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Nicole Kidman testifies on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. (Reuters/Yuri Gripas)

An occasional look at the Hollywood missionaries flocking to enlighten our city. Wednesday's bird of paradise: Nicole Kidman.

Mission: To combat violence against women around the world.

Site: House Foreign Relations Subcommittee hearing room.

What she wants: $1 billion over five years for anti-violence programs.

How she looked: Otherworldly gorgeous. Black pantsuit, flawless skin, wavy locks.

How she did: Brief, earnest, informed. The U.N. goodwill ambassador told of meeting survivors in Kosovo and the Congo: "These champions need help -- not with a box of Band-Aids, but with a comprehensive, well-funded effort."

Observation: The Oscar winner was unexpectedly upstaged by Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.), who shared wrenching childhood stories about seeing his father beat his mother.

Whom we passed up for her: B.D. Wong and Tamara Tunie of "Law & Order: SVU," advocating protection against child abuse; Robert David Hall of "CSI" on disability workplace issues; band Blue October on suicide awareness.

By The Reliable Source  |  October 22, 2009; 1:03 AM ET
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I think Tom Cruise is an imbecile...He let go this beautiful walking beauty for what? Kate!!!

Nicole is stunning looking I have never seeing her anything but beautiful in any setting and in any garment she wears and she does not wear... plus she got a brain and a mission.. What an idiot

Posted by: Kmd1 | October 22, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Hey one more thing.. Nicole, if you are in DC next time and you want to have a coffee, it will be a historical mark on my passing on earth... (: I know it will not happen...see I am the only one posting a comment on this article..
I still think Tom is an idiot

Posted by: Kmd1 | October 22, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

So she wants to "combat violence" huh? Good luck with that!

When you can't even find a non-violent metaphor, you know it's a tough problem.

Posted by: Dadrick | October 23, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

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