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Scandium Middleman Is A Rare Guy Selling A Rare Element

Our Planet Money team has a story about a man who realized at the time that he was the only person in the world with his job. It was a job selling something almost no one wanted.
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To Drive Economy Toward Equality, Obama Requests More Spending

His State of the Union address celebrated a year that brought the U.S. jobs and growth, and called on Congress to expand child care and free education. Critics say it's pure politics that won't pass.
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Illinois' Financial Condition Is Dire, Gov. Rauner Warns

A study suggests Illinois' gigantic budget hole may be much deeper than previously thought. And that leaves that state's new Republican governor with the difficult task of having to fix it fast.
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Tax Preparers Get Ready To Be Bearers Of Bad News About Health Law

With Affordable Care Act open enrollment ending Feb. 15, taxpayers could find themselves shut out of health insurance – and saddled with big fines – if they don't deal with taxes early this year.
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J.C. Penney Brings Back Its Print Catalog, After A 5-Year Hiatus

The company finds that even if people don't order directly from them, the catalogs still serve a purpose.
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U.K. Tabloid 'The Sun' Ends Topless Tradition

Britain's most popular newspaper will reportedly stop featuring photos of topless women on its pages. The Sun began its "Page 3" pictures 44 years ago, but there has long been criticism of the feature, which critics say objectifies women.
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Obama Could Get More Cheers From Republicans On Trade

When President Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Tuesday, there's likely to be a deep partisan divide on many of the proposals. Trade is one area where Republicans will be applauding while many Democrats are sitting on their hands.
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How Your Food Gets The 'Non-GMO' Label

Demand for foods certified as GMO-free is ballooning. Increasingly, it's conventional companies that want to earn the label. Here's how a company gets into the non-GMO game.
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State Of The Union Will Tout Progress, But Is The Economy Fixed?

The economy has improved greatly since President Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009. But is his economic legacy impressive enough to justify taking a victory lap during his State of the Union address?
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Why Europe's Economy Threatens Global Growth

Ahead of Europe's central bank meeting, Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution and a contributing correspondent to The Wall Street Journal.

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