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Heard on the Hill: Congressional Comedy/Comity, Take Two

Same Show, Different Cast. For “True Blood” actress Kristin Bauer, working in Hollywood and lobbying in D.C. aren’t all that dissimilar.

Bauer, who plays vampire Pam on the sexy HBO show, will appear at a rally against commercial whaling on the National Mall on Thursday. While Bauer joined up with the International Fund for Animal Welfare about a year ago to lobby on threats to whales such as climate change, she said she now has a new battle to fight: The Obama administration is considering agreeing to approve the rights of Japan, Norway and Iceland to hunt whales as long as the nations reduce the number of animals that they kill each year.

Bauer, who campaigned for President Barack Obama in 2008, said the would-be policy “just seemed like political insanity,” considering the U.S. has long supported a ban on whale hunting. “It’s got to be some political trade, but I’d like to get people aware of it,” she said.

“I’m slightly shocked, but I guess I shouldn’t be because that’s politics,” Bauer added. “And I’m in the same business, I’m in the entertainment business. And politics and the entertainment business are very similar. What you show the public is not [always] accurate.”

Bauer also will make her first trip to lobby on Capitol Hill — and her first trip to Washington since the eighth grade.

“It’s going to be, like, 36 hours,” Bauer said. “Super whirlwind.”

Spotted on the Hill. Actress-model Molly Sims came to Capitol Hill on Tuesday as part of lobbying efforts tied to World Malaria Day. HOH hears Sims met with Members to raise awareness about the worldwide effort to eradicate the disease.

She was also scheduled to appear at an anti-malaria event Tuesday night at the Library of Congress alongside D.C. United’s Clyde Simms and Princess Astrid of Belgium.

Also in town Tuesday were several members of the 2010 U.S. Olympic team. Several HOH spies spotted Olympians on Capitol Hill, including Gold Medal speed skater Shani Davis, who met with Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).

Overheard on the Hill. “Obama just drove by my apartment ... Kinda cool.”

— Lauren Conrad, former star of “The Hills,” sharing deep thoughts on Twitter about seeing the presidential motorcade during President Barack Obama’s Monday trip to Los Angeles.

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