Bon Appetit

04.23.133:15 PM ET

Dinner Chez Barack

Obama invites 20 women senators to dine at the White House.

A meeting with women senators seems to be President Obama's next tactical move on his mission to make nice with Congress. He's already held two dinners for senators—the first with Republicans and the second with Democrats—hoping to fortify talks about federal deficits and immigration reform. And now, The Huffington Post reports, the 20 women elected to the U.S. Senate have been invited to the White House for a dinner of their own this coming Tuesday.  The women of the Senate are known to have monthly bipartisan dinners of their own, hosted by Sen. Barbara Mikulski. The gender division reflects an optimism concerning the potential for across-the-aisle negotiations at Tuesday night's dinner.