Pam Fessler Pam Fessler is a correspondent on NPR's National Desk, where she covers poverty and philanthropy.
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A voter casts a ballot in Louisville, Ky., this month. Long-serving election officials around the country are retiring ahead of the 2020 election, which could be among the most challenging to administer in the country's history. John Sommers II/Getty Images hide caption

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As 2020 Approaches, Some Experienced Election Officials Head To The Exits

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development secretary Ben Carson, second from right, with Union Rescue Mission CEO, Andy Bales, far right, stand next to a temporary fabric structure meant to house homeless individuals, as he tours the Union Rescue Mission in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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Three federal judges on Friday temporarily blocked a Trump administration rule that would make it harder for low-income immigrants to get a green card. President Trump is seen here leaving the White House last week. Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Multiple groups are trying to delay — and ultimately block — the Trump administration's public charge rule. The new rule makes it more difficult for immigrants to get green cards if it seems they might need public assistance. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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Advocates Try To Help Migrants Navigate Trump's Public Charge Rule

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Multiple groups are trying to delay — and ultimately block — the Trump administration's public charge rule. The new public charge rule makes it more difficult for immigrants to get green cards if it seems they might need public assistance. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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Advocates Try To Help Migrants Navigate Trump Rules

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California's Homeless Advocates Puzzled By Trump's Threats

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Los Angeles Has A Homeless Problem, Now The Trump Administration Is Getting Involved

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Lawrence, Mass., has struggled to find its economic base since the decline of manufacturing. While the city is witnessing pockets of investment, as of August 2019, one-third of Lawrence's children lived in poverty, 36 percent of residents received aid under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and just over 24 percent of residents lived in poverty. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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A food pantry client adds a carton of yogurt to her cart at the food pantry at Jewish Family Services in Denver, Colo. Seth McConnell/Denver Post via Getty Images hide caption

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Attendees in Bucks County, Pa. test-drove new voting machines at an event aimed at helping the county decide which equipment to buy. Security is a major focus in the 2020 presidential race. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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States Upgrade Election Equipment — Wary Of 'A Race Without A Finish Line'

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A Transportation Security Administration employee stands at a booth to learn about a food stamp program at a food drive at Newark Liberty International Airport, on Jan. 23, 2019, in Newark, N.J. A number of new rules and actions proposed by the Trump administration could affect poor or low-income people who use government safety net programs. Julio Cortez/AP hide caption

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Critics Of Trump's Public Charge Rule Say It Will Cost Americans More In The Long Run

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Advocates Oppose Rule That Penalizes Immigrants For Needing Benefits

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