Dallas is preparing for Friday's 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, and hoping to show how much the city has changed. Tom Pennington/Getty Images hide caption

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Marta Rangel Medel vacuums the stage in preparation for the Texas Democratic Party 2012 election watch party in Austin. The state's controversial voter ID law is unexpectedly hindering women at the polls. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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The Pecan Lodge's combination plate, a meat lover's dream. Wade Goodwyn/NPR hide caption

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A Texas delegate on the floor of the Republican National Convention in 2012. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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