The Wrap: From canceled White House tours to snowed-out global warming hearings, the week that was

  • **FILE** President Obama speaks at the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington on Dec. 31, 2012. (Associated Press)**FILE** President Obama speaks at the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington on Dec. 31, 2012. (Associated Press)
  • ** FILE **Venezuela's deceased president Hugo Chavez (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, file)

** FILE **Venezuela's deceased president Hugo Chavez (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, file)
  • Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, is now “the man to beat in 2016,” a Republican strategist said, after delaying a vote Wednesday on CIA nominee John O. Brennan with an old-style one-man filibuster. (Associated Press)
  • Manchester United fan Juan Corpus of San Antonio, Tx. shows his team spirit around fans of the opposing team during the 2011 Herbalife World Football Challenge match between Manchester United and FC Barcelona at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. on Saturday, July 30, 2011. (Pratik Shah/The Washington Times)Manchester United fan Juan Corpus of San Antonio, Tx. shows his team spirit around fans of the opposing team during the 2011 Herbalife World Football Challenge match between Manchester United and FC Barcelona at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. on Saturday, July 30, 2011. (Pratik Shah/The Washington Times)
  • Hailey Morris, 2, of Middletown, Pa., receives the H1N1 nasal spray vaccine Nov. 21 in Harrisburg, Pa. CDC officials say that swine flu cases appear to be declining across the United States.Hailey Morris, 2, of Middletown, Pa., receives the H1N1 nasal spray vaccine Nov. 21 in Harrisburg, Pa. CDC officials say that swine flu cases appear to be declining across the United States.
  • Sens. John McCain (left) and Lindsey Graham on Sunday indicated Chuck Hagel’s nomination as defense secretary likely will be confirmed when the Senate reconvenes. “I don’t believe he’s qualified, but I don’t believe we should hold up his confirmation any further,” Mr. McCain said. (Associated Press)
  • "MIT is only a 2½-block walk to a lower economic neighborhood," Bill Cosby said. "Kids need to see more of this school and say, 'Yes, I can be part of this.'" (Associated Press)
  • A freshly made snowman is adorned with a scarf and accessories in a neighborhood in Fairfax, Va., on March 6, 2013. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times) A freshly made snowman is adorned with a scarf and accessories in a neighborhood in Fairfax, Va., on March 6, 2013. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)
  • **FILE** North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (Associated Press)**FILE** North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (Associated Press)
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Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul lasted over 13 hours in a marathon filibuster to get answers on the Obama administration’s drone policy, while comedian Bill Cosby said that many of the president’s critics are racist.

On the national stage, Kim Jong Un threatened to destroy the United States while Hugo Chavez died of cancer at 58.

Here’s a recap, or wrap, on the week that was from The Washington Times:

After years in the shadows, the administration’s secret drone program burst into very public view Wednesday with lawmakers grilling the attorney general over legal justification for targeted killings and Sen. Rand Paul launching an old-style one-man filibuster to demand answers from President Obama.

The Kentucky Republican held the floor for almost 13 hours, effectively blocking a vote on the nomination of John O. Brennan, whom Mr. Obama has tapped to be CIA director. He said he would relent only if the administration publicly vowed not to target Americans on U.S. soil.

Almost exactly 24 hours after Mr. Paul began his information-seeking filibuster against John O. Brennan, Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham took to the Senate floor to denounce his demands and say he was doing a disservice to the debate on drones.

A furious North Korea threatened Thursday to attack America with nuclear weapons as punishment for perceived Western aggression — saber-rattling that came as the United Nations readied more sanctions against the Kim Jong-un’s rogue regime.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a new family of bacteria, called CRE, that is resistant to antibiotics is killing half of the patients who are infected.

An unusually chilly March day and the snowstorm it spawned have shut down much of official Washington on Wednesday — including a hearing House Republicans had called to examine global warming.

Comedy and television icon Bill Cosby slammed Republicans who failed to stand for President Obama’s State of the Union speech, likening them to racists who opposed desegregation.

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