WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner Tuesday defended the Obama administration's additional financial commitments to AIG and other financial institutions, before skeptical House lawmakers who openly wondered whether the White House is throwing good money after bad.

Geithner said the administration will continue to place "tough conditions" on American International Group as part of the government-led restructuring of the insurance giant. He said given the fragility of the financial system, the administration has little choice but to provide financial assistance to keep AIG afloat.

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