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millions endured record cold temperatures over the valentine weekend but more cold is in store for the week ahead. plus, is kanye west millions in debt. a monster week at the box office. and what happens when you giving a sea lion a selfie stick? "early today" starts right now. good morning. the stakes are high after the death of supreme court jususce antonin scalia. it's already reached the point of a justice scalia dissent. president obama says he will nominate a new justice although so far there is no timetable for an announcement. and the president's republican colleagues don't think it should be his to make at all. here's the bottom line. i don't trust barack obama on the supreme court justices it's called delay, delay, delay.
should move forward and we should let the next president of the united states shoulul decide. >> i'm'm glad the senate is agreeing what we should. >> those opinions have been met with harsh words on the other side of the aisle by hillary clinton. >> it is outrageous that republicans in the senate and on the campaign trail have already pledged to block any replacement that president obama nominates. there are 340 days until the next president takes office, so that is plenty of time. >> nbc's tracie potts joins us now in from washington to sort it all out. good morning, tracie. >> good morning. it's possible the president could move on a potential nominee, a replacement pretty quickly. it's taken him about a month in
let's take a look at some of names that are coming up. first of all, seb real of them from the d.c. court of appeals. a former u.s. deputy solicitor general who argued more than 20 cases in front of the u.s. supreme court, paul watford appointed by president obama to the ninth circuit out of california. nine republicans voted in favor of watford. that could be key. he also clerked previously for justice ginsburg. patricia millen also on the circuit court of appeals. her case got caught up in the filibuster over it. a lot of names out there already. we're seeing some battling back and forth not only between republicans and the president
make this nomination but between republicans. ted cruz already has an ad out this morning saying if donald trump is selected he could not be trusted to nominate the next supreme court justice for the united states. we'll keep an eye on this as more pential nominees are mentioned, dara as they slug it out and whether or not president should actually make the selection in his last days in office. >> there are only five days left and the field is down to just six candidates but saturday night's debate was the most venomous debate and there were plenty of fights in both english and spanish. nbc's gabe gutierrez has more. >> reporter: after moments of silence for justice scalia came the most contentious debate so far. he lies.
>> reporter: the variation of liar was used at least 13 times. the most used by donald trump. trump slammed by jeb bush over foreigigpolicy and how to fight isis and syria. >> it's absolutely ludicrous to suggest that russia could be a positive partner in this. >> jeb is so wrong. >> while donald trump was building a reality tv show, my brother was building a security apparatus to keep us said. >> the world trade center. >> don't go after my mother. >> reporter: marco rubio came after his defense. >> that's what allowed isis to grow and by 2001 be able to strike america. >> reporter: at one point cruz took issue with something rubio
>> i don't why he would say that because he doesn't speak spanish. [ speaking spanish ] >> reporter: cruz also pounced on trump. >> you're the biggest liar. you're probably worse than jeb bush. you are the single biggest liar. >> donald has the worst pattern. when he speaks to his own record, he speaks liar, liar, liar. >> reporter: john kasich speaks to a different tone. >> i've got to tell you. this is just crazy. this is just nuts. geez, oh, man. >> that was gabe gutierrez reporting. a bitter arctic cold air is bringing cold weather. meanwhile weather that's struck midwesterners has headed east. >> reporter: whether it was the cause of a huge pile june that shut down a major stretch of
least ten people were taken to the hospital with injuries. >> we know a squall came through and it was zero. it turned icy quickly. it is what it is, we deal with it. but this is one of the worst crashes i've ever seen. >> reporter: it was the coldest valentine's day on record in the northeast and frigid temperatures caused problems for firefighters in new jersey. >> we got off a plane yesterday and i nearly ran back into the airport. i had never known cold like that ever. >> reporter: there is good news. forecasters predict a warmup later this week. nbc's rafael is here to tell us when the weather will change. good morning, rafael. >> good morning. it's going to be a messy day across the east. we have a messy presidents' day developing.
the carolinas and virginia. that snow will transition later on today, tonight, and freezing rain and eventually rain with much milder weather in the northeast. heavy rain overnight into tuesday and even flooding concerns there, but it could end as snow in the interior throughout the day on tuesday. a busy travel day and the weather is not big for the east. d.c., new york, philadelphia, chicago is quiet dealing with a beautiful day. temperatures there well into the 80s and tomorrow again, tracking the heavy rain for the big cities of the northeast. look at the temperatures. well into the 50s. 55 for the city. flooding will be a concern there, 87 in los angeles and tracking storminess across florida. that's a look at the national weather. now here's a closer look at your day ahead. it ooh going to be a messy day across the mid-atlantic and northeast with snow, ice, and freezing rain changing over to rain later on tonight.
across the gulf coast like mobile could see severe storms this afternoon. so not a great travel day for all the folks heading home after the holiday weekend. >> no, but a good day to have off and stay home. >> yes. pope francis visited one of the poorest cities in mexico city. he preached his message of equality and hope to more than 300,000 attending mass. nbc's anne thompson has more. >> reporter: pope francis went to the city notorious for poverty and crime. francis rode through the graffiti covered streets given a makeover by criminals more appropriate for the occasion, the pope portrayed in all kinds of was even as a graffiti artist.
and disappearance rates in mexico. it's such a dangerous place this woman tells me today's mass is one of the rare times she can bring her children to a public event. more than 300,000 people filled the dusty fields to hear the pope warn of the temptations of wealth, vanity, and pride, emphatically telling them there can be no dialogue with the devil. your evil can fear like a daily reality. francis is asking these people, many of them poor and powerless to join the front lines of making mexico a land of opportunity. for a moment one of its most dangerous cities was a better place. anne thompson, nbc news, mexico. 48 people had to be rescued from a frigid new england ski slope after their tram cars got stuck 40 feet above the ground. look at this. rescuers actually had to use
propel through a hatch in the bottom of the car to the ground about 40 feet from the mountain. thankfully nobody was injured. they say a breaking sis is to blame and it could take a few days to fix the problem. marvel's latest movie "flick" has started. "dead pool" earn $135 million. "dead pool" had been the biggest. also for the biggest february weekend and biggest president's four-day weekend. meanwhile it debuted in third while ben stiller's much hyped
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now to some entertainment news. today is growing for the grammy awards. the rapper leads the pack with 11 nominations. taylor swift and the weekend are also big contenders. both have nine nominations. at last night's awards steven fry brought home a little bit honoring the tradition of the kiss cam. they played to the stars of maggie smith and leonardo dicaprio. he also won big by taking home best actor for a role in " the revenant.
>> that is the latest tease from the sixth season of game of thrones. it's set in black and white of those who died. they're fueling speculation of whose death is next. this month nbc will air a special that features the reunion of the cast of "friends. "here to commend is rachel from friends. >> oh, my god. this is incredible. it's so a great to see you. >> oh, colin, oh, hi, hi, wow, yeye. yeah. >> rachel, i've got to say i haven't seen you since the '90s. yeah, yeah, i've been good. i've been good, yeah. >> good.
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share the technology. kanye west $53 million in debt. he surprised fans, i write this to you, my brothers, while still $53 million in personal debt followed by mark zuckerberg invests $1 billion into kanye west's ideas. zuckerberg has not responded. in "the guardian" a spanish civil servant skips work for years without anyone noticing. he collected a salary for a job he hadn't shown up for in at least six years. garcia was discovered when his employer tried to award him with a long service medal. they have seized over $89 million of liquid meth an get min. they used gels and art supplies
and a chinese artist is making a name for himself. the art it used over 14,000 lifejackets to symbolize those who drowned in the attempt to reach european shores. 15,000 chilean participants wore the tomato. they provided juicy ammunition. the art of taking a selfie is no longer just for humans. now sea lions are joining in on the fun. milo the sea lion gave visitors a front row seat to the underwater world after trainer mounted a camera on the end of a gopro polye. it's since been going viral. i think that's a great way. >> i even seen a cat doing it. >> give him a gopro and a selfie camera. now it's time to look ahead. president obama will meade with
i'm dara brown.5am. this morning we continue to follow a developing story-- a suspicious death reported last night in lexington. police say a man was found dead in a parking lot near riverchase way and corley mill road. police received a call about shots being fired around 8:30 last night. when officers arrived -- they found a male victim with a gunshot wound on the ground. he was pronounced dead on the scene.
they are searching for any suspects. sled and the lexington county coroner's office are also investigating. our michal higdon is following this investigation and will have a live report ahead on sunrise at 5am. our other top story this morning -- a slight chance we could see some wintry weather in the midlands this morning. tim miller is in the first alert storm center with your wake up weather. the forecast looks to continue to be on target from my thoughts last night. there will be periods of very light freezing drizzle and light freezing rain developing this morning and lasting until around noon. freezing rain advisory remains in effect for lancaster and chesterfield counties until 1pm. the air is fairly dry and needs to moisten up for us to have any action with this system from a winter perspective this morning, look for light amounts of freezing rain and/or drizzle with up to a trace through the central midlands to a touch more in the advisory areas. this becomes a rain event by showers.