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making news in america this morning -- remember a legal giant. new details of death of supreme court justice antonin scalia, his conservative legacy and the hasty political fight to replace him. all the angles. a family affair. former president george w. bush set to hit the trail to campaign with his brother jeb while donald trump leading in the polls continues to take shots at the bushes. ice age. sub zero temperatures across the east. including a completely frozen block while firefighters battle cold.
the british awards handing out awards. setting up some surprises. good morning on this presidents day. political fallout on the sudden death of supreme court justice antonin scalia. >> both sides of the aisles are gearing up for a fight. >> there are new details this morning on the days and hours leading up to scalia's death. he died of natural causes saturday at a texas ranch during a quail humpbting trip. senate republicans are calling for a replacement by the next president. but president obama already said that he intends to fill the seat seat.
justice is believed to have arrive on a private plane in austin. a first-time guest at that resort ranch in west texas. his body was discovered in his room. abc's jim avila is there. he spoke with one of the people who saw his last. >> reporter: an exclusive group of mostly texan couples. famous guest. he arrived friday about noon. toured the property. did not join that day's hunt. he had dinner with the group overlooking the scenic group. >> at 9:00 p.m., he said, it's been a long day, had a long week. i'd like to be excused. >> reporter: others told investigators they heard the 79-year-old justice mention an illness. the county judge would pronounced him dead over the phone said his doctor in washington told her he'd been ill.
and 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, says she agreed one was not necessary. >> any signs of foul play could have easily caused, that i asked for an autopsy. >> reporter: instead, the death certificate will read natural causes, due to his heart stopping. jim a vil ya, abc news, in west texas. this morning, justice scalia is being remembered as a conservative icon. of course, he served on the high court for some 30 years. >> he led the charge to take constitutional law back to what he called its original meaning. now the battle lines are drawn over who should pick his replacement. latest on the showdown in washington.
justice scalia's vacancy on the court is sure to be a topic of discussion on the campaign trail today. several 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 with have a new president. but president obama. >> i plan to fulfill my constitutional responsibility to name a new successor. >> reporter: how it could shift the balance on the supreme court, which without scalia is split 4-4. >> no now, this next appointment will be critical for some important decisions. >> reporter: including decisions regarding abortion, immigration. that adds a new dimensional to this year's presidential race. >> it's outrageous that
the campaign trail have already pledged to block any replacement that president obama nominates. >> reporter: republicans backing up mcconnell in saturday night's debate and it's called, delay, delay, delay. >> reporter: senator ted cruz on "this week" vowing to filibuster if necessary. >> we should not let a lame-duck presidency. >> reporter: two names james kelly and sri si -- >> megan what is next in the nomination process, what do we expect? >> 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
>> seems like a long fight. president, politicians and colleagues are reflecting on scalia's legacy. liberal justice ruth bader buddies. . 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 jeb bush. 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 con consequence involving "hot topics" and bernie sanders.
there's no video of the meeting. they addressed the con greg grags with the race in nevada extremely close, hillary clinton canceled a trip in order to stay in nevada. sanders takes his campaign to michigan today. we switch gears now to the cold. bit eerly cold in the northeast today. bostonians woke to the coldest morning in nearly 60 years, 9 degrees below zero. there were also delays at logan airport because of cold weather problems with equipment. new york city saw its lowest february temperature since 1963, one degree below zero. the bitter cold didn't stop valentine's day tradition in the big apple. weddings in times square. they'll remember that. further west, this was the
its surrounding areas. continuing into this morning's commute. hundreds of flights were canceled or delayed. and traffic was snarled on highways. two multiple vehicle pileups on the roads. what's in store for those of us on the east coast today, the only consolation it will be get warmer. >> complete weather forecast right now from paul williams at accuweather. >> good morning to you as well. we have an ice storm on the way. affecting the folks in the deep south, throughout virginia going into north carolina, covering charlotte, as well as charlotte charlottesville charlottesville, dangerous power outrages continued to this.
are investigating a laser strike on a virgin atlantic plane to london. the plane was heading for new york city and virgin said one of the pilots reported a medical issue, apparently linked to the laser strike. passengers were put up for the night and will fly to new york later on today. expect another powerful message from the pope today, his visit to mexico takes him to the state where there are many migrants that travel through that area trying to reach the u.s. border. >> and yesterday in mexico city, onlookers cheered as pope fiat. the pope wading into the crowd and taking the faithful. before that, there was a moment, the pope visit a children's hospital where a young cancer
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checking our top stories -- the body of supreme court justice antonin scalia is believed to have been flown back to dulles airport outside washington. he was 79. scalia's death setting off a political showdown, republicans looking to block president obama from filling his seat. but the president says he plans to nominate a replacement soon. but don't try to mail a letter to congress today on your thoughts of his replacement, presidents' day. 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.
back at the life and legacy justice antonin scalia had. >> 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: for decades justice antonin scalia led the charge to bring constitutional law back to its original meaning. >> not to facilitate change, to impede change. make it difficult to change. >> reporter: on that score, scalia's greatest tri scalia second amendment extingts he wrote. another victory bush v gore, the 2000 ruling that awarded bush
>> we did the right thing. so -- so there. >> 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 scotuscare. they feared his pointed questions. >> when did it bm unconstitutional to exclude homosexual couples from marriage? when did the law become this. >> reporter: scalia's death leaves the court shorthanded, 4-4. the stakes could not be higher. especially since one of those four conservatives swings to the liberal side unpredictability. terry moran, abc news, mexico city.
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