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Ron Paul may not be ahead in the polls, but he's probably the only presidential candidate who already has his face on a coin. The feds have seized a cache of gold, silver and copper "liberty dollars" bearing Paul's visage. Other than a mutual distaste for the Federal Reserve, the Republican candidate has no relationship with the makers of the coins.

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The news that the Treasury will once again sheepishly release a small batch of dollar coins raises the question: Why are Americans so hung up on paper money when countries like Britain and Canada have enjoyed the benefits of coinage for years? Don't scoff -- the Government Accountability Office estimates potential savings at $500 to $747.5 million annually.

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The Defense Department says it has learned of a plot to spy on US contractors with classified security clearances traveling through Canada Though it released few other details, the U Defense Security Service says it found tiny transmitters hidden in Canadian coins.

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