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Originally published Monday, January 21, 2013 at 8:26 AM

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Shinseki absent from inaugural ceremonies

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki was absent from ceremonial inaugural ceremonies as President Barack Obama was being sworn-in to a second term.

The Associated Press

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WASHINGTON —

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki was absent from ceremonial inaugural ceremonies as President Barack Obama was being sworn-in to a second term.

Shinseki was away from the Capitol for security reasons. He would have been the successor to head the government in any catastrophic event.

The absence of a Cabinet secretary maintained a long-standing tradition that one member of the president's top team not attend the inaugural ceremonies.

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