Sen. John Kerry is on his way to the State Department. (Jim Rogash/GETTY IMAGES)

Here’s what the Loop is reading today:

He’ll windsurf right through — The timeline for Sen. John Kerry’s easy-peasy nomination to be secretary of state is shaping up. His hearing will be Thursday, possibly putting him on the job by early February.

Hagel nomination and Iran — And speaking of timing, here’s a look at why the nomination of former senator Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense comes at a crucial moment in U.S. dealings with Iran.

Looking (not too far) ahead — The president hasn’t even taken the oath for his second term, but still, the 2016 election isn’t all that distant. Here’s a list of how folks are maneuvering in advance of the next big dance.

Fight club for hairdressers — The first rule of styling the first family’s hair? Don’t talk about styling the first family’s hair — at least that’s what a local salon found out when it put out (then retracted) a press release about doing some VIP tresses on Inauguration Day.