Pam Fessler Pam Fessler is a correspondent on NPR's National Desk, where she covers poverty and philanthropy.

Protesters hold signs in Allentown, Pa., om July 25 as the Commonwealth Court holds hearings on voter ID laws. Stephen Flood/Express-Times /Landov hide caption

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Pre-Election Legal Battles Target Voting Rules

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Study Reveals The Geography of Charitable Giving

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Judge Won't Block Pa. Voter ID Law

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Early Voting Lawsuit In Ohio Draws Ire From Romney Campaign

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Obama Talks Jobs, Guns At Urban League Meeting

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Then-presidential candidate Barack Obama poses with National Urban League President Marc Morial on Aug. 2, 2008. Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP hide caption

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Black Business Owners Urge Obama To Aid Growth

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A voter casts a ballot during the Republican primary election April 24 in Philadelphia. Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images hide caption

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Study: Many Could Face Obstacles In Voter ID Laws

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Support group members Pamela Travis (from left), Dominique Martin, Yovanda Dixon, Shanna Chaney and Ramona Shewl hold a meeting as part of the Family Independence Initiative. The Oakland nonprofit encourages low-income families to form small groups to help each other get ahead. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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Struggling Families Lift Themselves Out Of Poverty

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A worker dismantles a mattress at a recycling facility in Oakland, Calif. The material will be used to make carpet products and proceeds will help support the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County, a nonprofit that helps low-income families in Eugene, Ore. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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Turning Trash Into Cash To Help Nation's Poor

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Shyanne (left) holds 1-year-old Makai, as Stepp checks to see if all of Shyanne's homework has been completed. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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To Beat Odds, Poor Single Moms Need Wide Safety Net

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Devora Trapp, 24, picks up her 8-month-old son, Dardarius Taylor, late one evening at the Opportunity House's Second Street Learning Center, a 24-hour day care center for low-income families in Reading, Pa. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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Cycle Of Poverty Hard To Break In Poorest U.S. City

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Millions Remain Without Power As Heat Rises

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A Republican primary voter walks to her polling precinct in January in St. Petersburg, Fla. Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Justice Department Sues Florida As Voter Battle Intensifies

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