March 6th, 2013
08:53 PM ET

Govt. workers get a snow day despite snowstorm falling flat in Washington

A major winter storm is bearing down on the East Coast after slamming the Midwest. Virginia has been hit the hardest, up to six inches are expected by the time the storm marches to the north.

Snow covered roads and highways are littered with scores of cars and trucks. The wet, heavy snow is also being blamed for massive power outages, mostly in central and western Virginia.

Forecasters warn those living  close to the shoreline to get ready tonight's high tides.

The federal government announced today that it will be closed for business because of the storm.

Tom Foreman reports that could add up to millions of dollars in lost productivity and is OutFront.

Filed under: News • Weather
March 6th, 2013
08:40 PM ET

Cardinals delay papal conclave, impose media blackout

The world is waiting nearly a week after Benedict the 16th became the first pope to resign in 600 years, there is still no word about when his successor will be chosen.

According to a new CBS News poll, 50 percent of American Catholics believe the church is in good condition, but just 29 percent say they have "a great deal" of confidence the next pope will be in touch with their needs.

OutFront tonight: Raymond Arroyo. He is the news director of global catholic TV and is in Rome with the latest.

Filed under: News • Papal Conclave • Religion
March 6th, 2013
03:42 PM ET

Rand Paul filibusters Brennan nomination over drones

In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder said he is not ruling out the possibility of the federal government ordering a drone strike against Americans on U.S. soil. Holder said such a scenario would only be considered in an extraordinary circumstance.

In a letter sent to Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) by Holder on Monday he said the government has no intention of carrying out drone strikes with in the United States.

Holder wrote, "It is possible, I suppose, to imagine an extraordinary circumstance in which it would be necessary and appropriate under the Constitution... for the president to authorize the military to use lethal force within...  the United States."

Paul fires back at Holder's letter with a statement saying the Obama administration is attacking the constitution.

"The U.S. attorney general's refusal to rule out the possibility of drone strikes on American citizens and on American soil is more than frightening. It is an affront to the constitutional due process rights of all Americans," Paul said.

Filed under: National Security • News • Politics
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