WASHINGTON - Treasury Department officials yesterday appeared to close the door on providing direct assistance to monoline bond insurers as part of their economic recovery programs.

Their rejection of any direct aid to the bond insurers - which had been aggressively sought by at least two troubled insurers - came during a background briefing following Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's outlining of a retooled bank bailout plan that calls for up to $2 trillion in assistance from the Treasury, private investors, and the Federal Reserve.

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