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Ileana's latest brush with fame

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen has boosted her celeb count, meeting this week with Richard Gere to mark the 50th anniversary of the Dalai Lama being forced into exile.

Ros-Lehtinen is the co-author of a resolution that recognizes the plight of the people of Tibet.Gere

"Fifty years ago the Dalai Lama was banished from Tibet, and one year ago the Chinese regime exacted a harsh and bloody crack-down on the Tibetan people to restrict their cultural, religious, and linguistic rights," said Ros-Lehtinen, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. "During all of the time in between and since, the Tibetan people have been a model of grace under fire and courage in the face of extreme adversity."