The office Deval Patrick, the governor of Massachusetts, confirms to the White House press corps that he'll be dining with President Obama tonight at the White House.

"After breaking ground for the Fore River Bridge on the Quincy/Weymouth line this afternoon, Governor Patrick will fly to D.C. with Mrs. Patrick to have a social dinner tonight with the President at the White House," the Massachusetts governor's office said. "The Patricks will return to MA tomorrow morning. The Governor is currently wrapping up a 90+ minute cabinet meeting at the State House."

With Attorney General Eric Holder possibly stepping down in Obama's second term, expect this dinner to reignite the rumor that Patrick could take Holder's place. Or, it's always possible, this is simply a friendly affair, with no work items on tonight's agenda.

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