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it's 5:30 on the east coast, 2:30 out west and this is "way too early." good morning, it's monday, february 15th, i'm sam stein. the body of justice antonin scalia is returning to virginia this morning. a plane landed late last night at dulles international airport. now the influential conservative jurist was discovered dead over the weekend while on retreat in west texas with about 30 other people. he would have been 80 next month. reaction has poured in from all over the world, including from his fellow justices. though they differed ideologi l ideologically, scalia and ruth bader ginsburg were close friends. ginsburg said in a statement they had been, quote, best buddies since their days on the d.c. circuit court and she recalled the opera named after
them righting toward the end of the opera they sing a duet. we are different. we are one. different in our interpretation of written texts. one in our reverence for the constitution and the institution we serve. here they are in a joint interview in 2014. >> you two ever going to agree on big issues? and still maintain the friendship? >> we agree on a whole lot of stuff. we do. ruth is really bad only on the knee-jerk stuff. she is -- she is -- no, she's a really good textualist. and in those things where the text is what she's guided by, she's terrific. she's obviously very smart. and most cases, i think, we're together. >> scalia's death is certain to impact rulings on current high profile cases before the court, likely to draw split 4-4 decisions. and already his death has reframed the presidential race. and sent both parties digging in for a high-stakes senate fight.
president obama has promised to nominate a replacement. though the white house says it will not come this week. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell meanwhile has said there should not be a replacement during the president's final year in office. republican presidential candidates have echoed that position with ted cruz vowing to filibuster any supreme court nominee. president obama puts forth. >> and i don't think the american people want a court that will write the second amendment out of the constitution, all of those are 5-4 issues that are hanging in the balance. >> but the people elected president obama, didn't they? >> they did. but, but, but that -- that was three years ago. and elections have consequences. the people also gave us a republican senate this last election, because they were fed up with barack obama's lawlessness. far too many republicans don't care about the court, don't invest political capital in it, and it's why so many republican nominees have turned out to be disasters. and let me say something in particular to the veterans of the state of south carolina.
to the veterans in south carolina, your second amendment rights are hanging in the balance, justice scalia's, one of his biggest opinion was the heller decision. it was 5-4 upholding the individual right to keep and bear arms. if an additional liberal justice goes to the cot, we're one justice away from the second amendment being written out. and if donald trump becomes president, the second amendment will be written out of the constitution because it is abundantly clear that donald trump is not a conservative. he will not invest the capital to confirm a conservative, and so the result will be the same -- >> he says he will. >> -- whether it's hillary, bernie or donald trump. the second amendment will go away. >> yesterday on "meet the press" when asked if he had his own litmus test for judges, donald trump attacked ted cruz for backing chief justice john roberts. >> look, you never know -- you never know what happens, chuck. you look at where a guy like ted cruz pushed country hard for justice roberts, everyone thought that was wonderful. and justice roberts let everybody down by approving
obamacare. twice. i mean he really did let us down. and that's largely cruz's fault, and the bush fault. because they put the wrong guy in there. that was a shocking decision. >> cruz acknowledged that backing roberts was a mistake saying he would have preferred another nominee but he went along with president bush's choice. and yesterday jeb bush was forced to confront his brother's appointment as president. >> the souter choice was unfortunate. he wandered off into, you know, into the liberal camp for sure. john roberts, i think, can be a defended choice for sure. just, you know, the obamacare decision i was disappointed in. but he's made some really good rulings beyond that. here's the deal, i think the lesson learned is, you pick someone with a proven, long-standing record, a history that you can point too, when he wasn't considered or she wasn't being considered for a nomination of the supreme court. >> the unexpected court vacancy has legal world buzzing
we have destabilized the middle east. >> but so you -- so i mean -- so you still think he should be impeached? >> i think it's my turn. >> you do whatever you want. you call it whatever you want. i want to tell you, they lied. they said there were weapons of mass destruction. there were none. and they knew there were none. there were no weapons of mass destruction. >> okay, all right. >> i'm sick and tired of barack obama blaming my brother for all of the problems that he's had. and frankly, i could care less about the insults that donald trump gives to me. it's blood sport for him. he enjoys it. and i'm glad he's happy about it. but i am sick and tired of him going after my family. my dad is the greatest man alive in my mind.
and while -- while donald trump was building a reality tv show, my brother was building a security apparatus to keep us safe. and i'm proud of what he did. >> the world trade center came down during your brother's reign. remember that. >> hold on. >> let me finish. he had the gall to go after my mother. >> that's not keeping us safe. >> i won the lottery when i was born 63 years ago, looked up and saw my mom. my mom is the strongest woman i know. >> she should be running. >> those two just don't like each other. jeb bush will rally with his brother today in north charleston. it is the 43rd president's first public campaign event. but bush was not the only candidate to clash with trump on saturday night. ted cruz did, as well, and op the topic of abortion. >> i like donald. he is an amazing entertainer. but his policies for most of his life -- >> thank you very much, i appreciate that. >> for most of his life, his policies have been very, very liberal. 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. >> you are the single biggest liar. >> all right. >> this guy lied. let me just tell you, this guy lied about ben carson when he took votes away from ben carson in iowa. and he just continues. and today, we had robo calls saying donald trump is not going to run in south carolina where i'm leading by a lot. i'm not going to run. vote for ted cruz. this is the same thing he did to ben carson. this guy will say anything. nasty guy. >> it is fairly remarkable to see donald defending ben after he called him pathological and compared him to a child molester. both of which were offensive and wrong. but let me say -- >> i just -- >> -- donald didn't disagree with the substance that he supports taxpayer funding for planned parenthood. >> where did i support it? >> you supported it when we were battling over defunding planned parenthood. you -- >> that's a lot of nonsense. >> -- planned parenthood does
wonderful things. >> it does do wonderful things but not as it relates to abortion. they do -- >> what are the wonderful things it does? >> there are wonderful things having to do with women's health. >> you see you and i disagree with that. >> well, they don't -- those two don't like each other either. let's turn now to the democrats, and a new cbs/yougov tracking poll which shows hillary clinton with a 19-point lead over bernie sanders. that is a three-point swing in sanders favor since last month. meanwhile sanders drew an estimated 18,000 people to an event in denver, colorado, on saturday, telling the audience there that he believes he has a, quote, real shot at winning the upcoming contest in nevada and south carolina. the day before, sanders was in minnesota, for a forum on race and economics. he then came about a month after he said he would not support represent rations for african-americans. and the question and answer portion produced a number of heated exchanges including this one. >> so the question specifically, my black son, okay, i know
you're scared to say black, i know you're scared to say reparations because it seems -- >> oh, ma'am, i don't think that's fair. we have the highest rate of childhood poverty of any major country on earth. especially within the african-american community. so what i -- i said black 50 times. all right. that's the 51st time. all right? but it is -- but this is a national issue. all right? so what we want, and what i believe we should do, all right, is to invest most heavily in those communities most in need. >> meanwhile, the two democratic candidates crossed paths at the same baptist church in las vegas yesterday. and both tried to build support from the african-american community ahead of saturday night's nevada caucuses. clinton brought along congressman and civil rights icon john lewis who told the church that clinton was, quote, ready to be president day one. and during her remarks to the congregation, clinton repeated a
jab she used during last week's debate about not being a, quote, single issue candidate. >> attacks on wall street speculation. >> the disastrous and illegal behavior on wall street. >> the wealthiest people, the top 1.5% -- >> the ceos of wall street companies. >> the rich are getting much richer. le. >> i am not a single-issue candidate, and i do not believe we live in a single-issue country. not everything is about an economic theory. right? if we broke up the big banks tomorrow, and i will if they deserve it, if they pose a systemic risk, i will, would that end racism? would that end sexism? would that end discrimination
against the lbgt community? would that make people feel more welcoming to immigrants overnight? i'm the only candidate who will take on every barrier to progress. i'm the only candidate who has a record of taking on those barriers. i'm the only candidate who will stand with you in every single fight, no matter how hard it is or how long it takes. >> all right. still ahead on "way too early," as the edges closer to retirement kobe makes his final all-star game appearance. plus cold weather records were shattered along the northeast yesterday i know, it was freezing. we'll take a look at what to expect in the week ahead. those stories and more when "way too early" comes right back.
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he started serving a 19-month sentence for bribery and obstruction of justice, making him the first israeli premier to be imprisoned. meanwhile israeli police say five palestinians were killed yesterday while attempting to carry out attacks against israelis. there were four separate incidents of violence, and one of those incidents, two palestinians were fatally shot after firing automatic weapons at israeli security forces. according to the associated press, in the last five months, 27 israelis have been killed in attacks, 162 palestinians have been killed by israeli fire. and, pope francis is in mexico this morning as part of a five-day trip to the country. he held mass in one of mexico's poorest and most dangerous cities. nbc's anne thompson reports. >> reporter: pope francis went to the poor, the city of ecatepec notorious for its crime. francis rode through the streets given a makeover by reformed criminals. more appropriate for the occasion.
the pope portrayed in all kinds of ways, even as a graffiti artist. home to 1.6 million people, they have one of the highest murder and disappearance rates of women in mexico. but police have solved few of the cases. it's such a dangerous place, raina vasquez tells me mass is one of the rare times she can bring her children to a public event. under a strong sun more than 300,000 people filled the dusty field to hear the pope warn of the temptations of wealth, vanity, and crime. emphatically telling them there can be no dialogue with the devil. here evil can feel like a daily reality. for this nation, which polls show has little confidence in its government, francis is asking these people, many of them poor and powerless, to join the front lines of making mexico a land of opportunity. urging them to create a country where no one has to leave to find a better life. a challenge college student
paolo rangel is ready to accept. >> so mexico can be the better country. >> reporter: for a moment, one of its most dangerous cities was a better place. >> that was anne thompson reporting from mexico. now let's get to some sports. and we begin with an eventful nba all-star weekend, north of the border. in toronto, all eyes were on kobe. in his 18th and final all-star game appearance. in a record-setting night for putrid all-star game defense kobe was among the only players kept under wraps pretty remarkable feat. the future hall of famer put up ten points to go along with seven assists. the mamba received a well deserved standing ovation from the crowd at the air canada center. it was the highest all-star game ever. highest scoring all-star game ever as the west beat the east 196-173. wow. russell westbrook earned mvp honors scoring 31 points. paul george added 41 for the east.
and a brief reminder for the children out there defense. yes, defense wins championships. to the pga tour now, and a reminder that phil mickelson is still capable of breaking hearts. lefty led most of the weekend at the at&t pro-am at pebble beach. but the 39-year-old vaughn taylor, who hasn't notched a win in over a decade, makeness a move on the back nine, training the long birdie putt on the far four 16th to go to 17 under and take the outright lead to the par 5th, 18th, mickelson needing a birdie to send the tournament into a playoff. he hits a nice approach shot to set up the five foot putt for the tie. let's let cbs's jim nantz take it from here. >> oh, my goodness. it lips out, and vaughn taylor has his first win in 11 years. >> wow. mickelson lips out to give taylor the win and phil taps in for a par and a disappointing second place finish that is brutal. now let's get a check on the weather now with nbc meteorologist raphael miranda. man, any warm-up in sight?
please. >> yes, there is a warm-up coming. but yesterday was brutal. >> terrible. >> down to one below in central park. that was the coldest february day in new york city since 1963. just to give you an idea of how cold it was, and windchills around 20 below zero. now the cold does back off later on today but now we've got a winter storm moving in. that's going to be a travel mess after the long holiday weekend. you can see we have winter storm warnings in effect for the appalachians of virginia, and winter weather advisories in effect for all of the big cities. washington, philadelphia, new york city, and boston, snow changing over to freezing rain and ice, and eventually changing over to rain, that means travel delays are likely for the big cities of the northeast today. it's not a block buster snow. mainly two to four inches, especially as we head away from the coast. but it's that transition to an icy mix after the snow stops later on tonight that could even linger into tomorrow morning in terms of the travel impact. 34, so much better in new york today. watching out for some severe weather along the gulf coast. look at the southwest, still baking. well above average, 87 in l.a.
and 86 in phoenix. that winter storm becomes a heavy rainstorm for tomorrow. this is your tuesday forecast, flooding a possibility, but look at the temperature surge there. 55 in boston, 55 in new york city, as well. and still can't compete with the 80s in the southwest. near 90 in phoenix. 34 today, much better, sam, but now we have some snow, rain, ice, the whole nine yards coming our way today and tomorrow. >> to summarize it, it's going to be a hot mess. >> that's right. >> so, still ahead, there's the middle class, there's the upper class. and now there's the battle for the brunch class of american "saturday night live" pokes fun at hillary clinton's effort to win over young voters. "way too early" we're back in a moment. can a business have a mind? a subconscious. a knack for predicting the future. reflexes faster than the speed of thought. can a business have a spirit?
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let's look at voting. the cornerstone of american democracy. the unshakable principle that everyone should have an equal vote. even idiots. even this guy. now i know it's painful, but his vote should count as much as yours. >> oh, my god. really? this morning a lighter moment from over the weekend. that wasn't light enough apparently. "saturday night live" mocked hillary clinton's popularity among young voters in the shows opening sketch, starts out as two young couples discuss her race against rival bernie sanders over brunch. take a look. >> i mean, hillary is the most
qualified candidate in history. but, at the same time, eh. >> yeah, i mean, hillary has every single thing i want in a president. but -- >> she's no bernie! ♪ ♪ turn down the lights turn down the bed ♪ ♪ turn down these voices inside my head ♪ >> i mean, i like hillary's foreign policy experience. but i love bernie's whole vibe. >> i'm obsessed with his vibe. ♪ cause i can't make you love me if you don't ♪ >> does anybody else just get so cold for a minute? >> i felt cold, but safe. hillary's just too establishment. >> yeah, and bernie's an outsider who's only been in congress for like 30 years. >> yeah. >> he's the best! ♪ i can't make you love me
if you don't ♪ ♪ i can't make your heart feel >> like her for my sake. >> all right. that does it for me and "way too early." coming up on "morning joe," jeb bush tries to become the third member of his family to win the south carolina primary. former florida governor joins us live as he gets ready to campaign with his brother george. and one of his top supporters, senator lindsey graham. he will join us, as well. he has some ideas about who would be a consensus choice for president obama to nominate to the supreme court. all that, and remembering the life of antonin scalia. that and much more coming up next on "morning joe." constipated?
get the exclusive members of protections of angie's list. join today. >> you've both been great buddies for a long time but when did you meet and what were the circumstances. >> i bet he doesn't know. [ laughter ] >> we were both academics. >> it was about the vermont yankee case and you were against
it and i was listening to him and disagreeing with a good part of what he said but thought he said in the an absolutely captivating way. >> i think we should leave it at that. you two ever going to agree on big issues >> we agree on a whole lot of stuff. we do. ruth is really bad only on the knee-jerk stuff. she is -- no, she's a really good textualist. you know, and those things where, where the text is what she's guided by, she's terrific. she's obviously very smart. and, most cases i think we're together. how nice was that. that's something you don't get enough of in washington, d.c. and i think of all the things that were said