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White House indicates Obama will miss Scalia funeral
By*NICOLE DURAN*(@DURANNI1)*•*2/17/16 2:38 PM
The White House indicated Wednesday that President Obama would not be joining Vice President Joe Biden when Biden attends Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's funeral in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.
Spokesman Josh Earnest confirmed that Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will go to the Supreme Court Friday, when Scalia will be lying in repose. But when asked if Obama would be going to the funeral, Earnest dodged the direct question, but implied Obama would be skipping it.
"I can tell you that Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden will attend Justice Scalia's federal at the Basilica" of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in northeast Washington on Saturday, Earnest replied.
When asked again if Obama plans to join mourners at the shrine, the largest Catholic church in North America, Earnest said: "The president will pay his respects at the Supreme Court on Friday and he'll be joined with the first lady when he does that."
Earnest also wouldn't say if Obama is attending a private ceremony that the Supreme Court is holding for the longest-serving current justice on Friday.
We'll have more details" later, Earnest said. "[b]ut it will be an opportunity for the president and the first lady to pay their respects to Justice Scalia," a visit that Earnest described as appropriate.
Earnest also dodged a question about whether Obama has golf plans for Saturday, and said he didn't "have a sense of what the president's plans are for Saturday."
But Earnest said Obama believes it is important to the "institution of the presidency to pay his respects to somebody who dedicated three decades of his life to the institution of the Supreme Court."
Beyond praising Scalia in remarks Saturday, attending Friday's event at the Supreme Court "is important, not just on a personal level, but also on an institutional level," Earnest added.
"It will be an important moment and we will have more details for you about the president's plans for both Friday and Saturday," he said.
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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia found dead at West Texas ranch
Gary Martin, Guillermo Contreras*|*February 13, 2016
Associate Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead of apparent natural causes Saturday on a luxury resort in West Texas, federal officials said.
Scalia, 79, was a guest at the Cibolo Creek Ranch, a resort in the Big Bend region south of Marfa.
Scalia arrived at the 30,000-acre ranch on Friday and attended a private party with about 40 people that night, according to a federal official.
He left the party and retired to bed earlier than others, according to Donna Sellers, a spokeswoman with the U.S. Marshals Service.
When he failed to appear at breakfast, a person involved with the ranch went to his room, where he discovered his body. A priest was called to administer last rites.
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The death of Antonin Scalia: Chaos, confusion, and conflicting reports.
By*Eva Ruth Moravec,*Sari Horwitz*and*Jerry MarkonFebruary 14**Follow @sarihorwitz*Follow @JerryMarkon
MARFA, Tex. —*In the cloistered chambers of the Supreme Court, Justice Antonin Scalia’s days were highly regulated and predictable. He met with clerks, wrote opinions and appeared for arguments in the august courtroom on a schedule set months in advance.
Yet as details of Scalia’s sudden death trickled in Sunday, it appeared that the hours afterward were anything but orderly. The man known for his elegant legal opinions and profound intellect was found dead in his room at a hunting resort by the resort’s owner, who grew worried when Scalia didn’t appear at breakfast Saturday morning.
It then took hours for authorities in remote West Texas to find a justice of the peace, officials said Sunday. When they did, Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara pronounced Scalia dead of natural causes without seeing the body — which is permissible under Texas law — and without ordering an autopsy
As official Washington tried to process what his demise means for politics and the law, some details of Scalia’s final hours remained opaque. As late as Sunday afternoon, for example, there were conflicting reports about whether an autopsy should have been performed. A manager at the El Paso funeral home where Scalia’s body was taken said that his family made it clear they did not want one.
One of two other officials who were called but couldn’t get to Scalia’s body in time said that she would have made a different decision on the autopsy.
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Cibolo Creek Ranch owner recalls Scalia’s last hours in Texas
John MacCormack*|*February 14, 2016
MARFA — A first-time guest to the Cibolo Creek Ranch, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was animated and engaged during dinner Friday night, as one of three dozen invitees to an event that had nothing to do with law or politics, according to the ranch owner.
Just hours later, he would be found dead of sapparent natural causes, which media outlets were reporting Sunday was a heart attack.*
"He was seated near me and I had a chance to observe him. He was very entertaining. But about 9 p.m. he said, 'it's been a long day and a long week, I want to get some sleep," recalled Houston businessman John Poindexter, who owns the 30,000-acre luxury ranch.
When Poindexter tried to awaken Scalia about 8:30 the next morning, the judge's door was locked and he did not answer. Three hours later, Poindexter returned after an outing, with a friend of Scalia who had come from Washington with him.
We discovered the judge in bed, a pillow over his head. His bed clothes were unwrinkled," said Poindexter.
"He was lying very restfully. It looked like he had not quite awakened from a nap," he said.
Scalia,79, did not have a pulse and his body was cold, and after consulting with a doctor at a hospital in Alpine, Poindexter concluded resuscitation would have been futile, He then contacted federal authorities, at first encountering a series of answering services because he was calling on a weekend.
"Ultimately they became available and handled it superbly. They flew in by helicopter. They told me to secure the ranch, which I did until this morning," he said.
Scalia was just the latest newsworthy guest to visit the celebrity hideaway that covers 30,000 acres near the Chinati Mountains. Mick Jagger, Julia Roberts and Tommy Lee Jones have also partaken of its scenic vistas and luxury accomodations.
Established in 1857 by Milton Faver, known as the first Texas cattle baron west of the Pecos, the ranch retains 19th Century constructions, including "El Fortin de Cibolo," a primitive fort designed to protect settlers from Apaches.
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Justice Scalia Dies At Ranch Resort Owned By Democrat Party Donor & Obama Award Winner
Posted on*February 14, 2016*by*DCWhispers
That will be for you the*readers*to decide.
The photo below is Barack Obama shaking hands with a man by the name of John Poindexter, a Texas millionaire businessman also noted for being a donor to the*Democrat Party*and who also received an award from Barack Obama related to his military service in Vietnam.
Poindexter is the owner of the very Cibolo Creek Ranch*Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead at earlier this week.
It has been long-standing policy for the Obama*administration*to grant presidential awards to those who are among the president’s most prized political donors.
It was Poindexter who reportedly was among those who initially discovered the Justice’s body, and who then coordinated with local*officials*to have Justice Scalia*declared*dead via a*phone*conversation with the area medical examiner – but without an actual medical*examination*of the body.
Mr. Poindexter was also said to be the primary point man between the ranch*location*and federal authorities who were notably slow to arrive on scene.
To date, there is said to have been no request for an autopsy even though initial reports suggest the Supreme Court Justice was found with a “pillow over his head” and had died alone in his room without any apparent witnesses. Scalia was described as having been in good spirits in the hours prior to his death.
FORMER INTEL OFFICER SUSPECTS FOUL PLAY IN DEATH OF ANTONIN SCALIA"Who dies with a pillow over their head?"
Paul Joseph Watson -*FEBRUARY 15, 2016*1602 Comments*
A former U.S. Army intelligence officer who had a top secret clearance suspects foul play in the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
“The circumstances surrounding Supreme Court Judge Antonin Scalia’s death are growing more suspicious by the minute,”*writes*Ray Starmann, whoworked in Army intelligence for eight years*before becoming a journalist.
Starmann points to the fact that the story appears to keep changing, with initial reports that Scalia had died of a heart attack later denied. He also questions why no autopsy was performed and why Scalia’s body was quickly embalmed, “erasing any chances for the coroner to conduct efficient toxicoloSandyBrown
The same people who want you to believe Scalia died of a heart attack or natural causes are the same people who want you to believe that Hillary won the Iowa Caucuses with six coin tosses and the same people who want you to believe after fifty years that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin of President Kennedy,” he writes, adding, “Of course the MSM has reported on none of this. Even Fox News refuses to cover the strange occurrences in Texas.”
Starmann even suspects that reports of Scalia having a pillow over his head when he was found dead could represent a message being sent in the style of*The Godfather.
“Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes. The pillow over Scalia’s head wasn’t put there by a Hispanic maid. The pillow over the head is a warning,” he writes.
Now that Scalia is gone and likely to be replaced by a leftist activist judge, Starmann fears that the constitution is about to be eviscerated.
“Scalia was the tie breaking judge, the man who could push back any liberal policies being shoved through the court. With Scalia’s death, the Obama Administration or a future Hillary Clinton Administration has a green door to confiscate guns, flood the country with illegals and wreck the Constitution,” he writes.
As we*reported earlier, suspicion surrounding the circumstances of Scalia’s death continues to build, with a poll showing 79% of over 40,000 respondents believing there was foul play.
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LEFTIST JOURNALISTS, SOCIAL MEDIA USERS SPEW TORRENT OF HATE ON HEARING OF SCALIA’S DEATH"F*ck you, Scalia. Rot in hell. Learn the law while you down there, b*tch."
Steve Watson | Infowars.com -*FEBRUARY 15, 2016*522 Comments*
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If This Report Is Correct Mitch McConnell May Have Given Obama a Supreme Court Victory
Jim Hoft*Feb 14th, 2016 2:09 pm*105 Comments
Just when you thought the news could news could not get any worse comes this…
Elizabeth Price Foley*at*Instapundit*today argues that Barack Obama can indeed make a recess appointment to replace Justice Scalia on the Supreme Court because the US Senate, under the leadership of Mitch McConnell, scheduled a recess for over 10 days.
The appointment would last until the end of the 114th Congress, which occurs on January 3, 2017.
COULD OBAMA MAKE A RECESS APPOINTMENT TO REPLACE SCALIA?: The answer appears to be “yes,” because (once again), the GOP-controlled Senate voluntarily has left itself vulnerable to the exercise of such presidential power. Article II, section 2 of the Constitution gives the President power to fill vacancies “during the recess of the Senate”:
The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.
There’s a lot of misinformation out there. For example,*a report by*Fox News*mistakenly focuses on the*Adjournment Clause of Article I, section 5, which merely states that neither House of Congress may adjourn for more than three days without the consent of the other…
a Senate recess of fewer than 3 days is not enough to trigger the President’s recess appointment power; the Senate’s recess must be at least ten days in duration.
So how long is the Senate’s present recess? It began on Friday, February 12, with the*passage of S. Con. Res. 31*which states:
That when the Senate recesses or adjourns on any day from Thursday, February 11, 2016, through Saturday, February 20, 2016,*on a motion offered pursuant to this concurrent resolution by its Majority Leader or his designee, it*stand recessed or adjourned until 12:00 noon on Monday, February 22, 2016, or such other time on that day as may be specified by its Majority Leader or his designee in the motion to recess or adjourn, or until the time of any reassembly pursuant to section 2 of this concurrent resolution, whichever occurs first; . . .
Sec. 2. (A)*The Majority Leader of the Senate or his designee,after concurrence with the Minority Leader of the Senate, shall notify the Members of the Senate to reassemble at such place and time as he may designate if, in his opinion, the public interest shall warrant it.
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