"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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How A College Kid May Have Helped Pick A Congressman

May 23, 2012
Originally published on May 23, 2012 11:16 am

Thomas Massie won't be sworn in as a member of Congress until next January, but he has already put one of his supporters at the top of his Christmas card list.

Massie won the Republican nomination in Kentucky's 4th Congressional District, just south of Cincinnati, on Tuesday in large part due to the backing of James Ramsey, a 21-year-old college student in Texas.

Ramsey, who inherited a fortune from his grandfather two years ago, provided his Liberty for All superPAC with more than $500,000 to spend on the race, which went toward TV ads and field operations in support of Massie's candidacy.

The district is reliably Republican, so Massie's primary win is tantamount to an eventual victory in November. At a debate last week, Massie said he had never met his young benefactor, but added, "I think he'll probably be getting a Christmas card from me this year."

Massie, a Lewis County official, also received backing from larger superPACs such as the Club for Growth and FreedomWorks, as well as Republican Sen. Rand Paul.

Massie held his cellphone up to a microphone at his victory party Tuesday to amplify Paul's congratulatory call.

But the big infusion of cash from Ramsey — a supporter of Texas Rep. Ron Paul, the Kentucky senator's father and a libertarian-leaning GOP presidential candidate — helped Massie cruise to an easy victory over a crowded field that included two candidates who had enjoyed the backing of more establishment party figures.

Outgoing Rep. Geoff Davis and Republican former Sen. Jim Bunning had both endorsed state Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington.

Massie's opponents were quick to complain that out-of-state money had "stolen" the election for him. That characterization isn't fair to Massie or the quality of his candidacy, says Trey Grayson, a former Kentucky secretary of state who lost the GOP Senate nomination to Rand Paul two years ago.

But the fact that Ramsey's superPAC outspent the leading candidates by a roughly 2-to-1 margin could have national implications, Grayson says.

"It shows the role you can play in congressional districts, where you don't have to have that much money," says Grayson, who directs the Harvard University Institute of Politics. "Essentially one person, a college kid who inherited a lot of money, created a superPAC that swung the race dramatically in Massie's direction."

In another closely watched GOP primary Tuesday, Tom Cotton won the nomination in Arkansas's southern 4th Congressional District, the last one in the state held by a Democrat. Cotton had started out as a lesser-known challenger against Beth Anne Rankin, a former Miss Arkansas and aide to former Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee, who had been the party nominee in the district two years ago.

Cotton, a Harvard-trained lawyer and veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, outspent Rankin "enormously," says Hal Bass, a Ouachita Baptist University political scientist. He also enjoyed support from various interest groups, including the Club for Growth.

"He's very closely tied to the national party and the national interest groups," Bass says. "Rankin's was much more the kind of friends-and-neighbors approach that Republicans have used as the minority party in the state."

At this point, the presidential nominating races may be all but done — although Obama suffered poor showings in both states Tuesday, losing 42 percent of the Kentucky vote to "uncommitted" and more than 40 percent in Arkansas against an underfunded candidate who hadn't appeared in the state since March.

Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and presumptive Republican presidential nominee, lost more than 30 percent of the vote in both states.

The real drama leading up to the fall contests, though, will be in congressional races. SuperPACs may play an even more decisive role in lower-tier races than they have so far in the presidential contest. Liberty for All, among others, intends to keep playing in contested primaries around the country.

A number of other college students have started superPACs, largely as pranks or in homage to comedian Stephen Colbert. They don't have anywhere near the kind of money that Ramsey is able to contribute to his superPAC.

Ramsey told The New York Times that between his own money and a fundraising push, he expects his superPAC to have some $10 million to spend over the coming months.

"How much money would you spend for freedom?" Ramsey said.

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