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Obama to Dine with Second Group of Senate Republicans

Photo by Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Look who’s coming for dinner again: Senate Republicans.

On Wednesday, April 10, President Obama will dine with a new group of 12 Republican senators.

Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., was tasked with organizing the second guest list for dinner, which is still being assembled, Republican aides on Capitol Hill confirm. The location of the dinner is still to be announced.

This second dinner party follows one earlier this month, on March 6, in which President Obama hosted 12 Republican senators at the Jefferson Hotel to break bread.

That first dinner also came among separate meetings on Capitol Hill by President Obama with Senate and House Republicans, widely seen as a presidential “charm offensive” by engaging Republicans after the brutal, partisan battles from the previous months.

Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., did not attend the first dinner but said he’s glad President Obama has been engaging his members more.

“I expect the president to talk to various members,” McConnell said after the first dinner. “Frankly, I wish he’d done more of that over the years. We’ve had, all of us, very limited interaction with the president. And he certainly doesn’t have to go through me to call on my members. And I’m sure he will, and I encourage him to do so.”

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Obamas Dine in DC with Campaign Sweepstakes Winners

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President and Mrs. Obama Thursday evening took three lucky small-dollar campaign donors out to dinner in Washington, D.C., the prize in a campaign sweepstakes that offered “Dinner with Barack” for a gift of $5 or more.

The winners -- ReGina Newkirk, a nonprofit executive from Nashville, Tenn.; Cathleen Loringer, a former social worker from Wauwatosa, Wis.; and Judy Glassman, a retired school administrator from Cambridge, Mass. -- were each flown in with a guest of their choice to share in a meal and conversation with the president.

The first couple hosted the event at a newly-opened American bistro in the District’s northeast quarter, Boundary Road, which serves “simply, carefully prepared meals highlighting local ingredients in a comfortable and convivial atmosphere, with an exciting libation menu,” according to the restaurant’s Facebook page.

Among the libations is a featured cocktail called “I’m Thinking About Getting a Vespa,” which includes Aperol, Cocchi Americano, blood orange and sparkling wine. The menu features grilled hangar steak and seared arctic char with prices for entrees ranging from $16 to $23.

The event marks the third time Obama has hosted dinner with grassroots donors, and the first time Michelle Obama came along.

The Obama campaign says it sees the events as a way to highlight the significant financial contributions from grassroots supporters, and encourage more to open their wallets. Another “Dinner with Barack” sweepstakes is already under way on the campaign’s website.

Nearly half -- 48 percent -- of the $118 million total Obama raised for his reelection in 2011 came from donors of $200 or less in aggregate, according to an analysis by the Campaign Finance Institute.  The average donation was $55, according to the Obama campaign.

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State Governors Attend White House Dinner

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- While Hollywood celebrated the Academy Awards, a different kind of celebrity gala event unfolded at the White House Sunday evening: President Obama hosted the nation’s state governors for an annual black tie dinner.

The states’ top executives and their spouses were in town for the yearly National Governors Association weekend, a four-day conference where the leaders meet with federal officials and business executives to discuss issues facing the states. However, Sunday night’s festivities with the president and first lady were a purely social event and not officially affiliated with the NGA.  Regardless, the dinner is often billed as a high point of the weekend's activities.

The president praised his guests for their leadership, but kept his remarks brief, telling them Sunday night was about having some fun.

“I’ve always said that governors have one of the best, but also one of the toughest jobs around,” the president joked.  “On the one hand you guys are in charge, which means that folks know where you live and they know how to find you if something doesn’t work.”

Obama told the leaders that they were in a unique position, being able to see lasting change in their states every day.

“Every time I get a sense of what is happening in your states I am reminded that progress is possible,” he said.

The politicians were coming off three days of panel discussions and meetings.  Topics covered were largely broad-based, regional and focused on cooperative dialogue.  This year’s conference had a special emphasis on job creation.  Obama lauded the progress made on the economy and clean energy, and while they wouldn’t agree on every issue, he said he looked forward to more collaboration going forward.

“By virtue of the position, you end up having to be pragmatic, because you need to find out what works,” he said.

Obama wrapped up by toasting his guests, “but especially all the spouses who put up with us.”

He was followed by the chairman of the NGA, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman, who told the crowd that as a young man he could never have dreamed he would be standing there one day.  The two-term Republican thanked the president and first lady for their service.

“For you, and for us, it is an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of this great country,” Heineman said.

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Biden to Host Cantor for Dinner

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden will host an intimate dinner with one of the administration’s sharpest critics, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., and his wife, Diana, the White House announced.

The encounter, set for Wednesday night at the Naval Observatory, the Bidens’ official Washington residence, comes as Biden and President Obama step up pressure on lawmakers of both parties to pass portions of their jobs bill.

They met with House Democratic leaders Tuesday at the White House.

A Cantor aide called the dinner “completely social,” adding that the couples have been trying to schedule it for some time.

“Leader Cantor has a great respect for and built a friendship with Vice President Biden from their work earlier this year,” the aide said, “and this social dinner is a continuation of that friendship with their wives.”

Last month, Biden told a Washington forum of Cantor, “I like him a lot. He’s smart as heck.”

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Obama Campaign Offering 'Dinner With Barack'

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Ever dreamed of having an intimate sit-down dinner with the president? Well for a mere $5 the chance could be yours. President Obama's 2012 campaign is offering a sit down dinner with the president for four supporters who make a donation.

"I'm not asking you to donate today just so you'll be entered for a chance to meet me. I'm asking you to say you believe in the kind of politics that gives people like you a seat at the table -- whether it's the dinner table with me or the table where decisions are made about what kind of country we want to be," Obama wrote in a letter to supporters, signed "Barack."

The president's 2012 campaign will pay for your flight and the dinner, "all you need to bring is your story and your ideas about how we can continue to make this a better country for all Americans."

"This won't be a formal affair. It's the kind of casual meal among friends that I don't get to have as often as I'd like anymore, so I hope you'll consider joining me," he wrote.

The president is also using the "Dinner with Barack" fundraising push as a chance to remind voters that he'd rather have dinner with regular folks than rub elbows with special interest groups.

"Most campaigns fill their dinner guest lists primarily with Washington lobbyists and special interests. We didn't get here doing that, and we're not going to start now. We're running a different kind of campaign. We don't take money from Washington lobbyists or special-interest PACs -- we never have, and we never will," he wrote.

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Sources: Obamas to Host Bipartisan Dinner Monday at White House

Official White House Photo (file)(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama and the first lady will host a dinner Monday night with the bipartisan leadership of Congress, as well as the chairmen and ranking members of House and Senate committees, sources tell ABC News.

Though closed-door negotiations for reducing the deficit begin next week, there is no specific topic of conversation for the dinner, sources say. It is intended as a get-to-know-you effort in the spirit of bipartisanship.

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House Speaker Boehner Skips State Dinner for Chinese President

Photo Courtesy - The White House/Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- China's President Hu Jintao didn't even have time to take off his coat upon arriving in the U.S. Tuesday before there was controversy brewing.

The meetings scheduled this week between President Obama and his Chinese counterpart are considered crucial by administration officials, given that Beijing seems to have had the upper hand in relations between the two countries since Obama took office.

While Obama and Hu are expected to broker business deals to assist each other's economies, it's unlikely Hu will abide by U.S. demands that China raise its artificially low currency, which has kept Chinese goods cheap at the expense of American exports.

Meanwhile, House Speaker John Boehner threw the first curveball of Hu's four-day visit by skipping Tuesday night's state dinner in Hu's honor.

A spokesman for Boehner said the House speaker would make up for his no-show by holding "a substantive meeting with President Hu later this week."

Still, the snub was bound to irk the White House, which has been criticized by Republicans for hosting a dinner while China continues to act slowly on allowing basic human rights.

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