"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!":

Donald Trump wrapped up his public tryout of potential vice presidential candidates in Indiana Tuesday night with Gov. Mike Pence giving the final audition.

The Indiana governor's stock as Trump's possible running mate is believed to be on the rise, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also atop the list. Sources tell NPR the presumptive GOP presidential nominee is close to making a decision, which he's widely expected to announce by Friday.

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The unassuming hero of Jonas Karlsson's clever, Kafkaesque parable is the opposite of a malcontent. Despite scant education, a limited social life, and no prospects for success as it is usually defined, he's that rarity, a most happy fella with an amazing ability to content himself with very little. But one day, returning to his barebones flat from his dead-end, part-time job at a video store, he finds an astronomical bill from an entity called W.R.D. He assumes it's a scam. Actually, it is more sinister-- and it forces him to take a good hard look at his life and values.

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Romney Rekindles Conservative Doubts With Pick To Lead White House Transition

Jun 4, 2012

With many conservatives already suspecting that he is a conservative of convenience, Mitt Romney apparently hasn't done himself any favors in their eyes with the man he chose to lead his presidential transition.

Politico broke the story Sunday that Romney has chosen Michael Leavitt to oversee the creation of an executive branch in waiting.

Leavitt certainly seems to have the requisite managerial experience: He's been Utah's governor, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and Health and Human Services secretary under George W. Bush.

But some of Leavitt's experience has been of the wrong kind, according to some conservatives. Since leaving public service, Leavitt has worked as a consultant who as advocated for the health care insurance exchanges central to the Affordable Care Act, known by detractors and supporters alike as ObamaCare.

The Leavitt pick is interesting in part because it's a reminder of Romney's own campaign struggles about the health care reform law, with its individual mandate, that he signed as governor of Massachusetts.

Obama administration officials and others have cited the legislation Romney signed into law in Massachusetts as a model for the federal law, and that's put Romney on the defensive.

As a presidential candidate, Romney has tried to distance himself from the federal law by arguing that it's a completely different beast than the Massachusetts legislation.

Leavitt, however, has embraced major aspects of the law. That, in turn, has led some on the ideological right to express no small disdain for Romney's choice.

Over on the Libertarian Cato Institute's Cato@Liberty blog, Michael Cannon wrote:

"Leavitt has spent the last couple of years spreading dangerous (but self-enriching!) nonsense about how states would benefit by establishing ObamaCare's health insurance "exchanges." He seldom mentions that his "consulting" business Leavitt Partners rakes in tons of ObamaCare cash by bidding on those contracts. Perhaps this is because reporters seldom ask..."

"... Romney's appointment of Leavitt is a first step toward flip-flopping–or Etch-a-Sketching, or Romneying(TM), or whatever–on ObamaCare repeal. But it's hard to blame Romney for thinking Republicans won't care. These are, after all, people who picked Mitt Romney as their presidential nominee."

Ben Domenesch, a co-founder of the conservative web site RedState and a senior fellow at the Heartland Institute, projects ahead. If Romney defeats President Obama, Domenesch laments on the Ricochet blog, Leavitt would be well situated to become Romney's chief of staff.

"What's most concerning about all of this is not that Romney selected one of the few Republicans in the country who backs implementation of Obamacare's exchanges. It's what the selection of Leavitt means as an indication of how Romney would potentially "fix" Obamacare if repeal proves impossible...

"Should the Supreme Court strike down only a portion of Obamacare, it seems clear Leavitt would be a major voice in deciding how to replace it. And he is convinced that "exchanges are part of the future, no matter what."

Even before he began lobbying for states to create insurance exchanges, Leavitt was perceived by some conservatives and libertarians as not sufficiently reliable on their issues.

Phillip Klein at the Washington Examiner points to a striking fact: In 2002, Leavitt received a grade of "D" on fiscal management from Cato, the same as the liberal Democrat, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean.

For its part, the Romney campaign has tried to calm conservatives, telling them the choice of Levitt doesn't signal any wobbliness in its candidate's pledge to repeal Obama's health care law.

Matt Lewis at the Daily Caller writes:

"Reached for comment, Romney spokesman Lenny Alcivar said: 'Unlike President Obama, voters can rest assured that a Romney Administration will put America back on track. That starts with repealing Obamacare, starting Day One. Make no mistake, the only person who will make policy decisions under a Romney administration is Mitt Romney.' "

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