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September 2, 2014 | NPR · At a Labor Day picnic in Milwaukee, the president accused the GOP of blocking economic initiatives. He urged the sympathetic union audience to turn their frustration into political action in November.
 
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September 2, 2014 | NPR · The city's plan to restructure its debt has been praised as a creative way to protect both pensioners and its art museum. But some creditors — and residents — feel like they're being railroaded.
 
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September 1, 2014 | NPR · Ebola has exposed weaknesses in Africa's health networks and a failure to work together to arrest the spread of the virus. The "not our problem" response is taking an economic toll on the continent.
 
September 1, 2014 | NPR · Nearly 260 health workers in West Africa have been infected, and 134 have died. Dr. Robert Garry of Tulane University, who worked with five who died, discusses the devastation in the community.
 
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September 1, 2014 | NPR · Ads with candidates shooting guns are proliferating this year. It can all be traced back to Sen. Joe Manchin's famed 2010 spot "Dead Aim."
 

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August 30, 2014 | NPR · Ukrainian forces are defending the port city of Novoazovsk from what they say is a Russian invasion. Scott Simon talks to correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson.
 

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August 31, 2014 | NPR · Immigration remains one of the most challenging issues for President Obama. Political correspondent Mara Liasson discusses the political cost of the choices before him with Linda Wertheimer.
 

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Aug 6, 2012 — If not for Jefferson, there might have been 90 pennies in a dollar.
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Apr 20, 2012 — Should we kill the dollar bill? On today's show we go deep into the nature of money itself, and we find a clear answer to this question.
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Apr 19, 2012 — Last month, a Washington, D.C. subway station was plastered with posters of giant dollar bills. One of them said: "Tell Congress to stop wasting time trying to eliminate the dollar bill." The $70,000 ad blitz was part of a small lobbying war over the fate of the dollar bill.
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Dec 13, 2011 — Earlier this year we reported on the pileup of more than a billion unwanted $1 coins in government vaults. It was the result of a law passed a few years back that ordered the mint to create coins honoring each U.S. president.Today, the White House said it will end the program.
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Dec 13, 2011 — 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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Jul 22, 2011 — We talk to travelers who use frequent-flier-mile credit cards to buy dollar coins and pile up miles. And we hear how the U.S. Mint is cracking down.
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Jul 14, 2011 — Planet Money recently reported on the mountain of dollar coins piling up in Federal Reserve vaults. Now a Democratic Congresswoman wants to halt the program.
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Jun 29, 2011 — Photos and stories about dollar coins, from Planet Money listeners.
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Jun 24, 2011 — On today's Planet Money, we visit an underground vault that's full of money nobody wants.
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Mar 4, 2011 — Replacing the U.S. $1 note with a coin could save the government around $5.5 billion over 30 years, according to a new report. The GAO says Canada and Britain figured out how to encourage people to use coins instead of paper money: take the paper money away.
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