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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. >> 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 d`ring a quail humpbting trip. senate republicans are calling for a replacement by the next president.
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 auauin. 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 onef the people who saw his last. >> reporter: an exclusive group of mostly texancouples. justice scalia was the only famous guest. he arrived friday about noon. toured theproperty. 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
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 andife maureen, she says objected to an autopsy. and after talking with sheriff investigators and u.s. mahals on the scene, says she agreed one was not necessary. >> any signs of foul play uld 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.
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 discussion on the campaign trail today. several candidates campaigni 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 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.
this year's presidentiaia 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 mccccnell 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 capture it in the waning his 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
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 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,
consequence involving "hot topics" and bernie sanders. they attended the same service. there's no video of the meeting. they addressed the conn greg grags with the race in nevada extremely close, hillary clinton canceled a trip in order to stay in nevada. sandets 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 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 valeine's day tradition in the big apple.
they'll remember that. further west, this was the scene, heavy snow in chicago and its surrounding areas. continuing into this morning's mmute. 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 onlyonsolation 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 intoorth carolina, covering charlotte, as well as charlotte charlottesville charlottville, dangerous power
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hecking 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 replacememt, postoffices are closed for presidents' day. rain in washington state, snow in theestern mountains and upper plains, severe storms
into the northeast this morning. and finally froms a look back at the life andegacy 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 decadeses justice antonin scalia led the charge to bring constitutional law back to its original meaning. >> not to facilitate change, to impede change. ke it difficult to 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.
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. > when did it bm unconstitutional to exclude homosexual couples fro 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
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 theeeks ahead. right now at 4:30 a teararl tribute remembering the man struck and killed as the hunt for the person responsible continues. a drer hops the curb and smashes right into the people. as fpneral preparations made for justice antonin scalia, a battle now brews over nominating his successor. good monday morning, south florida. i'm eric yutzy. >> i'm jacey birch. it's presidents day and weather r thority meteorologist julie durda is here with a presidential forecast. >> that's right, indeed, jacey, ger i can say, south florida. a lot of you may havee the day off, the kids
rit now much warmer than what we saw all weekend. it was beautiful. temperatures in the upper 60v. about five degrees above where we should be this time of year. 69 in key west. can you see our cameras moving around. that's because of our strong east breeze. remember the east wind is providing for thewarmer, humid conditions we're going to have today. 68 in homestead. 69 in pompano beach. with the winds ming off the ocean, we are already reporting some& wind gusts. wind speeds between 10 and0 miles an hour. this is elevating the risk of rip currents for you beach-goers. if you plan on heading to the beach, be safe and stay out of the water. presidents day throughout the morning we'll see temperatures in the upper 60s and low 70s. highs today in the upper 70s with a slight chance of a shower before rain chances increase tomorrow. i'll have the details coming up. right now loved ones