President Barack Obama has hit on a novel antidote to Washington's endless cycle of political crises: breaking bread with Republicans.
A jogger runs by the White House in snowfall on March 6, 2013 in Washington, DC. President Barack Obama met Republican senators for a rare dinner, as he sought to end an ugly budget stalemate that is clouding the early days of his second term.
Since his re-election triumph in November, Obama has used his political capital to harangue his foes, holding rallies across the country at which he accused rival Republicans of obstructing legislation and serving the rich.
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