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honoring that request. >> 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 forming.
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republicans are dead set against any nominee confirmed right now. you have moderates uncertain. you have the most influential group. members of the senate, republican conference, who are up for re-election in blue states and purple states. at the end of the day, those members, how they do, will determine whether or not republicans will stay in the majority next year. those folks will be targeted aggressively by the democrats and by the white house and by groups on both sides to vote the way that they want them to vote. we will see and watch it closely. people in ohio and senators from ohio, wisconsin, illinois, pennsylvania, new hampshire and so forth. those are the keys to going forward. 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, thank you. and now to help us break
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down the political wildfire touched off by scalia's death is goldie taylor. thank you for joining us so early. >> good morning. >> so what senators can they peel off? does the president actually have a chance? >> we are looking at u.s. senators sitting in swing states. generally your moderate republicans like kelly ayotte. the president has to nominate someone. he cannot defend an empty seat. he can defend a well qualified individual. republicans will have to because of their base and their base feels about the appointment and supreme court and this president, they have to balk on whoever the nominee is. if he nominated moses and he came down to split the waters, they have to delay. you see the nominee in trouble. >> not even allow a vote?
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>> correct. >> we saw the candidates dig in. the battle lines are being drawn. we saw trump and cruz over the weekend. >> it is up to mcconnell and everybody else to stop it. it is called delay, delay, delay. >> there should be a consensus orientation. >> the next president is going to appoint one, two, three, 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 on the united states supreme court. he twice approved obamacare. good going, men. >> this is just a taste of how down and dirty this is going to get. this is just the tip of the
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iceberg. >> this is hours after the passing of justice scalia. if they are going at it this way hours before the body is even cold, what will they do when the race gets into full stride and super tuesday? it will get rough. >> mcconnell has all the power not to schedule a vote. it president obama named somebody like the attorney general who was just confirmed by the senate. loretta lynch. that could truly embarrass republicans in a presidential year like this. >> they stalled the loretta lynch confirmation for months to attorney general. they would never allow her as supreme court justice. >> that person he puts forward is going to be an interesting choice. >> it is that toxic, yes. on the other hand, republicans may cost themselves something. you know, the supreme court was always an issue in the election.
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the next president will at least replace two seats. whether that's a democrat or republican, that's on the table. at the end of the day, in this situation, if they do not confirm somebody, if they hold this president up, it puts it front and center for democratic voters, specifically the african-american voters who support this president. it could test the loyalty to the president among the democratic base. this could have the reverse effect. >> cruz already threatening to filibuster any obama nominee. listen to what he said. >> does that mean you're going to filibuster anyone the president nominates? >> absolutely. this should be a decision for the people, george. >> and this is something he can do. just like far chance from him doing this. president obama could appoint a nominee during the recess, which congress is in. it would be a temporary
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appointment, but outrageous things can be done. >> he can do a temporary recess appoint. however, that could back fire on this president. you know, the use of executive power, which the republicans have talked about again and again. ted cruz is doing the right thing politically for him and his party. we only had congressional hearings on this since 1925. funny thing is, harry reid changed the rule in 2013 to allow a simple majority filibuster. that's where we are. that is how ted cruz will get away with this. >> you could end up in a situation where democrats lose the election in november and the president replaces the supreme court. >> you will get yourself a very conservative justice. that's what's on the table this fall for republicans and democrats alike. >> these issues are so important. we're talking everything from affirmative action to abortion to immigration. you name it, across the board. the one thing that can come from
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the vacancy is if voters were not interested to getting to the polls before, this may actually draw more voters to come in because now this presidential vote has that much more impact on our daily lives. >> sure. that was the math. it was always about who would get the next two or three supreme court nominees after this fall election. now it is front and center. this term, you have very important decisions. you have a major reproductive rights decision coming up in march. that's so-called trap laws. immigration on the table. affirmative action on the table. you have decisions and it sounds like antonin scalia had written before he passed away. we will see how that plays out in this term with just eight justices. you could see a split court. >> most of those breaking toward the liberal side. on george w. bush in south carolina for his brother. the only place he can stump. >> only place on the planet. that is absolutely right.
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jeb bush needs everything he can get right now in south carolina. this could be his waterloo. he has south carolina and nevada coming up. he may not make it to super tuesday. if he does, it is because he had enough gas in the pac account to get him from state to state. it could be tough for him going forward. >> goldie taylor, thank you for getting up early for us. >> thank you. >> we'll buy you coffee. hear from the republican candidates in the two-night event this week. on wednesday and thursday, all six candidates for the first time this campaign will answer questions from voters of south carolina in two live town halls moderated by anderson cooper. ben carson and marco rubio and ted cruz on wednesday and then john kasich and jeb bush and donald trump on thursday. all at 8:00 right here on cnn. as the proposed truce looms
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i spoke to the commanding general of the region. he said recently the syrian military has been able to make gains. they say in large part that is thanks to russian air power, not because of the air strikes, but aerial surveillance that they are giving to the syrian army which makes it easier to target isis. the syrian government is escalating on other fronts. in the north of the country, syrian forces have made gains against rebels, but kurdish forces are attacking rebels as well. that is causing anger in turkey. turkey itself has shelled kurdish positions in syria. all of this as the u.s. clings to 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 the violence in syria is escalating. miguel and alison. thank you, fred.
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no autopsy. the decision made by scalia's family and texas justice of the peace. the washington post reports scalia was pronounced dead over the phone after law enforcement officers assured of no signs of foul play and scalia's doctor said the jurist had several chronic conditions. and republicans calling for no replacement until after the november election for scalia. as cnn's manu raju reports the white house has no intentions of honoring that request. >> reporter: 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 will be drawn in the senate. mitch mcconnell decides the schedule over who is nominated
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on and confirmed. decided the next president should nominate, not the current president. the current president did not listen to senator mcconnell and planning to move forward. now the question for the republicans is will they allow a vote on the floor of the senate and the senate judiciary committee to confirm or deny the 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 camping forming. republicans are dead set against any nominee confirmed right now. you have moderates who are uncertain. you have the most influential group. members of the senate republican conference up for re-election in blue states and purple states. at the end of the day, those members and how they deal with
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it will determine whether republicans stay in the majority next year. those folks targeted aggressively by democrats and white house and groups on both sides to vote the way that they want them to. we will see and watch closely senators from ohio and wisconsin and illinois and pennsylvania and new hampshire and so for th. if you are in the white house and you are a democrat, you know you are a very uphill battle to climb to get your nominee confirmed. back to you, miguel and alison. >> manu, thanks for that. to help us break down the political wildfire touched off by the death of scalia, we are joined by goldie taylor. good morning. >> good morning. >> it was hours after we got the news of justice scalia's death and we had the republican debate in south carolina. they were just getting down and dirty. i want to play for you an exchange that happened between
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ted cruz and donald trump. just to give you a taste of how down and dirty it was. >> i think it is up to mcconnell and everybody else to stop it. it's called delay, delay, delay. >> there should be a consensus orientation on that nomination. >> the next president is going to appoint one, two, three, 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? this car around.m going to turn- >> ted cruz with your brother, wanted john roberts to be a supreme court member. he twice approved obamacare. good going, men. >> more brawl than debate. how tough will it get? >> it will get tougher. we're headed toward super
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tuesday. nevada and south carolina on the 20th and 27th. then super tuesday. you have an arm full of states. right now, it is a two or three man race. >> republicans do not want the president to name anyone. the president is clearly going to name someone. >> clearly. >> he probably won't get what he wants, but could this motivate democratic voters? >> it could motivate democratic voters. the move on the side of the republicans in terms of not confirming a nominee helps them galvanize their voters. at the end of the day, if you take a hard look at this, this will never hit a full vote. those republicans in blue and purple states will never been forced to choose. it may not be as big of an issue in their districts. you keep them safe if you keep
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them from that vote. >> you have, of course, hillary clinton and bernie sanders saying, look, president obama should pick scalia's replacement. i want to play sound bites on that end. >> sure. >> the president has the right and responsibility to nominate a new supreme court justice which he has said he will do and 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, 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 and i hope the senate confirms and begins
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deliberations and as soon as possible. >> they will delay, delay, delay according to the republicans. >> it is the president's right to attempt to fill that seat. it is also the senate's responsibility to advise and consent. the president can nominate someone. it cannot be without the advice of the senate. if you listen to ted cruz, we are advising. >> cruz said if it got to the floor, he would filibuster it. it will never get to the floor. both democrats and republicans are motivated. even if this person is, dead on arrival, a bad way to put it, how important is that pick?
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>> it is absolutely important that the president picks a well qualified, well vetted candidate for this job. you don't want anyone the republicans can assail on qualifications. you want to hit the person on wedge issues. affirmative action and women's reproductive choices. things not on the ballot this fall, but on the hearts and minds of every day americans. how would you rule on obamacare? do you think it is constitutional? we want those things on the table. the president will pick somebody who will be counter point to republicans on the issues and make them talk about it. >> the big issues you are talking about. affirmative action, abortion, immigration. those issues could get more voters to the ballot box. >> absolutely. antonin scalia did something he never did in his living days.
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he will be a centerpiece for presidential election. at the end of the day, this will drive turnout on both sides of the aisle. it is anything goes this fall. >> goldie taylor, thank you for coming in this early. >> i appreciate it. hear from the republican candidates in a unique two-night event on cnn this week. wednesday and thursday at 8:00 p.m. each night, all six candidates for the first time in the campaign. 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. followed by john kasich and jeb bush and donald trump on thursday. all of them live beginning at 8:00 p.m. wednesday and thursday. right here on cnn. time for an early start on your money. markets are mixed around the world. chinese markets back to business after a week long holiday for the lunar new year.
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there appears to be no let up in the fighting in syria despite plans for a cease-fire
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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 as other countries are flexing their military muscle. saudi arabia sends jets to the frontlines. cnn's frederik pleitgen has more on the ground from eastern syria. >> reporter: alison, we went to the eastern syrian desert where we got access to bashar al assad's frontline with isis. massive government military positions with tanks, artillery and armored personnel carriers. i spoke to the commanding general of the region. he said recently the syrian military has been able to make gains and they say in large part that is thanks to russian air power, not just because the russians are conducting air strikes, but also because of aerial surveillance that the
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russians are giving to the syrian army which makes it easier to target isis positions. meanwhile, the syrian conflict escalating on other fronts as well. in the north of the country, syrian government forces have also made gains against the rebels, but also kurdish forces are attacking rebels as well. that's 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 in the country in the next couple days. at this point in time, it appears here in syria the violence, if anything, is escalating. miguel and alison. thanks, fred. new york city police are investigating eliot spitzer's involvement allegedly in assault in a hotel. two law enforcement sources says a 25-year-old woman claims the former governor choked her in the hotel room this weekend.
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the woman claims spitzer was her boyfriend. they had an argument and that turned physical. she was hospitalized with cuts to her wrists. spitzer has not been charged. spitzer resigned in 2008 in the wake of the prostitution scandal and later hosted a show on cnn. michigan governor rick snyder asking the federal government to expand medicaid coverage to include pregnant women and people under 21 who have been exposed to the lead contaminated water. the governor says 15,000 flint residents would be helped if approved. they would provide doctors and other services. the fbi is investigate a bomb that was found at a rental car facility at the albuquerque airport. it was found sunday attached to the avis car rented elsewhere
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and dropped off at airport in albuquerque. the police bomb squad disabled the device. the car rental facility is not attached to the terminal. scare for several people. crews rescued 48 people from two tram cars that became stuck on sunday 40 feet off the ground in sub zero cold. no one was injured thankfully. officials at the white mountain resort said the problem was with the service brakes. >> sure. i always bring schnaupps. let's take a look at what is coming up on "new day" with chris cuomo. christopher? >> miguel, hold your consternation on what bothers you in life. good morning to you as well, young kosik. we are dealing with three levels of what happened with antonin
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scalia. first, a tremendous loss to american culture, legal culture and to his family. the scalias are a big and proud familia. we wish them well on the untimely death. we will talk about what this means to the court in a pure legal sense. what does it do to the balance and what does this mean for the business cases? and lastly and certainly a big point of emphasis, the politics. who will they put in? the idea that president obama should not or cannot offer someone up because he is in his last year is a silly notion. we will tell you why, but we will deal with the practicalities of who may be offered. we will talk to people who knew and worked with antonin scalia. you can understand his impact and why he looms so large on that court.
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we have former attorney general alberto gonzalez to transform us into the world of court into the world of war. a lot of politics on what was and what is not right when it comes to iraq. we will take you tlhrough that process. that's what we have today. sorry if i belabored it a little. a big topic with scalia. >> thanks, chris. kanye west dropping a new album and stating he is millions of dollars in debt. we will get an early start on your money next. n people. seven. i just wish one of those people could have been mrs. johnson. [dog bark] trust me, we're dealing with a higher intelligence here. ♪ the all-new audi q7 is here. ♪
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pope francis traveling to the poorest areas of mexico. the pontiff takes on government and religious leaders during the six-day trip to mexico. we have shasta darlington
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following the pope. >> reporter: good morning, miguel. pope francis helicoptered into the most dangerous place in mexico. epacetec. the pontiff's decision to visit there ruffled more than a few official feathers. it was pure joy for the hundreds of hows who turned out to try to just catch a glimpse of the pontiff as he drove by on his way to mass. the mass itself was surprisingly critical. pope francis lashed at the what he called the temptations of wealth, power and fame. during the service, 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 today again to be on the
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frontline. to be the first in all the 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. there were touching moments. for example, he gave a rosary to one young boy and asked him to pray for him. to another, he administered his medicine. to a girl, he said ave maria. now he is off to chiapas. the area where thousands are trying to reach the united states. back to you. thank you, shasta. let's get an early start on your money. u.s. markets are closed for the
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presidents' day holiday. the dow snapped the five-day losing streak jumping 314 points. oil was behind the rebound. prices jumped 12% friday to more than $29 a barrel. that was the biggest one-day spike since february of 2009. let's look at markets around the world. chinese markets open again after the week long holiday. european markets are mostly higher at the moment. this is interesting. kanye west says he is $53 million in personal debt. as west waited to take the stage on saturday night live, he tweeted this, i write this to you, my brothers, while still $53 million in personal debt. please pray we overcome. this is my true heart. at first, people are scratching their heads. it is unclear if the rapper was joking. west has been using his own money to fund his latest
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clothing collection and studio album which debuted days ago. west was at it on twitter yesterday. saying mark zuckerberg should invest $1 billion in his ideas. not sure he will go along. "deadpool" had the biggest opening ever for a r-rated film raking in $135 million. that belonged to "the matrix reloaded" previously. a sequel for the movie is already in the works. >> you know how i love raunchy and sarcastic. >> i'm sure you will see it. the death of antonin scalia. a major battle brewing over how and when the supreme court justice will be replaced. "new day" starts right now.
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justice an to nin scalia was larger than life on the bench. >> he never pretended to be anything he wasn't. >> this is a potential minefield for stpwhrefrpb president obama should make that nomination. >> the president should not move forward. >> it's called delay, delay, delay. >> for a number of weeks, ted cruz has just been telling lies. >> when you point to his own record, he screams, liar, higher, liar. >> george bush made a mistake. >> i'm sick and tired of him going after my family. >> the world trade center came down during the reign of george bush. >> this is just crazy. this is just nuts. this is "new day" with chris cuomo, alisyn camerota and michaela pereira. >> good morning. welcome to "new day", february 15th, 6:00 in the east.
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brooke baldwin and john berman join me this morning. he is the one on your tv right. up first, the death of justice scalia is terrible news on several levels. a proud family mourns. the highest court is frozen. and the loss puts senate republicans and president obama on a collision course. conservatives calling for obama to wait until a new president is elected to fill the seat. a notion that would certainly make nino of laugh. obama making it clear he does intend to nominate a successor. >> with all three branches of government in play, the stakes couldn't be any higher this election. will vulnerable senators in swing states buck their party leadership if republicans decide to block this confirmation vote. and how will his death alter the major cases this term? joe johns live in

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