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Sources: Obama plans W.H.-GOP budget group

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/04/sources-obama-plans-wh-gop-budget-group-90539.html

President Barack Obama is reaching out to Republican senators — the most receptive participants from his recent “charm-offensive” dinners — to jump-start talks to reach a “grand bargain” on entitlements, spending and taxes, according to White House and Congressional officials.

Obama — fighting against steep odds to reach a big legacy deal on deficits and debts — has personally pressed Congressional leaders for another shot at reaching an agreement similar to one that fell apart during negotiations with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in 2011.

Chief of staff Denis McDonough and his deputy Rob Nabors have been consulting behi...