For the first time since December 2012, President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner will meet one-on-one in the Oval Office.
The agenda will be broad, and no immediate decisions or agreements are expected.
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But that the capital's most powerful legislator is talking privately to the president signals a shift in the political tone.
Boehner in recent months has been relying on Democrats to pass a host of major legislation -- a two year budget plan, an agriculture policy bill and a suspension of the debt limit.
Long regarded as willing to negotiate, Boehner took a harder line in previous years. Tea party conservatives were instrumental in helping Republicans win a House majority in 2010, and make Boehner speaker.
He and Obama tried in 2011 to craft a "grand bargain" to reduce spending and deficits but could not agree.