Is that former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R) or Sen. John Kerry (D)? (Chip Somodevilla/GETTY IMAGES)

Brothers from another mother? — Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) or former Sen. Chuck Hagel(R-Neb.) for Secretary of State? They’re pretty much the same guy. Well, with different hair colors.

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Cliff notes — Your field guide to the other side of the fiscal cliff.

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