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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.

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.

Obama Lays Out Ambitious Agenda In Address To Nation

Undeterred by the big losses his party suffered in November, the president challenged the new majority Republicans to turn the page on the economic recession and embrace "middle-class economics."

Republican Sen. Gardner Weighs In On Obama's Speech

Renee Montagne talks to Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner for his take on President Obama's State of the Union Speech.

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.

Obama Will Need GOP Help To Accomplish Some Issues, Rep. Clarke Says

David Greene talks to Democratic Rep. Yvette Clarke of New York. She is the vice chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, and offers reaction to President Obama's State of the Union address.

After Congressional Green Light, Scientists Begin Hemp Studies

Scientists are studying how hemp might be used in the electronic, medical and manufacturing industries. Because the plant's been illegal for decades, it's been difficult to do research on its uses.

Fact Checking Obama's State Of The Union Speech

In his address to the nation Tuesday night, President Obama — among other things — talked about the economy, education, immigration and foreign policy. Were his statements correct?

State Of The Union Primer: What President Obama Proposed

After what he called a "breakthrough year," the president set caution aside. He called for expanded tax credits to help working families and for paid sick leave for workers who don't already have it.

Political Theater, Crazy-Glued GOP Seats And More Congressional Reaction

There was the official GOP response, but many members who didn't get their moment in the spotlight took to Twitter.