Eating out: Obama's new overtures to GOP lawmakers - Article Photos 2/7

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2013 file photo, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., confer on Capitol Hill in Washington. Enveloped by political gridlock, President Barack Obama is reaching out to rank-and-file Republicans, hosting GOP senators for dinner at the White House Wednesday night and then visiting Capitol Hill next week for separate meetings with Senate and House Republicans. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)