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good morning. remembering antonin scalia. >> for almost 30 years, justice antonin nino scalia was a larger than life president on the bench. >> the conservative supreme court justice dead at the age of 79. his passing setting up a political fight over which present will nominate his replacement. >> i plan to fulfill my constitutional responsibilities to nominate a successor in due time. >> republicans pushing back, arguing it is a job for the next president. the issue front and center on the debate stage. >> it is called delay, delay, delay. >> i do not believe the president should appoint someone. >> will this fight paralyze washington even further? what about the key cases in front of the supreme court right now? we're live with it all.
dangerous and deadly. another day to stay inside. bone chilling temperatures affecting up to 90 million people, the coldest negative 34 in western new york. the weather now responsible for several deaths after a major pileup in pennsylvania. dylan has your forecast and there is some relief in sight. cover girls. not one, not two, but three "sports illustrated" swimsuit covers. the magazine highlighting beauty in many forms this year, including a plus size cover model. why "si" decided to make history today, sunday february 14th, 2016. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today," live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> and welcome to "today" on this sunday morning. i'm erica hill. >> glad to have you with us. i'm craig melvin. happy valentine's day to you. we'll get to the dangerous wicked weather in a moment. the big story yesterday afternoon, the late word that
justice antonin scalia had died. >> it camed eas a shock becaust was so unexpected. justice antonin scalia was 79. we have full coverage from his legacy on the court to that looming battle now in washington over who will take his seat. we begin this morning with nbc's jay gray who is in texas, outside the ranch where scalia died. jay, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, erica. before sunrise here and we are learning more about justice scalia's death here at this resort and ranch. we know that scalia traveled to west texas friday and attended a party here with about 40 guests friday evening. when he didn't show up for breakfast the next morning, concerned staff went to his room where they found him unresponsive. local law enforcement, u.s. marshals and fbi agents were all called in. investigators say there are no signs of foul play here, and that scalia likely died of, quote, natural causes. a devout catholic, authorities ushered in a priest to perform
last rites, and school whyalia' was moved to alpine nearby and with police escort transported more than 200 miles to a funeral home in el paso. scalia's family is expected to travel to el paso later today. at this point, no information about a memorial or a funeral service for the supreme court justice. erica? >> jay gray in texas for us this morning. thank you. justice scalia was a giant on the bench, the most conservative voice of all of the justices and his death already set up a fight over the next justice. we'll get to that in a moment. first, nbc's justice correspondent pete williams has a look back at scalia's life and legacy. good morning. >> good morning. certainly the most outspoken conservative, justice scalia seemed to be in robust health so his death comes as a hugely unexpected blow. he was a justice with a powerful intellect and his death means the supreme court has lost its most outspoken conservative. >> i antonin scalia do solemnly
swear -- >> given what a controversial figure he came, nominated by ronald reagan, it surprises some to know he was confirmed unanimously, 98-0. the nation's first italian-american justice soon staked out a position as a steadfast conservative, against affirmative action and hiring and school admissions and an opponent of abortion rights. he said the landmark case of roe v. wade was wrongly decided, that it declared rights the nation's founders never intended. >> nobody ever thought that they had been included in the rights contained in the bill of rights. >> reporter: scalia said judges should stick to following the words of the laws they interpret. >> we're not governed by the drafter's intent. we're governed by laws. and what the law is is not what the drafter intended, but what the drafter enacted. >> reporter: but he delighted liberals by pushing the court to expand the rights of defendants on trial to confront their accusers in court, another ruling he inspired said judges should not consider facts in sentencing that weren't found by
a jury. among his most notable opinions for the court, the historic ruling that the second amendment guarantees an individual's right to own a firearm for self-defense. the most important gun decision ever. he met his future wife maureen on a blind date when both were in college. scalias were a big family, five boys and four girls. two of his children became lawyers, following their father in a profession he clearly relished. >> i like thinking about the law. i like figuring out the right answer to legal problems. >> reporter: his sudden death after 29 years on the supreme court has stunned the nation's legal community. >> off the court he was incredibly energetic in his questioning from the bench he was always completely engaged. and so it is a shock to the family of people that are in and around the court. >> so this leaves the court with eight justices, evenly split ideologically as it prepares to take up such divisive issues as abortion, immigration, obamacare, the future of public sector unions. anytime there is a 4-4 tie, the
court's decision essentially doesn't count and the lower court rulings are left standing, so justice scalia's death casts a big shadow over the rest of the supreme court. >> pete williams, thank you. as we mentioned, a major political fight is already brewing this morning over who should nominate the next supreme court justice. should it be president obama or his successor? nbc's kelly o'donnell is at the white house with more on that. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, erica. from his long weekend in california, where the president will be hosting a summit of asian leaders, president obama spoke about the death of justice scalia and paid tribute to his life and public service. and the president also quietly signaled there will be a political battle ahead over confirming a successor to the high court, though he's in his final year in office, the president says he will not wait. >> i plan to fulfill my constitutional responsibilities to nominate a successor in due time. there will be plenty of time for me to do so and for the senate
to fulfill its responsibility to give that person a fair hearing and a timely vote. >> reporter: now, the president made his intentions clear because top republicans wary that another obama justice would end the conservative majority on the court had already drawn a line. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell put out a statement saying, the american people should have a voice in the selection of their next supreme court justice. therefore this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president. while senate democrats pushed back that republicans should not attempt to obstruct the process and leave the court with an open seat. top democrat harry reid said the president can and should send the senate a nominee right away, failing to fulfill this vacancy would be a shameful abdication of one of the senate's most essential constitutional responsibilities. now, the political wins are clearly drawn this morning and the fight will play out on the campaign trail and here in washington with republicans
having 54 seats in the senate, more than democrats, and giving them the power to really control this process going forward. erica? >> kelly o'donnell at the white house this morning, thank you. ron cling clerked in the supreme court, white house counsel to both presidents clinton and obama. full disclosure, you're working with the clinton campaign this election cycle. want to make sure folks know that. you spent two years clerking at the high court there in d.c. his conservative legacy is well known, well established at this point. what was he like as a person? >> i never agreed with justice scalia on almost anything, but he was an inconsiderably warm person. he loved the back and forth of debate. even in the years after i left the court, when i ran into him, he and i had public exchange about bush v. gore, always very warm and kind. i think he leaves behind a personal level a wonderful legacy as a family man and beloved mentor to generations of supreme court clerks who worked for him and for whom he was a key influence in their lives.
>> we mentioned as pete williams mentioned many people would forget how divisive his decisions could be, that he was unanimously confirmed. this is going to be a little bit different this time around to fill his seat. but when president obama goes into this process, if he in fact nominates someone as he said he will, what is your advice? you helped other presidents do this. >> what republicans are proposing is an unprecedented three branch gridlock of the federal government. they say the president should nominate n nominate someone, they say the supreme court should remain deadlocked at 4-4 for two terms, that's never happened before, that's not what should happen now. president should and will fulfill his constitutional obligation to nominate someone and the senate should give that person a fair hearing. and make a judgment on that person's individual merits and qualifications. >> but should the president be looking for something else? a person who maybe merrick garland is a name that has come up a lot, a name that is easier to get through the senate. >> what i know about the
president is that he takes this responsibility very seriously. he taught constitutional law at the university of chicago. he is a real constitutional scholar himself. he's going to pick the person who he thinks will be the best justice for the supreme court. and then the senate should do its job. look, they have the right to vote up, down, reject, approve, the president's nominee. that is their job. but it is their responsibility to do that job, to give the person a fair hearing, to let the person make their case, and then to judge that person based on the case they make before the senate. >> ron cling, thank you for coming in on a sunday morning. >> thanks for having me. antonin scalia's death and the question of who should nominate the next supreme court justice was the topic during last night's republican debate. it did not take long for the sparks to start flying in what was easily a rowdy debate. nbc's gabe due tagutierrez is ih carolina this morning. >> the future of the supreme court is now front and center in the presidential election, but this debate quickly got personal
and turned into an all-out brawl in a state known for rough and tumble politics. on a less crowded stage, the ninth republican debate started with some rare agreement. >> i do not believe the president should appoint someone. >> reporter: several candidates wanting to block president obama's nominee to the supreme court. >> it is called delay, delay, delay. >> reporter: but then, things got ugly. >> why do you lie? >> this is a man who insults his way -- >> ted cruz has been telling lies. >> reporter: front-runner donald trump blasting jeb bush on foreign policy. >> the world trade center came down under your brother's reign. >> while donald trump was building a reality tv show, my brother was building a security apparatus to keep us safe. >> reporter: marco rubio hoping to rebound from his last debate came to bush's defense, slamming trump. >> i thank god all the time that it was george w. bush in the white house on 9/11 and not al
gore. >> reporter: but the florida senator clashed with ted cruz over immigration. at one point cruz took issue with something rubio had said in a spanish language interview. >> first of all, i don't know how he knows what i said on univision, because he doesn't speak spanish. and second of all, the other point i would make -- [ speaking spanish ] >> reporter: cruz trounced on trump for what he called the billionaire's past liberal positions on abortion and social issues. >> you are the single biggest liar. you're probably worse than jeb bush. you are the single biggest liar. he's a nasty guy. >> donald has this weird pattern, when you point to his own record, he screams liar, liar, liar. >> reporter: striking a different tone, john kasich. >> i got to tell you, this is just crazy. this is just nuts, okay. geez, oh, man. >> reporter: and while most on the stage fought each other, dr. ben carson fought for attention. >> so many people said to me, you need it scream and jump up
and down like everybody else. is that really what you want? what we just saw? i don't think so. >> reporter: the gop primary here is in just six days and we expect justice scalia's replacement to become a major issue on the campaign trail. on the democratic side, hillary clinton and bernie sanders are slamming the republicans' plans to hold up a nominee. erica? >> gabe gutierrez, thank you. chuck todd is moderator of "meet the press," andrea mitchell is nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent. good morning to both of you. >> good morning. >> chuck, this race changed overnight. what does the death of justice scalia do to this election moving forward? >> well, look, it puts the supreme court front and center. this has been something that the candidates have been talking to base voters for a long time, that this election more than anything else could determine the balance of the supreme court going forward. it is one of the oldest supreme courts that we have had had in some time. that's why this prediction has been made .
and now with scalia's death, it only reinforces that nation with voters. it is going to -- it is going to throw washington into a tizzy. i think it could shut down the senate essentially for the year if things go as badly as it could between what the president wants to do, what the senate republicans want to do. so i think it is going to end up elevating the issue of the supreme court into a top five issue for the rest of the year. >> as it elevates that issue, andrea, you can imagine that maybe the candidates might have had in the back of their mind a short list. in terms of president obama, what do you hear from your sources? does he have a short list of nominees at the ready? >> absolutely. every president has a short list. this is the eventuality that people worry about. but that people have to prepare for. every white house council, every justice department has prepared a list. but the problem now is he has to make a decision, is he going to propose someone who would be more in his line of thinking or at this time as a lame duck will
he propose someone who is so centrist and so universally respected that that person, he or she, could be viable for confirmation if there were not the block of mitch mcconnell and chuck grassley, who within an hour or two of the death -- the untimely death of justice scalia came out saying they would not confirm anyone. >> chuck, it seemed as if at the debate last night, the only thing the candidates did agree on is that president obama should not nominate anyone for the high court. it was downright nasty at times last night, chuck. who are the winners? who are the losers? >> it was nasty. look, i think that jeb bush and marco rubio came out on top as compared to everybody else. i think they were the most consistent throughout the debate. jeb bush had some of the better back and forths with trump so that also should get -- garner him extra attention. what donne donald trump said about george w. bush at 9/11 and in iraq is risky in south carolina.
george w. bush is popular there. i'll be curious to see how trump is faring in the polls in the next couple of days to see if this has an impact. very quickly, though, to follow up on what andrea said, keep an eye on a gentleman named merrick garland, a judge in the d.c. circuit. if he -- he has been the president's backup plan for some time, he's always been identified as the judge he would nominate if he were dealing with a republican senate. if the president goes down that road, that tells you he wants to get somebody confirmed. >> we will all be watching intently. >> chuck todd, andrea mitchell, thank you to both of you. catch more a little later on "meet the press." chuck will also be talking to marco rubio, donald trump, and john kasich. that bitter blast of freezing cold air continues to impact tens of millions of people this morning. the good news, it should soon be over. but the bad news, you're going to have to make it through today before you see that relief. dylan is here with more on that. dylan, good morning. >> we're breaking records all
over and all across the northeast. it came in with an arctic front that moved through yesterday and caused quite a pileup back through parts of eastern pennsylvania. this was out near harrisburg, along i-78. three people were killed in this more than 50 car pileup. it was this front that moved through, it dropped visibility instantly, and it made things very difficult and very dangerous on the roads. that's that arctic front now dragging down this cold air from cold air from canada. we're going to see temperatures start to warm up from here on out. today is as cold as it is going to get. watertown at 29 degrees below ste zero. they bottomed out. boston, we broke a record of minus 9. the old record, minus 3. we're krucrushing the records. it is going to stay in the teens for today and tomorrow. for tuesday, it is not mostly a snowstorm for northeast, temperatures warm up to the 50s, we're going to see rain by tuesday. >> all right. thank you. >> dylan, weird winter.
thanks. a strong earthquake has jolted the new zealand city of christchurch. the 5.7 quake was caught on security cameras as it shook cars and homes. it also collapsed cliffs along the coast, but no serious damage or injuries were reported. the front man for the eagles of death metal is now speaking out about the terrorist attack at the bataclan theater in paris. this as the band resumes its european tour which was cut short by that attack in november. in an interview with swedish tv, jesse hughes described racing from the stage only to meet a gunman face to face. >> the door shut behind me and i was trying to back up like very sneaky, but he noticed me. and i thought i was dead. and i just waited for the shot to hit me. and when he went to pull his rifle down, the barrel of his gun hit the door frame. >> the musician also offering an emotional tribute to those caught in the theater that night. >> i didn't see anyone do anything cowardly. i just saw people doing some of
the most beautiful things that a person could do and for lack of a better way to describe it, my friends died very beautifully. >> the band began its new tour last night in stockholm, three months to the day after the paris attacks. >> dylan is back, talking frigid temperatures here, but out west, we're looking at warmer weather. >> it is certainly the flip side of this whole situation we have in the northeast. we have temperatures that will get into the 80s in the southwest. this huge ridge in the jet stream is allowing temperatures to warm up 85 in l.a. today. that's 15 degrees above average. las vegas, up to 77. portland, 56, which is actually five degrees above average. we have some snow developing. we'll see some snow through st. louis and chicago. and then eventually making its way to the northeast. and tuesday, it will turn over to rain. we could see a couple of inches. just want to stay safe on the happy valentine's day. i'm meteorologist karen thomas. sunny, frigid conditions again
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breaking news out of lebanon county. all lanes of interstate 78 have reopened following yesterday's deadly 50 car pileup. skyforce 10 was just over the scene in bethel township. as you can see, traffic is moving just fine. all the cars and trucks involved in yesterday's pileup have now been towed away. the crash happened before 10:00 monday morning. three people confirmed dead, forty others went to hospital. bad weather, snow squall caused the pileup. we'll see you back here at 9:00. have a good one.
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it is a busy news morning on this sunday. sheinelle has a look at what is make headlines today. good morning. >> good morning. the country is mourning the loss of supreme court justice antonin scalia who died of natural causes while on a trip to texas. justice scalia was 79 years old. we'll have more on his passing in a moment. and mexico city, pope francis is preparing to hold a mass in one of the area's poorest communities. the faithful are already gathering for today's service. about 300,000 are expected. it follows a day of prayer and politics as the pope took the nation's leaders to task for failing to take a more active stand against poverty, the drug trade and corruption. and after a thorough coast guard inspection, the cruise ship anthem of the seas set sail on saturday and is now headed to the bahamas. the ship was forced to cut its previous trip short after sailing right through a big storm. passengers described that trip as chaotic and terrifying. the coast guard says the ship was in good shape to sail again. sheinelle, thank you.
we have much more this morning on the death of justice antonin scalia. appointed to the court 30 years ago, his death leaves a major vacancy on the bench. we have complete coverage for you this half hour, nbc's jay gray is outside the ranch where scalia died, and he has more for us. jay, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, erica. here's what we know right now. justice scalia was found dead inside his room at this resort and ranch after traveling to west texas on friday and attending a private party with about 40 guests here. he didn't show up for breakfast the next morning. that's when employees went to that room and found him unresponsive there. local law enforcement as well as u.s. marshals and the fbi were called in. at this point, they say there are no signs of foul play and that scalia likely died of what they call, quote, natural causes. a devout catholic, priest was brought in to administer last rites before scalia was transported with the police escort more than 200 miles to a funeral home in el paso. his family is expected to travel
to el paso later today. they have not at this point announced any plans for a memorial or funeral services. that's the latest live here. erica, back to you. >> jay gray for us this morning in texas, thank you. for more on scalia's legacy, back to nbc's justice correspondent pete williams. pete, good morning to you again. >> craig, good morning. this was a court that was divided 5-4 ideologically. so now it is 4-4. here is what would happen if the major pending cases are decided by a tie. that would leave the lower court rulings in tact. in other words, whichever side won below would prevail. a tie vote would be bad news for president obama's hope to put his new immigration policy into effect, the one that would let up to 5 million people here illegally remain. the lower courts blocked that policy. it would also leave standing a tough new restriction on access to abortion services in texas. and might prompt other states to try that same approach. it would be a victory for unions that represent public employees. they won in the lower courts, defeating an effort to restrict their ability to collect union
dues. so the court will continue functioning with only eight justices, but it will likely produce at least some tied votes, delaying the kind of final resolution that only the supreme court can provide. craig? >> pete williams for us this morning in d.c. thanks. a huge fight is already looming over who should nominate the next supreme court justice. nbc's kelly o'donnell is at the white house with more on that for us this morning. kelly, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, erica. that fight is coming because there is so much at stake. it is a mix of politics, ideology and tradition. the sudden death of a conservative justice under a democratic president means the balance of the court could shift to the liberal wing if the president gets a third justice confirmed. so republicans have a great deal of power in this process. they control the senate judiciary committee which would run the extensive background check of a nominee. the public hearing where the president's choice would answer questions, and then decide if the full senate gets a vote. that could take months. republicans claim there is tradition on their side, saying that no nominee was both
selected and confirmed in an election year for decades. they argue that the next president should get to shape the court with this vacancy. democrats will be able to marshal political pressure to see a nominee move through this process and some of that pressure will be aimed at republican senators up for re-election in swing states, making this a campaign issue, not only for presidential candidates, but it could determine control of the senate and that is a big part of the balance of power here in washington. erica? >> that it is. keeping us busy for some time. kelly o'donnell, thank you. dylan dreyer on the plaza with some fans. how cold is it, dylan? >> it is about 1. you guys feel like it is about 1? yes. they're all crazy out here. anyone who is on the plaza this morning is a little bit nuts. but we have your brother who is at home, he's not feeling that great right now, right? >> he's holed up in the rockefeller. >> want to wish him a happy birthday in. >> happy birthday, dillon, from
dylan. we have folks from tampa over here. it is just cold. let's take a look at the weather going on across the country where we have the storm system that is going to move into the cold air and start to snow on monday through virginia, makes its way through washington, d.c. then it moves to the northeast. tass do as it does so, warmer air moves in. d.c. could see 1 to 3 inches. new york 1 to 2. this is all part of a system that is starting back through the midwest today with a few inches possible out there. and then moves good sunday morning. happy valentine's day. i'm meteorologist karen thomas. sunny, frigid conditions again today. actually colder today than yesterday with high temperatures only getting 15 to 19 degrees across the region. we have a wind right now. as we move on through our sunday, winds will be diminishing. 16 degrees in philadelphia for a high temperature today but we're going to stay in a first alert forecast because we're tracking
snow tomorrow, potential for heavy snow turning to rain. we're all officially frozen. guys. >> we'll come out and freeze with you in just a bit. up next, though, our sunday stories from a love story that is perfect on this valentine's day to dylan dreyer trying out the zamboni while in the middle of a pond hockey tournament. >> i love it. and harry smith this morning with a look at how nasty politics have been over the ages, throughout the years. ♪
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>> not many people can say they have died and have, you know, come back to life. >> reporter: watch this surveillance video closely. working out with her client, shania suddenly collapses on the floor. she had suffered cardiac arrest and for 13 minutes shania says she was clinically dead. >> as we're sitting there -- >> reporter: joshua eckhardt was her boyfriend for three months. he was at her bedside when she was put in a medically induced coma. >> to think i could have lost her was -- it was all i needed and to know that was the person i wanted to be with. >> reporter: a traumatic incident like that does put things in perspective. >> as soon as i came out of the coma, i told him i loved him. >> reporter: shania was diagnosed with heart disease at 33 years old. doctors at northwestern memorial hospital installed a pacemaker and internal defibrillator. >> not overweight, not smoking, you know, in the doing drugs, any of the risk factors. >> reporter: in the past year,
shania has moved full speed ahead. starting a nonprofit to teach young women about the symptoms of heart disease. just last month, a surprise for josh. >> i actually said, what would you say, you know, to getting married? >> it kind of shocked me, like, wait, you can ask me that? >> reporter: they exchanged vows on the first anniversary of her cardiac arrest. at the chapel in the same hospital where they first declared their love. in a ceremony performed by a minister who called 911 that fateful day. >> you may kiss your bride. >> reporter: and after they said their i dos, the new couple handed out tiny gifts. breaking the news to their parents that another little gift was on the way. >> we're going to have a baby! >> reporter: from a second chance at life, to a new life, and a valentine's love story that is full of heart. for "today," kevin tibbles, nbc
news, chicago. >> we all have chills from that story. >> that, ladies and gentlemen, is a love story. >> indeed it is. let's send it over to sheinelle in the orange room who has today's plaza fans of the day. hey, guys. >> my new buddies. we have a gift. we have kelly from buffalo, new york. and ann catherine from richmond, virginia. they have something in common. you both just had birthdays, right? >> yes. >> when was yours? >> friday. >> and you? >> tomorrow. >> how old are you? >> 13. >> 13. isn't that precious? we're all the same height. >> that's because you're wearing heels. >> still to come, dylan straps on some skates and gets on the wise thousands of other people for a little pond hockey. first, these messages. >> good job. >> good job. new best frien full of dictates and conventions, could there be another way? ♪
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this seemed like a good idea earlier. >> not too bad with the blanket. and we have the fire. who are we kidding? it is freezing outside. we have been talking a lot this weekend about the freezing cold. there is a sport out there that relies on it, dylan. >> yes, it is called pond hockey. i recently visited the frigid state of minnesota where the u.s. pond hockey championships were held.
it is an event that lets people play hockey the way nature intended, on a frozen pond. well, i'm seeing more snow -- i can't say i always loved subfreezing temperatures. do you have the winter blues? but they're a dream come true at lake takomis, the perfect setting to hold the u.s. pond hockey championships, 25 rinks, more than 200 teams, all battling for the golden shovel. this year's warm zes weathdecem weather pushed it back two weeks. you sure two weeks was enough to get it frozen enough? >> you're probably on 16 inches of ice and that can hold a semi. >> reporter: or a zamboni or two. if someone ever offers you a chance to drive a zamboni, you say yes. my goal is to not run anyone over. it is a good horn. the lake is crowded, close to 2,000 players hit the ice here to play four on four hockey, abiding by rules that are a bit different from the nhl.
can i check? >> no, there is no checking. >> reporter: oh. brian is a former nhl player and native minnesotan. can i -- can i slog -- >> no, but i guess you can try. >> reporter: oh, it went in! can i fight? >> nice effort. and no goaltending. >> reporter: why not? what can i do? >> what can you do? i think you got to just have fun. and enjoy the outdoors, the smells, the view, nothing better than being outside. >> reporter: the chance to play hockey like they did as kids in the great outdoors draws players from more than 40 states reuniting friends, family and old teammates. >> we grew up in pittsburgh together playing hockey. >> our granddads played. they passed down these helmets
to us. >> reporter: lee got recruited to play by his sons. >> my two boys are on this team. one is 49, one is 40. >> reporter: if you don't mind me asking, how old are you? >> 76. >> reporter: lee and his boys play on a team called the cones. what is the significance of the cones? >> when you teach kids how to play, you put cones out and they're pilons and you skate around them. that's why we're called the scones. they'll probably skate around me. >> reporter: here team names and uniforms are almost as important as puck handling and skating skills. from homages. >> jaromir jagr. >> reporter: to the subtle play on words. >> master bladers. it means that we're the master of bladers being our skate blades. >> reporter: let's just say i was happy when i found this team. >> we're the. y puppies. people would look and see the puppies and they would think we were soft and we would come out and put them in their place.
>> reporter: who could resist a puppy jersey? not me. i'm ready. so can you be my body double for snowstorms? >> absolutely. >> reporter: yes, yes. >> you guys -- >> one second. >> that was such a great story. can we give a shoutout to carolyn gottlieb who produced that. >> she had ideas for this story and i was, like, okay, i'll go for it and it ended up being so much fun. >> you rocked it. >> such a trooper, he let me do all those ridiculous things. all those falls are real, though. i'm not good on hockey states. >> toe pick. >> i'm impressed. and you drove the zamboni. >> and the steering wheel is flat. it doesn't bend -- there is a technique. i'm just saying. >> that will be another segment at the rink behind us. >> thank you. >> style to come on this sunday, if you think this election season is particularly nasty, just wait until you see what
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this morning on sundays with harry, president's day weekend and besides the sales and the day off, harry smith says it is also time to remember a little history. >> it has been talked about, about the tone of this election cycle. the tone so to speak. well, coming around the tv, kids, compared to the past, this isn't bad. it is not bad at all. in the pantheon of founding fathers, few are revered as much as thomas jefferson. when jefferson was running against john adams in 1800, he hired a writer who called adams,
quote, a hideous, her mav row dit cal character when which has neither the force nor the firmness of man, nor the gentleness of a woman. that took name calling to a high art. back in 1928, al smith was the democratic candidate, the first catholic to run for president. anti-catholic sentiment in america was substantial. republicans were happy to tell anyone who would listen that smith wanted to build a 3500 mile tunnel that would reach to rome and the pope. and andrew jackson was elected president in 1828. he was the hero of the battle of new orleans. was married to a woman who was divorced, john quincy adams federalist party called her a dirty black wench and convicted
adultere adulteress. when she died, old hickory blamed her death on the smear campaign she was forced to endure as depicted in the president's lady. >> those vile witches who slandered her must ask god for mersery. >> reporter: teddy roosevelt referred to howard taft as a rat in a corner. franklin delano roosevelt used to call republican al landon the white mouse who wants to live in the white house. name calling and nastiness, it is a rich american tradition. so maybe we set the plate a little bit, ramp up it up even more. >> that's about to happen. >> the way they spoke back then, it sounded more eloquent. >> i was thinking the same thing. >> a few more words. >> of course, today is valentine's day, i did not want to let the day go without saying happy valentine's day. harry, i did not get you one. i apologize. you can share with --
>> so happy valentine's day. >> thank you so much. >> chocolates. breakfast of champions. >> just the beginning. >> is that all? >> what lady doesn't love a little jewelry? >> oh, stop. now we're talking. >> i went all out for you. >> nice. >> i went all out for you. there you go. >> fantastic. >> do you know how excited my kids are going to be when i get home. if it makes it. >> happy valentine's day to all of you. >> happy valentine's day to you too. >> to all of you. >> we didn't get you something. we got you our love. >> i'll take it. >> a quick reminder to you, check out "meet the press," chuck will be talking about justice scalia's passing and legacy. he'll also be sitting down with marco rubio, donald trump and john kasich as well. chuck todd on "meet the press" this morning. >> a lot of that coming up. >> thank you. >> hope you have a wonderful valentine's day. if you're some of those 90 million people and it is really cold, stay inside.
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dangerous cold temperatures and biting winds making it feel well below zero around philadelphia region. that's not stopping the skaters at the blue cross river rink. people out there this morning. get ready, a wet blast of winter is on the way as we get ready for the week ahead. the frigid conditions are the worst in the poconos where temperatures dropped below 30. workers need to take a lot of breaks indoors today. pileup on highway 78 in pennsylvania. we'll show you the viewm