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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!":


Republicans Are Ready (If Isaac Allows); And We're On The Scene In Tampa

Aug 26, 2012

Greetings from Tampa, where that old phrase "the calm before the storm" has never been more appropriate.

Tropical storm Isaac is now looking like it will make landfall somewhere along the Gulf Coast from Louisiana east to the Florida Panhandle. And when it gets there Tuesday or Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center is warning, Isaac could be a Category 2 hurricane.

So Tampa, host to this week's 2012 Republican National Convention, may be largely spared. But there is rain — lots of it — in the forecast for the city. The chance of precipitation on Monday is 90 percent. Gusts of up to 41 mph are expected, the National Weather Service says. Those aren't hurricane conditions, obviously. But the weather is going to be bad enough that convention organizers have been scrambling to remake the schedule.

With, as NPR's Greg Allen reports, "some 70,000 delegates, support personnel, media and protesters gathering for the GOP's nominating event," organizers made the call over the weekend to delay the real start of proceedings one day. The plan had been to kick off the convention on Monday. Instead, planners decided to push things back to Tuesday (except for a pro forma call to order on Monday).

This afternoon, organizers said that even with the schedule change, the "prime time" parts of their programs (the 10-11 p.m. ET hour) are largely intact.

Tuesday night will still feature Ann Romney, wife of the party's soon-to-be presidential nominee, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — the convention keynote speaker.

Wednesday night's star is Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the party's vice presidential pick.

And Thursday will bring to the stage the man who has been seeking his party's presidential nomination for much of the past six years — former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — to accept that honor.

Once things really do get going, NPR plans to air special broadcasts each evening (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday), from 8 p.m. ET to at least 11 p.m. ET (later if the proceedings go longer than scheduled). They will be broadcast on many members stations and streamed on All Things Considered host Robert Siegel is here. He'll be joined on the air by NPR political correspondent Mara Liasson, NPR Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving and others.

Meanwhile, here at It's All Politics we will be blogging each evening — focusing on the key moments and messages that Republicans are sending to the nation.'s Liz Halloran is in Tampa and will be posting on the stories she finds in and around the convention. NPR photo journalist Becky Lettenberger is here to shoot stills and videos. Along with his on-air responsibilities, Ron Elving will be weighing in here on the blog with his analyses of the action.

Elsewhere on, Frank James will be hosting live chats for those who like smart analysis as things happen. And each day, correspondent Alan Greenblatt will be looking ahead and previewing the next night's action.

We hope you join us.

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