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* President Obama and Mitt Romney met in person for the first time since the election at the White House on Thursday. The two chatted over a lunch that included white turkey chili and Southwestern grilled chicken salad.  Romney wished Obama "well over the coming four years,” according to the White House. Here's a photo of the closed-to-the-press lunch. Meanwhile, a man was arrested after charging Romney’s car and heckling him outside the White House on Thursday.

* House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday that there’s been “no substantive progress” in the efforts to reach a deal to avert the "fiscal cliff" and that “the White House has to get serious” on entitlement spending.

* Former president George H.W. Bush is undergoing treatment at a Houston hospital for complications related to bronchitis. He is in stable condition, the hospital said. 

* Outgoing Rep. Frank Guinta (R-N.H.) will ponder a 2014 Senate run against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D). “My name comes up for Senate, House and governor,” Guinta said in an interview. “Obviously, it’s nice to be thought of in that way. Quite frankly, at this point, it’s something that I will focus on sometime next year.” Two well-placed GOP sources said Guinta expressed a particular interest in the Senate race. He was defeated by former congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (D) this year. 


* Redistricting one, Grover Norquist zero? Maybe not. Rep. Chris Gibson's (R-N.Y.) spokeswoman said that while the congressman signed Norquist's anti-tax pledge "as a candidate in 2010 for the 20th Congressional District,” he "doesn’t plan to re-sign it for the 19th Congressional District, which he now represents (the pledge is to your constituents of a numbered district).” That reasoning may not help Gibson with regard to the current negotiations over the "fiscal cliff," which is set to hit Jan. 1; Gibson still represents his old district until Jan. 3. 

* Vice President Biden went to Washington D.C.'s first Costco store Thursday and did some real shopping. His cart included flowers, children’s books, fire logs, a 32-inch TV and a large apple pie. He noted that the books were for a Delaware charity that his wife started. 

* Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said Thursday that Congress should have “mercy” on U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice. “Look, at one point or another did she leave an adjective out that she should have put in or been a little more certain about something, my guess is she wishes now that she had been, of course,” Lieberman said in an interview. Rice, believed to be a top choice of Obama to become the next secretary of state, has been met with skepticism from congressional Republicans over her explanation of the Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya. 

* A former aide to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $21,000 from a veterans nonprofit group. Timothy Russell was Walker's deputy chief of staff and housing director in 2010, when the governor was Milwaukee County executive.


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