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Awaiting the Cabinet? — Sen. John Kerry could be nominated for some pretty sweet gigs — either Secretary of State or Secretary of Defense. Our colleague Paul Kane reports on how the Massachusetts Democrat is “navigat[ing] between his current job and his possible future.”

See ya in Des Moines — Just two possible future GOP presidential candidates, just jokin’ around: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) suggested to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) at an awards dinner at which the two were collecting honors that they were joining a small but elite club and that they’d meet again. “I’ll see you at the reunion dinner — table for two. Know any good diners in Iowa or New Hampshire?”

Cliff notes — More evidence that things always looks different on Wall Street than they do on Capitol Hill: here in Washington the “fiscal cliff” is being treated like the apocalypse, but in the Big Apple, it’s getting a “meh.”