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Working Class Americans Are Finding It Increasingly Difficult To Afford Housing

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An aerial view shows homes under construction at a housing development in Petaluma, Calif., in January. As housing prices surge around the country, Democratic presidential candidates are offering plans to address the shortage of affordable homes and apartments. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Why Democratic Presidential Contenders Are Discussing Affordable Housing

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Harlem residents choose free groceries at the Food Bank For New York City in 2013. 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. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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A voting line trails outside of a precinct on Election Day 2016 in Durham, N.C. The county's polling places were plagued by malfunctioning equipment to check in voters that day, and it was later revealed that the vendor behind that equipment had been targeted by Russian hackers. Sara D. Davis/Getty Images hide caption

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Low-Key Election Supervisors' Meeting Takes On New Dimension

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An employee of the District of Columbia Housing Authority walks on the grounds of a public housing complex called Richardson Dwellings in Northeast Washington, D.C. The Trump administration wants to eliminate the federal fund now used to repair public housing in favor of attracting more private investment to repair and replace it. Amr Alfiky/NPR hide caption

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Trump Administration Wants To Cut Funding For Public Housing Repairs

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Florida Governor Says Russia Hacked Into 2 Counties' Election Systems In 2016

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HUD Secretary Ben Carson is portraying the proposed change as a way to help low-income Americans who are in need of housing assistance. Shannon Finney/Getty Images hide caption

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A sign announces the acceptance of electronic benefit transfer cards at a farmers market in California. Anti-poverty groups fear that many low-income people might be pushed off programs such as food stamps under a possible change to how the government measures poverty. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Trump Administration Considering Changes That Would Redefine The Poverty Line

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An electronic voting machines that produces a paper receipt from Election Services & Software. The company is among those bidding to replace all of Georgia's voting machines but close relationships between state officials and ES&S have raised questions about the fairness of the bidding process. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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Trips To Vegas And Chocolate-Covered Pretzels: Election Vendors Come Under Scrutiny

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Challenges Remain In Securing U.S. Elections By 2020

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Voting booths at a polling station in Christmas, Fla., on Election Day 2016. A Florida-based company that provides election equipment to localities was hacked by Russia during the 2016 election, the Mueller report found. Gregg Newton/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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"I voted" stickers at a polling station on the campus of the University of California, Irvine, on Nov. 6, 2018 in Irvine, Calif. California, ten other states and the District of Columbia have all implemented automatic voter registration as a way of increasing voter turnout. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, seen here in February, spoke before the House and Senate appropriations committees Wednesday. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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