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Sahil Kapur

Sahil Kapur is TPM's senior congressional reporter and Supreme Court correspondent. His articles have been published in the Huffington Post, The Guardian and The New Republic. Email him at sahil@talkingpointsmemo.com and follow him on Twitter at @sahilkapur.

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A bipartisan group of congressional leaders met with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday morning in the White House.

The White House said the meeting would be to "discuss a wide range of issues, including places where [Obama] hopes we can work together to grow the economy and protect our national security."

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said before the meeting he plans to talk to Obama about jobs and the economy.

"We also hope the president will have an update for us on the use of military force with regard to our fight against ISIL," he told reporters. "The events in Paris last week remind us just how real that terrorism threat is."

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The House GOP's threatened shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security would not stop President Barack Obama's executive actions to grant temporary deportation relief and work permits to millions of undocumented immigrants. But in an ironic twist, experts say it would hinder two priorities near and dear to Republican hearts: border security and deportations.

"If somebody were writing a play about this and they wanted to put a perverse circumstance in it that gave the president this smirk authority over the Congress, this is what we've done," Rep. Steve King (R-IA), a leading foe of "executive amnesty" in the House, told TPM.

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As Republicans take control of Congress for the first time since 2006, the Democrats' crushing midterm defeat and the rise of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) have empowered the progressive wing to step up their fight for the soul of the party ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

Their message: Stop catering to big business. Listen to populists like Warren on how to rebuild the tarnished brand. Champion transformative ideas that will improve the lives of middle class Americans. If not, Democrats are toast in 2016.

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