Republicans block Hagel vote for now

Republican senators blocked former Sen. Chuck Hagel's nomination to be President Barack Obama's next secretary of defense at least temporarily Thursday, as they demand more information on last year's attack on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.


The Senate came up two votes short of the 60 needed to move Hagel's nomination forward as lawmakers prepare to leave town for a week's break. Democrats hold a 55-45 edge in the Senate, which must confirm cabinet secretaries and other high-profile appointees. (AP)