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Heard on the Hill: Going for the Gold

HOH also chatted up legendary soccer forward Mia Hamm after her visit with Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). The two-time Olympic gold medalist also met with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) — who, we note, plays center under Walker’s analogy.

“You see the epidemic with childhood obesity,” Hamm said. “This affects health care for everyone. We’re attacking it from the prevention side.”

Ladies [of Congress] Night. Reps. Jan Schakowsky and Mary Fallin, co-chairwomen of the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues, were in a party mood on Tuesday night as hosts of the Women’s Policy Inc. 2009 Congressional Gala.

But when HOH asked the Illinois Democrat and Oklahoma Republican if they had any tips for freshman Congresswomen — like where to find women’s restrooms in the Capitol, for example — the duo were all business.

“Hard work and showing up, even as a freshman, will pay off,” Schakowsky said. “You don’t have to be a backbencher because you’re new.”

Echoed Fallin: “Step out, volunteer, be a risk taker. Be as much as you can be.”

Dozens of female Members attended Tuesday’s bash at Union Station, which celebrated the record number of women in Congress. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano gave the keynote speech, praising Members — “It seems to many that the 111th Congress has been going on for quite a few years now,” she joked — and telling guests her tenure in Washington thus far has been “challenging and engaging, and not just because it’s 60 degrees lower than it is in Phoenix.”

The former Arizona governor urged non-Members in the audience to consider running for office, which she called tough but “also fun,” garnering sarcastic laughter from Members. “Now, you know it is,” Napolitano quipped.

Rude Gestures 101. What does your colleague mean when he extends his middle finger in your direction? If you’re not sure, you’re definitely a candidate for a course being offered to Senate staffers.

The class, put on by the Senate Office of Education and Training, bears a title that had some staffers snickering: “Body Language: What the Window Cleaner Saw ... All About Non-Verbal Communication.”

Hmm, we’d love to know what Senate window-cleaners see. ... If you know, please e-mail us, or make the appropriate nonverbal gesture in our general direction.

Sightseeing With Brangelina. Here’s a tip-off for those on high alert for sightings of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, the übercouple popping up all over our fair city these days. The best spots to ogle the pouty-lipped actress are as follows: L’Enfant Plaza, the Navy Memorial, the Mandarin Oriental hotel, and along Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House.

Those are among the settings where Jolie’s new spy-thriller flick “Salt” will be filming for the next six days, according to the city’s Office of Motion Picture and Television Development.

And Pitt will be appearing for a photo op today with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in the Speaker’s Balcony hallway before the two meet to discuss hair-care products ... er, that is, environmentally friendly housing in New Orleans.

We don’t know whether the Jolie-Pitt duo brought their ever-growing brood with them to Washington, but, hey, they’re close enough for a play date with those darling Obama girls ...

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