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A nutrition specialist prepares a Meals on Wheels delivery in upstate New York. The national organization says the sequester could mean significant cuts in the number of meals they serve to homebound seniors. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Lines of voters wait to cast their ballots as the polls open in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Nov. 6. Edward Linsmier/Getty Images hide caption

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President's New Voting Commission Greeted With Skepticism

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People wait to vote on Election Day in November at the Surfside Town Hall in Miami. David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald/AP hide caption

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Nearly 44 percent of Americans don't have enough savings or other liquid assets to stay out of poverty for more than three months if they lose their income, according to the Corporation for Enterprise Development. Atanas Bezov/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Chelsea Clinton makes cards with 8-year-old Addison Rose on the National Mall on Saturday as part of the National Day of Service events. Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is the honorary chair of the National Day of Service. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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Thousands of food and clothing items are organized by Occupy Sandy volunteers in a school gymnasium in Rockaway Park, Queens, after Superstorm Sandy in November. Craig Ruttle/AP hide caption

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The 'Second Disaster': Making Well-Intentioned Donations Useful

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Volunteers sort through piles of donated clothes for Superstorm Sandy victims at an impromptu Staten Island aid station in November. Relief groups are still trying to figure out what to do with donated clothes people sent to New York and New Jersey in Sandy's aftermath. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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Storm Pummels Nation's Midsection As It Heads East

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'Giving Tuesday': The Start Of A Holiday Tradition?

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James Vouloukos (left) and William Ferris sort through donated clothes in Oceanside, N.Y. Relief workers say cash is more useful than donated supplies for their efforts. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images hide caption

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After Superstorm Sandy, the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties in Neptune, N.J., is filled with water bottles, canned food and other goods. But these supplies are going out almost as fast as they come in. Amy Walters/NPR hide caption

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Storm-Battered Food Banks Struggle To Help The Hungry

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Voters line up in the dark Tuesday to cast their ballots at a polling station in Miami. President Obama said the long lines nationwide were something "we have to fix." Wilfredo Lee/AP hide caption

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