WASHINGTON Jan 30 The White House said on
Wednesday a drop in GDP in the fourth quarter is driven in large
part by a decrease in defense spending and accused Republicans
of "political brinkmanship" for threatening to let more defense
cuts take effect.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said a looming March 1
deadline when defense cuts take effect absent a broader budget
deal stands to hurt the U.S. economy and taxpayers unless
He said Republican threats to let the cuts take place amount
to "political brinkmanship" that harms only Americans.