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The week ahead in economics: Bitcoin, Ben Bernanke and housing

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Congress will turn its attention to the digital currency Bitcoin this week just as its value explodes. The price of a Bitcoin in dollars has jumped from around $200 at the beginning of the month to near $600 now. Some observers thought that the fledgling cryptocurrency could be in trouble in October when federal agencies shut down an online drug market that traded in Bitcoins, but the currency...

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