It's that time of year again. The Christmas rush — and stress — is over and things get quiet before the New Year revelry takes hold.

In the meantime, we're all looking ahead. Whether it's spring fever, eyeing the midterm elections or even going so far as to start pondering the next presidential race — a prospect that's much more compelling under the shadow of a lumbering health care law and the lack of an incumbent.

Karl Rove, a former Benefits Selling Expo keynoter, already jumped out with his latest batch of 2014 prognostications in the Wall Street Journal earlier this week.

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