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Obama 50th Birthday Party Still A Go

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- The White House remains confident that a deal to raise the debt ceiling will be reached by next Tuesday, so much so, that the president is still scheduled to spend next Wednesday in Chicago, celebrating his 50th birthday at two DNC events.

“We're confident that this will be resolved. Obviously, if it's not, we'll address the schedule accordingly,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters Friday.

The president, whose actual birthday is next Thursday, August 4th, will not, however, be spending the night in his hometown. For now, he is set to return to the White House Wednesday evening.

“You know that we've adjusted our schedule throughout this process as necessary.  But we believe Congress will act, do the responsible thing, pass bipartisan legislation that gets to the president's desk and is signed into law, so that we can lift this cloud that's hanging over our economy,” Carney said.

So far, the president has no other events scheduled for next week.

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Super Bowl Party at the White House, Including J-Lo, Republicans

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The president this weekend will host his annual Super Bowl party at the White House to watch the Green Bay Packers take on the Pittsburgh Steelers.   But among the usual guests, including members of Congress, cabinet members and White House staff are Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, the First Lady’s Office confirmed Thursday.

Some members of Congress and their families, most of whom have a particular allegiance to their home state’s team, were also invited.

Those members of Congress who have so far RSVP-ed are the senators from Pennsylvania -- Republican Sen. Pat Toomey and Democrat Sen. Bob Casey. Rep. Reid Ribble, R-Wisc., and State Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Texas, from Dallas will also attend.

Members of the president’s cabinet, including Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will also watch the game at the White House.

White House staff will also attend the party that will be in the state floor of the White House.

The president, a Chicago Bears fan, has said that he remains neutral on who to root for during Sunday’s game.

“Now that the Bears have lost, I've got to stay neutral,” Obama told YouTube’s head of news and politics, Steve Grove, last week. Obama added, “And may the best team win.”

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Elected As Cost Cutters, GOP Freshmen Party With Fatcats

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- They were elected on a promise to bring a frugal, belt-tightening agenda to a Congress known for profligate spending. But as the new Republican House majority got set to take command, a dozen GOP freshmen were headed to the luxurious W Hotel for a gala fundraiser that commanded $50,000 for VIP guests.

The event scheduled for Tuesday night will be held at a hotel that describes its own accommodations as "over the top," and will include a private concert by country music star Leann Rimes. The invite, sent to lobbyists, wealthy donors and political action committees, comes from America's New Majority, a group of newly-minted Republican congressmen that includes a half-dozen of the victorious Tea Party members.

Tickets are $2,500 per person, and a book of eight tickets and a VIP suite will set a donor back $50,000, according to the invite.

A sure sign the event is cutting against the GOP message of austerity was the frosty response from incoming House Speaker John Boehner, who tops the list of invited guests, but will not attend, according to his press secretary.

California freshman Rep. Jeff Denham was identified by Politico as the "man behind the event," and behind America's New Majority, a leadership fundraising committee.

"It's business as usual in Washington," said Jesse Ferguson, a spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "Despite running an anti-Washington Tea Party campaign, freshman Republicans are embracing the corporate special interest agenda even before they are sworn in."

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