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trail. hospital bombing. a new horror in sysya. medical facilities and schools are hit. ildren are killed. a massive storm from louisiana to maine. snow and ice in the north. a tornado outbreak hit the uth. and heartburn alert. new concerns about prescription meds millions take to treat it linked to kidney disease, now linked to an increase risk of dememeia. "nightly news" begins s right now. announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this the "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. in an election year already fraughtith improbable plot twists and drama now this. the ideological balance of the u.s. supreme court sududnly in limbmb tonight there's l le word on who presidede obama might be considering to replacee thth late justicece scalia as lines are drawn for an epic battle between democrats and senate republicans who are determined to leave
next president. tonight the current president iss suggesting republicans are full of bluster, but they, not democrats, hold the power to control the prococs. our justice correspondent pete williams begins our coverage. >> reporter: the body of antonin scalia arrived overnight, the casket draped inn an american flag flown from texas whereree died in his sleep at a private guest ranch. >> the judge, when i found him saturday momoing, was in complete repose. >> reporter: on the court scalia was one of theheost influential conservatives in more than a g geratioio and his criticism could be stinging, even for ruth bader ginsburg, his ideologigil opposite and traveveng xansions. she said sunday we're best buddies. how is it that you're able to zing somebody, your friend ruth bader ginsburg and the next day go to the opera? >> because the next day she will be
equal opportunity zingers. >> reporter: among popoibilities to succeed him, esvein vasan and jane kelly and merrick garlanded a patricia millett. for now the supreme court is evenly split between conservatives and liberals wititut antonini scacaa so some of the big cases could end in 4-4 ties.. on immigration a tie would block president obama from enforcing his plan to allow up p to 5 million people herereillegally to stay on on abortioio a tie would restrict restrictions on abortion in texas to remain i i force or in the case of a force the court could choose to withhold its decision and order the case to be reargueded when there's a ninthth justice. >> the justices havee the ability to take a case when there's a tie andndut it on a shelf and come backt a year later, conceivably even two years late sneer in momorn times the longest stretch the
thout all nine justices is just o or a year, and that was nearly 50 years ago. the juststes are now in their mid-winter break and will be back on the bench a year ago today. leftner. >> no matter who it is the president picks the republican leader in the senate and many of the leading gop candidates s s no one should get a vote and the seat should remain empty until the next president nomomates a successor. that could leave t ts battle raging for well over a year as nbc's andrea m mchell reports. >> repororr: the babale over the supreme court instanany redefining the presidential race. republicans on the trail today. >> i intend to make 2016 a referendum on the u.s. supreme court. >> we're not moving forward on a nominee until after the election. the republicans should not allow it to happenen >> reporter: political wars exploded within hours of antonin scalia's death.h. playing to the republican base, senate leadede mitch mcconnell vowowg to block any obama nominee. saying the next president should fill
president obama quickly pushing back. . >> i plan to f ffill responsibilitieseso nominate a successor in due titi. >> reporter: democrats today arguing there is plenty of time to confirm a nominee. >> i think we ought to talk about this, the cocotitution of the united states. >> reporter: and no excuse to leave the court grgrgrcked, potentially for another year. >> it would be the height of irresponsibility for the r rublican leadershipipot to havee fromomhe president. >> reporter: so who will the president choose? the smart political bet, a moderate federal judge supported in the past by republicans, much harder for them to reject. so far most republicans up for re-election in swing states seem to be following their leader, but depending on whom t t president picks could it backfire? even helping democrats retake the senate. still in the presidential race it's a rallying cry for republicans, especially ted cruz, a former supreme court
give up the u.s. supreme court for a generation by allowing barack obama to make one more libibib appointee. >> reporter: and senator leahy told nbc that president obama already has his list. in fact, the presidede is likely to consult republicans a a well as democrats to see e any potentntl nominee has a chance of getting aaote despite the pressure from republican l lders to block any action. lesterer >> andrea mitchell, thankkyou. as the fight over the court plays out on thth campaign trail there are alsoew fights exploding within the republican party as donalaltrump launches multiple attacks, threatening to once again sue ted cruz and taking aim a a george w. bush over 9/11, right as the former president hits the campaign trail in support of his brother. we get theatest from nbc's peteralexander. >> reporter: he'e' back. former president george w. bush on the campaign trail, this time for jeb in south carolina. >> thank you for your hard work for jeb.
which is to vote for him on saturday here in the great state of south carolina. >> reporter: 43 aiming to make his younger brother 45 rise to the white house, appearing together for the first time since jeb announced. >> thanks to brotherer for giving us something to do today, something importanan i'mmroud of his candidacy, and i'm really proud to have been ininted. >> reporter:r:ut on this president's day donald trump is trying to crash the party, attacking w. today over 9/11. >> the world trara center came down during his reign so it's like, you know, he was the top. >> reporter: and for invading iraq. >> you had him on the aircraft cararer saying all soror of wonderful things. the war was essentially over, guess what, not over. >> reporter: punctuatinin the fiery debate. george bush made a mistake. we can make mistakes that. one was a bite. we never should have been in iraq. >> i'm sick and tired of him goingng after my family. >> r rorter: will trump's attacks against the bushes backfire? george h.w. bush and
carried south carolina in thehe presidential primacy. jeb is betting his brother, the former commander in chief, can still bring in voters. here the military community is a key constituent, generating more than 150,000 jobs and nearly $20 billili for the state's econony. today trump is again threatening to sue ted crcr, calling him unstable and the biggest liaia he's ever come across. >> he doesn't even have the right to serve of as president or even run ass president. he was born in canada, so i will bring that lawsuit if he doesn't apologize. >> reporter: c cz brushing off the threat saying trump has lost it. >> this is the most rattled i've ever seenn donald, his press conference today where he stood and vented. i guess the only planks one can have i i that his poll numumrs in south carolina must be plummeting. >> reporter: and tonight's crowd by far the biggest that jeb bush has seen all campaign season. earlier today his brother reflecting on his pasttresidential primaries says he ers to focus on
losses, a glass half full man. in five days the bush family will find out if the there's still reason for optimism. lester. >> peter, thank you. an unexpected battleground has opened up in the democratic race between hillary clinton and bernie sanders. with just five days to go until the nevada caucus eds clinton is hitting the trail hard there. for months many believed she would win the state, but now as our kristen welker reports, that's a big estion mark. >> reporter: after losingew hampshire, second clinton is tryingngo come back withth win in nevada. >> i hope you'll come out and caucus on saturday. >> reporter: today she again tried to paint senator sanders as a candidate solei focused on wall street. >> i am not a single-issue candidate because this is not a single-issue country. >> repororr: sanders has d dmissed that criticicm, and today beforere raucous crowd of 9,000 in michigan said he'd met w wh the families impactt by the flint water crisis. >> i've just come from a meeting which w w one of the more
that i have ever attended. >> reporter: clinton campaign answering, releasing a video toutinggn endorsement from a group of flint ministers praising her for highlighting the problem. >> they need to fix flint. >> reporter: it's an issue that resonates with african-americans, including in states like nevada where in 2012 r rghly 15% of voters were black and another 15% hispanic. nbc news political analyst john rosten says it's hard to getet accurate pollllg, but he believes clinton has a slim ad. >> the clinton campaign has to be worried about t t t whole millen yell fect, young voters deciding too r rister on saturury to support bernie sanders. >> reporter: nevada was supposed to be part of clinton's firewall and now that's in play, voters in reno understanding the divide. >> we've got a big uprising. >> reporter: what are you planning foror this weekend? >> hillary clinton. >> repepter: why? >> i want to see a woman handle the office.
planning tooampaign in florida. instead, she sent her husbanding there so she could focus on courting voters here. meanwhile late tonight her campaign officials announced they are opening an office in flint, mimiigan. lester. >> kristen, thank you. > tonight a massiveve storm is moving across a huge part of the country. it's being felt from the gulf coaoa all the way up tomaine. snow and ice in the north and tornadoes ripping off roofs in e south. a huge e ss all from the same weather system. nbc's kristen dahlgren has details. >> president't' day brought a fresh coat of snow to the nation's capital as a colossal storm system spread misery from the south to the midwest and northeast today. this t tster was spotted in alabama. in louisiana this afternoon another tornado t tched down damaging aizza hut and injuring two. >> thehear was shaking. >> i seen it like coming at me. it was scarere >> in mississippi a high school nearly crushed when a twister
tree, and mother nature wreaking havoc in kentucky w wre even snow applause couldn't stay on slickckroads. major highways finally did reopen after two massive pileups in pennsylvania and indidia this weekend. >> it's been 30 years. probably one of the worst crashes that i've ever seen. >> the east still hasn't thawed out after record low temperatures. on sunday boston hit minus 9. watertown, new york, saw 37 below and new york city was the coldest it's been in 100 years.s. >> i've never known cold like that, ever? a warmup is expepeed. >> by tomorrow we're looking at temperaturur that are anywhere from 5 to alalst 20 degrees above average. lots of rain. airport delays. we go from frost to flooding. >> reporter: an upcocong thaw that may bring everything but relief relief. kristen dahlgren, n n news, new york. >> we turn overseas now wherer dozens of civilians including children have been reported in air
multiple hospitals and a s sool were hit. nbc's keir simmons has gotten rare access inside syria, and as he reports this all comes the same week that a tentative ase-fire is supposedd to take effect. >> reporter: a desperate search for survivors. at least 3 hospitals wards wrwrked. estimated 50 dead, the u.n. says. bies had to be rescued. is video from opposition activists of a newborn in the arms of a firefighter. we don't know the baby's name or who the mother is. >> we have seen manyy childrdr, and i have seen many, many women, they were injurur and they were dead. >> reporter: hospitals were a deliberate target. doctors without rders claim, accusing russia or syria. >> to be today a doctor or a nurse in -- in thth area controlled by the opposition, it's equal to being a criminal. >> reporter: 700 alal care workers have been injured or
112 medical facilities were hit in 2015. seaterian ambassador to russia claim u.s. strikes destroyed one hospital today, an acquisition the u.s.-led coalition denied. juststays ago a partial cease-fire wasas anoujsed by secretary of state john kerry and u.s. allies meeting in germany. >> this has been a period of intensified boboing, particularly in the north of syria. we havav condemned that in the strongest terms. >> reporter: today syrian president bashar al asasd says he belieies the cease-fire will be difficult to implememt. just days froro the deadline for a cessation in hostilities announced by secretary kerry last week,nd there l ltle sign the fighting will end. keir simmons, nbc news, damascus. thousand flocked to see pope francis today at a stadium in mexico's poorest state. he met witit families at t t event which fofoowed an enorm
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finally tonight, we were talkiki a moment ago about another winter blast hilgt millions of americans, but the brothers we're about to meet don't see the snow as a nuisancech they see it as an inspiration, to make something amazing for a good cause. as our kevin tibblbl explainsns their creaeaonon like each snowflake, are one of a kind. reporter: frommhe depths of the frigid vortex that is a minnesota winter comes the giant s sw octopus, and it's taken over the bart's family front yard. >> a lot of kids driving by and the parents will drive by
are like mom, stop... >> reporter: for five years the brothers have been turning the fluffy white stuff many of us dread into wintry works of art, always with a watery theme because they love to fish. >> when we're not ice fishing we're out here working on the sculpture. >> reporter: don't y y ever get cold? >> never. >> reporter: these hardy boys have created everything from a puffer fish and wawauso a sea turtle and a shark, although this year's octopus is the most ambitious yet. 5050 hours to complete, 150 tons of snow, and a tentacle that winds over mom and dad's front steps. >> it's really, really, really, really, really, really, really cool. >> repepter: folks come from miles a aund for a peek and a pic. this is a group of exchange students allll the way from china. >> it's wonderful. >> it's rvelous. >> reportete how many legs does an octopus have? >> one, two, three, four, five. >> reporter: six, seven, eight.
visitors leave donations and so far they have raisese $8,000 to help provide clean drinking water inin hait. >> you don't'take life memories playing video games. >> reporter: nobody. make them doing stuff like that,. >> reporter:r:hat's something parents everywhere could wrap ththr arms around. >> three, two, onon >> reporter: kevin tibbles, nbc news, new brighton, minnesota. >> so much fun. that's going to do it for us on a monday night. i'm lester holt.. for all of us at n n news, t tnk you for
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