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Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson appeared on SiriusXM's Town Hall hosted by Armstrong Williams earlier this week. Larry French/Getty Images for SiriusXM hide caption

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Virginia Food Bank Aims To Tackle Root Causes Of Hunger

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Volunteers distribute free food at the mobile pantry in Hurley, Va. Poverty in the coal-mining region is 29 percent, twice the national average. Unemployment is also high, and younger families are moving out. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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In Some Rural Counties, Hunger Is Rising, But Food Donations Aren't

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A polling station in Virginia during the state's primary election in March 2016. Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Despite Little Evidence Of Fraud, White House Launches Voting Commission

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Anna Marie McClanahan (center) helps children write stories by using Legos to create scenes. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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Under Trump Budget, Nearly 2 Million Kids May Lose After-School Care

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Trump's Budget Proposal Threatens Funding For Major After-School Program

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Samirah Franklin, 19, is lead organizer of the Baltimore Youth Organizing Project. She lives in West Baltimore, near where the violence and looting broke out after Freddie Gray's funeral two years ago. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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2 Years After Unrest, Baltimore's Youth Are 'Still Fighting For The Basics'

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A view of a ballot scanner at a New York City Board of Elections voting machine facility warehouse just before last November's election. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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State And Local Officials Wary Of Federal Government's Election Security Efforts

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How To Protect The Next Election From Hacking

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Volunteers gather bags of groceries for people seeking assistance at a food pantry in Concord, Mass. Many groups that help low-income families get food aid say they've seen an alarming drop recently in the number of immigrants applying for help. Yoon S. Byun/Boston Globe/Getty Images hide caption

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Deportation Fears Prompt Immigrants To Cancel Food Stamps

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A man walks by the Farragut Houses, a public housing project in Brooklyn, N.Y. The budget blueprint President Trump released Thursday calls for the cutting of billions of dollars in funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Advocates Say Trump Budget Cuts Will Hurt Country's Most Vulnerable

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A police officer votes at Belmont High School on Feb. 9, 2016, in Belmont, N.H., during the New Hampshire presidential primary. The state's lawmakers are now debating bills that would tighten residency requirements for new voters. Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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State Republicans Push For More Restrictive Voting Laws

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