Jennifer Ludden Jennifer Ludden is an energy and environment editor for NPR.

The U.S. Capitol dome provides a view down the National Mall, an area vulnerable to flooding. Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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With National Treasures At Risk, D.C. Fights Against Flooding

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Christina Asima says she had no choice but to marry last year at age 12 to help care for younger siblings after her mother abandoned the family. But she says her husband was abusive, so she left him, and now must look after her 8-month-old son, Praise, alone. Jennifer Ludden/NPR hide caption

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Can Child Marriages Be Stopped?

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Illinois Files Suit Against Online Adoption Agency

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Memorials Held For Washington Navy Yard Shooting Victims

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Confusion, Panic In Washington After Navy Yard Shooting

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Losia Nyankale helps daughter Jonessa and son Juliean learn the alphabet. Nyankale, who works in a restaurant in Washington, D.C., says she needs food stamps and child-care subsidies to make ends meet. Jennifer Ludden/NPR hide caption

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For Restaurant Workers, A Struggle To Put Food On The Table

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Study Finds Stagnated, Declining Wages For Low Wage Earners

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Jesse Jackson Jr. Sentenced To 30 Months In Prison

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Carbon Tax Gaining Popularity, But Not With Lawmakers

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Attorney General Eric Holder greets Alexis Margaret Herman, member of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority, before speaking at the organization's convention. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Zimmerman Verdict Feels Personal For Some In Service Sorority

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Esteban Roncancio and other protesters call for executive action on workplace discrimination for LGBT Americans in Miami. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Gays And Lesbians Turn Fight To Workplace Discrimination Ban

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Congress Not Likely To Pass Sweeping Climate Legislation

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Pew Poll: Adult LGBT Americans Optimistic About Future

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Pushed Off The Job While Pregnant

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Snowden Had A Fast Rise In The Intelligence World

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