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

Voters walk to an early voting site to cast their ballots on Aug. 11 in Miami. On Wednesday, a federal appeals court in Ohio upheld a decision extending early voting in that state. Meanwhile, as Election Day nears, courts are still considering cases about early voting in North Carolina, and voter ID requirements in Texas and Wisconsin. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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As Election Nears, Voting Laws Still Unclear In Some States

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In this Illinois ad, Doris and her friend Betty suggestively encourage two young men to come in ... and get voter ID cards. YouTube hide caption

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Ads Get Creative, Even Seductive, To Attract Voters

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Cara Russo of Gettysburg, Pa., here with 9-year-old Shayla, one of her two daughters, has found success in a program geared to help struggling families navigate past some of the day-to-day obstacles that keep many poor. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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A 'Circle' Of Support Helps Families Stay Out Of Poverty

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People shop in a Miami grocery store on July 8. USDA says that despite the drop in unemployment, the number of food insecure Americans has not declined because higher food prices and inflation last year offset the benefits of a brighter job market. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Bill Gates, Martha Stewart, LeBron James, Lindsay Lohan, Kermit the Frog and Conan O'Brien all got icily drenched for charity. via YouTube hide caption

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Life After Ice Buckets: ALS Group Faces $94 Million Challenge

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Voters crowd into their polling place Aug. 15 at Keonepoko Elementary School in Pahoa, Hawaii. Marco Garcia/AP hide caption

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On The Fall Docket: Who Gets To Vote — And Who Gets To Decide?

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In Case You Didn't Know, Feds Say Raising A Child Is Expensive

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Volunteers at the Maryland Food Bank in Baltimore sort and box food donations on a conveyor belt. The bank started working with groups like the USO in 2013 to provide food aid to families affiliated with nearby military bases. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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More Military Families Are Relying On Food Banks And Pantries

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A young immigrant caught crossing the border illegally is housed inside the McAllen Border Patrol Station in McAllen, Texas, last month. Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Trauma Plagues Many Immigrant Kids In U.S. Illegally

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Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, speaking before the start of the Virginia GOP Convention in Roanoke last month, has unveiled a new plan aimed at tackling poverty in America. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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Rep. Ryan Unveils His Anti-Poverty Plan, A Rebuke To LBJ Programs

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Logan Kovach, 6, Matthew Kovach, 2, and Allyson Kovach, 5, eat a lunch distributed by the YMCA in Hopkins County, Kentucky. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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Summer Program For Hungry Kids Gets Creative With Food Delivery

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Susan St. Amour panhandles on a median in Portland, Maine. The city tried to ban loitering on medians last year, but a judge found the law unconstitutional. Caroline Losneck for NPR hide caption

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With A Series Of Small Bans, Cities Turn Homelessness Into A Crime

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Sherman Justice says he struggled when he got out of prison after serving time for robbery and drug trafficking. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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How Banning One Question Could Help Ex-Offenders Land A Job

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Charitable Giving Nears Pre-Recession Levels, Annual Report Shows

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