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"We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate," he said.

It was not meant as a self-critique.

At a glance

White House: Obama wouldn’t block GOP debt bill

The Obama administration says it won’t oppose a House Republican proposal to increase the nation’s $16.4 trillion borrowing authority for only three months, even though President Barack last week decried such short-term measures as harmful to the economy.

The White House Office of Management and Budget issued a statement Tuesday saying the GOP measure “introduces unnecessary complications, needlessly perpetuating uncertainty in the nation’s fiscal system.”

But it says the administration is encouraged because Republicans backed off their insistence of one dollar of spending cuts for every dollar of increase in the debt ceiling.

Without congressional action, the Treasury sometime in late February or early March will not have enough money to pay for all of its obligations, creating the possibility of a first-ever default on the government’s debts.

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