This Morning from CBS News, March 2, 2015

In town

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Washington to address the Congress tomorrow about opposing any nuclear deal with Iran. The political animosity between Washington and Jerusalem comes as the Obama administration is in final tense and delicate stages of nuclear talks with Tehran, and the historically bipartisan U.S.-Israeli relationship is caught in the middle, reports CBS News White House correspondent Major Garrett. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said on CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” “The demand for seats in the House, the demand for tickets, I’ve never seen anything like it. Everybody wants to be there.”

Snow record

Boston is within four inches of the record for its snowiest winter ever: 107.6 inches in the 1995-1996 season. CBS News correspondent Anna Werner reports snow farms are being used to dump and melt the more than 8 feet of snow that’s already blasted the city. Five inches of snow blanketed New York City yesterday, and the snow system brought treacherous conditions to drivers in the Midwest.

Job security?

A CBS News investigation looks at how hard it is for the U.S. government to discipline or fire employees who behave badly. At the Environmental Protection Agency, red tape is preventing the removal of a top level employee accused of viewing porn two to six hours a day while at work, since 2010, even though investigators found 7,000 pornographic files on his computer and even caught him watching porn. CBS News correspondent Don Dahler reports on how civil service rules meant to protect public workers from political pressure may be backfiring, and costing you big.

Sandy fraud

Thousands of people who have been denied flood insurance claims for homes destroyed by Hurricane Sandy have been crying fraud. Now, the executive in charge of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s insurance program tells CBS News’ “60 Minutes Sports” correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi he has seen evidence of fraud in reports used to deny homeowners their full insurance payouts. The executive, Brad Kieserman, FEMA Deputy Associate Administrator for Insurance, also tells Alfonsi he has seen evidence of the use of unlicensed engineers for flood damage reports, another criminal act.

Unhealthy floors?

Lumber Liquidators is a U.S. company, but much of its laminate flooring is made in China and, as “60 Minutes” correspondent Anderson Cooper discovered during an investigation, may fail to meet health and safety standards, because it contains high levels of formaldehyde, a known cancer causing chemical. Lumber Liquidators insists its Chinese-made laminate flooring is safe, but it doesn’t appear that way based on what we learned from our reporting.

Woman wrestler

Ronna Heaton first took up wrestling in grade school. While the 15-year-old’s commitment to the sport and her success on the mat have grown over the years, Heaton still faces resistance as a young woman competing in the traditionally male sport, CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano reports.


About one-third of Americans itemize their deductions, which is where some creative techniques are used, given that itemizing helps lower a filer’s tax liability. Higher-earning Americans are more likely to itemize than low-income workers, with 98 percent of households earning more than $1 million annually making the effort.

Pot legacy

When Eric Holder steps down as attorney general, he’ll leave behind a legacy on more than just civil rights issues. CBS News justice reporter Paula Reid went inside a D.C. marijuana convention to find out how enthusiasts view the out-going attorney general.

Winter keeper

While most people around the country have just about had it with this winter that never ends, one man in northwestern Wyoming is reveling in its quiet and solitude. And why not? He’s the winter keeper at Yellowstone National Park, reports CBS News correspondent Lee Cowan, for :Sunday Morning.”


She’s the voice behind some of the biggest breakup anthems ever, and she’s sold more than 20 million albums. But 32-year-old Kelly Clarkson’s latest release is different. CBS Sunday Morning Correspondent Tracy Smith reports it’s the first new music Clarkson’s made as a mom.

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