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!":


More Protests In Muslim Nations; Some Violence

Sep 21, 2012
Originally published on September 21, 2012 11:45 am
(Check below for updates.)

Tens of thousands of people are protesting in all of Pakistan's major cities today, NPR's Jackie Northam reports from Islamabad, as those who oppose U.S. policy in the region continue to use outrage over an anti-Islam video to whip up anti-American sentiment.

There are also reports of new protests in other Muslim nations, including Bangladesh and Malaysia.

On Morning Edition, Jackie told host Steve Inskeep that police have fired tear gas in many cities — and live ammunition at a bridge from the city of Rawalpindi into Islamabad. Protesters have been trying to reach American consulates in cities such as Peshawar and Karachi, Jackie reports. There are scenes of burning tires and clashes with police.

The Guardian, which is live blogging, adds that "an employee from Pakistan's Ary News has been killed," according to local news reports.

Pakistani authorities declared this to be "love the prophet day" — which effectively encouraged the demonstrations.

The video that organizers have used to bring protesters into the streets of many Muslim nations, of course, is an anti-Islam production called Innocence of Muslims that was made by an Egyptian-born Coptic Christian who lives in California. The U.S. ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, was among four Americans who died last week after the consulate in Benghazi was attacked.

Update at 11:45 a.m. ET. Death Toll Reportedly Rises Further:

Pakistan's leading TV station is reporting "as many as 19 people were killed" during today's protests, says The New York Times. Pakistan's Dawn newspaper says there have been at least 13 deaths and nearly 200 people have been wounded.

Update at 11 a.m. ET. Six Deaths Reported:

According to Reuters, there have now been at least six deaths related to today's protests in Pakistan. The wire service adds that protests "remained mostly peaceful in Islamic countries elsewhere" and that:

"In France, where the publication of cartoons denigrating the Prophet stoked anger over an anti-Islam video made in California, the authorities banned all protests over the issue. 'There will be strictly no exceptions. Demonstrations will be banned and broken up,' said Interior Minister Manuel Valls."

Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. To see more, visit