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outbreak. >> it kind of rattled, rattled, rattled and got stronger. ra >> glor: how officials may try to stop the shaking. captioning sponsored by cbs >> this is the cbs evening news. >> glor: good evening, i'm jeff glor and this is a western edition of our broadcast. flags are at half-staff across the country in honor of antonin scalaia, the supreme court justice who died suddenly yesterday while vacationing with friends at a ranch in texas. he was 79 years old. justice scalia's body was taken to a funeral home in el paso overnight and will be flown back to his family in virginia. scalia's death leaves the court split, four conservatives, four liberals which will impact legal decisions and is already impacting the presidential election. the question when and how will his seat be filled. we begin with our chief legalief correspondent jan crawford. >> he was a giant in the law.
and often sharp tongue, justiceec scalia's views on the constitution influenced a generation. nominated by president reagan, scalia joined the court with an established philosophy that judges should follow the original understanding of the constitution. one of his most significant opinions was the landmark ruling that the second amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. he could seem combative but despite the partisan rancor of washington, scalia had deep friendships with liberal justices, notably justice ruth bader ginsburg who shared hisde affinity for opera. his disagreements, he said, in adisa 2008 interview with "60 minutes" weren't personal. i >> i attack ideas, i don't attack people and some very goodck people have some very bad ideas. >> reporter: in a statement, >> ginsburg said they were bestnsbu buddies and his colorful critiques made her opinions better. justice scalia nailed all theed weak spots, the "applesauce" and "argle bargle" as scalia put it, and gave me just what i needed to strengthen the majority opinion.
combative at the same time. what's-- what's contradictory between the two? i love to argument. i have always loved to argue. and i love to point out the weaknesses of the opposing arguments. >> reporter: his death will have an immediate impact on the court that now will be divided 4-4 along ideological lines, a 4- liberal nominee would move theol once conservative court to the left and the battle lines quickly were drawn. the president urged the senate to have a fair and timely hearing. >> these are responsibilities that i take seriously as should everyone. they're bigger than any one party. they are about our democracy. >> reporter: but with so much at stake, republicans are alreadys were vowing to block any nominee. senate majority leader mitch mcconell said this vacancyai should not be filled until we an have a new president. paul clement, clerk for justice fo scalia and has argued 80 cases before the court. >> he thought based on his
right and wrong answers. and as a result, if he thought the court was taking a wrong turn, he was going to tell him that. >> reporter: in 2008, scalia said he couldn't imagine doing anything else. >> when i first came on the court, i thought i would for sure get off as soon as i could, which would have been when i turned 65. because you know, justices retire at full salary. so there is no reason not to leave and go off and do something else. but i cannot-- what happened is simply i cannot think of what i would do for an encore. i can't think of any other job that i would find as interesting and as satisfying. >> glor: and jan crawford joins us now from our d.c. bureau. jan, what happens when and if b republicans refuse to confirm president obama's nominee to the court? >> i think they are going to do what they say and refuse to confirm it.
going to happen pretty quickly. the white house did say this afternoon, late this afternoon that president obama would not be nominating a replacement this week. but it probably won't drag on too long. i think it's widely expected to be within the next couple of weeks and then the ball is in the senate's court. and it's unclear if they will even schedule hearings. but remember, i mean, even if the senate were going to confirm someone, it's unlikely that a new justice would be deciding cases this session.s- the confirmation process for what we are talking about here, a lifetime appointment, that takes time. and that is when everyone is on the same page. >> glor: well, let's talk about this session though, jan. because there are someca controversial cases that are supposed to be arguing and decided here. >> right. and i mean controversial cases on those hot button social issues. they usually divide the court along ideological lines 5-4. and now with scalia's passing, the court on most of those is going to be divided 4-4. so when you've got a decision that's 4-4, that is a tie.
going to stand, but there's no national precedent. so the issue isn't finally resolved, once and for all., and that's going to have a biggo impact this term because there are some really controversial cases, jeff. i mean there is a case from texas, on tougher regulations for abortion clinics. there is a case on affirmatives. action on the use of race and college admissions. and believe it or not, there is another challenge to obamacare as well as cases on presidential power, like president obama's executive orders on immigration, environmental policy. most of those cases now are unlikely to have a majorityca decision.ci so they may not bring about a sweeping change in the law. once again thank you very much, jan. last night's presidential republican debate on cbs began with a somber moment of silence for justice scalia. after the debate, cbs news polled republican and independent viewers to ask which candidate they most trusted to appoint a supreme court justice. ted cruz finished first at 17%,
rubio and john kasich. the republican candidates quickly entered the succession battle last night taking issue with president obama's plan. here's julianna goldman. >> reporter: the debate startedor with universal agreement that justice scalia's replacement shouldn't be confirmed until after inauguration day 2017. >> i do not believe the president should appoint someone. >> i think that we ought to let the next president of the united states decide.t >> the next president needs to appoint someone with a proven conservative record. >> the senate needs to standva strong and say "we're not going to give up the u.s. supremeg court for a generation bysu allowing barack obama to make one more liberal appointee." >> it's called delay, delay, delay. >> reporter: but the republican candidates pivoted to their differences, attacks like this exchange between donald trump and jeb bush blurred the lines between policy and personal. >> the world trade center came down during your brother's reign, remember that. >> bush who will be campaigning with his brother tomorrow stood
>> i am sick and tired of him going after my family. while donald trump was buildingdo a reality tv show, my brother was building a securityng apparatus to keep us safe. >> reporter: on "face the nation" today trump walked back the blame.th >> i am not blaming him. now could he have done something about it. his c.i.a. knew about things happening. >> reporter: for his part last night, marco rubio, who was looking to make up for stumbles in the previous debate, sparred with fellow senator ted cruz over immigration in an interview rubio gave in spanish. >> marco right now supports citizenship for 12 million people here illegally. >> i don't know how he knows what i said on univision because he doesn't speak spanish. >> reporter: but cruz saved his most stinging attacks for trump, arguing he's the true conservative. >> for most of his life he has described himself as very pro- choice, and as a supporter of partial birth abortion. right now today as a candidate, he supports federal taxpayer funding for planned parenthood.
liar. you probably are worse than jeb bush. >> reporter: cbs news polling concluded that rubio won the debate. perhaps not so surprisingly, trump says he won the night. jeff, as for those boos you may have heard coming trump's way from the audience, in a tweet today trump blamed the republican national committee who he said did a "terrible job of ticket distribution." >> glor: julianna goldman in washington, thank you very much. democrats in south carolina have their primary on february 27th, the week after the republican primary. the new cbs news battleground tracker poll shows hillary clinton holding her lead in south carolina nearly 20 points ahead of bernie sanders. it was a bitter cold valentine's day in the northeast. jericka duncan now has more on the teeth-chattering, record- shattering lows. >> reporter: the last time it was this cold on this day in manhattan, the 57-story woolworth building was therth
the year was 1916.was >> what is it actually feel like? >> it feels like, you know, like hell, i guess. >> reporter: a hundred years later, these tourists are experiencing bone-chilling weather for the first time. they're from miami. >> it is worth it. it is worth it, to see the statue, see new york. >> reporter: in boston, the orange line took on a new meaning. transportation workers used fire, a centuries old trick, to protect frozen rails from breaking. in nearby somerville, devon regan threw boiling water into negative four degree air creating a stream of snowy fireworks. the coldest temperature recorded in the u.s. today was inwa watertown, new york, at minus 37. record lows were also set inalso mount pellier, vermont, boston, providence, rhode island, hartford, connecticut, and albany, new york. new york city mayor bill derk blasio cautioned everyone to
>> the cold weather alert thatert we have in place will continue this afternoon until 8 a.m. tomorrow. >> reporter: on this valentine's day, love conquers cold. >> i now pronounce you husband and wife. you may kiss the bride. >> reporter: in times square there were surprise proposals, weddings and vow renewal ceremonies, warming hearts in the bitter cold. >> if this isn't love, i don't know what is, to get married in one degree weather, it's crazy. >> this fountain behind me here at bryant park may not be frozen much longer. jeff, that's becauseth temperatures are expected to bee in the 50s by tuesday. >> glor: looking forward to it. jericka, thank you very much. >> pope francis continued hiss trip to mexico today in one of the country's most dangerous cities. allen pizzy is traveling with the pope. >> reporter: today's mass brought pope francis into the heart of the problems he came toto address. ecapatec has one of the highest crime rates, robbery,
especially violence against women are daily facts of life. the message to people was basically "do not give in to temptations of crime as a way out of poverty." francis spoke out against thenst pursuit of prestige based on the relentless exclusion based on those who are not like us. he also warned of the dangers of becoming accustomed to a lifestyle where we think that our source and life force lieshink only in wealth. such are the dangers that, according to a local press report, the authorities began beefing up security here as early as january in anticipation of this mass. angie and her friends came at 3:00 in the morning to a place they would never otherwise dare to visit. >> we felt kind of insecurity. but when we arrived, we saw a lot of policeman. >> reporter: francis urged the faithful to be on the front line of initiatives to make mexico a
would be no need to immigrate to dream, no need to be exploited to work and no need to mourn men, women and children who in his words are destroyed at the hands of the dealers of death. francis' next stop is mexico's poorest ste, entry point for migrants heading north. allen pizzy, ecapatec. >> glor: the louisiana legislature is holding an emergency session tonight due to a massive budget shortfall. the governor has presented the state with a stark choice, raise taxes or see devastating cuts in essential services. david begnaud reports. >> roll up my sleeves to work with you. >> reporter: with louisiana ina the midst of a recession, some might say it is a bad idea to ask the state legislature for new taxes. but that is exactly what governor john bel edwards is doing.ds >> we are in an unprecedented position. >> in a televised address toards residents this week, edwards says if louisiana's financiald woes aren't fixed quickly, the
medicare, public universities may close, and he said fansfa could say farewell to college football. >> these are not scare tactics. this is reality. an unstable state budget will not only hurt children and working families in our state, it will devastate communities,stat businesses, and local government as well. >> edwards is a democrat who inherited the deficit from his republican predecessor bobby fr jindal. edwards is asking legislators to approve spending cuts and tax programs running through june 30th. he is also proposing the state sales tax be raised one penny. john kennedy is louisiana's treasurer. >> what the governor is saying, he's telling louisiana families and louisiana businesses, that they have to cut their budgets so that louisiana state government doesn't have to cut its budget. >> reporter: adding to thein financial misery, tumbling oil prices which have lead to thousands of job cuts across the state. and with an unemployment rate of
collections are down. the proposed cuts to health care worry people like katy corkern. her nine year old son connor was born with a brain malformation. >> what about my kid's life? if this cut goes through, i don't know that he will be here. >> reporter: even if louisiana lawmakers quickly find a solution to this year's money problems, the bayou state faces a $2 billion short fall next fiscal year. david begnaud, cbs news. >> glor: still ahead, a plan to address the earthquake outbreak in oklahoma. and couples who see their wedding day as a marathon, not a sprint. when "the cbs evening news" continues.less makeup from covergirl and olay. with b vitamins, and spf. it floats over lines and you look beautiful! and now there's simply ageless liquid makeup it helps you look younger in three ways.
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>> glor: we close tonight with a new look at some old hits. jamie yuccas went to the new york toy fair to find out what kids are into these days. turns out many of the most popular toys have been around for generations. >> reporter: it might seem hard to compete for young eyeballsmp when there's so locked into screens. but construction toys are seeing double digit growth these past few years. almost $500 million in 2015. >> can you believe we had lego when i was a child? that was a long time ago.ch >> really? >> yeah, really! >> there are a lot of toys that i played with that my kids are now playing with. >> reporter: dad's version of thomas the tank engine say little different than his son's.ti with many getting a digital d upgrade like this one from lionel. >> this isn't what i picture when i think train set. i think of that. >> no, that absolutely is what lionel is known for.on
the traditional train set?tr >> there is really nothing wrong with it, but we wanted to engage younger kids who are really in,un you know, into building systems, they're into speed. >> reporter: the technologyd. advancements help shops likeog train world in brooklyn to keep chugging along. >> by sliding that up on the application right there. and there it goes.ic >> reporter: hand-held remotes and mobile apps keep thete business on track.trac >> it's important to appeal to the younger generation to keep the hobby alive, to get them interested.m >> reporter: adrianne appell, with the toy association, says the industry is at the top ofis a its gain, up almost 7% in 2015. >> kids are still playing with dolls, with legos and building blocks, they're still playing with construction sets, so all that are kids still playing with toys still? they are. >> reporter: a comeback for simple toys where fun never really goes out of style. >> that was so fun! >> reporter: jamie yuccas, cbs news, new york. y >> glor: that is the cbs evening
later on cbs, "60 minutes." and first thing tomorrow, cbss, this morning. i'm jeff glor, in new york.morr good night.ig captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org the flag outside the supreme court was half-mast sunday in honor of justice antonin scalia. scalia died saturday while on a weekend trip to texas. reaction to his death....and what it means for the final year of president obama's tenure-- tops channel 2 news at 6:30. president reagan chose scalia for the high court in 19-86, and he was the longest serving member of the current court. good evening, i'm jennifer burton. thanks for joining us tonight. president obama has ordered
and military bases to remain at half- staff until justice scalia's burial. governor sandoval is expected to issue an executive order to do the same here in nevada. as funeral preparations are made, his death has already sent shockwaves through the nation's capital. mark albert has the latest from washington. early sunday morning, the body of supreme court justice antonin scalia arrived at an el paso funeral home... the flag out front is lowered to half-staff. president obama paid tribute to the longest- serving member of the court. "he will no doubt be remembered as one of the most consequential judges and thinkers to serve on the supreme court." scalia was often seen as the keystone of the conservative, five-justice majority on the high court, which frequently split with the four more liberal justices. president obama said he would nominate a replacement... setting up an epic battle with republicans on the direction of the court. presidential candidate "there's a long tradition that you don't do this in an election year. presidential candidate "he can
not moving forward on it until after the election." "mitch mcconnell, the senate's top republican vowed to block any obama appointment to the supreme court until a new president is voted into office. democrats lashed out." presidential candidate "it is totally out of step with our history and our constitutional principles." presidential candidate "it is beyond my comprehension and it just speaks to level of republican obstructionism from day one." funeral arrangements for scalia have not yet been announced. mark albert, cbs news, the supreme court. and be sure to stay with k-t-v-n and c-b-s news on air, online, and on facebook and twitter for continuing coverage. it was another nice day in reno with highs in the lower to mid 60's. wer'es eeing a decent amount of cloud cover and