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Minting the platinum coin would be a huge political gift to the GOP

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As I argued in my column last week, there are many reasons to believe that the upcoming debt ceiling showdown will be more difficult to resolve than the summer 2011 impasse. Anticipating this, a growing chorus of liberals has been rallying around a bizarre solution. For the unacquainted, the big idea would be to exploit a law giving the Treasury Secretary authority to issue collectible...