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Clinton to be second Cabinet member skipping SOTU

By Ed O'Keefe

By The Post's Al Kamen:

Madame Secretary sends her regrets.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton got a pass last week from President Obama to skip Wednesday night's State of the Union speech. (We had heard she begged to be excused, but apparently it didn't come to that.)

Seems that there's an important international meeting in London Wednesday on battling radicalization in Yemen and then another, long-planned, conference on Thursday on development and security in Afghanistan.

When the Wednesday meeting was "locked in" recently, we were told, the State Department and the National Security Council staffs agreed she had to be in London. These are both big administration priorities. Key allies will be gathering there for Yemen, an uber-concern of late, especially since the Christmas airplane bombing attempt.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | January 26, 2010; 2:28 PM ET
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