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republicans dig in for a fight for replacing scalia. new details on the supreme court justices death and if president obama will be able to name his replacement. good morning. i'm alison kosik. >> i'm miguel marquez. it is monday. 4:00 a.m. the body of antonin scalia is back home in northern virginia.
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this is his casket at the airport in west texas. that is where scalia died at a resort. there will be no autopsy. the decision made by scalia's family and the texas justice of the peace. the washington post reports that scalia was pronounced over the phone after officials said there were no signs of foul play. the 79-year-old jurist had several chronic conditions. senate republicans are calling for no replacement nominated for the supreme court until after november elections as cnn's manu raju says the white house has no intention of honoring. >> reporter: good morning. president obama said he would wait until next week potentially or maybe after to choose the replacement to justice scalia. that doesn't mean the battle lines are not already being
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drawn. especially in the senate. the schedule is set of who is nominated and confirmed. decided the next president should not name, not the current president. president obama did not listen to senate mcconnell and is planning to move forward. now the big question from mitch mcconnell and the republicans is will they allow a vote on the floor to confirm or deny the next supreme court justice. this is something they have not fully decided yet because senator mcconnell wants to take the temperature of his conference. you have various camps forming. republicans are dead set against any nominee being confirmed now. you have moderates who are uncertain. you have the most influential
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group. the senate republicans who are up for re-election in blue states and purple states. at the end of the day, those members will determine whether or not republicans will stay in the majority next year. those folks will be targeted aggressively by the democrats, by the white house, by groups on both sides to vote the way they want them to. we will see and watch it closely. people in ohio, wisconsin, illinois, pennsylvania, new hampshire and so forth. those are the key to going forward. right now, if you are the white house and you are a democrat, you know you have a very uphill battle to climb to get your nominee confirmed. back to you. >> manu, thanks for that. scalia's death thrust the issue of supreme court nomination into the heart of the presidential race. just hours before republicans took the stage to debate in south carolina, who would get to choose scalia's replacement and when was the first topic.
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the one of the more heated. >> i think it is up to mitch mcconnell to stop it. it is called delay, delay, delay. >> there should be consensus orientati orientation. >> the next president will appoint four supreme court justices. if donald trump is president, he will appoint liberals. if donald trump is president, your second amendment will go away. you know how i know that? >> i'm going to turn this car around. >> ted cruz, with your brother, wanted john roberts to be on the united states supreme court. they both pushed him. he twice approved obamacare. >> marco rubio also having his say on the supreme court issue on a night he hopes to put that new hampshire debate performance behind him. cnn's phil mattingly on rubio's efforts to regain his campaign
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mojo. >> reporter: good morning. marco rubio one of the only candidates on the trail here on sunday after the rousing debate that was equal brawl and exchange of ideas. rubio's team thinks he did well in the debate after the new hampshire fifth place finish after a poor debate performance. the campaign trail issue on sunday is who will be the next supreme court justice and who will get that pick? here's what rubio said in south carolina. >> there is no way the senate should confirm anyone that barack obama tries to appoint his last year in office to a lifetime appointment. the next president of the united states will fill that vacancy in a court that is divided 4-4. four people understand their job. four people do not. we're missing one. >> reporter: rubio sounding like the rest of the republican senators in his conference. saying president obama will get
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no chance to move his nominee through the united states senate. rubio has a very important week of campaigning ahead. a south carolina based campaign team. a lot of pros according to a lot of analysts here. rubio hoping to cut into that lead over the course of the week. a strong performance in south carolina his team hopes will bolster forward. rubio trying to get back the momentum after the wake of the iowa finish. miguel and alison. >> thank you, phil. hillary clinton and bernie sanders, of course, taking the opposite stance. surging a swift nomination by the president and immediate confirmation by the president. >> the president has the right to nominate the supreme court justice.
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the united states senate has the responsibility under our constitution to act on the person that the president appoints. >> the constitution is pretty clear and that is it is the job of the president of the united states to appoint and nominate members to the supreme court and the senate confirms. president obama, in my view, should make that nomination. i hope he does it as soon as possible. i hope that the senate confirms and begins deliberations. >> clinton is in nevada for a rally today. happening today for the first time, jeb bush hits the campaign trail with his older brother former president george w. bush. bush says appearing with his brother in south carolina could help his campaign. he says george w. can vouch for
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his readiness to be commander in chief. george w. bush left office with low ratings, but it still popular in south carolina. and unique for the two-night event, you will see all six candidates. they will answer questions from the voters of south carolina in two live town halls moderated by anderson cooper. ben carson and marco rubio and ted cruz on wednesday and followed by john kasich and jeb bush and donald trump on thursday. that is all right here on cnn. arizona senator john mccain says he is prepared to subpoena sailors over their detentionsai.
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mccain says the sailors are being debriefed. he is giving the congress until march 1st. and iran is celebrating the export of crude oil. the shipment was the first in five years and officials say it marks a new chapter for iran's oil industry. tehran plans to add 1 million barrels following implementation of the agreement which lifted international sanctions in exchange for iran restricting nuclear activities. time for an early start on your money. markets are mixed around the world. chinese markets back to business today after a week-long holiday. look at nikkei. surging 7% after the selloff last week. european markets are higher. markets in the u.s. are closed for presidents' day. the dow on friday snapped the five-day losing streak jumping
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314 points. oil was behind the rebound. prices jumped 12% on friday to $29 a barrel. the biggest one day spike since february of 2009. it is interesting seeing stocks follow oil. >> it is fear and exuberance. madness. hopefully it is mellow. as a proposed truce looms in syria, a new battle takes place. more coming up.
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there appears to be no let up in the fighting in syria despite plans for a cease-fire set to begin on friday. while the u.s. and russia brokered the truce agreement, rebel forces in syria claim the russian air strikes are ramping up the bloodshed. this is happening at countries are flexing their muscle. cnn's frederik pleitgen has more. >> reporter: good morning, miguel and alison. we went to the syrian desert where we got access to bashar al assad's frontline with isis. there's massive syrian government military positions there, including tanks, artillery and armored carriers. i spoke to the commanding general of the region. he said the syrian military has been able to make gains.
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they say in large part, that is thanks to russian air power. not because of the air strikes, but aerial surveillance they are giving to the syrian army which makes it easier to target isis positions. meanwhile, the syrian conflict is escalating on other fronts. in the north of the country, syrian government forces have made gains against the rebels, but kurdish forces are attacking rebels. that is causing anger in turkey. turkey itself has shelled kurdish positions in syria. all of this as the u.s. clings to and tries to make a peace plan work that would see a cease-fire in the country in the next couple days. again, at this point in time, it appears in syria, the violence, if anything, is escalating. >> frederik pleitgen, thank you. new york city police are investigating elliot spitzer's
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involvement in the hotel. a 25-year-old woman claims the former new york governor choked her in a hotel room this weekend. they say the unidentified woman claims spitzer was her boyfriend. the woman was hospitalized the same night with self inflicted cuts to her wrist. eliot spitzer has not been charged. spitzer resigned as governor in the wake of the prostitution scandal. and medicaid cover is debated over the contaminated water in flint, michigan. 15,000 residents would benefit if it is approved. he said it would line up doctors and health specialists. the fbi is investigating a
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bomb found at a rental car facility at the albuquerque airport. an explosive device was discovered sunday. attached to an avis car and dropped off at the airport. a bomb squad was able to disarm the device. the rental car center is not attached to the main terminal. and scary moments for people stuck on a ski lift in new hampshire. crews rescued 48 people from two tram cars sunday some 40 feet off the ground in sub zero temperatures. no one was injured. officials at the white mountain resort says the problem was with the service brakes on the tram. that does not look like fun. >> as cold as it was this weekend? no. i hope they were packed in there and stay warm. >> a winter storm is moving up the east coast threatening millions today and tomorrow. let's bring in meteorologist pedram javaheri. >> alison and miguel, good
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morning. the cold air that really has filtered in place here will begin to moderate. about two dozen record temperatures across the northeast. temperatures as cold as 37 below as far as watertown. worcester at 9 below. you take a look at 70 million people underneath winter weather advisories and warnings in place. the majority is for light snowshowers and freezing rain. seeing snow roll in across washington and baltimore and philly gets it by the afternoon. the accumulation amounts in the white to gray colors. the great lakes could see up to a foot of snow in the next 24 to 36 hours. the story is the warming trend in the forecast. new york shoots up to 54 degrees after snowshowers today. the long-range outlook saturday
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to next wednesday. that puts the country above average in the temperature department. guys. i'm ready for it to get above 1 degree here. >> that would be nice. i like the extreme conditions. >> i couldn't get out to see the movies. "the revenant" taking top honors at the baftas. won best picture and director and actor with leonardo de naon dicaprio. bafta has been a reliable oscar predictor picking the winner six of the last seven years. >> i loved kate winslet in "steve jobs." transformed. she deserves to win.
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pope francis traveling to the mexican poor state to reach out to indigenous people there after his six day trip to mexico. cnn's shasta darlington has the latest. >> reporter: good morning, miguel and alison. pope francis helicoptered into one of the most dangerous places in mexico on his second full day. ecetapec. notorious for poverty and for violence. in fact, the pontiff's decision to visit there ruffled more than a few official feathers. it was pure joy for the hundreds try to catch a glimpse of the - pontiff as he drove on the way to mass. the mass itself was surprisingly critical.
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pope francis lashed out at the temptations of wealth, power and fame. and he was more direct. he told mexicans they need to build a community that provides opportunity rather than a country that destroys young people. listen to this. >> translator: i want to invite you today, again, to be on the frontline. to be the first in all of the initiatives which help makes this blessed land of mexico a land of opportunities. where there will be no need to emigrate in order to dream. no need to be exploited in order to work. >> reporter: back in mexico city, pope francis visited a children's hospital. many of the patients, young victims of cancer. there were touching moments when he gave a rosary to one young boy and asked him to pray for
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him. to another, he administered his medicine. now he is headed off to chiapas on monday. the main entry point for central american migrants, thousands of them trying to reach the united states. back to you, miguel and alison. >> shasta, thanks for that. brazil recruiting the public to help curb the spread of the zika virus. the military began handing out flyers for a campaign of zika zero. officials asking people to inspect their homes for zika breeding spots. the virus is believed to be linked to a surge of infants born with brain damage. senate republicans and president on a collision course over how to replace justice scalia. will the supreme court vacancy sit open until next year? we're breaking it down next.
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the death of antonin scalia, chaos and confusion over how the supreme court will be replaced. welcome back to "early start." i'm miguel marquez. >> i'm alison kosik. the body of antonin scalia is back home in northern virginia. this is his casket at the
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airport in west texas. a source tells cnn there will be no autopsy. a decision made by scalia's family and texas justice of the peace. the washington post reports scalia was pronounced dead over the phone after the officers an assured of no foul play and scalia's doctor told her the 79-year-old jurist had several chronic conditions. meantime, senate republicans calling for no replacement nominated for scalia until after the november election. as cnn's manu raju, that is something the white house has no intention of honoring. >> reporter: good morning. president obama said he would c justice scalia. that doesn't mean the battle lines are not drawn.
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mitch mcconnell sets the schedule of who is nominated on and confirmed. he decided the next president should nominate, not the current president. president obama did not listen to senator mcconnell and is planning to move forward. now the question is will the republicans allow a vote on the floor of the senate and the senate judiciary committee to confirm or deny the next supreme court justice. this is something they have not fully decided yet largely because senator mcconnell wants to take the temperature of his conference. you have various camps forming. republicans are dead set against nominations. you have moderates who are uncertain. you have the most influential group. the members who are up for re-election in blue states and purple states. at the end of the day, those
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members will determine whether or not republicans will stay in the majority next year. those folks will be targeted pretty aggressively by democrats and by the white house and by groups on both sides to vote the way that they want. we will see and watch closely people in ohio, wisconsin, illinois, pennsylvania, new hampshire and so forth. those are the keys to going forward. if you are a democrat, you know you have an uphill battle to climb to get your nominee confirmed. miguel and alison. >> thank you. scalia's death thrust the issue of the supreme court in the heart of the race of the campaign. it became heated at moments during the debate saturday night. >> i think it is up to mitch
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mcconnell and everybody else to stop it. it's called delay, delay. >> there should be a consensus. there is no doubt that barack obama will not have a consensus pick. >> the next president will appoint one, two, three, four supreme court justices. if donald trump is president, your second amendment will go away. you know how i know that? >> gentlemen, i'm going to turn this car around. >> ted cruz, with your brother, wanted john roberts to be on the united states supreme court. he twice approved obamacare. good going, man. >> i'm not sure if that was a debate or brawl. marco rubio having his say on the supreme court issue on a night that hopes puts the new hampshire debate performance behind him. cnn's phil mattingly has more on rubio's efforts to regain his campaign mojo.
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>> reporter: good morning. marco rubio one of the only candidates on the trail here sunday after the rousing debate that was drawl and exchange of ideas. rubio's team thinking he did well in the debate. that's no small thing after new hampshire's fifth place finish after the poor debate performance. the issue on the campaign trail, no different than the leading issue in the debate. who will be the next supreme court justice and who will get the pick? here's what rubio said in south carolina. >> there is no way the senate should confirm anyone barack obama appoints in his last year in office. the next president of the united states will fill that vacancy in a court that is evenly divided. four people understand their job. four people that do not. and we're missing one. >> reporter: rubio sounding like the rest of the republican senators in his conference saying president obama will get
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no chance to move his nominee through the united states. rubio has a very important week of campaigning ahead. a lot of real pros according to analysts down here, but a lot of ground to make up. trump with double digit leads across the south. rubio hoping to cut into that lead this week. his team hopes he can bolster his campaign forward. miguel and alison, back to you. >> thanks, phil. on the democratic side, hillary clinton and bernie sanders, of course, taking the opposite stance urging a swift nomination by the president and immediate confirmation vote by the senate. >> the president has the right and responsibility to nominate a new supreme court justice, which he has said he will do and the
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united states senate has the responsibility under our constitution to act on the person that the president appoints. >> the constitution is pretty clear and that is it is the job of the president of the united states to appoint and nominate members to the supreme court and the congress confirms. i hope he does it as soon as possible. i hope that the senate confirms and beginning deliberations as soon as possible. >> clinton is in nevada for a rally today ahead of saturday's democratic caucuses. sanders is in michigan to meet with families of the water crisis. happening today for the first time, jeb bush hits the campaign trail with his brother george w. bush. bush is appearing with his brother which could help save
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his campaign. george w. bush left office with low approval ratings, but still popular in south carolina. hear from candidates in a unique two-night event on cnn this week. wednesday and thursday. all six candidates for the very first time this campaign will answer questions from the voters of south carolina in two live town halls moderated by anderson cooper. ben carson, marco rubio and ted cruz on wednesday, followed by john kasich and jeb bush and donald trump on thursday. all live beginning 8:00 p.m. wednesday and thursday right here on cnn. arizona senator john mccain says he is prepared to subpoena ten sailors to testify over their detention in iran last month. the sailors were held after two
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patrol boats wandered in international waters. mccain says he is told that the sailors are being debriefed. meantime, iran is celebrating its first export of crude oil to europe since the landmark nuclear deal. the shipment was the first in five years and marks a new chapter for the iran oil industry. tehran plans to add 1 million barrels following the implementation of the agreement which lifted sanctions in exchange for iran restricting nuclear activities. time for an early start on your money. happy presidents' day. markets are closed for the holiday. wall street snapped the five-day losing streak. dow had the second best day in 2016. the dow is now down 1,451 points
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for the year. we are only in february. how have stocked fared for the year? the dow and s&p down more than 8%. the nasdaq down 13%. the nasdaq is flirting with bear market territory. worries of a slowing global economy could sink the u.s. into a recession. a proposed truce in syria. cnn is taking you to the frontlines in the battle next.
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there appears to be no let up in the fighting in syria despite plans for a cease-fire set to begin on friday. the u.s. and russia brokered a peace agreement, the claims of the russian air strikes are ramping up the bloodshed as other countries are rflexing their military muscles. cnn's frederik pleitgen has more from the ground in eastern syria. >> reporter: good morning, miguel and alison. we went to the syrian desert where we got access to bashar al ass assad's frontline. there are massive military positions there. i actually managed to speak to the commanding general of the
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region. he said recently the syrian military has been able to make gains many because it makes it easier for them to target isis positions. meanwhile, the syrian conflict is escalating on other fronts. in the north of the country, syrian government forces have made gains against the rebels, but kurdish forces are attacking rebels as well. that is causing a lot of anger in turkey and so turkey itself has shelled kurdish positions in syria. all of this as the u.s. clings to and tries to make a peace plan work that would see a cease-fire here in the country in the next couple days. again, at this point in time, it appears here in syria, the violence, if anything, is escalating. thank you, fred.
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new york city police investigating eliot spitzer's alleged involvement in an assault. two law enforcement sources tell cnn a 25-year-old woman claims the former new york governor choked her in a hotel room. the unidentified woman claims spitzer was her boyfriend. the woman was also hospitalized the same night with self inflicted cuts to her wrists. spitzer has not been charged. spitzer resigned in 2008 in the wake of a prostitution scandal. michigan governor rick snyder asking the federal government to expand medicaid coverage for pregnant women and those under 21 exposed to the contaminated water.
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the state would help by lining up doctors and health specialists and other services. the fbi is investigating a bomb found at the albuquerque airport. an explosive device was discovered sunday attached to an avis car that was rented elsewhere and dropped off at the albuquerque airport. a police bomb squad detonated the device. and some scary moments for dozens of people who were stuck on a ski lift at a resort in new hampshire. crews rescued 48 people from two tram cars that became stuck on sunday. some 40 feet off the ground in extraordinary cold temperatures. no one was injured. officials at the white mountain resort says the problem was with the service brakes. >> forget about the freezing cold temperatures. if i had to look down from that
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high up? it is the height. just wondering if i will ever get down. >> put you in the middle. winter storm moving up the east coast threatening millions today and tomorrow. for the latest, let's bring in meteorologist pedram javaheri. good morning. >> good morning, alison and miguel. this is courtesy of scott kelly aboard the international space station. you see the clouds offshore and snow in northeast in the past couple days. i want to show you how cold it got. watertown down to minus 37. colder than the town of alert in portions of northern canada. minus 25 was the valentine morning low. 70 million people dealing with the winter weather storm and weather and storm across the region. notice the snowshowers across
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virginia and delmarva as well. this will push up north this afternoon. new york city could get 1 inch or so out of this. back across west, upwards of a foot of snow. we are watching louisiana and florida panhandle with large hail and some tornadoes possible, too with the front that is skirting by across the region. guys. pedram, thanks for that. you saw "the revenant?" >> i did. >> it is one long action scene? >> a lot of action. i would not have done very well in those days given what i saw. >> it is taking top honors sunday at the baftas. winning five awards in all. picture and director and actor. "the revenant" is the frontrunner for the big prize at the oscars. brie larson for "room" and then
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kate winslet for "steve jobs." >> it is shocking. that bear scene. still scares me. all right. kanye west dropping a new album and announcing he's millions of dollars in debt. we will get an early start on your money next. phimes start with a positive attitude... and positively radiant skin. aveeno® positively radiant moisturizer... with active naturals® soy. aveeno® naturally beautiful results®.
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pope francis traveling to mexico's poorest state to reach out to indigenous communities there. he is taking on government and religious leaders during the six-day trip to mexico. cnn's shasta darlington has the latest. >> reporter: good morning, miguel and alison.
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pope francis helicoptered into the most dangerous place in mexico on his second full day. ecetapec. notorious for its poverty and violence. in fact, the pontiff's decision to visit there ruffled more than a few official feathers. it was pure joy for the hundreds of thousands who turned out to try to catch a glimpse of the pontiff as he drove by on his way to mass. the mass itself was surprisingly critical. pope francis lashed out at the temptations of wealth, power and fame. and he was more direct. he told mexicans they need to build a community that provides opportunities rather than a country that destroys young people. listen to this. >> translator: i want to invite you to be on the frontline and to be the first in all of the
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initiatives which help make this blessed land of mexico a land of opportunities. where there will be no need to emigrate in order to dream. no need to be exploited in order to work. >> reporter: back in mexico city, pope francis visited a children's hospital. many of the patients, young victims of cancer and touching moments when he gave a rosary to one young boy and asked him to pray for him. to another, he administered his medicine. now he is headed off to chiapas on monday. the main entry point for central american migrants, thousands of them, trying to reach the united states. back to you, miguel and alison. >> thanks for that. brazil is recruiting the public. the new york sometimes reports that the brazil military started
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handing out flyers over the weekend to urge residents to inn expect homes to eliminate mosquito breeding spots. zika is present in two dozen countries and caribbean and latin america. the virus is believed to be linked to a surge of infants born with brain damage. four people under arrest following one of the biggest drug busts in australia's history. meth and art supplies found in bras in the drug bust. it is worth $700 million here in the u.s. three have been charged in the case. amazing. >> interesting place to hide it. let's get an early start on your money. happy presidents' day. u.s. markets are closed. wall street had a great day on friday. the dow snapped its losing streak. oil was the culprit behind the
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rebound. prices jumped 12% to $29 a barrel. let's take a quick look at markets around the world. chinese markets are open after the week long holiday for the lunar new year. this is a head scratcher. kanye west says he is $53 million in debt. as west waited to take the stage on "saturday night live," he tweeted this. i write you, my brother, pray we overcome. this is my true heart. at first it was unclear whether the rapper was joking. west has been using his own money to fund his clothing collection and studio album which debuted days ago. west was back at it on twitter saying facebook co- founder mark zuckerberg should invest $1
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billion in his ideas. "deadpool" may be an unlikely hero. it had the biggest opening ever for an r-rated film. that title formerly belonged to "the matrix reloaded." the sarcastic hero is not going anywhere. a sequel is already in the works. >> i'm shocked. amazing. "early start" continues right now. republicans dig in for a fight over replacing justice antonin scalia. new details this morning on the supreme court justice's death and battle over president obama will be able to name his replacement. good morning. welcome to "early start."
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i'm miguel marquez. >> good morning. i'm alison kosik. it is monday, february 15th. 5:00 a.m. in the east. this morning, the body of supreme court justice antonin scalia is back home now in northern virginia. this is his casket at the airport in west texas. that's where scalia died during a hunting trip. sources tell cnn there will be no autopsy. a decision made by his family. the washington post reports that scalia was pronounced dead over the phone after law enforcement officers assured of no signs of foul play and scalia's doctor said the 79-year-old jurist had several chronic conditions. meanwhile, republicans are calling for no replacement for scalia until after the november election. manu raju reports that the white house has no intention of honoring that request.
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>> reporter: and president obama said he would wait until next week potentially or after to choose the replacement to justice scalia. that doesn't mean the battle lines are not already drawn. the majority leader mitch mcconnell decides the schedule, decided that the next president should nominate the president, not the current president. the current president, president obama, did not listen to senator mcconnell and is planning to move forward. will the republican s allow the vote on the floor of the senate. this is something they have not fully decided yet largely because senator mcconnell wants to take the temperature of his conference. you have various camps

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