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former president george w. bush set toit the trail to campaign with his brother jeb, while donald trump leading in the polls continues to take shots at the bushes. ice age. subzero temperatures across the east, including a completely frozen city block while firefighters battle a blaze, the record-breaking cold. and snowy conditions`this morning. and pucker up. the british awards handing out awards to hollywood and pushing celebrities to smooch on the kiss caption. setting up some surprises. well, good morning oh this presidents' day. we begin with the political fallout on the sudden antonin scalia. >> with the balance of the
gearing up for a fight. >> there are new details this morning on the days and hours leading up to scaliaia death. he died of natural causes saturday at a texas ranch during a quail hunting trip. senate republicans are calling for a replacement to be selected by the next president. but president obama already said that he intends to fill the seat when the senate returns from the recess. >> the body of the 79-year-old justice is believed to have arrived at dulles airport near washington overnight on a private plane from austin. a first-time guest at that resort ranch in west texas. his body was discovered in his room after he missed breakfast and lunch. abc's jim avila is there. he spoke with one of the people who saw him last. >> reporter: the high ofnd hunting lodge and ranch was host this weekend of an exclusive group of mostly texan couples. justice scalia was the only famous guest. he arrived friday about noon.
did not join that day's hunt. but he had dinner with the group overlooking the scenic lake. >> at about 9:00 p.m., he said, it's been a long day, had a long week, i'd like t tbe excused. >> reporter: others told investigators they heard the 79-year-old justice mention an illness. the county judge who pronounce him dead over the phone told abc news that she talked to his doctor in washington told her he'd been ill. and came to his s fice wednesday d thursday before the trip. the scalia family, his nine children and wife maureen, she says, objected to an autopsy. and after talking with sheriff investigators and u.s. marshals on the scene, she agreed one was not necessary. have easily caused, that i asked for an autopsy. >> reporter: itead, the county judge said the
natural causes, due to his heart stopping. texas. this morning, justice scalia is being remembered as a of course, he served on the high >> and he led the charge to take constitutional law back to what he called its original meaning. scalia developed a reputation of being bold, brash and unafraid now the battle lines are drawn over who should pick his latest on the showdown in washington. >> reporter: good rning. court is sure to be a big topic of discussion on the campaign trail today. we've goseveral candidates campaigning in south carolina while here in washington, we wait. within an hour of the supreme court confirming scalia's death, senate majority leader mitch mcconnell declared that this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president. but president obama move. >> i plan to fulfill my
name a new successor. >> reporter: both sides have reason to fight. how it could shift the balance on the supreme court, which without scalia is split 4-4. >> so now, this next appointment will be critical for some important decisions >> reporter: includidi decisions that adds a new dimension to this year's presidential race. >> it is outrageous that republicans in the senate and on the campaign trail have already pledged to block any replacement that president obama nominates. >> reporter: republicans backing up mcconnell in saturday night's debate. >> it's called, delay, delay, delay. "this week" vowing to filibuster if necessary. >> we should not let a lame-duck to capture the supreme court in the waning months of his presidency. >> who might the president
two names jane kelly and sri srininasan. >> megan, what is next in the nomination process, what do we expect? >> well, we're waiting for the president to announce whose his nominee is, then the ball goes over to senate republicans and leadership needs to decide whether or not they are indeed going to hold confirmation hearings, that is the big question right now. >> seems like a long fight. thank you so much. presidents, politicians and colleagues are reflecting on scalia's life and legacy. liberal justice ruth bader ginsburg said that they were best buddies. even though disagre on the bench, the two justices were known to hang out often, even vacation together with their families. >> former president george w. bush called him a towering figure, an important one. he hits the campaign trail today, he'll join his brother
this comes after a blistering attack on thebushes from donald trump. trump accused the former president of ignoring the cia and destabilizing the middle east by invading iraq. now, according to the latest poll, trump has a commanding lead in south carolina, with 42% of the vote. >> on the democratic side, something of a campaign concidence involving "hot topics" and bernie sanders. they attended the same service. there's no video of the meeting. they both addressed the congress geg grags with the race in nevada extremely close, hillary clinton canceled a trip in order stay in nevada. sanders takes his campaign to michigan today. we switch gears now to the cold. bitterly cold in the northeast today. bostonians woke to the coldest morning in nearly 60 years, 9 degrees below zero.
service disrupted when rails shattered in the cold. there were also delays at logan airport because of cold weather problems with equipment. and new york city saw its lowest february temperature since 1963, one degree below zero. and three degrees below the valentine's day record set a century ago. but the bitter cold didn't stop big apple -- weddings in times square. and further west, this was the scene, heaea snow in chicago andnd its surrounding areas. it's continuing into this morning's commute. hundreds of flights were canceled or delayed. and traffic was snarled on area highways. two multiple vehicle pileups on the roads. well, what's in store for those of us on the east coast today, the only consolation is, it will be get warmer. >> let's get the complete
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to nominate a replacement soon. but don't try to mail a letter to congress today with your thoughts of his replacement, post offices are closed for presidents' day. looking at today's weather. rain in washington state, snow in the western mountains and upper plains, severe storms in the south and snow moving into the northeast this morning. and finally, fbom us, a look back at the life and legacy justice antoniniscalia had. >> scalia is being remembered as a legal giant with an imcomparable sense of humor, larger than life figure on the bench as well as off. more now from abc's terry moran. >> reporter: fororecades, justice antonin scalia led the charge to take constitutional law back, he says, to its original meaning. >> the constitution is not meant to facilitate change. it is meant to impede change, to make it difficult to change.
perhaps his eatest triumph, his s ling in 2008 on the right to bear arms, where he brushed aside concerns about gun violence in america. it's not the role of this court to pronounce the second amendment extinct, he wrote. another victory, bush versus gore. award george w. bush the presidency. >> we owe no apology whatever for bush versus gore. we did the right thing. so -- so, there. [ laughter ] >> reporter: in dissent, he was biting, caustic, clear. when the court upheld obamacare for the second time last year, scalia sneered, we should start calling this law scotus care. in other arguments, lawyers feared his pointed questions. ananhe challenged the idea that the court could create a right to gay marriage, after 200 years of laws banning it. >> when did it become unconstitutional to exclude
marriage? when did the law become this? >> reporter: his death leaves the courtshorthanded and divided on key issues. the stakes could not be higher. especially since once of those four conservatives justice anthony kennedy swings to the liberal side unpredictability. terryy moran, abc news, mexico city. >> a man passionate about his work and a man beloved by his colleague. >> reporter: we'll hear much about it in the weeksyou' watching kcrg-tv9. now, from your 24 hour news source, this is ??? . a bus driver accused of k klling an iowa state student will appear in court today. a vinton family has been asking for help in finding their adult son for 3 mths. tough.
become a heated controversy. justice scalia passed away over the weekend. good monday morning! its 430 on february 15th. re is a live look atat first, meteorologis t kaj o'mara has your first alert forecast, kaj... watch for areas of fog to start off your work week. temperatures will be warmer today th at any time last week, with highs ithe 30-35 range. plan on a mostly cloudy sky. tonight, our next area of low pressure will move in after midnight, however, the bulk of the moisture will likely just miss us to the west. we'll watch the trends, but minor snow accumulation is possible for your tuesday. in the wake of this system, it's really all about some warming conditions, with highs in the 40s by thursday and widespread 50s by friday and saturday. this will feel fantastic, but due to all the snow melt areas of drizzle or fog may accompany this, especially over the northern half of the area.today: mostly cloudy high: 30-36 winds:s:sw 5-10 alo: 32 dbq: 32 iow: 35tonight: m/cloudy, mix late low: 24-30