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Planet Money

White House Kills Dollar Coin Program

More than 1 billion coins are sitting unwanted in government vaults. Ending the program will save an estimated $50 million a year.

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry saw his fundraising numbers plummet after his September debate performances.

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How Frequent Fliers Exploit A Government Program

Travel enthusiasts buy thousands of coins with credit cards that award frequent-flier miles for purchases. The government picks up the tab for shipping.

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