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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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Supreme Court to hear Mississippi abortion case in December

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The Supreme Court on Dec. 1 will hear a challenge to a Mississippi law that bans nearly all abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy.

Why it matters: The Mississippi attorney general is asking the court to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that set a precedent for the constitutional right to abortion.

DOJ sues American Airlines, JetBlue to block "unprecedented" alliance

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The Justice Department on Tuesday sued American Airlines and JetBlue to block an "unprecedented series of agreements" that will consolidate the two airlines' operations in Boston and New York City.

Why it matters: The civil antitrust complaint alleges that the planned Northeast Alliance (NEA) "will cause hundreds of millions of dollars in harm to air passengers across the country through higher fares and reduced choice," the DOJ said in a release.

FBI: Body identified as Gabby Petito, death ruled a homicide

A memorial dedicated to Gabby Petito near City Hall in North Port, Fla. Photo: Octavio Jones/Getty Images

A body found in Teton County, Wyoming, on Sunday was confirmed to be the remains of missing 22-year-old blogger Gabby Petito, the FBI announced Tuesday.

Driving the news: The death was ruled a homicide by the Teton County coroner's office, the FBI said. The cause of death has not been determined.