March 9th, 2011
07:13 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Can professional basketball help thaw the partisan stalemate that may threaten a shutdown of the federal government next week? That question may or may not be on the agenda Wednesday night at the White House when President Obama hosts members of both parties in Congress to watch his hometown Chicago Bulls take on the Charlotte Bobcats.
The president's guest list mainly features members of Congress from both the Chicago and Charlotte delegations. It also comes just before the president plans to honor the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks at a White House ceremony on Friday.
Although the party is closed to any coverage by the press, the White House did release the guest list:
State and Local Government