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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 a blaze, the record-breaking cold. and pucker up. 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.
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. >> the body of the 79-year-old 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. justice scalia was the only famous guest.
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 came to his office wednesday 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
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. >> reporter: good morning. justice scalia's vacancy on the court is sure to be a topic of 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.
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 republicans in the senate and on 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
>> 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 question right now. >> seems like a long fight. president, politicians and colleagues are reflecting on scalia's legacy. liberal justice ruth bader ginsburg said they were best 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
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. they attended the same service. 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
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 scene, heavy snow in chicago and 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
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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, postoffices are closed for 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. and finally from us a look 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.
>> reporter: on that score, scalia's greatest triumph his ruling in 2008 the second amendment involves the individual right to bear arms. it's not the role of this court to pronounce the second amendment extingts he wrote. another victory bush v gore, the 2000 ruling that awarded bush the presidency. >> 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.
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. >> so passionate about his work and so beloved by his colleagues. >> we'll hear a lot more about it in the weeks ahead. >> that's3 here is live look from the wolf ridge ski resort in mars hill this morning. while we are not seeing snow falling there yet, forecasters say
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