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Hagel Becomes First Filibustered Defense Nominee

It wasn't that much of a surprise that Senate Republicans refused to end debate on Chuck Hagel's nomination, forcing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to try to find 60 votes to move the nomination forward to a final vote. And it's not clear whether Reid has those 60 votes.

Cyber Security Proposals Worry Civil Libertarians

President Obama has signed an executive order designed to help protect against cyber attacks. There are privacy concerns, but leaders in Congress say the move may give a boost to efforts to pass new cyber-security legislation.

President Pledges Transparency On Drone Strikes

In the State of the Union, Obama defends the legality of drone strikes and promises more openness with Congress.

Victims Of Cyberattacks Get Proactive Against Intruders

Some affected private companies are so frustrated by their inability to defend against attacks that they have opted to go on the offense themselves. Some cybersecurity firms are now marketing cyberweapons and attack strategies to companies that want to go after their adversaries.

Obama To Announce Withdrawal Of 34,000 U.S. Troops From Afghanistan

There were several key developments involving the U.S. military on Tuesday. President Obama was expected to announce in his State of the Union address that the U.S. will bring home 34,000 troops from Afghanistan by this time next year. That will cut the force in half. The Joint Chiefs of Staff also testified before Congress about where they would have to cut the force if across-the-board budget cuts, called sequestration, go into effect. Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman talks to Melissa Block about the latest developments.