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From Sam I Am to the Grinch: Will Ted Cruz block the Senate deal?

With default looming and the world watching anxiously, the US Senate has finally come close to a deal to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling, at least temporarily. No grand bargain, this: As most observers have pointed out it's merely an exercise in kicking the can down the road, until after the holidays and the all-important Christmas shopping season.

US debt ceiling: The world scolds Washington. Again

No, world leaders are not very happy with what's happening at the political center of Earth's largest economy.
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No, IMF chief Christine Lagarde doesn't like what she's seeing in Washington, D.C. these days. (Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images)
No, world leaders are not very happy with what's happening at the political center of Earth's largest economy. Not happy at all.
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Trillion dollar coin: More key voices support it (VIDEO)

Is the trillion dollar platinum coin a beltway gimmick or is it solution to all of America's debt problems? The #MintTheCoin movement rolls on.
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Comedian Stephen Colbert hosts a rally with former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain on Jan 20 in Charleston, South Carolina. (Richard Ellis/AFP/Getty Images)

The chatter this week in global economic circles is all about the coin.

The trillion dollar platinum coin.

The growing movement, naturally, has its own hashtag: #MintTheCoin.

It also has a simple idea, and one that took off yesterday when Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman came out in support of the measure.

Here's how Krugman explained it in a post that went viral yesterday:

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