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As cutbacks loom, Obama tries to prod GOP to action

Says economy and thousands of jobs in peril

WASHINGTON — Days away from another fiscal crisis and with Congress on vacation, President Obama began marshaling the powers of the presidency Tuesday to try to shame Republicans into a compromise that could avoid further self-inflicted job losses and damage to the fragile recovery. So far, Republicans were declining to engage.

To turn up the pressure on the absent lawmakers, Obama warned in calamitous terms of the costs to military readiness, domestic investments, and vital services if a ‘‘meat-cleaver’’ approach of indiscriminate, across-the-board spending cuts takes effect March 1. Surrounding him in a White House auditorium were solemn, uniformed emergency responders, invited to illustrate the critical services at risk.

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