Jennifer Garner hangs out with Harkin, Miller and Hanna
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SPOTTED: Jennifer Garner sharing an imaginary spot of tea with a group of youngsters as Sen. Tom HarkinThomas (Tom) Richard HarkinWe need a voting rights workaround Romney's TRUST Act is a Trojan Horse to cut seniors' benefits Two more parting shots from Trump aimed squarely at disabled workers MORE (D-Iowa) and Rep. George MillerGeorge MillerChicago hospital exec resigns after improper Trump Tower vaccine distribution Three ways James Kvaal can lead postsecondary education forward Keep the Capitol secure but open MORE (D-Calif.) played nearby with other kiddos, ahead of a briefing on early education.

At the event also attended by Rep. Richard HannaRichard HannaDems unveil bill to block Trump Muslim ban Rep. Gowdy rips Republican for 'unfortunate' Benghazi remark Republican: Benghazi probe 'designed to go after' Hillary MORE (R-N.Y.), Education Secretary Arne DuncanArne Starkey DuncanProviding the transparency parents deserve Everyone's talking about a national tutoring corps; here's what we need to know to do it well More than 200 Obama officials sign letter supporting Biden's stimulus plan MORE, and National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling, lawmakers introduced a bipartisan proposal to expand early childhood education from birth to age 5.

The “Alias” and “Juno” actress, a mom of three, seemed starstruck herself by Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman, who was also on-hand at the briefing.  

Garner quipped to the crowd, “Speaking about this in front of Marian Wright Edelman is like doing a Shakespeare monologue in front of Meryl Streep, but I’ll try myself, ma’am.” 

--Haley Bissegger contributed.