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12:25pm

Tue December 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Fed: Economy 'Expanding Moderately,' Policy Unchanged

Signs suggest "that the economy has been expanding moderately" in recent months, "notwithstanding some apparent slowing in global growth," Federal Reserve Policymakers just reported.

And, as expected, they announced no policy changes that would either add or subtract to the amount of help the central bank gives the economy.

In "Fed speak":

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12:15pm

Tue December 13, 2011
The Two-Way

The Buck Stops: Treasury Suspends Production Of Presidential Dollars

Originally published on Tue December 13, 2011 2:05 pm

The $1 George Washington coin.
U.S. Mint AP

Saying it can save taxpayers $50 million a year, the Treasury Department announced today that it is suspending almost all production of presidential dollar coins.

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11:59am

Tue December 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Death Toll Rises In Syria, Adding To U.N. Estimate Of 5,000 Killed So Far

Originally published on Tue December 13, 2011 12:40 pm

An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube shows Syrian mourners carrying the coffin of a woman who was reportedly killed in the al-Hula region of central Homs province on December 12, 2011.
YouTube AFP/Getty Images

One day after the United Nations said that more than 5,000 people have died in nine months of protests and clashes against the Syrian government, the AP quotes activists saying that at least 28 more people died Tuesday at the hands of Syrian security forces.

Fighting between the government and the opposition was heaviest along the country's northwestern border with Turkey.

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11:40am

Tue December 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Robocalls To Cellphones? States Marshal Opposition

Originally published on Tue December 13, 2011 12:51 pm

"No, I don't want to renew my subscription." What if they could reach you anywhere?
Mario Tama Getty Images

A bill before Congress that would allow some types of "robocalls" to be made to cellphones if consumers have given companies their numbers doesn't have many sponsors and wouldn't seem to be the kind of legislation that would stand much of a chance of passing when an election year looms.

But it's getting an increasing amount of attention this week thanks to something that's very rare these days — bipartisan opposition.

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11:11am

Tue December 13, 2011
Planet Money

White House Kills Dollar Coin Program

Originally published on Wed December 14, 2011 3:24 pm

Dollar coins gathering dust in the Fed's Baltimore brach.
John W. Poole NPR

The federal government will stop minting unwanted $1 coins, the White House said Tuesday. The move will save an estimated $50 million a year.

Earlier this year, we reported on the mountain of $1 coins sitting unused in government vaults. The pile-up — an estimated 1.4 billion coins — was caused by a 2005 law that ordered the minting of coins honoring each U.S. president.

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