NPR Politics presents the Lunchbox List: our favorite campaign news and stories curated from NPR and around the Web in digestible bites (100 words or less!). Look for it every weekday afternoon from now until the conventions.

Convention Countdown

The Republican National Convention is in 4 days in Cleveland.

The Democratic National Convention is in 11 days in Philadelphia.

NASA has released the first picture of Jupiter taken since the Juno spacecraft went into orbit around the planet on July 4.

The picture was taken on July 10. Juno was 2.7 million miles from Jupiter at the time. The color image shows some of the atmospheric features of the planet, including the giant red spot. You can also see three of Jupiter's moons in the picture: Io, Europa and Ganymede.

The Senate is set to approve a bill intended to change the way police and health care workers treat people struggling with opioid addictions.

My husband and I once took great pleasure in preparing meals from scratch. We made pizza dough and sauce. We baked bread. We churned ice cream.

Then we became parents.

Now there are some weeks when pre-chopped veggies and a rotisserie chicken are the only things between us and five nights of Chipotle.

Parents are busy. For some of us, figuring out how to get dinner on the table is a daily struggle. So I reached out to food experts, parents and nutritionists for help. Here is some of their (and my) best advice for making weeknight meals happen.

"O Canada," the national anthem of our neighbors up north, comes in two official versions — English and French. They share a melody, but differ in meaning.

Let the record show: neither version of those lyrics contains the phrase "all lives matter."

But at the 2016 All-Star Game, the song got an unexpected edit.

At Petco Park in San Diego, one member of the Canadian singing group The Tenors — by himself, according to the other members of the group — revised the anthem.

School's out, and a lot of parents are getting through the long summer days with extra helpings of digital devices.

How should we feel about that?

Police in Baton Rouge say they have arrested three people who stole guns with the goal of killing police officers. They are still looking for a fourth suspect in the alleged plot, NPR's Greg Allen reports.

"Police say the thefts were at a Baton Rouge pawn shop early Saturday morning," Greg says. "One person was arrested at the scene. Since then, two others have been arrested and six of the eight stolen handguns have been recovered. Police are still looking for one other man."

A 13-year-old boy is among those arrested, Greg says.

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit

After an international tribunal invalidated Beijing's claims to the South China Sea, Chinese authorities have declared in no uncertain terms that they will be ignoring the ruling.

The Philippines brought the case to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, objecting to China's claims to maritime rights in the disputed waters. The tribunal agreed that China had no legal authority to claim the waters and was infringing on the sovereign rights of the Philippines.

Donald Trump is firing back at Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after she disparaged him in several media interviews. He tweeted late Tuesday that she "has embarrassed all" with her "very dumb political statements" about the candidate. Trump ended his tweet with "Her mind is shot - resign!":


18 Innings Are A Lot, But Orioles-Mariners Game Is No Record-Breaker

Sep 19, 2012
Originally published on September 19, 2012 9:57 am

Hearing about the 18-inning, 5 hours and 44 minutes-long game between the Baltimore Orioles and Seattle Mariners that stretched from last night into today set us off in search of news about Major League Baseball's longest games.

Perhaps you knew, but we didn't, that the Brooklyn Robins (later known as the Dodgers) and Boston Braves played for 26 innings on May 1, 1920 — and the game finished in a 1-1 tie. It was ended because of darkness. Perhaps even more remarkably, according to Sports Illustrated, the game lasted just 3 hours, 50 minutes.

Yes, baseball games do occasionally end in a tie. It happened fairly recently to the Orioles, for instance. In September 2003 one of the team's games with the New York Yankees was called after five innings with the score 1-1 (Hurricane Isabel was pummeling Baltimore). Because the game had gone long enough to be considered official, all the statistics counted. There are provisions for adding a game to the teams' schedules in such cases, if the tie would affect the post-season standings. says the longest game, time-wise, was the 25-inning epic played by the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago White Sox from May 8-9, 1984. The teams played for 17 innings, took a break to get some sleep, and then resumed play. By the time the White Sox' Harold Baines homered to give his team a 7-6 in, the teams had played for 8 hours, 6 minutes. The White Sox' Carlton Fisk caught for all 25 innings, a Major League record.

One other game also lasted 25 innings, BaseballReference says: a 1974 matchup of the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets. the Cards won, 4-3.

Such comparisons don't mean, of course, that the Orioles and Mariners players weren't involved in something special. The game, won by the O's 4-2, lasted so long, in fact, that one of the Mariners aged a year. His birthday is today. As SeattlePI's Mariners blog writes, "when Tuesday night's game started, Mariners catcher John Jaso was 28 years old. By the time the game ended, 18 innings and 5:44 later, he had turned 29."

Correction at 9:55 a.m. ET: In our photo caption, we initially said last night's game was in Baltimore. But, it was played in Seattle. The caption is now correct.

Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. To see more, visit