Rachel Maddow just reported this breaking news, based on a report filed by Pete Williams, NBC legal correspondent. She is interviewing Pete Williams as I type. The report is based on statements made by several government sources who are, of course, as of right now, not named. The story has not been officially confirmed.
NPR has learned that Supreme Court Justice David Souter is planning to retire at the end of the court’s current term. Souter is expected to remain on the bench until a successor has been confirmed. Souter’s retirement would give President Obama his first appointment to the court, and most observers expect that he will appoint a woman.