Disney's Marvel movies from being released in its theaters last year, a grim sign for U.S. film giants being squeezed out of the world's fastest-growing box office.

Why it matters: The Chinese Communist Party is using domestic films as a key conduit for mass messaging aimed at achieving political goals, leaving little room for foreign views.