Unless Congress raises the debt limit by Nov. 3, the U.S. Treasury may be left with only incoming taxes and fees to cover expenses, which would not be enough to pay all bills. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Treasury Secretary Keeps Up Pressure To Raise Debt Limit

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'Time Is Short' On Debt Ceiling, Treasury Secretary Says

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No, this isn't worth $1 trillion. It's a commemorative coin minted in the U.K. in 2008. But some have suggested the president's image should be on it if he orders up a $1 trillion coin. Christopher Furlong/Getty Images hide caption

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Crazy Or Canny? Talk Grows About $1 Trillion Platinum Coin

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