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'Walking Dead' Star: 'Poverty is Sexist'

Gurira, who plays “Michonne” on the AMC series the "Walking Dead," arrives in the Russell Rotunda to film a Snapchat video for the One Campaign. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The ONE Campaign brought celebrities to Capitol Hill on International Women’s Day, including AMC’s "Walking Dead" actress Danai Gurira, for its "Poverty is Sexist" initiative.  

Other stars teaming up with ONE's 200 volunteers on Tuesday were "Dawson’s Creek"  sweetheart Katie Holmes, lead singer of 'Jars of Clay' Dan Haseltine and "Law & Order" actress Carey Lowell.  

In the Capitol, Women's Living History

Vaught was honored at Statuary Hall for her achievements in the Air Force. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

First lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden kicked off Women's History Month on Wednesday with a Capitol Hill event in Statuary Hall for the Joining Forces initiative, which works to aid service members and veterans.  

“Just one month?” Obama quipped about women's history. The event honored retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Wilma L. Vaught, who stood and saluted the first lady during her remarks. “Every time I see her, I tell her I want to grow up to be just like her,” Obama said.  

Senate Women Strike Up Friendships With Bipartisan Bowling

Heitkamp, right, and Warren, left, both bowled Tuesday night. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hurling a heavy ball and hearing the crash of of the impact as you hit your target could be cathartic after a long workday, but it can also be a lot of fun.  

The women of the Senate took part in some bipartisan bowling at the White House Tuesday night, hoping to strike up more camaraderie. And, by all accounts, there were plenty of laughs to spare. "I haven't bowled in more than 20 years!" Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, told Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., as the two greeted each other at the top of the escalator in the Senate basement Wednesday morning. After a few laughs, they parted in opposite directions.  

Watch Cory Booker and Claire McCaskill Get Literary

Two-term lawmaker turned memoirist Sen. Claire McCaskill Wednesday is expected to open up to fellow Sen. Cory Booker about her life, career and political agenda during a free-form discussion at George Washington University.  

The collegial chat about the Missouri Democrat’s autobiography, “Plenty Ladylike,” is scheduled to take place in the Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre at GW’s Marvin Center (800 21st St. NW) beginning at 7 p.m. This event is part of the ongoing Newsmakers Series, a joint effort of Politics & Prose and GWU.  

Mark Russell’s ‘Prez’ Hits the Ground Running

SAN DIEGO — What’s a 19-year-old political neophyte to do after getting propelled into the Oval Office by a viral video-obsessed electorate? The short answer is anything and everything satirist Mark Russell can throw at her in his reboot of the civic-minded comic, “Prez.”  

DC Comics originally toyed with the concept of how an underage POTUS might operate back in 1973 with “Prez: First Teen President;” the short-lived experiment was unceremoniously pulled from spinner racks after just four issues. A lot’s happened since then. And Russell, whose previous work, “God Is Disappointed In You,” presents an irreverent reinterpretation of the Bible, is excited to make the most of his shiny new soapbox.  

2016 Presidential Contenders Could Clean Up at Comic-Con

Nothing against the fine people of Iowa, New Hampshire and the handful of other electoral proving grounds aspiring commanders in chief crisscross for months on end leading up to Election Day, but pols are doing themselves a serious disservice by not pressing the flesh at Comic-Con International  in San Diego.  

Sure, pop culture can prove problematic for the socially awkward.  

Amy Schumer For #TheNew10?

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Sen. Charles E. Schumer thinks a woman from his native New York should grace the new $10 bill , and he has some suggestions of illustrious home-state ladies throughout history for the Treasury secretary's consideration: Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Eleanor Roosevelt.  

In an online survey , the Democratic leader-in-waiting on Wednesday offers to influence Treasury's decision-making process, but there's also a "write-in" option to nominate "another NY woman who inspires you." Perhaps we may suggest the senator's distant cousin, comedy star Amy Schumer? Yeah, yeah. We know the star of Comedy Central's "Inside Amy Schumer" isn't dead, which kind of disqualifies her. And perhaps the senator would like to avoid any nepotism charges.  

A Record-Breaking Congressional Women's Softball Game (Video)

Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., and Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., celebrate as the women of Congress win the game. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

It was a historic night in Southeast Washington with a record-setting fundraising event culminating in a record-low scoring softball game.  

The women of Congress beat the Bad News Babes of the press corps 1-0 Wednesday night, the lowest score in the seven-year history of the Congressional Women's Softball Game. But both sides of the diamond were appreciative of the competitive game, the beautiful weather and the sizable crowd of fans. Across the outfield, the bleachers were packed with staffers, journalists and other fans as they watched the journalists battle the lawmakers at Watkins Recreational Center.  

Running the Bases While Running for Senate

Edwards balances campaign events, congressional duties and softball practice. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

Balancing legislative responsibilities with running for Senate is challenging enough — throw in a few softballs and the juggling gets more intense.  

For some female lawmakers set to take the field for the seventh annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game who have to also balance a competitive campaign, the camaraderie of the annual event makes the grueling schedule worth it.