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The debt ceiling drama is sure to heighten questions about the enormous financial power of the United States and the dollar, Obstfeld said. "The global economy is in a pretty fragile place right now. So throwing into that mix a crisis over the creditworthiness of US obligations is incredibly irresponsible."