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to nominate a successor. >> but senate republicans, including the two gunning for the white house, say any nominee from a lame duck president will fail. >> the president can nominate whoever he wants. but the senate is not going to act and that's pretty clear. >> ted cruz is warning of dire consequences should mr. obama add another justice to the court. >> we will see unlimited abortion on demand throughout this country. partial birth abortion, taxpayer funding, no parental notification. >> justice scalia's conservative views often influenced the balance of the court in many 5-4 decisions. >> we lost one of the greats, i would like to have the person tailored to be just like justice scalia. >> democrats say republicans need to act responsibly and vote on a nominee. >> president obama is president of the united states until january 20th, 2017. that is a fact, my friends. whether the republicans like it or not. >> apparently they believe is
that the constitution does not allow a democratic president to bring forth a nominee to replace justice scalia. >> democrats are also concerned the high court could be paralyzed with just eight members. >> jennifer johnson, nbc news, washington. local heart transplant recipients are urging people to give real heart this valentine's day. the franklin institute hosted a national donor day event at the giant heart exhibit. three local heart transplant recipients shared their donation stories. the event is part of an ongoing effort to highlight the importance of becoming a registered organ and tissue donor. >> this has been an amazing journey for me. and i am having the time of my life. and it's all because someone that i didn't know, i never met, made a decision to be an organ donor. >> the event featured heart-themed crafts for kids and a table for organ donor
sign-ups. now your nbc 10 first alert weather. >> well another cold night ahead, our first alert remains in place as we head into not only monday, but actually tuesday as well. we're tracking snow for president's day. this is going to make for a messy evening commute. we're talking the potential for even some ice, sleet, freezing rain in spots. potentially during the evening commute for tomorrow. heading into tuesday, a lot of this is going to transition into rain. so of course a lot of components here to the storm system. that we're keeping an eye on. current real-feel about 10 degrees in philadelphia. feeling like 12 toward pottstown. the cold is going to ease little by little. but for tonight it's still going to be very cold out there. we have a winter weather advisory in effect through your tuesday. and again that for icy roads in particular along the i-95 corridor extending north and west. this goes into effect monday morning. and continues until 2:00 a.m. on tuesday for the potential for snow, sleet and freezing rain. again this can be particularly
problematic north and west toward the lehigh valley extending up into the poconos. here's a portion of our storm system. you can see the snow off to our south and west across parts of the ohio valley. sliding north and east over the course of the next 24 hours. and again it looks like the monday morning commute, if you do have to go to work, it looks okay. it looks like the snow will overspread the area into the afternoon. this is going to be a quick transition to rain here for areas farther south. delaware down into south jersey. but again, it will take a little bit longer for the i-95 corridor. so we're talking about the potential for slippery conditions and the snow and wintry precipitation holds on longer. the further north and west that you go. could be looking at a little bit of a lull tuesday morning before the heavy rain starts to move in as we head into tuesday. again we're talking snow, sleet, freezing rain. a lot of components to this storm system. as we head further south here. we're looking at brief snow here, up to an inch with a change of rain happening during the afternoon with the lull monday night. and the heavy rain on tuesday,
it's north and west where we're looking at the biggest impacts in terms of wintry precipitation with the most snow. three to six inches up towards the poconos. so very cold for tonight. clouds increase ahead of this storm system as we head into tomorrow snow overspreads the area in the afternoon. slowly transitions to rain for some spots. along the i-95 corridor. that will be occurring during the evening hours. you'll need to watch for slick spots in particular from philadelphia extending north and west. so again icy conditions through the evening hours, and then it looks like finally everything changes to rain after midnight north and west and the rain continues into tuesday and becomes quite heavy. i'm danny pamle from comcast sportsnet, ahead to wednesday's showdown with villanova. we've got the highlights and the battle between the rangers and flyers picks up. we show you why the new york state of mind includes revenge, next in sports.
this is sports desk. brought to you by xfinity. x 1 from xfinity will change the way you experience tv. not even taylor swift can match the amount of bad blood brewing tonight at madison square garden between the flyers and rangers, here's one reason after ryan mcdonough crosschecks wayne simnd in the back of the head, simmons responds with a punch. he ace sees not concerned about retaliation. >> i know how to take care of myself. it doesn't matter to me. i'm out there to go and play the hockey and score goals, do whatever i can do get the win for my team.
>> from the ice to the hardwood, kobe bryant will play in his 15th and final all-star game today in toronto, bryant was selected a starter by the fans. >> just enjoying this whole thing, man, it just -- being around these players, and talking to them one more time and, going out and practicing and enjoying that moment. enjoying the moment. so the competitiveness in terms of me trying to establish something or prove something -- that's gone. >> let's go to north philly, college basketball, temple hosting south florida. after jalen bond makes a lay-up, usf's jamal mcmurray hustles and -- drills the halfcourt buzzer beater. perimeter passing leads to obi enechionyia, drilling the triple. he and bond each had 18. owls win their fifth straight, they play villanova on wednesday. that's your look at sports, i'm danny pommels, we'll be right back. ♪
finally, violeta is tracking snow and the cold. >> a lot of components to this storm system. it looks like the morning rush is okay. overspreads the area in the afternoon. transitions over to sleet, freezing rain in the evening. towards philadelphia. so again that can be messy. the transition happen as little later north and west. we'll have to see how long it goes on before everything turns to rain late monday night into tuesday. tuesday, i don't want that to get lost in the mix. it will be a long couple of days. >> thank you, that's nbc 10 news for now. for violeta, danny and all of us here, i'm denise knackeno, night-news is next.
good evening. the unexpected death of u.s. supreme court justice antonin scalia is reshaping the 2016 race for the white house. only three supreme court justices have died in office in more than 60 years, and only one has been confirmed during an election year since 1940. some gop presidential hopefuls are questioning president obama's established executive authority to nominate a replacement during this election season. however, the president has already said it will happen but in due time. kelly o'donnell is at the white house tonight and starts us off. >> reporter: today the silent display of respect across washington. but no pause before the clash of politics. >> there is no way the
senate should confirm anyone that barack obama tries to appoint in his last year in office to a lifetime appointment. [ applause ] >> reporter: an instant power struggle over a successor to justice scalia. >> let me just make one point -- barack obama is president of the united states until january 20th, 2017. >> good evening, everybody -- >> reporter: president obama made clear he will nominate a new justice and expects the senate to consider his choice fairly. >> these are responsibilities that i take seriously, as should everyone. they're bigger than any one party. they are about our democracy. >> reporter: if the president gets to seat his third just, that change would make -- third justice, that change would make the court more liberal. compounding the shock of scalia's sudden passing is the timing. a campaign year. >> we ought to make the 2016 election a referendum on the supreme court. >> reporter: republican candidate ted cruz had been a law clerk for chief justice rehnquist.
now as a senator, he intends to block any obama nominee. >> we're advising that a lame duck president in an election year is not going to be able to tip the balance of the supreme court. >> reporter: democrats are already calling out cruz. >> ted cruz holds the constitution when he walks through the halls of congress. let him show me the clause that says the president's only president for three years. >> reporter: with fewer senate votes, democrats may have to take their fight for an obama court pick to the campaign trail, as well. >> i just don't think it looks good that for very overtly political reasons that the republicans would deny this president the right to exercise his constitutional responsibility which is to appoint members to the supreme court. >> reporter: for some gop candidates and republican senators, their opposition goes beyond the idea of simply voting down anyone the president might choose. they say there should be no confirmation process, no vetting, no hearing, no vote at all. thomas? >> kelly o'donnell at the white house.
thank you. and the death of just scalia also raises questions about how the court might decide a number of key cases this term from abortion rights to affirmative action. we get more on scalia's death and its impact from our justice correspondent, pete williams. >> reporter: as in the rest of the nation, justice scalia's death is being mourned in texas where he died saturday at this guest ranch popular with fellow bird hunters of an apparent heart attack. >> he had obviously passed away with no difficulty at all, middle of the night. it was -- that was our first message for the family. >> reporter: a catholic priest from a nearby church was summoned to administer last rites. justice scalia's colleagues on the court praised a towering intellect. ruth bader ginsburg said, "we were best buddies," adding, "he had a rare talent to make even a sober judge laugh." clarence thomas said, "it is hard to imagine court without my friend. i will miss him baund all measure." the court often divided 5-4 along
ideological lines on big cases, justice scalia's death leaves eight justices and the possibility of tie votes 4-4. >> if there's a tie, there's no outcome at the supreme court. the lower court ruling stands. it's as if the supreme court never heard the case. >> reporter: a tie vote would leave rulings intact that block president obama's plan to let five million undocumented migrants stay here. a tie would mean the tough new texas restrictions on abortion would remain, possibly inspiring other states to enact similar laws. a tie would be a boost to the financial strength of unions representing teachers and other public employees. if a democratic president appointed a successor to the conservative scalia, that would tilt the court the other way to a majority of liberal justices. >> if president obama were able to put another justice on the court, he would cement a leftist majority on the court for the next generation or so. >> reporter: among potential nominees mentioned in legal circles, s srisrinivasan, indian
american, patricia millet on the d.c. court of appeals, and paul wattford from california. the justices will be back on the bench for n a week and will face the prospect of finishing without a full court for the first time in more than 50 years. peter? >> pete williams reporting for us at the supreme court. thank you. the death of scalia and emerging battle over choosing and confirming the next justice, the republican presidential candidates were questioned about a number of other key and divisive issues in their debate last night in south carolina. as gabe gutierrez reports, it was their most combative debate so far. >> justice antonin scalia -- >> reporter: after a moment of silence for justice scalia came the most contentious gop debate so far. >> they lied. >> just been telling lies -- >> why do you supply. >> liar, liar, liar. >> reporter: the words "liar" or some variation were used at least 22 times. 13 by front-runner donald trump.
and yet -- >> didn't call anybody a liar -- >> you called ted cruz a liar. >> reporter: slammed by jeb bush over foreign policy and how to fight isis in syria. >> it is leudicrous to suggest that russia could be a 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 safe. >> the world trade center came down during your brother's reign. remember that. [ boos ] >> reporter: marco rubio trying to rebound from his last debate came to bush's defense today blaming 9/11 on bill clinton's decision tnot to take out bin laden. >> it allowed isis to prosper and by 2001 have the ability to strike america. >> reporter: they clashed over immigration. at one point cruz took wish something rubio had said in a spanish language interview. >> i don't know how he knows what i said on univision because he doesn't speak spanish. second of all -- [ speaking spanish ]
>> reporter: cruz also pounced on trump for what he called the billionaire's past liberal positions. >> you are the single biggest liar. you probably are worse than jeb bush. are you the single biggest liar. >> donald has this weird pattern. when you point to his own record, he screams, liar, liar, liar. >> reporter: striking a different tone, john kasich. >> i got to tell you, this is just crazy. this is just nuts, okay. [ applause ] >> geez, oh man. >> i think we're fixing to lose the election to hillary clinton if we don't stop this. [ applause ] >> reporter: tonight, there seems to be no stopping trump. >> i think it was probably my best performance. >> reporter: in a state where politics is a contact sport. the gop primary here is just six days away. tomorrow, hoping to capitalize on his family's popularity in south carolina, jeb bush will be joined on the campaign trail by his brother, george w. bush, and the former first lady tomorrow. >> gabe gutierrez
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down this cold arctic air from canada. we are going to see things turn the corner as we go into tomorrow. this morning, we broke records in new york city with the temperature of minus 1. the old record in boston was minus 3. we bottomed out at minus 9. albany, 13 below. watertown started the day off at 37 below zero. monday we'll start to turn the corner. temperatures above freezing in new york. boston, 3. boston should -- boston, 35. then tuesday, temperatures will soar to the mid 50s, about 15 degrees above average for the northeast. pittsburgh should even hit 41 degrees. with this next storm system moving in, while it will start as snow, it will turn over to rain. here we go, 5:00 in the morning on monday. lighter snow showers back through west virginia. we will see a brief period of heavier snow across virginia and washington, d.c. quick one to three inches possible in washington monday morning. then we'll see it turn over to rain as we go into monday night. new york city will also see some light accumulations, about one to two inches.
then we'll see things turn over to rain through the afternoon and evening on tuesday here in new york city. thomas? >> thank you very much. when we come back in a moment, a tribute to those who made a perilous journey. how a symbol of their adversity became art. it's the little things in life that make me smile. spending the day with my niece. i don't use super poligrip for hold, because my dentures fit well. before those little pieces would get in between my dentures and my gum and it was uncomfortable. even well fitting dentures let in food particles. just a few dabs of super poligrip free is clinically proven to seal out more food particles so you're more comfortable and confident while you eat. so it's not about keeping my dentures in, it's about keeping the food particles out. try super poligrip free.
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raft is also on display. it's the work of a chinese dissident artist. more than 3,700 migrants died last year trying to cross the mediterranean to europe. and on this valentine's day, we have a love story to talk it. it's one for the ages. he's 104. she's his younger wife, just 100. john and ann better of fairfield, connecticut, are said to be the longest married couple in the u.s. 83 years. today through the twitter account of a company that's embraced their story, they offered advice to questions like how do they keep things fresh and new. said ann, "we hang on to one another. just a few little hugs, and we're fine." what a beautiful story. happy valentine's day to them and to all of you. that's going to do it for "nbc nightly news" this sunday. lester holt will be back next sunday. i'm thomas roberts from new york. thank you and good night.
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