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!":


Romney Has Mile-High Expectations For Colo. Debate

Oct 2, 2012
Originally published on October 2, 2012 1:08 pm



It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.


And I'm Renee Montagne.

Both the presidential candidates are preparing for debates while staying in swing states. For a few days, each becomes a kind of candidate-in-residence.

INSKEEP: And so it was that President Obama abruptly appeared at a campaign office in Henderson, Nevada yesterday and delivered pizzas to the staff. Who knows? Maybe these candidates will be delivering pizzas to swing voters before we're all done.

In Denver, where the first debate will be held, Mitt Romney hosted a rally and received the endorsement of one of the biggest names in town. NPR's Scott Horsley reports.

SCOTT HORSLEY, BYLINE: Mitt Romney's campaign could use a fourth-quarter comeback. At his Denver rally last night, Romney turned to a man with some experience in that department.


MITT ROMNEY: What an honor to be introduced by none other than John Elway. What an extraordinary man.

HORSLEY: Romney praised the two-time Super Bowl champion as someone who knows what it takes to turn things around. Romney's best chance to turn around his sagging poll numbers could come tomorrow night in Denver, when he squares off against President Obama in the first of three debates. Romney told the crowd of more than 5,000: Expectations are a mile high.


ROMNEY: People want to know who's going to win, who's going to score the punches, and who's going to make the biggest difference in the arguments they make?

HORSLEY: The first debate is expected to draw a bigger audience than either party's political convention. Colorado Romney supporters Galen and Mary Lou Middleton say they'll be watching for sure.

GALEN MIDDLETON: Oh, yeah. You better believe it.


MIDDLETON: I'll be glued.


MARY LOU MIDDLETON: I heard Chris Christie say that Mitt is really prepared for this. And, you know, Obama can't talk unless he's got a teleprompter. And I hope he stumps Obama good.

HORSLEY: Romney says the debate is not just about winning or losing, but about spelling out a path forward for the country. That's one point President Obama - busy with his own debate preparations in Nevada - would agree with.

Scott Horsley, NPR News, Denver. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.