"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 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 http://www.npr.org/.

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 made disparaging comments about him in several media interviews. He tweeted late Tuesday that she "has embarrassed all" with her "very dumb" comments about the candidate. Trump ended his tweet with "Her mind is shot - resign!":

Donald Trump wrapped up his public tryout of potential vice presidential candidates in Indiana Tuesday night with Gov. Mike Pence giving the final audition.

The Indiana governor's stock as Trump's possible running mate is believed to be on the rise, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also atop the list. Sources tell NPR the presumptive GOP presidential nominee is close to making a decision, which he's widely expected to announce by Friday.

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

The unassuming hero of Jonas Karlsson's clever, Kafkaesque parable is the opposite of a malcontent. Despite scant education, a limited social life, and no prospects for success as it is usually defined, he's that rarity, a most happy fella with an amazing ability to content himself with very little. But one day, returning to his barebones flat from his dead-end, part-time job at a video store, he finds an astronomical bill from an entity called W.R.D. He assumes it's a scam. Actually, it is more sinister-- and it forces him to take a good hard look at his life and values.

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Pages

Gingrich Out Of The Race, But Still In Debt

May 3, 2012
Originally published on May 3, 2012 11:42 am

Newt Gingrich is officially out of the presidential race. The former House speaker said Wednesday that he's suspending his campaign, and he's ready to help the presumptive Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, battle President Obama. But Gingrich might have a more pressing problem: His campaign has about $4 million in debt.

In Gingrich's exit speech, he opened by thanking people — first his family, then his financial backers.

"I also want to single out, first of all, the over 179,000 donors who helped us at Newt.org and who helped make the campaign possible," he said.

Yet those donors weren't nearly enough to keep up with Gingrich's spending.

'Eternally Optimistic, Until They Lose'

Most of all, he was spending money to raise money. Federal Election Commission data, compiled by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, show that the campaign spent 32 cents of every dollar on fundraising.

Still, on March 31, the Gingrich campaign had $1.2 million in the bank and $4.3 million of debt.

"I think presidential candidates are eternally optimistic, until they lose," says Karl Sandstrom, a Democratic campaign finance lawyer who formerly served on the Federal Election Commission.

"They ... are able to convince the creditors they're not a bad bet. Often, they turn out to be a bad bet," he says.

The Gingrich campaign owes the most — $1 million — to a charter airplane company, Moby Dick Airways Ltd. Company president Roy Oakley said he "has assurances from the speaker that they're going to make good on it."

Gingrich himself isn't liable for these debts, and the campaign is paying off some bills. Back in February, he was at the Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane, Wash., for the last vote before Super Tuesday.

Gingrich finished fourth in Washington state. The theater's manager said that last week the campaign finally paid the outstanding bill for $589.

Help From The Nominee?

There's one common way for a presidential primary candidate to pay off those debts: getting the nominee to hit up his donors to finance it.

It's something that presidential candidate Obama did for Hillary Clinton just about four years ago.

Now Romney's campaign has offered to be helpful as Gingrich works on retiring the debt.

The Gingrich campaign couldn't be reached for comment.

Like a lot of the GOP establishment, Republican campaign finance lawyer Jan Baran has had a run-in with Gingrich. Sixteen years ago, he represented Gingrich in the House ethics probe but then quit.

Baran says Republicans tend to like the show of unity when the nominee helps the other candidates.

"It really depends on how much in the hole Gingrich is, but there certainly will likely be some effort to help retire some of his debt," he says.

After all, Romney wants Gingrich's supporters to climb aboard his bandwagon. Plus, Gingrich wants to remain a player, even if he can't be the nominee.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

Like many a candidate before him, Newt Gingrich is now out of the presidential campaign business. He is instead in the debt-paying business. NPR's Peter Overby reports on what comes after the concession speech.

PETER OVERBY, BYLINE: Gingrich opened his speech by thanking people - first his family, and then...

(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)

NEWT GINGRICH: I also want to single out, first of all, the over 179,000 donors who helped us at Newt.org and who helped make the campaign possible.

OVERBY: But those donors weren't nearly enough to keep up with Newt Gingrich's spending. Most of all, he was spending money to make money. Federal Election Commission data, compiled by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, show that the campaign spent 32 cents of every dollar on fundraising. And still, on March 31st, the Gingrich campaign had $1.2 million in the bank and $4.3 million in debt.

KARL SANDSTROM: I think presidential candidates are eternally optimistic, until they lose.

OVERBY: Karl Sandstrom is a Democratic campaign finance lawyer and served on the Federal Election Commission.

SANDSTROM: They are able to convince the creditors they're not a bad bet. Often, they turn out to be a bad bet.

OVERBY: The Gingrich campaign owes the most, a million dollars, to a charter airplane company, Moby Dick Airways Limited. Company president Roy Oakley said he, quote, "has assurances from the speaker that they're going to make good on it." Gingrich himself isn't liable for these debts, and the campaign is paying off some bills. Back in February, Gingrich was at the Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane, Washington.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)

GINGRICH: Your caucuses are very important. They are the last vote before Super Tuesday. So Washington state can make a big difference. Thank you for coming. We really need your help. Thank you very much.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

OVERBY: Gingrich finished fourth in Washington state. The theater's manager said that last week, the campaign finally paid the outstanding bill of $589.

There's one common way for a presidential primary candidate to pay off these debts. That's by getting the nominee to hit up his donors to finance it. It's something that presidential candidate Barack Obama did for Hillary Clinton just about four years ago. And now, Romney's campaign has offered to be helpful as Gingrich works on retiring the debt. The Gingrich campaign couldn't be reached for comment.

Jan Baran is a Republican campaign finance lawyer. Like a lot of the GOP establishment, he's had a run-in with Gingrich. Sixteen years ago, he represented Gingrich in the House Ethics probe, but then quit. Baran says Republicans tend to like the show of unity when the nominee helps the other candidates.

JAN BARAN: It really depends on how much in the hole Gingrich is, but there certainly will likely be some effort to help retire some of his debt.

OVERBY: Because, after all, Mitt Romney wants Newt Gingrich's supporters to climb aboard his bandwagon, and Gingrich wants to remain a player, even if he can't be the nominee.

Peter Overby, NPR News, Washington. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.