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  • UPDATING: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Dead In Texas

    Senior Associate Justice Reportedly Died Of Natural Causes After Quail Hunting

    Senior Associate Justice Antonin Scalia has died of natural causes at the age of 79, according to the San Antonio Express News and local El Paso, Texas station KVIA

    Scalia, nominated to the bench by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, was a guest at a Texas luxury resort, the Cibolo Creek Ranch.

    "According to a report, Scalia arrived at the ranch on Friday and attended a private party with about 40 people. When he did not appear for breakfast, a person associated with the ranch went to his room and found a body," the San Antonio Express News reports.

    "A federal official who asked not to be named said there was no evidence of foul play and it appeared that Scalia died of natural causes."

    KVIA adds that Scalia "did not report feeling ill and retired to his room after dinner," and "died in his sleep last night after a day of quail hunting."

    All updates will appear below and are in Eastern Standard Time (EST): 

    UPDATE I 5:20 PM –

    Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott issues a statement on Scalia's passing, is the first to politicize his passing:

    UPDATE II 5:30 PM –
    Reports of conservatives demanding the Senate not confirm any Obama nominee to replace Justice Scalia are flooding in, including this from the co-founder of the far-right wing opinion site, The Federalist:

    Also, this just in:

    Chief Justice John Roberts has issued a statement:

    UPDATE III: 5:48 PM –
    ThinkProgress' Judd Legum reports:

    "Mere moments after his death was confirmed, Conn Carroll, a key staffer for Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), promised Republicans would block anyone that Obama nominated."

    Legum adds:

    "The longest it has ever taken to confirm a Supreme Court nominee is 125 days. Obama has 361 days left in office."

    UPDATE IV: 5:50 PM EST –

    Some responses from notables via Twitter:

    Ted Cruz of course wants to make the nomination. Offensive.

    Others weigh in:

    UPDATE V: 6:42 PM –
    Bernie Sanders:

    UPDATE VI: 7:51 PM –

    Top Republicans Are Demanding Senate Block Obama From Nominating Scalia's Supreme Court Replacement

    UPDATE VII: 9:16 PM –

    Breaking: Obama Promises To Submit Nomination To Replace Scalia


    This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.


    Image: U.S. Army Photo by Tommy Gilligan via Flickr and a CC license

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    • commented 2016-02-14 23:28:30 -0500
      So, who will tell Clarence Thomas what to think now?

    • commented 2016-02-14 03:13:25 -0500
      Republicans refusal to approve Obama’s appointment of any new justice to replace Scalia almost proves that they colluded with Scalia to rule in their favor in a biased manner. After all, he was seen attending the Koch brother’s ‘billionaire conference’ in Rancho Mirage and his legal opinions were rife with vitriolic bigotry toward LGBT people. Ding Dong the witch is dead!

    • commented 2016-02-13 21:13:38 -0500
      US House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia: ‘Whether or not you agreed with him, Justice Antonin Scalia served our nation with deep patriotism and distinction on the Supreme Court for nearly 30 years. He has been one of the strongest voices in the great American debate around our Constitution. He leaves behind a formidable record of jurisprudence, and a fierce (ME completely erron) articulation of his understanding of the Constitution.’ – NBC News via @breaking
      (with vociferous ignorance of the meaning of #equalrights to anyone but White Men)

    • commented 2016-02-13 20:21:30 -0500
      I love all these statements from people trying to block Obama’s ability to select a Supreme Court Judge, a right that is given to him in the Constitution, while on the other hand commenting on the loss of Judge Scalia, who they state was such a protector of the Constitution. If that’s not hypocrisy in action, I don’t know what is.

    • commented 2016-02-13 19:55:45 -0500
      We have a President NOW That can name a New Justice, I am so sick and tried of ALL You Fuck’in Republicans that think We don’t know that the present President can name the new Justice. You all morons Just Don’t want this President to name the New Justice because he will name a Democrat Justice…, You Idiots need to get over your damn selves an let President Obama do his job. This Country is the way it is because of how ALL REPUBLICANS ARE AND ACT!!! You’ll need to work together or set back and shut the fuck up!!!

    • commented 2016-02-13 19:38:07 -0500
      The collective IQ of the Supreme Court just skyrocketed..

    • commented 2016-02-13 19:28:33 -0500
      Scalia was an evil, vicious, vitriolic old man intent on turning back time to the 18th century. He attacked a woman’s right to choice, degraded those who were not white, and sat in pontification on others while declaring himself a Christian and Christianity the only true faith) and is the favorite of all hate groups. I celebrate the death of this miscreant and hope Obama puts in a person who respects all people and all rights.

    • commented 2016-02-13 18:29:29 -0500
      I want to get naked, run up and down the street screaming and dancing for joy. Sadly,it’s minus 40 with the windchill in Toronto at the moment so it has to remain indoors…..perhaps a trip to a mall is in order??

    • commented 2016-02-13 18:25:02 -0500
      Can’t say I’m sad…well, maybe for his children…but his venomous anti-gay stance doesn’t permit me to feeling sorry about his death. How much do you want to be that Republicans won’t allow any appointment of Obama’s for a new judge…they’ll want to approve a new one only after the election.

    • commented 2016-02-13 18:09:36 -0500
      My Original comment stands: BEST THING TO HAPPEN IN US in a decade!
      US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia found dead in resort ranch in Cibolo Creek, Texas, at age 79 – MySanAntonio
      TY to whichever Lady of the Night performed the feat.
      Hubby says hopes she was lovely nonCatholic Mexican woman.

    • commented 2016-02-13 18:07:03 -0500
      NOW #GOP says #Quail Hunting .. Same as Private Party ?! Great new euphemism for it…
      ARRIVED from Wash FRI NIGHT no time for quail hunting..

    • commented 2016-02-13 17:57:39 -0500
      I wonder how long it’ll take for someone to blame the gays for his death.

    • commented 2016-02-13 17:49:42 -0500
      I’m not familiar with the mechanism but surely they have to appoint someone soon or the court may have 4_4 splits unless one jude is forced to be rescue themselves for every decision….

    • commented 2016-02-13 17:33:36 -0500
      There’ll be dancing in the streets tonight! One less bigot on the Supreme Court! Really thought I guess I should show him some respect considering he died, so………….. ok, that’s enough of that. On to the celebrations :-)

    • commented 2016-02-13 17:13:35 -0500
      I assume it would be in bad taste to begin whistling songs from The Wizard of Oz, wouldn’t it? How about humming them?

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