"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.

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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!":

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.

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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.

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High Court: No Reconsideration Of Citizens United

Jun 25, 2012
Originally published on June 26, 2012 5:27 pm



And in another ruling, the Supreme Court has reaffirmed its controversial Citizens United decision of 2010. Today, the court overturned a century-old campaign finance law in Montana. The law barred independent political spending by corporations. NPR's Peter Overby has that story.

PETER OVERBY, BYLINE: Montana enacted its law on independent spending after years of scandals involving big corporations influencing its state government. Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock defended that law.

ATTORNEY GENERAL STEVE BULLOCK: From my perspective, it's a sad day for democracy not only in Montana but also across the entire nation.

OVERBY: Citizens United is usually thought of as being simply about corporate money, but today's decision concerns another finding in Citizens United. Back in 2010, the majority opinion restricted the scope of what government can regulate. Here's the gist of it: When a political player, say, a superPAC, spends money independently of a candidate or party committee, it cannot be considered corrupting or giving the appearance of corruption. Former Federal Election Commission Chairman Brad Smith says nothing's happened in the past two years to make the justices reconsider Citizens United.

BRAD SMITH: Voter turnout is up. There haven't been big scandals. Races have been more competitive. So we think it's a good thing to kind of put a nail in the coffin of this idea that Citizens United might be reversed.

OVERBY: Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, also a foe of campaign finance restrictions, issued a victory declaration. He says that in the Republican presidential primaries, the eight superPACs raised $96 million, and 86 percent of the money came from individual donors, not corporations. But at the Brennan Center for Justice, senior counsel Adam Skaggs notes the superPACs are spending unregulated money to support the candidates, while the candidates are raising money for the superPACs.

ADAM SKAGGS: The developments that we've seen in election spending since the Citizens United decision came down undermine any idea that this so-called independent spending isn't corrupting.

OVERBY: Still, today's decision leaves the critics of Citizens United with a long, hard road to travel. At the liberal advocacy group Demos, lawyer Adam Lioz says liberals need to educate judges and justices.

ADAM LIOZ: The First Amendment was never intended as a tool for use by the wealthy and powerful to dominate our political process.

OVERBY: And there's a push for a constitutional amendment to undo Citizens United, a process that would take many years. Peter Overby, NPR News, Washington. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.