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    Justice Scalia found dead at Texas ranch

    Susan Page and Richard Wolf, USA TODAY 6:13 p.m. EST February 13, 2016

    (Photo: Peter Foley, EPA)

    WASHINGTON ó Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, the outspoken leader of the Supreme Court's conservative bloc, was found dead at a Texas ranch Saturday morning.

    "I am saddened to report that our colleague Justice Antonin Scalia has passed away," Chief Justice John Roberts said in a statement Saturday afternoon. "He was an extraordinary individual and jurist, admired and treasured by his colleagues. His passing is a great loss to the court and the country he so loyally served."

    The death was first reported by the San Antonio Express News on its website, quoting U.S. District Judge Fred Biery.

    Scalia, 79, was a guest at the resort in West Texas, the Cibolo Creek Ranch, reportedly as part of a private group of about 40 people. When he didn't appear for breakfast Saturday, someone went to his room to check on him and found him dead.

    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statement extending condolences to Scalia's family. He called the justice "the solid rock who turned away so many attempts to depart from and distort the Constitution."

    Over nearly three decades on the high court, Scalia's sharp intellect and acerbic opinions made him a hero to conservatives and a target for liberals. Yet he also was a close friend to a leader of the court's liberal wing, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a 2016 Republican presidential hopeful and himself a former clerk on the Supreme Court, posted a statement on Facebook mourning the death of "one of the greatest justices in history." Cruz said, "A champion of our liberties and a stalwart defender of the Constitution, he will go down as one of the few justices who single-handedly changed the course of legal history."

    President Obama could nominate a candidate to fill the vacancy, but winning confirmation by the Republican-controlled Senate in an election year would be difficult, if not impossible. The opening undoubtedly will fuel a debate in the presidential campaign about the importance of choosing his successor on a closely divided court.

    The communications director for Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, a member of the Judiciary Committee, signaled the battle ahead. Conn Carroll posted on Twitter: "What is less than zero? The chances of Obama successfully appointing a Supreme Court Justice to replace Scalia."

    Ed Whelan, a former Scalia law clerk and leading conservative on legal issues, said it would be inappropriate for Obama to name Scalia's replacement in an election year.

    "Itís been more than 80 years since a Supreme Court justice was confirmed in an election year to a vacancy that arose that year, and there has never been an election-year confirmation that would so dramatically alter the ideological composition of the court," Whelan said. "Senate Republicans would be grossly irresponsible to allow President Obama, in the last months of his presidency, to cement a liberal majority that will wreak havoc on the Constitution. Let the people decide in November who will select the next justice."

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    Sorry that he died but...GOOD RIDDANCE!
    now more than ever we'll need to elect a dem to office in Nov.

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    Not even that sorry. His death may go down in history as one of the most pivotal moments in progressive history.

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    Pretty nifty Vday present -


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