Will Republicans move (or even threaten) to block Democrats' efforts to raise the national debt ceiling? Mr. Speaker doesn't seem to think so: "I don't think it's a question that's even on the table," he said yesterday morning. Boehner did, however, tell Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace that the GOP will work hard to extract as many concessions from the White House as possible in exchange for playing ball on the issue. Entitlement reform and major spending cuts are on the table. One can't help but wonder if Boehner is undercutting his own negotiating leverage by flatly stating from the get-go that his party will ultimately go along with the White House's stated goal. I've provided the full exchange below. It's fairly entertaining at times -- Boehner shares his views on Egypt, managing the Tea Party caucus within his own ranks, his smoking habit, and the prospect of golf with the president:
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