From election rivals to table mates. President Obama invited former GOP vice presidential nominee—and current House Budget Committee Chairman—Paul Ryan to the White House for lunch Thursday. On the menu: reaching a bipartisan compromise on how to balance the budget. The meeting came the afternoon after Obama hosted a high-profile dinner with a dozen of Republican senators as part of a similar outreach effort. Obama and Republicans are seeking to reach an alternative to budget cuts enacted through the sequester, but the sides remain divided on whether the new deal should include tax hikes.