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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The White House announced Tuesday that it was canceling all public tours of the president’s home because of the sequester spending cuts. “Due to staffing reductions resulting from sequestration, we regret to inform you that White House Tours will be canceled effective Saturday, March 9, 2013 until further notice. Unfortunately, we will not be able to reschedule affected tours,” the White House said in an email.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who led a socialist revolution in the heart of Latin America and garnered global notoriety for allying with Iran and railing angrily and often against the United States, died Tuesday after losing a long battle against cancer. He was 58.

In the internal email, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service official Charles Brown said he asked if he could try to spread out the sequester cuts in his region to minimize the impact, and he said he was told not to do anything that would lessen the dire impacts Congress had been warned of.

The 2014 World Cup in Brazil is set to be the first to offer special seats for obese fans.

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