• Bringing beauty to a cause, Charlize Theron lobbies for an AIDS-free generation

    Top Line

    When Charlize Theron came to Capitol Hill recently, she undoubtedly turned a few heads. But the Academy Award-winning actress didn’t come to be seen; she came to be heard.

    Ten years after President Bush began an emergency AIDS relief program, known as PEPFAR, Theron is calling on the United States to renew its commitment in the global fight against HIV/AIDS.

    “We're looking at our first AIDS-free generation being born in 2015,” Theron tells Top Line. “We can't stop now.”

    Theron runs an AIDS support program for youth from her home country of South Africa, Africa Outreach Project, where 10 percent of the population has the disease, and met with members of Congress to talk about her work. Her advocacy for continued monetary assistance comes at a time when lawmakers have little appetite for increased spending, but the South African actress says the U.S.’s contributions to foreign aid efforts are more modest than some think.

    “A lot of Americans have this misperception that foreign

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  • Like mother like son: Prince Harry carries on legacy of Princess Diana to rid world of landmines

    Power Players

    Prince Harry made a visit to Capitol Hill yesterday to tour an exhibit on landmines, a cause dear to the heart of his late mother Princess Diana, and inadvertently won the hearts of flocks of female admirers who followed him to the exhibit.

    The CEO of the HALO Trust, the charity that organized the Capitol Hill exhibit, told Power Players that Prince Harry “is really carrying on that mantle” of his mother’s work by bringing public attention to the cause.

    “He really understands that and the thing about clearing landmines, once their cleared, that’s it, they’re finished; it’s a finite problem that can be defeated,” the HALO Trust’s CEO Guy Willoughby told ABC’s Lama Hasan.

    As the HALO Trust marks its 25th anniversary this year, Willoughby is hopeful that Prince Harry’s continued support can help eradicate landmines before his organization makes it to 50 years.

    “In a lot of countries in five years time, if he keeps the momentum going the interest, then we can finish other

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  • Bottom Line

    This week New Jersey Governor Chris Christie revealed that he underwent Lap-Band surgery in February. Christie says his decision to have the surgery- a common procedure aimed at improving weight loss- was based on concerns about his health and his family, saying he wants to be there for many years with his wife and kids. But the news has increased speculation that he’s planning to run for president in 2016, and sparked a lot of discussion online and on social media.

    Ashley wrote in on Yahoo! answers: People involved directly in Washington politics and with the president- they all to be in shape and perfectly groomed. Perhaps because they are more in the public spotlight and have more pressure to look healthy?

    Dane Volyn asked: Nobody cared about William Howard Taft’s weight, or FDR’s paralysis and Kennedy’s womanizing was kept very quiet. Why is Christie’s weight such a (pardon the pun) heavy topic?!

    And Dave tweeted: Two words: He’s running!

    Thanks to everyone for all of

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