Senior Associate Justice Reportedly Died Of Natural Causes After Quail Hunting
Scalia, nominated to the bench by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, was a guest at a Texas luxury resort, theÂ 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 EasternÂ Standard Time (EST):Â
UPDATE I 5:20 PMÂ â€“
Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott issues a statement on Scalia’s passing, is the first to politicize his passing:
â€” Evan Smith (@evanasmith) February 13, 2016
UPDATE II 5:30 PM â€“
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:
If Scalia has actually passed away, the Senate must refuse to confirm any justices in 2016 and leave the nomination to the next president.
â€” Sean Davis (@seanmdav) February 13, 2016
Also, this just in:
BREAKING: US Marshall’s Service confirms that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is dead at 79.
â€” The Associated Press (@AP) February 13, 2016
Chief Justice John Roberts has issued a statement:
â€” Todd Ruger (@ToddRuger) February 13, 2016
UPDATE III: 5:48 PM â€“
ThinkProgress’Â 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.”
“The longest it has ever taken to confirm a Supreme Court nominee isÂ 125 days. Obama has 361 days left in office.”
UPDATE IV: 5:50 PM ESTÂ â€“
Some responses from notables via Twitter:
We now have divided government. Democrats control White House. Republicans control Congress. And neither side controls the Supreme Court.
â€” Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) February 13, 2016
Ted Cruz of course wants to make the nomination. Offensive.
Justice Scalia was an American hero. We owe it to him, & the Nation, for the Senate to ensure that the next President names his replacement.
â€” Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 13, 2016
Others weigh in:
Sudden death of Justice Scalia is a seismic event, and surely will reverberate in campaign, focusing both sides on stakes.
â€” David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) February 13, 2016
George W. Bush statement on Scalia pic.twitter.com/ja5Io3KDvK
â€” Evan Smith (@evanasmith) February 13, 2016
Obama must appoint a constitutional originalist to replace Justice Scalia, nothing else will do.
â€” Michele Bachmann (@MicheleBachmann) February 13, 2016
Cruz statement on Scalia death. pic.twitter.com/EUQkyW8dqt
â€” Meredith Shiner (@meredithshiner) February 13, 2016
The totally unexpected loss of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is a massive setback for the Conservative movement and our COUNTRY!
â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 13, 2016
Full statement from Donald Trump on Scalia’s death pic.twitter.com/3EiMVPG2rg
â€” Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) February 13, 2016
UPDATE V: 6:42 PMÂ â€“
My thoughts and prayers are with Justice Scalia’s family and his colleagues on the court who mourn his passing. pic.twitter.com/Y51xUMMEId
â€” Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) February 13, 2016
UPDATE VI: 7:51 PM â€“
UPDATE VII: 9:16 PM â€“
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Highland Park Shooting Deaths Include Both Parents of Two Year Old Found at Scene of July 4th Massacre
On Twitter Sunday afternoon in the aftermath of the July 4th Highland Park mass shooting a photo of a young boy appeared in several tweets. He was described as lost, good samaritans assumed he had become separated from his parents in the mayhem of the massacre, and people were trying to reunite him with his family.
CBS Chicago reporter Marissa Parra now reveals the boy’s name is Aiden, but he won’t be reunited with his parents: both were shot dead by the Highland Park gunman.
Remember this little boy found wandering alone after #HighlandPark parade? We’ve just found out why… both his parents were killed💔
A fundraiser has been started for Irina and Kevin McCarthy’s 2-yo son Aiden as he grows up without them
— Marissa Parra (@MarParNews) July 5, 2022
“Kevin McCarthy, 37, and Irina McCarthy, 35, were among the seven people [who] were killed during the mass shooting,” CBS Chicago reports.
“We took him to safety under tragic circumstances, came together to locate his grandparents, and prayed for the safety of his family,” reads the story on a GoFundMe page hoping to raise money for Aiden.
“Sadly, I need to share his name…Aiden McCarthy. And he needs more of our help,” it adds. “At two years old, Aiden is left in the unthinkable position; to grow up without his parents,” it adds. “Aiden will be cared for by his loving grandparents, Misha and Nina Levberg, and he will have a long road ahead to heal, find stability, and ultimately navigate life as an orphan. He is surrounded by a community of friends and extended family that will embrace him with love, and any means available to ensure he has everything he needs as he grows.”
About $475,000 has quickly been raised with more than 7600 people contributing. The top donation is $5000.
‘Invasion’: Texas Lt. Gov. Likens Border Crossings to Attack on Pearl Harbor – ‘These People Are a Danger to America’
Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, a far-right Republican, is comparing migrants crossing the border into Texas to Japan’s 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor that killed 2335 people. He is calling it an “invasion” and says that gives the state the right to “put hands on people.”
Patrick, who because of Texas’ unique structure is more powerful than the governor, told Fox News on Tuesday, “we are being invaded, and if we’re being invaded under the constitution I think that gives us the power to put hands on people and send them back. Put hands on people and send them back,” he said repeatedly.
“These people are a danger to America,” Patrick said in a rant. It was unclear if he was referring to migrants or President Joe Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
The Lt. Governor, who has hawked the racist “great replacement theory” repeatedly, and used the term “invasion” repeatedly, told Fox News that Texas is now spending $4 billion annually on the border, while Texas National Guardsmen and Texas Rangers complain of being called up to serve, having to abandon their regular jobs, for no apparent reason.
“This is the biggest danger we have, to your family,” Patrick says of the fentanyl crossing the border. “It’s all on Biden,” he claimed.
Last week Texas Governor Greg Abbott drew extensive criticism for using the deaths of more than 50 migrants packed into an 18-wheel tractor-trailer as a political opportunity to attack President Biden. Even some conservatives attacked Abbott for his inhumane remarks..
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick repeatedly says the state’s declaration of an “invasion” of migrants means they can “put hands on people and send them back.”
He then says “we’re being attacked just like we were on Pearl Harbor.” pic.twitter.com/kmcPakR43Z
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) July 5, 2022
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The latest victim succumbed to their injuries Tuesday afternoon, NBC 5 Chicago reported. Authorities have not identified all the victims, but have said five of those who died were adults. Another 46 people were wounded.
Police on Tuesday announced that the shooter fired at least 70 rounds into the crowd, using a “high-powered rifle” that is “similar” to a AR-15. They also revealed the suspected gunman planned the attack for weeks, purchased his weapons legally, disguised himself by wearing women’s attire to “conceal his facial tattoos and his identity,” and to “help him during the escape.” He then walked to his mother’s house after the shooting.
Law enforcement Monday evening arrested Robert Crimo, who they say is a “person of interest,” but he has not been charged.
“There are no words for the kind of monster who lies in wait and fires into a crowd of families with children celebrating a holiday with their community,” Illinois Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker said in a statement. “There are no words for the kind of evil that robs our neighbors of their hopes, their dreams, their futures. There are no words I can offer to lift the pain of those they leave behind. Please know that our state grieves with you, that MK and I grieve with you.”
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