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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.

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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!":


Pop Culture Happy Hour: Breakup Culture And Fall Television Predictions

Sep 21, 2012

You may remember that at this time last year, the PCHH table decided to bet on which fall shows would be successful. Of the four regulars, only Stephen chose a show (Revenge) that still exists, while only I chose a show (A Gifted Man) that makes it seem in retrospect like I must have been under the influence of something. (Glen and Trey, with Terra Nova and Pan Am, came in more in the middle.)

Well, we're at it again, and this time, there's more analysis, more hedging, more daring, more probably hapless attempts at logic, and probably still more of me doing something I'll regret by letting my head lead my heart. (At the bottom of this post, you'll find trailers for many of the shows we talked about, both promising and not so much.)

Next up, we take on a listener suggestion and cover breakup culture. We name breakup songs we love and some breakup scenes we can't forget. If you happen to be a Spotify person, you can check out some (but not all) of our breakup songs in our "PCHH Breakups" playlist. You'll hear us describe scenes from The Sopranos, My So-Called Life, Say Anything, Dangerous Liaisons, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, and more.

As always, we wrap up with what's making us happy this week. Stephen is being made happy by throwing things away. If you didn't know that this would be making Trey happy this week, you haven't learned much about us. Glen is being made happy by this marvelous movie. And I'm being made happy by two very funny performances in this overlong but still satisfying movie. We also go for a bonus round that features a couple of neat things, including this one. We miss you, you great lady.

Please keep in touch with us — you can find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter: me, Trey, Glen, Stephen, producer Jess Gitner, and our producer emeritus and music director Mike.

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