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Posted at 07:01 PM ET, 01/28/2013

In other news: British foreign minister hosts dinner for Clinton; Mikulski ups Super Bowl ante with hair spray

John Kerry and Hillary Clinton. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images )
• It was a pretty elite crowd at the very private (no press) dinner U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague hosted Monday for his departing U.S. counterpart Hillary Clinton: John Kerry, Gen. Martin Dempsey, Christine Lagarde, Jack Lew, Leon Panetta, Susan Rice, John McCain and Oscar de la Renta, and Bill and Chelsea, to name a few.

Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)
• God bless Barbara Mikulski for freshening up the cutesy tradition of lawmaker sports wagers. She and fellow Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin have a Super Bowl bet with California’s Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, with the usual local goodies at stake — sourdough bread and Napa wine if the 49ers lose, crab cakes and Berger cookies if the Ravens lose. . . except that the B’more native is also throwing in a can of hair spray. Get it? Like, as in “Hairspray”? Hey, it’s different.

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