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Obama dinner date with Dems centers on guns and Boston bombings

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Brian Hughes,Politics Digest

President Obama returned to the Jefferson Hotel Wednesday to schmooze lawmakers over dinner — this time Democrats still reeling from a losing effort to expand background checks for gun purchases.

In recent weeks, Obama held court with Republican senators as part of his so-called charm offensive. A few hours after one of the most stinging defeats of his presidency, Obama surely faced a friendlier crowd over dinner on Wednesday.

The president “vowed to continue to fight to reduce gun violence,” a White House official said, describing the meeting. Obama and the senators also discussed the budget, immigration reform and the still-unsolved Boston Marathon bombings, the official added.

According to the White House, the following senators attended the dinner: Michael Bennet, Chris Coons, Dick Durbin, Dianne Feinstein, Mary Landrieu, Patty Murray, Jack Reed, Jeanne Shaheen, Debbie Stabenow, Mark Warner, Sheldon Whitehouse and Ron Wyden.

Not surprisingly, the Democratic lawmakers had positive reviews of the dinner. But they provided few details to reporters stationed outside the ritzy restaurant.

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