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March 7th, 2013
09:43 PM ET

Senator Rand Paul declares victory in filibuster; Brennan confirmed

After a filibuster that lasted 12-hours, 52 minutes and 11 seconds, the man who staged the "rand-page" finally got the answer he wanted from the White House.

"Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil? The answer is no," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.

In return, the White House got what it wanted. John Brennan was confirmed Thursday as CIA Director in a 63 – 34 vote in the Senate.It was Brennan's nomination that Paul was holding up with his filibuster.

Paul: America is not a battlefield

But not everyone in Senator Paul's own party is celebrating his win.

"All II can say is I don"t think that what happened yesterday is helpful to the American people," Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said.

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) joins Erin Burnett OutFront.


Filed under: Drones • National Security • News • Politics
March 7th, 2013
09:13 PM ET

North Korea saber rattles with threats of a 'preemptive nuclear attack' on U.S.

North Korea is threatening to launch a pre-emptive nuclear attack against the U.S. It's on the same day that the U.N. slapped the rogue nation with new sanctions targeting the country's nuclear program.

But international condemnation and punishment has done little to deter North Korea's dictator Kim Jong Un.

In 14 months of being in power, Kim has launched two long-range missiles.

Once last April, then again in December. Last month, the country with a million man army conducted a third nuclear test.

How dangerous is the 30-year-old Kim Jong Un? And could he be worse than his father?

OutFront tonight: Victor Cha, a nuclear weapons expert and the former director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council under President Bush and Gordon Chang, author of "Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes on the World."


Filed under: International • National Security • News • North Korea
March 7th, 2013
08:59 PM ET

White House cancels tours because of budget cuts; but will it save money?

The White House tour could be the most expensive tour you'll never take. Republicans are crying foul after tours of the White House were canceled this week because of forced spending cuts.

"Capitol workers and tours are going to remain available for all Americans. I think it's disappointing that the Obama Administration didn't follow our lead and find savings in other parts of their budget." House Speaker John Boehner added, "I think it's silly that they've insisted on locking down the White House, which the American people actually own."

The White House says it can save $74,000 a week in Secret Service costs by closing its doors.

OutFront tonight: Former head speechwriter for President Obama, Jon Favreau and Reihan Salam, CNN Contributor and writer for the National Review.


Filed under: Economy • News • Politics • Sequestration
March 7th, 2013
08:49 PM ET

Florida beaches reopen after sharks invade

Queue the "Jaws" theme song - South Florida  beaches are finally open after thousands of sharks invaded the area. Some sharks got as close as 60 feet from shore.

The University of Florida reports that the number of unprovoked shark attacks rose in 2012.

CNN's George Howell is in Boca Raton with the story.


Filed under: Animals • News
March 7th, 2013
06:06 PM ET

"She was not mauled": Father of intern killed by lion speaks out

A team of investigators are trying to determine what triggered an African lion to turn on Dianna Hanson at a big cat sanctuary in Dunlap, California.

The Cat Haven sanctuary remained closed today, but its founders told reporters that they are cooperating with the police investigation into Hanson's death.

Worker mauled to death at California sanctuary by her favorite lion

Hanson, a 24-year old intern was inside the lion's enclosure by herself Wednesday when the four-year-old, 350-pound male lion mauled her to death. The authorities later shot and killed the animal.

OutFront tonight: Dianna Hanson's father Paul Hanson joins Erin Burnett.

Tune to Erin Burnett OutFront at 7p and 11p ET on CNN.


Filed under: Animals • News