Chuck Hagel Confirmed in Committee for Sec Defense, Will Not Attend SOTU

The Senate Armed Services Committee barely confirmed the nomination of former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense earlier today, but NBC's Andrea Mitchell reports that he will not attend the State of the Union Address tonight.

Politico reports that it's not clear whether he will be able to overcome a threatened Republican filibuster and be confirmed by the full Senate. Should he survive and take office, he will face immense challenges, including the looming sequester that will slash the defense budget.

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Lindsay hails from the great state of Washington, where she developed a fondness for vegan food and coffee shops. She is a Religious Studies major at Stanford and is also interested in international affairs, counterterrorism policy and celebrity gossip. Articles reflect solely personal views and not those of any affiliated organizations or employers.

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