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Michael Bolton: Women ‘basically own me’

Pop crooner Michael Bolton (sans his signature long locks, which he chopped off in the ’90s) was spotted among a cadre of lawmakers and about a half-dozen female advocates at a Tuesday press conference held by Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn Murray30 million people will experience eating disorders — the CDC needs to help Mulvaney remarks on Trump budget plan spark confusion Overnight Finance: Mulvaney sparks confusion with budget remarks | Trump spars with lawmakers on tariffs | Treasury looks to kill 300 tax regs | Intel chief's warning on debt MORE (D-Wash.).

We hear some reporters were puzzled by the “When a Man Loves a Woman” singer’s presence, especially after Bolton didn’t utter a peep at the presser (despite appearing to have remarks prepared).

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Murray, joined at the event by Sens. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharOvernight Health Care: Trump eases rules on insurance outside ObamaCare | HHS office on religious rights gets 300 complaints in a month | GOP chair eyes opioid bill vote by Memorial Day Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand Dems seek reversal of nursing home regulatory rollback MORE (D-Minn.), warned she wouldn’t support a compromise with the House on the Violence Against Women Act that gutted key Senate provisions.

After the press conference wrapped up, Bolton, a father to three grown daughters, told journos he has been working for years to raise awareness for at-risk women and children who have left their homes because of domestic violence.

The “Dancing With the Stars” alum, 59, joked, “I’m surrounded by women. They basically own me,” before adding, “but the thought of violence being directed toward them, violence in their home, is unacceptable.”

Russell Berman contributed to this report.