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!":


Akin's Rape Comment Gives Democrats Ammunition

Aug 24, 2012
Originally published on August 24, 2012 11:56 am



It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep. By now, people across the nation have heard remarks by Missouri Republican Todd Akin. He says he misspoke about pregnancy and rape, but his words shifted the polls in his race for a vital U.S. Senate seat. Now Democrats want to be sure the remarks have a national effect. Here's NPR's Ari Shapiro.

ARI SHAPIRO, BYLINE: All year long, Democrats have accused Republicans of a war on women. It's been fought over contraception, equal pay, anything that Democrats think could keep women's votes in the blue column. Congressman Todd Akins's reference to legitimate rape gave President Obama a new weapon.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I think the underlying notion that we should be making decisions on behalf of women for their health care decisions, or qualifying forcible rape versus non-forcible rape, I think those are broader issues and that is a significant difference in approach between me and the other party.

SHAPIRO: That was Monday. On Wednesday, the President brought up Akin again at a fundraiser in New York. He said: This is an individual who sits on the House Committee on Science and Technology but somehow missed science class. Mitt Romney doesn't want to spend his time talking about this, but events have forced him. He told a New Hampshire TV station...


MITT ROMNEY: His words with regards to rape are not words that I can defend, that we can defend, or that we could defend him.

INSKEEP: Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki says it's no profile in courage to condemn the phrase legitimate rape. This week, she pointed out, Republicans put a line into the party platform opposing abortion in the case of rape or incest. And further, she said aboard Air Force One...

JEN PSAKI: Paul Ryan worked with Todd Akin on legislation in Congress that would redefine what rape is.

SHAPIRO: She's referring to proposed legislation that included the phrase forcible rape. Paul Ryan tried to distance himself from that language in an interview with a local CBS station in Pittsburgh.


JON DELANO: What is forcible rape as opposed to...

PAUL RYAN: Rape is rape. Rape is rape, period, end of story.

DELANO: So that forcible rape language meant nothing to you at the time?

RYAN: Rape is rape and there's no splitting hairs over rape.

SHAPIRO: Ryan emphasized that a President Romney would set an administration's position on abortion. Romney says women should be allowed to have an abortion in the case of rape or incest. Ryan personally opposes those exceptions. But Romney's stance on abortion has shifted over the years. This week, the L.A. Times reported that in the 2008 presidential campaign, Romney touted the support of the doctor behind Akin's theory that raped women don't get pregnant. Romney called that doctor an important surrogate for his campaign four years ago.

Since that detail of the story emerged, the Romney campaign has only agreed to a local interviews under the condition that reporters agree not to ask about Akin or abortion.

ED ROGERS: It's a distraction, and we don't need any distractions, especially the week before our own convention.

SHAPIRO: Republican consultant Ed Rogers says this controversy is a gift to Democrats and an albatross for Romney.

ROGERS: It's cost him days when he could be having a message about something else, particularly about the economy, and instead of having a message about that, we're talking about one of the wackiest things said in American politics this year, and that's saying something.

SHAPIRO: The ultimate question is whether this will drive votes. Debbie Walsh directs the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers. She says women tend to vote on economic issues, but this debate could be different if it seems especially regressive.

DEBBIE WALSH: It's getting into some issues that I think for a lot of women were settled long ago, and so I think it has the potential to engage them more in the process and I think that on the Democratic side, that has been something that has been lacking.

SHAPIRO: She's talking about the enthusiasm gap that has favored Republicans in this election. Democrats hope that Akins's comments will add some much-needed fuel to their party's fire. Ari Shapiro, NPR News, Washington. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.