U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Iraq on Sunday. (Jason Reed/Reuters)

Here’s what the Loop is reading Monday:

Secretary of State John Kerry is off to Afghanistan to make nice with Hamid Karzai.

Nudging President Obama on the lack of black Cabinet nominees might only be the tip of the iceberg for Rep. Marcia Fudge, who’s at the helm of the Congressional Black Caucus.

How is Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith at fetching coffee? The NFL player did a stint as an intern in the office of Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.)