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!":


Republicans On Defense After Naked Romp In Sea Of Galilee

Aug 20, 2012
Originally published on August 26, 2012 8:41 am



In the New Testament, the Sea of Galilee is where Jesus walked on water and calmed a mighty storm. Last August, it was where freshman Republican lawmakers went for a late night swim, one of them naked. The revels took place during a fact-finding congressional trip to Israel and the FBI ended up looking into what happened. The story was first reported by Politico and reporter Jake Sherman joins me to talk about it.

Hi, thanks for coming in.

JAKE SHERMAN: Thanks for having me.

BLOCK: This was a year ago, August 18th, 2011. What was it that prompted lawmakers and some senior staff members and family members to jump into the Sea of Galilee late at night?

SHERMAN: Well, what we know is they went to dinner a couple of hours. They were drinking and having a very festive time and they wanted to cool off. Many members jumped right into the water and Kevin Yoder, Republican of Kansas, took his clothes off. Now, when the trip got back, the FBI decided to look into it and was asking people what happened, who was in the water, was there anything inappropriate that was going on.

So that's what we know and that's what many sources, including many on the record have told us.

BLOCK: Here's what I don't get. Why is the FBI involved at all? Why would they look into this?

SHERMAN: Well, what we know is they were asking people what happened, was there anything inappropriate. I think when a member of Congress goes into a body of water in a foreign country naked, that raises some eyebrows and that raises some questions. And that's what their line of questioning centered on.

BLOCK: We should say that this congressman, Republican Kevin Yoder, has apologized for what he calls a spontaneous and very brief dive into the sea.

SHERMAN: That's right. He said he was sorry for embarrassing his constituents, if he had done so. He said his office has not been contacted by the FBI, but told us he does plan to run for reelection. He's not - this is not something that he, at this time, considers a problem for his political career, at least publically, but he has apologized if he's embarrassed anybody in his district.

BLOCK: You did report that the majority leader, Eric Cantor, who was on this trip, rebuked this gathering the next morning. He was not among the people diving into the Sea of Galilee and he dressed them down, as you put it.

SHERMAN: In fact, he was not there at the time, many sources have told us. But the next morning, after this incident happened, Mr. Cantor told the lawmakers that they were straying from the original mission of the trip, which was to meet very high level Israeli officials, very high level Palestinian officials and they thought that this was inappropriate, Mr. Cantor and his staff.

BLOCK: And did any of them say there was some religious component to why they immersed in the Sea of Galilee.

SHERMAN: People's staff did say that to us. They made that point, that this is a religiously significant place. People wanted to cool off. Someone said they wanted to get water for a baptism. So I mean, this is - not everybody appeared to be in the same position as Mr. Yoder.

BLOCK: And beyond the wacky factor of, hey, a member of Congress going skinny dipping in the Sea of Galilee, why should we care? There was a comment posted on your website from an associate professor of public policy at George Mason, Jeremy Mayer, who says this, "This is the biggest nothing burger I've seen Washington lunching on in quite a while."

SHERMAN: Well, we appreciate his feedback, but I think the many people who have read the story have been off put by it. I think when members of Congress go overseas and are representing the country, folks in Washington and across the country don't expect that they would dive into water nude. So that raises eyebrows. And I think that's what people are interested in. And this is important to remember, that this came on the heels of the very bruising debt ceiling debate where Republicans in Congress forced the nation to cut spending in order to hike the nation's borrowing limit.

And when this was going on, after that incident, markets tumbled, the nation's credit rating was slashed and you had a member of Congress jumping into the water with no clothes on and people going...

BLOCK: One member.

SHERMAN: Right. One member and lawmakers going out late at night after a dinner and jumping into water, not a planned activity. This is not something that was on the trip's itinerary. So it's kind of what Republicans have said to us privately, it looked tone deaf. And that's what they were concerned of.

BLOCK: Jake Sherman with Politico, thanks for coming in.

SHERMAN: Thank you for having me. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.