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making news in america this morning -- remembering a legal giant. new details on the death of supreme court justice antonin scalia, his conservative legacy and the hasty political fight to replace him. all the angles, we're live in washington. 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. subzero temperatures across the east, including a completely frozen city block while firefighters battle a blaze, the and snowy conditions this morning.
the british awards handing out awards to hollywood and pushing celebrities to smooch on the kiss caption. setting up some surprises. well, good morning on this presidents' day. we begin with the political fallout on the sudden death of supreme court justice antonin scalia. >> with the balance of the supreme court at stake, 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 hunting trip. senate republicans are calling for a replacement to be selected by the next president. but president obama already said that he intends to fill the seat when the senate returns from the recess. >> the body of the 79-year-old
arrived at dulles airport near washington overnight on a private plane from austin. a first-time guest at that resort ranch in west texas. his body was discovered in his room after he missed breakfast and lunch. abc's jim avila is there. he spoke with one of the people who saw him last. >> reporter: the high of end hunting lodge and ranch was host this weekend of an exclusive group of mostly texan couples. justice scalia was the only famous guest. he arrived friday about noon. toured the property. did not join that day's hunt. but he had dinner with the group overlooking the scenic lake. >> at about 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 who
phone told abc news that she washington told her he'd been 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, she agreed one was not necessary. >> any signs of foul play could have easily caused, that i asked for an autopsy. >> reporter: instead, the county judge said the death certificate will read natural causes, due to his heart stopping. jim avila, 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. >> and he led the charge to take constitutional law back to what he called its original meaning. scalia developed a reputation of being bold, brash and unafraid to speak his mind. now the battle lines are drawn over who should pick his
washington. >> reporter: good morning. justice scalia's vacancy on the court is sure to be a big topic of discussion on the campaign trail today. we've got 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 we have a new president. but president obama made it clear he's ready to move. >> i plan to fulfill my constitutional responsibility to name a new successor. >> reporter: both sides have reason to fight. how it could shift the balance on the supreme court, which without scalia is split 4-4. >> so now, this next appointment will be critical for some important decisions that are coming down the pipe. >> reporter: including decisions regarding abortion, immigration. that adds a new dimension to this year's presidential race.
republicans in the senate and on the campaign trail have already pledged to block any replacement that president obama nominates. >> reporter: republicans backing debate. >> 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 to capture the supreme court in the waning months of his presidency. >> who might the president nominate? two names jane kelly and sri srinavasan. >> megan, what is next in the nomination process, what do we expect? >> well, 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. thank you so much. presidents, politicians and colleagues are reflecting on scalia's life and legacy. liberal justice ruth bader ginsburg said that they were best buddies. even though disagreed on the bench, 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 at an event in south carolina. this comes after a blistering attack on the bushes from donald trump. 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, concidence involving "hot
they attended the same service. there's no video of the meeting. they both addressed the congress geg 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. bitterly cold in the northeast today. bostonians woke to the coldest morning in nearly 60 years, 9 degrees below zero. transit and commuter rail service disrupted when rails shattered in the cold. there were also delays at logan airport because of cold weather problems with equipment. and new york city saw its lowest february temperature since 1963, one degree below zero. and three degrees below the valentine's day record set a century ago. but the bitter cold didn't stop valentine's day tradition in the big apple -- weddings in times square.
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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. scalia died in his sleep at a texas ranch during a quail hunting trip. 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 with your thoughts of his replacement, post offices are closed for presidents' day. looking at today's weather. rain in washington state, snow in the western mountains and upper plains, severe storms in the south and snow moving into
and finally, from us, a look back at the life and legacy justice antonin scalia had. >> scalia is being remembered as 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 take constitutional law back, he says, to its original meaning. >> the constitution is not meant to facilitate change. it is meant to impede change, to make it difficult to change. >> reporter: on that score, perhaps his greatest triumph, his ruling in 2008 on the right to bear arms, where he brushed aside concerns about gun violence in america. it's not the role of this court to pronounce the second amendment extinct, he wrote. another victory, bush versus gore.
presidency. >> we owe no apology whatever for bush versus gore. we did the right thing. so -- so, there. [ laughter ] >> 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 scotus care. in other arguments, lawyers feared his pointed questions. and he challenged the idea that the court could create a right to gay marriage, after 200 years of laws banning it. >> when did it become unconstitutional to exclude homosexual couples from marriage? when did the law become this? >> reporter: his death leaves the court shorthanded and divided on key issues. the stakes could not be higher. especially since once of those four conservatives justice anthony kennedy swings to the liberal side unpredictability.
>> a man passionate about his colleague. >> reporter: we'll hear much about it in the weeks erin: now on "daybreak," developing while you are sleeping, a police standoff in farmington. one person is now in custody. >> head forward. >> there you go. sean: dramatic video shows how dozens of people were rescued from the tram on cannon mountain. it remains closed today. kevin: we start off with the bitterly cold temperatures. they climb for the next 36 hours. erin: following the death of u.s. supreme court justice